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Google Mini Search Appliance and Sharepoint

  Asked By: Alexandria    Date: Dec 24    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1403

I have been tasked to research the google mini search appliance to
see if it will provide a better search experience for our Sharepoint
based intranet than the out of the box search engine. Has anyone
out there had any success/failures with attempting to implement the
google mini search appliace as the underlying search engine for
their Sharepoint Portal Server environment?

I know the next version of sharepoint is suppose to have a
dramatically improved search engine, but until then the google mini
could easily pay for itself if it is noticably more effective than
the out of the box search.



1 Answer Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Anibal Baird     Answered On: Dec 24

Any search  tool is only worth it's salt when:
1. Your users are searching using half-decent search terms (i.e. looking for
"car" when you really want to know how to drive one isn't going to help)
2. Your content is tagged with metadata, etc.

I have seen implementations where Google was used to replace the search
functionality, but it's more trouble than it's worth (and a fairly complex
setup). Personally I would save the $250k, but a search enhancer to
SharePoint (like Ontolica or something that will provide  Boolean searches,
etc.) and train your users to be better citizens. Garbage in, Garbage out.
Doesn't matter what the underlying technology is.

In the SharePoint world, you can setup best bets so that if someone does
type in "A7F83" it returns the right document/site/etc.

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