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Intranet Software Connects Employees to Management with Social Networking

Intranet Connections offers company managers a way to connect and share with employees as part of the latest release of their Social Intranet Software. The new Social Employee Directory introduces Message Walls designed to foster engagement, collaboration and the process of people helping people.

“Our goal with the new Social Directory is to impact how employees connect and learn from each other on the intranet, and how social tools like the message walls can help bridge the gap between management and employees,” says Carolyn Douglas, CEO of Intranet Connections. “We brought in common social tools that employees may have had exposure to outside of work, like the wall on Facebook, and the concept of personalization through widgets similar to iGoogle, providing employees an instant commonality and comfort level in using these tools to help them in the workplace.”

Employee message walls are at the heart of the new social directory, allowing employees to tap the collective intelligence of the organization and promote the concept of people helping people. Managers and executives can use the wall to impart the corporate vision, support the culture, and receive feedback in a very easy to use and collaborative environment.

Intranet Connections also uses the wall to promote and elevate intranet content. Every page on the intranet has a “Share Content” feature that will share news, videos, documents, calendar events, forms, training, photo albums and new job opportunities through employee walls.

Other enhancements include the ability to group employees by projects, abilities, skills, or interests through tagging. Employees can personalize with a private workspace in their social profile, creating widgets that will aggregate information from the site and external resources. Subscriptions, site and email alerts, bookmarks, online chat and status updates are all combined to create a powerful Social Employee Directory.

“The heart of your intranet is the people who make up a company,” says Carolyn Douglas, “and while our intranet software still caters to business tools, we wanted the people-centric power of social capabilities and felt the Employee Directory was the vehicle for that connection to take place.”

Business tools merge with social networking in this new release for Intranet Connections, available for evaluation and tours through the Intranet Connections web site at www.intranetconnections.com.

About Intranet Connections
Intranet Connections is out-of-the-box Social Intranet Software where people and business tools merge to get work done. More than 1600 organizations worldwide have chosen Intranet Connections as their social intranet solution. If you would like more information about this topic please contact Tara Clark, Marketing Manager, at 604-924-9770 or visit the Intranet Connections web site at http://www.intranetconnections.com.

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Vancouver Intranet Software Company Gives Back Using Social Media

Intranet Connections (www.intranetconnections.com), provider of the popular intranet CMS software, turned to Social Media tools to organize and run a charity campaign in conjunction with the recent holiday season. During the month of December, CEO Carolyn Douglas and Online Marketing Manager Rachel Lai connected with Intranet Connections clients over Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook with an offer to donate $100.00 to a charity of their choice.

“Intranet Connections would not be the company that it is today without the feedback and input from our clients. We wanted to recognize their efforts and support the causes that are important to them over the holidays,” reported Carolyn Douglas. “By using social media, we hoped to introduce clients to new ways that they can connect with us and build community with our other intranet software users.”

The aim of the ‘Give Back’ campaign was to contribute to a cause that customers are passionate about in an easy, no strings attached way. There was a great response to the campaign and donations were made to charities ranging from a local animal rescue shelter in Nova Scotia, Canada to large national charities such as the American Cancer Society. This was the second year in a row where Intranet Connections has run this campaign over the holiday season.

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Intranet Connections Software Brings Simplicity to Intranet Administration

Intranet Connections has released the newest version of its intranet 2.0 CMS platform with the aims of reducing administration overhead for intranet managers and simplifying the design of site navigation. Intranet Connections version 10.5 targets small to medium size businesses wishing to have SharePoint-like functionality, but without the price tag or management overhead.

Carolyn Douglas, CEO of Intranet Connections, “Our focus is on ease-of-use and providing SMB’s with an out-of-the-box intranet that they can implement themselves. Version 10.5 provides intranet administrators with a simple solution that is easy to install, implement and manage on an ongoing basis, without the need for custom development.”

A key enhancement in the new release is the addition of a revised menu builder that features a drag and drop interface to manage site navigation. The redesigned interface allows administrators to add a horizontal menu to their site, create drop down menus, add menu headers and relocate menu items from the left main to the site header directly through the site interface. The new menu builder provides more flexibility to intranet managers wishing to customize their information architecture in a simple manner.

This latest release also builds on the popular tagging feature with the addition of a new content tag management interface. The robust tag administration area simplifies routine tag management tasks such as creating tag groups, moving tags between groups and finding tags with dynamically filtered search results. Admins can pre-populate and organize commonly used tags so that end users can easily tag and find relevant content.

Also included among the other features of v10.5 are an upgrade of the HTML editor to improve accuracy when composing complex document layouts or pasting from Word, an extranet friendly security model to simplify user-rights administration on intranet/extranet implementations and a new Multiple File Upload tool for improved ease-of-use, stability and performance.

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BC Place Facilitates Internal Communication with Intranet Connections During Post-Olympic Construction

Intranet Connections (www.intranetconnections.com) is pleased to announce the intranet launch for BC Place, the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. BC Place launched their Intranet Connections Intranet 2.0 CMS Software in July with goals of improving corporate communication, increasing employee involvement, and enhancing information sharing within the organization.

After the 2010 Winter Games, BC Place was scheduled major construction to revitalize and modernize the facilities, including the largest retractable roof of its kind in the world. When the Administration team at BC Place learned that half of all full-time staff would be moving to temporary offices at the Vancouver Convention Centre and the other half would remain at BC Place, they immediately became aware that a corporate communication tool was needed to unify the two locations. The IT team spearheaded the project, identifying an intranet site as the best means to facilitate internal communication and provide a central repository for staff information.

