Enterprise Search as an Application – Validation in Anaheim

I was really looking forward to attending the Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2011 in Anaheim, CA and the event didn’t disappoint.  Not only did I get to enjoy that southern California weather but I got the chance to get reacquainted with some old friends, meet some new people in the community and immerse myself in my favorite topic: enterprise search.

The number and range of session talks was staggering.  A few titles hit me right off of the bat as sessions I wanted to see:

  • Creating Beautiful and Engaging Web Sites with SharePoint 2010
  • Best Practices from the Field: Managing Corporate Metadata and Taxonomies with SharePoint 2010
  • The Convergence of ECM and Knowledge Management: Strategies for Success

There were lots more, as well, so my days were pretty jam packed.  My most significant take-away from the conference was a general feeling of well-being as a result of learning that our approach to designing information architectures, taxonomies, and metadata schemas for SharePoint was exactly what Microsoft was advocating as best practice. 

It was also very interesting (and validating) that the song that we’ve been singing here at Earley & Associates for the last several years – that of Search as an Application – has become mainstream.  There were numerous sessions just on this topic, like:

  • Beyond Ten Blue Links: Why Search-Driven Applications Matter to the Enterprise
  • Making the Most of Your Content: Combining ECM and Enterprise Search
  • Solving Enterprise Search Challenges with SharePoint 2010

It is exciting to see how much the idea of Search as a Experience has taken hold.  Instead of providing just the ‘out of the box’ search tools more organizations are developing a search EXPERIENCE for their users that is more engaging, dynamic and interactive.  Of course, to make all of that happen you need the right information architecture, taxonomies and metadata in place which is where we come in.

Not too coincidentally, this was precisely the topic of the fourth session of our Content Choreography Jumpstart series.  You can check out the video replay for this as well as the other three sessions here.

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