Professional Microsoft Search: FAST Search, SharePoint Search, and Search Server Paperback – Oct 12 2010
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From the Back Cover
Plan, customize, and deploy Microsoft Search to get the results you want
Microsoft Enterprise Search technology offers cutting-edge innovations for connecting people to the information they seek. Written by a team of experts in the field, this book presents comprehensive coverage of Enterprise Search and the new Microsoft offerings. It starts by providing you with an understanding of how Enterprise Search differs from Internet search. It then explains how you can apply search technology across a wide range of applications, how to customize Enterprise Search to make it work for you, and how to develop applications that include search.
Professional Microsoft Search:
Surveys the issues that need to be addressed for a successful search deployment
Reviews the process of creating a business plan for search and establishing a search center of excellence
Details SharePoint Search, Search Server, and FAST Search architecture, installation, and customization
Details FAST Search for Internet Sites, including multinode deployment in Linux as well as the new Content Transformation Services and Interaction Management Services components
Delves into advanced topics and trends such as social search and search/business intelligence convergence
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About the Author
Mark Bennett is a founder and CTO of New Idea Engineering, Inc.
Jeff Fried is Senior Technical Product Manager at Microsoft, focused on Enterprise Search.
Miles Kehoe is a founder and President of New Idea Engineering, Inc.
Natalya Voskresenskaya is a Microsoft MVP and is cofounder of Arcovis LLC.
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This book covers a very broad range of topics. If you are trying to make sense of how Microsoft is selling all of these search products, I would recommend reading Chapter 3 - "Overview of Microsoft Enterprise Search," Chapter 5 - "FAST Search Within SharePoiont 2010," and Chapter 7 - "Introduction to FAST ESP." These three chapters are a fantastic field guide and map to Microsoft's fleet of search products. Armed by these chapters, you are well suited to evaluate Microsoft's offering, help a company via consultation, or even prepare an offensive and defensive strategy to sell against the Microsoft product line as a marketer or sales engineer.
If you are selecting a Microsoft strategy, Chapter 6 - "Customizing Search with SharePoiont 2010," will provide good coverage of what is possible and even spark some ideas of using these Microsoft products for different projects. Chapter 10 - "Enterprise Search is Social Search," Chapter 11 - "Search and Business Intelligence," and Chapter 12 - "The Future of Search," provide some interesting perspectives on the edge cases where search can be called to duty including some coverage of emerging products from Microsoft including "SearchTogether" and " LookingGlass."
This book will provide some tips as a day to day operations guide, but the book's strength is in navigating so many powerful products from an enormous software portfolio.
I had the privilege of working with authors Miles and Mark in one of my search projects a while ago and their in-depth knowledge and comprehensive view of Search & Information Retrieval in general is well respected in the field and this book reflects their passion and penchant for search technologies.
This book is a must for anyone looking to get to speed with FAST ESP. Also recommended for IT Managers evaluating various search platforms for their enterprises.
Besides the book, also checkout the blogs and search communities listed at end which provide valuable info and create a forum for sharing ideas and knowledge.
The book will delight, and rescue, search development engineers seeking to get the best from SharePoint 2010 Search, FAST Search for SharePoint and FAST ESP. Chapter 1 is a very clear introduction to enterprise search, and Chapter 2 sets out the need to take a strategic view of search requirements, including some very good advice on the benefits of a Search Centre of Excellence. The next three chapters take a deep dive into the implementation of SharePoint 2010 Search, FAST Search for SharePoint, and search customisation. These chapters are just a prelude to over 70 pages on FAST ESP 5.3. The final set of chapters cover Search 2.0 issues, including search from a business intelligence perspective. Throughout the book there are screen shots (some quite difficult to read) and there are code examples which can be downloaded from Wrox.com. There is also an associated web site
Perhaps you are not a software engineer, and have no interest in the inner workings of high-end enterprise search applications. But you may be an intranet manager with responsibility for seach management as well. If you only benefit from 100 of the 480 pages in this book it will be a valuable addition to your bookshelf. There are three reasons for this. First, all four of the authors have considerable search implementation experience, and in the case of Mark and Miles in particular this extends way beyond Microsoft search products. The result is a well-balanced book that does not skip over some difficult issues. Secondly this book illustrates the complexity of search, and the need for organisations to invest in the skills needed to get the best from what will already have been a significant investment. The third reason is that throughout the book there are low-tech insights on aspects of search that will be of interest to any intranet managers who has a responsibility for search. As an example, the section on federated search on pp179 to 187 is a model of clarity on the benefits and challenges. However I would like to have seen a section on the use of query logs to support search enhancement through relevance tuning.
I can only hazard a guess at the amount of work that went into this book, a serious challenge for the three authors not earning a salary from Microsoft. The search community is very much in their debt. As I read through this book I did come to realise just how much I still have to learn about enterprise search technology. A chapter a month over the next year would be time well spent for me, and for you. (Review first published on [...])
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