SharePoint Integration with MailChimp

May 8, 2014

SharePoint is looking for more ways to increase their influence for businesses of all sizes. The latest announcement seems like great news for smaller or medium sized businesses. Read the full story in the PR Newswire article, “Sharepoint AMS’ Integration of MailChimp to Aid Sharepoint Online Users in Design of High-Caliber Email Marketing Campaigns.”

The article begins:

“This week the innovators of the SharePoint Mobile Sync service released another new service that will help companies using SharePoint Online with email newsletters and marketing campaigns. ‘SharePoint MailChimp Sync’ [the service] auto synchronizes SharePoint lists with MailChimp lists and works with SharePoint 2010, 2013 and SharePoint Online.”

This service is one that will appeal the millions of MailChimp users, many of them small business owners. And it is good news for SharePoint, as they look to appeal to smaller organizations. Stephen E. Arnold has been a lifelong leader in all things search and a frequent contributor to the SharePoint discussion. His Web site, ArnoldIT.com, provides readers with a way to stay on top of the SharePoint feed and manage what is most pertinent.

Emily Rae Aldridge, May 8, 2014

New Data Integration Tool from BA Insight

April 11, 2014

A new data integration platform promises to simplify the process of deploying search-driven applications, save organizations time and money, and improve security. BA Insight posts, “BA Insight Announces Knowledge Integration Platform 2014 for Rapid Implementation of Search-Drive Applications.” No definition of “knowledge” is included, however.

The press release specifies:

“The BAI Knowledge Integration Platform turns enterprise search engines into knowledge engines by transforming the way information is found to get the right information to the right people at the right time. It has the flexibility to function as a comprehensive solution or be implemented in a phased approach to meet growing organizational needs. The platform consists of three robust engines:

*User Experience Engine – drives remarkable user experiences for finding and exploring knowledge or experts via an extensible engine and a library of powerful components

*Content Intelligence Engine – increases findability using automated classification, metadata generation, and text analytics

*Content Connectivity Engine – provides secure connectivity to a wide variety of content systems, enabling unified views of all knowledge assets”

The press release notes that several prominent global companies are using this platform, including the Apache Corporation. (No, that has nothing to do with open source software; it is a huge energy-exploration enterprise.) The write-up also emphasizes that the platform builds on an organization’s existing infrastructure to present users with an integrated view of their data.

BA Insight aims to make enterprise search more comprehensive and easier to use. Founded in 2004, the company is headquartered in Boston with offices in Chicago, Washington, DC, and Sacramento, California.

Cynthia Murrell, April 11, 2014

Sponsored by ArnoldIT.com, developer of Augmentext

Tumblr Firehose Now Integrated into Pulsar Platform

March 12, 2014

The social media specialists at Pulsar have incorporated Tumblr’s Firehose data sluice into their platform, we learn from their blog post, “Introducing Tumblr Firehose Data on the Pulsar Platform and a Whole New Interface for Mining Visual Content.” Writer Cierra Buck tells us that access to all of that Tumblr data, real-time and historic, has been integrated into their revamped dashboard. Though many types of data pass through Firehose, most of it is visual. This means Pulsar had to make a few changes. The write-up specifies:

“Working with a platform like Tumblr where 84% of the content is visual, we also realised that researching it meant designing a whole new interface which would allow visual mining. The first step we are taking to support visual mining is re-designing the Results and Conversation Views. This allows Pulsar to display the actual image and video content rather than a preview end enabling endless scrolling rather than organising the content in pages. This allows for easy browsing of rich media social content which, coupled with advanced filtering using all the metadata we generate, is going to give you a powerful mining tool to uncover visual patterns and trends in your dataset. To start with, Pulsar now displays the actual images and video content in the Results View.”

See the post for more details and some screenshots. Boasting a decade of social-data experience, Pulsar counts big names like NBC, Lysol, and ING Direct among its clients. The company maintains offices in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

Cynthia Murrell, March 12, 2014

Sponsored by ArnoldIT.com, developer of Augmentext

Windows 8 Integration with SharePoint

March 3, 2014

The switchover to Windows 8 has left many organizations wondering what to do about SharePoint integration. At first glance, native SharePoint support within the new operating system seems negligible. However, a few features reveal themselves upon further inspection. Search Windows Server covers the news in their report, “What’s New for Windows 8 Integration with SharePoint?

