Don’t Forget the Bread With Your Butter! Form Builder an Intranet Must-Have

Home>Product News>Don’t Forget the Bread With Your Butter! Form Builder an Intranet Must-Have

Don’t Forget the Bread With Your Butter! Form Builder an Intranet Must-Have

By | 2017-09-15T09:50:04+00:00 August 24, 2009|Product News|

The title of this blog post is kind of cheeky, but with 2.0 moving into the enterprise, it’s easy to get caught up in the hype  and forget that while these new social tools are no doubt valuable on an intranet, you can’t dismiss the core intranet functions that help employees to do their jobs.

One of the key applications (and one of the more powerful) is a Form Builder, or an online forms application.  With all the publicity and blog posts relating to new web 2.0 intranets, the power of applications like Form Builder are often ignored and are a must-have for any intranet.

Intranet Connections Form Builder

Let’s take a minute to dive into what Form Builder can do for you and your intranet.  An easy to use and interactive Form Builder can give you endless flexibility – you can quickly and easily create leave request forms, vacation requests, employee self evaluations, annual expense reports, online surveys, and just about any type of company form where  you need to collect, store, and archive online data.

By building customized electronic forms, all within a point-and-click interface, anyone can be a form builder in the company.  Your Form Builder should be integrated with your intranet security, and allow for approval workflows on submissions.  If you have a leave request form that needs to be approved by the employee’s supervisor, the department head, and the CFO – you want to do this seamlessly, effortlessly and online within your intranet.  A Form Builder application goes a long way in reducing paper costs and the overhead of processing results, not to mention the benefits of having all your forms in one central location – searchable – and where employees can fill them out and submit them online.

When considering a Form Builder application, integration to your intranet site is paramount.  A consolidated intranet where electronic forms can be found, results stored, security applied, and approval enabled is crucial versus using disconnected third party software.

Jakob Nielsen of NNG, known as the “King of Usability” and a popular web usability author nailed it in a recent Alertbox post:

A bunch of stand-alone tools will provide a disconnected user experience, causing employees to waste inordinate amounts of time moving between environments.  For more than a decade, we’ve talked about the need for a unified intranet user experience, consistent design and features organized around humans rather than technology.

A Form Builder application delivers huge potential for an intranet site and it’s an application that needs to be integrated within your intranet.  When thinking about designing or purchasing an intranet software solution, keep in mind the functionality and flexibility that a robust integrated Form Builder can achieve, along with the time and money that it can save.

Visit the Jakob Nielsen Alertbox article:  Social Networking on Intranets

Related Posts

By | 2017-09-15T09:50:04+00:00 August 24, 2009|Product News|

About the Author:

Founded in 1999, Intranet Connections has built simplicity and creativity into our intranet software from the beginning. Simplicity is ingrained in our core values, seen through our intranet software, our pricing model and our ongoing product development. Our customers aren't just another number or contract, they are truly a part of the Intranet Connections family. We connect, collaborate and create with them to improve our intranet software and services with every new release.


  1. Sean R Nicholson August 26, 2009 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    I once spent $1.2M on an Intranet portal and content management system that ended up not having a spell checker in the editing tool. From an IT perspective, we considered the spell checker butter. Corp Comms, however, saw it as bread. Sometimes the perspective of importance is relative, but either way, missing functionality hurts.


  2. Carolyn Douglas September 11, 2009 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    Excellent point Sean, thanks for the comment. When I was designing intranet sites for local government years ago, we often talked about the “bells and whistles” which were considered eye candy over functionality. An update to this post is that sometimes the butter can’t be ignored especially if it lends to the user experience, ease of navigation, overall site design and intranet usability.


  3. […] Can I fill out forms online? […]

Leave A Comment