Year: 2007

Attitudes & activities for intranet managers in 2008

…… Part of The Basics series. First published in December 2007 …… As an intranet manager, you are in a unique position: you may well be one of the few people in your company who realise the full potential value of the intranet, how close your organisation is to achieving this or how far away you are. Above all, you have a good idea of what can be done to transform the intranet into the strategic asset it should be.

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Global Intranet Trends for 2008

…… Part of The Basics series. First published in November 2007 …… Intranet = the way of working now or very soon The intranet already is “the way of working” or will be in 1 or 2 years for over half the organisations in the survey population. Half say that today employees would be disturbed in their work if the intranet “went down” for 1 to 2 hours, with the figure reaching 3 out of 4 if it “went down” for 24 hours. Yet only 1 out of 5 of the organisations say their senior management considers the intranet to be business critical. However this is up nearly 5 points from 2006! So things are improving.

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Does your job title reflect the vision behind your role?

…… Part of The Basics series. First published in August 2007 …… A word of advice for all people with job titles. This post was written especially for intranet managers. The very name of your departement or team or even your job title can be used to reflect the vision your organisation has of the intranet and the intranet landscape. I use the word landscape to mean the intranet and all pieces of the environment in which the intranet exists. This can include email, the employee directory, dedicated portals, document management systems, collaborative spaces and so on. I am including whatever the user perceives as “the intranet”.

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2.0 on the intranet – still a long ways off

…… Part of The Basics series. First published in August 2007 …… Note that 2.0 was a common term at the time this blog post was written. It covers social and user-generated content. This post is my third prediction about the results of the second annual Global Intranet & Portal Strategies Survey. It is on-going at the moment, and I have not yet downloaded the data, so these short posts are “best bets” or shall we say educated guesses! 2007 will not have been the tipping point towards integrating 2.0 tools and technologies into intranets and portals.

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Things are getting better, aren’t they … ?

…… Part of The Basics series. First published in August 2007 …… The second annual Global Intranet & Portal Strategies Survey is currently on going and as I said a few days ago, I want to go down on record with some predictions before I close the survey and begin analysis. This post is the second prediction and focuses on the intranet manager him/herself. (The first one was on whether or not the intranet has become the “way of working” in organizations: What keeps senior management awake at night and what is your intranet doing about it?) Here’s my second prediction : In spite of difficulties and some major challenges in individual cases, the intranet manager community is growing in solidarity, self-confidence and overall job satisfaction. There will be significantly less professional frustration expressed this year by intranet and portal managers. If you did not see it, you might want to check out my blog post from November 10, 2006 from the 2006 Report: No career path for an intranet manager. The change I sense …

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How do intranet landscapes evolve?

…… Part of The Basics series. First published in July 2007 …… Over the past 5 years, I have been working on defining models for different types of intranets and portals. I have defined 6 types that I have tested with international companies, government,  institutional and non-profit organizations. I have defined 3 evolutionary paths followed by most organizations. A the end of the post, I answer some key questions from a reader.

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What keeps senior management awake at night and what is your intranet doing about it?

…… Part of The Basics series. First published in July 2007 …… The second annual Global Intranet Trends Survey is currently on going. It will still be open for several weeks, and I want to go down on record with some predictions before I close the survey to begin analysis. Three predictions about the 2007 intranet survey results This article is the first one and focuses on whether or not the intranet has become the “way of working” in organizations:

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Globally local and locally global

…… Part of The Basics series. First published in July 2007 …… I think I have never explained why I named this blog “Globally Local and Locally Global” so here goes.* For me, those 5 words represent the deepest, most difficult challenge of all global intranets and portals. And I do mean 5 words, and not 4. The “and” is as important – if not more – than the other 2 sides of the equation! Here are some questions and answers for each part of the equation:

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