In evaluating intranet solutions, BC Place knew they wanted to find a turnkey product that did not require any programming or custom development in order to get their site up and running.

“We ultimately selected Intranet Connections as an intranet solution because it was out-of the box and it required minimal administration overhead. Intranet Connections also came highly recommended, was proven in the market place and was developed by a Canadian company. We really liked the fact that Intranet Connections was a local organization.” says Winnie Mok, Information Services Manager at BC Place.

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Enterprise Meets Social Intranet

Intranet Connections, a seasoned player in the Intranet Software market out of Vancouver, Canada is bringing core enterprise tools and social engagement together into one package. After a rebrand and announcement of their latest product release, their focus is on small to medium size businesses wishing to have SharePoint-like features, but without the price tag or management overhead.

Enterprise Meets Social Intranet

Intranet Connections is completely out-of-the-box and can be deployed within the local network or externally on a third party host. Their feature list includes Document Management, an interactive e-Form Builder, Support Desk Ticketing capabilities, an Employee Training module, and an array of other online business tools that is centered on enhancing employee productivity. Like SharePoint, they offer single sign-on with Active Directory, providing a quick and easy implementation of multiple domains, user / group synchronization and manager relationships.

What makes Intranet Connections unique is that they have combined the enterprise intranet with social intranet 2.0 in a simple to use format. The social aspect offers applications to facilitate social media, employee engagement, collaboration and conversation, without a complicated interface. Although their philosophy is open collaboration and participation by employees, flexible security structures allows for administrators to determine who can do what. Social tools can be stepped out gradually, and robust content approval provides the flexibility to deploy collaborative functionality in more conservative workplaces.

With out-of-the-box deployment simplicity and brand name clients like Nintendo Canada, NASA Langley Research Center, American Furniture Warehouse, Golfsmith International and 15 Mayo Clinics across the United States, Intranet Connections is a major player in the enterprise social intranet market.

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Intranet Communication Key in Distinguished Accreditation Program Honor

Schaumburg Park District, a user of Intranet Connections Intranet 2.0 Software, was recently honored by The Illinois Association of Park Districts and The Illinois Parks and Recreation Association. Schaumburg received praise for their intranet that facilitates employee communication and provides important district information to front line staff that directly correlates with improved customer service.

The goal of the Illinois Distinguished Accreditation program is to recognize the agencies that deliver recreational services to improve the quality of life for Illinois residents. The Accreditation program is a voluntary, comprehensive evaluation that reviews a district’s observance of best practices within the profession and compliance to Illinois laws governing park district administration.

Schaumburg Park District was recognized for excellence in sound business practices, programs, public accountability and quality facilities. In addition to their intranet, Schaumburg was honored for their Facility Preventative Maintenance and Asset Management Program, and the “Green Light” environmental programs and policies that promote district-wide energy efficiency and sound environmental practices.

Schaumburg Park Board President, George Longmeyer, commented that “The District’s commissioners and staff are very proud of this achievement, and the employees are to be congratulated for their dedication to the highest standards of the profession and commitment to community.”

The distinguished park and recreation accreditation program began in 1993 with recognition of three park districts and since that time more than 40 of Illinois’ 400+ park districts have been accredited.

Intranet Connections Intranet 2.0 Software is a feature-rich, out-of-the-box intranet solution with content and document management that focuses on ease of use, collaboration and employee ownership. Over 1300 organizations world-wide have chosen Intranet Connections to improve their employee communications, centralize their corporate information, save costs and increase productivity.

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Intranet Connections Combines Core Tools with Social Media for a Winning Intranet

Intranet Connections is pleased to announce a new release of Intranet Connections Intranet 2.0 Software. Version 9.5 of Intranet Connections was released this week and features changes to the core intranet applications that will enhance employee productivity and adds social intranet 2.0 tools that help with collaboration, engagement and employee adoption.

The robust Document Management application within Intranet Connections provides users with the ability to create an unlimited folder structure that is represented by a tree or flat navigation with breadcrumb trail. Also included in the Document Management module are document version control, full-text search, document archiving, user subscriptions, approval workflow, tagging, as well as a comments and ratings system for user feedback. The flexible security structure of the application allows for all corporate documents to be located in a central location with a unified search. Flexible security gives the appropriate users or groups access to sensitive content.

Carolyn Douglas, CEO of Intranet Connections: “Our goal is to improve employee communication through social and collaborative networking, combined with the practical intranet tools that are necessary in assisting employees in their day-to-day duties.”

Version 9.5 also includes a streamlined approach to the management of students registered through the Training Calendar, sub-sites for departments, teams or projects, and a media embedding tool that allows users to add web-formatted video and audio files within intranet content.

In addition to the changes made to the core intranet tools, Intranet Connections also features employee Social Profiles with a mini photo gallery of your co-workers and a Suggestion Box application where employees can go to share ideas, comment and vote. The Discussion Forum has become more transparent and employee profiles and photos are featured with topics, and the intranet home page offers content feeds and widgets that can be moved and positioned to create a portal gateway.

Intranet Connections Intranet 2.0 Software is a feature-rich, out-of-the-box intranet solution with content and document management that focuses on ease of use, collaboration and employee ownership. Over 1300 organizations world-wide have chosen Intranet Connections to improve their employee communications, centralize their corporate information, save costs and increase productivity.

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