Intranets

Why your intranet shows what you really think of employees

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There are many clues when you go into an organisation as to how good it is, how it works and most importantly how well it treats employees. It could be the restaurant or canteen, meeting areas and rooms, car parking, desks, chairs, lighting and so on. These all matter sure. Not bean bags. Or pool tables. Or foosball. Or any other gimmicky nonsense.

For me I look at the intranet. In my opinion, every company with over 10 employees should have some form of an intranet to keep people informed, allow them to complete tasks, discuss matters, share information, to understand the organisation, its customers, its products/services and why it exists in the first place.     »» Continue reading

SharePoint Virtual Summit 2017 roundup

Does SharePoint drive you nuts at times? Probably. But don’t blame SharePoint or even Microsoft. Blame who ever installed, configured, built, trained and supported SharePoint in your organisation. Now that could be a long list…

But things are changing. Big time. Microsoft have announced a slew of updates for SharePoint Online, Yammer, OneDrive and Office 365. And there are two key elements of it for me. One is that intranets are front and centre in the SharePoint world. Which is a good thing. And second the user experience and functionality is improving at a rate of knots. And all this helps user adoption and training.     »» Continue reading

Yammer leads the way at intranets event in Dublin

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Delighted to be at an event this week organised by Brightstarr and Microsoft Ireland about intranets, Office 365, the digital workplace and even Yammer. Of course SharePoint got a mention or two! Hosted at the Microsoft office in Sandyford, it was great to see around 30 people at the event.

Brightstarr had organised it to promote their Unily intranet product (based on SharePoint of course). They had brought in one of their key customers in Ireland, ESB Networks, to talk about how they had implemented it in their organisation in the past year or so.

We also had Simon Daly from Microsoft taking us the role of Office 365 in modern intranets.     »» Continue reading

Some latest updates on intranets

Now I’ve said it before and yes I will say it again, I love intranets. Always have and always will. I know digital workplace is sort of taking over as being a far sexier phrase. But intranets are still very, very relevant.

Anyway here’s three interesting pieces of reading about intranets. Toby Ward talks about the continued growth in the social side of intranets as we see Facebook take strides in that area with their Workplace tool. We also have seen the recent takeover of social collaboration vendor Jive Software which might have implications for that platform.

And of course in the Micrsoft world, things trundle on.     »» Continue reading

The day I was stopped from using JavaScript on the intranet

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This was some time back in the early 2000’s. I managed the intranet for an Irish insurance company as part of a small team. We were called E-Media which I suppose was a forerunner for a digital workplace team. My manager was a very smart person! We did stuff that didn’t really fit in anywhere else. And I ‘did’ the intranet.

And it was a bit of a clunker from a software platform point of view. We used an online document system called Trove with customised, static HTML pages at the front end to make it more visually appealing. I could publish home page links with a headline, summary, an icon and a link using a form based on Perl scripting (yes it is that old).     »» Continue reading

The future of SharePoint. Again.

There are still plenty of updates in the SharePoint world and there is always talk about its future. But look it’s not going anywhere. Here is an great overview of where SharePoint is and where it is going over the next 12 months and more. It’s from Senior Product Manager in Microsoft, Mark Kashman. He also talks about it here on LinkedIn. Slides 12 and 13 feature an interesting roadmap for SharePoint so well worth a view. And of course some nice stats: “200k+ organisations using SharePoint”. But how many are using it properly? Well?

“Reinventing Content Collaboration – the Future of SharePoint is Now!” | SPTechCon – Austin — MS Keynote

Podcasts about SharePoint and Office 365

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I like podcasts. They can be handy to listen to when out walking, resting. communting or travelling.

Here are the few podcasts that cover SharePoint and Office 365 as well as other Microsoft related areas. Oh and intranets. Can’t leave that out.

The Yaminade (Australia)
There haven’t been any in recent months from Paul Woods but the archive of shows is so well worth a listen if you have an interest in Yammer and enterprise social networking. (ESN).

SharePoint Podcast – in German of course and covers SharePoint (Germany)

Todd Klindt MVP – the more technical side of Microsoft stuff (USA)

SharePoint 2 Guys and SharePoint – wonder what they talk about?     »» Continue reading

How to get the URL link to a Delve profile

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I was ages searching for a solution to this. I wanted to have a link on an intranet to a user’s own Delve profile in SharePoint Online. Delve is Microsofts ‘personal search and discovery tool.

Relatively simple you would think. I’d seen JavaScript options which were way too tricky for me. So a big hat tip Gregory Zelfond, the SharePoint Maven for this link.

This is the URL you can use.

https://[yourcompanyname]-my.sharepoint.com/_layouts/15/me.aspx?v=profile

[Update]

https://yourcompanyname-my.sharepoint.com/person.aspx is another option. Thanks to Coxy on Twitter for that.

By the way here is a useful admin guide to Delve. Well worth reading.

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Are you having problems getting people to create good intranet content?

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Intranets can be expensive to build and manage. But they are very, very useful and can have major value for an organisation. But you and your users need good content. And they need guidance. Intranets are usually managed by Internal Communications so they know the importance of good content and clear, effective communications.

Show them what content to create
People have been chosen to update their team/department’s section on the intranet. And they may be reluctant to take on the extra work involved. They have received training and guides on how to update their section using their chosen technical platform such as SharePoint.     »» Continue reading