Social intranet– A simple philosophy of new wine in old bottle

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The connected intranet. Social intranet needs to understand the employee and the team’s collaborative behavior to succeed. I drew the sketch using Artflow on Android. It is open for interpretation.

Intranets back in those days were a simple internal website within companies serving company webpages. Over the years, they have transformed into a full-fledged social intranets if we go by the claims and working operational models projected by vendors and industry practitioners in this space.

In this post, I would like to explore the buzz around social intranet and the philosophy behind it.

According to a pew-research study, as of 2016, about 2/3rds (about 69%) of the American population use social networking sites. The percentages might be slightly lesser for other parts of the world. Such massive usage is slowly catching up with the usage of social intranet within organizations as well.

Integration of internal business processes within organization is something of great value and could be a turning point for their adoption and usage considering they have a close running competition with their brothers – Enterprise social networking tools.

On this point, I would like to say, intranets have come a long way. In the 1990’s intranets were simple internal websites serving company staff directory and pages for company policies and procedures.

Intranets these days have become more social with the addition of collaborative features. They allow employees to share, connect, and interact with other colleagues in the organization. With time and ‘attitude’, simple intranets have become ‘Social intranets’. They serve good for the employees of the organization.

The contention is that there is a thin line that separates social intranets with the enterprise social networking tools with lot of overlapping features and functionalities. There are hardly any crucial distinguishing features now.

Social intranet fosters a collaborative spirit among the employees, which in turn aids in improving the productivity of the organization. This brings us to the part of understanding the philosophy behind it. Which is commendable and quite simple.

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