Hub to Hub connections
...the final piece of the modern architecture puzzle?
One of the questions we are often asked when building intranets, knowledge portals or other connected solutions on modern SharePoint is around how to effectively build a search and content discovery experience that connects multiple teams to a department but then also connects those departments to a wider intranet or corporate home.
At present, the use of metadata, some careful configuration of web parts and search can get you there but there has always been a need for something a bit more user friendly.
We've recently spotted that Microsoft is currently working on a Hub-to-hub site association. So, what does that mean?
Well, they're looking to implement the ability for users to associate a SharePoint hub site to another hub site. Previously you could only attach sites to a Hub site and search would be scoped at either the site, hub site or organisation-wide.
With the potential (it's in development so let's wait and see what it brings) new feature we will be able to provide an enhanced search experience across SharePoint. The below gif tries to explain how this could work.
Ultimately, we can see this having a great impact on the ability to connect department hubs to an intranet hub for example. where the intranet is a hub of hubs, whilst still allowing each individual department to create hub sites for their areas.
It is still early days but here's the roadmap feature you will need to keep an eye on - https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/microsoft-365/roadmap?featureid=85613