Christian Schömmer

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Posted by Christian Schömmer on Sep 11, 2017 9:22:28 AM

Companies are constantly looking for new ways to run their operations smarter and the digital workplace requires better connectivity, communication and collaboration. Organizations need to be more strategic in how they design and organize the workplace as employees expect a more personalized experience. Working together in teams has become standard procedure and new technology is helping workers communicate, collaborate and share resources.  

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Topics: Events, english, blogpost

Posted by Christian Schömmer on Jan 8, 2016 4:15:40 PM

Creating portable visibility into the enterprise knowledge base while maintaining data security is a constant challenge for enterprises.  They want tools that guarantee user security while simultaneously supporting features like text search, and they want to be able to do it all cost effectively, in the cloud. So what are the realistic options?

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Topics: Data Access, Enterprise Index, Encrypted Search, english, blogpost

Posted by Christian Schömmer on Oct 1, 2015 6:55:00 PM

SharePoint promises a secure place to store, organize, share, and access information from almost any device via all popular web browsers.  In theory, it’s a great goal. In practice, many IT departments are struggling to realize the true value of their SharePoint investment.

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Topics: Virtual Migration, Data Sprawl, SharePoint, english, blogpost

Posted by Christian Schömmer on Oct 1, 2015 6:42:45 PM

Frustrated with the time it takes your employees to find documents within the network, but unsure how to solve the problem?  Enterprise search solutions help users find files quickly while saving the enterprise time and money.  Analyst firm IDC reports that a single employee costs a company nearly $20,000 a year searching for files. 

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Topics: Data Access, Enterprise Discovery, Search Best Practices, english, blogpost

Posted by Christian Schömmer on Oct 1, 2015 6:31:53 PM

Corporate intranets tend to be static and content-led, and it’s killing their value.

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Topics: Data Access, Intranet, english, blogpost

Posted by Christian Schömmer on Oct 1, 2015 5:07:02 PM

We’ve all been frustrated searching the Internet or corporate intranet for the right item.  Thousands of files can pop up and it sometimes takes up to 15 minutes or more to find the right search entry.  Search is supposed to quickly discover the right information in the right timeframe, but unless you understand the tricks of the trade, it can be difficult to narrow down the results.

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Topics: Search Tips, english, blogpost

Posted by Christian Schömmer on Aug 2, 2015 1:23:54 AM

We are often asked why an organization should not renew their Google Search Appliance (GSA). In addition, why it makes sense to just buy a ViaWorks system instead of going down the road of a GSA device. This blog is dedicated to answering these questions using the most widely available facts.
Most importantly, the GSA is sold on a two to three year term. After the term, the organization must repurchase in full the entire solution, give back the old hardware, and acquire new hardware. The device shuts down after the term. With ViaWorks, you use the software product as long as you wish on the server hardware that you choose to deploy it on. We offer an annual maintenance plan which incorporates software updates and support. We never shut down your system and you never have to return it. You can easily renew your maintenance each year. You can add additional document or user capability up to the scalability of the server hardware that you choose.
The GSA software is embedded into pre-determined server hardware. Instead of choosing the hardware for the current steady state needs (total searches per second and new documents per second) of the Search solution, with ViaWorks the customer chooses the server hardware. The hardware can be chosen to accommodate additional future scalability needs. In addition, if there are a large number of documents that need to be initially indexed, more powerful server hardware can be chosen to speed up the initial fetching and indexing elapsed time. This can save a significant amount of project start up time.
The GSA pricing model is based on the number of documents that are indexed. The price is the same whether you have 5 users or 5,000 users. With ViaWorks we can accommodate the GSA pricing model if that is what fits your needs best. However, our mainstream pricing model is an alternative for you that accommodates organizations that have different mixes of documents and users based.
The GSA comes with a limited number of connectors supplied by Google. The GSA relies on connectors built or to be built by 3rd parties for many connectors important for a complete enterprise search solution. An example would be Office 365 connectors including SharePoint Live and OneDrive for Business. With this model, GSA customers must plan on putting their complete Search solution together from multiple vendors. Problem solving becomes problematic because the deployment does not come from a single vendor. This is not a problem with ViaWorks because ViaWorks develops and supports all the connectors including cloud and SaaS connectors like Office 365, SharePoint Live, and OneDrive for Business. If you need indexing of the text in images embedded in documents then the GSA has the same problem because no OCR capability is available from Google. With ViaWorks, the OCR capability is supplied and supported by VirtualWorks.
Finally, another important differentiation is that our product strategy is aimed not only at users performing searches but is also aimed at being a platform for Search Based Applications. Today we document and support APIs that allow different customized Search user interfaces to be built (for embedding into other platforms). These same APIs can be used by applications to perform searches to get information that the application needs to perform its tasks. No user interaction needs to be involved. In the future, additional APIs will be provided for additional Search Based Application functionality.

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Topics: VirtualWorks, Enterprise Discovery, english, blogpost

Posted by Christian Schömmer on Aug 1, 2015 1:18:33 AM

Using information from applications both new and old and from documents of all ages has become a part of the average workday. Employees need access to content if they are to stay efficient. Finding an enterprise search tool simple enough for employees with little background in IT to use on a regular basis can boost productivity and free workers to handle higher impact operations that better utilize their unique skills.

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Topics: Data Access, Enterprise Index, Enterprise Discovery, english, blogpost

Posted by Christian Schömmer on Jul 24, 2015 1:04:27 AM

The current generation of digital enterprise solutions is being built atop the previous one. Companies have spent a few generations relying on information technology, meaning there are old productivity apps going unused. This is how the march of progress works, but there is a serious drawback. Data saved in old formats and saved in silos related to disused applications may now be hard to find. The IT workers behind the projects involved may have left their respective companies over the years, adding yet another layer of distance. But what if a user today has to find that data?

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Topics: Data Sprawl, Data Access, english, blogpost

Posted by Christian Schömmer on Jul 23, 2015 1:00:59 AM

Businesses trying to create sensible and easy to navigate information environments have to face off against dual disruptive forces. Information is always pouring in, much of it unstructured content - including emails, .pdfs, productivity app data and social media streams - meaning the sheer amount of data is constantly on the rise. Coupled with this is the fact that the existing information is varied in its own right, and every update to software means less of the programs actually used to create that data will still be in service, making legacy content harder to find. It's difficult to support an expensive and disruptive migration for old data. Dealing with data is monopolizing the attention of knowledge workers, making the situation seem nearly intractable.

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Topics: Big Data, Data Sprawl, Data Access, Enterprise Index, english, blogpost

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