There are a growing number of SharePoint off-the-shelf intranet products on the market. On the surface many of these look great but on closer inspection it becomes clear that the way they integration with SharePoint and Office 365 could be less than ideal.
Just as many organisations are investigating Office 365 Video, Microsoft releases their new video platform called ‘Stream’.
Listening to your intranet users is important, but you have to be able to put it all together in a structured business case so that you raise the money and give people what they need.
Visual design is more than choosing colours and getting the ‘look n feel’ right. There are four crucual reaons why visual design is so important to intranet success and employee engagement.
‘Design’ is much more than just how your intranet looks, it’s about how it works. Prototypes help stakeholders and end users understand and critique layout and interaction, helping us create an intranet that meets expectations.
One of the first things you define when designing a new intranet is the navigation. This can be done long before any intranet ‘designs’ are created.
The information architecture, how people navigate through the structure of your intranet, and how topics relate to one another, can make or break the usability of your intranet. By involving end-users in group and individual exercises you can discover what will work for people, and so meet users’ expectations with more intuitive navigation menus.
We involve end users in the very early stages of the intranet project, because it’s vital that the intranet supports people’s work and meets their actual needs. We never ask “what should be on the intranet” – rather, we work to understand common and important tasks, what currently frustrates people, and what could improve productivity and satisfaction.
At the start of most intranet projects, we need to find out more about the business and the things people want to fix and the challenges they face. But also, we need to get ‘buy-in’ from stakeholders across the business. We start with a discovery workshop with those stakeholders.
Corporate websites are meticulously designed to evoke trust, retain attention, and to be easy to use. Intranets often lag behind such attention to detail.