Ignite Guide: Top Sessions for Findability: Search, Discovery and Information Architecture

Agnes Molnar

by Agnes Molnar on 4/29/2015

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Azure Search, Delve, discoverability, Hybrid Search, Ignite guide, NextGen Portals, Office Graph, Search

Microsoft Ignite is definitely going to be THE event this year. It introduces the new SharePoint 2016 to the public for the very first time – and one of the most important enhancements is going to be the new and value-added capabilities of Search and Discovery. If we add the enhanced hybrid to the equation as well as Machine Learning and Office Graph and Delve as well as Azure Search, we get unquestionable excitement – most likely the biggest for years. My session recommendations below cover all of these topics at Ignite.

Do you have other sessions to recommend? Which ones are you attending? Let me know and let’s catch up there!

Session Title

Day / Time


Why to attend

The Evolution of SharePoint: Overview and Roadmap

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MON 1:30 - 2:45 PM

Seth Patton, Bill Baer

This session covers numerous aspects of SharePoint Server 2016, SharePoint Online, hybrid and everything in between. Lots to learn – even if this is not a “dedicated” search session.

Information Management Strategy with Microsoft Office 365 in Mind

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MON 3:15 – 4:30 PM

Jeff Fried

Effective information management strategy encompasses findability, governance, and information architecture. Getting familiar with the process, tools, patterns and practices is essential for effective search and discovery solutions.

Next Generation Office 365 Controls, Extensibility and Team Productivity

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MON 3:15 – 4:30 PM

Julia White


Delve and the Office Graph: The Value of Search and Discovery

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MON 6:20 – 6:40 PM

Cem Aykan

Introduction and overview of these evolutionary new technologies. A session not-to-be-missed if you want to know the basics.

Intelligent, Ready-to-Go NextGen Portals in O365

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TUE 9:00 – 10:15 AM

Adam Harmetz, Mark Kashman


Office Delve and Office Graph Vision and Roadmap

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TUE 10:45 – 12:00 AM

Ashok Kuppusamy, Cem Aykan, Fredrik Holm

Likely the most important session to attend.

Meet O365 Compliance Center: Your One Stop Shop for Everything Compliance

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TUE 3:15 – 4:30 PM

Ben Appleby, Kamal Janardhan

Compliance is one of the biggest challenges for organizations. In this session we’ll see O365 Compliance Center in action and understand how to manage eDiscovery, auditing, archiving, DLP, encryption, etc.

Strategic and Pragmatic Conversation on Governance

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TUE 5:00 – 6:15 PM

Eric Riz

The recent and upcoming changes in the SharePoint and O365 landscape make the job of the governance teams more and more difficult and complex. This strategic conversation helps with these challenges.

A New People Experience in Delve: Discover People Through Content and Content Through People

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WED 10:45 – 12:00 AM

Stefan Debald, Welly Lee

This sessions showcases the advancements of the people experience in Delve which provides a 360 degree view of a person in Office 365, enabling you to discover who does what and who knows what in your organization.

Adding Search Capabilities to Your Business Applications Using Microsoft Azure Search

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WED 1:30 – 2:45 PM

Liam Cavanagh

Azure Search is a fully managed cloud service that makes it easy to add a great search experience to your applications. If you’re interested in Search and would like to extend your knowledge beyond SharePoint (and O365) Search, this session is for you.

Break Down Organizational Silos and Gain New Insights with Office Graph and Office Delve

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WED 3:15 – 4:30 PM

Gary Danoys, Steve Nguyen

This session delve (literally) into the power of the Office Graph and how companies can leverage it to reach beyond the common bounds of work.

Implementing Next Generation SharePoint Hybrid Search with the Cloud Search Service Application

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WED 5:00 – 6:15 PM

Kathrine Hammervold, Manas Biswas

In this session, you can learn about considerations when configuring hybrid search, best practices, and deployment. It also highlights the new Hybrid Search Crawl Appliance, now enabling a unified index approach.

MVP Panel: Sample Apps and Intelligent Solutions Showcasing Office Graph and Delve Extensibility

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WED 5:00 – 6:15 PM

Alexandre Cipriani, Bill Baer, Chris Givens, Mikael Svenson, Waldek Mastykarz

This demo-packed session shows you how the Office Graph works and how it can be used when building custom apps and enriching existing solutions and portals. All scenarios are backed up by real-life solutions that you could use in your organization.

Behind the scenes: Engineering NextGen Portals

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THU 9:00 – 10:15 AM

Daniel Kogan, Jeremy Kelley, William More

Learn how the Microsoft engineering team architects all the various components of the NextGen Portals in Office 365, taking advantage of the intelligence of the Office Graph.

Ernst & Young: Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Search Adoption

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THU 10:45 – 12:00 AM

Ed Dale

In this case study, Ed Dale discusses the SharePoint Server 2013 search program at EY. He will use examples from the enterprise search management program at EY which supports 170,000 users spanning multiple business units, geographies and languages.

Big Bang: The New Universe of Findability and Discoverability

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THU 1:30 – 2:45 PM

Agnes Molnar, Dan Holme

Office Graph and the applications and services it powers—Delve, Clutter, Office 365 Videos, and NextGen Portals—revolutionize how we connect to the content and expertise we need to work successfully. Join Dan and me to delve into real-world challenges as you leverage these technologies to improve knowledge management, search, and discovery scenarios.

Experts Unplugged: Office 365 Compliance

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Asaf Kashi, Kamal Janardhan, Levon Esibov

The unplugged panel is your chance to hear directly from product experts in an unscripted, conversational format. The panel includes a mix of perspectives, from engineering to support to real-world deployment experts.

Search Extensibility in SharePoint 2013

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THU 5:00 – 6:15 PM

Corey Roth, Matthew McDermott

This practical session is a tour of common extensibility and development tasks needed to take advantage of the full power of SharePoint 2013 Search: external sources, BCS, Content Enrichment, Query Rules, Keyword Query Language, UI customizations, etc.

Properly Scale and Deploy Enterprise Search

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FRI 12:30 – 13:45 PM

Dan Benson, Paul Summers

This session walks through the search architecture in SP2013 with its various components and topology models for different sized deployments.

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