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Enterprise Search from Microsoft


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In this presentation, you will learn more about the Enterprise Search offering from Microsoft anno 2011. With a focus on MS Sharepoint.

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Enterprise Search from Microsoft

  1. 1. Microsoft Search offeringFOCUS ON SHAREPOINTTHIERRY JANSSENS – 8/12/2011 1.
  2. 2. Questions often asked … What Search products does Microsoft offer? What are the major differences for End-users? What are the differences for IT Professionals? Are there any differences for Developers? Why don’t people use Search on our Intranet? The results are poor and not clear, what are my options? Why bother organizing my documents if I have “FAST”? Does FAST have all the functionalities as Sharepoint Search? What are the typical costs for both products? What else can search do for me? Are there other search products from Microsoft that could help me? What about the future of the Microsoft search offering? 2.
  3. 3. Search products for Sharepoint Sharepoint Foundation 2010 Sharepoint Server 2010 FAST Search Server for Sharepoint Search Server 2010 Express Search Server 2010 ? 30/11/2011 3.
  4. 4. Search Server 2010 (Express?) 4.
  5. 5. FAST? Formerly FAST ESP Norwegian Since 1997 Bought by MS in 2008 Summer 2011, only Sharepoint FAST 5.
  6. 6. FAST: What does it look like? FAST/Sharepoint result page: Refiners Results View in browser Thumbnail preview Demo 6.
  7. 7. Major differences for end-usersFederated results Same capabilities, plus:Metadata based refiners Thumbnails & PreviewsQuery Suggestions, Did You Visual Best BetsMean & Related Searches Deep refiners with countsPeople search Sorting on any propertyView in Browser Better language support Richer query language 7. © based on SPConference Rich
  8. 8. And for IT Professionals?Enterprise Scale-out Same capabilities, plus:Full Fault Tolerance Extreme scale-outPowerShell support Content Processing pipelineSCOM support Tunable relevance rankingFull search reporting OOB JDBC connector 8. © based on SPConference Rich
  9. 9. Major differences for developersPublic web parts Same capabilities, plus:New connector framework Extend content processingIntegrated with BCS Include ext. data in relevanceTooling in VS2010 Use advanced queries (FQL) 9. © based on SPConference Rich
  10. 10. Pitfalls with FAST FAST doesn’t have… Alerting Refinement & relevance on social tags Index mirroring across data centers OOB monitoring (FAST requires SCOM) Points of attention FAST requires quite some infrastructure No upgrade path from ESP to FS4SP Configuring FAST is not straightforward It is a strange environment for .net people 10.
  11. 11. Why don’t people use search on ourIntranet? Most vendors have decent search engines There’s no search engine that can read users’ minds Were stakeholders interviewed? Was the engine monitored and adjusted on an ongoing basis? Was there a POC and phased implementation? Add other sources: File servers, business data, other websites Use taxonomies, tagging, promote properties as facets Exclude no longer relevant data (archive) Configure best bets, visual clues, synonyms,… Scope on certain content types 11.
  12. 12. Tuning the results Why bother organizing my documents if I have “FAST”? Metadata is “key” for search engines But … then I need to tag all info ??? … with FAST you can interfere much more through the pipeline model Demo 12.
  13. 13. What are the typical costs?• 3 for FAST • Servers• 2 for SPSearch • CALs • Standard• Disksize • Enterprise Hardware Licenses• Install & Config • Measure• Customizing results • Tune• Reindex! • End-user follow-up Configuration Search Team 13.
  14. 14. What else can search do for me? Provide a navigation Facilitate document roll-up Reporting or overviews Who-is-who 14.
  15. 15. Other search “things” ? Desktop Search SQL 2008 iFTS Exchange 2010 LookingGlass BING OpenSearch 15.
  16. 16. What about the future? Probably on the BI side of search Search Based Applications Visualization of results What we (Sharepoint) hope for… Better integration between SP / FAST Where is FAST Home? Search Business Center? Converge to one product? Should be for the Sharepoint ecosystem Other technologies require other engines 16.
  17. 17. If Search is important for your company, than treat it that way Tune, measure, repeat 17.