Enterprises all over the world choose a SharePoint intranet as the core of their collaboration and communication. And since every organization has a unique corporate environment, you won’t find two identical corporate portals. However, there are some trends. Having been developing SharePoint intranets since 2007, we see that most often companies choose one of these intranet types:
So let’s see the examples of both intranets and define how they serve organizations.
Corporate portals with business value target key business activities and aim at helping employees do their work more efficiently with lesser effort. You can explore some real SharePoint intranet examples to see how business-oriented intranets look.
1. Business-specific web and app parts help employees stay tuned for the latest news and updates on their intranet. This way, they don’t need to search throughout multiple external sources. This intranet displays business news and important financial data regularly updated right on the home page.
2. Customized SharePoint sites and subsites can address different business needs. This corporate portal provides a real estate company with a variety of departmental sites and enables employees to access such enterprise solutions as a CRM and a project management system. The intranet also hosts the Idea Lab that is a separate area for employees to accumulate their knowledge and generate new business ideas.
3. Fully-functional internal portals with a narrowed feature set cover specific tasks critical to the success of enterprise activities. Our next example shows how a SharePoint intranet helps the social care provider to facilitate internal learning processes and embraces training sessions, personal development center and collaboration areas for employees and their tutors.
Business-focused intranets support organizational activities, help employees to handle their daily tasks as well as foster team and departmental collaboration. Business-focused intranets usually help organizations to hit the following targets:
Social intranets often live in companies striving to develop their corporate culture and to win employees’ loyalty. Implementing a social portal can be more challenging than creating a business-oriented hub. A social intranet should be as engaging as possible: otherwise, employees won’t use it. The following SharePoint intranet examples reflect different levels of portal ‘socialization’:
1. Business-oriented intranet with social web parts is a great solution for companies that want to engage their employees. One of the Canadian banks encourages informal communication between the employees in Social Village, which is a Yammer component of their SharePoint corporate portal. Here, the staff can post notes, send pictures and collect likes, participate in lotteries, buy and sell items and more.
The next intranet example illustrates a social portal of a biotech company. Staff’s discussions displayed right on the home page so that every employee could participate in it.
We at ScienceSoft use our general newsfeed to announce social activity results (charity, sports competitions) and updates in the corporate discount program so that all employees see new perks. The homepage also hosts a Yammer part that supports employees’ informal communication.
2. A separate social part of a SharePoint intranet allows putting all social activities on a single page. Entering a social part of their intranet, employees will be able to choose activities they look for, be they contests, communities, boards or media galleries.
3. A fully-fledged social-driven intranet can support corporate social initiatives. If you take a look at the best SharePoint intranets of 2012-2016 explored by Nielsen Norman Group, you will find several SharePoint intranet examples tailored to social activities only. One of the winning intranets offers its members a whole bunch of social features, including:
Social intranets can help organizations to reach various objectives:
Our intranet examples show that your corporate portal can be purely business-oriented or purely social. However, planning your intranet, remember that you have to address preferences of different employees, which is hard to achieve delivering only business or social features. So, ideally, your corporate intranet should offer both types features to foster employees’ productivity, on the one hand, and to support the corporate community, on the other hand.
You can navigate our SharePoint intranet demo to see how to balance business and social intranet features. You are welcome to share your opinion and address your questions in the comments below.
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