Obsolete technology. Not user-friendly. Hard to find the information they were after. Out of date information. Dated design. Not logically structured. It was clearly time for the Home and Communities Agency to replace their Intranet.
HCAnet needed to deliver an excellent user experience and HCA had already surveyed their staff to better understand the strengths and weaknesses with the current Intranet. It did not paint a very pretty picture and Bang were commissioned to undertake further work to better understand the user needs and to put in place a platform for now and for the future.
Alongside the replacement of the existing technology and transition of content to the new system, Bang helped address the governance of HCAnet as many of the issues around out of date content were down to poor content management and content editors not being trained adequately. From the start we communicated a clear rationale of was HCAnet was so that staff and editors understood what information would and would not be available on HCAnet.
The system also had to provide single sign-on through Active Directory and be deployed on the HCA internal infrastructure.
What we did
CMS Build (WordPress)
Active Directory Integration
Bang implemented an intranet with wide range of features including:
- a home page with an option to feature a number of different news stories/features , manually control which is top story, options to feature a number of different modules on home page and the ability to change modules (e.g. news, service updates, quick links, tweets)
- news pages comprising of headline, text, date published image, links, contact details plus a news index.
- content pages with a limited number of templates to ensure consistency in the design and layout.
- interactive pages such as discussion forums, blogs, voting and event calendars.
- searchable staff finder enable staff to find colleague’s phone numbers and details linked to Active Directory.
- analytics with the ability to monitor and report on most and least visited pages and reports on most downloaded documents through Google Analytics
- accessibility and browser capability to meets WCAG AA compliance, work with IE9 and IE11 and accessible via mobile devices
What the client said
It has been a pleasure to work with you over the last few months, your team have responded to our requests (we want a slider/we don’t want a slider) and feedback quickly and without fuss. And the proof of the pudding is really in the new HCAnet, the feedback I’ve received from staff is overwhelmingly positive. Job done!
Fiona Pugh, National Communications Manager