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Better Search for Your Knowledge Management


Written by Sean Fitzell

June 06, 2014

Confluence is a terrific platform for collaborative work within an organization. But over time difficult-to-search and unconnected silos may develop as independent teams within the group continue to create their own documents and file hierarchies, trapping valuable data. Teams may duplicate effort if the information they need is stored in subdirectories they are unaccustomed to checking and requires too much effort to find. The result is frustrated users and diminished productivity.

To solve this problem, we’ve created a plug-in that enhances the application with powerful search capabilities allowing all of an organization’s disparate Confluence data to commingle.  Doing so empowers the discovery of new qualities in the data to inspire better business decisions. Better still, our plug-in allows you to do this faster and with better results than typical enterprise search solutions, and is easy to implement.

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It’s called Spark for Confluence and has been specifically designed to unlock the trove of data in your possession no matter how buried it may be. Now information related to an idea, project, or person can be found across all of Confluence, regardless of where it is located, which team created it, or what format it is in. This tool allows for better collaboration across your teams and enhanced productivity with more pertinent and easily filterable search results. And the Spark is ready to go and can be installed by just about anyone.

How easy is the installation? It’s just like installing other plug-ins from the Atlassian marketplace. Just login to Confluence and download Spark for Confluence. But before you can start using it you’ll also need to download the Fuse service, the engine that powers the plug-in. Not to worry, this is a fast process too. For detailed specifications and requirements, see our Installation Guide. There, you’ve now installed your new Spark.

Once the indexing process of your content has been completed, the Q-Sensei Search button will be active in the navigation bar and you’ll be able to start viewing your data from different angles and develop new insights. From the faceted autocomplete and full-text suggestions given as you search to the list of facets given on the search results page, you’ll immediately notice the features that differentiate Spark. Additionally, the dynamic facet analysis and continuous refinement inherent in the plug-in allows you to quickly hone in on the information you need without having to reset your search.

Fast to implement and fast to use, it’s just that easy! Powerfully simple search whenever you need it.