Intranet Tips from the Intranet Connections Team

To SharePoint or to SharePoint Alternative?

As one of the Product Specialists here at Intranet Connections, (a sharepoint alternative product), I have seen many examples of organizations who implemented a SharePoint platform with high hopes, only to wind up frustrated when confronted with its many unanticipated costs and challenges. When I ask “why did you decide to go with SharePoint in the first place?” The answer I often get is “because everyone else uses it” or “because the initial costs were quite low.”

SharePoint can be a high functioning, beneficial platform for your organization. However, if you jump in with both feet uninformed of the potential challenges, you may be in for an unpleasant surprise down the road.  Here are a few ways to tell if SharePoint is not for you:

By |October 25, 2013|Corporate Intranet, Intranet Software|4 Comments

The History of Intranet Software and How It’s Evolving

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.

By |September 12, 2013|Intranet Software, Social Intranets|0 Comments

Getting Creative with Intranet Names

Ok, so you have done your due diligence and research on different intranet solutions and you probably have a phone book of criteria and vendor matrix’s. You have researched all the different vendors, gone through all of the demos, listened to all the different sales reps rattle on about how great their solution is, how much it’s going to save you over time and increase productivity, to the point that if someone even says the word intranet one more time you will probably quit your job and go into sheep herding.

By |August 22, 2013|Best Practices, Intranet Software|3 Comments

What is an Intranet? A Quick Reference Guide

Software selection can be intimidating, especially when starting from square one. Needing to learn the basics behind the software platform you are searching for, such as “what is an intranet?”, can be an overwhelming task. As you and your software selection committee commence your intranet selection journey and seek to define your intranet and business requirements, having a handy guide on essential definitions of commonly used terms within the intranet software industry can be invaluable.
Setting the Baseline for Success
This article is aimed to assist in getting you and your committee on the same page with common intranet industry terms, so you can work from a communal understanding when evaluating and selecting an intranet software platform.

By |July 25, 2013|Intranet Software, Social Intranets|2 Comments

Plan for Success with Intranet Design

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.

As part of your intranet planning phase, it is imperative that you select an intranet provider with proven expertise in providing assistance with both design and implementation in order to help you implement a successful intranet design.

By |July 18, 2013|Best Practices, Intranet Software|0 Comments

Is it Time to Break Up with Your Intranet?

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:

By |June 27, 2013|Best Practices, Intranet Software|0 Comments

A Recipe for a Wildly Successful Intranet

Greetings fellow intranet fanatics! Welcome to my fourth blog entry for Intranet Connections. It’s an absolute honor speaking to you good people and I’d like to thank you in advance for tuning in.

For those that do not know me, I am Maz. I work exclusively with our client base to ensure their utmost satisfaction when it comes to the discussion, implementation and maintenance of their intranet solutions. I feel blessed to have been placed in such a position. I mean, I get to see the birth, life and death of so many intranets. It’s so dramatic and epic all at the same time! OK – enough with the showboating; let’s get to the goodies.

Believe me when I say that I’ve seen a ton of successful and not-so-successful intranets! My goal today is to share an exercise that I believe will help intranet administrators create, build and maintain a successful intranet.

By |June 20, 2013|Best Practices, Intranet Software|4 Comments

Intranet Manager: Social Tools Help or Hinder?

Recently, I came across an interesting article which provides a framework for how intranet managers should decide if social features (e.g. internal blogs, wall posts, follow, likes) should be utilized within your organization.
Key Learnings for Intranet Managers
Here’s a quick summary of my key takeaways from this article:

By |June 6, 2013|Intranet Software|0 Comments

Build Workplace Culture Through the Intranet

Reed Coleman’s strategy for rolling out New Season Market’s first intranet was based on two principles:

It must build upon workplace culture
It must remain simple & easy-to-use

As the new Internal Communications Manager at New Seasons Market, it was critical for Coleman to come in with a strong strategy and execution plan for deploying their first company intranet.

By |March 14, 2013|Customer Stories, Intranet Software|0 Comments

Intranet Hoarding Syndrome (IHS)

Every year, thousands of intranet managers are faced with Intranet Hoarding Syndrome (IHS). This vicious condition can be detrimental to the success and effectiveness of your intranet. It’s an epidemic people! And, it’s time for us to start raising awareness! You’re probably asking yourself, ‘But Maz, what is Intranet Hoarding Syndrome? How does it affect my intranet?’ Well, have no fear my friends; you’ll have your answers soon enough.
How Does Intranet

By |January 17, 2013|Best Practices, Intranet Applications|3 Comments