Intranet Innovation Awards 2009
Here is my review of the Intranet Innovation Awards 2009 report by of Step Two Designs (thank you James for the review copy).
The report has 10 case studies from around the world, each showcasing an idea, an innovation that serves a specific business requirement.
The areas judged cover business solutions, frontline delivery, communication and collaboration and core functionality.
I recommend that you read Alex Manchester’s summary of the award winners to get a glimpse of the detail and richness the report provides.
Given below are the main reasons I find myself carrying the report along when meeting clients or when discussing intranet designs.
- Doable solutions: the winning solutions are all doable. This sense of it being ‘within-grasp’ does wonders getting a conversation started. I can see people thinking “Yes, that’s something I’m looking for”, or “Now, why didn’t we think of this before?”
- Structure of the report: The report is structured to encourage action. There are sections on why this entry won, how the innovation was implemented and on principles to consider if I’m going to try it out myself. I find this really useful when it comes to take the discussions to a higher plane.
- Ample screenshots: Yes, a picture is worth a thousand words when it comes to understanding an idea and the report has ample of these screenshots. The good thing is that many of the screenshots show actual information and not blurred-out lines. This is extremely useful to get a sense of context and how it might apply to my case.
If you are an intranet sponsor, intranet manager or intranet consultant, this report will help you get discussions off to a good start. Getting a packaged report like this that includes screenshots and commentary around good solutions is hard to come by. This report fills the gap and is a valuable addition to the literature.
The report is available for online purchase at US$ 189.00 from the Step Two website.
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