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Agile Design on Your Intranet

As a software architect, one of the challenges I have in writing this blog is finding creative ways to connect my experience and expertise to topics that will be useful to an audience outside of software development.  I often find myself thinking about how some of the ways in which software teams approach problems can be applied to other types of projects or to life in general. Agile Development Lends to Agile Design A while back, I wrote a blog about how agile software development techniques can be applied to family life based on TED talk I had listed to

Increase Engagement with Internal Collaboration

One of the most common challenges faced by an intranet manager is discovering ways to encourage employees to sign into and utilize the intranet that they have worked so hard to create.  In my experience, this is most often an IT admin within the company who has been tasked with developing an intranet to meet a specific company need such as an Online E-forms Application, a Document Management System, or a tool to enhance workplace culture. What often ends up happening, however, is that the optional applications and capabilities of the intranet exceed the initial sought for applications - while

3 Steps to Buying an Intranet Software

For a first-time buyer, choosing a new intranet software can be a daunting, time-consuming process. Each organization holds different values and is looking to achieve different goals, which means an intranet that works for one company, may not be the right fit for another. The following three simple steps will help to identify the specific needs of your business, and ensure a successful intranet purchase: Set Your Goals, Choose Your Features Identify Show Stoppers Create a Short List & Try It Out!

4 Essentials for Your Marketing Intranet

Evaluating, selecting and implementing an intranet software solution can involve a number of key internal stakeholders.  One stakeholder that is often overlooked or out of the loop is marketing.  We see numerous intranet projects pushed onto the IT department, without the engagement of other internal stakeholders to guide the selection, design, architecture and implementation of their new intranet. One such stakeholder that can have a real impact on employee adoption and employee engagement of your intranet is the marketing department.  The difference between a truly engaged marketing intranet and those left disengaged by marketing and other key internal stakeholders can

An Interview with Non-Profit Intranet Manager Elkie Wills

Non-profit organizations have very special needs when it comes to a company intranet. The essence of community and collaboration has to resonant through a non-profit intranet, along with the essential business tools, operational procedures and administrative tasks. Non-profits with multiple office locations often use a company intranet to create a sense of community, camaraderie and boost morale.

Top 5 Intranet Predictions for 2013

Every year the foundation of intranets remain but how we use the intranet evolves. In the past few years focus has revolved around the social intranet and it has taken center stage. Our prediction is that in 2013 the tables will turn and the business intranet will prevail. But that is just the tip of the iceberg for change in 2013. The business intranet will continue its path to becoming a central tool for productivity, efficiency and simplicity for businesses.  Here are a few more intranet predictions for 2013:

Clarifying the word “collaboration” to reduce confusion and conflict

The word “collaboration” is creating lots of confusion these days. Global thought-leader Jane McConnell has seen different interpretations of “collaboration” trigger serious misunderstandings and even internal conflict. In a business setting, people use the word collaboration to describe very different things. Although the different collaboration purposes are not black and white, there are fundamental differences. Today we're sharing Jane's thoughts on why it's important to clarify the kind of collaboration you want to achieve with your intranet. Confusion and misunderstanding around "collaboration" The word “collaboration” is creating lots of confusion these days. In several recent client projects, I’ve seen firsthand

A Culture of Community – IBF Live Intranet Tours

Accenture Intranet I tuned into the August broadcast of IBF Live and heard Steve Kaukonen and Steve Berzins describe their Accenture Intranet as a “culture of collaboration” and I thought what a great play on words!  Hence this blog post title but I swapped out collaboration in favour of community. This month’s IBF Live theme seemed to emerge more as a lesson in how a consolidation of intranets, people and content can help internal communities thrive. If this is your first time hearing about IBF Live, you might want to tune in for the next one in September. IBF Live

Satisfying Your Gen X and Gen Y Intranet Users

With the boom of tech-savvy employees in the workforce, companies are in search of unique engagement tools to keep the Gen X and Gen Y employees interested.  In Dana LaSalvia’s article called “Building an Employee-Enriched Culture with Social Media” she wrote that “organizations should think about integrating companywide marketing messages and upgrading their employee’s recognition programs to be more virtual.” To do this, implement an intranet! A social intranet will improve employee culture and collaboration and act as a central portal for important company information.  When you position your company online, you are catering to a large group of Gen

Intranet Connections Intranet Software Draws on Document Management, Employee Collaboration and Enterprise Tools

Intranet Connections Intranet Software will be releasing the latest version of its intranet-in-a-box software in September 2009. Version 9.5 helps to merge the social and collaborative networking of social media with the practical intranet tools that are necessary in assisting employees with their day-to-day duties.