Why SharePoint Search Out of the Box Isn’t Enough

Agnes Molnar

by Agnes Molnar on 3/6/2015

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With SharePoint 2013, Microsoft offered a significant increase in Search functionality that might suggest that it is the ultimate Enterprise Search solution. Companies like to think about SharePoint 2013 Search as a “working out-of-the-box” solution, rather than a platform.

Considering SharePoint 2013 Search as a ready-to-go solution might seem to be the easy way, but our experience shows that organizations that have the mindset of “Search as a platform” are much more successful with their Search projects. As you’ll learn in this paper through several examples, many Search needs are not easily met using SharePoint 2013 out of the box. Luckily, companies can extend the SharePoint platform using third-party tools to meet their Search requirements. This paper will focus on three key areas where companies find that SharePoint 2013 out of the box does not meet their needs:

  • Content: Your solution needs to connect to it, classify it and make it easily available to users regardless of where the content resides.
  • Search management and maintenance: SharePoint 2013 search is complex and advanced Search management or maintenance operations requires writing PowerShell script.
  • User experience: Users want a useful Search experience or they’ll complain. They need the ability to refine search results, they want custom visualizations of the results and they want to be able to save queries to reuse.



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