Intranet Tips from the Intranet Connections Team

About Paul Marcotte

Paul is a veteran Web Developer with over 10 years’ experience designing and developing web applications for a variety of industries. He brings a strong passion for software development, software design patterns and test-driven development to the Intranet Connections team. In his spare time, Paul cycles, runs and swims and in the summer he is often found “chasing plastic” on the Ultimate Frisbee field.

Bridging the Communication Gap between Generations

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

By |May 30, 2017|Collaboration, Employee Engagement|0 Comments

Three Ways To Leverage Your Intranet During Mergers and Acquisitions

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.

4 Ways ADsync Simplifies Employee Management on Your Credit Union Intranet

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 ADsync simplifies employee management on your Credit Union Intranet:

The Benefits of Upgrading to Policy Assist (Version 13.5)

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:

By |October 31, 2016|Intranet Software, Product News|0 Comments

What’s New in Active Directory Synchronization (AD Sync)

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:

Popular Content Feeds Your Company Intranet Needs

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.

By |April 4, 2016|Corporate Intranet|0 Comments

Team/Department Sites vs. Task-Based Sites

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 Rosenfeld and Morville. 

Why we use Agile Development vs. Waterfall Development

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.

By |July 27, 2015|Intranet Software|0 Comments

Planning Intranet Navigation and Information Architecture

So you’ve just installed your brand new intranet solution and now it’s time to plan the layout and navigation. Where do you begin? Let’s start with an understanding of the difference between navigation and information architecture.
Information Architecture vs. Navigation
According to Wikipedia, information architecture is “the art and science of organizing and labeling websites, intranets, online communities and software to support usability and find-ability”.

Navigation, on the other hand, is the process of moving from one place to another.

By |May 11, 2015|Intranet Software|0 Comments

Care to Share? Leverage Your Intranet for Employee Connection Idea Sharing

An employee suggestion box (also known as the Idea Share Exchange application in Intranet Connections), is a traditional part of many businesses that dates back to the early 20th century. The success of a suggestion box is tied in large part to the perceived value that a suggestion box brings for both employees and management. In some businesses, the suggestion box is that dusty old box in the corner of the staff

By |February 23, 2015|Best Practices, Collaboration|0 Comments