AI-Augmented Search: The Revolution of Information Retrieval with Powell Intranet

by Matthieu Silbermann

In this article, discover how Powell Software is going to use artificial intelligence to revolutionize information search within organizations. From natural language search to contextual understanding of queries, delve into various methodologies and technologies that make the search experience smoother, more intuitive, and more efficient than ever.

The Role of Artificial Intelligence

In today’s digital world, information retrieval is more crucial than ever. With the explosion of data and documents, finding what you’re looking for quickly can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. Who hasn’t felt the frustration of complicated search processes or the feeling of wasted time as you scroll through pages and pages of irrelevant results?

At Powell Software, we’ve identified these challenges among most of our clients and are working tirelessly to transform how organizations conduct document and information searches. Our goal? To make searching a smooth, intuitive, and, above all, efficient experience.

The key to this transformation? Artificial Intelligence.


Current Approach of Powell Intranet

At Powell Software, we have always been at the forefront of information retrieval. By integrating Microsoft 365’s search engine, enhanced by knowledge graph features and AI, we offer users extended search capabilities that go well beyond the intranet, including Teams, SharePoint, and more. This integration not only facilitates efficient document searching but also makes it easier to identify in-house experts thanks to enriched employee profiles.

AI: Beyond Simple Search

Artificial Intelligence is more than just technology. It represents a significant shift in how information is searched, processed, and provided. In a world where data continues to grow exponentially, AI offers a glimmer of hope for transforming chaos into clarity.

At Powell Intranet, we are convinced that AI is the key to overcoming current information retrieval challenges. Here’s how we envision its integration in the coming months:

  • Natural Language Search: Interacting with systems should be as straightforward as asking a question to a colleague. With AI, users can soon phrase their queries naturally, making searching more intuitive and less technical.
  • Semantic Search: Beyond mere keywords, AI allows for a contextual understanding of queries. If you search for “computer,” the system could also look for associated terms like “laptop” or “PC,” thus providing richer and more relevant results. This feature will also be integrated in the coming weeks.
  • Providing Direct Answers: Rather than just listing documents or pages, AI will aim to provide a concise answer to the posed question, thereby transforming the search into a true assistant.
  • Extending Search: The world is not limited to Microsoft 365. By integrating AI, we plan to extend our search capabilities to encompass other essential databases like HRIS, CRM, and other business tools, thus creating a true information ecosystem. This will undoubtedly be the longest phase, and we will integrate applications gradually. We already have promising results with Zen Desk.

Other search-related features as they will enhance the obtained results:

  • Auto-Tagging of Documents: Each document contains a wealth of information. AI can analyze the content and automatically assign relevant tags, thereby improving the relevance of search results while eliminating the burden of manual tagging.
  • Automated Skill Suggestion: By scrutinizing employees’ interactions and contributions, AI is able to deduce and suggest skills that could be added to their profiles. This automatic recognition promotes the highlighting of experts within the organization.


Towards the Future with Powell Intranet

With these innovations, we are on track to transform information search radically. The era of wasted time and frustration due to complicated searches is about to come to an end. AI-augmented search at Powell Software promises an unprecedented user experience, just like the other features of our Augmented Digital Workplace.

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