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Intranet Connections Software Adds Power and Creativity with Application Builder

Intranet Connections has announced the latest release of their social intranet software. Intranet Connections v11 builds on employee participation and engagement via your intranet by giving users the power to embrace and share company culture with innovative tools that are out of the box.

“Our intranet software helps to connect employees by information and knowledge sharing, online collaboration and the enhancement of your company culture,” says Carolyn Douglas, CEO of Intranet Connections. “We added dynamic tools such as our new Application Builder, allowing you to easily create any type of application you need for your intranet. We want to provide tools that help improve your business, through your employees and the intranet.”

Application Builder gives you the power to be creative when building applications. You have complete control over input forms, fields, and layout screens. Intranet Connections has harnessed AJAX drag and drop, creating an easy to use and dynamic application-building experience, with collaborative social elements such as employee tagging, comments, ratings and widgets.

This release also offers several new interactive widgets that engage with employees, including quick polls to measure employee opinions; a weather widget; widgets that cycle content such as snippets of customer feedback, tip of the day, or inspirational quotes; upcoming birthdays and anniversaries; and features employees with their photo, what they do in the company, and how to reach them or launch an intranet live chat.

Intranet Connections v11 offers extensive theme options along with fixed width layouts to provide modern intranet designs that are out of the box. With their easy to use theme builder, you can build themes that incorporate your company brand, which fosters culture because employees recognize the importance of your brand in the workplace.

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Interact Intranet With a New Collaboration Feature – Interact Answers

Interact, a leading supplier in intelligent intranet software, today announced the release of Interact Answers – an innovative and unique new crowd-sourcing feature which drives productivity by allowing users to post questions on the intranet and receiveaccurate solutions, using Interact Intranet’s intelligence store andthe knowledge of other users.

The easy-to-usefeature is available in the core system of Interact Intranet version 4.8. Once auser posts aquestion on the intranet,Interact Answers will attempt to provide a solution to the question.It firstly uses itsintelligent capabilities tosupply information that it thinks will answer the question, then Interact Answers will recommend colleagues with in the company it believes can help with the question. These‘experts’ are notified of the question and the question is then open for all employees to answer.

Interact Answersdrives internal collaboration as all employeesbegin to collaborate to answer the question successfully and it unlocks knowledge in the company. Interact Answersprevents relying on internalemails to ask questions, where the answers can be quickly lost and the right answer is not guaranteed. Productivity is boosted as less time is spent searching for answers and it also allows staff to ask an open question to the company if they are not sure who to direct the question to.

Simon Dance, Product Manager comments:

“Interact Answers is an intelligent collaboration feature that grows the more it is used. As users begin to answer questions, a knowledge store is created so vital company information can’t be lost and can be easily searched for.

“What makes this feature unique is that Interact Answers intelligently suggests solutions to the questions asked, using the information already contained within the intranet. It then goes one step further by recommending an expert within the company it believes can help you with that answer.”

See Interact Answers in action in this interactive video.

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Interact Announces Entry Into Rackspace Partner Network

Interact, a leading supplier in intelligent intranet software, today announced they have entered into an agreement to join the Rackspace Partner Programme with Rackspace® Hosting, the world’s leading specialist in the hosting and cloud computing industry.

This agreement will enable Interact to provide its customers with a fast and reliable secure intranet solution hosted by Rackspace. The use of hosted software has become a sensible option for many businesses and offers a great alternative to a network based application. Hosting enables access to the intranet anywhere / anytime via a web browser which enhances collaboration opportunities for distributed or remote users. It also reduces pressure on limited in-house IT resources as there is no software to deploy or servers to maintain.

Interact Intranet is an easy to use, collaborative turnkey solution trusted by over 250,000 users. It is an intelligent intranet solution that learns as people use it, adapts and automatically connects relevant information to people. Powerful enterprise networking tools actively promote internal communication, collaboration, idea sharing and cross-organisation participation. It is modular in its architecture allowing organisations to add the components, resources, and services that are required as the business evolves and grows.

Scott Hitchins, Global Partner Manager at Interact, believes that hosted solutions are increasingly popular today for their ability to offer enterprise level system functionality with the advantages of zero maintenance overhead or initial capital outlay. “The financial investment and overhead of owning and maintaining servers and software applications in-house can be substantial. Rackspace hosting services will deliver a powerful and cost-effective intranet solution for our customers with rapid deployment and unparalleled scalability and flexibility in a secure environment. Rackspace offer a 100% network and infrastructure uptime guarantee which will ensure that Interact is always accessible”

Since 2001 Rackspace has been hosting and supporting mission critical websites, internet applications, email servers, security and storage services for 6,000 customers in the UK . Andrew Bartlam, Head of Channel at Rackspace said, “We’re very pleased that Interact have joined our Partner Network and we look forward to working together in the future”.

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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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MindMeister Collaborative Mind Maps Now Available on Interact Intranet

Interact, a leading supplier in intelligent intranet software and MindMeister, providers of on-line mind mapping software, are pleased to announce a strategic technology partnership. The agreement allows the two companies to combine their industry leading software solutions.

MindMeister is the market leading and multiple award-winning web-based collaboration solution that uses proven mind mapping concepts to facilitate multi-user planning, brainstorming, and project management sessions all from within a standard web browser.

Interact Intranet is an easy to use, collaborative turnkey solution trusted by over 250,000 users. It is an intelligent intranet solution that learns as people use it, adapts and automatically connects relevant information to people. Powerful enterprise networking tools actively promote internal communication, collaboration, idea sharing and cross-organisation participation. It is modular in its architecture allowing organisations to add the components, resources, and services that are required as the business evolves and grows.

