Reasons not to set up an intranet

Update: See also Reasons to set up the NGO’s intranet

I’ve reached The intranet gets serious: Part 1 by Gerry McGovern following a post in Column Two.

There’s something I will use in my daily work: when talking to NGOs about what an intranet will mean for them in terms of corporate effort or resources, it is difficult to make people realize that an intranet is not something trendy or something you must have. No, it is something you need and you can maintain.

McGovern’s statements are:

The best intranets have matured

  • Senior management now genuinely believe
  • Somebody with real authority has been put in charge
  • Productive collaboration is being encouraged
  • Quality content is getting rewarded
  • Appropriate training is being put in place
  • Information architecture is being centralized
  • Application development is taking a publishing focus
  • Return on investment is getting attention

I totally agree. His further hints are to be read plenty of times. Here a one sentence abstract: The intranet is something you need and you can maintain. If you don’t need it or can maintain it, forget it. No one will blame you for being “off” mainstream ;)


If you need to cite this article in a formal way (i.e. for bibliographical purposes) I dare suggest:

Peña-López, I. (2003) “Reasons not to set up an intranet” In ICTlogy, #2, November 2003. Barcelona: ICTlogy.
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