Anyone that worked in the first dotcom era may recall the excitement that arose when companies unveiled their new intranet portals. Intranets were going to change the way we worked – sharing content, collaborating and working across departments throughout the company.

Except that didn’t quite happen. Intranet portals sat there, unused, unloved and untouched. A variety of issues, from a lack of functionality to poor UI and no user-support to bad content management, meant that people rarely, if ever, used their company intranets.

Over time things improved slightly. Intranets have got better and companies have got better at encouraging staff to actually use them. The value of an intranet to an organization is now much clearer. Used properly and frequently an intranet can be a time-saver, encouraging collaboration and improving productivity. But are the businesses out there still using or planning to use, standalone intranet portals?

There are such a variety of choices it must be daunting for anyone considering an intranet portal. Yet technology is such that to limit your business to a pureplay intranet solution would be foolhardy to say the least. At Huddle, we are big believers in the power and potential of having a secure online environment where information can be securely shared with everyone in your organization – regardless of where they are based. Many of our customers across the globe use Huddle as a corporate intranet and for internal storage.

In fact, using Huddle’s workspaces takes online intranet capabilities and adds collaboration and productivity tools to create an innovative intranet alternative for 21st century organizations. Modern business frequently involves geographically dispersed teams that need to work together, accessing files and content at any time of the day, irrespective of location. But disparate teams can’t usually access content on another office’s server, meaning that traditional intranet portals are limiting for anyone not working on that particular server. If people work from home – something many organisations offer to employees in 2012 – then VPN access must be provided. This can lead to files and content being shared by email, not only clogging up the inbox but leaving feedback and comments on documents vulnerable to being missed.

So despite the benefits of intranet portals, choosing a standalone intranet solution is a retrograde step. Organizations such as theNHS South West have chosen the Huddle corporate intranet portal and are seeing the benefits of additional storage, easy access and drastically reduced sending of large files via email.

In 2012, intranets can be far more than just an intranet.

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Find out more about Huddle as an alternative to a standalone intranet portals here: http://bit.ly/SZLaZV


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