Intranet Focus Ltd has published a number of reports on various aspects of enterprise search, intranet and information management. We are going to take advantage of the COVID lock-down to update and where needed revise these reports.
Achieving Enterprise Search Satisfaction October 2018
Achieving enterprise search satisfaction is a 40 page report written with the support of my colleagues in The Search Network. In effect it is an update to my book Enterprise Search, which was published in 2015. Research published in the last couple of years indicates that the way in which employees search is often quite different to the use of web search applications, in particular the way in which users judge the value of results and indeed the entire results page. Among the topics covered are the enterprise information environment, the complexity of enterprise searching, how long do users spend searching and personalised enterprise search. An eight-element search satisfaction model is presented.
People and Expertise Search June 2017
In most search surveys finding information about people is one of the most frequently used features. This report highlights just some of the challenges in finding names that are in a wide range of language scripts and transliterations. Over the last few years searching for people with specific expertise has emerged as an important business case for search investment. As with name search the technological aspects are challenging but are no where near as difficult to manage as defining what makes an expert an expert, and how best to encourage experts to share their knowledge and experience with other employees. Without the total support of a knowledge management team the benefits of expertise search can be very difficult to turn into an organisational and personal benefit.
Working Together May 2017
The level of adoption of collaboration technology is regarded as a metric for collaboration success, and there is now concern about how best to achieve high levels of adoption. However the technology only manages the artifacts of collaboration and not the process of individuals working together in teams. This process takes place in physical and virtual meetings. The report suggests that improvements in how meetings are organised will have a significant impact on collaboration success. The report includes an outline of a collaboration strategy.
A history of intranets May 2017
This report sets out the history of the development of the concept of an intranet from the mid-1960s until the present day. The peak of interest in the potential of intranets was probably in the years of the Microsoft/Netscape browser war in the mid-1990s, a time when Microsoft, Amdahl, IBM and Oracle all made a significant public commitment to intranet technology. Since that time intranets have become a core communications and information management application in most organisations but are almost invisible outside of the intranet management community.
Making Search Work April 2017
Organisations are starting to realise that their search applications are failing to meet the needs of employees. This is a result of a very significant growth in the volume of information that has now been created by these employees and the need to access the best available information to make business-critical decisions. This report shows that the critical success factor in achieving high levels of search satisfaction is the scale of the investment in a search support team and not the technology investment.
Intranet Product Selection March 2017
On the Intranet Focus website there is a list over 60 intranet products, based either on a Microsoft SharePoint or Office 365 platform or built using open source or proprietary software. This 14 page report is co-authored with Martin Tate, Decision Evaluation Ltd. and sets out good practice in the specification and selection of an intranet product. The report also considers some of the contract terms that should be considered at an early stage of the project as these can have a significant bearing on the choice of intranet product.
Intranet Metrics provides an overview of the ways in which the performance of an intranet can be assessed. The 25 page report covers technical performance, discovery performance, usersatisfaction and business impact, and describes both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. The report includes references to books, reports and research papers. In addition to techniques that can be used directly by an intranet manager it also summarises the methodologies used by five external intranet benchmarking services. Inevitably there is a fine
line between the research required in the process of developing a new intranet (or a substantialre-design of an existing intranet) and the research required to manage an intranet in operation. Many of the techniques described in this report have a value in both situations.