Optimizing Your SharePoint Investment - Through Search & Information Architecture
Dates: Thursdays, June 4-25
Time: 12:30-2:00 pm, EST
Can't find content inside of SharePoint?
Join us for a 4-part series of webinars dedicated to demystifying and revitalizing SharePoint search. From basic search scopes to custom properties, unstructured content to structured data, we’ll cover a variety of methods you can use to improve your search experience and results.
- Alan Pelz-Sharpe, CMS Watch
- Shawn Shell, Consejo Inc.
- Seth Earley, Earley & Associates
- Sadie Van Buren, Knowledge Management Associates
- Lars Fastrup, Fastrup Software
- Toby Conrad, Smartlogic
- Miles Oldrey, Smartlogic
- Paul Wlodarczyk, Earley & Associates
- Jeff Carr, Earley & Associates
- Michael Shulha, Earley & Associates
Session 1: Creating a SharePoint Strategy
Session 2: Making Basic SharePoint Search Work
Session 3: Custom Metadata & Faceted Search: Approaches & Tools
Session 4: SharePoint IA vs. the Real World
Call 1: Creating a SharePoint Strategy, June 4 - Archive available, we will send recording to registrants
Speakers: Seth Earley (Earley & Associates) + Alan Pelz-Sharpe (CMS Watch)
One of the reasons many SharePoint implementations fail to meet user expectations is the lack of investment in its underlying information architecture. Some organizations see SharePoint as an out-of-the-box solution that they can simply plug in and throw content into, but it requires as much thought and effort around data structure, organizational principles and search configuration as any portal or intranet. This call will discuss building an effective search and information architecture strategy for SharePoint, including such topics as:
• Building a search & IA vision
• Requirements gathering & use cases
• Implementation strategy & approaches
• Where SharePoint is headed - the future of SharePoint search
Call 2: Making Basic SharePoint Search Work, June 11 - Archive available, we will send recording to registrants
Speakers: Shawn Shell (Consejo, Inc.) + Sadalit Van Buren (Knowledge Management Associates)
Making SharePoint Search work comes down to some very practical steps you can take to improve the search experience for your end users. Many organizations fail to take advantage of the controls built into SharePoint. Further, they ignore objective ways to measure success. In this call, we will discuss the following topics:
• The impact of site structure on relevancy
• Using metadata to improve findability
• Leveraging SharePoint Best Bets and Authoritative pages for prescribed key words
• Enabling users to take advantage of pre-constructed search queries
• Measuring results and making adjustment
Call 3: Navigation, Metadata & Faceted Search: Approaches & Tools, June 18 - Archive available, we will send recording to registrants
Speakers: Lars Fastrup (Fastrup Software) + Paul Wlodarczyk (Earley & Associates)
As the volume of information creeps steadily up in your SharePoint portal, so does the importance of sound navigation and metadata that can be leveraged for search. There are challenges around implementing hierarchical metadata and faceted search in SharePoint. Lars Farstrup will discuss various options for creating an effective navigation and faceted search experience in Sharepoint. Paul Wlodarczyk will cover the range of available SharePoint add-ons and compatible tools to help you manage metadata, taxonomies and provide more robust search and tagging. Topics include:
• Navigation pain points in SharePoint search
• Using faceted search to implement better navigation
• Custom taxonomy & faceted search - build vs. buy scenarios
• Taxonomy/Metadata/Search vendor landscape overview
• Specific tool features and limitations
Call 4: SharePoint IA vs. the Real World, Thursday, June 25, 12:30-2:00pm ET
Speakers: Toby Conrad & Miles Oldrey (Smartlogic) + Jeff Carr and Michael Shulha (Earley & Associates)
So you've done everything we've talked about: you've honed a strategy, configured your search, you have a taxonomy... but does this ensure success? What human considerations does it take to make SharePoint projects work, such as effective governance and gaining buy-in? This final session will walk through real world case studies from the trenches that discuss how pull all the pieces together, getting the most out of the technology and the people.
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Join us to hear Toby Conrad and Miles Oldrey (Smartlogic) and Michael Shulha and Jeff Carr (Earley & Associates) reveal the reality of using taxonomies and ontologies for search enhancement in SharePoint, including motivations, challenges, achievements, and lessons learned from a variety of organizations.
Earley & Associates is an information management consulting company specializing in Taxonomy development and management Content management strategy
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