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Intranets News & Analysis

End One Size Fits All Mobile Strategies

End One Size Fits All Mobile StrategiesWhether you think intranets remain an important part of the digital workplace or fall under the "why bother" school of thought for giving mobile access to intranets, the variety and differences of our organizations require that we eschew any overly simplistic advice. Instead we need to consider what the real business drivers and employee needs are as we work out what constitutes a suitable mobile employee experience.

How Mobile Apps Will Change Corporate Intranets

How Mobile Apps Are Changing Corporate IntranetsThe concept of the browser-based intranet as most people know it is a relic of the 20th century: You may as well dress it down in flannel and send it off to a Pearl Jam concert. A seldom elegant mashup of communication channels, application functionality, document collaboration and now enterprise social, the intranet at its heart is an idea from the days before mobile and BYOD that, much like the Cadillac Escalade and the British aristocracy, continues to hang on long past its expiration date. And yet it’s not going anywhere any time soon.

Strategies for a Mobile Intranet

It’s taking a long time for many intranets to make the shift to mobile devices, despite the tidal shift to mobile in consumer behavior. There are signs of steady growth, for example Jane McConnell’s excellent Digital Workplace 2014 reported significant investments being made in enterprise mobile by 42 percent of the leading group, but this drops to only 10 percent across other respondents (see slide 21 of McConnell’s summary).

In spite of slow growth, organizations need to ensure that mobile thinking is part of their intranet and digital workplace strategy. Let’s have a look at some of the factors to consider.

Jahia 7: The Rise of Digital Industrialization

There are few surprises in today’s official release of Jahia 7 — but only because Jahia disclosed most of its features and functionality during JahiaOne, its international user conference in Paris this past February.

While the general release of Jahia 7 is interesting, what is just as interesting for future developments of this open source content management system (CMS) vendor is the development of its vision and strategy around what it calls Digital Industrialization. 

Save Your Tears, Intranets Aren't Dying

Save Your Tears, Intranets Aren't DyingExpect nothing new for the intranet this year. No new major innovations, or paradigm shifts, or evolutionary arcs. The intranet will not die, nor will email, nor will any other enterprise technology. Some of the supposed "experts" (who are really just grandstanding) have predicted in recent years the death of the intranet, the death of email, the death of enterprise social media (one self-proclaimed guru even told me recently that wikis are dead). No one is dying, and no one is giving birth to any great innovation.

Nor should you be fooled by old sheep in new clothing with five-dollar handles like “digital workplace” and “enterprise social network.”

Social Business Software: 2 Sides of Disruption

Social Business Software: 2 Sides of DisruptionDisruption can be seen as a force for good or evil. On the one hand the business world celebrates the disruptive effects new social business technologies are having on the status quo -- in everything from marketing and customer service to recruitment and sales. On the other, when it comes to internal collaboration and communication, social business software (SBS) is seen as disruptive in that other sense of the word -- a distraction from the job at hand.

3 Strong Business Arguments for Having an Intranet

What is the purpose of an intranet? How can it contribute to an organization’s bottom line? What does it take to "sell" the idea of an intranet?

These are questions that many intranet professionals have grappled with over the last few years.

Some answers include: to manage organizational knowledge, to publish content, to be a communication tool, to enable collaboration, to build culture, to improve knowledge sharing, to support decision making, to better manage content …

While these are all valid and useful functions that an intranet can provide, they are more "steak" than "sizzle."

All Content Must Prove Value

helpfulcontent.jpgSome believe that because they are not involved in commercial websites they don’t have to prove value. That’s not true. 

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.

CMSWire's Top 10 Hits of 2013: Intranets

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Top 10 greenPity the modern intranet. It's hard to define, underappreciated, suffers from an identity crisis and is often regarded as a source of frustration. It may even have grown too big to fail

But the death of the intranet has been greatly exaggerated. They still hold a place in the enterprise, where they can drive employee communication and collaboration, facilitate document sharing and aid productivity, according to a bevy of CMSWire authors this year.  Here's a look at the 10 most popular intranet related stories of the year. 

CMSWire's Top Contributors 2013 - Martin White

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You should not underestimate the power of search. And by search, we really mean find. 

Without providing ready access to information, businesses are basically making their employees work with one arm tied behind their back, with blindfolds on. Martin White has been championing search as a business critical application on our site for a few years now, but in practice since his schooldays.

2014 Wish List ... from Chris Clark

2014 Wish List ... from Deb MillerI wish industry vendors, integrators and customers move away from the idea of intranet versus enterprise social network and instead look at the two as complimentary solutions. Some further Office 365 and Yammer integration in time for the new year wouldn't hurt too! -- Chris Clark, marketing manager for Creative Sharepoint

Title image by Amodiovalerio Verde (Flickr).

A Cloud Based Intranet, Courtesy of eXo

In the four years since I last took a good look at the eXo platform, quite a bit has changed. Back in the day when I was a web and intranet consultant, eXo positioned itself as the premier open source web content management (WCM) platform -- a more extensible platform than out of the box applications like Drupal. I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Patrice Lamarque, vice president of products for eXo and we discussed eXo's new premium cloud offering, its new marketing focus and the changing enterprise software market.

 

Webinar Recap: Have Social Business Tools Killed the Intranet?

Webinar Recap: Have Social Business Tools Killed the Intranet?Intranets have for many years been a place where companies disseminate information to employees in a top down, static way. As workers become more remotely distributed, the need for online collaboration tools is butting up against the concept of the traditional intranet. Combining the two is a hot trend in the social business world.

Intranets: Too Big to Fail?

As contradictory as it sounds, some intranets, social platforms, knowledge exchanges and internal communities run the risk of being too successful. They're in danger of reaching a stage in their development where their size, success and growth can cause complacency.

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