Enterprise Search from Microsoft – Comparison

Microsoft has three main offerings in the enterprise search space, from small scale search to solutions that are scalable to support extremely demanding search challenges. The table below, taken from the Microsoft Enterprise Search website, gives an overview of the three solutions.   Best-in-class enterprise search for the most demanding applications Learn more The ability…

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Qualities of Successful Enterprise Search Solution

There are numerous components of an enterprise search solution that will determine whether or not it is successful:   Results Relevancy  The results returned must be relevant for the users’ needs. Providing relevant search results in an enterprise environment can be tricky, as link structure, site hierarchy and security all need to be considered. Relevance…

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The Need for Enterprise Search

  We all use search everyday – particularly on the Internet. We take it for granted as the starting point to find information, from a variety of different sources. We also expect search results to be timely, relevant and ordered. This standard of search is available on the Internet today, so why should we expect…

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Exciting Office 2010 Announcements!

As well as announcing the Exchange 2010 beta availability, other exciting Office 2010 news has recently been announced by Microsoft.   The next wave of Office products will include Office 2010, SharePoint Server 2010, Visio 2010 and Project 2010. The 2010 system will give users a consistent experience across devices, making it easier to collaborate…

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Benefits of being a Microsoft Partner – Registered, Certified and Certified Gold

There are numerous benefits of being a Microsoft partner, including: Building networks within Microsoft and with other Microsoft partners Access to Microsoft software and in-depth product information Promote your offerings on Microsoft.com   There are 3 different levels of Microsoft partner: Registered, Certified and Certified Gold. Information about the benefits you get at these different…

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Internet Sites built on SharePoint Server 2007

When they hear ‘SharePoint’, most people think intranet, but did you know some fantastic Internet sites are built on SharePoint Server 2007?   Below are some of my personal favourites:   Penguin Spinebreakers Great use of embedded videos, search and all of the content is updated by teenagers – showing how straightforward SharePoint is to…

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SharePoint Server 2007 – Customising the Look and Feel of Sites

In this demo, recorded by Chris Parkes, a fellow PTS, we look at how the look and feel of SharePoint Server sites can be customised using the sample master pages, available to download here. Chris shows the 4 styles, each available in different colours, and demonstrates how the layout of a SharePoint site can be…

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SharePoint Server 2007 – People and Personalisation

In this demo, recorded by Chris Parkes, a fellow PTS, we look at how SharePoint Server can be used to find information about people within an organisation, including what distribution list memberships and colleagues you have in common.   Chris demonstrates MySites in SharePoint, including the My Home and My Profile views and the different…

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SharePoint Server 2007 – Collaboration

In this demo, recorded by Chris Parkes, a fellow PTS, we look at how SharePoint Server can be used as a collaboration tool.   Chris creates a new SharePoint site based on the team site template, using the site creation wizard within the SharePoint interface. He then discusses document libraries and highlights some of the…

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SharePoint Server 2007 – Business Processes and Forms

In this demo, recorded by Chris Parkes, a fellow PTS, we look at how SharePoint Server can make use of InfoPath forms and workflow to improve and simplify business processes.   Chris first creates a Forms Library on a SharePoint site, to store completed InfoPath forms. He then highlights some of the features of InfoPath,…

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