Why choose SharePoint
for your intranet?

Explore a Range of Features, Advantages, and Extensions for Crafting a Tailored Intranet: SharePoint and Mozzaik365, the Ideal Combination.

In the age of digitalization of companies and hybrid work, online file storage services and collaborative work platforms are now legion. So why choose SharePoint to create your intranet? What are the features of this tool and, more importantly, what are the most salient benefits? In this article, Mozzaik365 takes a look at the question.

What is SharePoint?

SharePoint is a content sharing and teamwork platform for businesses and administrations. This service is part of the Microsoft 365 suite already used by many organizations.

The origins of a reference tool

The history of SharePoint began in 2001 with the launch by Microsoft of two solutions: the document management platform SharePoint Team Services (STS) and the intranet and team site editor SharePoint Portal Server (SPS). Since then, SharePoint has undergone a series of evolutions, with a new version revealed every three years. Available online since 2013, SharePoint has become a reference tool for creating collaborative intranets, content curation and digital document management. To date, the software has more than 190 million users in over 200,000 organizations.

SharePoint Intranets: from ready-to-use to custom

The SharePoint solution offers several customization options adapted to the needs and constraints of different organizations. It allows you to create :

  • "Out-of-the-box" intranets that are easy to deploy and administer due to their standard nature;
  • "In-a-Box" intranets, quick to set up thanks to their pre-configuration, while remaining customizable to meet the company's requirements;
  • "Custom" intranets, fully personalized, but requiring a more substantial human and financial investment.

Each organization can choose the SharePoint intranet solution that suits its resources, its expectations and its challenges.

The main features of SharePoint

The SharePoint solution also offers many features, including:

  • The creation of intranet sites allowing to communicate about news, events and procedures of the company to its employees;
  • The creation of extranet sites configured for external sharing allowing to transmit information and to work on projects with partners outside the company;
  • File and document management to store, organize and share documents using document libraries and file lists;
  • Customized content search that allows employees to search SharePoint sites to quickly find the information they need;
  • Content management Workflows enable to create automated processes to perform common tasks, such as document approval, notification of updates or form validation;

As we can see, SharePoint is a complete and flexible intranet solution that can meet the different needs of companies, regardless of their size and sector of activity. In doing so, SharePoint brings different benefits to organizations.

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The advantages of a SharePoint intranet

Using SharePoint to create your intranet has several notable advantages:

Optimized internal collaboration

First of all, a SharePoint intranet promotes internal collaboration. This cloud-based solution allows you to create team sites. In these collaborative spaces, employees participating in a project can share files (images, pdf, etc.), produce and edit documents together (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.), and set up workflows to automate certain tasks, such as approving a new report. In short, group members can collaborate and move forward together on their project, even if they are not in the same place or practice hybrid work.

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Smoother internal and external communication

Secondly, a SharePoint intranet facilitates internal and external communication. Thanks to team sites, employees belonging to the same department or project group can easily share information with each other, even when they are on the road or working from home. The organization can also create a communication site. The goal is to bring together in one place information, news and events that will interest and engage employees.

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Simplified document management and more accessible knowledge

A SharePoint intranet is also ideal for centralizing knowledge and making it more accessible to employees. It is indeed easy to transform SharePoint into an EDM, i.e. an electronic document management tool. With SharePoint, the company can store its documents, administer access rights to them, but also trace their history, from their creation to their archiving through their successive versions. Files are organized in lists and libraries. The SharePoint search bar makes it easy to find them. As an added bonus, employees can share their knowledge and ideas by creating and co-editing Wiki pages.

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A flexible and secure platform

A SharePoint intranet provides both flexibility and a high degree of security. Employees can access their digital workspace (DWS) from any medium (tablet, smartphone, computer) and from anywhere. However, data security is guaranteed. For example, administrators can assign different levels of authorization to users and manage access rights to content hosted on the intranet. Moreover, documents are no longer lost in e-mail loops. One last example: employees identify themselves only once to access their different applications, which limits the risks of hacking during the connection.

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Easier accommodation and integration  

From the point of view of the employer and the people in charge of deploying the solution, a SharePoint intranet has a major advantage: its ease of hosting and integration with other tools. SharePoint Online is hosted on the Microsoft Cloud, so there is no need for a physical server and no associated maintenance. Another strong point is that SharePoint can integrate with a large number of applications including Outlook, Excel, Word, OneDrive, Teams, Planner, PowerPoint, Yammer, Delve, Skype Enterprise and Salesforce (to name a few). This means that employees can open these programs without leaving SharePoint or access SharePoint sites from them.

More productive teams

As a consequence of the previous points, a SharePoint intranet is a productivity lever for the teams and for the company. It centralizes and makes accessible in a few clicks all the information and tools that employees need to work efficiently. No need to navigate from one program to another, SharePoint integrates with the Office365 suite and more. Better still, with SharePoint, employees can create workflows to automate some of their business processes (purchasing processes, project approvals, document reviews, etc.). A very effective way to increase productivity.

