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Preparing for Google Search Appliance End of Life

Summary:  Google Search Appliance end of life is approaching, meaning businesses need to seek out a new search solution. We discuss 3 with pros and cons.. Over the last year or so, Google has switched direction with some of their commercial search options, bringing both GSS (Google Site Search) and GSA (Google Search Appliance) to end of life. This forces businesses to seek out a new search solution, particularly for their intranet where about two-thirds of deployments occurred based on user surveys. Are you one of them? Subscribe for Intranet Tips A similar proportion of clients have come to

Simple Workflow Automation Software by Intranet Connections

Summary:  If you think workflow automation software is only for enterprise corporation, think again. We help small to mid-size companies achieve big results by automating manual processes to change them from lengthy and tedious to quick and easy. "Give Me An Automated Workflow And I Can Leverage The Earth" To begin this blog article I decided to play with the famous quote from the Greek mathematician Archimedes in order to fully express the power of workflow automation software in the business universe. Automated workflow, in fact, is having such a strong impact in the life of millions of companies

Workflow for Onboarding New Employees

Summary:  Creating a workflow for onboarding new employees significantly improves the process. Here's how: Emails get missed and paper gets misplaced. Communication issues in the workplace are one of the primary reasons our customers are drawn to Intranet Connections. As a new customer, one of the first applications our customers use is the workflow functionality. Using this significantly improves communication while boosting efficiency, visibility, and accuracy in day-to-day tasks. The most common example is creating a workflow for onboarding new employees. There are so many things that go on behind the scenes before an employee starts their

On Premise Intranet Security: How Much Do You Trust Your Intranet?

Summary:  How much do you trust your intranet security: are you willing to risk it all? Whether it's invoices, social security numbers, home addresses or medical records, there’s a lot to think about when it comes to protecting the information you store on your intranet, especially if you require remote access. Intranet Connections specializes in *on-premise* Intranet solutions.  There are a number of inherent security benefits to having an on-premise intranet and in fact, certain regulated industries (such as finance) basically require you to have complete control over your data warehouse, the connections to it, etc.  But what

3 Tips To Building An Intranet Business Case

Summary:  Build an intranet business case to present to the executive level using these best practices. In most organizations, the person who is out there researching solutions, going through demos and narrowing down providers is rarely the one who holds the checkbook. Time after time we hear potential customers come to us saying we love the solution/ it’ll solve our problems, but because of budgeting constraints or a lack of willingness to change the project gets shelved. This is particularly prevalent in organizations that don’t currently have an intranet because while from a high level it may seem

Create An Effective Intranet Navigation In Four Steps

Summary:  Intranet navigation is a key part of successfully building or redesigning an intranet. Here's a four-step plan to get your organization set up for success. Navigation refers to the way users access content on an online site such as an intranet. More formally, it's referred to as information architecture or the organization and labeling of the site’s content. Well-designed navigation means that users can easily access the content they want without hurdles. That’s your goal. Think of navigation as the closet organizer of your intranet: to get a closet that makes sense for

New Year, New Intranet: Suggestions For Office Improvement

Summary:  It's a brand new year, time to start with fresh suggestions for office improvement and eliminate ineffective processes with a brand new intranet. If you’re like the hundreds of organizations I’ve worked with over the years, discussions of a new intranet or an intranet upgrade have probably been on the table for a while. Email overload, frustrations of locating documents on the shared drive, and lengthy approval processes have all created grumbles from staff and the consensus is “we need a better way to do this.” So why haven’t you implemented an out-of-the-box business intranet that can easily

In Pursuit Of The Best Intranet Software: The Hero’s Journey

Summary:  The Buyers Journey to the best intranet software can be a bumpy ride. It diverges from the typical purchasing roadway, due to varying levels budget, security needs, and ease of use - not to mention the colossal impact that the right or the wrong decision will have on your day to day life. But fear not, great hero! We are here to assist you on your journey! Sitting at my desk, I listen to one of our Customer Success Reps help to onboard a new customer on a web call. She’s explaining how to organize content within the architecture

Why Would A Company Use An Intranet?

Summary: Why would a company use an intranet? The way we do business has changed drastically in the last few years. Organizations are operating in multiple locations across the country, collaborating on larger projects with larger groups, abiding by strict compliance and regulations laws, and are constantly inundated with information. An intranet provides the tools that set up your company for success. Our customers come from three different backgrounds: switching from an in-house solution, a SharePoint alternative, or had no previous intranet. We've compiled intranet examples from companies with no previous intranet to answer why would a company use an

Souped Up Tools to Leverage Your HR Intranet

Summary: Intranet Connections is an out-of-the-box solution, meaning that it’s fully customizable, but all the code and technical set up has been done for you. Ready-made features and functionalities, as well as an HR department site, is dedicated specifically to the needs of the human resources department. HR has a lot on their plate, and although I wish I was talking about food right now, that'll have to wait until the next staff event. They are faced with the pressure to not just locate and hire the best talent, but to retain them as well. Luckily our out-of-the-box department site