Enterprise Search Europe – Workshops

The Enterprise Search Europe workshops are designed to offer in-depth, interactive learning in small groups.The workshop leaders are experienced professionals, all practising experts in their areas. Register for a workshop and increase the value you get from Enterprise Search Europe.



Monday 28 April 2014

Workshop 1Workshop 2
10.00 - 13.00
Getting the Best from Open Source Search
Charlie Hull, Managing Director, Flax

Interested in planning and/or implementing an open source search application? We'll show you how easy it is to get started with popular open source search engines with a clear view of the options available, risks/benefits and a look at the future. Suitable for those with some technical background who want to acquire a working knowledge and discover the best ways forward.

In this workshop you will find out:

  • Which open source search engines to consider
  • How to engage with an open source search project
  • How to index data with open source search
  • How to create a search interface or API
  • How to tune relevance, and scale the system

10.00 - 13.00
Understanding SharePoint 2013 Search - Architecture & Capabilities
Jeff Fried, CTO, BA Insight

This workshop focuses on the search capabilities of SharePoint 2013 and how to match them to a variety of search needs and strategies. Attendees get deep-dive information about the architecture, search capabilities, and tools - including content capture and enrichment, ranking models and relevancy, query rules, result templates, and management tools. We'll illustrate these capabilities with real case studies and examples. Learn what's possible, what's easy, and what to watch out for with SharePoint 2013 search.

Attendees will:

  • Take home knowledge of what this new search technology is, what you can do with it, what its limitations are, and how to overcome them - as well as a set of resources you can apply as you get deeper
  • Understand common patterns connecting business and information strategy, and how to relate them to search scenarios, search capabilities, and search-driven applications that can be fielded successfully and economically.
  • Gain an understanding of how to apply SharePoint 2013 search capabilities successfully, and how to construct search-driven applications with this platform, as well as what pitfalls to avoid.
  • Get a peek forward into where SharePoint search is going and how to be in a good position as it continues to evolve.


Workshop 3Workshop 4
14.00 - 17.00
Designing Search Usability
Tony Russell-Rose, Managing Director, UXLabs and co-author of Designing the Search Experience

A key driver for change in the search community is the expectation that search engines should do more than simply deliver ten blue links. It is no longer enough to rely on traditional quantitative metrics such as relevance, speed and precision. Instead, what makes the difference between success and failure is the quality of the user experience.

In this workshop we'll look at how to:

  • Differentiate between various types of search behaviour: known item, exploratory, lookup, learning, investigation, etc.
  • Understand the dimensions of search user experience and how to apply them to different contexts
  • Apply design patterns and other key resources in solving practical design problems
We'll include a mix of formal presentations and group discussion to enable delegates to analyse, evaluate and improve the effectiveness of search applications within their own organisation. Join us and bring your own search usability challenges!

14.00 - 17.00
Applying SharePoint 2013 Search - Successful Projects & Practices
Christian Gross, Search Consultant, Raytion GmbH
Seung-Jun Hong, Search Consultant, Raytion GmbH
Sebastian Klatt, VP, Business Development, Raytion

Christian Gross Seung-Jun Hong Sebastian Klatt

Microsoft made a huge step forward in integrating search into the SharePoint platform SharePoint platform and, for many, SharePoint 2013 will be one of the best platforms available for enterprise search.  But successful enterprise search projects need more than technology; they need effective approaches and practices.   SharePoint 2013 provides enormous flexibility for tailoring - making it important to understand where the fuzzy boundary between configuration and customisation lies in real-world projects, and important to judge what to change and what to leave alone.  Search projects can go poorly or can go very well - this workshop offers patterns, practices, and guidance to ensure success.

Questions we will address in the workshop include:

  • What are good practices and approaches to take in a search project? What tends to trip up these projects?
  • What are the common customisation patterns for SharePoint 2013? When is out-of-the-box sufficient, and where do projects need to configure, extend, and add on?
  • If you are already using FS4SP, or are thinking about a migration to SharePoint 2013, how should you approach it? If you are using another search engine, what should you consider?
  • What kind of skills, training, and resources are needed for a successful project and ongoing maintenance?
  • How should search be successfully operated and grown once in production? What could be a long term strategy to make the most out of your search investments?

This workshop will be an interactive format, largely driven by attendee's scenarios and questions.  Bring your challenges and we will discuss, advise, and use them to illustrate good and bad practice.

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