Nielsen-Norman’s 10 Best Intranets

By Deane Barker on March 5, 2005

10 Best Intranets of 2005: I actually purchased this full report back in 2001. The price has gone way up — it was $44 then; $128 now. However, if you’re in the middle of an intranet rebuild like I was at the time, it’s worth it for the screenshots alone.

An interesting note:

The only conclusion regarding intranet technology platforms is that there is no conclusion. No single solution dominates the space. In fact, most winners didn’t even build their intranet from a single, integrated platform. Typically, designers cobbled together widely diverse software using little more than spit, bailing wire, and willpower.

[…] Some winners relied strongly on solutions from HP or IBM, and one winner was a committed Microsoft-only shop. Open-source software also made a strong showing this year. Beyond the heavily used Apache, winners used Eclipse, Linux, Mambo, MySQL, PHP, PostgreSQL, and TWiki.

We’ve talked about this before. The odds of finding one single source to handle all your content management are slim. The odds of running any decent-sized intranet from one source are about none.