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  • Blog Post: Business Data Search in SharePoint 2010: Crawling associated external content types

    Business data associations are widely used to fetch related external content (ex. data from two sql tables connected by a foreign key or an email that contains attachments) and display it in SharePoint webparts. SharePoint Search 2010 ships with new features that enable crawling of Business Data Connectivity...
  • Blog Post: Innovation on Linux and UNIX

    Innovation is at the heart of our enterprise search strategy, and a commitment to innovation is what brought FAST and Microsoft together. When we announced the acquisition two years ago, we said that we were committed to cross-platform innovation—that we’d “continue to offer stand-alone versions of ESP...
  • Blog Post: The Search Developer Story in SharePoint 2010 - Query Interfaces

    SharePoint 2010 includes a number of features that make the platform easier to use for developers. An improved Visual Studio integration, the addition of LINQ to the SharePoint platform, sandboxing for deployment, and the new developer dashboard are just a few examples of how developing and deploying...
  • Blog Post: Enterprise Search and Bing Services – Part 2: Bing Geo-coding Structured/Unstructured Text for Search

    Web-based mapping services from Microsoft and others have been around for a number of years, but all are naturally dependent on data that contains well defined geo-coordinate information – usually latitude and longitude pairs. But what if you have content without clearly defined geo-tagged? For example...
  • Blog Post: FAST meets SharePoint - What's Coming in Search for SharePoint 2010

    Last week was the 2009 SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas. The sold-out attendance of 7400 doubled the number from the previous SharePoint conference 1 ½ years ago. This is not too surprising given the incredible momentum of SharePoint and the fact that much of the event was dedicated to disclosure of...
  • Blog Post: Enterprise Search and Bing Services – Part 1: The Bing Translator

    (In May of this year, Microsoft launched its Bing search service for the Web. While Bing has shown steady growth in the Web search market, it’s not well known that Bing also includes a collection of services that can be accessed programmatically to enhance enterprise applications. This is the first of...
  • Blog Post: Searching for Virtue - Virtuous Cycles as a Model for Successful Search Implementations

    I like design patterns. I like the idea that there are right ways to do things and wrong ways (anti-patterns). Of course I understand that the world is not so black and white, but collecting and cataloging the collected wisdom of what works and what doesn’t when designing software systems seems like...
  • Blog Post: Coping with Hype in Enterprise Search Marketing

    Not long ago, I was invited to participate at a customer’s annual conference. It was an amazing experience. I’ve been to conferences of all sorts, but I confess I’ve never attended an event quite like this one. Let’s just say that I’m used to.. well… less energetic IT conferences. This particular company...
  • Blog Post: A Focus on Search User Experience

    It’s happening… slowly … but it’s happening. Attention in search is finally shifting from a focus on low-level features and relevancy models to looking at the whole user experience for information access. I, for one, am very glad to see this trend. Of all the enterprise technologies out there, few...
  • Blog Post: Observations from the Text Analytics Summit 2009

    One of the hard parts about organizing a conference like the 5 th annual Text Analytics Summit , held last week in Boston, must be selecting the industry case studies. Text analytics is a highly specialized, but broad reaching topic that has applications in life sciences, financial service, legal, retail...
  • Blog Post: Actionable Search – From What to Why?

    Day 1 at the Enterprise Search Summit in NYC is wrapping up and I’ve just listened to Lisa Denissen from Shearman & Sterling talk about Actionable Search. Actionable search is a key tenet of Microsoft’s enterprise search strategy, so it was good to see promotion of the concept. For many organizations...
  • Blog Post: Search and Natural User Interfaces - Part 2

    In my first post on this subject last week, I referred to a scene in the movie “Minority Report” as a visionary example of a natural user interfaces (NUIs) and, more to the theme of this blog, a visionary example of ad hoc search within a NUI. I realize that I didn’t offer a definition of NUIs in that...
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