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Social and Business – Who really cares who else likes this?

This blog is a continuation of my previous blog, ‘Social Media – Who really cares how many Tweets you get’. We are turning our attention to SharePoint Online.

The Recommendations feature. This feature is similar to an Internet search, where the end user is offered ‘people who viewed this also viewed.’ Although this feature is very helpful in a business to consumer environment, within an enterprise environment it is not particularly so, as it is based on the volatility of the end user queries as opposed to identifying the relevance of a query. What I can’t figure out, is most users click on the wrong document about four times during a search, how does the search engine know I am incompetent and I keep picking the wrong documents?

Another one is Event Based Relevancy. This is an analytics component that works as an Internet search engine and analyzes how content is connected, how often an item appears in a search result, and which search results are clicked. The analytics component tracks and analyzes this information and uses it to continuously improve relevance. The premise again would be questionable to me due to the dynamics of how end users search.

To refer back to my previous blog, the ability to like or dislike a document is actually irrelevant. If the document that is retrieved has nothing to do with I ‘was actually looking for’, I may, in a bad mood only, say, I ‘dislike’ this document. Rather subjective depending on the search query, the role of the user, and the relevancy to what they are searching for.

What do all of you think about bells and whistles in search engines, when none of them ever return the documents you are looking for anyway?

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Bye Bye SharePoint – You can’t say you weren’t warned!

I read an excellent Gartner document entitled, ‘Redefine Microsoft’s Role in Your Web Strategy as SharePoint Moves to the Cloud’. Access to the document requires you to be a Gartner client. But, I’ll share the scoop. The summary: “Thousands of organizations counting on SharePoint as the basis for their websites and portals will have to revise their plans. Microsoft is pushing SharePoint users toward a cloud-based offering that doesn’t support the customization, integration and innovation their initiatives require.” Wow.

I think most SharePoint clients and professionals already knew that. If not, they should. What are the impacts that Gartner was able to identify?

  • Many organizations using SharePoint for portal and website initiatives will find a collaboration-focused, cloud-based SharePoint unsuitable to their unique needs.
  • Due to Microsoft pushing SharePoint into the cloud, Web leaders can no longer expect SharePoint to provide suitable content management for most customer-facing websites and digital marketing efforts.
  • Organizations that have invested in custom development or third-party add-ons will be forced to revise their existing codebases and change future custom development.

I’ve grown rather fond of SharePoint over the years. I guess, there comes a time when all things come to an end. But, back to the real world, reading the hand-writing on the wall, is your organization making any plans for doomsday when SharePoint is no more? Although still in the distant (or not so distant) future, is your organization aware of and facing any of the obstacles of replicating your on-premise SharePoint to Office 365?

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