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:
Great news, Step Two Designs is hosting their annual Intranet Innovation Awards and are now accepting submissions for the 2015 awards! The Intranet Innovation Awards are global awards that recognize and celebrate intranet innovation and enhancements. The coveted award will go to the intranet with the most highly innovative individual improvements.
The most common questions prospective clients ask us about intranets are: "What is the payback of an intranet?" "How do I quantify the investment in intranet software?" "How do I determine intranet ROI?" Our Product Manager, Neil Chong-Kit, recently discussed how to ensure intranet ROI through effectively utilizing the Form Builder application. As a follow up to that post, this post will cover a more general overview of how you can plan for and improve your intranet ROI. The soft benefits, the intangible assets that your company or organization acquires, come from many parts of an intranet deployment.
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
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.
One of my favorite shows when I was a kid growing up was “The Nature of Things” with David Suzuki. Having a keen interest in science and technology, I was naturally drawn to this documentary that aimed to educate those on environmental issues and the impacts of humans on nature. Web applications, like Intranet Connections, exist in their own sophisticated ecosystem comprised of hardware (desktops, mobile devices, and servers), software (application servers, browser clients), runtime environments, and the data these things manage, which all interact and spawn code bugs of various types.
Buzzwords seem to be more popular in the IT industry than perhaps any other. Usually they’re thrown about to sound informed, or in marketing campaigns to attract attention. A number of more recent ones come to mind off the top of my head: the cloud, virtualization, social software, big data, and Web 2.0. But perhaps one of the most popular in the last few years centers on software development methodology: Agile Development. What does it mean when a software company says they are Agile?
2012 was a banner year for Intranet Connections, releasing game changing company intranet product enhancements that elevates the corporate intranet to the next level, intranet 2.0. The 2012 product enhancements are just the tip of the iceberg for what we have planned in 2013. However, our 2012 product releases revolutionized the way employees utilize the company intranet adding extended automation, mobility and collaboration aspects to an already robust business intranet. Outlined here is a high level overview of our top 10 product enhancements of 2012:
First impressions. They influence our perception about everything we interact with. For better or worse we pass judgment daily. When I think about creating something new or rebuilding for improvement, the first thing I do is try to imagine the visual aspect – what my ideal result would be. The Importance of Intranet Design