The intranet has really transformed over the last decade or so,
And this evolution mirrors that of most consumer technology products, where the consumer wants a feature rich product that is elegantly designed.
While the intranet today has become really sophisticated, implementing it puts a strain on an organization’s resources. The two biggest issues with a custom intranet solution are the cost and effort spent. The effort required to build and maintain a custom intranet is quite large. Based on the requirements of an organization, it can take anywhere between 6 months to 18 months to get an intranet up and running. The other issue with a custom intranet will be its cost. The cost of implementing an intranet ranges from around $20,000 to hundreds of thousands of dollars for the complex solutions. We haven’t even started talking about the effort and cost escalations, which invariably creep into most implementations. Once a solution is implemented, you will also need to maintain the custom solution, which further puts a strain on your resources. This is a problem area that impacts all organizations, especially the small and medium-sized organizations who don’t have the luxury of a large IT budget to implement such expensive intranets.
The solution to this problem can be in the form of turnkey intranets (let’s call it the Subway Intranet). These new age solutions allow you to build your intranet by choosing from a selection of ready-made components. In many ways, this will be like making your own Subway sandwich, instead of ordering a sandwich from a menu with fixed prices. With these solutions, you can deploy quickly (really quickly) with much lower cost. In fact, using this approach, organizations can cut their cost by up to 50% and reduce their implementation time by up to 75%. The other advantage is that, unlike custom-built solutions, the feature rich turnkey solutions can evolve and adapt to the ever-changing needs of your organization.
Turnkey solutions offer organizations the intranet they need without the hassles of building and customizing a solution. You should consider turnkey intranet solutions especially if you are in Office 365. SharePoint Online comes bundled with Office 365, and SharePoint is the number 1 intranet software for the enterprise by most metrics. Therefore, apart from a wonderful intranet, you will also get more bang for your buck spent on the Office 365 subscription. All you need is a good technology partner, who can make the SharePoint sites more user-friendly.
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