- by Scott Nagy
- November 2015
If you know for sure that your SharePoint users aren't using your intranet as much as you had hoped, then you probably suspect a lack of functionality or usability is contributing to the problem. If this sounds familiar and you’re wondering what you can do about it, then this post is for you.
Why Building an Intranet is like Buying a Car
I like to compare building an intranet to buying a car. There’s a lot of makes and models to choose from. Then there’s the options like heated seats and navigation systems. In this case, the make we’re talking about is SharePoint and the model is the SharePoint version. Now you have to decide what options, or SharePoint features, you want or need. After buying a car you can usually drive it off the lot and start using it. SharePoint doesn’t work this way. SharePoint is not an intranet. SharePoint is a product that can be used to build an intranet. After choosing SharePoint and deciding on your options, you still have to build your intranet yourself. And if you don’t know how to build an intranet, then perhaps a SharePoint-intranet-in-a-box is exactly what you need.
What is an Intranet-in-a-Box?
An intranet-in-a-box should provide the core intranet features you’ll need to use SharePoint as an intranet. The core features should be based on real-world intranet experience to get you going in the right direction quickly. It should also provide most of the options you’ll need too. I said most of the options because a one-size-fits-all solution might not be what you need. Your business, your employees and your processes are unique and a boxed solution should be flexible enough to customize where needed.
What an Intranet-in-a-Box should do for you
If you're thinking about getting a SharePoint intranet or fixing one that’s not quite right, a SharePoint intranet-in-a-box should fast-track your intranet project without compromising quality, functionality or features. There’s no wasted time, money or effort. There’s no frustration that comes with realizing that your users can’t or won’t use it. And, you don’t have to build it yourself. Using our car example, you should be able to pick and choose the options that are right for you. You should end up with exactly what you would have built yourself if you had the time, money, people and knowledge. It should simply work for you.