As a result of the new integration, Interact Intranet users will be able to access the MindMeister mind maps via the intranet to brainstorm or plan new projects. They will be able to simultaneously work with colleagues on the same map and see changes as they happen within the intuitive and familiar intranet interface.

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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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Brother Canada Engaging Employees with Intranet Connections Social CMS Intranet

Intranet Connections (www.intranetconnections.com) provider of the popular intranet 2.0 CMS software announces its flagship intranet software has been chosen by Brother Canada to help the company streamline business processes, increase employee productivity and enhance engagement and collaboration. Brother Canada will launch their new intranet with employees across the country this month.

Brother Canada, a branch of the 5 billion dollar company Brother Industries, Ltd offers a wide range of business machines and home appliances known for their affordability, reliability, ease of use, and versatility. These qualities are the cornerstones of Brother Canada’s success and the company felt that their intranet solution should embody these characteristics. Brother also wanted to find an intranet 2.0 communication platform that would allow them to establish a dialogue and encourage employees to participate within the organization. They did not want an intranet that would simply remain an archive of data and be driven from the top-down.

In searching for a new intranet solution, Brother Canada looked at a custom-built solution, open source software and Intranet Connections Intranet 2.0 Software. They focused on Intranet Connections after ruling out a custom solution as too expensive and time-intensive to set up.

“Intranet Connections suited us perfectly. It was an affordable and turnkey intranet solution that allowed us to be up and running with an intranet in a short amount of time. Value for the money combined with out-of-the-box collaborative tools contributed to our purchase decision.” says Vital Adam, Brother Canada’s Public Relations Officer.

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Innovative Blog Series Explores a Day in the Life of an Intranet

Intranet Connections, provider of the popular intranet 2.0 CMS software, decided to launch a blog series focusing on “A Day in the Life of an Intranet” that follows a number of employees in how they interact with their company intranet. The series is designed to help answer how the intranet can facilitate collaboration and was published in conjunction with the latest release of Intranet Connections v10.

Innovative Blog Series Explores a Day in the Life of an Intranet

Carolyn Douglas, CEO of Intranet Connections: “Our goal for the Intranet Connections blog is to provide insight and ideas into how intranet managers can maximize return on investment for their intranet implementations. The cornerstone to the success of our intranet software is the KISS principle, and we like to show the value and benefit of what you can do with the tools available.”

The blog series explores how various employees at the fictional company, West Coast Savings Credit Union, interact with their intranet The Buzz. The series, written in a short story format, is a refreshing and unusual perspective on the interaction between employees and the intranet during the course of a regular day at the office. Each post features an employee at a particular time slot in their day and describes how they use the intranet to assist them in their job duties and communicating with co-workers. Based on feedback and ideas from their client base, the Intranet Connections blog series aims to give other intranet administrators insight into how their users could potentially interact with the intranet and offers ideas on encouraging site usage, enhancing collaboration, and building community.

You can read the Intranet Connections blog series “A Day in the Life of an Intranet” at http://blogs.intranetconnections.com.

Intranet Connections Intranet 2.0 Software is out-of-the-box intranet software that combines core tools, intranet tasks and employee collaboration in an easy to use and turnkey environment. More than 1300 organizations world-wide have chosen Intranet Connections as their intranet software provider and the company has a strong vertical within financial and health sectors.

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Intranet Connections Software Drives the Intranet Forward with Collaborative Tools

Intranet Connections has announced the latest release of their intranet 2.0 CMS platform. Intranet Connections version 10 drives the concepts of a collaborative intranet forward by combining the core tools that streamlines business processes with the social collaborative features that encourage employees to connect through the intranet.

Intranet Connections Software Drives the Intranet Forward with Collaborative Tools

Carolyn Douglas, CEO of Intranet Connections, “Our focus is to bring a turnkey intranet to SME’s who do not have the resources to manage and build an intranet with a CMS like SharePoint. We provide a user experience that makes it easy from installation to implementation to on-going maintenance. Version 10 is all about showing how simple it can be for an administrator to manage the software, and for the end-users to interact and engage with their intranet.”

A key collaboration tool is the addition of an intranet chat client. As simple to use as Facebook chat, employees can tap the knowledge of anyone on the intranet. Chat widgets can be created for the intranet home page or department hubs to focus chat opportunities with company support techs, for example, or department reps. The new Employee Hub allows users to centralize and personalize their intranet experience and to interact and connect with the intranet. The hub provides an easy tool for employees to create a widget dashboard that pulls key information relating to their tasks and content throughout the site.

This latest release touches on automated processes that simplify the submission process of online forms within their popular e-Form Builder tool. E-Form Builder allows users to create electronic forms with a point and click interface and offers a robust search and reporting utility on form responses. A highly interactive multi-stage approval workflow process provides depth in functionality but keeps the user experience simple and intuitive on the front end.

Other v10 features include HTML web docs, community sites for departments and project teams, a new Site Designer role, and the ability to generate RSS feeds to consume intranet content through various channels, such as presenting Job Postings from the intranet to your public web site through an RSS feed.

Intranet Connections Intranet 2.0 Software is out-of-the-box intranet software that combines core tools, intranet tasks and employee collaboration in an easy to use and turnkey environment. More than 1300 organizations world-wide have chosen Intranet Connections as their intranet software provider and the company has a strong vertical within financial and health sectors.

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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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