Local/Global Intranets, Intranet Review Toolkit

Links for today:

  • Principles for designing global/local Intranets [Link]
  • I have used it before, but never mentioned it here: The Intranet Review Toolkit by Step Two Designs. Although it contains nothing that professional intranet communicators wouldn’t know already, I would definitely recommend this to organizations where non-communicators are appointed with communication & Intranet tasks [Link]

SharePoint Charting made (too) easy

EndUserSharePoint.com has a lightweight and easy charting implementation for SharePoint. It has only one fault: it transfers data to a Google API before rendering the graph. Couple this with the wide-ranging – and often justified – information security paranoia within corporations and you’re opening a whole new can of worms. But, I have to admit, it is a really cool idea and I think that many SharePoint users stuck without Exel Services or behind restricted installations are grinding their teeth now.

Intranet Case Studies

Just stumbled upon this handy list of Intranet Case Studies which sports quite a few big names. Although some are too vague in their presentation to really get an understanding of the described Intranet, there is still a lot of useful information, not to mention inspiration, that can be found there.

SharePoint List Migration

Ever wondered how to move your lists or libraries across various SharePoint sites or installations? Well, I often have, and therefore found this compilation of SharePoint List Migration Approaches very helpful. Although, I might add, none of these approaches should be undertaken by an inexperienced user.

A Quality Metric for Enterprise 2.0?

Again, I have to come back to what I have written about the ROI of Enterprise 2.0 applications. Here and here I phrased an idea of using sociological tool sets to grasp the outcomes and possible benefits of using blogs, wikis, social software, and other so-called Web 2.0 apps in organizations. Granted, the main organizational form in Germany is very rigid and hierarchical, and might pose quite an obstacle to overcome in this regard, so I really dig this outline of a quality metric for Enterprise 2.0 that was posted on the blog of Ethan Yarbrough. It’s more a rough sketch and by no means a detailed strategy yet, but it neatly incorporates a mix of quantitative and qualitative measures, which can yield, as I have said before, reliable and valid results.

Things to try: Tracks

Normally I’m not the guy that uses a task management scheme (which, I have the feeling, sometimes only exist to fill its creator’s pockets) or similar procedures. A good old Excel sheet, or nowadays a task-centric web app, always provided all the task management I needed. Despite all that i have to admit that Tracks (local installer here) looks quite promising. Especially for freelancers, where the line between private and professional tasks is often a blurry one.

Enterprise Information Systems and Definitions

Some terms are too often used with only a rough and blurry definition of what they might contain and in which context they can be applied. I am as guilty of this as is every information worker. So, to make sense of terms like Knowledge Management, Internal Communications and eCollaboration, they have to be defined first. Regarding Information Architecture and User Experience, this article tries to incorporate these topics in a unifying concept. It is thoughtful, written with insight, and only the first in an upcoming series, so you are hereby ordered to read it – not only because it accomplishes the feat of simultaneously coining and explaining a new term along the way: the Enterprise-Wide Information System.

WordPress and Strato: Upload and WYSIWYG Editor Problems

How to install and configure WordPress when you are stuck with one of the worst hosters in the world, like some friends of mine were:

  • Make sure you have the appropriate hosting package, at least one that features the so-called ‚Weblog Pro‘ option.
  • In the Strato Customer Center you can install WordPress (which is the software behind the fancy ‚Pro‘ name) with a few clicks. There is only one thing to keep in mind: You cannot install it in a subdomain.
  • After you are done you can access a brand new WordPress installation with only a few minor shortcomings. Of course, I am being sarcastic here, the few minor shortcomings are 1) no possibility to upload files or images via the admin/edit-interface (FTP only) and 2) no working WYSIWG editor either.
  • To fix number one, create a file named php.ini (filename in lowercase, please) with these lines of code within:
    memory_limit = „16“
    safe_mode = off
  • Upload this file via FTP to your main WordPress-directory (to make sure that the PHP-settings are applied to all directories on your webspace you should also upload it to your wp-admin, wp-content, wp-includes and your upload-folders) and number one should no longer be a problem.
  • I don’t know why the WYSIWYG-editor works fine now, but here is what solved it in my case:
    • Install the FCK-Editor plugin and activate it
    • Edit any post with it
    • Deactivate it…
    • … and now the default WYSIWYG editor should work fine.

This is obviously not a very good way to spend some of your precious hours. And i haven’t even mentioned the circumstances of working with more than one domain in the same Strato account yet. I am just so glad to have marksimon.de hosted on a reliable hosting provider that made the setting up of this site a breeze.

Enterprise 2.0 ROI revisited

As i mentioned here before, i think that a sociological perspective might be able to shed light on the much-debated Enterprise 2.0 & ROI-topic. Well, so how could a starting point for this approach look? This list of social software usage offers some promising hints. Granted, these examples are all formulated in a way that measuring hard  figures might seem nearly impossible at first, but you have to keep in mind that social interaction between employees can also yield a measurable revenue – even if it is only one employee posing a question.

ThoughtFarmer is Intranet 2.0?

Definitely a tool to keep an eye on: ThoughtFarmer. In contrast to SharePoint, this seems like a really easy-to-use and intuitive portal and collaboration suite. And on a related note, this must be one of the neatest intranet rollouts i have ever seen.