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When I talk to SharePoint Administrators about metadata, a typical use case is that of a user uploading a document to a library.  As part of the upload process, the user is asked to populate several fields which classify the document with attributes like Department, Product, Security Level, and the like. 

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Graph-based search has emerged as a major break-through in search technology. It goes beyond simple keyword matching to take into account entities and relationships between entities for increased relevancy. Although graph search in SharePoint today is reserved to Office 365 and Delve, you achieve similar results with SharePoint on-premise under the right circumstances. This blog post will walk you through identifying these circumstances and offer you techniques to run graph-like searches with SharePoint 2013.

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Security is an important component in any enterprise search implementation project. All too often, the thought of rolling out enterprise search creates worries that their classified documents will end up in the wrong hands. It’s a scary thought but if done correctly, it doesn’t have to be scary in practice.

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Hybrid SharePoint is on the rise. Combining SharePoint Online (in Office 365) with SharePoint Server (on premises, in Azure, or in a hosted offering) is an important strategy for organizations seeking to move to the cloud and/or leverage the latest Microsoft offerings. For some workloads, such as portals and search, Hybrid SharePoint is the new reality.

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A few months ago, when I was talking to Jeff Fried in Barcelona about how BA Insight was doing, I didn’t realize I’d be working for them just a few months later.  That trip to Barcelona was an important one.  It offered me the chance to network with a lot of my friends in the community and catch up with Jeff, a former Microsoft employee and FAST expert.  He is the CTO at BA Insight.  We had previously chatted back at another conference before the new year.  One lesson I’ve learned well is networking.  It pays to make lots of friends and to share.

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Last week the city of sin turned into the city of SharePoint as thousands of users gathered at the Venetian for the Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2014 to network, learn and hear the latest about the state of the industry. We were fortunate enough to be a sponsor of this magnificent event with multiple speaking opportunities and a nice booth presence.  

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