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Is the Intranet Your Baby? Read On! (Part 1 of 3)

As I mentioned in my previous post, last week I attended the 16th Intranets for Corporate Communications Course held in Vancouver, BC. If you are responsible for the intranet within your organization, I highly recommend this course put on by Federated Press to help you understand how to build a better intranet, maximize the impact of your site and get buy-in from senior management for your intranet project. There were a total of 10 presentations during the 2-day course and we saw many different examples of intranet sites. Although the topic of each presentation varied, I noticed a few recurring

Swimming in a Sea of Intranet Information

Last week I attended an Intranets for Corporate Communications course that was designed for VPs, directors, managers and intranet consultants who wanted to learn how to maximize the impact of their intranet. With highlights such as how to integrate your intranet into your communication plan, advice to help increase employee engagement on your site and ways to adapt your intranet to include social/collaborative tools, the course material definitely piqued my interest. This was the 16th intranet course that Federated Press had put on however this was the first event of its kind that I had attended. Walking into the conference

What Does Your Intranet Navigation Say About Your Company?

Is the diversity in site navigation and design between various organizations due to the various tasks that employees are performing on their intranets, differences for the sake of being different or simply poor design? This is the question that James Robertson, Managing Director of Step Two Designs recently asked in his post There is no “One-True” Top-Level Intranet Navigation. As evidenced in the examples of horizontal menus in James’ post, site navigation and design can vary very drastically between different companies as each organization is unique and information architecture should reflect those differences. It is important to keep your end

In the Midst of Change: BC Place Case Study

What do you do when you find out that your staff will be divided between two locations during a major renovation period? How can you unify employees at the two locations and ensure that communication remains consistent? If you are BC Place - the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics - you decide that the best way to overcome the internal communication challenges is with an intranet. BC Place launched their intranet, built on the Intranet Connections software, in July with the goal of improving communication, increasing employee involvement, and enhancing information sharing within

Four Tips to Freshen up Your Intranet

Lately we have had a few conversations with clients surrounding the design and navigation of their intranet sites. These are clients that have been on the Intranet Connections' Intranet Software for years, and they are looking to freshen up the site, review content structure and address user expectations. These days your intranet users are employees who are active with Facebook, YouTube, iTunes and their smart phones. They are more sophisticated and savvy. This doesn’t mean you need to rush out and pay big bucks for an iTunes app on the intranet, but you should be taking a close look at

3 Ways to Spring Clean Your Intranet

Good intranets provide an invaluable resource to employees. A one-stop location to find everything from policies, guidelines, forms, departmental information, people search, calendar events and company news. But like all good intranets, over time they can get bogged down by the sheer volume of content distributed throughout the site. Sound familiar? It may be time to do a spring clean on your intranet. A spring clean should renew, reconnect and revive. Renew If your users are complaining that their search for policy 50602 results in a file added in 2002 that could be a clue to outdated information. It happens

Roll Out the Red Carpet for Your Intranet

A strong roll-out plan can affect the immediate and long term success of your new intranet.  Here are four key components to consider when planning your intranet launch. 1. Make It Simple & Easy to Use When preparing for an intranet launch, the last thing you want to do is to make it difficult for employees to access the site. Make sure that the intranet is set to be the default home page for all web browsers. Your IT group can push these changes out to all users through Active Directory Group Policies. Once you’ve launched, the first site employees

How Important is Intranet Design?

I recently posted a question on Twitter via TweetDeck I must have hit a sweet time to post this question because I received some amazing responses, and it was great to see that everyone gave high marks.  The average was 9/10 for importance on intranet design. The following feedback hit the mark for me.  I hope you find them as inspirational as I did, and thanks to everyone who responded to my tweet! @wamurgis Importance of intranet design depends on how you define it. For us, it's visual, interactive, and emotional. 10 out of 10. @markmorrell For intranet design i would say 10/10