4 Must-Have Features for Your Modern Intranet

4 Must-Have Features for Your Modern Intranet

The traditional intranet is dead. Long live the modern intranet!

We’re well into the 21st century, where smart devices abound. We’ve become accustomed to futuristic services like voice-activated virtual assistants (Hi, Alexa!), cars that nearly drive themselves, and the ability to connect with anyone, any time, from anywhere.

When you’re surrounded by modern technology in your personal life, you come to expect modern conveniences in your professional life as well. Enter: The Modern Intranet.

No longer a static list of links or outdated PDFs, the modern intranet is high-tech, easy to maintain, easy to use, and fully compliant with your organization’s security standards. In short, it’s an upgrade from its traditional counterpart.

Here are the 4 must-haves to make a modern intranet modern.

Content Management System (AppManager)

In the good old days, corporate communication came in two forms: a written memo (delivered electronically or physically, depending on how far back you want to go), or a face-to-face conversation.

But today, organizations have so many more communication vehicles. Between messaging apps, social media, and email, there’s a lot of content to be created, approved, and distributed.

The best way to make the most of your content and keep your sanity is to invest in a modern intranet with a comprehensive content management system. The combination of these two tools means that you can do three things:

  1. Easily create content.
  2. Reuse the content you’ve already created.
  3. Publish your messages to relevant user segments in an automated way.

Watch this video to see how the Akumina AppManager content management system powers our customers’ communication teams.

Seamless Tech Stack Integrations

Building and supporting a tech stack is like assembling a puzzle. If the pieces don’t fit together perfectly, everything falls apart. It doesn’t look right, it doesn’t feel right, it just doesn’t work. But if you can fit each piece together, you’ve got a clear, complete picture.

When it comes to a modern intranet, you have the power to make sure that it’s delivering that complete picture to its users. Employees are at their best, not when they see data from just some of the applications they use; but when they can see data from all of them. It’s that single pane of glass view into their work world that truly enables them to be successful.

In this video, we should the power of a single pane of glass view, which surfaces information from all of you integrated systems of record. The result is a clear, complete picture of your digital workplace.

Security

Security is top of mind for every organization. From the mom and pop market down the street to the financial institution on Wall Street, every business cares about the safety of its data.

When you add intranet software (or any software, really) to the mix, it’s cause for careful consideration. Your best bet here is to choose a platform like Akumina’s that doesn’t store any of your data. That way, you can keep your existing governance and security measures in place, without worry.

Enterprise Search

According to Nielsen Norman Group, search provides two key benefits over traditional site navigation:

  1. It allows users to control their own experience, rather than depending on a site’s navigation design.
  2. It provides an “escape hatch” to help when they get stuck.

In terms of intranet experience, Nielsen Norman Group also reports that poor search was the “greatest single cause of reduced usability” in the intranets they studied.

As an organization, you need to provide the best possible search experience for your employees. Don’t skimp here. You’ll be glad you went the extra mile to deliver great search for your modern intranet.

So, there you have it. The 4 must-haves for a fantastic, employee-embraced, IT-approved modern intranet. Give us a call if you’re ready to implement your Akumina modern intranet. We’ll set you up with those 4 must-haves, and more.

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