Our intranet design contest has come to an end and we are happy to announce that Brent Nelson from the University Student Union at California State University, Northridge has won an iPad2! The USU intranet received an astounding 182 votes, congratulations!

We recently spoke to Brent to learn more about USU’s intranet:

How long have you been on Intranet Connections?

We have been using Intranet Connections since the summer of 2005.

What version are you currently using?

We are currently running version 10.5.130 and will soon be updating to version 11.

How did you decide on the content and layout for your intranet home page?

The content chosen for the home page are usually news articles that deal with the many facets of college life. Student employees make up about 75% of the USU work force, so we try to make the USU Intranet a great resource for the students to use.

Tell us about your intranet theme:

The red color represents the Matador Red – a school color for California State University, Northridge (CSUN)

Why did you choose the name “USU Intranet”?

USU stands for the University Student Union – we are an auxiliary organization of CSUN

How do you encourage your employees to use the intranet?

>> Staff employees use the Intranet on a daily basis to update their In/Out board.

>>Online forms and most of the business forms are accessible only through the intranet.

>>The USU Help Desk which is used for submitting work order requests are accessible only through the intranet.

>>Office supplies (i.e. papers, pens, pencils, etc.) request are accessible only through the intranet.

>>Laptop checkouts are made through a calendar application.

How do you promote collaboration on your intranet?

We have setup department pages for each department to have a space to share information with department members and the entire USU. Some departments have also setup blogs to create a collaborative space to discuss current projects and get feedback. We have also seen an increase use of the chat features.

How do you see your intranet developing over time?

We are constantly changing how we use the USU Intranet and see it as a dynamic resource that changes to meet the needs of our users. We have many plans to expand our intranet with many of the features now available in version 11. We are also working to define and develop content standards to make the site ADA compliant.

We had an outstanding turnout for our first ever intranet design contest! A big Thank You goes out to all of the company’s that submitted their screen snaps, we loved all of your designs and had a tough time selecting only five designs (and one wild card) to place on Facebook. The level of creativity was remarkable, keep up the great work!

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At Intranet Connections, we encourage using your intranet for team collaboration and building company culture, please comment below to share how you use your social intranet to support  initiatives like these!


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