Intranet Tips from the Intranet Connections Team

Is Your Workflow Management Working For You?

If your company is similar to the many of the small businesses that I speak to, you likely still have workflow systems that were implemented based on the size of the company back when you were just starting up. The most common methods of communication that I’ve run into include sending internal emails and filling out paper forms.

These manual workflow methods are efficient and cost effective methods of running your business when your

By |June 25, 2014|Intranet Applications, Intranet Software|1 Comment

Using Your Intranet to Increase Customer Satisfaction

While in Sweden to watch our junior’s try to reclaim hockey gold, I had an interesting experience in a Swedish grocery store. Most of the customers were walking around with hand held scanners that were available at the store’s entrance. When I asked one of the employees what the scanners were for, I was told that the customers could take a scanner, swipe their credit card and then scan each item as they put it in their basket. When they finished shopping the scanner billed their items to their credit card.

The customers loved the scanners as they removed the need to line up to pay for their groceries and the employee I spoke with loved the devices as it meant he didn’t have to work as a checkout cashier, a task he considered repetitious and tedious.  Instead, he spent his time interacting with customers, helping them find their items and answering any questions they had about their products. He told me “I really enjoy helping customers and now that’s what I spend most of my time doing”.

By |February 5, 2014|Best Practices|0 Comments

Designing an Effective Intranet Homepage

Whether you are implementing a new intranet solution or looking to revamp the one you have, the key to enhancing employee engagement and ensuring intranet adoption is a well thought-out and executed intranet homepage.

Your homepage is the first thing your employees see when they click onto the intranet, or in some cases when they open their browser. It is their first impression of what the intranet can do for them and can often be the deciding factor of whether they choose to continue through the site or stop their journey short.

By |January 2, 2014|Best Practices, Intranet Software|0 Comments

Raise Your Glass! It’s Intranet Appreciation Day

Hello there, fellow intranet fanatic. Today, I bring you joy and another reason to celebrate in the midst of this very festive season: Intranet Appreciation Day.

I use our intranet, EVERY day and yet, I have never taken a moment to profess my love for The SQIntranet** on public grounds. I LOVE my intranet because it is the ultimate resource. It is pretty, it is informative, it is flexible, and, it allows me to effectively help my teammates! Below, I’ve highlighted my favourite SQIntranet area and the respective specific business problem that it addresses. THANKS to the capabilities offered by Intranet Connections, I am able to point my teammates to this area regularly which makes my life much easier.

**The SQIntranet is the intranet used by Intranet Connections.  SQ stands for “square box”, meaning simple.  Simplicity is one of our core company (and product) values.

By |December 5, 2013|Best Practices, Intranet Software|0 Comments

Intranet Connections Developer Mo Bros

Movember is well on its way through the Development Team and the Intranet Connections ‘ICMOGRO’ Team, consisting of 8 Mo Bro moustaches, a furry Mo Dog and an eccentric Mo Sista, has banded together to raise over $3,200 so far in support of men’s health issues including research for Prostate and Testicular Cancer.

If you missed the Movember intro blog, be sure to have a quick read to meet our Mo Bros and find out what Movember is all about. You can donate to the Intranet Connections Movember team and check out photos of their mid-month moustache growth on our ICGROMO Team Page.

By |November 19, 2013|Intranet Software|0 Comments

Even the Fluffiest Cloud Can House a Storm: Intranet Best Practices

As the Sales Manager here at Intranet Connections I get a lot of questions from prospective clients on intranet best practices and installation.  One question that seems to be popping up frequently during my intranet discussions is: “Can I put Intranet Connections in the cloud?” The answer to this absolutely, yes, but I have to ask….do you really want to?

There are arguments as to why the cloud is a good option for a place to house your intranet, including low maintenance and included tech support.  However, putting your intranet in the hands of a provider can also lead to

By |October 16, 2013|Best Practices, Intranet Software|0 Comments

Does Your Healthcare Intranet Have a Pulse?

Recently our Intranet Engagement Consultant, Maz, worked alongside Northfield Hospital & Clinics to create and implement their new customized healthcare intranet.  Along with our graphic designer he worked closely with Northfield to design an intranet with a simple, easy to navigate user interface, which contains all the healthcare resources they need to accomplish their day-to-day tasks within the organization.

By |October 9, 2013|Best Practices, Intranet Software|0 Comments

4 Tips for Better Intranet Management

My fellow colleague Ayendra recently posted Removing the “IT Intranet” Perception, which outlined his previous experience working in a company where the IT department had become a bottleneck in the intranet communication process. After joining the Intranet Connections team and working with our customers, he saw examples of businesses using a different method of intranet management – smart delegation.  In these businesses distribution of content management meant the intranet was being utilized as a platform for collaboration, leading to a variety of benefits for the organization.

By |October 3, 2013|Best Practices, Intranet Software|0 Comments

Superhero Intranets = Superhero Culture

Meet Eric Ryan, co-founder and self pledged co-parent of method. I had the pleasure of seeing Eric Ryan speak at the recent Art of Marketing conference and enjoyed the story of his journey on how the method brand turned the consumer-packaged-goods industry on its head. What struck me about Eric Ryan was not his enthusiasm, which was in abundance, or his charisma, also in abundance, but how their method company has produced a culture of innovation and ideas. I found myself smiling and head bobbing constantly during his talk. Yes!!

By |September 25, 2013|Best Practices, Intranet Software|2 Comments

The History of Intranet Software and How It’s Evolving

Intranet software has come a long way over the last twenty years.  Current products, such as Intranet Connections, provide users with a wide variety of functionality including everything from a centralized document repository to custom forms to social networking tools.  Today, intranets tie together different parts of a business and provide an avenue for employees to communicate and share information quickly and efficiently.  Early intranets weren’t quite so well integrated into the businesses that were using them, but their introduction was intended to solve many of the same problems they are used to solve today.

By |September 12, 2013|Intranet Software, Social Intranets|0 Comments