In 2013, our Software Development Team worked hard to deliver some incredible product enhancements to our intranet software. This lead to further improvements for our overall user experience. Some features, such as Mega Menus, were created by our team to drive the product forward with new innovative functionality. Other features, such as Form Approval Export Options, were specifically requested by our customers to improve the efficiency of their internal business processes. The 2013 enhancements will revolutionize the way in which your employees utilize your business intranet, adding enhanced navigation, content approval and site features to an already robust Corporate Intranet. The following is
As a software architect, one of the challenges I have in writing this blog is finding creative ways to connect my experience and expertise to topics that will be useful to an audience outside of software development. I often find myself thinking about how some of the ways in which software teams approach problems can be applied to other types of projects or to life in general. Agile Development Lends to Agile Design A while back, I wrote a blog about how agile software development techniques can be applied to family life based on TED talk I had listed to
Leo Marneros, Director of Emergency Training at Gold Coast Hospital in Australia, consistently works to improve staff training, reduce overall hospital costs and most importantly, enhance patient care. Two years ago Leo took a leap in the right direction by implementing an intranet designed to help him with his mission. The end result? An estimated time cost savings of $10,000AUD per year, an in-demand intranet built by hospital staff and the icing on the cake – a commendation from the 2013 Intranet Innovation Awards. As a member of the Support Team here at Intranet Connections I have had the pleasure of
Hello there, fellow intranet fanatic. Today, I bring you joy and another reason to celebrate in the midst of this very festive season: Intranet Appreciation Day. I use our intranet, EVERY day and yet, I have never taken a moment to profess my love for The SQIntranet** on public grounds. I LOVE my intranet because it is the ultimate resource. It is pretty, it is informative, it is flexible, and, it allows me to effectively help my teammates! Below, I’ve highlighted my favourite SQIntranet area and the respective specific business problem that it addresses. THANKS to the capabilities offered by
Meet Eric Ryan, co-founder and self pledged co-parent of method. I had the pleasure of seeing Eric Ryan speak at the recent Art of Marketing conference and enjoyed the story of his journey on how the method brand turned the consumer-packaged-goods industry on its head. What struck me about Eric Ryan was not his enthusiasm, which was in abundance, or his charisma, also in abundance, but how their method company has produced a culture of innovation and ideas. I found myself smiling and head bobbing constantly during his talk. Yes!!
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.
Salutations fellow intranet dwellers! Let’s talk about our friend, intranet search. To this very day, I remember the moment I laid my eyes on that beautiful search box. Standing at a soaring 24 pixels in height, 148 pixels in width, I really couldn’t miss her glowing white rectangular shape even if I tried. Besides the physical attributes, intranet search offers an undeniable ability to help with my information retrieval needs. Truly, search is a glorious asset and essential to your intranet.
How can you guarantee a successful intranet implementation? One of the keys to adoption and success of an intranet are solid design principles. Spending the required time during the planning phase of your intranet deployment, prior to its release, will pay off if you have implemented well established design principles. This includes, taking into account future use cases as will as any potential changes that may be required down the road. Change is inevitable, so plan for it though the creation of a robust intranet design that will ensure functionality enhancements and architectural changes can be handled easily moving forward.
A common question we get from new intranet managers and prospective intranet purchasers is… “How can I drive adoption on my intranet?” While there are many different methods for engaging employees on your intranet, content is key. If you aren’t publishing content that your employees and intranet users are interested in, they will not spend the time interacting with all the useful tools you have worked so hard to deploy on your intranet. Now you may be wondering, what does engaging content look like? How can I measure the level of engagement my intranet content is receiving? And, what is
The bond you and your employees have with your intranet is an intimate relationship. As such, you have standards that your intranet must meet in order for that relationship to continue unrestrained. Is your intranet meeting your standards? As with any healthy relationship, it requires work. Here are a few things to help build a healthy intranet relationship: