The Master Ingredients for a Great Intranet

The Master Ingredients for a Great Intranet

Great intranets all have one thing in common – greatly skilled and dedicated people. But even with great people, a great intranet requires years of intelligent, and vigorous work. Step one is to thoroughly understand and document the needs of your organization, and its staff — from senior management to front line employees — by […]

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Announcing SharePoint 2016 – what to expect

Announcing SharePoint 2016 – what to expect

Microsoft has announced the next version of SharePoint, to be called SharePoint Server 2016. Though it will not be released until the second half of 2015, not likely before September, there will be a preview version at the big Ignite conference in Chicago in May (Ignite replaces all the previous standalone conferences for SharePoint, Office […]

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Great Intranets Part II: Cisco Systems

Part II of a four part series on great intranets. The Cisco intranet, called Cisco Employee Connection (CEC), is now 20 years old, and supports a workforce of more than 100,000 (75,000 full-time employees plus contractors). β€œThe intranet connects everyone to everything, from employee services tools such as HR benefits, IT support and workplace resources […]

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Social intranet communications

For all the talk on technology, particularly social and mobile technologies, an intranet is mostly people and process. And it is not a communications or IT project, it is a *business system* meant to support and enhance the entire organization including communications, IT, HR, etc. The focus must first be on governance — namely ownership, […]

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Reinventing intranet information architecture

Reinventing intranet information architecture

At the risk of sounding repetitive, this is still the number one complaint of most employees at most organizations, regardless of size, industry and geographic location. Notwithstanding the effectiveness of the search engine which, more often than not, is rated as being somewhere between ‘awful’ and ‘piss-poor,’ information architecture is often the top priority of […]

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