As a web technology expert, I have used SharePoint to create modern intranets for a variety of organizations. Here are some of the key things I have learned:
Start with a clear vision. What do you want your intranet to achieve? Who is your target audience? Once you have a clear vision, you can start to plan the design and functionality of your intranet.
Use a responsive design. Your intranet should look good and function well on all devices, including desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.
Use web parts. Web parts are small, modular pieces of functionality that can be added to SharePoint pages. There are a wide variety of web parts available, including news feeds, calendars, lists, and libraries.
Use custom themes. Custom themes allow you to change the look and feel of your intranet to match your organization’s branding.
Use SharePoint Power Apps. SharePoint Power Apps is a no-code/low-code platform that can be used to create custom apps to automate tasks and workflows.
Use SharePoint Power Automate. SharePoint Power Automate is a no-code/low-code platform that can be used to create automated flows to connect your intranet to other Microsoft services and to automate tasks and workflows.
Here are some specific examples of how I have used web technology to create modern intranets in SharePoint:
Use a responsive design to create an intranet that looks good and functions well on all devices. I do this by using a variety of CSS techniques, such as media queries and fluid layouts.
Use web parts to create a dynamic and engaging intranet. I use a variety of web parts to display a variety of content, such as news feeds, calendars, lists, and libraries. I also use web parts to create custom functionality, such as polls, surveys, and social media feeds.
Use custom themes to create an intranet that matches your organization’s branding. I do this by using CSS to change the colors, fonts, and images of the intranet. I also use CSS to create custom layouts for the intranet’s pages.
Use SharePoint Power Apps to create custom apps to automate tasks and workflows. For example, I have created custom apps to automate the onboarding process for new employees, the approval process for purchase orders, and the expense reimbursement process.
Use SharePoint Power Automate to create automated flows to connect your intranet to other Microsoft services and to automate tasks and workflows. For example, I have created flows to automatically send an email notification when a new document is published in a SharePoint library, to automatically create a new case in Microsoft Dynamics CRM when a new lead is submitted in a SharePoint form, and to automatically create a new task in Microsoft To Do when a new item is added to a SharePoint list.
By using web technology, I have been able to create modern intranets that are informative, engaging, and functional. These intranets have helped my clients to improve employee communication and collaboration, increase employee productivity and satisfaction, and streamline business processes.
If you are looking to create a modern intranet for your organization, I encourage you to consider using SharePoint. SharePoint is a powerful platform that can be used to create intranets of all sizes and complexity. With its wide range of features and functionality, SharePoint can help you to create an intranet that meets the specific needs of your organization.