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What are intranet managers planning to do during the 2009 recession? From the January 2009 episode of our monthly Digital Workplace Live show, it was fascinating to hear about the New Year resolutions from intranet managers around the world.

We had more than 500 intranet professionals listening to our live show on 6 Jan from 25 countries and drawn from 273 companies and organisations globally and their plans had a similar tone to them:

  • Use the "downturn" as a chance to cull and clean up content across the intranet space
  • Take stock on technology investments but don't postpone upgrades too long – there are technology vendors deals to be done in tough times
  • Look seriously at piloting open source and "software as service" technologies rather than large scale systems (alternatives to SharePoint 2007 gaining attention)
  • Get your intranet into strong shape so that when the upturn comes (and it will) you are not left lagging behind the competition

The start of 2009 was a great time to have our first Digital Workplace Live show this year and those involved in running intranets globally are certainly in a generally confident mood – which is in marked contrast to some other business areas.

You can see clips from the first two episodes of Digital Workplace Live here. Watch this space for regular updates from the Digital Workplace Live media channel!

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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