The article says:

“You may have heard that Microsoft made some changes to the File Explorer in Windows 8.1. Libraries are hidden by default and a link to SkyDrive appears in its place. If you choose to unhide the Libraries, you’ll notice that the Libraries folder contains two Documents folders. One of these folders corresponds to the local PC while the other points to SkyDrive. The point behind all of this is that Microsoft is trying to encourage end users to save documents on SkyDrive rather than on their local computer.”

Stephen E. Arnold is a longtime leader in search and often covers SharePoint on his information service, ArnoldIT.com. Arnold has found that whenever new SharePoint versions are released, or a new Windows OS is released, customers have to adjust to the changes, and user experience often suffers. Focusing on the improvements can often help organizations market the new changes.

Emily Rae Aldridge, March 3, 2014

Corporate Security Concerns Addressed with Intelligence API

August 15, 2013

One of the byproducts of departmental organization in the enterprise has been the invariable occurrence of competing needs between different departments. An article from Exterro, “Aligning E-Discovery Software and Data Management with Enterprise Security Requirements,” presents one of these cases where ideas are at odds.

IT security controls and e-discovery technologies, while they both involve sensitive electronically stored information (ESI), have evolved independent of each other — according to the article.

While IT security has mainly been concerned with protecting networks from unwanted access or tampering, e-discovery systems have been designed with access in mind. Different groups – mostly comprised of legal professionals – need to analyze and manage large volumes of documents. As one analyst recently described, data security has always been the ‘elephant in the e-discovery living room.’

For organizations dealing with this struggle, we recommend implementing a component like Cogito Intelligence API that offers businesses concerned with avoiding risks the confidence in using a solution already embedded with corporate security measures. Expert System has over a decade of experience with semantic technology and creating solutions for businesses that emphasize security concerns while still extending access to appropriate users.

Megan Feil, August 15, 2013

Sponsored by ArnoldIT.com, developer of Beyond Search

IBM Returns to Pure Software Roots As Technology Evolves

December 27, 2012

Since IBM ceased their production of applications and reorganized into two organizations,  Middleware and Solutions in 2011, they have been pumping out infrastructure software and the complementary integration components to go with it. These inner organizational changes have helped them determine the type of solutions they can offer to companies as the industry itself evolves.

Seeking Alpha’s article “So What Does IBM Mean When It Says It’s In The Solutions Business?” explains what type of solutions IBM will be providing in the future:

“It is not individual packaged products per se, but groups of related software products, services, and systems. And we know at very high level where IBM is going to focus its solutions efforts. IBM has always been about software, services, and systems – although in recent years the first two have taken front stage. The flip side is that some of these solutions areas are overly broad. Smarter Analytics is a catch-all covering the familiar areas of business intelligence and performance management, predictive analytics and analytical decision management, and analytic applications.”

The need for sustainable ROI in technology, it is unsurprising that IBM returned to their software roots. IBM seeks opportunities with best in class partners and their association with leading enterprise search companies such as Intrafind,is a relationship that seems to be paying off well. Intrafind was an early IBM Pure integrator and both sides seem to be making the best of the relationship.

Jennifer Shockley, December 27, 2012

Sponsored by ArnoldIT.com, developer of Augmentext

Strong Infrastructure and Flexible Computing Options Has Enterprises Flying High on Search

December 24, 2012

Companies are looking for the most economical way to increase ROI and the right software can easily provide the solution. The problem then comes to choosing the right software for your business?

CIO’s utilizing the cloud combined with enterprise search are literally floating on cloud nine, according to Wall Street Journal’s article “Oracle Earnings Show CIO Preference for Cloud and Systems”. Oracle’s shares exceeded analyst expectations by 3 cents per share, and credit is given to the cloud combined with search software:

“CIOs are embracing cloud software because of lower initial costs and other benefits, such as the ability to increase their usage of software, upgrade applications without the disruptions that come with traditional on-premise applications and the positive financial impact of being able to take cloud services as an expense rather than having to capitalize software and hardware purchases. Companies are investing in technology rather than in employees. That’s not good news for people who are unemployed, but it is good news for employees who are getting technology in their hands that can make them more productive.”

