Businesses can find it challenging to create a successful intranet that is simple to use, cost effective to implement and quick to configure to a business’s requirements.
Redmond and Melbourne may be far apart geographically, but when it comes to technological innovation, Sproket has spanned the divide.
With an intranet system built on a backbone of Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365, Sproket had developed the ideal intranet-in-a-box package to suit the Australian business environment. Read More
Using Sproket lets you achieve more, see faster results, and save the time and effort that would need to be invested in developing an intranet independently.
One of the questions managers who come from non-technical backgrounds sometimes ask is "Why do we need an intranet when we have a perfectly good Internet?"
That's a good question because it addresses the fact that on the surface there doesn't appear to be a lot of difference between an intranet and the Internet. Yet the difference between these two technologies, while they're based on the same fundamentals, could not be more important.
A website on the Internet is intended for sharing information about your organization with the public. An intranet, on the other hand, is for sharing all the information within an organization that really doesn't need to be made public and most likely shouldn't be made public.
In a nutshell, it's an IP zone fenced off from the rest of the Internet and not able to be accessed by the public at large. In fact it's very presence is masked from them. This in no way impairs the ability of those working within the organization to access the Internet (unless you purposely block such access), but provides an extra layer of protection against external threats.
One important feature of an intranet is that it helps improve individual accountability. If, for example, you have an important document that everyone in the organization is required to read, you can more easily keep track of who has actually done so.
In certain types of businesses, particularly in the heavy industries, worksite inductions are mandatory, plus many businesses also have mandatory OH&S instruction, task-specific training tutorials, and so on. Making this information accessible in video form via your intranet is the most efficient way to ensure everyone who needs access to the information has access to it. Also, as mentioned, you can check that mandatory content has been accessed.
This approach to training offers many advantages over traditional group training methods, including that it can be completed individually without the need for large segments of the workforce to be away from their stations.
Intranets can also be made to function as internal social media platforms. When this is done well, it can assist in keeping employee focus internal and task-oriented, instead of external and self-oriented.
Teams are more effectively able to collaborate on important projects, document sharing is a breeze, and enables the possibility of providing digitized document libraries. This latter function reduces the dependency on traditional paper filing (along with associated savings on stationery) and eliminates the need for anyone to leave their desk to retrieve paper documents.
These are just a few examples among the many more benefits that intranets can provide.
You can get more information by contacting Sproket today on 1300 777 653, or by leaving a message on our contact form.Read Less