Category Archives: Blog

What Can You Crawl in Office 365?

As organizations move toward the cloud, there has been some confusion around management and optimization of search. I’ve had more than one conversation with customers about the continued need for a search strategy, and then someone asks, “But doesn’t the Microsoft Graph pick up everything? Why do I need to still worry about search?”

Tapping into the Cognitive Arms Race: Our Best-of-Breed Strategy

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.

A Perspective on our Best-of-Breed Approach

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.

Directions in Cognitive Search

Cognitive Search Starts with Understanding Search Cognitive search, and indeed, the entire new wave of cognitive applications, are the next leap forward in information access.  These apps rest on a search backbone that integrates information, making it findable and usable.

The Increasingly Intelligent Search Experience

How much time do you spend searching for the right content? According to one study, knowledge workers spend 20% or more of their day looking for timely and relevant content. Personally, I think that is a conservative estimate – but thankfully, Microsoft and many of its partners are trying to reduce that number.

The Important Role of Search Analytics

Adoption and engagement are quickly becoming the most discussed topics in the SharePoint community. Why? Because organizations are realizing that the concept of “build it and they will come” was never true, and that they need to do a better job of tracking and measuring collaboration – and demonstrating business value. They’ve learned that no […]

My First Podcast – The Evolution of Legal Technology (and my kids STILL don’t think I’m cool)

I recently participated in my first podcast on the BA Insight Shared Insights show.  I discussed the ‘Evolution of Legal Technology’, where I shared my firsthand observations of how law firms have managed to keep up with the explosion of technology solutions over the past 20 years – all aimed at helping today’s lawyers become […]

The Most Satisfying Part of My Job…

One of the great things about being a B2B sales professional is being involved in the lifecycle of a solution from its earliest stage, when it is just an idea, through production rollout. In my five years at BA Insight, I have been fortunate enough to be part of many innovative implementations of enterprise search […]

The Search for Intelligent Search – Is it Delve?

“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 […]

Going Mobile – Introducing our New Release of Visual Refiners

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 […]