Your company needs an Intranet

An intranet is a great way to connect people in the digital age and make them feel part of a team even though they may be in different physical places. In this article we look at why you might need a company intranet.

Intranets have been around in many forms for a while now. Big corporations have been using them for a while, but smaller companies can also reap the benefits of an Intranet for their employees to use.

In this first article we are going to take a look at some of the Intranet basis, and more importantly why your company should take advantage of having an Intranet.

What is an Intranet?

Before we get stuck in, lets take a step back and think about what an Intranet is exactly. An intranet is a private network which is only available to an organisation’s staff. Typically it takes the form of a website to allow sharing of information, such as documents, between members of the organisation.

Why does your company need an Intranet?

There are many reasons why an Intranet would benefit your company. Here let’s take a look at what we think are the greatest benefits.

Simplifying internal communications

All successful business have processes to get things done. But to be successful everyone in the business needs to know what the processes are, where to find them and how to follow them. An Intranet provides a central resource area for all these things to live.

Storing internal communications, in whatever format is appropriate on an Intranet, means that they are always up-to-date and much easier to find. Everyone views the same information rather than having their own copy of communications which causes problems when they are updated.

Easily find the things you need – fast

Having you wasted hours or days, trying to find version of documents or conversations that you have had with people about specific things? Intranet make this pain much easier as they can contain functions to making search really easy.

Websites and in fact computers in general are pretty good at search. As long as users label or name their documents and resources sensible, your Intranet can act like an internal search engine helping everyone find what they are look for.. faster.

Information – anywhere

Today’s business rarely happens from one location. Whether you are working from home or you are meeting a client at another location, your Intranet can be accessed from anywhere. So if you need a document at your meeting you can access it from the Intranet.

No only can you access your Intranet from different physical locations but you can access it with a variety of different devices. It is a website after all and therefore whether you are on a smartphone, a tablet, your laptop or even your smart TV in your living room, you have access to all the information on the Intranet to keep you up-to-date.

Better internal training

Most companies need to train staff on their internal processes, procedures and new ways of doing things. An Intranet provides the perfect platform to do this either with linked documents, articles or a more multimedia approach including the use of video. These training materials can be accessed anywhere, on multiple devices and users can work through them at a pace that suits them.

A Highrise Digital WordPress Intranet

At Highrise Digital we have built a number of Intranets based on the WordPress platform that have helped companies like AMC Networks International and Sim Trava Ltd with their internal communication, training and much more.

If you think an Intranet would suit your company then why not get in touch with us using the form below.

About the author

Mark is the lead WordPress developer at Highrise Digital. He has been working with WordPress for over 13 years, way back to 2005. He focuses on back-end development, integrating the website build with WordPress so it can be editable.