Making the decision to move intranet is just the first step. We’ve gathered a list of helpful areas you’ll want to think about during the process of moving intranet.
This one might seem a bit obvious, however, people often have very busy schedules. During the process of moving intranet, staying aligned and planning ahead is vital to the success of a smooth switch and should therefore be factored in to your project plan.
Regularly revisit your success criteria with stakeholders to know you’re on track
Engage frequently with your dedicated account manager from your supplier
You will want to evaluate which publishing model is the right choice for you. We have listed the advantages and disadvantages of centralised and distributed publishing below to get you started.
All content is published by the central intranet team, with business areas contributing information via email, Word documents and other source documents.
Business areas are responsible for publishing and managing their own content. Authors in each business area can publish directly to the intranet.
Launching your new intranet and engaging your users is vital to its success so you need to chose a roll out plan that best suits your organisation. Below are some options you may consider.
Add a link on your old intranet to the new one and ask them to start gradually using the new one. Publicise the changes and ask users to share the benefits of the new intranet with each other.
Slowly train and introduce your users in your new intranet. Work through roles and responsibilities until your whole organisation is onboard with the changes.
Introduce new applications or areas of your new intranet to your users one at a time to allow them to get accustomed to how it works and value the benefits it brings without overwhelming them with new features.
Launch your new intranet in one go! As soon as the new one is ready, retire the old one and have all of your users start using new one immediately. Have confidence your users will be as excited as you are!
You want an intranet that will provide you with the flexibility and control to make changes to your intranet design and configuration simply and efficiently. We have listed some of our tools and features to give you an idea of what is possible.
Familiarise yourself with the design capabilities of your new intranet. Ensure your configuration meets organisational branding guidelines while improving user experience.
Add your organisation’s requirements for each of the following areas:
Logo & Favicon
Set required and optional fields for your team, people and location directories.
From adding individual job roles and skills available in profiles to bulk management of internal and external users, administrators have full control over the Invotra People directory.
Configurable content settings such as options within the editing WYSIWG allow every role in your publishing teams to produce high quality content.
The content management demands of each organisation and its workforce are individual and an intranet should allow simple topic, tag and category editing to meet your needs.
Make navigating your intranet as simple, clear and quick as it can be. Our customisable workbar and navigation give you control over what lives where. Create new site sections and content types to be used in the relevant areas of your intranet. If anything changes, you can reflect that in your intranet’s structure instantly from your Invotra admin.
Invotra’s portal provides additional controls and freedoms to present a homepage that is configured specifically for extrernal users.
Decide on the search you wish to be available to your users; Invotra provides both a universal search in the toolbar and a local search added as a widget in sections.
A universal search provides users with the ability to search all content on your intranet and may distinguish between content, people, teams and locations. Additionally you could provide a local search which restricted a search to a specific area on your intranet, making it easier for users to find appropriate content quickly.
Additional search settings may be required such as search synonyms, highlights, options to apply relevant filters and search result exporting.
Simple and immediate configuration of regional settings and date and time are standard. Additionally, security controls over authentiation, IP address blocking, Iframe domains and file types can be added by administrators with ease.
Flexibility and control over each individual application in your intranet gives your users confidence that each interaction with the intranet is an engagement with the organisation. Branded icons can be used to customise each app.
With applications such as Ideas, Queries, Groups and Events relevant categories and message types can be added so that your users feel the intranet reflects their concerns, interests and helps them effectively achieve their goals.
Creating and updating menus which are in tune with your users’ needs will improve site structure. Important pages need to be highlighted and user experience will be improved by better site navigation. Content should be easily accessible through customised navigation bars, which your organisation is free to design, construct and update as your users require.
Validating content authors and encouraging collaboration between users, your intranet should provide the option to discuss content through commenting. However, you should also be able to select which content this is appropriate for and disable the feature if it is not required. You also need to consider the type of moderation comments you will use, and check that your intranet will allow either pre or post moderation for any comments that are added.
Helpful intranet tools for your organisation to manage your data. Utilise export and import features on all content types, and to add or export team and location data.
Stay fully informed by viewing detailed analytics data on your users’ engagement with the site and all of the applications and features.
Additionally ensure all data is secure by configuring corporate and master content.
Your new intranet provider should be with you at every stage of the process of moving intranet, guiding you through any challenges and offering quality support and service. Below we have a high level summary of the Invotra’s onboarding services.