IntraTeam 2015 – a brief visit

Last week I dropped in on the IntraTeam 2015 conference in Copenhagen, an event focused on intranets with some content on enterprise search. After a rather pleasant evening of Thai food and networking I attended the last day of the event. The keynote speaker was Dave Snowden, who has an amusing and rather curmudgeonly style of presentation, making sure to note the previous presenters ...Continue reading

Search Solutions 2013, a review

Yesterday was the always interesting Search Solutions one day conference held by the BCS IRSG in London, a mix of talks on different aspects of search. The first presentation was by Behshad Behzadi of Google on Conversational Search, where he showed a speech-capable search in...Continue reading

A belated report on Enterprise Search Europe 2013

Earlier this month I attended the third Enterprise Search Europe conference, this time not to speak but to run workshops, panels, tracks and social events. On Tuesday a colleague and I gave a workshop on Getting the Best from Open Source Search which I hope was useful to attendees: one thing I did take away is how the level of experience with open source and indeed search technology itself can vary widely: some attendees had already experi...Continue reading

Search Solutions 2012 – a review

Last Thursday I spent the day at the British Computer Society's Search Solutions event, run by their Information Retrieval Specialist Group. Unlike some events I could mention, this isn't a forum for sales pitches, over-inflated claims or business speak - just some great presentations on all aspects of search and some lively networking or discussion. It's one of my favourite events of t...Continue reading

The death of enterprise search is reported, again

There's no doubt that the search market has been in turmoil for many months now: traditional, closed source vendors are either frantically repositioning to avoid the 'juggernaut that is Apache's Solr/Lucene project' or attempting to bore customers to death with Powerpoint. Our sources tell us that in the UK at...Continue reading

Building bridges in the Cloud with open source search

We've just published a case study on our work for C Spencer Ltd., a UK-based civil engineering company who take a pro-active approach to document management - instead of taking the default Sharepoint route or buying another product off the shelf, they decided to create their own in-house system based on open source components, hosted on the Amazon AWS Cloud. We've helped them integrate Continue reading

Open source intranet search over millions of documents with full security

Last year my colleague Tom Mortimer talked about indexing security information within an open source enterprise search application, and we're happy to announce more details of the project. Our client is an international radio supplier, who had considered both closed source products and search appliances, but chose open source for greater flexibility and the much lower cost of scaling...Continue reading

Intranet search event

Intranet Search was the theme for a small gathering last night at the (rather imposing) Ministry of Justice in London. We heard from Luke Oatham on intranet search at the Ministry itself, powered by Google over a reasonably small set of static and hand-published HTML. Simon Thompson continued with a neat way of enhancing Sharepoint search, using Continue reading

Find out how we build in document security for open source search

My colleague Tom Mortimer will be talking at the London Intranet Show & Tell on 2nd December, about how to implement document-level security for search: his presentation is titled "Implementing ACLs in an open source search solution". There are still a few tickets left for this small event, which will be of value to those working on intranet search....Continue reading