How search works in BMC Digital Workplace
The actual search results in BMC Digital Workplace might differ from the results that business users expect to receive. As the BMC Digital Workplace administrator, you must understand how search works to assist your business users.
End users can use the search feature from the following areas of the BMC Digital Workplace end user console:
The Global search panel is available on the following pages:
- Catalog page
- My Activity page
(Optional) Custom page—The Global search component can be added to a custom page.
The global search panel looks like this:
End users can search for the following records:
|Types of records||Records|
BMC Digital Workplace records
Search in the Active events section
End users can search for active events by keywords, which is analogous to Global search. Users can search for Requests and Approvals.
The option is available in the List View only. The following image shows the search options in the Active events section:
Search from the Social section
You can search for the following records in the Social section available on a user preferences page:
- User groups
The following image shows the Social section on a user preferences page:
For each type of record that is searched, the following table indicates the fields that are searched and other factors that determine the search results:
|Record searched||Fields||Partial match or full match||Additional information|
BMC Digital Workplace records
|Partial match||Not applicable|
|Group profile||Partial match||Not applicable|
|Partial match||Not applicable|
|BMC HR Case Management records|
Search returns all solutions that have at least one of the specified keywords.
Search returns all articles that have at least one of the specified keywords.
|Submitted requests for HR cases||Partial match||Not applicable|
|Approvals from BMC HR Case Management||Partial match||Not applicable|
|BMC Remedy IT Service Management records|
|Quick links||Partial match||Not applicable|
SRDs from Remedy Service Request Management
By default, search returns all services that have at least one of the specified keywords.
You can configure the SRM provider to return services that have all search keywords in their metadata. For information about how to configure search for the SRM provider, see List of providers.
Word stemming is supported. For example, the search term globally returns all results that contain global.
For more information about word stemming, see .
|Knowledge articles from Remedy ITSM|
By default, search returns all knowledge articles that have at least one of the specified keywords.
You can configure the RKM provider to return knowledge articles that have all search keywords in their metadata. For information about how to configure search for the RKM provider, see List of providers.
Users can append a wildcard symbol (%) to a searched word. The wildcard symbol matches any remaining characters or words. For example, if a business user enters "printe" as the search term, a knowledge article with the title "printer problem" is not found. However, if the business user enters "printe%" as the search term, the knowledge article with the title "printer problem" is found.
|Submitted requests for services in Remedy ITSM||Partial match|
A minimum of 3 characters is required to start search.
The search by answers works only if the search.by.answer.enabled flag is set to true for the SRM provider. For details about how to enable search by answers for SRM pluggable provider, see List of providers.
The search by answers is not supported for hidden questions.
|Approvals from BMC IT Service Management||Partial match|
|BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management records|
|Offerings from BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management||Partial match||Not applicable|
Search for records in BMC Digital Workplace is case insensitive. A BMC Remedy AR System administrator can set up case sensitivity for the records that exist on BMC Remedy AR System.
Case insensitive records
Search is case insensitive for the following items:
- Group profiles
- How-to links
- Offerings from BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management
Records with configurable case sensitivity
Case sensitivity depends on the underlying AR System database setting for the following records:
- User profiles
- Quick links
- Approvals from BMC IT Service Management
- Approvals from BMC HR Case Management
- Submitted requests for services in Remedy ITSM
Case sensitivity depends on the BMC Remedy AR System FTS case-sensitivity setting for the following records:
- Submitted requests for HR cases
- Knowledge articles from Remedy ITSM
- SRDs from Remedy Service Request Management
Search results are displayed to end users according to the following principles:
- Search results are sorted based on their relevance to the search query—from the most relevant on top, down to the least relevant. Results that have the same relevance are sorted alphabetically.
- If no search results are found, the application displays the following message: "No results found is displayed," and the filter menu is hidden.
- For SRDs from Remedy Service Request Management, search results are displayed in the following order:
- SRDs that are marked as popular by the administrator in Remedy Service Request Management are displayed on the top.
- SRDs that are requested more times than other SRDs are displayed after the popular SRDs.
- All following SRDs are displayed alphabetically by the SRD title.
If the search does not work as expected, you can troubleshoot this issue by debugging the logs. For more information, see Configuring logs.
To check the stop words
Stop words can affect search results because stop words are ignored during search.
BMC Digital Workplace stop words do not affect SRDs from Remedy Service Request Management. SRDs search results are affected by Remedy FTS stop words list.
To check the stop words used by BMC Digital Workplace:
- On your BMC Digital Workplace server, navigate to DigitalWorkplaceInstallationFolder/dwp/WEB-INF/lib where DigitalWorkplaceInstallationFolder is the location that BMC Digital Workplace was installed.
- Copy myit-server-version.jar to myit-server-version.zip where version is the version of BMC Digital Workplace.
- Extract the zip archive or navigate within the zip archive.
Navigate to com/bmc/bsm/myit/stopwords/.
The files in this directory contain stop words for the indicated locale. For example, stopwords_fr.txt contains the stop words for the French locale.
You cannot modify stop words.