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  • Does SharePoint Destroy Intranet Design?

    June 7, 2010

    As intranet projects benefit from powerful implementation platforms, teams should focus on optimizing the user experience for specific organizational needs, as 4 winning examples show.

    10 Best Intranets of 2010

    January 4, 2010

    Intranet design is maturing and reaping the rewards of continuous quality improvement for traditional features, while embracing new trends like mobile access, emergency preparedness, and user/employee-contributed content.

    Social Networking on Intranets

    August 3, 2009

    Community features are spreading from 'Web 2.0' to 'Enterprise 2.0.' Research across 14 companies found that many are making productive use of social intranet features.

    10 Best Intranets of 2009

    January 5, 2009

    Intranets are getting more strategic, with increased collaboration support. Team size is growing by 12% per year, and platforms are becoming integrated, with a strong showing for SharePoint.

    Enterprise Portals Are Popping

    July 14, 2008

    A usability analysis of 23 intranet portals finds strong growth, increasing collaboration features, and cross-functional governance.

    Link List Color on Intranets

    May 13, 2008

    Lists of links are an intermediate case between content-embedded links and menu items. Showing listed links in blue or in the site's main link color is the recommended design - and the one most intranets follow.

    10 Best Intranets of 2008

    January 7, 2008

    Consistent design and integrated IA are becoming standard on good intranets. This year's winners focused on productivity tools, employee self-service, access to knowledgeable people (as opposed to 'knowledge management'), and better-presented company news.

    Intranet Information Architecture (IA) Methods

    November 26, 2007

    In analyzing 56 intranets, we found many common top-level categories, labels, and navigation designs, but ultimately, the diversity was too great to recommend a single IA.

    Intranet Usability Shows Huge Advances

    October 9, 2007

    Measured usability improved by 44% compared to our last large-scale intranet study. The new research identified 5 times the previous number of intranet design guidelines.

    10 Best Intranets of 2007

    January 15, 2007

    This year's winners emphasized an editorial approach to news on the homepage. They also took a pragmatic approach to many hyped 'Web 2.0' techniques. While page design is getting more standardized, there's no agreement on CMS or technology platforms for good intranet design.

    Ten Best Intranets of 2006

    January 23, 2006

    This year, we saw increased use of multimedia, e-learning, internal blogs, and mobile access. Winning companies also encouraged consistent design by emphasizing training for content contributors.

    Intranet Portals Get Streamlined

    October 24, 2005

    An analysis of intranet portals found slimmer information architectures and a renewed emphasis on fresh content and useful applications. Past findings, including those on role-based personalization, were confirmed.

    Open New Windows for PDF and other Non-Web Documents

    August 29, 2005

    When using PC-native file formats such as PDF or spreadsheets, users feel like they're interacting with a PC application. Because users are no longer browsing a website, they shouldn't be given a browser UI.

    The Canonical Intranet Homepage

    May 23, 2005

    Intranet homepages have become very similar in their basic layout. Intranets that look the same can nonetheless differ drastically in usability due to different features and content.

    10 Best Intranets of 2005

    February 28, 2005

    On average, this year's winning intranets increased site use by 149% with designs that supported bigger screens, multinational users, collaboration, easily updated content, and factory-floor workers.

    Ten Best Government Intranets

    June 21, 2004

    Redesigning an intranet for usability often more than doubled the use of these award-winning designs from ten public-sector organizations.

    Ten Best Intranets of 2003

    October 13, 2003

    This year's winning intranet designs emphasized workflow support, self-service content management, and offloading tasks from email to collaboration tools. On average, companies spent three years between redesigns, and one year on the redesign itself.

    Intranet Portals: A Tool Metaphor for Corporate Information

    March 31, 2003

    Internet portals are virtually dead, but a portal approach can tame the unruly chaos on internal company networks. Intranet portals overcome many Internet portal limitations, and might be the best hope for productivity and a unified user experience.

    Intranet Usability: The Trillion-Dollar Question

    November 11, 2002

    The average mid-sized company could gain $5 million per year in employee productivity by improving its intranet design to the top quartile level of a cross-company intranet usability study. The return on investment? One thousand percent or more.

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