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Watch. Intranets. Innovate. | Ellen's Digital Workplace

In the old days, it was customary to receive a gold watch from your employer, after you had worked there for 25 or 40 years or when you retired. Today, it is more likely you will receive a watch when you START your new job. It will not be gold, it will be smart. :-) I really like watches, but I have trouble imagining how a smartwatch could add something to my day. Do I really need another kind of noise? Is there any essential functionality that would not involve a notification? Perhaps you already have implemented smartwatch functionalities or other wearable tech on your intranet. Perhaps you have something else which is really innovative on your intranet. If you have, please think about sharing this by submitting your intranet to the Intranet Innovations Awards 2014.

Source: Posted by 81 days, 22 hours, 57 minutes ago

Is your governance good enough for SharePoint? | Mark Morrell Intranet Pioneer

I have written many blog posts on SharePoint based on my first-hand experience from developing strategies through to the full implementation of features such as TeamSites, MyProfile, etc.

One of the most common requests I get from clients is “How is the best way to manage their intranet while using SharePoint?”  This question is asked because SharePoint is a ‘big beast’ and needs a more rigorous and broad governance framework that is good enough for the challenge.

Your approach needs to consider:Restricting use: stopping some features from being used...

Source: Posted by markmorrellmarkmorrell 81 days, 22 hours, 18 minutes ago

7 signs that you’re part of the Digital Renaissance of Work « Digital Workplace Group

As an increasing number of people are taking advantage of advances in technology and new ways of working, we’re seeing an emergence of a new digital work ethic. Access to information, control over your work week, and finding meaning in your job are all key elements of being part of this Digital Renaissance of Work.

In October this year a new book, “The Digital Renaissance of Work – Delivering digital workplaces fit for the future”, written by myself and DWG’s Director of Research, Elizabeth Marsh, will be published by Gower.

In a series of blog posts over the coming months, Elizabeth and I will hopefully whet your appetite for the launch by covering a small selection of the ideas and insights we include in the book. Our first post can be found here.

Source: Posted by 86 days, 21 hours, 58 minutes ago

Go on! Inspire other intranet professionals… | Mark Morrell Intranet Pioneer

Have you recently worked hard making some improvements to your intranet?  Did you get recognised within your organisation for your efforts?  Are people using your intranet giving great feedback about the changes?  If you answered “Yes” to these questions then you should consider sharing your intranet with other professionals to help inspire them!

The Intranet Innovation Awards are the premier awards for intranet professionals. Drawing on the best of intranet work around the world, these awards are unique in their recognition of individual improvements, and not intranets as ...

Source: Posted by markmorrellmarkmorrell 87 days, 22 hours, 47 minutes ago

Digital Workplace Group sponsors Intranet & Digital Workplace Summit in Chicago, July 29–31 « Digital Workplace Group

The Digital Workplace Group (DWG) will be a sponsor of the first US-based Intranet & Digital Workplace Summit, to take place in Chicago, July 29–31. The conference’s focus on practitioner-based case studies from large organizations aligns with DWG’s commitment to independence and honest peer learning.

Source: Posted by 86 days, 21 hours, 56 minutes ago

Is your intranet legal? | Mark Morrell Intranet Pioneer

I recently wrote about how you should manage your intranet.  A governance framework based on your business requirements is a good approach to take to achieve a well-managed intranet.

Part of your business requirements will need your organisation to comply any laws that apply in any country you operate in.  A strong governance framework will help avoid the risks of non-compliance with all legal requirements in the most effective way.  It is better to look at the bigger picture and be consistent rather than have a local, fragmented, approach....

Source: Posted by markmorrellmarkmorrell 94 days, 22 hours, 34 minutes ago

Intranet Management Needs a CEO

There is a famous saying that it takes a village to raise a child. It takes a community of people who coach, teach, mentor and care to create a successful company. This is very much the same in regards to the success of your intranet. It takes strategic intranet management and visionary direction for the future of your intranet.

When I think about our company core values and our goals and vision, I see the need to impart to customers that we care about them and that we value integrity and transparency. We need to infuse the passion and heart of our entire team into everything we do. But that alone won’t ensure our success. We ...

Source: Posted by IntranetConnectionsIntranetConnections 93 days, 9 hours, 30 minutes ago

10 Complaints About Your Intranet Portal

Your intranet portal is a valuable tool which helps to connect your employees, collaborate on documents/projects and create content to improve overall business efficiency.  However, if you aren’t getting the engagement you are looking for from your users you may not be harnessing all the advantages your intranet has to offer.

To zero in on the lack of engagement on your intranet and within your company, you may want to check your intranet analytics to determine which areas of the site are getting the least amount of traffic.  Or, add a quick poll or an online survey to your home page to get feedback from your employees.  While...

Source: Posted by IntranetConnectionsIntranetConnections 93 days, 15 hours, 34 minutes ago

20 steps to maintaining an effective intranet

Whether you are responsible for your intranet as part of a team, as part of a broader role or as a full time Intranet Manager, there are a number of things you can do to ensure you have an effective intranet... read more >

Source: Posted by InteractIntranetInteractIntranet 93 days, 14 hours, 40 minutes ago

What are the most popular requirements for a successful intranet?

