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Intranet Information Architecture Best Practices

If you've stumbled upon this blog, it’s likely you’ve already invested significant time evaluating intranet solutions: finding the right fit, getting stakeholder buy-in and procuring a platform.  It’s now time to get down to the nitty-gritty of designing your site.  This can seem like a daunting task, so start by breaking it down into more manageable chunks. Define the Intranet's Purpose & Objectives To start, it’s important you establish a vision for your intranet.  What are you trying to accomplish?  These could be anything from connecting your workforce, building your culture, sharing corporate news, centralizing documentation or automating business processes. 

Slim Down Your Intranet Portal for the Summer

Summer is right around the corner and is fast approaching. It is crunch time to shed your unwanted intranet clutter before summer vacations take hold. Yes, you read that correctly – we are talking getting your intranet portal slim and trim for the summer. Summer is a great time to declutter your intranet portal to prepare for the fall, the busiest time of year for many organizations. Slimming down your intranet isn't a difficult task, it just takes a little elbow grease and good planning. Operation: Information Declutter Your intranet portal is a hub of information, although not all of

How to Provision an Extranet Portal

Do you ever leave the office to visit clients or share information with your business partners? If yes, you may want to consider creating an extranet portal. What exactly is an extranet portal? It is a website that permits controlled access from outside an organization's network, or in layman's terms, controlled external access to your intranet. More often, our customers have been showing interest in making their intranet site accessible outside of the confines of their headquarters. The reasons behind this push are as varied as the industries our customers are from. But perhaps two of the most compelling reasons are:

Show Employee Appreciation to Boost Engagement

Intranet software is typically used as a business tool, streamlining everyday work tasks. However, it is also a great tool for improving employee engagement and employee retention. With the addition of enterprise social networking tools, intranet software has progressed toward stronger employee communication and collaboration the last few years. The integration of more social, fun features has elevated employee appreciation and employee engagement in the workplace. At Intranet Connections, we have included a number of these features in our out-of-the-box solutions to help improve business processes and help organizations better appreciate, recognize and celebrate employees to boost engagement. Such intranet features include:

Healthcare Intranet: From IT Program to Overall Corporate Strategy

Nothing is more satisfying than hearing about a happy customer’s positive experience with our intranet software. We love sharing these stories with the rest of the Intranet Connections team to let them know all our hard work is paying off. But even more so, we love to share these stories with you, our Intranet Connections family. The story of how Westminster Canterbury went from an IT program to an overall corporate strategy is no different. Searching for an All Employee Intranet Most organizations purchase intranet software to make their employees’ lives easier. However, when Robert Mann, IT Manager at Westminster

2015: The Year of the Impactful Intranet Software

No, this is not another predictions blog. Not that I don't enjoy the flurry of new predictions that surface this time of year, but to me, many feel too contrived. I am not going to predict the future of intranet software, but rather paint the reality of where intranets are today, or rather, how organizations are already utilizing their intranet in innovative ways they had not dreamed of in the past. This post will also touch on how intranets are continually shaping our workplace and impacting our customers. While this is not a predictions blog, it does follow a shotgun

Improve The Employee Onboarding Process with the Intranet

Every organization must establish a proper employee onboarding process.  It can be a struggle to do this efficiently, especially lacking the proper processes and systems in place to perform the onboarding precisely and completely for each new employee.  Most companies create an onboarding checklists, detailed documentation and of course, plenty of forms to onboard a new employee.  But paper-based checklists, documents, and forms get lost, become outdated and often end in rouge processes being executed by different departments. Stop the madness! Streamline and organize your Employee Onboarding on your intranet to ensure each new employee is given the same onboarding

Do You Really Need an Intranet Solution?

As a web developer, I’ve worked for many organizations, both small and large, over the past 15 years. Technology in the workplace has changed and evolved a lot during that time. In fact, I remember when the term ‘intranet’ was in its infancy. Back then, the term “intranet” was often confused with “internet” and required some explanation. Simply put, an intranet is a protected network portal within an organization, whereas the internet is comprised of countless networks around the globe. But I won't go into too much detail about the history of the intranet - instead if you would like to learn more, check

How to Improve Intranet Performance

Every so often Marketing strong arms me into delivering a blog post, and seeing as it has been some time since my last one, I wanted to make sure to cover a topic that would be of interest to our intranet IT admins and provide some value for them to better serve their end users. Web Apps & Your Intranet Simply put, intranets are web applications frequently housed within an internal network.  In today’s world, end users have exposure in every facet of their lives with web apps (many of them cloud-based) for just about everything from social networking (e.g.

Intranet Tricks to Treat This Halloween

As Halloween is quickly approaching, I wanted to share some fun Halloween-themed intranet tricks you can implement to increase employee engagement. Not only that, but these tricks can be used over and over again, slightly modified for any holiday or company event you want to promote. Spooky Design Themes Perhaps one of the simplest ways you can gear your intranet up for Halloween is a quick theme change. Changing the theme from time to time is a great way to keep employees engaged and logging into your intranet. As the intranet manager, don't worry if you don't have a background in