15 things you can do in your intranet (preferably Igloo)

And now a break to talk about a sponsor…

I’ve talked here before about Igloo, a much cooler corporate intranet than what you’re used to.

Igloo is incredibly easy to use, and super customizable: You can use it to have a very simple intranet if that’s your thing, or you can use it to create something complex that pulls together team calendars, project information, working documents, wikis, task management, document collaboration, secure file-sharing, and real-time updates from all your teams. And because you don’t need to be especially tech-savvy to configure it, you can even set it up and maintain it on your own, rather than needing to send over change through your overworked I.T. department and having it languish for weeks or months.

And courtesy of them, here are 15 things you can do in your intranet once it’s set up.

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If you’re looking for a better intranet solution, check out Igloo. It’s surpringly affordable: $12 per user per month, which is about a quarter of what you’d pay for Sharepoint. And it’s free if you have fewer than 10 users.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Igloo.

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  1. Cranky Comms Lady

    Alison makes Igloo sound awesome, and Igloo’s own marketing materials do a good job of that, too. Has anyone here actually used it? I’m interested in hearing some unpaid opinions as our company is sort of casually looking for a new Intranet vendor and I’m not totally sold on Sharepoint.

    1. AnonyMoose

      I just started on Monday after reading about it here and I gotta say, I really like it. What is an even better testimonial for me is that there is a forum and you can chat with the software company about ideas and they take them seriously. Thumbs up.
      ps. I only have tasks on it right now but just invited a team member because we are going to use it for program management. It’s a keen little application.

  2. Jean

    Hi there,
    Great to hear that your company is interested in intranet options. I’d be happy to arrange a conversation. Feel free to reach out to me to learn more, jle@igloosoftware.com or at 1-877-664-4566 x 204
    Jean, Regional Sales Manager, Igloo Software.

  3. Mabel

    My company does use SharePoint (and I’m on the team that manages it), but I work with a few non-profits that just need an easy way to communicate, share files, etc. So (when I get a few spare minutes) I’m going to take a look at Igloo and see if it will meet those needs. (It sounds great!)

  4. Liza

    If you work in any business that has private data of any sort (health care, financial, etc), DO NOT install it without running it by your IT department first! One of our many functions is to make sure company data is managed safely, so if you’re going to be putting any kind of data in something like this (see point 10, for example), IT really really needs to know about it first.

  5. Jean

    Highly agree with you Liza. It’s always very important involve IT as part of your intranet vendor evaluations. At Igloo, we build a solution on the notion: “IT sanctioned. Business Driven. “

  6. sjw

    We do! We have offices spread across 3 locations and it’s working great. We named ours “LINUS”. We use it for tons of things – calendars, announcements, documents, etc. Our biggest challenge (we’ve only been using it for less than a year) is getting folks used to checking it often. But we’re really getting a lot of use out of it.

  7. _ism_

    Igloo or not, it’s laughable how few places I’ve worked that used any of these ideas and throw you to the wolves as a matter of course.

  8. TT

    So, I get that advertising is how sites make their money (there’s a whole bar to the right where you can do that), but it seems wrong to put it in the main body of the text. We know it’s an advert (you say as much), we know you’re being paid to say nice things about them regardless of what you think. You’re doing this in the same area you put advice out. It cheapens the message of the main articles you write, knowing that the advice you give one article could easily be a set up for product placement in the next.

    Also; your biased. If someone sends anything about ‘I can’t remember people’s names’, you may as well reply ‘well have you heard about this nifty intranet company?’

    1. nofelix

      Without advertising would this site exist? Would Alison be able to give it the time it needs to be a quality resource?

      Yes there are issues of bias. Personally, I feel comfortable navigating these by myself. While it’s unlikely that we would see a nice post about Igloo if they weren’t a sponsor, judging from Alison’s writing she has the integrity to only recommend services she has confidence in, and not let it influence her position outside the sponsored posts. It’s not like this is a publication with a lot of staff who are unknown-quantities.

      A clearer disclaimer might make this more explicit though I agree.

    2. Ask a Manager Post author

      You’re certainly welcome to disregard sponsored posts if you don’t like them or find them useful. I’m going to continue doing them because they allow me to fund the site. For what it’s worth, other readers have said that they appreciate them.

      In eight years of running this site, I can’t think of a single time that I recommended a specific product or service in response to a reader’s question — there have been zero instances of product placement (paid or unpaid) in any non-sponsored posts — so unless the nature of the site is going to suddenly change, I don’t think you need to worry about that happening.

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