Summary: As purveyors of intranet software, we are really passionate about current and future technology trends. In this blog post, we have listed a few trends in technology that piqued our interest. Are advancements in technology accelerating? Futurist and author, Raymond Kurzweil believes it is as do many others. However, there is a debate on whether advancements in technology are accelerating due to the slower adoption of personal computers and mobile phones by 50% of households than the adoption of their predecessors, radios, and televisions. One could argue that the adoption rate of technology is affected by the comparative price and
Summary: While some sports cars draw attention based solely on their sleek exterior design, high-performance sports car are as much about what’s under the hood as how they look. When we planned the release of Intranet Insights, we considered how it would look and perform on the front-end and how it would operate behind the scenes. To achieve the best result, we decoupled the new front end from the Intranet and built APIs for both applications to communicate. To facilitate communication, we created a Data Bridge between the two applications which has the responsibility of requesting data from the Intranet and
Summary: With three generations blended in today's workforce, bridging the communication gap is a fundamental ingredient to a synergistic workplace. Today’s workforce is comprised of members of three generations. Baby boomers whom are at the sunset of their careers and preparing for retirement. Generation X members whom are mostly mid life and mid career. Generation Y (also know as Millennials) which are in the early stage of the employment lives. There are definite differences in the work ethic, values and attitudes of Baby Boomers, Generation X and Millennials. Boomers, tend to be very focused on work and career, preferring a
Summary: Mergers and acquisitions, though exciting, can also be challenging for employees. Your intranet can help ease the transition with features such as; Online Forms, Document and Policy Management, and ADSync. Change, while inevitable, is uncomfortable for most people. This discomfort can be exaggerated for employees experiencing change brought on by mergers and acquisitions, due, in large part, to the complexity involved. New policies, procedure adoption, and management can be daunting at first.
Summary: Several improvements and updates were made to ADsync in our latest product release that simplify employee management for credit unions. Mergers and acquisitions are common in the credit union industry. Transitioning employees from one domain to another can be a tedious, lengthy ordeal for your IT department. Intranet Connections latest product release, Policy Assist (version 13.5), includes a dramatic update to our active directory synchronization (ADsync) tool to help with this. We worked closely with our many credit union clients to discover the impact a merger had on their organization, and how ADsync could better assist. Below are 4 ways
Summary: Now that Policy Assist has been released, why should you upgrade? Discover several new and improved features, as well as how to upgrade. In June of 2016, we released the latest version of Intranet Connections, Policy Assist. This release includes a host of new features and updates designed to simplify the lives of intranet administrators, document managers and users alike. Here’s a quick review of the features that make up Policy Assist:
Summary: With the latest release, Policy Assist, many improvements and modifications were made to AD Sync. The recent Policy Assist release includes a dramatic update to our Active Directory Synchronization tool. There were several deficiencies in the original AD Sync that needed to be addressed and we took the opportunity to improve the user interface and workflow for setting up connections. Among the items we wanted to address with the latest release are:
Summary: Popular content feeds for your company intranet with different use cases, such as sharing news content, social content and fun content. Employee engagement and information sharing are two of the primary functions of a company intranet. One of the best ways to promote engagement and keep employees informed is to organize your intranet home page with relevant content feeds via intranet widgets. At Intranet Connections we strike a balance with our content feeds by having a mix of notable and news items, as well as fun and social content feeds.
Summary: What are Team/Department Sites and how do they differ from Task-Based Sites? Elements to include in your intranet sites are; Online Forms, Event Calendar, Document Management and Blogging. The World Wide Web is so entrenched in our everyday lives, it seems odd that only a couple of decades ago, many of the terms and concepts we take for granted were either non-existent, or only in their infancy. One term, Information Architecture (IA), which was originally conceived by Richard Wurman in 1975, finally came into vogue in 1998 with the publication of “Information Architecture for the World Wide Wide”, by
Software development is a complicated process. With the end goal of meeting our customer’s needs in mind, we gather requirements, plan, design, code, test and finally deploy product features or enhancements to our Intranet Connections product within our ongoing software release cycle. To facilitate this work, our development team embraces the agile development methodology.