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My Recipe for a Perfect Intranet

How to Build the Perfect IntranetIs it possible to build the perfect intranet? Like any project, there will be a unique set of requirements that dictate the exact nature of the solution -- things like integrating with line of business systems or mimicking a corporate website look and feel. But intranet design is now a mature enough discipline that I think it is possible to break down the "perfect" intranet into a number of key areas.

NewsGator Bids Farewell to Its Name, Becomes Sitrion

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Shakespeare may have understood the true nature of roses, but he didn’t understand branding. Brand names can tell a lot about a company, but when a company’s focus changes, sometimes its name still points in the old direction. That’s what happened with NewsGator, which has now changed its name to Sitrion.

How Nat Geo Built One of the World's Best Intranets

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All told, it was a 30-month project that began with a request: Improve the intranet. So National Geographic did just that for its employees -- and got some international recognition in the process.

Nielsen Norman Group named the 126-year scientific and educational institution as the creator of one of the world's 10 best intranets in its 14th Annual Intranet Design Contest earlier this month.

This year's winning teams and their intranets are showcased in Nielsen Norman Group’s new 319-page report “Intranet Design Annual 2014: The Year’s 10 Best Intranets” (it costs $248 to download).

This week, CMSWire talked to Keelin Vaccaro, internal communications director at the National Geographic Society. Vaccaro led National Geographic’s complete redesign of its intranet, transforming the site from a static communications vehicle to an interactive, social site.

SharePoint Strategy: Focus on Productivity Improvements

SharePoint Strategy: Focus on Productivity ImprovementsWith an updated platform release, companies often reflect on the state and well-being of their existing investments, asking themselves whether a move to the newest version is necessary, or possible. The same can be said for reviews of SharePoint implementations. A common question from executives to the teams and stakeholders who own and manage SharePoint is "How productive are our end users in SharePoint?"

5 Tech Trends We'll See More of in 2014

From 2013 Trend to 2014 Workplace RealityEvery year brings plenty of hype around the promise of what new technical advancements and capabilities can bring to organizations trying to transform their businesses. There are also plenty of things that never quite live up to the promised hype. Let’s take a look at what to expect in 2014.

Collaboration in 2014: 10 Predictions

Social Business, Collaboration in 2014: 10 PredictionsNetworked organizations, personalization and customization, development of collaborative reputations: these trends and more that I predicted for 2013 will still hold true for 2014. But as the cloud and mobile mature, new trends are emerging for 2014. Kelly Services and oDesk just did a deal together -- I think this is the first time an old style temp agency has done a deal with a crowdsourcing / expertise company. Kind of like the lamb lying down with the lion, something you don’t expect to see. But we should expect more of this as markets consolidate, the IoT goes more mainstream and we see collaboration become an important part of big data.

Collaboration in 2013: What Predictions Came True?

Collaboration in 2013: What Predictions Came True?Before I look forward to what 2014 might hold for collaboration, I wanted to look at how I did with my 2013 predictions. It turns out my crystal ball was working well, but some of the trends have been slower to start.

Looking for Influencers in Your Company? Look to Content Before Metrics

Viewing Influence in Your Enterprise Social Network - Look to Content Before MetricsIf influence is vague -- encompassing anything from peer pressure to marketing (cults, hazing, “As Seen On TV” ads, political campaigns, protests for peace and love, regrettable fashion trends) -- then influencers are powerful. By their definition, one can assume they have influenced more than once. They have achieved buy-in, trust and a reputation that results in more than the ability to spark passing fads.

But how far can the charisma and dynamism of a few individuals take your business? 

Reflections on Work-Family Balance in the Mobile Enterprise

Work and Family in the Mobile Enterprise: Reflections on Priorities“Whoever is dialing in from Disney World, please mute your phone.”

So began a company conference call I was on several years ago while on winter vacation with my family. As my wife and kids rode the Mad Hatter tea cups ride, I was able to deal with the latest company "crisis" … from the convenience of Magic Kingdom. And the ability to be accessible anywhere, anytime is magic indeed.

But not always.

3 Basic Business Values of Customer Communities

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Online, customer-facing social communities are offering more options and greater complexity than ever before.

But what are the core business values to keep in sight? To find out, CMSWire.com spoke to a software vendor and an analyst. 

Cats, Racism and Other Reasons You Need a Social Media Policy

Cat with two color eyes.jpgThere's a reason cats are so popular on the Internet. Cats can be funny without opening their mouths — a fact lost on a surprising number of humans.

In the past couple of years, countless people have fallen on the wrong side of that fine line between amusing and egregious by texting, tweeting, posting and otherwise sharing the most inappropriate thoughts and opinions.

Too bad they're damaging their careers — and your brand — in the process.

Complexity, Competitive Advantage and Embracing the Intangible

In 2014 Business Will Embrace the IntangibleIn 2014, business will embrace the intangible.

The first step is to measure whatever can be easily measured. This is OK as far as it goes. The second step is to disregard that which can't be easily measured or to give it an arbitrary quantitative value. This is artificial and misleading. The third step is to presume that what can't be measured easily really isn't important. This is blindness. The fourth step is to say that what can't be easily measured really doesn't exist. This is suicide. ~ Robert McNamara as attributed by Thomas Handy in The Empty Raincoat.

Back to Basics in 2014: Do Things Better, Get Things Done

The blank slate of a New Year inspires us to rethink the world around us. We resolve to do things differently: eat better, exercise more, practice patience or pay off our bills. This year, we tell ourselves, everything will be different.

But as I look to the year ahead, I find myself less interested in doing things differently and more interested in simply doing them better.

5 Ways to Encourage Employees to Use Social Media

A Taco Bell employee posts a picture of himself licking a stack of tacos in an actual Taco Bell. Excited about the topic of social media use on company time yet? 

Employees should be encouraged to use social media -- just not in a licking-tacos kinda way.

The CMSWire 25: Our Most Popular Stories of 2013

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It's a New Year -- the perfect time to take one more long, analytical look back at 2013 -- through a sampling of 25 of the most popular CMSWire stories of the year.

We have selected some of the best of the best stories, based on reader interest. The list does not include SharePoint related stories, a topic that warranted the separate ranking we shared with you yesterday.

So sit back, relax and catch up on all your favorite CMSWire content as you map your strategy for a successful 2014. 

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