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mobile search“Jeff, do you have any insight into how people really use Delve?  People are asking me because of the recent announcement…I am confused about whether/how to roll it out, and it seems like a moving target. Can you shed some light on it please?”

I get this kind of email regularly.  Last week, after Microsoft announced a set of updates to Intelligence-powered search, Delve, and Microsoft Graph, I had six emails like this.  Hence this blog post – I’ll lay out the actual news, with some context, plus some observations and tips about how to take advantage of Delve.

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mobile searchToday BA Insight announced a new version of our Visual Refiners application (you can read the announcement here.  The focus of this release is bringing mobile search to Office 365 – so in addition to the core features of Visual Refiners, we’ve added support for:

  • Office 365: Visual Refiners is now available as a SharePoint-hosted add-in, which means it deploys easily in O365 tenants without the need for additional infrastructure.
     
  • Mobile devices:  in addition to being reactive, we have made visual refiners modal – which means that the refinement panel becomes full screen on a mobile device, and controls switch to designed-for-mobile styles for ease of use with limited screen real estate. 
     
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Elastic and SharePointI’m not an IT guy. There, I said it. I’m not a programmer or a developer. When I look at SharePoint, I’m not seeing it from the perspective of someone who can dig into the guts of the code and make it dance for me. I’m thinking about the business problems it can solve for my customers.

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Under the Hood In my last blog article, I outlined how to use our connectors with Microsoft’s new Cloud SSA to get external content into a consolidated index hosted in O365. This way you can field Intranets and Portals that provide easy access to everything employees, partners or customers need.  

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On average, only 28% of the information that workers need resides in SharePoint or O365. The majority is spread across multiple line-of-business systems both on-premises and in the cloud. Intranets and Portals are expected to provide easy access to everything employees, partners or customers need – so what to do?  Moving it all to O365 is rarely an option.  

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The Ignite Conference last week was exhilarating. There is a torrent of new, great content, with 950 sessions including 635 full breakouts - and all of it is freely available on Channel 9 (or will be by the time you read this). I'm still working my way through the 103 sessions I marked as "must watch"….might take awhile.  

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This is the traditional time of year for us 'experts' to look ahead and make predictions, as well as look back on whether last year’s predictions were on track or not. I'm new to this habit, so I can't report on whether my crystal ball has been working or not….but no time to start like the present. 

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A recent AIIM Survey sponsored by BA Insight titled, “SEARCH AND DISCOVERY – EXPLOITING KNOWLEDGE, MINIMIZING RISK” exemplifies the importance of enterprise search and points out where many of the gaps are.  As an example, 71% of organizations polled say that search is vital or essential to their business, yet only 18% have cross repository search capabilities.

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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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We work closely with Microsoft on a number of fronts and regularly participate in 'inner circle' programs. One of these came to fruition last week, with a series of announcements around Office 365 development at TechEd Europe in Barcelona.

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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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So, you’ve been using Office 365 and finding some level of success and now you’re thinking about how your users can get search across both environments.  First off if you haven’t already started doing things like Dirsync for your users, you’re in for a treat.

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With the announcement of next year’s Microsoft SharePoint Conference being combined with so many other products, it will put more pressure on events like SPTechCon to deliver the SharePoint and Office 365 information we need. I’m very excited about really reconnecting with the community, especially with all of the shuffle with Cloud.

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