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10 best intranet platforms to help any business get more done 1

Posted on January 08, 2017 by Rob Petersen

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Intranet is an internal website that helps employees get more done.

Today’s intranet does this in 5 key ways:

  • Delivers content
  • Is key communication tool
  • Enables collaboration
  • Supports the culture
  • Creates efficiencies for business activities

While an intranet is often associated with large enterprises, the availability of cloud-based solutions mean more companies can benefit from a sophisticated and cost-effective intranet. One that doesn’t require huge IT support, is easily scalable, accessible and from any device.

If this peaks interest on work productivity for your business, here are the 10 best intranet platforms to help any business get more done.

BLOOMFIRE: Is trusted by hundreds of teams and organizations large and small for their secure, internal web portal needs. From training to document sharing to company announcements, Bloomfire makes uploading, authoring, sharing and managing easy and secure. The Bloomfire SaaS web portal solution allows anyone to get a business portal off the ground in just a few minutes.

COMMUNIFIRE: is a modern, fully featured social intranet software that supports your employees and your business. 99% of Communifire Intranet customers are still actively using the platform after 5 years. From connecting your people and streamlining communication to enhancing collaboration and managing content, the full suite of integrated tools helps an organization be more informed, quicker to take action and prepared for tomorrow.

EXO PLATFORM: Is an open-source social-collaboration software designed for enterprises. It is full featured, based on portal standards, extensible and has an amazing design. eXo helps companies connect their employees, customers and developers through social, collaborative and content-driven intranets, websites and dashboards.

IGLOO SOFTWARE: Specializes in social intranets for document management, including version control and commenting on all content types. Community channels for ongoing employee interactions called Spaces can be administered by specific functional group, like HR, sales, or engineering. One of its customers, a wireless company, utilizes 60 spaces, which they call team rooms for various departments and project teams. Igloo Software is a 100% cloud-based platform, and also deploys extranets, external facing communities or a mixed hybrid of public and private areas.

JOSTLE: Makes it easy to inform and connect employees to get more work done. It’s easy to share news, align teams, recognize contributions and invite participation. Engagement rates are reported to be 5X higher than both traditional employee portals and social intranets to help employees get things done. Software runs in the cloud and requires no customization. So you can be up in running in one week.

MY HUB: Is a low-cost intranet solution that provides an out of the box intranet with a range of powerful business tools designed improve internal communications and employee engagement. Such as staff directory, profiles, secure login, mobile friendly, document/file storage, blogs, forums, custom pages.

PODIO: Owned by Citrix Systems, Inc. is a contemporary model for intranets, providing ready-built and build-your-own apps to fill the employee’s workspace. The Employee Network is the common area where interactions in real time in the activity stream provide visibility for employees online. Groups can get creative using the Intranet App Pack, presented as a collection of apps to share documents, host meetings, and track corporate communications. A creative use of Podio is shown by Pilnga, a social games publishing company, that provide access to various assets through their departmental apps, which eliminates emails and streamlines workflow across the company.

SALESFORCE CHATTER: Extends Wave Analytics to channel partners. While Salesforce has had a collaboration offering in their cloud platform — in the form of Chatter — for a good while now, the recent introduction of its Community Cloud product has transformed the company into a versatile and capable new contender in portals, intranets, and social collaboration.

SHAREPOINT: Still the most used platform for intranets, portals, and digital collaboration in medium to large enterprises today, Microsoft SharePoint began life as a document management solution over a decade ago. The new features in its latest incarnation, the brand new SharePoint 2016, show the continued vitality of the platform and it remains the proverbial 800 lb gorilla in the industry.

YAMMER: Used at more than 200,000 organizations today, Yammer is not quite as popular as it once was yet is still quite common to encounter in companies large and small. Yammer has apps like Slack, and though its ecosystem is not as vibrant or large, Yammer makes a good effort to appeal to developers and supports some key open standards. As a workhorse general purpose enterprise social network, Yammer is very capable, but it’s lack of support for specific business use cases or a well-established way for companies to create them, is a growing oversight. Yammer Everywhere is one particularly notable feature that allows the service to be easily embedded elsewhere, in intranets and other internal Web experiences, to make them more social and collaborative. Yammer does have a very good mobile app as well.

Do these platform convince you that an intranet could help your business get more done? Are there any others you would add? Do you need help finding the right intranet solution for your business.

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