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First Call: Enterprise Search Summit -- Want to Speak?
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Call for Speakers

Enterprise Search Summit


[Deadline: November 15, 2006]

You are invited to submit a proposal to speak at Enterprise Search Summit 2007, May 15-16, 2007, in New York. We are seeking dynamic and knowledgeable speakers who are responsible for selecting, implementing, and managing enterprise search solutions within their organizations and who can creatively communicate their in-the-trenches know-how. Preference will be given to in-house search professionals and IT managers with hands-on experience and to enterprise search consultants and experts.

The emphasis for this year's Enterprise Search Summit is "beyond the basics," focusing on how enterprise search software and solutions really work inside organizations, going in-depth to the complex issues and problems that challenge experienced search managers.

Enterprise Search Summit is an intense, expert-led, 2-day learning experience that covers how to develop and implement — and enhance — cutting-edge internal search capabilities. It offers a structured opportunity for information managers and IT professionals to learn strategies and build the skill-sets needed to make the content that they are acquiring, publishing, organizing, and managing not only searchable, but "findable." It has become the most important conference of the year for the enterprise search industry and those who use enterprise and site search software and solutions.

Proposals should emphasize one of the following aspects of enterprise search and should be focused on practical solutions, not abstract or theoretical research:

  • Next-generation search: faceted navigation, entity extraction, contextual search, clustering, and visualization
  • Audio and video search
  • Tuning search (best bets, analytics and other tools and tactics to enhance search results)
  • Integration and back-end refinements
  • Taxonomies, metadata, and classification
  • Searching unstructured content — data mining and text analysis
  • Compliance requirements and search
  • Troubleshooting your search application
  • Best practices and lessons learned
  • Search and content management — did your CMS come with search and does it work?
  • Implementing search — what it takes to get search up and running
  • Selecting the right search engine — the choices and the decision process Upgrading your enterprise search engine
  • The ROI on search — how do you prove the value?
  • Case studies and real-world search

PLEASE BE VERY SPECIFIC about your topic! What exactly have you done? What is the most salient aspect of your work? Proposals that focus on a single facet of search project or on one phase of a search implementation have the best chances for acceptance. Do not submit a proposal to describe the entire life history of your project. Instead, choose an important part of the project and concentrate your proposal on it. What do you know/do best? Broad overviews of any of the above topics are not appropriate.

Conference attendees come to Enterprise Search Summit to learn about effective enterprise search tools and solutions, best practices, and success stories that they can adopt to meet their own challenges. Preference will be given to proposals for dynamic and stimulating sessions and to speakers who can effectively deliver specific details about their knowledge, experience, and expertise that attendees can use to implement better enterprise search solutions. Proposals from search vendors are more likely to be seriously considered if the proposal comes directly from a customer or is a customer case study where the customer is the primary speaker.

To submit a proposal, go to the Enterprise Search Summit Call for Speakers form. The deadline to submit proposals is November 15, 2006.

To see last year's program, click here.

Nancy Garman, Director, Conference Development, Information Today, Inc.,

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