Most of us who work on intranets know how difficult it can be to get funding for redesigns, visual refreshes … even small improvements and enhances. Despite our best efforts, the budget cycle is usually driven by technology costs — software, hardware, licensing, and upkeep. Usually, that’s not great news.
However, when a major intranet platform goes end-of-life, it can mean that your long-neglected intranet might finally get some love. Few IT teams are comfortable supporting a product internally that’s no longer supported by the vendor. Such is the case with SharePoint 2010. Although users of the tool have been given a minor reprieve, with a small extension of the support timeframe, the end is near for Microsoft’s support of SharePoint 2010.
Intranet managers, this forced upgrade might be the key to jump-starting your redesign efforts. In the past two years, we’ve done three intranet redesigns that were a direct result of SharePoint 2010’s end-of-life status. All included content cleanup, visual design refreshes, and improvements to the site navigation and information architecture. All three transitioned to more modern versions of SharePoint, but that’s not the only option.
If you’re still limping along with SharePoint 2010 and know that you need to act quickly, contact us and we can help. We can work with your IT team to manage the technical pieces and sneak in some major improvements along the way.