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This year's Intranet Innovation Awards by Step Two unearthed a rich set of interesting practices in the intranet and digital workplace world. Notably, it was often the smaller organisations that set the standards. On November 3rd, the European-based winners and commended entries came together. Thanks to Richard Hare of Intranetters for hosting the event, and Steve Bynghall for organising the awards on behalf of Step Two.As...

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It’s a common observation that the big challenge with social intranets/enterprise social networks/insert your buzzword of choice is not technology but culture change. This sounds like wisdom, but is it actually useful?Let’s face it, how much influence does an intranet team have to effect such a change? If you think of all the big culture change programmes your organisation may have run: all the workshops,...

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Live blogging from Day 2 (see also Day 1). It's been a fantastic conference so far, so I'll try to do justice to today's tracks (and apologies in advance when it goes silent at the end as I've the privilege of being the closing keynote -- no pressure then!). Conference agenda.Creating Trust and Uniting staff at a global and local level. Kim Sbarcea - ThinkingShiftJames...

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[frame]This post is part of a series that looks at what’s changed from an intranet manager perspective, in particular things employees will notice and improvements for site and content owners.SharePoint 2013 SeriesIs SharePoint 2013 worth waiting for? SharePoint 2013 for intranet sites  SharePoint 2013 social features SharePoint 2013 for collaboration (this post) SharePoint 2013 digital workplace and mobile (forthcoming) SharePoint 2013 governance, analytics and search (forthcoming) SharePoint 2013 user experience (forthcoming)See our summary webinar on...

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[frame]This post is part of a series that looks at what’s changed from an intranet manager perspective, in particular things employees will notice and improvements for site and content owners.SharePoint 2013 seriesIs SharePoint 2013 worth waiting for? SharePoint 2013 for intranet sites  SharePoint 2013 social features (this post) SharePoint 2013 for collaboration SharePoint 2013 digital workplace and mobile (forthcoming) SharePoint 2013 governance, analytics and search (forthcoming) SharePoint 2013 user experience (forthcoming)See our summary webinar on...

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[frame]This post is part of a series that looks at what’s changed from an intranet manager perspective, in particular things employees will notice and improvements for site and content owners.SharePoint 2013 SeriesIs SharePoint 2013 worth waiting for? SharePoint 2013 for intranet sites (this post) SharePoint 2013 social features SharePoint 2013 for collaboration SharePoint 2013 digital workplace and mobile (forthcoming) SharePoint 2013 governance, analytics and search (forthcoming) SharePoint 2013 user experience (forthcoming)See our summary webinar...

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The new SharePoint has been released as a public preview, along with hopes by the Microsoft team of “leapfrogging expectations” (see the launch blog post). Is it worth holding out for the full release? Do the new features make it compelling to those planning a social intranet?[frame]This post is the first of a series that looks at what’s changed from an intranet manager perspective, in particular...

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Microsoft to Buy Yammer - SharePoint Implications? It looks official that Microsoft will acquire Yammer. This has led to lots of speculation about why and what it means for intranets.I suspect that Microsoft are more interested in the user base than the technology, as this is pretty trivial to replicate, and they were already on that path with Office Talk. It may also be a more predatory...

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It’s good to learn from your mistakes, but it’s much cheaper to learn from someone else’s.With this in mind, here’s a summary of 10 worst practices that I’ve seen as an intranet consultant and manager over the years. What strikes me is that, even as technology has moved on and trends such as social media and the ‘consumerisation of IT’ have risen, the fundamentals of...

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