Martin White News & Analysis
| 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 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.
| Wednesday Oct 9, 2013
The search world faces many challenges but one of the greatest is convincing businesses of the need for information specialists.
| Tuesday Sep 10, 2013
When we measure the value of search only through criteria like speed we miss out on the bigger picture.
| Wednesday Aug 14, 2013
There is a tendency to be critical of the fact that the core technology dates back to the work of Gerard Salton in the mid-1960s, and that therefore search is broken and is going nowhere. The same could be said of the internal combustion engine so long as you ignore the level of sophistication in Formula 1 and Indy cars.
| Monday Jul 8, 2013
Is collaborative search a missing piece in the enterprise collaboration puzzle?
| Tuesday Jun 11, 2013
The challenges of using enterprise search to find people -- either by name or expertise -- are considerable, but rarely discussed.
| Monday May 13, 2013
It's time for enterprise search vendors to give up the numbers.
| Tuesday Apr 16, 2013
The world is a mobile place, we all know it. So, is there a way for enterprises to search effectively when using a combination of mobile devices?
| Thursday Mar 14, 2013
Do you think of your employee's experience when creating your enterprise search strategy?
| Monday Feb 11, 2013
My heart sinks when I see an email arrive that starts “We are about to start a search project and we need some assistance. Can you help?” At least with an email I have an opportunity to prepare a creative reply. When the telephone rings with the same question, then the challenge of delivering sad news in a kindly and constructive way is significantly greater. The sad news is that all enterprise search projects fail. Here are just a few of the reasons why.
| Tuesday Jan 8, 2013
Do you suffer from IDF on a regular basis? IDF (Information Discovery Failure) usually occurs when the website or intranet information architecture fails to find the information required and you then have no option but to use the search application. You know before you start out that this is not going to be a good user experience.