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SharePoint And Intelligent IntranetsThe Microsoft Ignite conference was a whirlwind - vastly broad in the range of content, and full of news.  One of my favorite areas is the Mobile and Intelligent Intranet introduced as a theme in the Future of SharePoint.   At Ignite, Mark Kashman and Adam Harmetz had a great session titled Discover what's new and what's coming to the SharePoint Mobile and Intelligent Intranet.  You can view it on the Microsoft Technical Community site here.

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SharePoint And Intelligent IntranetsIntranets may seem like an old concept, but they're having a resurgence.  The number of intranet "renovation" projects is up, and many of these projects are "teardowns" looking to leapfrog into a much better employee experience by starting fresh.  There has been a rash of new products coming on the market touting "ready to use" intranets in the last year, most of which are frameworks from intranet consultants and integrators who know that the appetite for long, custom projects is gone.
What's going on?

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Use Cases for User-Generated InfoSitesChances are that for many years now your organization has been utilizing analytics tools such as Google Analytics to make smarter decisions about your website. The data you’ve gathered has helped you create a better experience for your visitors.

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Use Cases for User-Generated InfoSitesA big part of my job involves describing and demonstrating features of new and existing products, and explaining to people how those features might be used to make their users more productive. In April we announced a new product called User Generated InfoSites that has changed the way I go about this somewhat. I’ve demonstrated this dozens of times, and now, rather than doing what I would normally do and describing potential use cases, I simply describe the functionality and the audience comes up with their own use cases– I don’t have to tell them how this will make them more productive, they tell me.

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 Making Information Strategy Real - Can you do it?

I've found myself talking about Information Strategy a lot lately.  I'm not a strategy consultant - I'm a search nerd focused on building great software products. So I've been surprised at how much positive feedback I've received on this subject and at what I've learned recently.

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In the final part of this series, I'll introduce and discuss the User Experience pillar. This is the easiest of the four pillars for everyone to understand because it relates to the topics involving the search user interface (UI). The user interface is what your users interact with, so it's really important that it provides a great experience from a usability and visual perspective.

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According to a recent IDC survey, unstructured content such as email, videos, and documents accounts for 90% of all digital information. Gaining value from this content should be an organizational goal, but few companies are actually obtaining the value that they should from this content – which is just sitting there waiting to be delivered.

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