Oftentimes, when someone uses the word “intranet,” people think it might be a typo for “internet.” Although they’ve been around for years, intranet networks still haven’t gotten as much notice as they should. The term “intranet,” is used in contrast to the word “internet,” which means a network of connected organizations. An intranet, though, is a network used to communicate between members of a single organization.
Just one short year ago, Goodwill was operating without an intranet. We were pushing information to 1100+ employees through email and the use of drives that could only be accessed while connected to the Goodwill server. While it was an OK system, we knew we could make things better, faster, and more accessible for all of our employees. To do that, we looked into programs that companies use to allow simple and direct communication from employee to employee. Our search led us to Sharepoint, which is a part of the Microsoft Office 365 software platform. With the help of an outside Sharepoint expert and excellent pricing for nonprofit companies, we were able to get the system up and running without much of a headache or the use of many funds.
Our intranet system, which we have dubbed “The Blue Room,” has forever changed the way Goodwill runs internally, and it’s done so for the better. Here are some ways it’s helped our organization and ways it could help yours, too:
Maybe your organization only has 5 employees, or maybe you’ve got thousands. No matter what, streamlining your internal information saves everyone time and helps create a more efficient work flow. While Sharepoint was right for us, there are several other platforms out there that are particular to different styles of business. Do some research and find out what will suit your model best.