For any organisation where team members work in different offices or work at different times, communication and collaboration become powerful factors in efficiency.  The days where the Intranet was just a tool for publishing company policies and making announcements are gone – with SharePoint your staff can all manage content, communicate effectively and collaborate in both work and social contexts.

Parabola have a very broad experience implementing SharePoint Intranets. We can take you through a proven process from concept to deployment, taking care to involve your team at every step and working towards staff buy-in, rapid user adoption and finally handover of a solution you can administer, develop and support yourselves.

In our experience the best intranets become a combination of the following solutions but customers often start out by aiming for 1 or 2 of these.

College Staff Portal

Communication – Publishing Portals

Publishing Portals (Intranets) can be used as communication platform within an organisation. SharePoint offers the following to support this:

  • Ownership of content
  • Content approval workflows
  • Great web design
  • RSS feeds from external content sources such as Twitter
  • Powerful search of all content including documents
  • Document repositories with document publishing tools
Discussion Board

Sharing – Collaboration Portals

Improved team performance by connecting people, information and processes using:

  • Microsoft Office integration
  • Document Collaboration
  • Wikis
  • Forums/Discussion Boards/Surveys
  • Internal Chat and Online Meetings (requires Lync server)
  • Presence indicators (requires Lync server)
People Search

Networking – User Profiles

SharePoint 2013 user profiles support productivity and social networking within your organisation to drive adoption and business efficiency.

  • Staff Profiles – replace your phone list with a searchable directory of Staff
  • About Me, Ask Me About – Staff can profile their experience and internal knowledge
  • Newsfeed - provides users with relevant, timely information about the content they follow
  • Personalisation and audience targeting of content
  • Events Calendars
  • Notice boards – online tools for staff to publish information within the organisation
Browser-based InfoPath Form

Online Processes – Workflows and Online Forms

SharePoint provides various Power User tools for replacing paper forms with online tools. In addition SharePoint can become a platform for automating non-simple business processes using the powerful developer toolset of Microsoft .NET.

  • Workflows
  • InfoPath Forms
  • Excel Services
  • Access Services