Maybe it’s just that I’m drunk on many hours of intranets and the lack of sleep that comes with a 24-hour event like Digital Workplace 24, but I’m feeling all warm and fuzzy after seeing AMP’s new intranet.
From the second I saw The Hub being presented by Luke Sinclair (@lukesinclair) I realized I was looking at an intranet crafted with tremendous care.
The AMP intranet has a very strong style that offers virtually no hint of the SharePoint 2010 and Newsgator technology behind it.
Perhaps what stood out for me most was the left-hand navigation.
Somehow the global navigation that sits on the left side of the page and expands to the right into the screen feels incredibly natural and intuitive, much more so than the traditional top-level global navigation we so frequently see.
Additional impressive elements of the AMP intranet: The use of visuals and Luke’s repeated statements that “our users built the intranet.”
Luke mentioned that employees stated over and over again how important visual content was, rather than dry, text-heavy intranet material. So that’s exactly what Luke’s team delivered.
In addition to the innovative approach to the site’s navigation design, the overall content is very clean. This image shows a page that is clean, clear, and well connected to related content.
As you might expect from my gushing statements above, I think AMP’s responsive design for mobile interfaces also looks very good.
The user profiles on The Hub are some of the best I’ve seen from a SharePoint implementation. The SharePoint out-of-the-box profiles, and even Newsgator’s profile pages, don’t look particularly good. But AMP has created a custom design that fits their clean design ethic and improves on the out-of-the-box experience.
Finally, it looks like AMP’s intranet has a strong search interface as well. This may not be highly customized functionally, but it does fit the broader visual format of the rest of the site and is better than what we have seen elsewhere.
During Digital Workplace 24 we’ve seen many intranets that are “different” and that break molds and offer uncommon ways of presenting information and content.
AMP’s intranet stands out to me as an intranet site that may have done the very best job of balancing “different” with “useful.” This intranet is innovative while also adhering to a healthy design ethic that seems to enhance the sites usability and not just make it peculiar.
A big kudos to AMP.