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SharePoint in the Enterprise: Best Uses, Trends, Tools & Strategies

I recently attended and spoke at the SharePoint Saturday: The Conference this August 2011. My presentation was around real world applications on SharePoint: ideas, trends we’re seeing and actually uses. I also had the opportunity to speak with several experts in the field, and some current and future consumers of SharePoint. Here’s what most of the buzz was about.

Adding Google+ to Search Results Won't Change the Game

Google recently made more changes to its search strategy with the addition of Plus posts, but it might be too early to say whether or not getting more social will have a big influence on results. 

Meltwater Buys IceRocket, Adds Social Media Search

Everything in news organizations is getting more expensive, so the owners say. The result, online media intelligence company Meltwater (news, site) says, is that it is expanding its business into social media monitoring through the acquisition of social search engine developer IceRocket (news, site).

Real-Time Google Search Results Could Return Via Google+

Not too long ago, Google (news, site) trumpted its real-time search as adding value to current events. Then it vanished after arguments with Twitter, but could return thanks to the rise of Google+.

Yahoo Knows What You Want: Adapting 'Today' Algorithm to Rest of Site

Have you fired up a web browser with the intention of finding some important piece of information quickly, but Yahoo (newssite) opens as your home page and, before you know it, you’ve spent 15 minutes reading articles from the Today box at the top of the page? Apparently you are not alone.

Google's Page Speed Service Raises Concerns Among Webmasters

Google (news, site) recently unveiled its Page Optimization Service, promising anywhere from 20% to 65% page speed improvement. Currently on a free, limited trial, the service supposedly improves page delivery and loading time by distributing the load across Google servers worldwide. But at what cost?

Open-Source Options for Faceted Search, for the Budget Conscious User

Faceted search, or guided navigation, has become the de facto standard for e-commerce and product-related websites. And e-commerce sites aren’t the only ones joining the club: other content-heavy sites such as media publishers, libraries and non-profits are tapping into faces to create an optimal search experience. Faceted search is also hitting its stride behind the firewall, being found in intranets and enterprise search applications.

But what do you do when you don’t have the budget to get one of those fancy commercial search applications from the large specialized vendors, like Endeca or FAST?

Ektron 8.5 Enterprise Ready: New Architecture, Search & a Refined Interface

ektron_logo_2011.jpgBoth Forrester and Gartner have recognized Web CMS vendor Ektron in their respective Web Content Management reports, and both have said that Ektron still needs to prove itself enterprise ready. Today, that's what Ektron is doing with the announcement of release candidate Ektron 8.5. There are a number of major changes in this version, is it enough?

Microsoft Joins the Record-Profits Crowd on Office/Enterprise Strength

Microsoft Joins the Record-Profits Crowd on Office/Enterprise StrengthMicrosoft (news, site) joins Apple and Intel in the record figures groove as gaming and big-business purchases push the company onward.

Google Announces 36% Jump in Quarterly Profits

Amidst controversy such as privacy concerns and a Federal Trade Commission investigation, Google announced its second-quarter earnings, including record revenue that increased its stock price by more than 10% overnight.

Bing to Service English-Language Search in China; Lost Opportunity for Google?

Search is big business in China, with a 470 million-strong Internet userbase. While Google has shied away from servicing China due to strict censoring laws, Microsoft (news, site) has found a partner in the country's biggest search company, Baidu (news, site).

Telerik Expands Developer Toolset, Adds New Support for Windows Phone 7

telerikLogo-websmaller.jpgTelerik (news, site) releases its latest update to its developer productivity tools portfolio concentrating its focus on the latest technologies, including support for Windows Phone 7.

Vivvo Web CMS: Focuses on Stability in Version 4.6, Offers 3 New Free Plug-ins

Vivvo (news, site) has announced the latest version of its web content management system. Version 4.6 is focuses on resolving some big bugs and adding a few enhancements.

TERMINALFOUR SiteManager 7.1: Improved Mobile, Search Integration & Automated Migration from other Web CMS

TERMINALFOUR SiteManager 7.1: Improved Mobile, Search Integration &  Automated Migration from other Web CMSTERMINALFOUR (news, site) released SiteManager 7.1 today with an eye to getting more companies out of their current web content management system and into t4's. But that's not all that's new in this latest release.

Google Hit With Antitrust Investigation by FTC, States, But is Microsoft Behind It?

In an investigation that could hypothetically break up the search behemoth, the Federal Trade Commission, as well as a number of states and the European Union, are examining Google for anti-competitive practices. But is rival Microsoft behind some of the actions?

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