Social Internal Portal for a Biopharmaceutical Company

Customer

The Customer is a Belgian information technology company and business systems integrator focused on Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365 solutions.

Challenge

The Customer was commissioned by their client, a biopharmaceutical company with sales around the world specializing in developing and commercializing innovative ophthalmic and oncology medicines, to create a branded corporate intranet for employees based on SharePoint Online. ScienceSoft joined the project to create a SharePoint solution from scratch with maximum functionality and to meet tight deadlines (1 month).

Solution

To deliver rich functionality with minimum expenses it was decided to use out-of-the-box SharePoint features with development efforts kept down.

The first step was to create custom master pages with the corporate style branding so that the portal had the look and feel similar to the corporate website.

Then we adjusted the solution by customizing necessary web parts using standard SharePoint features: social (forum, newsfeed, articles, questionnaires, My Site), search query web part (customized in accordance with the corporate style, user-friendly search panel), list view web part (to provide immediate access to information).

With this solution accessible also from mobile devices, users are able to share content with their colleagues, publish medical articles, post their comments and questions, find necessary information, as well as get the latest corporate news and updates.

Results

After 3 months of work (1 month to fulfill the initial requirements + 2 months to develop additional features), SharePoint social business platform was created within time and budget answering all the Customer’s functional requirements. The platform is currently used by the company’s employees for professional communication and knowledge sharing.

Technologies and Tools

SharePoint Online, JavaScript, jQuery, CSS, SharePoint Designer.