Intranet Design Annual 2012: Year’s 10 Best Intranets

Jean-Michel Combes

This report reviews the designs and usability of 10 intranets that were chosen from a much larger number of nominated designs. The report is richly illustrated with 187 full-color screenshots, giving readers the unique opportunity to see great intranet designs that are usually hidden behind a firewall.
The 10 winning intranets are:

•CenturyLink Business, a telecommunications company (US)
•Everything Everywhere, a communications company (UK)
•Genentech, a biotechnology company (US)
•LivePerson, Inc., a communications company (US)
•Logica, a business and technology service company (UK)
•MAN Diesel & Turbo SE, provider of large-bore diesel engines and turbomachinery for marine and stationary applications (Germany)
•NCR Corporation, a technology company (US)
•The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, a marketer of branded consumer products for lawn and garden care (US)
•Skanska, a project development and construction group (Sweden)
•Staples, Inc., an office products company (US)
These intranets represent companies ranging in sizes, from 550 to 55,000, with the average size being 19,700 employees. The designs include good examples of social networking, clean IA, strong content management, large amounts of documents, and mission-critical applications.

The bulk of the report consists of detailed case studies of each of the ten winning intranet designs, including discussions of the main problems they faced, how these problems were overcome in the redesign process, how the new design compared with the previous design, and how they cajoled a variety of technologies to achieve their vision in their organization’s framework.

by The Punjapit Alliance

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