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Forward-looking organisations are staying focused on their intranets in spite of harsh economic conditions, according to figures from IBF on membership renewals.

Despite the global recession, organisations signed up to the Intranet
Benchmarking Forum (DWG) are continuing to renew their membership as
they seek to create value through their intranets.

In the past two months alone, 13 major private and public-sector
organisations have opted to continue to be part of the world’s leading
intranet and portal benchmarking group.
Among those to renew recently is food giant Kellogg’s. Stuart Cochrane,
who runs the Kellogg’s intranet in Europe, says: “In today’s economic
climate, we have to work smarter, react quicker and communicate more
effectively than ever. Online collaboration is therefore a key to these
goals, and we believe membership of IBF will help us define and build a
collaboration strategy for future success.”

The recent renewals come not long after seven major corporations joined
IBF for the first time. Anglo American, Petro-Canada, Deutsche Telekom,
Abbot Labs, Pfizer, Deutsche Post and Hess all became DWG members in
late 2008.

Paul Miller, IBF CEO and founder, says: “Progressive companies see
their intranets and portals not as overheads to be cut, but as
strategically important assets that can help them survive and prosper
in tough times. They come to IBF because they know we’ll help them get
more value from these assets.”

Since 2002, IBF has been helping members maximise the effectiveness and
value of their intranets and portals. It is widely acknowledged that
IBF has set the industry standards for intranet and portal performance.

Members benefit from:

  • thorough, independent evaluation and benchmarking across all key areas of intranet performance
  • opportunities
    for cross-member interaction and learning through all-day member
    meetings, visits to fellow members, webinars and special interest
    groups, as well as through DWG’s secure extranet
  • a wide-ranging programme of research into best practice in intranet strategy and management.

To join IBF, organisations pay an annual fee to belong to one of
five membership groups depending on their geographical base and scope.
There are strict entry criteria for each group.

Organisations renewing DWG membership since 29 November 2008:

  • Aviva
  • Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
  • Friends Provident
  • Highways Agency
  • Kellogg’s
  • KPMG
  • Lloyd’s
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Orange
  • Scottish Enterprise
  • Scottish Government
  • Syngenta
  • Unilever

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