Since the takeover of the Norwegian company FAST Search & Transfer Microsoft has invested a lot into search technologies for SharePoint. With SharePoint 2013 this merging process has reached by and large a completion at the product level and the range of search solutions has become much clearer for Microsoft customers.
For many users SharePoint serves as an important and partially strategic platform for collaboration and document management. Furthermore, a broad range of additional structured and unstructured content sources are used day in day out. These are ERP and CRM systems, data bases, file servers, Email servers and various Web 2.0 solutions and portals.
SharePoint 2013 Search vs. Enterprise Search
Search functions embedded into information systems serve primarily for content searches within these systems. This also applies to SharePoint. Despite its very powerful search it is not a universal enterprise search solution.
SharePoint is not a universal Enterprise Search solution
- With FAST Microsoft has abandoned a universal search product line in favor of a SharePoint-centric search.
- Limitations of the SharePoint 2013 Search (functions which were not taken over):
- lack of convertors for non-Microsoft file formats
- lack of convertors for non-Microsoft file sources or major limitations to functionality (e.g., HTTP crawler and Lotus Notes connector)
- Missing processors to process specific XML formats
- SharePoint 2013 Search has no Push-interface
- No search for similar documents possible
- SharePoint Search has no way to present a homogeneous search result from various data sources
- Major limitations for semantic solutions with regards to company-specific vocabulary due to SharePoint’s inability to realize search applications across data sources (i.e., meta data navigation across data sources)
- Mentioned limitations cannot be compensated by 3rd party add-on products (e.g., practical experience has shown that 3rd party connectors severely impact the quality of a search solution)
Important additional functions of an Enterprise Search
- Indexing of non-Microsoft file formats
- Search index-based applications
- Meta data extraction from text contents (i.e., named entity extraction like the recognition of proper names or geographical terms within a text)
- Preview of found content including highlighting hits of all indexed file formats
- Extended search (via a form rather than a simple search entry field)
- Saved searches, notification on new hits, search results as RSS feed
- Social search (tagging & bookmarks)
- High indexing and search scalability with low complexity (for installation, operation and required resources)
- Platform independent: intergator is completely implemented in Java and can be applied to Windows and Linux systems)
Why intergator Enterprise Search?
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