The 10 best intranets – the Jakob Nielsen report is out

An always interesting view of intranets over the past 12 months from Jakob Nielsen and the Neilsen Norman Group.

Here’s the summary:

“Intranet team sizes continue to grow at a slow but steady pace, while smaller organizations are producing the best intranets. Focusing on Agile development and wireframing methods, intranet teams are completing design and deployment within much shorter timeframes.”

But it’s the feature trends that spark some interest.

  • Carousels
  • Persistent right rail
  • Functional footers
  • Local search
  • Mega menus, present but shrinking.
  • Filmstrip
  • Flat and boxy
  • Social

Nothing too mad there but one thing is always constant on pretty much any intranet and that is the battle for space and eyeballs on the home page. How can an intranet manager keep everybody happy nearly all the time? That’s why mega menus, carousels, filmstrips and that right rail are so popular. Everyone wants their link on the home page.

Still there is plenty more in the report, and you can have a look at the full summary here. Thought the title of ‘10 Best Intranets for 2014’ is perhaps a bit early. Just a tad…