A fundamental aspect of the Intranet Innovation Awards is sharing and demonstrating what's out there in terms of state-of-the-art intranet design, applications, services and features.
We see uncovering the best of the best as critically important to the global intranet community, from practitioners to consultants and software vendors alike. It plays a part in increasing the visibility of intranets, and demonstrating just how smart and useful they are, and how valuable they can be to organisations.
A vital part of this increased visibility of intranets is recognition of the intranet teams and practitioners themselves and the great work they're doing; work that, too often, goes unheralded, to the detriment of those doing it, and the wider community.
With the Intranet Innovation Awards now in their fourth year, we've been able to ask a number of winners about the benefits they've enjoyed from winning, other than receiving a beautiful glass trophy that can take pride of place on the desk or team island, and the knowledge that they're doing great things in their line of work. Here are just a selection of the comments we've received.
Nina Sonne Nikolaisen was project leader of COWI's (Denmark) excellent business collaboration portal, a highly customised team site environment embedded seamlessly within the main intranet – the COWI Portal.
"It was great having our work with collaboration sites recognised with an Intranet Innovation Award. It is a valuable benchmark for our own work and it has made many other companies turn to us for exchange of experience which in return has been very rewarding for us."
"Winning the intranet innovation award has given a huge boost to our intranet development team. It can be hard to know how your ideas and implementation compares to other companies. The awards also offer insight into how others are creatively approaching many of the same problems that you're facing."
You can read more comments on the main information page of the 2010 Intranet Innovation Awards, which are now open for submissions and close on 23 April 2010. If you've got an intranet innovation you're proud of and want to share with the world, consider submitting an entry this year, and gain the recognition your work deserves.
"We had never before submitted an entry for an Intranet Innovation Award, so we were quite surprised and humbled by the award we won in 2009 for our AEP Now Ideas system, a twist on an online suggestion box that identified over $8 million in cost savings over two months of use.
"Since the award was announced, we've received praise and even modest financial rewards from our company leadership. Just recently, our chief executive officer interrupted a big meeting to congratulate us for the award and to thank us for our work."