On January 24, 2013 Asif Rehmani, SharePoint MVP, MCT and President of Rehmani Consulting, Inc. hosted a webinar on SharePoint 2010 Search. Participating in this webinar along with Asif Rehmani were 2 co-authors of Pro SharePoint 2010 Search, Josh Noble and Robert Piddoke. The occasion prompting this webinar was the public release of a new training set on SharePoint-Videos.com, SharePoint 2010: Search. This set of training content on search, which is, undoubtedly, an important feature of an implementation of SharePoint 2010 is available for purchase for either unlimited individual viewing, or for unlimited viewing by groups of any size within an organization. As well, the content included in this training set is available to any subscriber to our web site content. Please contact us for additional information on any of these offers, we’re glad to help.
Over the next few posts of this blog we will present our commentary on specific videos included in this set. Let’s start with a look at the Webinar – Understanding SharePoint Search.
As Asif Rehmani notes in his opening comments, some users have been disappointed with the value they have derived from the search feature for SharePoint 2010. To a large extent, the gap between the actual utility of this feature, and its potential can be attributed to a lack of understanding of how the search feature works. This gap is especially challenging, today, in 2013 as the result of the fact that search is a ubiquitous practice, and, further, a capability that users of enterprise document management (EDM) applications like SharePoint 2010 have come to rely upon, hence the rationale of our set of training content on the topic. In fact, we are confident that the search feature for SharePoint 2010 can provide users with a highly valuable resource, it’s just that training is required to transform the out of the box feature into the highly useful tool that it can be.
Josh Nobel begins his presentation by pointing out that it may be helpful to gain an understanding of search by taking a look at the structure of this feature in SharePoint 2010, which is, in effect, a search engine for SharePoint as an organization’s chosen EDM solution. As Josh Noble points out, any search engine is built upon, broadly speaking, a back end which includes a crawler and a method of indexing the crawl results. The front end of most search engines amounts to the method of exposing the search results to the user, with particular regard to the order under which information is displayed.
In the next post to this blog we will follow further on Josh Nobel’s presentation of some of the notable back end structure of the search engine in SharePoint 2010.
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