On August 21, 2014, SharePoint-Videos will host an online class titled Making Enterprise Social Real in Your Organization with Yammer. This class will be led by Naomi Moneypenny, CTO of Synxi.
Anyone visiting Synxi’s web site will note the company’s one sentence slogan: “Machine Learning Recommendation Engine for Enterprise Social SharePoint 2013”. “Machine Learning” is a hot term in SharePoint conversations in the summer of 2014. Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO has pointed to some soon-to-be released enhancements to the enterprise search capabilities of Office 365 (and, by extension, one would presume, SharePoint Online).
In an article titled Microsoft to integrate new social, machine learning technologies into Office 365 Mary Jo Foley provides further detail on some of the same plans described by Nadella. She connects the dots and identifies “Office Graph” as the Office 365 application targeted for the machine learning capability.
Synxi’s “machine learning recommendation engine” appears to be a patented product: the “Synxi Knowledge Discovery Function”, which can be added to SharePoint 2013 via a web part. The function provides consumers with a personalized enterprise search capability, which is based on what’s known about a consumer, and discernible from his/her past history of visits to web sites, etc. Rather than waiting, passively, for consumers to request information, Synxi’s function appears to follow consumers across shared document libraries, lists, pages, and other features of SharePoint 2013. Once consumers land on pages, the function presents content it expects to be relevant, for the specific consumer, based on his/her profile.
While not mentioned outright in its promotional content, it would appear one’s history of enterprise social interactions (via Yammer, SharePoint newsfeeds, etc) is fed into the Synxi function as another content source. All of these content sources feed the function the information it needs to discern user interests. This list of interests impact on just what content the Synxi function presents to users as they navigate around SharePoint “scopes”.
Perhaps the above information will be useful to anyone deciding whether or not it makes sense to register for our online class. After all, the class leader, Naomi Moneypenny is the CTO of Synxi.
It may also be useful to note Synxi is a mission-critical Microsoft partner for SharePoint.
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