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Author's profile photo Jason Lax

Custom Google Search for the New SCN

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: SAP Universal 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: SAP Universal 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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      Author's profile photo Gali Kling Schneider
      Gali Kling Schneider

      I love it Jason thanks so much!

      Author's profile photo Ethan Jewett
      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!

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Very Helpful.... Good work Jason 🙂 .

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Helpful work...

      but previous site of SDN was more powerful for me. 😐

      Author's profile photo Mahesh Chandra VVNS
      Mahesh Chandra VVNS

      wonderful work and thanks a lot jason, i shared this link with all my SAP friends and colleagues.

      regards,

      mahesh

      Author's profile photo Jason Lax
      Jason Lax
      Blog 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.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Very nice. Thanks so much!

      Author's profile photo Muniyappan Marasamy
      Muniyappan Marasamy

      Yesterday only i found out this custom search. It is very helpful. Thanks a lot.

      Author's profile photo Muniyappan Marasamy
      Muniyappan Marasamy

      Yesterday only i found out this custom search. It is very helpful. Thanks a lot.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Cool stuff! Many thanks.

      Author's profile photo Ashwini Sonar
      Ashwini Sonar

      Awesome

      Author's profile photo Srinivasa Rao Kilari
      Srinivasa Rao Kilari

      This is very helpful

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Awesome,, Thank you so much..Actually it saved alot of time....

      Good Job done

      Vijay

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Very helpful. Thanks a lot.

      Author's profile photo Sven Gierse
      Sven Gierse

      I love it. Could you also add a refine option for the help.sap.com content?

      Author's profile photo Jason Lax
      Jason Lax
      Blog Post Author

      Great idea: just added "Help Portal" to the filters.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Great job! Another tool to help most of the community. Kudos! 🙂

      Author's profile photo Matt Harding
      Matt Harding

      This is awesome - now time to have it adopted as an alternative within SCN.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Wonderful build up, congratulations...

      Author's profile photo Damean-BF Chen
      Damean-BF Chen

      Super Cool ... No more need to remember all those special Google Syntax for site specific search!

      Author's profile photo Martin English
      Martin English

      Hi Jason,

      Stuck behind a corporate filter here, that won't let me access bit.ly content !!  Could you please post the real link ?

      Author's profile photo Vinod Kumar
      Vinod Kumar
      Author's profile photo Jason Lax
      Jason Lax
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks for jumping in Vinod!

      Author's profile photo Martin English
      Martin English

      thanks Vinod

      Author's profile photo Damean-BF Chen
      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.

      Author's profile photo Jason Lax
      Jason Lax
      Blog 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.

      Author's profile photo Jesus Antonio Santos Giraldo
      Jesus Antonio Santos Giraldo

      Quite cool indeed. On the first try I found very useful links...

      Thanks a lot.

      J.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      This is very good solution. I liked it. Thank you very much Jason.

      Author's profile photo Mohamed Yosufdeen J M H
      Mohamed Yosufdeen J M H

      The URL is not working today. Any idea?

      Author's profile photo Jason Lax
      Jason Lax
      Blog Post Author

      Google has changed the way some older URLs work.

      Please try https://cse.google.com/cse/publicurl?cx=013447253335410278659:k8ob9ipscwg

      (I’ve also updated the links in the text above).

      Author's profile photo Mohamed Yosufdeen J M H
      Mohamed Yosufdeen J M H

      Thank you Jason...

      Author's profile photo Bala Guruswamy
      Bala Guruswamy

      Thanks. The note 2195446 - Custom Google search for SAP Community Network Search needs an update 🙂

      Bala

      Author's profile photo Jason Lax
      Jason Lax
      Blog Post Author

      I had no idea this made its way to an SAP Note!

      I'll provide the team with this feedback. Thanks!