Very general question here with the possibility of a million answers, but...
- Why would I need to create a search service application?
- What can I do with a SSA that can't be done with CSWP/Search Results web parts?
I am currently learning more about search features in Sharepoint, but do not have access to our Central Administration (where it seems new SSAs can be created). Since I cannot perform any testing to get a mock SSA developed, I am reaching to the community. Thanks, and I appreciate any and all answers.