Mikael Svenson

Mikael Svenson is a Principal Consultant at Puzzlepart where he develops SharePoint Business Apps and consults on SharePoint in general. Mikael is a search enthusiast at heart having authored "Working with Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint".

As a SharePoint Server MVP, Mikael is a community contributor blogging on SharePoint, often on the topic of search. He is on the board of the Norwegian SharePoint Community and part of the organizing committee of SharePoint Saturday Oslo. Mikael is also a SharePoint Trainer, delivering SharePoint end-user courses when time allows.

  • How to Favorite a Groups Calendar for Easier Access in the Outlook Windows Client

    Mikael Svenson ON Aug 22, 2016

    Learn how to add an Office 365 Group calendar to your My Calendars favorites list.

  • Workaround to Filter on Taxonomy Columns Using OData Filters Instead of CAML Using REST in SharePoint

    Mikael Svenson ON Aug 11, 2016

    You cannot use OData filters on taxonomy columns in SharePoint. Hence you see posts on the interwebs about using CAML instead to filter on taxonomy fields. But if you try to add a field expansion at the same time on a lookup field, then it blows up. Mikael has a workaround that uses a hidden field.

  • "I Want to Believe" - Is Microsoft abandoning the enterprise features of enterprise search?

    Mikael Svenson ON Feb 02, 2016

    Have we taken a step backwards in enterprise search with Microsoft's current offerings?

  • Content Search Web Part vs Search Results Web Part

    Mikael Svenson ON Jun 18, 2015

    If you don't have an enterprise license for SharePoint 2013 or you are not using the SharePoint Online Plan 2 (Office 365 E3/E4), you don't have the Content Search Web Part (CSWP). In what scenarios can you use the Search Result Web Part (SRWP) when you don’t have the license for CSWP?

  • FAST Query Language (FQL) – The Unwanted Stepson

    Mikael Svenson ON May 11, 2015

    Mikael explains some basics about FAST Query Language (FQL), including syntax differences with KQL. You can use FQL to make more refined date queries than KQL.

  • Why BYODs and Office 365 Will Make More Money for Your Company

    Mikael Svenson ON May 08, 2015

    Allowing employees access to company data on their home devices in their free time, will make your employees stay in the now on their own time. Smarter knowledge workers for free!

  • My First Time with Delve - Mikael Svenson

    Mikael Svenson ON Nov 05, 2014

    Consider your role when you dive into Delve.

  • Creating a Delve Clone Using Content Search Web Part

    Mikael Svenson ON Oct 28, 2014

    Learn to make a Delve clone using the Content Search Web Part.

  • Search Orchestration

    Mikael Svenson ON Oct 21, 2014

    This article covers two main objectives. Firstly how to configure search for any page to make it manageable in the long run, and secondly how to configure search for that same page to make the page show as fast as possible to the end-user. The main tool used to accomplish this is Result Block Routing in a Query Rule. If you haven’t read about it before, now is certainly the time.

  • SharePoint Query Rules, Part 9

    Mikael Svenson ON Sep 09, 2014

    This is one of my favorite areas of search, but also one of the harder ones to get right. The overall concept is as follows: For a specific group of users you change the search experience based on that group.

  • SharePoint Query Rules, Part 8

    Mikael Svenson ON Sep 09, 2014

    In this fourth episode around query rules, I am going to focus on capturing the intent of the user. What is the person searching really looking for? If you look at a random query log you can, more often than not, easily pick out queries which you could call “Q and A queries”. By “Q and A query” I mean a query which is meant to bring back an answer which you can take action on right away.

  • SharePoint Query Rules, Part 7

    Mikael Svenson ON Sep 09, 2014

    In the “Rewrite and paraphrase” post I discussed the concepts of recall and precision which has to do with bringing back relevant items for a search query. When you have your golden set of items, the next step is to sort them in the best order possible to ensure the most relevant items are in your top hits or first page of results.

  • SharePoint Query Rules, Part 6

    Mikael Svenson ON Jun 13, 2014

    Two key concepts in search are recall and precision. Recall refers to the number of results a search engine returns for a specific query, and precision refers to how precisely the results match the search user’s intent. You must make a compromise between recall and precision. And this is where Query Rules play a part in SharePoint.

  • SharePoint Query Rules, Part 5

    Mikael Svenson ON Jun 13, 2014

    If you are coming from SharePoint 2010 and used keywords for synonyms and best bets in search, then Query Rules is the brand new revved up engine which took it’s place. Think an old Toyota with a 1.4l engine, being replaced by a Tesla Model S (or The Expendables without steroids).

  • SharePoint Result Sources

    Mikael Svenson ON May 27, 2014

    Result sources are one of the key concepts when it comes to SharePoint search, and they are key to determining where and how a search query will execute. If you have previously worked with SharePoint 2010 search, start thinking about scopes, and you should be on the right track. But result sources are so much more.