Cloud solutions combined with integrated infrastructure such as the partnership  demonstrated by IBM Pure and Intrafind make for a good investment. The word hybrid comes to mind. This partnerships combines the stability and strength of IBM with the ever evolving enterprise search development that comes from a well established open source foundation. The result is more accessible, more secure and more usable enterprise information.  Companies that choose the cloud combined with proven enterprise search software will be floating on their own cloud nine with Oracle and the other successful businesses.

Jennifer Shockley, December 24, 2012

Sponsored by ArnoldIT.com, developer of Augmentext

Scribe Software Leads Pack in Integrating CRM with Enterprise Search

December 21, 2012

A leader in CRM data integration recently announced impressive Q3 results and consistent growth, thanks to long-term investments, CRM integrations, and increased ISV partner adoption. Scribe Software also states that integrating CRM with enterprise-wide systems is all about accelerating business pace, according the article “Scribe Reports Consistent Year Over Year Growth, Up 22% YTD” on MarketWire.

President and CEO of Scribe Software, Lou Guercia, continued on the success of the company:

“Today’s businesses need their data and need it now — to better serve customers, to make their sales and account teams more effective and efficient, to close more sales faster, and to earn better return on their technology investments. We enable ISVs, systems integrators and businesses to integrate critical customer data while saving time and IT costs and we do it well, as our business results show."

The company was also recently recognized as one of the industry’s top software companies and for having the best cloud application, we learn in the same article.
We completely agree that successful integration of management, search, and back-end functionality is a critical component for comprehensive information solutions. Options exist and one that you may want to pursue is with IBM’s Pure system, coupled with the mature, open-source based Intrafind enterprise search solution.

Andrea Hayden, December 21, 2012

Sponsored by ArnoldIT.com, developer of Augmentext

EA Is Just One Step Towards the Path of Enterprise Zen

December 18, 2012

EA, a revamped source promises to make sense of the enterprise. According to Toolbox’s article “EA to Empower the Wisdom of Seeing the Whole, the Power of Enterprise Knowledge and the Art of Enterprise Collaboration”, corporations have reason to pay attention to enterprise architecture. . Ironically, the article portrays enterprise architecture as a means of reaching a higher power source on an almost spiritual level of organizational empowerment, aka Enterprise Zen, but fails to mention other important factors such as the need for wisdom in choosing partners and integrators. 

Some of the points, though phrased in an entertaining proverbial way, are widespread by definition and more business sense than validation:

“Wisdom comes from seeing the whole where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. However, in an organization, most people can only touch the tree without seeing the forest. Knowledge is power; EA does not only enable everyone to see the whole but also enable everyone to know the parts via enterprise knowledge management. Collaboration is more art than science. It is in every organization strategic planning goal and it is also a difficult goal to achieve.”

Enterprise architecture is one cog in the wheel of getting enterprise information out there. Using a reliable technology like Intrafind, that is backed up with a team of solution providers can provide the initial steps necessary to help you make the best of your EA investment and reach true Enterprise Zen.

Jennifer Shockley, December 18, 2012

Sponsored by ArnoldIT.com, developer of Augmentext

Organizations See ROI with Big Data Solutions Focused On Information Delivery

December 3, 2012

Much money is expected to come from big data in terms of the vendors profiting from technological solutions to allow companies to utilize big data. Additionally, there are the firms extracting useful insights from big data who hope to gain huge ROI. Forbes points out that ROI is key in “Spending Wisely on a Big Data Strategy.”

Some organizations fall into the trap of throwing money at anything related to big data without looking fundamentally at the resources they currently have on hand and where to need to extend their reach. The constant question should revolve around where ROI is possible.

According to the article:

But strategizing must precede striving, according to John Weathington of San Francisco-based consultancy Excellent Management Systems. Each firm’s top decision makers should spend the time and money to evaluate the return of a Big Data solution. ‘Some organizations are obsessed with spending money on Big Data without any concern for the value it represents,’ Weathington said in TechRepublic’s Big Data Analytics blog.

We could not agree more and we encourage organizations seeking a big data solution to employ resources into research on finding a solution that fits their needed purpose. The direction that we have seen several businesses achieve ROI with is a solution that enables information delivery across the enterprise such as Information at Work from PolySpot.

Megan Feil, December 3, 2012

Sponsored by ArnoldIT.com, developer of Augmentext

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