6 ways to present quick links on your intranet homepage

Just about every intranet homepage has some form of “quick links”. On many intranets the list is labelled exactly as that. On other homepages these links are referred to differently. But they always play the same role. These lists of links are important. They offer direct access to deeper sections of the intranet and to … Read more

How to craft a communications plan for your intranet project

Early intranet adoption hinges on your ability to communicate the launch of your intranet. This article explains the key considerations and sequenced steps involved in creating a comprehensive communications plan for your intranet project. So many problems in large projects come down to issues of communication — a lack of it, not doing it with … Read more

3 types of stakeholders for intranet & digital workplace projects

It’s becoming common knowledge that most intranet and digital workplace project failures aren’t because of the technology. Instead, issues around vision, goals, scope, planning and governance all rear their ugly heads. All of these issues can be addressed through effective stakeholder engagement. Do you still need to understand your technology extremely well? Yes, of course. … Read more

Announcing the winners of My Beautiful Intranet 2014 (with screenshots!)

More than virtually any other aspect of digital workplaces, intranets offer the opportunity for good design. Now that intranets integrate social features and collaborative tools, and are expected to be mobile accessible, they are more important than ever to productivity and company culture. This contest is here to highlight the role of good design and … Read more

How to Create Useful Content — Intranet Content Strategy Part 1

No one reads the intranet in the same way they curl up with a good book. Intranet content consumption is purpose-driven and goal-oriented. Your employees have mountains of information to move and they are pressed for time. So it’s critical that your intranet content is: Useful Scannable Findable This article focuses on creating useful content. … Read more

We finally found the world’s best intranet

Best intranet in the world – and what makes it so good (annotated screenshots) from Digital Workplace Group As with the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot, we always assumed the perfect intranet was a myth. But now we’ve found the world’s best intranet and have created annotated intranet screenshots explaining its many strengths. – By … Read more

This is DWG, the organization formerly known as IBF

The Intranet Benchmarking Forum (IBF) is now the Digital Workplace Group (DWG). This change has been a long time coming and reflects our leadership in the field of intranets, the digital workplace and the future of meaningful work. I always think it’s funny when companies rebrand and then go on and on about their new … Read more

SharePoint 2013: it’s not about the technology

What if I told you that adoption/training was the greatest barrier to successful SharePoint implementation? And that 1) strategy and 2) governance were the next two big challenges? Chart from OpenText about SharePoint challenges The bottom line is this: like any other major organizational change effort, success lies in coordination with stakeholders, involvement of users, … Read more

Latest intranet trend: integrated task list on the homepage

The term “integrated task list” isn’t a technical or official term; it’s just my simple description. Here’s a full explanation: An integrated task list brings notifications and tasks from a variety of enterprise applications into one central dashboard on the intranet homepage. This simple dashboard can present read-only notifications, or can offer clickable actions, such … Read more

‘Social collaboration’ – a phrase of mass confusion

The strange term “social collaboration” is becoming a little too popular and I feel duty-bound as a member of the local “language police” to break down the phrase. I hear the term bandied about by marketers, bloggers, even savvy intranet managers with no concern for what it really means. And it doesn’t really mean anything at … Read more