One of the problems with the continual upgrade cycle of computing (--> Connections, Quickr, XPages etc) is that it doesn't make efficient use of your existing environment - it's like buying a new TV when you could improve your viewing by re-tuning the old one.
Notes has been around for 20+ years, and it's distributed nature means users have their data scattered around many locations - Mail, Archives, Discussions, Document Repositories, File Systems, Apps, Quickr etc.
Over time, finding that information becomes more and more difficult - because users need to know roughly where it is. If they forget that, it can take a long time to find, or just not be found at all. It's surprising how much time (and therefore money) is spent looking for information.
The native Notes search facilities (Domain Search or Search Site - don't mention Extended Search) can search a lot of data and present a lot of results, but they don't present it very well or offer many options for using & refining it. They're fast, but navigating through hundreds of results that all look very similar is really just not useful enough, which is why few companies implement them.
It's much more efficient for users to be able to search only the data sources relevant to them, get easily understood and useful results, then refine their search or re-sort the results as necessary. This is slower than the native search methods, but it's much more accurate. This in turn is more useful, less frustrating, saves wasting time, and therefore saves money.
Giving your users tools to use the data they already have - as well as adding new tools such as Connections & XPages - is the best way to get the most from your Notes environment.
New features in the FT Search Manager
Thu, Dec 5th 2013 6:13p IONET Software Over the past month we've added some new features to the FT Search Manager. These are; 1. Attachment Name searching. Which allows you to search attachment names within documents, not possible with standard Notes searching. For example, you can search on strings like "Budget 2014", wildcards like '*.xls', or multiple operators like 'xls OR pdf'. You can also combine those queries with normal queries, e.g. to find all PDFs sent to acme.com in the last 3 months. This functionality also appl [read] Keywords: acl
Improving user efficiency in a Notes environment
Wed, Aug 28th 2013 11:14p IONET Software Earlier this month, we ran a survey with our FT Search Manager users. We asked them how much time, per employee per week, they thought the FT Search Manager was saving them. The average answer was 1 hour 23 minutes per person, per week. That equates to a saving of 8.3 days per person, per year, as described by the users themselves. Note that we restricted the survey results to 'general' searching only, e.g. Mail/Archive & Application searching, because companies using the FT Search Mana [read] Keywords: notes
Searching Within Results in the Notes Client
Wed, Aug 21st 2013 6:13a IONET Software The latest version of the FT Search Manager allows you to 'Search Within Results' in the Notes Client. This means that when searching your Mail & Archives, Applications, or performing Discovery/Compliance searching, you can search within the result set multiple times, and also back out each step (e.g. to change a search term, correct a typo etc). Refining a search in this way makes it a lot easier to find target information. For example, a search of Mail & Archives for 'IBM', in [read] Keywords: ibm
'Discovery-style' searching for Notes users
Mon, Apr 15th 2013 9:21p IONET Software During the upgrade to R9, we extended our File Indexer to automatically index the content of ZIP files (the File Indexer is an extension to the FT Search Manager, and allows you to index & search doc, docx, xls, xlsx, ppt, pptx, odt, odp, ods, pdf, vsd, wpd, txt, htm and html files on your local PC or server-based File Systems. More information can be found here). In addition, the FT Search Manager itself now allows you to select and copy File System results to another location, or attach [read] Keywords: notes
R9 support for all IONET products
Mon, Apr 8th 2013 11:13p IONET Software We're pleased to announce that all IONET products now support Notes/Domino R9 Social Edition. The main updates are; Change Manager (http://www.ionetsoftware.com/change) Support for all new R9 Directory fields & functions. Notes Client Browser (via User Reporting) Demo video here. FT Search Manager (http://www.ionetsoftware.com/search) New optional CSS-based UI for the iNotes Social Edition (note new search bar). Demo video here. Archiver for Notes (http://www.ionetsoftw [read] Keywords: domino
FT Search Manager v5 - Full Notes Mail Integration
Mon, Nov 26th 2012 12:10p IONET Software We're pleased to announce the availability of FT Search Manager v5, allowing full Notes Mail integration, as shown below. This integration can be implemented into the R853 Standard Client (Mail Files or Templates) via a single click, and provides yet another search method for Notes Clients, in addition to our existing Search Scope, Widget, Actions & Toolbar Icon search methods. Minimised Maximised The UI is fully translatable (via documents, the Search button here is shown in German), and [read] Keywords: notes
The limitations of Notes Mail searching
Mon, Sep 24th 2012 12:13a IONET Software Lotus Notes is great at many things, but the native search capability is not one of them. A majority of Notes Mail users will have personal silos of information, most of it corporate, stacked up in their mail file and possibly also contained in several archive databases. When they want to search that information, they have to know roughly where the target resides, i.e. their production mail or whatever archive, because there is no central index. That means opening each database manually and se [read] Keywords: ibm