Back in the day, when you wanted to find a specific document at work, you’d have to ask around to see who had it. If you were trying to chat with a colleague, you might look up his phone number on your Rolodex and give him a ring. Then came intranets. Built as a digital workplace, intranets were repositories for HR forms, timesheets and messages from the CEO.
But intranets have come a long way since then. Today, they let people chat in real-time, work together on presentations or assign tasks within projects. Technologies that we use in our personal lives are also permeating the workplace, making it easier than ever to communicate and collaborate with colleagues.
Some of these technologies are social business applications. A social intranet, for example, combines all of the features of a static intranet with real-time, collaborative features that let people work together effectively.
According to 451 Research’s 2015 US Enterprise Mobility: IT Decision-Maker Survey, 44 percent of respondents already have social elements to their intranet and 28 percent hope to follow suit in the next two years.
But despite the fact that social intranets are revolutionizing the way businesses get things done, they can be a challenge to implement. Adopting a social business tool can make management nervous, while other employees might not be ready to change their old ways of working.
In the below infographic, Alan Pelz-Sharpe, Research Director at 451 Research, offers insight on how to get everyone on-board with a social intranet.
From determining key stakeholders to identifying what measurable business processes it will help with and ensuring the intranet is truly social, these 10 tips can help an organization maximize its investment, increase productivity and transparency and improve the way it works.