The traditional approach to implementing an intranet is to purchase a software package, modify it for your needs, and install it on your system.
When designing custom themes for clients we ask clients what the key design themes of their intranet are. Quite often the answer is a combination of two contrasting themes eg. “We would like our intranet to have a corporate look, but also feel fun and engaging”.
Great intranet managers will have significant, valuable skills and experiences at their disposal. One career path opportunity is to specialise still further and look for opportunities in information architecture, user experience management or the specific content management system you’re using.
It is widely accepted that without governance your intranet is doomed to failure. Occasionally there are exceptions to the rule, but these are typically when a particularly talented individual is leading the intranet and although it’s not called governance, their day to day efforts mimic everything that good governance would deliver.
Should you use your intranet to allow employee self-expression?
This post would qualify as a part of the “back to the basics” series. While cloud based business software has gained mainstream adoption over the past couple of years, many companies are dipping their toes in it for the first time, and are still asking the “why” questions.
“It’s very important that businesses make it ridiculously easy for visitors to their website, blog or social channels to connect with [their] business across all online outlets, and also to share content with their networks,” said Melissa Ruggles, social media manager with Splash Media.