Enterprise Search News & Analysis
| Thursday Aug 14, 2014
Gartner's been getting a bit of attention lately. The Gartner Enterprise Search Magic Quadrant released in July resulted in criticism from Miles Kehoe, Stephen Arnold and Charlie Hull. Nuix heavily criticized the MQ on e-Discovery and Scott Liewehr has reservations about the Forrester Wave on Digital Experience Delivery Platforms. And now the lawsuit.
My own views on the Gartner Search MQ were a little less forthright. However the Search MQ raises issues which are much wider than whether the companies in the top right hand quadrant (Leaders) deserve to be there.
| Tuesday Jul 8, 2014
People are dissatisfied with the search applications they are using. This is the result -- without exception -- from surveys of search performance. Search managers charged with improving satisfaction levels face the problem of defining what "satisfaction" actually means. Search performance has to be evaluated on three criteria: technical performance, retrieval performance and impact performance, but it's impossible to bring all three together in some mathematical formula for "satisfaction."
| Wednesday Jun 11, 2014
In early June the open source search business arguably came of age when Elasticsearch closed on a $70M tranche of Series C investment funding. Elasticsearch is supported by both an open source search community and a commercial search business. In November 2012 the company received $10M in a Series A investment funding which was followed by a further $24M in a Series B funding in February 2013 -- making the total of investment funding now $104M.
Series C funding is usually seen as a substantial level of endorsement of the future of the company by the venture capital investment community. The next level, Series D, is seen as a prelude either to an Initial Public Offering or a trade sale.
| Wednesday May 7, 2014
It is easy to become despondent about the state of enterprise search. Only 11 percent of organizations reported very high satisfaction with search in the latest The Digital Workplace in the Connected Organization report, which shows there has been little change over the last eight years. However, from April 29-30, while I was acting as the Chairman of the Enterprise Search Europe 2014 conference in London, despondency was certainly not on the agenda.
| Wednesday Apr 9, 2014
All the evidence points to enterprise search teams still being significantly under-resourced. Often only a single part-time manager is responsible for an application widely used throughout the organization every day. One solution is to set up a virtual Search Center of Excellence (SCE). This provides the appropriate level of support by having a number of people around the organization contribute their skills and experience.
| Thursday Mar 13, 2014
During a presentation I gave to the Search track of the IntraTeam event in Copenhagen last month I caused some consternation by suggesting that Best Bets for a search application were a well meaning, but totally misguided approach to improving search performance.
Why do companies invest time and effort for less than ideal results?
| Thursday Feb 13, 2014
If search is so easy, why is there a new book over 200 pages long on Google Search Secrets?
| Tuesday Jan 21, 2014
Over the last few years there has been a very significant increase in the awareness of the value of search. It may not yet have translated into an equally significant increase in sales of search products, whether proprietary or open source, but this could be the best year yet for search if vendors heed some advice.
| Thursday Dec 26, 2013
You should not underestimate the power of search. And by search, we really mean find.
Without providing ready access to information, businesses are basically making their employees work with one arm tied behind their back, with blindfolds on. Martin White has been championing search as a business critical application on our site for a few years now, but in practice since his schooldays.
| Wednesday Dec 18, 2013
| Tuesday Dec 17, 2013
With Coveo's announcement this month of its launch of Coveo for Sitecore: Advanced Search Edition, it seems like a good time to poke around the search arena — and into Sitecore.
| Wednesday Nov 27, 2013
Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman may have managed to turn the fortunes of the struggling information technology giant around. The company's share prices climbed as much as 7 percent in after hours trading on the strength of fourth quarter financial results that beat analysts’ expectations. Have corporate appetites for hardware and networking products returned?
| Tuesday Nov 19, 2013
When SharePoint 2013 arrived, we immediately noticed the huge investment Microsoft made into anything related to search. But we still see many intranets designed as traditional internal communications: a home page with a carousel, useful links that are often not so useful, sections you have never clicked on and -- of course -- the weather.
How do the two relate? In this article I will focus on using search to reinvent and make the SharePoint Intranet much more dynamic.
| Tuesday Nov 19, 2013
I’ve just come back from another highly successful KMWorld conference in Washington where over 900 people seemed more than happy to be entombed in the subterranean conference suites of the Renaissance Hotel for four days. With no specific intranet track this year, presentations on intranets popped up in the Knowledge Management (KM), SharePoint and Enterprise Search tracks.
In the conversations I had there with intranet managers, a common theme stood out: the under-appreciated value of search in intranets.
| Tuesday Oct 29, 2013
In keeping with its push to be the productivity suite of choice, Microsoft announced today two new search features for SharePoint Online, which will be rolled out globally over the next few days. The new Content Search Web Part (CSWP) enhances overall search functionality and result displays, while Cross-Site Collection Publishing (CCP) gives users the ability to publish content on multiple sites from the same content source.