BA Insight Brings Smart Previews to the Cloud

BA Insight adds Previews and Content Assembly integration with Microsoft Office 365 and SharePoint hybrid environments

Boston, MA – February 8, 2016 – BA Insight announces availability of Smart Previews for Microsoft Office 365 and Smart Previews for Microsoft SharePoint hybrid environments – out-of-the-box software that boosts productivity by helping users quickly find what they seek in and outside Office 365 and SharePoint, explore inside documents and attachments, identify content to re-use, and automatically assemble it into new documents. Organizations with Office 365 can now enjoy Smart Previews on content from all their important repositories.

Smart Previews now supports all Microsoft SharePoint configurations across Office 365, on-premise and hybrid. Smart Previews uses SharePoint’s add-in model for Office 365 and hybrid SharePoint. Add-ins are lightweight, simple to deploy, and portable across upgrades – protecting clients’ investments and ensuring high service quality in O365. Document assembly and previews now support Office 2016 formats in addition to PDF and the many other formats available in previous versions.

“Office 365 and hybrid SharePoint integration with BA Insight’s Smart Previews provides customers a consistent, seamless experience for all their content,” said Rob Howard, director, Office 365 Ecosystem, Microsoft. “BA Insight has worked closely with Microsoft for years, and we’re thrilled to see them release products that add to the Office 365 and hybrid SharePoint experiences.”

“Great intranets require connectivity to enterprise and business systems, and they need to provide employees quick and natural access to information where-ever it lives, in whatever format,” said Jeff Fried, CTO of BA Insight. “Our customers regularly tell us that Smart Previews is their users’ favorite capability, and that it has been an essential element to the success of their SharePoint-based intranets. Availability of it in the cloud gives our customers flexibility and addresses the market need as more and more organizations plan out their path to Office 365 and hybrid SharePoint.”

With Smart Previews, users enjoy instant, explorable previews directly from search results, document libraries, and portals. They can view the entire document regardless of its format or location and take action directly from the preview without having to download the native file. In addition, users can save results to the Smart Previews workspace and assemble items into a variety of formats, for example creating a new Word document out of content from PDFs, PPTs, and emails across multiple different systems.

Smart Previews is available immediately. See our Smart Previews page for more information.

About BA Insight

As an innovator in the Cognitive Search Market, BA Insight’s best of breed approach helps companies  make search intelligent by providing technology that connects machine learning, cognitive computing, and enterprise systems, powering a new generation of intranets and cognitive search solutions.  Our customers have the freedom to leverage the best search engines and cognitive computing capabilities available, providing users with an internet-like search experience while saving them precious time looking for needed information.  We support multiple search platforms including Azure Search; Elasticsearch and Elastic Cloud; and SharePoint search (online, on-prem, and hybrid).

Our modular software product portfolio features SmartHub, delivering a personalized, internet-like user experience; connectors, providing secure connectivity to a wide variety of systems; classification, increasing findability using auto-tagging, text analytics, and metadata generation; and analytics, providing valuable data to make intelligent decisions about your intranet.

Hundreds of organizations and over 3.5 million users benefit from BA Insight’s software on a daily basis to provide compelling intranets that people love to use.  This includes respected organizations such as the Australian Government Department of Defence, CA Technologies, Chevron, DLA Piper, Keurig Green Mountain, Mars, Pepsi, Pfizer, and Travers Smith. BA Insight is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, a member of the Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Alliance, and an Elastic Partner.

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Media Contact:
Debbie Ferolito
BA Insight