Business Value – Minimal Investment, Maximum Impact

Looking at web technology it is easy to feel that great business value and user productivity can be gained from creating deep, complex integrations presented through elegant user interfaces.  This could be the truth, but it is often far from it. As I have written many times on Infotechaligned – the only thing that matters is the ultimate business value that an application is delivering. The most value can be gained from even the most mundane technical solution. How does one define a great technical...

Intranet Success Workbook – Winning is not a Guessing Game

Launching a corporate intranet or new initiative within an existing intranet requires investment in the form of labor and capital. Before allocating time and resource to deliver a project, wouldn’t it be nice to understand if it has an opportunity to contribute positively by adding business value? Fortunately, achieving intranet project success from a business standpoint does not have to be a guessing game. Over a series of various online community and corporate intranet deployments, heuristics have...

Maximizing Portal ROI – Education, Production Capacity and Stewardship Delegation

“Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime” -Chinese proverb If you have never read Seven Habits of Highly Effective people you are missing out – especially when it comes to making the most out of an investment in portal. Specifically, I am referring to the concepts of stewardship delegation and production capacity, both of which can be developed through an educational curriculum and guidelines aimed at empowering business users....

Enterprise 2.0 Success – Focusing on Business Needs

As a consultant within a major software vendor and a seasoned user of consumer facing web 2.0 tools, I am constantly asked by companies as to why they should implement blogging, tagging or wiki platforms. Given the loud buzz around these technologies it is common to overhear IT managers and executives at various technology conferences inquiring with each other as to what their “enterprise 2.0 projects / play / strategies” are in an effort to grasp this nebulous space, where hard ROI is very elusive....

Niche Cooking for Intranet Success

Creating a winning recipe for an internally facing corporate portal is a daunting task. At the onset of a project there is a natural tendency to think that having a large target audience is the route to success and value. What has been found through practice though can actually be quite the opposite. Whether we are experienced with portal deployments or not, there are some fundamental dynamics that if carefully orchestrated can help to ensure a deployment’s success. When working with powerful, versatile...