Secrets of award-winning intranets

From Sydney come takeaways from the Intranet Innovation awards, which this year highlighted mobile applications as a hot topic.

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The Intranet Innovation Awards show where leading-edge intranets are now, and where other intranets are likely to follow in the next 18 months. At the current forefront are mobile and social media, with intranet design close behind.

The awards program, organized by Step Two Designs based in Sydney, has been running for seven years. These global awards celebrate innovation in the intranet space and uniquely reward selected functions, design elements, or approaches on an intranet, rather than the platform as a whole.

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Up to now, mobile intranets have been slow to take off, but this year’s winners showed how mobile can help drive employee engagement and even increasing visits to company news.

Platinum award winner Barclays has introduced MyZone, a mobile intranet aimed at staff in retail branches. Previously these employees have not even had their own email accounts, but they now have a rich intranet environment accessible from their own smartphone or tablet.

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