Enterprise Search Europe - Conference Programme

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

09.15 - 09.30
Welcome from the Conference Chair
Martin White, Managing Director, Intranet Focus Ltd, UK
09.30 - 10.20
Keynote: Fishing the Big Data Streams – The Future of Search
Charlie Hull, Managing Consultant, OpenSource Connections, UK

We've all seen the hype about Big Data and the Internet of Things - but one thing we can be sure of is that once every light bulb, fridge and car is producing data, it will be even harder to make sense of it all in real time. Drawing on cutting edge research, Charlie describes how search technology combined with high volume streaming analytics might offer a solution. 

10.20 - 11.00
CASE STUDY: Extending Enterprise Search at AstraZeneca
Hans-Josef Jeanrond, VP Marketing, Sinequa
Steve Woodward, Senior Architect, CTO Office, AstraZeneca

Although there is a great deal of interest in open source search, commercial search software companies are also developing innovative solutions for enterprise-wide search. At AstraZeneca, Sinequa have worked closely with the company's Chief Technology Officer to extend an expertise search solution to cover a much wider set of repositories and services. 

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11.00 - 11.30
Coffee in the Sponsor Showcase
11.30 - 12.10
CASE STUDY: Evolving Search at PwC
Dayle Collins, Senior Manager, UK Knowledge & Network Services, PwC
Vince McNamara, Director, Dahu

It seems that few organisations have a well-founded search strategy. In this session the benefits of focusing on search enhancements that can make a significant impact on business performance are described. These include content scope and quality, the use of analytics to improve performance, user interface design and gaining feedback from the business. 

12.10 - 12.50
CASE STUDY: Powering the Single Patient Record in NHS Wales with Apache Solr
Ian Williams, Lead Applications Architect, NHS Wales Informatics Service

The public sector faces considerable findability challenges. NHS Wales has taken the innovative approach of using Apache Solr to index health records, providing single-click access to patient data. Hear how the search application will become an integral part of the Welsh Clinical Portal, a secure online web application for healthcare professionals. 

12.50 - 13.00
Morning Round-Up

A chance to reflect on the morning’s sessions and to ask the speakers further questions.

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13.00 - 14.00
Lunch in the Sponsor Showcase
14.00 - 14.40
CASE STUDY: Enhancing Search and Compliance – why and how we did it at Nottinghamshire County Council
Lesley Holmes, Information Manager, Nottinghamshire County Council

Organisations in the public sector are accountable to a wide range of compliance requirements. At Nottinghamshire County Council, the decision was taken to adopt a concept-based application to improve relevance and precision. The business case is presented, together with the benefits and challenges of this approach. 

14.40 - 15.20
CASE STUDY: Migrating from Exalead to Open Source Solr – Lessons Learned at IFCE (French Horse and Riding Institute)
Cedric Ulmer, CEO, France Labs
Alban Ferignac, Project Manager, Institut Français du Cheval et de l'Equitation

Although enhancing a current search application can give improved search performance, there could also be a case for replacing the application. This presentation describes how the decision was taken to replace Exalead with Apache Solr to manage a database of millions of horses. Topics include the business case, project scale, performance and project management. 

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15.20 - 15.45
Tea in the Sponsor Showcase
Track A — StrategyTrack B — Roundtables
15.45 - 16.50
STRATEGY: Selling Search to Senior Stakeholders
Martin White, Managing Director, Intranet Focus Ltd, UK

Based on his experience as a search strategist the author of Enterprise Search describes some ways in which a business case for search can be successfully sold to senior stakeholders. 

15.45 - 16.50
ROUNDTABLE: Open Source Search Implementation
Moderator: Charlie Hull, Managing Consultant, OpenSource Connections, UK

An opportunity to share successes and challenges, and to extend your network of search managers with an interest in open source search implementation. 

16.50 - 17.30
STRATEGY: Critical Success Factors for Enterprise Search Implementation

Miles Kehoe has been involved in the implementation of commercial and open source search solutions in the USA for almost two decades. For the first time at a European event, Miles looks back over countless projects to illustrate some of the critical success factors in implementation. Miles will also be closing the conference at the end of Day Two, with a review of the themes that he feels have emerged from Enterprise Search Europe 2015. 

16.50 - 17.30
ROUNDTABLE: SharePoint Implementation
Moderators: Sebastian Klatt, VP, Business Development, Raytion, Germany, and Jana Mitkovska, Project Manager, Raytion

Share the outcomes of your SP2010 and SP2013 implementations and learnabout enhancements announced by Microsoft for search in SP2016. 

17.30 - 18.30
Drinks Reception

Join us straight after the close of the conference for informal drinks and an opportunity to catch up with fellow delegates, speakers and sponsors to continue the day’s discussions.

19.00 - 20.00
Enterprise Search Meet-Up
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Don't miss the traditional Enterprise Search Meet-Up, an evening social event at a local venue, run by the Enterprise Search Cambridge and the Apache Lucene Solr London Meet-Up groups. 

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