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The buyer’s guide to intranet and employee experience platforms

The best intranet and internal communication platforms reviewed

The latest edition of our intranet and EXP report assesses every category of intranet — including stand-alone intranet software, ‘in-a-box’ products for SharePoint, employee communication platforms, and the new breed of employee experience platforms that offer desktop and mobile apps.

Download the full report now to see our robust reviews of 20 leading intranet systems, along with 14 product overviews to help kickstart your shortlist.

The 862-page report is a completely free download.

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June 2024: Version 3.2 is our latest edition.

What’s in the report

We spent hundreds of hours assessing 34 of the best intranets, employee experience platforms, and internal comms tools against our rigorous framework. In the 862-page report you will find:

  • A thorough introduction (worthy of a whitepaper) that tackles the ‘build or buy’ dilemma. We explain the differences between add-on software for SharePoint and wholly stand-alone intranet systems
  • 20 robust reviews, independently assessed and scored against 8 business scenarios, where we focus on capabilities rather than features
  • 14 product overviews that, while shorter, introduce products that are definitely worth considering for your shortlist
  • Many more screenshots than ever before; 15 or so to show you the inner workings of each reviewed intranet
  • At-a-glance tables and charts, technical specs, and a price bracket indication in each review
  • Expert review commentary that explains what our independent reviewers found tricky and delightful.
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Compare your intranet to our reviews of 30+ leading systems.

Consider our eight scenarios and rate your current intranet. Can you make better use of your intranet or does it look completely out-of-date now you’ve seen the capabilities of leading systems?

Reviewed intranet systems

  1. ahead
  2. Akumina EXP
  3. Appspace Intranet, powered by Beezy
  4. Atlas Intelligent Knowledge Platform
  5. Blink
  6. Firstup
  7. Fresh
  8. Haiilo
  9. Interact
  10. Involv Intranet
  11. LiveTiles
  12. LumApps
  13. MangoApps
  14. Oak Engage
  15. Omnia
  16. Powell Intranet
  17. SharePoint Online & Viva Connections
  18. Staffbase
  19. Unily
  20. Workvivo

Product overview reviews

  1. Attollo Intranet
  2. Beacon and Ripple
  3. ContactMonkey
  4. Engage (ESG)
  5. Engage (Sorce)
  6. Ichicraft Boards
  7. JungleMail 365
  8. Lightspeed365
  9. OneSource CMS for SharePoint
  10. PeopleOne
  11. Sociabble
  12. TŌGŌ Social Digital Workplace
  13. Workgrid
  14. Worksy Modern Intranet

Check our intranet and app directory to see more digital workplace systems, platforms, and products.

The previous edition


“The report provided confidence I was talking to stakeholders about the right products and features alongside our insights, user and business requirements.”

Martin Stubbs-Partridge, Internal Communications, NatureScot

“Comprehensive and highly detailed market overview of intranet products.”

Raymond Weber, Solution Architect, Suva


“Fantastic intranet resource now being shared at no cost!”

Susan Hanley, Collaboration Consultant

“Would recommend to anyone in the market for intranet platforms, but it’s just as useful if you have one already like us!

“An incredibly useful resource, and amazingly free of charge!”

Tom Chippendale, Digital Delivery Manager, Wessex Water

Patrik Bergman, Intranet Owner, City of Malmö

“Your report is so good. Not just for the platforms covered, but also for setting a mindset on what is important for any intranet or digital workplace.

“Thank you all”

Patrik Bergman, Intranet Owner, City of Malmö

On top of SharePoint, alongside SharePoint, stand-alone and more

The report covers both ‘in-a-box’ products that require SharePoint and stand-alone intranet systems that do not. We’ve even reviewed SharePoint Online (and Viva Connections, Engage, Amplify, and Microsoft Teams) to give you a baseline when considering transforming it with an ‘in-a-box’ intranet product.

You can still expect a stand-alone intranet system to work well with Microsoft 365 apps and such, and ‘scenario 4’ in each review highlights integration effectiveness.

By reviewing every kind of intranet system in one report, you see the whole market and can compare capabilities regardless of the underlying technology.

In this example the product is a ‘standalone’ system that doesn’t require SharePoint, Google, or anything similar to work, but can work with SharePoint if desired.

Version 3.2 is built on eight years of reviewing

The report is completely free, and you can download it today without fuss. In previous years, we charged as much as $495 but we’re now able to offer it to you at no cost while still retaining our independent, tech-agnostic approach.

While our 2024 report has all-new reviews, and includes new software products, we have a long history of reviewing digital workplace systems and apps. Our reviews have helped establish ClearBox as a trusted partner and leading digital workplace consultancy; sharing our expertise is a cornerstone of our working practices. Please get in touch if we can help you select the right intranet solution, or help revamp your digital workplace strategy and governance.

Our review team is made up of independent, well-known, experts who have followed the ClearBox review framework. Each review is triple checked, fact checked, and balanced by the core ClearBox team. We’re confident each review will give you a fair understanding of the vendor’s strengths, and help you consider your intranet requirements and priorities to build a best-fit shortlist.

Download the free report now and share with your team. Tweet us on @ClearBox or connect with us on LinkedIn.