At Interact Intranet we are very lucky to work with some brilliant customers who are achieving great success across the world with their intranets. Talking with hundreds of different businesses each year allows us get insight into how they are improving the way they work and the results they are achieving through their use of a… read more >

Source: Posted by InteractIntranetInteractIntranet 107 days, 21 hours, 31 minutes ago

Why you should go to Intranatverk 2014 | Mark Morrell Intranet Pioneer

Are you going to one of the best conferences in Sweden for 2014?  I’m talking about Intranatverk 2014 of course!

Intranätverk is an intranet conference for those of you who want more than presentations.  You will help to create an engaging, fun and participating conference, where everyone can learn from each other.

Intranätverk 2014 takes place, 20-22 May, 2014 in Gothenburg, Sweden at Folkets Hus Konferens.20 May is swedish intranet day, all presentations in Swedish.21 May is the international intranet day and the presentations will be in English.22 May is the works...

Source: Posted by markmorrellmarkmorrell 109 days, 20 hours, 47 minutes ago

10 Ways to Improve Intranet ROI (Part 1)

The soft benefits, the intangible assets that your company or organization acquires, come from many parts of an intranet deployment. They include everything from the convenience of finding documents from a centralized document repository to ease of communication between people, teams and leaders.

However, to truly quantify the money saved (even generated) from an intranet strategy requires a deeper and comprehensive look at how organizations:

  • Seek to Control Expenses
  • Increase Revenues
  • Improve Business Efficiency
Source: Posted by IntranetConnectionsIntranetConnections 113 days, 10 hours, 21 minutes ago

10 Ways to Improve Intranet ROI (Part 2)

Hello Intranet Compadres. I’m back with 5 more ways to improve your intranet ROI with time savings and cost savings.

There is not a single organization that lacks the need to share information and feedback in a timely, effective manner.  From various cohorts who fall outside of the immediate employee groups, such as Board Of Directors, Advisory Groups and Customer Feedback Groups, there is inherent value in tapping these external contributors...

Source: Posted by IntranetConnectionsIntranetConnections 113 days, 10 hours, 19 minutes ago

How to manage your intranet | Mark Morrell Intranet Pioneer

After you have developed a clear intranet strategy as explained in my post ‘How to develop an intranet strategy‘ you then need to follow this with an implementation plan, publishing standards and a governance framework.

While every intranet is different there are some common factors that need to be considered so your intranet supports your business requirements:The size of your organisation will affect how you manage your intranet.  If it is based in one location and you know everyone by their first name then it is likely you can manage your intranet on your...

Source: Posted by markmorrellmarkmorrell 116 days, 21 hours, 9 minutes ago

4 ways to scope your digital workplace focus

Synopsis: Trying to overhaul your entire digital workplace simply won’t work. Instead, examine these four ways to narrow the scope of your digital workplace improvements.

Source: Posted by EphraimJFEphraimJF 120 days, 15 hours, 29 minutes ago

Chaotic or consistent: What is your intranet experience? | Mark Morrell Intranet Pioneer

I recently wrote a guest post on how you can change a chaotic intranet experience into a more consistent and better experience.  I showed how a governance framework that has roles, responsibilities, and publishing standards that are implemented smartly can encourage people to use the tools and information more frequently and deeply with consistent design, features and structure.

You can read ‘Chaotic or consistent: What is your intranet experience?’ here.....

Source: Posted by markmorrellmarkmorrell 129 days, 21 hours, 7 minutes ago

Will the digital workplace evolve like the intranet did? I hope not.

Synopsis: The evolution of digital workplaces looks similar to that of intranets before them. It’s critical to recognize the patterns, master the success factors and know where the similarities end.

Source: Posted by EphraimJFEphraimJF 130 days, 14 hours, 46 minutes ago

Use your intranet to engage volunteers and remote workers

Geoff Garcia, of March of Dimes, winner of the 2013 Interact Community Influence Award will be doing an online tour of his intranet, ‘Dimension’ to demonstrate great ways you can use your intranet to engage your volunteers and remote workers... read more >

Source: Posted by InteractIntranetInteractIntranet 130 days, 19 hours, 32 minutes ago

Intranet spring-cleaning revisited | Ellen's Digital Workplace

In the past weeks I have asked many users if they still need their sites that are empty or look abandoned. Now we have had a very mild winter in the Netherlands, and the temperatures have not risen dramatically, so there must be different forces at work. ;) But whatever the trigger, I can only conclude that it is time for intranet spring cleaning again!

An interesting post by Mimi Dionne suggests that a cleanup project can very well be managed by the records management department. I think that is a good idea. But even if you have no records management department to help you, cleaning up your intranet on a regular basis is always a good idea that will bring many rewards!

Source: Posted by 132 days, 15 hours, 22 minutes ago

How to develop a mobile strategy | Mark Morrell Intranet Pioneer

Recently I posted on how to develop an intranet strategy and how to develop a digital workplace strategy.  One of the key factors either strategy must consider is the growing needs of people who use mobile devices to access information needed to help with their work.  I believe it is so important that it justifies its own strategy to help achieve the full benefits.

When developing a strategy for people who are mobile it is important you consider the following factors....

Source: Posted by markmorrellmarkmorrell 135 days, 20 hours, 33 minutes ago
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