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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 799 days, 20 hours, 33 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 799 days, 20 hours, 30 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 799 days, 20 hours, 32 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 800 days, 20 hours, 51 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 811 days, 15 hours, 20 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 812 days, 20 hours, 46 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 812 days, 20 hours, 44 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 812 days, 20 hours, 39 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 818 days, 20 hours, 17 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 818 days, 20 hours, 13 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 818 days, 20 hours, 15 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 818 days, 20 hours, 18 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 818 days, 20 hours, 29 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/ 825 days, 10 hours, 52 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 824 days, 23 hours, 57 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 831 days, 1 hour, 8 minutes ago

Building a Business Case for your new Intranet

Building a Business Case for your new Intranet

Making a case for building or redesigning your company's intranet in the current climate can be tricky. With senior management scrutinising every penny spent in an organisation you have to be able to prove that the investment in a new or improved intranet solution is going to bring a clear return on investment and not just be a 'nice to have'.

Writing a good business case plays a crucial part in getting the support necessary to make an intranet project successful and it needs to be based on the business priorities of the senior management and focus on improving how employees work on a day to day basis.

However, for many intranet managers the task of putting together a business case can seem a daunting prospect so below we have listed some key ideas for what to include to help you build a relevant and robust case.

Source: www.interact-intranet.com Posted by InteractIntranetInteractIntranet 832 days, 49 minutes ago

Why Intranet Governance is Overrated: It's Really About Change Management

Intranet governance is critical to intranet success. Why, then, do so few organizations get it right?

Most intranet professionals agree, good intranet governance is critical for an effective intranet. It’s a popular topic. As James Robertson notes in his recent article about SharePoint governance, "the word of the event [the Australian SharePoint Conference] was “governance,“ to the extent that it was starting to be seen as an over-used term."

These days it seems that pretty much every intranet related problem can be solved with governance. Put the right intranet roles and responsibilities in place and the rest will take care of itself.

Source: www.cmswire.com Posted by adminadmin 832 days, 20 hours, 54 minutes ago

Predictions for the future of digital communication during 2012-2013 - Melcrum Blog

Last week saw Melcrum hold its first ever UK Digital Communication Summit in London that began with an interview style presentation between Paul Miller, CEO of the IBF and Victoria Mellor, CEO of Melcrum.

Here are a few of his top tips, thoughts and opinions:

Trend 1: Reshaping office environments

Miller felt that the actual physical aspect of work would change greatly in the future. "Perhaps inevitably, the driving force in the digital workplace has so far been real estate reductions and the reshaping of office environments. The lead times in the physical world are far longer than in the digital, so organizations are trying to assess now what they will need on physical work level five years from now. Will people come to an office? If so, who, when and why?" he asked.

Read 9 more trends...

Source: www.melcrumblog.com Posted by adminadmin 832 days, 20 hours, 56 minutes ago

From innovation to operation: the role of the intranet

The goal of any innovation, idea or continuous improvement is to ultimately increase profit (either through less costs or greater revenue).  The quicker an organisation (or a project within an organisation) can move from an 'innovative' state to an 'operational' state, the quicker an organisation can begin to reap the benefits. This article looks at how the intranet can help with this process.

Source: cibasolutions.typepad.com Posted by roowrightroowright 834 days, 4 hours, 1 minute ago
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