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A more satisfying user experience  

Finally, a Sharepoint intranet provides a good digital experience for employees. They can easily access their digital workspace, whether they are in the field or in the office. This single point of entry allows them to quickly open all their applications and move seamlessly between them. Finally, they can find the information, news and documents that interest them without being overwhelmed by a mass of data. A good intranet is indeed one of the keys to fight against information overload in companies.

As we can see, the advantages of a SharePoint intranet are numerous. So, in concrete terms, how can you use SharePoint to create your company's intranet?

Steps to create a SharePoint intranet  

Any organization with the Microsoft 365 suite can create a SharePoint 365 intranet easily, without having to code. To do so, just follow a few simple steps:

1. Choose the right type of SharePoint site

First, go to Microsoft 365, open SharePoint and choose the type of site you want to create. You have two options:

  • Create a team site, to improve horizontal communication and collaboration between members of a project team or department.
  • Create a communication site to circulate information, news and events to the employees of your organization.

2. Create a tree structure for your SharePoint intranet site

Then, think about the tree structure of your future intranet, i.e. the organization of the contents and pages as well as the way of circulating between them. This architecture must meet the needs of the end user: the employee. It must allow them to quickly find what is useful and to navigate effortlessly from one page to another. To help you in this mission, do not hesitate to be accompanied by an integrator.

3. Create and customize pages

Once you have the structure of your SharePoint intranet in mind, create pages and customize them by adding features using WebPart components. These building blocks allow you to integrate a variety of elements on your pages (news, document library, upcoming events, group calendar, etc.) in just a few clicks.

Once this is done, you will have a usable SharePoint intranet. However, the design and basic features of SharePoint may leave your teams wanting more. To set up a truly engaging communication and collaboration platform: create a modern and attractive intranet with SharePoint by using extensions.

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Optimize your intranet with SharePoint extensions

SharePoint extensions allow you to create a modern intranet that meets the expectations and needs of your employees.

What is a SharePoint extension?

A SharePoint extension, or Plugin, is a computer program that enhances the capabilities of SharePoint by adding new features. There are different SharePoint extensions. Among them, Mozzaik365 should be of particular interest to you...

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Transform your SharePoint intranet into a Digital Workplace with Mozzaik365

Mozzaik365 is a SharePoint Online extension that allows organizations to transform their SharePoint intranet into a true Digital Workplace. With 50 Mozzaik365 features, organizations can create more functional and design-oriented communication, collaboration and knowledge management spaces. Let's take a few examples:

  • The "unified experience" feature allows users to access all of their tools and the various SharePoint sites in the company from a single entry point: a navigation bar.
  • The "application launcher" feature centralizes quick links. This menu allows employees to open their "flagship" tools with one click. Each population of workers can be offered a selection of software adapted to its uses so as not to be overwhelmed by the possibilities.
  • The "site factory" feature allows you to create SharePoint site templates and replicate them easily. With this feature, employees can publish articles and share their knowledge in a SharePoint site, for example, without affecting the consistency of the whole.
  • The "social network wall" feature allows the integration of social network feeds (LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) into the company's SharePoint sites. Employees can now effortlessly follow and react to their organization's news on social media without leaving their Digital Workplace. They become ambassadors and contribute to the brand image and employer brand.
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  • The "advanced search" feature allows employees to search for information and documents throughout their Microsoft environment. It can be set up with verticals and filters to ensure a tailored search experience for users.
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  • The "site directory" feature saves time and space by aggregating several types of common spaces such as: Yammer communities linked to an Office365 group; Teams workgroups; and Sharepoint site-type information spaces (Classic or Modern) without an associated Office365 group.
  • Finally, the employee directory or "company directory" feature allows employees to view their company's organizational chart, find a colleague's contact information and contact them in just one click. Thanks to this fully customizable WebPart, employees can also identify the internal expert they need by searching by skills, location or even by area of interest.
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Why choose SharePoint to create your intranet: what you need to know

As you can see, there are many reasons to choose SharePoint to create your corporate intranet. In summary:

  • SharePoint Online is a complete and efficient solution for content management, internal communication and collaboration in companies.
  • This service, included in the Microsoft 365 suite, allows organizations to centralize their data, processes and interactions on a reliable and secure platform.
  • To complete the package, SharePoint integrates seamlessly with the Microsoft 365 ecosystem for a consistent and seamless user experience.

Finally, note that the functional and aesthetic limitations of SharePoint can easily be overcome through the installation of plugins. The Mozzaik365 extension allows to add functionalities to SharePoint in order to create a real Digital Workplace likely to reinforce the engagement and the productivity of employees.



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