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Learn to build an enterprise scale intelligent search solution for searching business documents using Microsoft Azure and Cognitive Search

Knowledge Mining


Knowledge Mining Bootcamp - Build an Azure Cognitive Search Solution for business documents using Microsoft AI Platform

About this course

In this course, you will create an enterprise search solution by applying knowledge mining to business documents like contracts, memos, presentations and images. You will use Microsoft Azure AI technology to extract insights from unstructured data and expose the results in a Bot interface.

This training is two days long, but you can compress the duration with alternative agendas.


At the end of this training you will have learned:

The hands-on labs will teach you how to use Microsoft Azure Cognitive Search combined with Microsoft Cognitive Services for entity recognition, image analysis, text translation and indexed search on enterprise business documents. This approach uses Artificial Intelligence to create an advanced search experience.

While this course focuses on Azure Cognitive Search capabilities, an in-depth course on building Bots and integrating various Azure Cognitive Services is available here - Azure Cognitive Services Bootcamp.

In this course we will cover these key concepts:

  1. Fundamentals of Azure Cognitive Search and its capabilities

  2. Knowledge Mining business scenarios

  3. Building an enrichment data pipeline for search using predefined and custom skillsets:

    • Text skills like entity recognition, language detection, text manipulation and key phrase extraction
    • Image skills like OCR
    • Content moderation skills to detect documents with incompliant content
  4. Use the enriched data for an advanced search experience for business documents within an enterprise.

  5. Expose the knowledge mining solution using a bot interface for document search and consumption.



Technologies Covered


Industry application

Intelligent search is relevant to many major industries. Some are listed below.

  1. Retail and health care industries employ chat bots with advanced multi-language support capabilities to service their customers.

  2. Retail, Housing and Automotive industries for sales/listing.

  3. Law firms and legal departments can use this technology to enforce compliance or improve search capabilities.


  1. Fundamental working knowledge of Azure Portal, Azure Functions and Azure Cognitive Search
  2. Familiarity with Visual Studio and minimum C# knowledge
  3. Familiarity with Azure Bots and Microsoft Bot Framework v4
  4. Familiarity with Postman

If you do not have any of the above pre-requisites, please find below links

  1. To Read (10 minutes): Visual Studio Tutorial
  2. To Read (8 minutes): Azure Bot Service Overview
  3. To Read (4 minutes): Azure Functions Overview
  4. To Read (10 minutes): Azure Cognitive Search Overview
  5. To Read (7 minutes): Postman Tutorial
  6. To Do (30 minutes): C# Quickstart

Pre-Setup before you attend the class Mandatory

  1. To Create: You need a Microsoft Azure account to create the services we use in our solution. You can create a free account, use your MSDN account or any other subscription where you have permission to create services
  2. To Install: Visual Studio 2019 or later, including the Azure development workload
  3. To Install: Postman. To call the labs APIs
  4. To Install: Bot Emulator, use the ‘.exe’ file from release 4.1.0 or newer
  5. To Install: Git for Windows or any other git app you prefer

Course Details

Primary Audience: Azure AI Developers, Solution Architects. Secondary Audience: Any professional interested in learning AI.


This content is designed as an intermediate to advanced level course for AI developers and/or architects.


This course, in its full form, is designed to be taught in-person but you can also use the materials in a self-paced fashion. There are assignments and multiple reference links throughout the materials that support the concepts and skills you will learn.


Full Course classroom training: 16 hours

Course Modules

  1. IntroductionPresentation overview of Azure Cognitive Search, Cognitive Search, business scenarios and industry specific applications.

  2. ArchitectureSolution Architecture for building enterprise search solution.

  3. Lab 1 - Environment Creation

  4. Lab 2 - Indexing Blob Storage

  5. Lab 3 - Text Skills

  6. Lab 4Image Skills

  7. Lab 5 - Custom Skills

  8. Lab 6 - Build and Integrate a Bot with the Search API

  9. Lab 7 - Architecture Design Session + Hackathon

Note: Once you’ve completed the labs, we recommend deleting the resource group (and all the resources in it) to avoid incurring extra charges, unless you want to use this solution as a tool for demos and POCs.

The LearnAI team had intense participation in the creation of the following new Microsoft certifications and its required tests:

Cognitive Services Compliance

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Q&A and Survey

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