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SharePoint Intranet

SharePoint Intranets & Extranets

New Experience Communication and Team sites

Design Centric specialise in Intranet and Extranet development utilising Microsoft Office 365 and SharePoint Online. We focus on delivering a high value, out-of-the-box, low code/no code approach to Intranet development using Microsoft’s extensive suite of tools and the new experience communication and team sites.

SharePoint Intranets out-of-the-box

Many SharePoint based Intranets deploy third-party plug in apps to ‘skin’ SharePoint to gain a better user experience (the ‘intranet-in-a-box’ approach). Some of these products are still very good, however the ‘benefit vs value’ gap has dramatically reduced as Microsoft have re-developed the SharePoint experience – almost from scratch.

The New Experience SharePoint is vastly improved, includes mobile compatibility and considerably better user management. This reduces the need for third-party products and enables much more to be provided ‘out-of-the-box’.

Making sense of the Office 365

SharePoint Online is ‘packaged’ within the Office 365 suite of applications. These applications and tools are extensive and are continually being developed and extended. We help organisations to understand how these tools work together and how they can benefit your business.

This stage often forms the beginning of wider consultancy to help you establish your intranet/extranet strategy and utilise O365 securely and appropriately within your organisation.

SERVICES

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Consultancy

From information architecture to communications strategy, your Intranet is likely to encompass various requirements that should be identified and included in the scope of your Intranet/Extranet project. We help you to identify these requirements and to understand how the Office 365 product suite fits together to meet your needs.

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Design & Branding

Our roots are in the design and communications world where ‘brand’ is everything – so we understand the importance of reflecting your brand and brand values within your organisation. For some, brand is less important, but good design and high-quality implementation is always important to engage staff and project a professional image.

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Configuration & Support

SharePoint configuration can be arduous and complex, and attention to detail is critical. We work through our site design methodology to ensure every detail is picked up and correctly configured. We engage with your IT team to train and support where appropriate and always promote best-practice wherever possible.

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Training & Staff Engagement

Intranets typically suffer from low staff engagement. This is often because the Intranet design is overly complex and user experience (UX) has been poorly considered, or there is a lack of training and understanding. We look at creative ways to engage staff at the outset and maintain training with appropriate resources and class-room based training.

SOLUTIONS

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Microsoft Flow

Microsoft Flow is a cloud-based workflow service connected to the Office 365 environment. Flow is continually being developed to encompass more and more connectors, increasing in its reach and extensibility. Design Centric develop flows that make it practical and simple for line-of-business users to utilise workflows that automate time-consuming business tasks and processes across applications and services.

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Making sense of Office 365

Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365 represent the best combination of cloud environment and functional applications you could wish for. The abundant array of applications and tools can, however, become bewildering. We can help you focus on the right approach for your requirements without becoming bogged down with the options.

Engaging Intranets and Extranets

Engaging Intranets and Extranets

Every Intranet and Extranet is unique. Some have a focus on document management, others with a focus on publishing news and corporate information. All require the same methodical approach and consideration. Our design and communications focused approach is perfectly complimented by our technical ability and long-term experience developing Intranets and Extranets.

Classic SharePoint 2013, 2016 and Online

Classic SharePoint 2013, 2016 and Online

Many SharePoint environments still use classic Publishing Sites, or classic Team Sites either online or on-premise. These environments are not optimised for mobile Intranet use out-of-the-box, but are just as powerful in terms of SharePoints extensive controls over document management and publishing. When managing these environments at a ‘designed intranet’ level, we will often deploy third-party plugin apps to update the Master Pages and the web part experience.

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