I’m delighted that Matthew McDermott and Kevin Watters have joined BA Insight’s Advisory Board. Both are top-notch search gurus, new colleagues, and old friends. I know them from different worlds- Matthew from SharePoint search and Kevin from open source search.
New Year’s predictions are a longstanding tradition, dating at least back to the 16th century French seer Nostradamus. Personally, I started only four years ago, and my predictions focus around search, digital workplaces, and market dynamics involving Microsoft. I intend for these predictions to be much more useful, informative, and accurate than Nostradamus’ (a low […]
You hear about AI, machine learning, and cognitive services from every direction these days. Personally, I’ve been getting deep into the cognitive services provided by Microsoft and Google. Over the last year these have expanded enormously, and the pace of development is only increasing.
When I’m asked what makes BA Insight special, I talk about our talented and dedicated employees, our customer-centric culture, our products’ capabilities and quality, our broad customer base…and, of course, our unique approach to the market.
We recently announced a new product called SmartHub (you can read the announcement here). This is a big milestone for BA Insight, a key step in our strategy of delivering a new generation of smarter search solutions.
Last week we announced a new application, Search for Dynamics (you can read the announcement here). Search for Dynamics plugs into the Dynamics UI and brings up relevant information using the search engine inside SharePoint and SharePoint Online.
Do you ever feel like change sneaks up on you? Or feel surprised at how much progress you’ve made over the course of time, when you don’t notice it day by day?
“Jeff, do you have any insight into how people really use Delve? People are asking me because of the recent announcement…I am confused about whether/how to roll it out, and it seems like a moving target. Can you shed some light on it please?” I get this kind of email regularly. Last week, after Microsoft […]
Today BA Insight announced a new version of our Visual Refiners application (you can read the announcement here. The focus of this release is bringing mobile search to Office 365 – so in addition to the core features of Visual Refiners, we’ve added support for: Office 365: Visual Refiners is now available as a SharePoint-hosted […]
Last week we announced a new version of our AutoClassifier (you can read the announcement here). This release has many new features and capabilities, including the addition of machine learning into the AutoClassifier. There is remarkable power in machine learning, and we’re excited to add this to our products.
Today BA Insight announced a strategic and exclusive partnership with NGAGE Intelligence to develop a Next-Generation Analytics Platform. By the end of Q2, we expect to have a new platform available which will give our customers unparalleled insight into user interaction across multiple systems. We’re leveraging technology from both companies as well as the latest […]
In my previous blog article, I set the stage for this year’s predictions by looking at my predictions for 2015 (the first year I made predictions) and 2016. My track record definitely improved and I got 8 out of 10 predictions correct last year. I also declared that I would make 2017’s predictions much more […]
It’s that time again. It’s become a bit of a tradition to lay out predictions for the coming year at the beginning of January. For me, it’s a relatively recent tradition I started in 2015. My predictions focus around search, digital workplaces, and market dynamics involving Microsoft. This year I started by recording a podcast, […]
Back in March I did an analysis of “the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” of SharePoint 2016 (you can see our recorded webinar on this here). This was just after the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) of SharePoint 2016. I went through it in four areas: Infrastructure, User Experience, Compliance, and Hybrid. There was a lot […]
The Microsoft Ignite conference was a whirlwind – vastly broad in the range of content, and full of news. One of my favorite areas is the Mobile and Intelligent Intranet introduced as a theme in the Future of SharePoint. At Ignite, Mark Kashman and Adam Harmetz had a great session titled Discover what’s new and what’s coming […]
Intranets may seem like an old concept, but they’re having a resurgence. The number of intranet “renovation” projects is up, and many of these projects are “teardowns” looking to leapfrog into a much better employee experience by starting fresh. There has been a rash of new products coming on the market touting “ready to use” intranets in […]
The folks at the European SharePoint Conference (ESPC) not only put on an excellent conference every fall, but they also do a great job soliciting high-quality content about SharePoint and distributing educational materials to the community. I’ve enjoyed working with them and speaking at ESPC the last couple of years, and now I’ve started contributing […]
If you haven’t already heard of Elasticsearch, or Elastic, you’re in a dwindling minority. A year ago, there were 20 million downloads of Elasticsearch, and now there are 50 million, so the word is definitely out. Elasticsearch is an open-source search stack, started in 2010, that has since grown exponentially and provides users with the power […]
Springboard, a new search facility within Google Apps, was announced Monday along with an update to Google Sites. Springboard provides a unified search facility that ties together Google Apps for Work, and will also uncover files located in any Google business app, including Google Drive, Gmail and contacts.
The news last week of Recommind’s acquisition had me singing “It’s a new dawn”. Why?Although the acquisition was undoubtedly motivated first and foremost by Recommind’s e-Discovery technology and business, I think there’s a strong chance this will be good news for their Enterprise Search customers. OpenText has the resources to succeed with search in a […]