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That’s one of the questions that’ll get an airing on the debut Digital Workplace Live programme on Tuesday November 4 (book a free guest pass).

We’ll be getting the views of Shiv Singh, workplace tech guru at Avenue A Razorfish in New York –  and any of the hundreds of intranet professionals signed up for the programme will get the chance to grill him too.

In a recent blog entry, Shiv contends that “intranets are not intranets any more” because they do not have to be top-down and browser-based. Instead, he says: “The best intranets take advantage of social technologies, desktop applications (like widgets) and mobile solutions to provide greater value to employees where and when they want it. It’s not about the intranet, but about employee productivity using digital technologies.”

Shiv also argues in favour of intranets becoming “consolidated, dashboard interfaces that serve as a true virtual desktop” and suggests a restructuring of intranet departments so they better align with employee expectations.

(The future of intranets is also something we here at IBF have been pondering. We’ve just released a series of discussion papers – exclusively to our members – under the umbrella title ‘Intranets 2015’. In them, we consider how major trends including the rise of semantic web technologies, greater workforce mobility and the growing urgency of the green agenda are shaping the intranets of the future. And our CEO Paul Miller recently wrote an article on ‘Intranet 3.0’ for consultancy Rufus Leonard.)

Shiv isn’t the only big-name guest lined up for the first Digital Workplace Live. We’re also interviewing David Sacks, founder and CEO of Yammer, about the business value of micro-sharing. Yammer is a tool for employees in the same company to share status updates with one another answering the basic question “What are you working on?” It’s just won a TechCrunch50 award.

We’re already using Yammer among the IBF team. There was some uncertainty at first – one of the first posts was from a team member joking they’d given up work to focus on keeping their entries on various networking sites up to date! But a couple of months in, we’re finding it’s aiding knowledge flow, and it’s providing a boost to good old-fashioned team spirit – an elusive quality in a mostly virtual organisation like ours.

David has a fascinating career history. Former COO at PayPal, he went on to produce the Golden Globe-nominated satirical indie movie Thank You For Smoking and to found, recently named by Time magazine as one of the world’s 50 best websites.

We’ll be asking him not just about the value of micro-sharing in enterprises, but also discussing what this means for company firewalls and for intranet professionals trying to manage the ‘intranet outside’.

As if that wasn’t enough, the two-hour show will also feature a live intranet tour by Kellogg’s, who are going through a major re-launch, and a ‘day in the life’ interview with Catherine Murphy, intranet manager at Capital One. Oh yes, and we’ll get an update from Jane McConnell on key findings from her well-regarded Global Intranet Survey. Plus there will be competitions, breaking intranet news and a clinic by our Intranet Doctor, who’s promising to heal your intranet pain!

You can be part of it all on Tuesday November 4 (3pm-5pm GMT, 10am-12 noon EST, 7am-9am PST) by booking a free guest pass to programme one. (After that, you can choose to buy an annual subscription to Digital Workplace Live. This will get you access to 12 more monthly shows).

About the author

Nancy Goebel - DWG's Managing Director for Member & Benchmarking ServicesNancy Goebel is DWG’s Managing Director for Member Services. In addition to heading up service delivery, she is responsible for member engagement, retention and growth. Nancy also sits on DWG’s Board of Directors.

Prior to joining the Digital Workplace Group, Nancy was a accomplished executive at JPMorgan Chase where she built and led a global team in desigining and implementing an award-winning intranet. She also led digital enablement and business re-engineering initiatives.

Outside work, Nancy is a wine maker, fundraiser, meditator, wife and mother of two.

Connect with Nancy on Twitter: @nancyatdwg or on Google +.

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