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Working on Your Intranet in a Sandbox Environment

Summary: The benefits of working on your intranet in a sandbox environment with tips to create your own. When working with customers in support, one of the common questions I am asked is “can I work on this within a sandbox environment?” The answer to this question is yes! Within the intranet, you can build out sub-sites and lock them down as necessary. The same principal applies to the idea of a sandbox environment.

How to Build a Great Intranet Design Theme

Summary: 4 tips for building engaging intranet design themes, from understanding color to reflecting your brand’s image. When we think of intranet design it’s usually about things like usability, interfaces, structure and content. Often overlooked is the importance of a visually-appealing intranet design theme. It doesn’t have to be eye candy, but if your staff don’t like it, your intranet won’t reach its full potential. Content will be glossed over, engagement will suffer, and worse, some employees may just not use it altogether. Whether you’re the do-it-yourself type, or have the luxury of a graphic designer at your disposal, utilizing

Intranet Software Designed for the Creative User

Summary: 3 ways your intranet software caters to the creative user rather than to the technically-savvy. Intranet software is often thought of as an IT-only tool. However, with the addition of Enterprise Social Networking (ESN) tools, intranet software is no longer just for the technically-savvy. It is a business tool that also improves communication and collaboration. Many of our customers who first sought us out during their evaluation process are in the communications, marketing or community engagement departments.

Agile Development and Letting It Go

Summary: How a large organization like Disney overcame massive hurdles in the production of two popular movies, and how it relates to agile development. Have you ever poured hours of time into a project, only to discover later something isn’t working, resulting having to start from the beginning? You’re not the only one. In fact, this even happens to experts, such as Disney, more than you’d think. Take the smash hit Disney movie Frozen, and the more recent Zootopia, for example. Developing these two movies didn’t necessarily go as planned, but the outcome was still a major success.

Fall Back in Love with Your Intranet Solution

Summary: 3 tips to help you fall back in love with your intranet solution, including content clean-up, design refresh and dividing intranet administration up among multiple people. You’ve spent a few good years with your intranet, then one morning you wake up wondering… is that all there is? It seems to have lost the level of engagement it once had, and that necessary spark has disappeared. At one point, your intranet was useful, efficient and helped to complete daily work tasks. I am here to remind you that all hope is not lost! Renew your intranet to its former glory

The Formula for a Great Intranet

Summary: What makes a great intranet? As an intranet administrator, you have probably asked yourself that question once or twice. Being tasked with administering the intranet means it’s up to you to make sure it’s not only great, but that is stays great. Luckily for you, we have the formula for a great intranet! 1. Simplicity A key component of the formula for a great intranet is simplicity. First and foremost, you need a simple intranet solution - one that can easily be administered in-house, no third-party resource required. At Intranet Connections, simplicity is one of our core values, and

How to Design Your New Intranet Home Page

Summary: Discover 5 tips to help you design an effective intranet home page with real customer’s intranet home page examples to draw inspiration from. Whether you are implementing a new intranet, or redesigning an old one, there are some standard best practices to take into account when designing your new intranet home page. Many of our customers have embraced these concepts and created home pages that engage and excite their employees, enhancing their use of the intranet and ensuring they keep coming back for more.

4 Ways a Healthcare Intranet Can Benefit Your Healthcare Organization

Summary: A Healthcare Intranet can benefit your organization in many ways, from improving patient care to centralizing resources. Discover our top 4 ways you can benefit from a Healthcare Intranet. Hospitals, Clinics, end-of-life care facilities and other companies within the healthcare industry can benefit greatly by implementing an intranet within their organization. A well-designed Healthcare Intranet can provide employees with access to the tools they need to immediately improve communication, enhance staff education and training and most importantly, improve patient care.

Does the Way You Present Content Affect Intranet Usability?

Summary: Is the content on your intranet easy to read? Tips on how to present content to improve intranet usability, including scannable content, breaking content into sections and how to prioritize information. In my last post I discussed the affect of bad intranet usability on your navigation, your bottom line and Jar Jar Binks. This time I want to discuss the usability of something on your intranet that many don’t consider: your content.

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?