Intranet Tips from the Intranet Connections Team

Does Your Intranet Have a Killer App?

Summary: What is a killer intranet app? Examples of Killer Apps. What is an Anti-Killer app?
Previously we discussed intranet usability as it relates to your navigation, Jar Jar Binks and your content. Having banished Jar Jar from your intranet, you will be relieved that he also had no place in the latest Star Wars saga. The role of comic relief went largely to the plucky little ball robot, BB-8. He became the killer app, if you will, at the heart of the new series. Whether he was carrying the map to the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker, or making people ponder how it is he can roll about without his head being flung from his body, he captivated audiences of all ages. 

Should You Buy or Build Your Intranet

Summary: The difference between a buy intranet and a build intranet, with checklists to determine which one better suits your needs.
Should you buy or build your intranet? Every company purchasing an intranet faces this question. There are advantages and challenges to moving forward with either option. To move forward with a ‘buy intranet’ means choosing out-of-the-box functionality that you can quickly deploy. You can even delegate deployment to non-IT or technical related staff. To select a ‘build intranet’ means choosing to customize and architect an intranet that fits around your specific environment. This option requires consulting services and a elongated implementation period.

By |February 25, 2016|Intranet Software|0 Comments

How to Facilitate Online Training with Your Intranet

Summary: How do you make training more effective and consistent? Facilitate online training with your intranet. We cover how to get started, plus tips and examples from real organizations.
No matter what organization you are apart of, there is always a strong need for training employees or volunteer staff. Effective training is imperative, however, training takes up time and resources. The solution? Putting them through training courses using your intranet.

By |January 11, 2016|Intranet Applications, Intranet Software|0 Comments

3 Intranet Features to Build Excitement about the Holidays

Summary: Build excitement about upcoming holiday festivities with various intranet features, such as: Events Calendar, Online Photo Album and Blogging.
With the holiday season in full swing, everyone is in the mood for fun holiday festivities. To get your employees into the holiday spirit, you can utilize various intranet features! Below are just a few ways you can leverage the power of your intranet to build excitement over the holiday season, and improve overall intranet adoption.

By |December 17, 2015|Intranet Applications, Top 5 List|0 Comments

How to Use Online Forms to Improve Your Intranet, Website & Beyond

Summary: What are online forms and what are the benefits from a Feature Request form? Key fields to includes in your Feature Request Form include; category, submitters, reasons for request and more.
The secret is out – we’ve found a creative way to utilize an Online Form that improves productivity and user-experience for both employees and clients. Our Online Forms can already transform into a variety of useful tools such as Policy Review to Job Openings, but how can you use Online Forms to improve the way in which you do business on your intranet, your website and beyond? Creating a Feature Requests Form. Below are 3 different ways to utilize a Feature Request form.

Facing Company Communication Overload?

Summary: Looking to reduce communication overload and increase workplace productivity? Maximize your intranet potential with these top employee communication tools including; discussion forums, company news, event calendar and having a help desk ticketing system.
Before I moved to Sales, I was on the support team at Intranet Connections. In Support, I worked with many companies who were looking to reduce company communication overload and increase workplace productivity. Here are some common reasons for communication overload and some ideas for quick solutions to resolve this issue plaguing so many:

Bolster Engagement with an Intranet Scavenger Hunt

Summary: Why an intranet scavenger hunt can boost employee engagement. What some suggested tasks for an intranet scavenger hunt are. How to design your own scavenger hunt.
The importance of high employee engagement in the workplace is undeniable. Engaged employees are more motivated to reach their full potential, inclined to contribute to positive company culture and committed to shared values and goals.

Should IT be Responsible for Intranet Administration?

Summary: Does IT have to maintain ownership for intranet administration? We cover 4 basic tips to distribute intranet administration including; assigning team/department site ownership, delegating application ownership, provide intranet design rights and simplifying intranet administration.
The intranet is often thought of as an ‘IT Program’. It is software after all, and IT is typically in charge of purchasing, managing and maintaining company software. But considering how many employees from multiple departments rely on your company intranet, should IT really be solely responsible for intranet administration?

By |October 15, 2015|Intranet Applications, Intranet Software|0 Comments

Why Every Intranet Needs Creative Intranet Pages

Summary: What is an intranet page? Benefits of creative intranet pages include brand building, employee engagement, effectively managing intranet changes and improving company culture.
Soar above a basic intranet by adding creative touches! Your intranet connects your employees to valuable company resources so it’s important to engage your employees with creative intranet pages. From your intranet’s Home Page to Team Sites, if you give some creative freedom to your intranet admins or department heads, you will see wonderful things happen, such as; brand building, employee engagement, effectively managing changes and encouraging a corporate culture.

Ditch User Manuals with Tutorial Builder

Summary: How to replace traditional user manuals with intranet Tutorial Builder. Improve the education of new and changed features, onboarding of new employees and streamlining workflows.
With the rapid change of technology and devices in today’s IT world, it begs the question; is it worth the effort to maintain and update user manuals to explain how to use the technology? Often, when people try out new software, they turn to the user manual or help files before determining if they can figure it out for themselves. We’d argue that most ‘help’ documentation isn’t very ‘helpful’, but rather they simply state the obvious.