Choosing the right platform suite is the single most important decision an intranet manager must make
Most intranets are built on a patchwork of individual applications such as a content management system (CMS), search, social media and digital asset management. There may be several versions of the CMS or even multiple CMS applications. The problems of managing a set of applications from different vendors are not visible to the intranet user, but they certainly are to intranet managers, IT managers and content contributors.
Many large organisations already use enterprise suites to manage intranets and digital workplaces.
Considerations for choosing or migrating platforms are myriad, and include:
mobile access support
cost of adoption
Factors to weigh in platform selection
The main elements of an enterprise suite that could support the evolution of an intranet towards a digital workplace are:
digital asset management
Timetable – think months or years, not weeks
“The secret of the successful migration/upgrade of a CMS-based intranet to an enterprise suite with social media applications is the amount of planning that takes place before any binding decisions are made.”
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