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Why SharePoint 2010 needs to have a good mobile user experience « Mark Morrell Intranet Pioneer

Why is SharePoint 2010 so widely used? I believe it is because it offers for the first time one technical solution that meets many business needs rather than just one.

If you want to improve knowledge sharing you will have many tools to consider. Again if you need to manage your documents you will have a wide choice of vendors. But if your business has more than one need or can see how solving one will create other requirements then a solution like SharePoint 2010 comes become more attractive to consider.

What if your organisation needs employees to use your intranet while away from their place of work? There are huge savings in office costs and increases in productivity if employees can use the intranet to help them with their work while they are mobile.

Source: intranet-pioneer.com Posted by markmorrellmarkmorrell 801 days, 14 hours, 45 minutes ago

The Business is the Bottleneck « Ellen's Digital Workplace

“Ellen, could you have this site up and running in about 2 weeks?” my clients often asked. “Yes, I could, but can you?” I always answered, “my experience is that the business, and that is YOU, is usually the bottleneck.”

The client always looked a bit annoyed when I said that. And that was a good starting point for a conversation about roles and responsibilities. Understandable, because the business does not always know what is expected of them, and when they know it, they do not always know how to do it. Read on to learn how we tried to manage mutual expectations.

Source: mydigitalworkplace.wordpress.com Posted by http://ellenvanaken.wordpress.com/http://ellenvanaken.wordpress.com/ 802 days, 12 hours, 40 minutes ago

Calling in logistical support for web publication

Military experts would agree that most successful battles are the result of meticulous preparation. A sound well structured battle plan is needed, a thorough approach to bringing the right resources to the right place at the right time.

Publishing on the web should be approached in much the same way. But we do need powerful software support to achieve this. Sadly content management systems simply don't recognise text structuring as important, so for content creators that means using an ‘outliner’. Malcolm Davison of writingfortheweb.co.uk looks at the history of this software and the latest optons.

Source: writingfortheweb.tumblr.com Posted by MDavisonMDavison 802 days, 12 hours, 28 minutes ago

Intranets 2012, Sydney. Conference report - Intranet Focus by Martin White

It was well worth spending a day in a 747 to attend the Step Two Designs Intranets2012 conference in Sydney on 16-17 May.

This is the second time that James Robertson and his team have run the event, which like the Intrateam event in Denmark is based around the Step Two community of intranet managers, though of course open to all.

One of the benefits was that the speakers were remarkably honest about the problems they were facing...

Source: www.intranetfocus.com Posted by adminadmin 804 days, 3 hours, 57 minutes ago

Social intranets, user adoption and cocktail parties: Tips for dealing with barriers to adoption | blogsuniqueworld

I recently read that intranets (think also online workspaces, online communities etc…) are like cocktail parties.  You arrive and case the room to see who else is there and where the action is.  

You decide pretty quickly whether you’ll be staying awhile, and will be in for a great night.  Or, if it’s a quiet affair – missing the big personalities, the ambience and the buzz – you’ll stay for just a drink or two before heading off to find the action elsew...

Source: blogsuniqueworld.wordpress.com Posted by adminadmin 808 days, 4 hours, 23 minutes ago

How a social intranet helps your organization – Part 1/3

In this blog article I will explain why a social intranet is a great way to bring value to your organization in three ways. This is the first part and in this article I will focus on the power of innovation.

As we know knowledge as a resource becomes more important in this fast growing world every day. Markets have always been rough on organizations who didn’t keep up with innovations and now that markets become more global the competition gets even harder. Organizations need new ideas and an ongoing supply of innovations because otherwise they will very quickly be left behind the competition.

To understand how innovative power can be added to your organization it is important to take a look at how creative new ideas develop in an organization. Amabile said that creativity can be enhanced by three components:

  1. Expertise
  2. Creative thinking skills
  3. and Motivation
Source: blog.thefruitcorporation.com Posted by adminadmin 808 days, 4 hours, 20 minutes ago

Intranet Best Practice Check List

Earlier this year Interact held two very popular intranet seminars that focused on best practice tips for launching an intranet. At Interact we like to make such sessions not only informative but also interactive, so we asked attendees to judge what activities they would do, or had done, when implementing an intranet and what order they would look to do them in.

The 12 key activities they were presented with were...

Source: www.interact-intranet.com Posted by adminadmin 808 days, 4 hours, 22 minutes ago

"One Intranet" project (Intranet diary)

Fresh on the horizon for me is the "One Intranet" project that will merge intranets from many organisations into one with a vision of saving money and improving efficiency. This is a great opportunity to rethink the intranet within the workplace and to put in place some governance and strategy around content.

I've had my head in our public website for a while now and the intranet has been bubbling along in terms of content updates and section changes. But there has been no real development in terms o...

Source: intranetdiary.blogspot.com Posted by adminadmin 809 days, 4 hours, 41 minutes ago

3 Ways Communication and Intranet Professionals Can Become Linchpins

In what ways can intranet professionals contribute value to an organisation by facilitating innovation or improving operations?

Read about the innovation to operation life-cycle and how intranet and communication professionals can contribute and all phases of this life-cycle.

Source: www.cmswire.com Posted by roowrightroowright 819 days, 23 hours, 10 minutes ago

Should You Complement Your Intranet With Knowledge From Employees?

Employee intranets have traditionally been owned and managed by technology, communications, or human resources. Today, there’s a trend toward employee intranets being owned by teams responsible for internal knowledge sharing or knowledge management.

That makes a lot of sense, but it also can cause confusion. Words like “knowledge,” “knowledge sharing,” and “content” mean different things to different people. Often, the problem is that people are trying to draw a line between knowledge and content.

