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It’s fast, the results make sense and it has categorized results from SCN, SAP Help and the SCN Wiki.  What is it?  It’s a Google Custom Search I created especially for SCN: http://bit.ly/new-scn-search


I started working on this last night and then slept on it for 4 hrs (I’ve got a 16 month old, after all). This morning I came in and put the finishing touches on it. Using this custom search, you can choose between Web and Image results and then refine them by several key categories:

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All Results All resulst from scn.sap.com, wiki.sdn.sap.com and help.sap.com
Discussions SCN Discussion (forum) threads only
SAP How-To Guide How-To Guides
SCN Support Discussions Search threads in the SCN Support forum (New!)
Blogs SCN Blogs only
People Find other SCN members (and follow them!)
Documents All SCN documents (collaborative, articles, presentations, etc.)
Wiki Results from the SCN Wiki
eLearning All SCN demos, tutorials, eClasses (SAP TechEd), podcasts and SCN-TV videos
Spaces Find SCN topic and product spaces: your starting point for related discussions, blogs, documents, news and more. (New!)

What’s really nice about this custom search, in additional to performance and granularity, is that I can use it to gauge how much content Google has crawled over the past week (Update on New SCN Results in Google) which, from what I can see based on the search results appearing, is a ton!  It’s also exciting to finally have SCN blogs appearing in Google search results en masse.  Users can also find eLearning content with greater easy too.

I would have liked to further refine the discussions tab to filter for Open and Answered questions but I just couldn’t get the query to run correctly 🙁 .

So, please give it a try and let me know what you think: http://bit.ly/new-scn-search


I know this is not a replacement for site search or the old SCN forum search but it’s a starting point. The only reason I did this was in response to all the feedback I’ve seen in SCN Support and comments on Forum Finder for the New SCN about how hard it is to find what you’re looking for.  I feel your frustration and just wanted to help you continue connecting, collaborating and co-innovating on the New SCN with greater ease.

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http://bit.ly/new-scn-search

❗ This is a free solution and Google was rather ambiguous about a daily quota for queries.  Let me know if you run into a problem.

ℹ You can also add this as a widget to your Google homepage
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  1. Ethan Jewett

    The refinement options are awesome. Just yesterday I was thinking that the ability to find people directly by name on the new SCN is sorely lacking. Problem solved!

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  2. Jason Lax Post author

    I made some refinements today to the custom search:

    • Added filters for Spaces and SCN Support Discussions
    • Updated the People filter so that the profile page and content page for the searched member appears at top, filtering out most blogs
    • Added a limited number of promotions: these are highlighted results that force the space overview pages to the top of the results
    • Added several synonyms so that searching for XI will return results for PI and Process Integration

    Enjoy and feel free to make synonym and refinement suggestions.

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  3. Damean-BF Chen

    Jason … Is there a way we could turn on the Date Filter? 

    For standard Google search, I could click on the “Show Search Tools” and get some options for date filtering.

    Thanks in ahead.

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    1. Jason Lax Post author

      Great idea! I just checked and the only option is to enable sorting by date.  If you look at the search results, notice the sort options on the top right.  The default is by relevance but you can change it to date.  Thanks.

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