Going back to January this year, research by CMS Watch showed that despite improvements in SharePoint search, Microsoft–focused organizations were still looking for specialist search solutions. Reccommind (newssite) seems to understand this and with its upgraded enterprise search solution Mindserver 7.0, users will be able to search SharePoint 2010.

MindServer And SharePoint 2010

However, this upgrade is not just about SharePoint -- even though MindServer now searches all SharePoint editions -- but also about the addition of Web 2.0 collaborative features that enables it deliver search results to RSS feeds, has a social tagging feature and a new web-client for easy maintenance and simple deployment.


Recommind's search platform

Built on Recommind’s Context Optimized Relevancy Engine (CORE), MindServer 7.0 anticipates the difficulties related to searching the increasing amount of data that ends up in applications like SharePoint 2010, and produces contextual results.

These are results that take into account where the results come from, the documents or files the results are located in, and the task the search is related to. It can also search multiple locations, file types and languages.

MindServer And Web 2.0

MindServer 7.0, however, is not just an optional SharePoint search engine, it works with most other content management systems too, all of which can deploy or adapt its new Web 2.0 features. These features include:

  • Shared tagging: Allows other users to follow comments on results from other users.
  • RSS settings: RSS aggregator clients can be set to send out regular search queries, with results posted through RSS feeds.
  • New UI: Easier navigation through multiple repositories using standard or customized UI.

MindServer’s CORE

At the core of MindServer is CORE. This enables it to crawl and index information from any source, including document management systems, intranets, contact management databases and web sites.

From these indices, it creates information-based concept models unique to each enterprise which identifies related information regardless of where it is located. Using metadata, it groups this information together and makes it easy to navigate and browse using Recommind’s Smart Filters.

As new information is added anywhere in the enterprise, MindServer automatically crawls it, updates the enterprise information model and places it in its right context.

As a result, MindServer includes a number of features that should make information searching more accurate. These include:

  • Search any number of key categories and terms or metadata
  • Single-click information refinement
  • Contextual results enabling information integration from multiple sources
  • Remote view of documents stored remotely using ‘Quick View’
  • Version search for producing results from the most relevant, or specified, versions
  • Support for 30 foreign languages including double-byte languages

While MindServer is not uniquely set up for searching SharePoint, with the recent release of SharePoint 2010 this is going to one of its big selling points.

However by waving the SharePoint flag it risks being categorized as a SharePoint-only search solution, which is probably not good given that it works with most enterprise content management systems.