By: Angela Ashenden, Principal Analyst, MWD Advisors
Published: 5th October 2012
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On Wednesday, I had the pleasure to attend the Interaction Intranet Conference 2012 (#iic12) in London—the only major intranet conference in the UK, despite the strength of the community in this region. I wasn’t sure what to expect—while it was billed as an industry event, it was organised by UK-based intranet software vendor Interact Intranet, and so there was always the concern as to how much product marketing angle there’d be. While there were a couple of presentations from Interact, these were certainly in the minority, and the goodwill that had already been built up from a generally open and educational program meant that there was no real cynicism about this. To be fair, Interact had really done their homework for the event, with some excellent speakers from around the world. They also had half a dozen or so customers showcasing their own intranets, and talking openly about their projects and design decisions. Delegates were also invited to offer up their own intranet home page design in a contest to find the most popular with everyone voting for their favourite—there were some great debates/arguments at the voting board, highlighting the subjectiveness of intranet design.
The presentations themselves covered a broad range of topics:
The most memorable session of the day was by the folks from the Intranetizen blog (Jonathan Phillips, Sharon O’Dea, Dana Leeson and Luke Mepham), who stole the show with a series of quick-fire, 5-minute presentations with only 15 seconds per slide using an automated slide show. In 20 minutes they covered intranet search, design no-no’s and advice for intranet sponsors. If you haven’t seen this presentation format before, I can thoroughly recommend it—not only is it very entertaining (Dana even managed to build in audience participation to hers), but it also encourages a more succinct approach to presenting, and lifts the mood, breaking up a long day of presentations. Seriously, I think every event should have at least one of these sessions.
So overall, it was a hugely valuable day for all involved, with lots of discussion, sharing of ideas and experiences, and networking among intranet practitioners and market experts. Pretty good result for a vendor conference ;-)
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