Intranet Tips from the Intranet Connections Team

The Benefits of Upgrading to Policy Assist (Version 13.5)

Summary: Now that Policy Assist has been released, why should you upgrade? Discover several new and improved features, as well as how to upgrade.
In June of 2016, we released the latest version of Intranet Connections, Policy Assist. This release includes a host of new features and updates designed to simplify the lives of intranet administrators, document managers and users alike. Here’s a quick review of the features that make up Policy Assist:

By |October 31, 2016|Intranet Software, Product News|0 Comments

Introducing Policy Assist for Improved Policy Management

Summary: A sneak peek into our latest Procedure and Policy Management software release, Policy Assist.
We worked with several of our customers in the finance and healthcare sectors to determine what their needs are, and how we could translate that into our intranet software. We learned that many organizations that we serve require in-depth Policy and Procedure Management tools, so we decided to center our latest product release around just that!

By |May 18, 2016|Intranet Software, Product News|1 Comment

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.

By |April 11, 2016|Intranet Software|0 Comments

Helpful Tips for Building Intranet Applications

Summary: How to create intranet applications using pre-existing templates, or from scratch.
In working as a support technician for Intranet Connections, I find many of our new customers come to me for guidance in creating intranet applications. To make this process easier for you, we have several pre-built intranet applications available. However, we also give you the option to create your own applications from scratch. Or to make it even easier, you can copy an existing intranet application but re-structure it to create your own application.

By |March 14, 2016|Intranet Applications, Intranet Software|0 Comments

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

6 Tips for Building Great Navigation Menus

Summary: 6 tips for building navigation menus from the correct way to label, structure and layout menus to security options.
Every intranet needs navigation menus to help users find their way around. While the Enterprise Search is best for scoping out specific items with keywords, navigation menus create a call to action by advertising important options that users may not otherwise know exist. However, not all menus are created equal. Building great navigation menus comes with experience, so here are 6 tips to help give your menu-building skills a boost.

By |February 22, 2016|Best Practices, Top 5 List|0 Comments

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 and re-ignite the spark. Fall back in love with your intranet solution with these simple tips.

By |February 15, 2016|Best Practices, Intranet Software, Top 5 List|0 Comments

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

By |January 28, 2016|Best Practices, Intranet Software, Top 5 List|0 Comments

4 Pitfalls of a Homegrown Intranet Solution

Summary: Key considerations for building an intranet in-house such as, content not being published quickly enough, loss of knowledge when intranet admins leave the company and more.
So your company has decided it needs an intranet, and to cut costs management has assigned you the task of developing an intranet site for your organization. Given that you possess the necessary skills to build out a basic intranet site to meet the company’s current needs, this seems like an obvious choice.  However, there are many things to consider prior to jumping down the “built in-house intranet” rabbit hole.

By |December 14, 2015|Corporate Intranet, Intranet Software, Top 5 List|0 Comments