The world seems to be turning faster. The pace of business continues to increase. You know that your customers demand faster reactions and actions. This means not only interacting faster with the consumer themselves but with your employees, supply-chain and partners. This can only happen effectively and with the proper controls in place in a digital space. You know this which is why you are looking at extranets for your enterprise. You know how critical this can be for your evolution and possibly survival as a business. You can see the future and you are looking for a partner that shares your vision and has the capability to work with you to deliver that vision.
The concept of an extranet has been around for years. What is changing is what can be achieved and how the experience can become as slick as the interfaces your employees, partners and suppliers use in their day-to-day lives as consumers. Extranets are evolving to be digital workplaces for expanded teams to collaborate, communicate and share. A highly controlled repository of information, hub for finding resources and knowledge, a centre for communication by instant message and video call, all being updated with real-time information drawn in from other systems. Imagine what your business could do with such an extranet. From directories of collaborators to instant messaging within the system you empower people to connect in the ways that help them do more faster. With social tools woven through the fabric of the system Unily helps build community and human connections between people who are often geographically and culturally diverse.
Some companies are using Sharepoint as their foundation for an extranet. Sharepoint extranets have been a great solution for some time in providing a place where collaboration between your employees and external organisations can take place. Things move on. Horses were good once, but you’d rather drive your car to work these days. There is more to collaboration and a digital workplace that extends outside of your organisation than Sharepoint alone can deliver with sparkle and innovation.
Unily starts from a different place to a Sharepoint extranet. Where Sharepoint puts files, structures and hierarchy at the centre of its thinking, Unily puts people at the centre of its world. Whether it be the beautiful user experiences that can be created by the Hendrix Engine or the intuitive way content is delivered to the right people, Unily was built for the individual to do more while at work. Unily fits around people. It’s not people trying to fit around a Sharepoint extranet.
This does not mean that with Unily you cannot have cross system search, powerful document management tools with version controls; you do. Workspaces and collaboration tools are best of breed. It’s just that where Sharepoint was technology led, Unily is people led.
Probably more than you think. Extranets open up realms of possibilities that you and your team may not have thought about. Creating a digital workspace that reaches outside of an organisation to improve collaboration and innovation requires changing an organisation’s thinking.
With our experience in delivering these solutions, our customer success managers work on an ongoing basis with clients as we know your needs will evolve over time. Your extranet will be delivered with a certain set of capabilities in mind. Once these are set up, it is likely that more requirements will appear. Good news, Unily has the power to evolve and develop with you and keep delivering to help you achieve more.
Unily’s powerful Broadcast Center allows you to communicate across the whole Unily extranet audience in an easy yet, very powerful way. Some messages are relevant for only segments of the extranet user-base – groupings allow messages to be delivered to only those that area relevant. Conversely system wide messages can be sent with the reassurance that everyone will see them promptly.
A Unily extranet allows users their own control over what they see and how they see it. This empowers them to feel that they have some ownership of their part of the system. It also makes things more efficient. If they know they should be seeing messages from certain projects and business areas they can choose to prioritise these in their news feeds and within the layout of their version of Unily’s interface.
Unily is packed full of features beautifully designed to help you engage with your partners. Available out-of-the-box, you can be live with a cutting-edge digital extranet in a matter of weeks.
Keep everyone up to date with fast, efficient and clear communications.
Connect with people quickly with a user-friendly directory search and rich profiles.
Find, collaborate and share documents intuitively with the best of Office 365 and Unily documents.
Communicate and collaborate in real time with built-in social integration right across the platform.
Keep people in the loop with alerts, newsletters, and push notifications.
Improve task management and deliver feedback with forms, polls, and surveys.
Discover new ways to collaborate with Tribes and Sites in addition to standard SharePoint sites.
Inform your adoption strategy and gain insight into user behavior with powerful analytics.
Simplify content creation and empower every user with an intuitive content management system.
You are thinking that you need to look further into this, but what about requirements planning, what about specifications; how do we solidify the business case? All of these questions will come, but let’s start with a conversation about what you need and how to make that a reality. Fill out the form on this page and one of our friendly team will be in touch so we can learn more about you and your needs. We can then start helping you answer some of those questions.
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