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thumbs upOne of the great things about being a B2B sales professional is being involved in the lifecycle of a solution from its earliest stage, when it is just an idea, through production rollout. In my five years at BA Insight, I have been fortunate enough to be part of many innovative implementations of enterprise search and intranets.

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Predicting the futureIn my previous blog article, I set the stage for this year’s predictions by looking at my predictions for 2015 (the first year I made predictions) and 2016.  My track record definitely improved and I got 8 out of 10 predictions correct last year.  I also declared that I would make 2017’s predictions much more measurable.

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Predicting the futureIt’s that time again. It's become a bit of a tradition to lay out predictions for the coming year at the beginning of January.  For me, it's a relatively recent tradition I started in 2015.  My predictions focus around search, digital workplaces, and market dynamics involving Microsoft.  This year I started by recording a podcast, where I was interviewed about my 2017 predictions (you can listen to it here).

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Success One of the things I get asked most often is “What Makes Good Enterprise Search”? Every enterprise is different, so there is not a universal solution, but there are things that are common across every successful Enterprise Search project I’ve encountered.

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SharePoint And Intelligent IntranetsThe Microsoft Ignite conference was a whirlwind - vastly broad in the range of content, and full of news.  One of my favorite areas is the Mobile and Intelligent Intranet introduced as a theme in the Future of SharePoint.   At Ignite, Mark Kashman and Adam Harmetz had a great session titled Discover what's new and what's coming to the SharePoint Mobile and Intelligent Intranet.  You can view it on the Microsoft Technical Community site here.

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Intranet -- Love it or hate it?Working at BA Insight I talk to customers and prospects every day about the challenges they face in providing an intranet experience that users really like. I pulled together some notable stats on intranet usage across multiple enterprises, as well as the characteristics of intranets that users either love or hate. Here they are in a new infographic:

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SharePoint And Intelligent IntranetsIntranets may seem like an old concept, but they're having a resurgence.  The number of intranet "renovation" projects is up, and many of these projects are "teardowns" looking to leapfrog into a much better employee experience by starting fresh.  There has been a rash of new products coming on the market touting "ready to use" intranets in the last year, most of which are frameworks from intranet consultants and integrators who know that the appetite for long, custom projects is gone.
What's going on?

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state of enterprise search

During my tenure at BA Insight, which is approaching three years, I have read lots of articles and research reports that illustrate the challenges that enterprises of all sizes are experiencing with users not being able to find and/or access critical information within their organizations. Information that is vital to these users effectively performing their jobs.

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SharePoint OlympicsI love sports, no matter what sport it is. I love watching them and playing them, especially global sporting events like the footballing World Cup and the baseball World Series to name but a few, and they don’t come bigger than the Olympics.  

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Elastic and SharePointIn my role as Chief Customer Officer at BA Insight, my team and I are often asked which metrics should be used to measure the effectiveness of an enterprise search implementation and the values that represent success.  So, based on data from hundreds of our enterprise customers, we developed the following infographic to illustrate the minimum benchmarks required for success.  Achieving these metrics will make your employees happy, and you will receive accolades for success as they become more productive and can easily find the information they need when they need it.

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Elastic and SharePointThe folks at the European SharePoint Conference (ESPC) not only put on an excellent conference every fall, but they also do a great job soliciting high-quality content about SharePoint and distributing educational materials to the community. I've enjoyed working with them and speaking at ESPC the last couple of years, and now I've started contributing content for the European SharePoint community more actively.   

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Legal Company Intranets

In today’s modern world, time is money. Long gone are the days of pulling dusty volumes off library shelves and searching for relevant case law. Long gone are the days of calling the corporate switchboard and asking whoever answers the phone for the name of ‘that one guy who did that thing’. Long gone are the days of being lost in a sea of partners, associates, and paralegals whose names and faces you can’t seem to put together, much less remember which cases they’re currently working on.

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Customer Portal

No matter what your focus is, today’s business world is all about creating value. A company designs a product that people need and want, and provide value to their customers. Employees work efficiently to produce said product and provide value to their company. Shareholders guide the vision of a company and provide value for their employees. The cycle of created value is essential, and yet can be completely derailed if one small detail is not effectively designed. 

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Customer Portal


At BA Insight, we have the pleasure of working with customers from lots of different industries and backgrounds. Every so often, we see certain concepts converge and seemingly bubble up at the same time, across industries.

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I have a tablet, a mobile, a laptop, and a smart watch. I work not only from home but also as a passenger in a car or whilst on the tube, plane or train. I work in the mornings, the afternoons, the evenings and sometimes over the weekend.

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