Perkins+Will Using Concept Searching’s Smart Content Framework™

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Concept Searching delivers Enhanced Search and Effective Information Governance Enterprise Wide to Integrated Design Firm Perkins+Will

Using the first two building blocks of the Smart Content Framework™, Metadata and Insight, Perkins+Will was able to rapidly deploy enterprise taxonomies and build the framework to improve search outcomes

Concept Searching, a global leader in semantic metadata generation, auto-classification, and taxonomy management software, and developer of the Smart Content Framework™, has deployed Concept Searching’s conceptClassifier for SharePoint for Perkins+Will.

Perkins+Will is an integrated design firm serving clients from twenty three offices around the world. The firm practices architecture, interiors, branded environments, planning and strategies, and urban design for clients in the aviation and transit, corporate and commercial and civic, healthcare, higher education, K-12 education, and science and technology markets.
Perkins+Will needed an effective way to catalogue the information stored on its intranet to make sure it was accessible to the different parts of the organization as needed. The organization wanted a way to organize multiple taxonomies into a logical collection of managed metadata that could be used across its numerous SharePoint site collections.

Specifically, the firm needed to provide a set of global taxonomies that would be available from all site collections. These taxonomies would help to unify its SharePoint farm, using a consistent search experience as the “glue” for all its governance efforts.

Upgrading from SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2010 provided the organization with an opportunity for a much improved search functionality. The organization was looking for very particular types of refinements when it implemented conceptClassifier for SharePoint immediately after the upgrade.

“Using the first two building blocks of the Smart Content Framework™, Metadata and Insight, Perkins+Will was able to rapidly deploy enterprise taxonomies and build the framework to improve search outcomes.” said Martin Garland, President, Concept Searching. “We are extremely pleased that within a matter of a couple of weeks, Perkins+Will personnel were able to deploy the metadata taxonomies that they had been working on for the previous year across their SharePoint farm. “ he concluded.

conceptClassifier for SharePoint has enabled Perkins+Will to realize the potential of search improvements in SharePoint 2010, by integrating natively with the Term Store and fully supporting managed metadata properties. The firm’s adoption of conceptClassifier for SharePoint has helped it take the improvement of search results out of the back room of IT and make it a shared responsibility between content experts and content matter experts.
To read the details in the Case Study, “Perkins+Will : Improved Information Transparency and Effective Information Governance Enterprise Wide”, please click here.

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About Concept Searching
Founded in 2002, Concept Searching provides software products that deliver conceptual metadata generation, auto-classification, and powerful taxonomy management from the desktop to the enterprise. Concept Searching, developer of the Smart Content Framework™, provides organizations with a method to mitigate risk, automate processes, manage information, protect privacy, and address compliance issues. This information governance framework utilizes a set of technologies that encompasses the entire portfolio of information assets, resulting in increased organizational performance and agility.

Concept Searching is the only platform independent statistical metadata generation and classification software company in the world that uses concept extraction and compound term processing to significantly improve access to unstructured information. The Concept Searching Microsoft suite of technologies runs natively in SharePoint 2010, FAST, Windows Server 2008 R2 FCI, and in Microsoft Office applications.

Headquartered in the US with offices in the UK, South Africa and Canada, Concept Searching solves the problem of finding, organizing, and managing information capital far beyond search and retrieval. The technologies are being used to drive intelligent migration, enable effective records management, identify and lock down sensitive information and enhance governance. For more information about Concept Searching’s solutions and technologies please visit http://www.conceptsearching.com

About Perkins+Will
Established in 1935, Perkins+Will is an integrated design firm, and practices architecture, interiors, branded environments, planning and strategies, preservation and adaptive reuse, and urban design for clients in the aviation and transit, corporate and commercial and civic, healthcare, higher education, K-12 education, science and technology, and sports and recreation markets. Perkins+Will routinely ranks among the world’s top design firms and has received hundreds of awards, including the prestigious American Institute of Architects’ “Firm of the Year Award.” `

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