I have been approached by CMS Wire, who liked my writing on my humble little blog here, and so I will be writing at least one article a month for them, and the first one is now available here:
SharePoint Enterprise Search: Lessons Learned in the field
Briefly its about our experiences at work with SharePoint search. My manager and AVP have been working on this since well before I joined them. The Proof Of Concept which saw the enterprise search features of SharePoint deployed to a group of users within the IT division has been very successful. We are now moving into production with the facility to be provided to the whole of the IT division - around 500 people.
So its not 'enterprise' search across the whole of our enterprise, but it is 'federated search' in that many existing information silo's are being indexed.
If your interested in learning more, I will be joining my old friend Martin White, Managing Director of Intranet Focus Ltd, and author of two excellent books on enterprise search, at Enterprise Search Summit East in New York.
We will be running a pre-conference workshop on Monday the 10th of May entitled: Getting the best from SharePoint Search Implementations. Hopefully we will see you there, come and say hi.