Source: blog.braintraffic.com Posted by adminadmin 821 days, 4 hours, 36 minutes ago

Is your #intranet award winning?

We’ve all heard the spiel about the digital workplace improving every corner of your business, transforming the way employees work. Intranets, we’re told, are a productivity engine, making everyone’s life a little easier. Yet despite this, intranets rarely get much attention from bigwigs. And when they do, it’s often negative.

One sure-fire way to get your execs to sit up and take notice is to win an award. Here the Intranetizen team offer five reasons to enter (and win) award schemes...

Source: intranetizen.com Posted by adminadmin 821 days, 4 hours, 34 minutes ago

How healthy is your intranet?

You’ve been feeling low, you have no energy and you’re starting to get worried. You go to the doctor who, after checking a few vital parameters, tells you there’s nothing major wrong and prescribes some medication that will help you get back to normal. We would never dream of taking chances with our health so we get regular check ups and, if the worst comes to the worst, we hope that anything major is caught early enough to be able to do something about it.

This is just common sense isn’t it?  Yet organizations can expend huge resources on their intranets and communication systems but generally have no idea of how healthy they are at any one time.

Source: patrickcwalsh.wordpress.com Posted by adminadmin 821 days, 4 hours, 29 minutes ago

How many organisations actually have an editorial plan for their Intranet? | Musingcentric

I have a lot of customers and I’ve worked on a whole lot of Intranet projects and for the first time in my life, I have a client that does actually HAVE an editorial content plan for each of their portals (both geographic and business). It’s not a single aligned editorial plan, but the nature of the organisation means that doesn’t need to be the case.

With each internal communicator having such a plan, and a series of personae, it was possible to run a workshop testing real content in different display options and assessing the impact of that content structure on...

Source: musingcentric.com Posted by adminadmin 827 days, 4 hours, 7 minutes ago

5 Secret Weapons for Intranet Managers - Accidental Information

What makes all the difference in an amazing intranet? I bet you’re thinking it’s stuff like social media, Google-like search and the most current graphics. As great as those are, they’re not the foundation of a trusted and reliable intranet. And that’s where a few secret weapons can make all of the difference. I’m talking about the neglected, but highly important foundational items that will create a home for employees that’s more than just shiny.

Source: www.accidentalinformation.com Posted by adminadmin 827 days, 4 hours, 3 minutes ago

Five Common Portal Problems and their Solutions - Michael Marchionda

The benefits of an enterprise portal are well documented. If portals continually prove to increase employee and business productivity, as well as improve communications, collaboration, and knowledge management, then why do so many portal redevelopment projects fail?

Source: www.prescientdigital.com Posted by adminadmin 827 days, 4 hours, 6 minutes ago

Social intranet user adoption: how to encourage usage in your organization - Intranet Blog - ThoughtFarmer

This blog post covers some of the ideas about adoption, what it is, why it matters, and how to encourage it.

This post takes a more theoretical approach (surprise, surprise) to thinking about adoption than others and by the end of reading it, I hope you find it useful in framing your own organization’s adoption challenges and seeing new ways of moving beyond your current state.

Source: www.thoughtfarmer.com Posted by adminadmin 827 days, 4 hours, 8 minutes ago

10 Jobs in 1: The Life of an Internal Community Manager

Last night, I was having dinner with some folks in my social circle. One of them exclaimed, “Good news! We FINALLY get to hire an internal community manager.” We all raised a glass to toast the victory. See, he had been battling to get a headcount to manage his social intranet for years.

Based on his struggle, I decided to develop the Top 10 Roles of an Internal Community Manager....

Source: www.business2community.com Posted by adminadmin 827 days, 4 hours, 19 minutes ago

5 Secret Weapons for Intranet Managers « Accidental Information

What makes all the difference in an amazing intranet? I bet you’re thinking it’s stuff like social media, Google-like search and the most current graphics. As great as those are, they’re not the foundation of a trusted and reliable intranet. And that’s where a few secret weapons can make all of the difference. I’m talking about the neglected, but highly important foundational items that will create a home for employees that’s more tha...

Source: accdn.tl Posted by http://christopherswan.myopenid.com/http://christopherswan.myopenid.com/ 833 days, 18 hours, 42 minutes ago

The IT Intranet | Intranet Connections Blog

Last week we wrote about The HR Intranetand how you can incorporate HR initiatives onto your intranet.

This week we want to talk about the IT Intranet. As a vendor of Social Intranet Software there are trends we have seen over the course of the last 12 years and here is a big stat that may (or may not) surprise you: 84% of our intranet champions are from IT. That’s a big number! Sometimes IT initiates the search for intranet software but more often we see ...

Source: blogs.intranetconnections.com Posted by IntranetConnectionsIntranetConnections 833 days, 7 hours, 47 minutes ago

The HR Intranet - Intranet Connections Blog

In one way or another, every department in a company serves employees to some extent. It is HR's core business function to serve the employee and yet their presence on the intranet is often understated.

We could list 100 ways in which an intranet enriches a company but to condense it down, here are three common goals for the intranet:

  1. Supports the company culture and collaboration
  2. Improves and streamlines communication
  3. Offers tasks, education and knowledge to employees

HR is tied into #3. There are so many ways HR can benefit from the intranet and streamline tasks for employees.

Top of mind is vacation requests, benefits, retirement, career growth, workplace compensation, recruiting, safety, health & wellness, HR policies, grievances, conflict resolution.

Source: blogs.intranetconnections.com Posted by IntranetConnectionsIntranetConnections 839 days, 8 hours, 58 minutes ago
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