Adopting a Strategic Perspective
The employee directory is a stalwart of the intranet world. It is relied upon to bring in traffic and personal interest: it is the classic example of that cliché “the killer app”.
But the world of the intranet and digital workplace is changing rapidly. The data for which the employee directory was once the best source is being surfaced in many other places.
The soft data of skills, experience and knowledge are ending up as part of the enterprise social network.
The singular and authoritative employee profiles so desired by intranet managers are being split across many competing internal and external sources.
This briefing paper looks at the external and internal pressures bearing down on the employee directory as a concept, and considers trends and possible futures for this space.
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