Social Intranet Readiness Checklist #6 - Would you benefit from a Google of your own?

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Earlier this spring, we published a Social Intranet Readiness Checklist that you can apply on your own organization to check whether you are likely to benefit greatly from a social intranet or not.

If you've answered 'yes' to at least one of the six questions, your organization is probably ready for a social intranet solution. If you collected more than just one 'yes', you should definitely look for a social intranet solution as soon as possible.

We dig deeper into each one of those questions - and continue with the sixth one:

Would you like to be able to search your company for knowledge from one single point-of-entry?

One of the best things with the introduction of apps is the notion that there's an app for just about everything. This has lead both people and businesses to a reality where we on average within a single business are using 27 different storage apps and 41 different HR apps.

So...is it a problem that we on average run 68 different apps to help us do our daily job?

Well, for starters it means that all our nice security policies that instruct us to use firewalls and other proxy technologies to block access to services aren't that useful anymore. Such a setup means that most of an organization's knowledge lies outside of its walls, stored within 68 different apps.

But if we forget for a second what security questions that raises - and focus on what distributed knowledge really means for us - how are we supposed to find the information we need in such a setup?

In which app do we store what information? In which app did we talk about what?

A full social intranet suite lets you search an entire central repository for knowledge from one single place, from one single search button. It's like having a search engine like Google entirely on your own. Without anyone else being able to access it.

Wouldn't that be nice? Try the Incentive demo and see for yourself.

The Social Intranet Readiness Checklist

  1. Would you agree that your company's greatest asset is the knowledge of your employees?
  2. Have you ever experienced heavy loads of internal e-mailing for daily routine matters?
  3. Do you often cooperate with coworkers, partners or customers that are far away from where you are?
  4. Do you have a previous bad experience of traditional intranets that were either confusing or seldom used?
  5. Is it important to you that you own your own business critical data and keep it safe?
  6. Would you like to be able to search your company for knowledge from one single point-of-entry?