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Dave FisherOct 29, 2015< 1 min read

Principles to Intranet Sucess- Part 5: Customizations

Okay, I said earlier, in part 3, that Search represents the most significant change to information architecture design in forever. I still stand by that statement but one of the most transformative elements of modern Intranets is a new approach to SharePoint customizations. It used to be your I.T. department would tweak the Intranet to include anything from tailor font styles to omelet making apps. But administrators and business managers became reluctant to implement these customizations because they made upgrades and maintenance cumbersome and weren’t focused on productivity.

Intranet Success- App Models are the key to customization in your Intranet

Taking cues from Apple the current Intranet takes an App approach to application delivery. Using simple apps, customizations can be deployed in a way that exist in isolation in order to allow for seamless upgrades. Using the app model for customization delivery means an improved and more customizable user experience and less administrative overhead for administrators. Understanding how apps fit into new Intranets is critical to ensuring the long term stability of your platform.

Takeaway: Customization isn't a naughty word in Intranet Design anymore. Consider using Apps to deliver a tailored User Interface.


Dave Fisher

Currently based in North Carolina, Dave Fisher, Aerie's founder, plays a variety of critical roles at Aerie, from developing new business and managing client relationships to back-end office logistics. “I try to give our team the tools and atmosphere so they can do what they do best,” he says. “I love how every project is unique — and it’s fun going to companies, learning what they do, understanding their needs and challenges, then being part of their success.”