SharePoint is designed to evolve with your business, but using SharePoint to its full potential presents plenty of challenges. In this presentation, Sadalit Van Buren, author of The SharePoint Maturity Model and Senior Software Engineer at Blue Metal Architects, spotlights the top 5 barriers to reaching SharePoint search maturity. Drawing from real survey data, Sadalit explains how to get past challenges to findability and implement best practices and improvements to your SharePoint search.
SharePoint has become an integral part of many enterprise content management solutions, with a reported adoption rate of 78% percent of Fortune 500 companies as of this writing. The software is attractive due to its clean UI, collaboration tools, seamless integration with Microsoft Office, and the ability it gives IT administrators to deploy and securely manage intranet, extranet and Internet sites from one centralized platform.
Getting the best out of a SharePoint deployment requires meticulous planning, as well as a series of milestones and guidelines against which the success of the SharePoint project can be measured. Sadalit Van Buren’s SharePoint Maturity Model version 2.0 ( https://www.nothingbutsharepoint.com/sites/eusp/Pages/The-SharePoint-Maturity-Model,-Version-2-0.aspx )is a good place to look for some answers.
In this model Van Buren defines Search Competancy as follows:
I recently developed a SharePoint 2010 solution which includes an advanced search web part which allows the users to perform enterprise searches and view the returned results in a graphical rich representation.
As an architect I want to ensure that the search results that are returned to the user match what the user wanted to find and that the results that are returned on the first page are the most relevant, so the user does not have to look through several pages of results to find the best matches for their search. This is called Search Relevancy.
It is very important to realize the difference between Sorting and Ranking. In my own words I would describe Sorting as the process or arranging objects according to a specific attribute of the item. An example would be the books in a library.
Ranking is where an item takes precedence over other items based on a combination of attributes. Examples of this would be how tools in a workshop are arranged, how equipment is arranged in an E.R. room, how individuals are ranked based on the role they play in the military, or even how food items are arranged in the supermarket. One realize from these examples that there is no single property which can be used to determine the ranking of such items and that Ranking is based on the importance an item has in a given situation.