Posts Tagged ‘Intranets’
Don’t miss a great chance to get some good ideas, do some research, and see what other companies are doing with their intranets by signing up for IBF 24 put on by the Intranet Benchmarking Forum. They will be showing 24 hours of the world’s best intranets on June 2-3, 2010. The event comes directly to your desktop via WebEx from London, New York, San Francisco, and Australia. And the best part? It’s free!
IBF has been holding this day-long event since 2008 and received some great feedback for their efforts. Highlights of the schedule for this year include tours of intranets from Thomson Reuters, Nokia, Deloitte, Comcast, and Ernst & Young, to name a few. Read more about how to join.
Intranet design has come a long way in recent years, especially with the advancement of social networking tools, user-centered design, and mobile access. If you’re interested in what other intranets are doing and keeping your intranet fresh and usable, you should read Nielsen/Norman Group’s post and report on the 10 Best Intranets of 2010.
The 10 winning intranets for 2010 include:
- Enbridge, Inc., a leader in energy transportation and distribution in North America (Canada)
- GE, a diversified technology, media, and financial services company (US)
- Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), a nonprofit medical research organization (US)
- Huron Consulting Group, a consulting company (US)
- Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), a NASA Center that manages robotic spacecraft exploration of Earth, the solar system, and the universe (US)
- The MITRE Corporation, a not-for-profit organization managing four federally funded research and development centers (US)
- SCANA Corp., a Fortune 500 energy-based holding company (US)
- Trend Micro, Inc., a leader in Internet content security (Japan)
- URS Corporation, a leading provider of engineering, construction, and technical services for public agencies and private sector companies (US)
- Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Walmart), a retailer with more than 8,000 retail units under 53 different banners in 15 countries (US)
- median company size among winners was 6,350 employees
- average team size this year was 14 people, which is 27% higher than the average team size in 2006
- 30% of the intranets had special mobile features
- social network features on winning intranets include social features for employees as individuals, as well as workgroup support and other features that encourage work-related connection
- trend of CEO blogs on better intranets
- winning intranets encouraged users to try out new and improved features
- 40% of winning companies designed intranet features with the explicit goal of addressing unexpected emergencies
While the Alertbox posting has some of the high-level findings, the nitty gritty detail is, of course, in the full report. It’s available for download for $224 (single license), and at 449 pages with 198 full-color screenshots it promises to be well worth the nominal price tag.
Electronic resources are said to be the future of the library where the library exists on user’s desktops instead of down the hall. While this sounds simple, providing clear access to the many resources a library licenses for its users can be complex. Register now to attend our webinar called Creating a Research Portal, to be held on Thursday, January 21st, 2010, from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Central Time.
This session will help librarians focus on how to present electronic resources via the intranet or a research portal in a way that makes sense to users. The topics covered include:
- Method for design
- Necessary technology
- Successful implementation
Who should attend? Anyone in leadership who plays a part in business decisions. Participants could come from the following groups:
- Library Directors
- Library Managers
- Library staff
- Intranet Managers
- Information Resources/Services Directors
Whether you are in the beginning stages of creating a research portal or redesigning your current solution, consider inviting your intranet committee or governance team members to attend the program with you.
Speaker: Nina Platt, Owner and Principal Consultant, Nina Platt Consulting, Inc.
Moderator: Carrie Long, MLIS – Research Analyst, Nina Platt Consulting, Inc.
Registration fees: $25.00/participant
Group registration fees: $50.00 for 2 or more participants from the same organization
Questions? Contact: Amy Witt