Intranets are a basic employee right, a key central tool that should not get forgotten. The trick to an intranet that serves a purpose is to ensure that it aligns to the needs of your team, and that it correctly addresses the key criteria of an intranet. That means i
f should provide access to documentation, facilitate a news and alerts function, and ultimately foster remote collaboration. Updates should be instantaneous, and access secure. An intranet should be unique but also standard for your organisation, there are elements that all intranets should have, and then these can be tailored to how your team operates.
"We create modern digital workspaces that keep your business and staff connected and protected. With the increased pressure to facilitate decentralised staff and teams, ensuring you can provide secure access to a constantly moving workforce is not just essential – it is becoming an organisational standard.”
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Meh, do you even need an intranet?
Your intranet should be a place that your team lives on, the first thing they open daily. The tool should relate and be based on how they work. Does your intranet provide what it is they would require? Your intranet has the power to create efficiency, and also build up positive company culture, and being digital means you can track and optimise your intranet as you grow.
We align the starting point of your intranet development project based on where you are at. Are we taking over an existing intranet, are we updating functionality, or are we starting from scratch? If we are creating our intranet developers are building a new intranet for your organisation, we would need to do some preliminary digging and create a project plan. Our intranet developers and consultants would work closely with your team to identify employee needs, frustrations and processes Through the discovery process we would identify your business objectives, unpacking risks, and work to map out the infrastructure required to develop your new intranet.
Your intranet is key to your employee, team and customer experience. You may not need to customise an intranet, instead leveraging a tool already on the market. Your intranet requirements may be facilitated with an employee portal, customer portal, task management system, or subsite area within your website. Typical features required could be news feeds and blogs (accessible on the website), document management (available through a document management solution), task management and dashboards (part of your customer relationship management tool), or scheduling (seen through your shared calendars). These features and functions have been created before in many ways, but the value is in tying all the pieces together to create efficiency for your team within time or budget restraints.
Connecting your intranet to existing tools and 3rd party software is a great way to increase functionality while minimising duplicate data. This is where many intranets fall short and end up being ignored. If your intranet content administrators can get access easier elsewhere, or need to manually reproduce things in an intranet, they will start simply using the intranet as a cheat sheet for links to other tools. A powerful intranet is a connected one, from fully integrated staff directories (that update as soon as a staff member starts or leaves) to document libraries directly accessible and searchable within your intranet (not just a link to a OneDrive folder). Our intranet integration developers can help in many ways, ask us about your intranet integration development project today.
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A basic employee right, a key central tool that should not get forgotten. The trick to an intranet that serves a purpose is...