Monday, January 15, 2007

10 Best Intranets of 2007

A good look at intranet design ...

"This year's winners emphasized an editorial approach to news on the homepage. They also took a pragmatic approach to many hyped "Web 2.0" techniques. While page design is getting more standardized, there's no agreement on CMS or technology platforms for good intranet design.

The 10 best-designed intranets for 2007 are:

• American Electric Power (AEP), United States
• Comcast, United States
• DaimlerChrysler AG, Germany
• The Dow Chemical Company, United States
• Infosys Technologies Limited, India
• JPMorgan Chase & Co., United States
• Microsoft Corporation, United States
• National Geographic Society, United States
• The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), United Kingdom
• Volvo Group, Sweden

Nine winners are traditional company-wide intranets. The winning Comcast design is an extranet that supports both internal marketing staff and external vendors, affiliates, and marketing partners.

Contrary to last year, when most of the winners hailed from outside the US, this year 6 of 10 winners are American. Of the four winners from other countries, three come from countries that have generated many past winners: Germany, Sweden, and the UK. Given the size of Germany and the UK, it's not surprising that they've had so many winners. Sweden's continued top placement, however, is striking. Maybe there's something to the claim that Scandinavians emphasize good design. (Then again, other Scandinavian countries have never produced a winner, so maybe Sweden rules in intranet design.)

Most of this year's winners are from countries that have fostered previous winners. However, we also have a new country represented this year: India. Although the World Bank Group used an Indian design agency when it won in 2002, the bank itself is a multinational organization headquartered in the US, so we counted its intranet as US-based. Thus, Infosys is the first winner truly based in India. Having India join the ranks of winning countries is a clear symbol of its growing might as a software superpower."    (Continued via Alertbox)    [Usability Resources]

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