Intranets help organisations crowdsource information, identify trends, collaborate, discuss potential issues and make informed business decisions. In today’s modern era, the company intranet is the platform that binds staff together and improves employee engagement. The right intranet platform helps increase productivity and improves interaction with internal and external teams.
Our intranet development services include analysing your business objectives, crafting an intranet strategy according to your business goals and developing and implementing the corporate intranet site. We help organisations identify employee needs and the business processes before formulating a personalised intranet strategy. For example, company objectives can revolve around:
- improvements in the ability to share and exchange information across the organisation,
- improving the “time to talent,” the speed with which new employees become productive, and
- reducing the overhead management costs on projects.
Once a strategy is defined, companies can focus on choosing the right platform for their intranet site. There are hundreds of intranet platforms with vendors promising extraordinary features such as:
- workflow automation,
- approval capabilities,
- personalisation functions, and
- CRM/ERP integration
Our intranet development experience has proved that Microsoft SharePoint is one of the best technologies for a corporate intranet site.
Components of an intranet site
The components that need to be included on the corporate intranet is defined in the strategy. Some intranet modules developed by the Empower IT Solutions team include:
News and announcements
Company related news, updates and announcements are one of the most common components of corporate intranets. Apart from company announcements; businesses can also use this section to share company blog feed and industry trends that help employees stay updated on the latest happenings in their business sector.
Many businesses are requesting a video or image carousel to share product/service features or functions.
Document or content repository is another common component businesses prefer in an intranet site. This section is used to share internal files, co-author documents and downloadable materials for staff use.
Staff personal page
An employee personal page acts as a private website where staff can store their project files, define, manage and track their individual KPIs, access their goals and manage their time sheets. While most of this section is only for the employee’s use, some pages such as performance metrics and time sheets need to be accessed by respective managers/supervisors.
A company phone book containing details about the current employees’ phone, email, messaging id, designation, location and where necessary expertise is a must-have section in corporate intranet sites.
HR and IT forms and links
Companies that opt for corporate intranets ensure all human resources and IT forms and links are made available to staff through their dedicated section. This reduces paperwork and maintains a digital trail of all the communications employees have with HR and IT departments.
Including a knowledge base of frequently asked questions and product specifications in the intranet makes it easier to onboard new employees as well as train existing employees.
Staff collaboration widget
Some companies provide their employees with a collaboration widget within the intranet site that is used for collaborating, communicating and sharing information.
Project discussion board
Project-based businesses prefer including a discussion forum in their intranet where work groups or project groups are formed to discuss project-related tasks, activities and queries.
Finally, with so much information crammed into the website, companies are looking for the intranet to have robust search functionality that helps users easily find the information they seek.
Our team can help build the intranet website with company-requested components and create a streamlined approach towards uploading data into the site. This not only improves search-ability but helps users navigate through the site quickly and effectively.
How we deliver
Microsoft SharePoint comes with rich features such as CMS, team collaboration, employee directory, blogs and wiki. It is also known as the best platform for creating intranets. For companies using Microsoft Office or related products, they are able to take advantage of the seamless integration offered by the technology giant. SharePoint has been around for a long time now and its familiarity proves beneficial in increasing product adoption.
Empower IT Solutions has been developing SharePoint based custom intranet sites for Australian businesses for over 15 years. An intranet can help you consolidate your business processes and streamline your day-to-day operations. Don’t let your competition get ahead; call the team on 1300 797 888 and get your own custom corporate intranet site.