To have a successful digital workplace (which I define as ‘work is something you do, not a place you go to’) it is vital organisations have the right strategy, culture, environment and infrastructure to exploit the benefits fully. It needs to become the natural way of working so everyone is more effective and productive and your organisation more efficient and successful. For me a digital workplace can include:
- people working from any location (or mobile) rather than their office workstation.
- IT infrastructure providing the same or similar experience wherever somone uses the digital workplace
- people being able to collaborate, search, complete tasks as well as read the latest news
- people choosing how to do ‘things’ – RSS, mobile, etc. – that help them
- the organisation measuring the benefits and encouraging people to use the digital workplace
So, does your intranet look or feel like a digital workplace?
Is it meeting your organisation’s needs – now or in the future?
Does it offer the right tools that people are able to use easily?
Have you the right governance and standards to make your digital workplace successful?
If you have answered no, maybe just shaken your head sideways, then I can help and work with you.
I have first-hand experience of creating, implementing and managing a digital workplace that is one of the best in the world.
Whatever help you need, maybe a call, presentation (online or face to face), workshop, training, consultancy or implemention, I can help.
I will be posting in more detail over the next few weeks on the principles for a great digital workplace to entice you.
So, why not use make your life easier and use my first-hand experience and wider intranet knowledge for your benefit?
Just let me know with a comment, email – markmorrell.ltd@gmail com, Skype (mark.morrell58), call +44 (0) 771 338 5309 or even visit me in Brighton!
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Tagged best practice, content, digital workplace, governance, intranet, Mark Morrell, people finder, standards, strategy, value
Are you planning to start using SharePoint 2010?
Do you need help with your SP2010 implementation?
Are you unsure of your SP2010 governance, standards, strategy?
Are you unsure how to use SP2010 for collaboration, content management, document management or search?
Are you looking at alternatives to SP2010?
If you have answered yes, maybe just nodded your head slightly, then I can help and work with you.
I have first-hand SP2010 experience of planning right the way through to post-implementation……and have got the scars to prove it!
Whether you need a call, demonstration (online or face to face), workshop, training, consultancy or implemention, I can help.
So just let me know by a comment, email – markmorrell.ltd@gmail com, Skype (mark.morrell58), call +44 (0) 771 338 5309 or even visit me in Brighton!
Why not use my first-hand experience and wider intranet knowledge for your benefit?
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Tagged best practice, content, governance, help, intranet, mark morrell ltd, search, sharepoint 2010, standards, strategy, value
In my last post ‘It’s how you use SharePoint 2010 that decides the value it brings 2’ I covered how vital it is to set the right level of permissions for people using the information published.
In this post I will show how people can distinguish different types of content in SP2010. The value to be gained by your organisation can vary tremendously depending on how you achieve this.
You can break SP2010 published content in to two types:
Accredited content is official, authoritative, reliable & up to date. People will able to trust it, use it with confidence, knowing it is current and relevant. It is usually information that has a large audience. A limited number of people can edit the information, with access controlled by permissions. Usually one person will have clear ownership.
Collaborative content can be owned by everyone, an individual or community. It can be open to anyone to contribute or comment upon the information. It can be an opinion expressed on a blog posting or a wiki article for others to contribute to and improve further.
The best way is to brand the content types differently.
SP2010 ‘out of the box’ functionality is good enough for most people publishing and viewing content. So, you can use this for your collaborative content.
Customising the SP2010 masterpages with your corporate branding for accredited content will show clearly the difference from what is ‘out of the box’.
To keep costs down design the branding so that it is minimal – enough to make a difference so people spot it when they use the content – but easy to maintain the masterpages.
With SP2010 you can have a page published with both types of content shown on it. This is because you have different webparts – sections of the page – that can be inserted by the publisher.
You need to consider very carefully if you need to extend the customising to each webpart. The costs and maintainability will increase greatly. It is best to test out with a sample of people what is needed, if anything, so they can distinguish accredited from collaborative content in each webpart.
As with any planned changes, test as early as you can with a sample of people, act on their feedback, be flexible in what the final versions could look like.
That will give you the greatest chance of success of maximising the value your organisation can gain from using SharePoint 2010.
Posted in collaboration, engagement, intranet, publishing, SharePoint 2010, standards, value
Tagged collaboration, content, engagement, governance, publishing, sharepoint 2010, standards, users
This is another example of BT’s intranet standards used to give users a great experience.
Most browsers, and especially those for people with visual impairment, allow users to adjust font sizes to suit their needs. Therefore, it is important that you do not fix font in an exact, or ‘absolute’, size because users may not be able to see it!
Style sheets in content management systems will take care of font sizes, but if you create your own HTML & style sheets, you must use relative sizing, e.g. -1, or +1.
HTML <font> tag
You should use style sheets instead of the <font> tag to define font attributes. If you still have existing <font> tags within your site you should make sure they are relative and not fixed. You must then switch to style sheets at your next re-design.
Using styles for fonts
When using styles also always use the relative tags, such as percentage or plus and minus. For example if you want a headline to be bigger then use something like +2, or 150%, or ‘bigger’. Similarly, to make something appear smaller in scale to the rest of the page use -1, 75% or ‘smaller’.
The use of percentage, ‘em’ units or other ‘relative’ mechanisms to define the font size makes it easy for users to change the text size using their browser settings.
Testing should be done in the initial stages of creating a set of styles so that subsequent pages linked to the same style sheet will work:
- you need to check pages using the “Largest” and “Smallest” text size settings in the browser
- also test using a range of browser resolutions and settings to ensure the content does not become truncated or cause overlapping sections of content and text
- switch off the style sheet in the browser to ensure the content is still meaningful.
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