One year ends and a new one begins, we look back at the our biggest Unily announcements of 2016 and give you an insight into what we've been working on for 2017.
Sunny Singh 12 Jan
2016 has been a big year for Unily! We have added thousands of users to the platform and helped our customers achieve some of the best intranet adoption rates they’ve ever seen. With these successes we’ve been able share some of our customers’ stories with you, delivering insight from the front lines, including from the likes of the Hershey Company and Monsoon Accessorize.
Katy Smith 1 Dec
According to a 2014 report by Nielsen the average number of apps used per month is over 30 on our personal smartphones alone. There is evidence that this behaviour is creeping into the enterprise, so does this result in greater choice or confusion? And, how can the enterprise take a pragmatic approach to providing secure mobile productivity on their own terms?
Glen Chambers 28 Nov
In our 1-hour webinar we’ll be helping you shape your intranet to ensure it’s a sustainable and productive solution for your business.
Sunny Singh 24 Nov
One of the unique differentiators of Unily when compared to other product based digital workplace solutions is its inherent flexibility when it comes to customisation, extensiblity and integrating with data that resides within other line of business applications or external systems.
Sam Hassani 24 Nov
A recent report from Clearbox Consulting compares over 26 SharePoint intranet in a box providers on their core functionality. We are so proud to see Unily at the top of the pack in the UK and the US.
Katy Smith 18 Nov
With an abundance of new announcements for SharePoint & Office 365 it can be a challenge to understand how these products create valuable business solutions. Our seminar will cover everything you need to know in 4 digestible sessions.
Katy Smith 3 Nov
It’s easy to think that the masterpiece intranet that you have built will stand the test of time and last forever. Eventually however, things become slow, bits break, and it is time for a refresh to give your intranet a new lease of life. So without further ado, and in line with the impending all hallows’ eve, we present three new intranet nightmares… that for all you intranet managers out there, will make your blood run cold!
Matt Boyd 27 Oct
Many organizations that are moving to, or have recently adopted Office 365 are excited to have the opportunity to launch, or expand, a social network. In practice, few actually know what this means, where to start and how to get started with an effective enterprise social network.
Glen Chambers 19 Oct
BrightStarr is a Platinum sponsor for Smile London Conference 2016.
Sunny Singh 10 Oct
In this video case study, we go inside Monsoon Accessorize's new Office 365 Unily intranet, names Moogle. Press play below to watch the video.
Katy Smith 4 Oct
We’ve been keeping a close eye on the developments from Microsoft’s flagship conference for SharePoint, Office 365 and Azure, Ignite. Here’s our roundup of some of the most exciting announcements to Office 365.
Glen Chambers 3 Oct
We work with customers who are launching global intranets on a day to day basis, making sure crucial elements to a successful launch are covered. What might you be forgetting?
Hannah Unsworth 22 Sep
Corporate intranets are the commonplace tool chosen by large companies to improve communication, increase collaboration, and share knowledge. Intranets can help overcome many of the workplace challenges that large organizations face on a day-to-day basis. So what are the most important design features that will improve user adoption of this technology and make your intranet an overall success?
Chris Saville 15 Sep
Not only does email overload add to our stress levels, but Forbes argues that excessive emails cost companies money due to the time it takes for employees to actually manage their communications. The question this poses: is there an alternative way to reach colleagues with announcements?
Allison Quinn 30 Aug
Employee engagement is still a big issue for organisations, with Gallup's latest research showing that in the USA, only 32% of employees were engaged in their roles.
Glen Chambers 25 Aug
Late last year Microsoft announced the release of the Azure B2B Collaboration capability. Azure B2B allows you to ease the management process of allowing users from different organisations to share data and collaborate with each other within applications that utilise Azure AD for authentication.
Sam Hassani 23 Aug
BrightStarr is a premier sponsor at this pivotal SharePoint event in Washington D.C.
Allison Quinn 16 Aug
There is little doubt of the benefits of a modern digital workplace over an aging ineffective legacy intranet. With a solid business case for change in hand, where do you go from here? How do you decide what is the best intranet software for you?
Allison Quinn 16 Aug
Microsoft’s Ignite Conference is one of the pinnacles of the tech world. Can't make it there? Our webinar will tell you everything you need to know.
Katy Smith 11 Aug
In this video case study, see how The Hershey Company united their global workforce with a new Unily intranet on Office 365. Press play to watch the video below.
Katy Smith 2 Aug
On a day to day basis in our personal lives we get notifications in any number of different formats. Emails come through from this shop and that news site, Facebook tells us that someone has tagged us in a photo and a text comes through to make us aware of delays to our train. But what about the enterprise?
Matt Boyd 28 Jul
We're excited to announce our brand new video case study with leading Sports Retailor Wiggle. Go behind the scenes at this exciting, fast-paced brand and see how they're using Unily and Office 365 to improve their customer experience.
Katy Smith 27 Jul
Just like chocolate and peanut butter, some things are really good separately, but when combined create something absolutely extraordinary. This turned out to be the case when Hershey, Microsoft and BrightStarr came together to provide solutions to enable The Hershey Company’s digital transformation.
Nanette Murray 12 Jul
The Unily team have been hard at work on some new gamification functionality and we’re pleased to say it’s ready to rock and roll. Say hello to new Badge functionality.
Glen Chambers 30 Jun
We’re excited to announce that BrightStarr and UK sport retailer, Wiggle, have won Retail Week’s Mark of Excellence for the Best Use of Staff Engagement in Delivering Customer Experience!
Katy Smith 28 Jun
As part of London Tech Week, we're holding a breakfast workshop looking at how and when to use design to increase collaboration and efficiency in your company.
Maggy Gibson 21 Jun
Adoption is about understanding how well your digital workplace platform – that includes your intranet, social tools like Yammer, connected apps, tools, and processes – is being used by your staff helping justify further investment.
Martyn Perks 13 Jun
We are pleased to announce that BrightStarr have been named a finalist for the 2016 Microsoft Collaboration and Content Partner of the Year Award for the second year running.
Nanette Murray 31 May
BrightStarr are excited to announce that we'll be hosting a booth at the World’s largest hospitality tech event, Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition & Conference (HITEC).
Maggy Gibson 20 May
We've partnered with Ragan Communications to bring you our top tips for creating an intranet your employees will want to keep coming back to.
Allison Quinn 19 May
Brand new Unily Web Form functionality is here! Find out how this new feature will help to drive adoption of your intranet.
Nanette Murray 17 May
Our Adoption Series continues with a look at how the perfect launch can create a basis for your new digital platform’s adoption. We’ll delve into VELUX’s story – from initial ideas to the launch of their new digital workplace… and the Awesomeasarus!
Maggy Gibson 13 May
It was a busy week for BrightStarr US with two excellent Intranet events happening on the same days: We.Connect’s IntraNET Reloaded in Boston and Ragan Communication’s Intranet Makeover Summit in Chicago.
Allison Quinn 5 May
Martyn Perks 4 May
We’re delighted to announce that at Microsoft UK’s Public Sector Day, BrightStarr were recognised for the work they are doing with the Royal Free Hospital, a major NHS teaching hospital and NATS, a global leader in air traffic control services.
Maggy Gibson 3 May
This year we're Platinum sponsors at Gartner's Digital Workplace summit in London. Take a look at our speaking session and get a discount on your registration!
Maggy Gibson 30 Apr
As a continuation of our Digital Workplace Adoption Series, experienced BrightStarr Consultants Matt and Martyn discuss best practice for driving great intranet adoption.
Katy Smith 28 Apr
As part of our intranet adoption series, we sat down with Alex Wood, Internal Communications and Group Media Relations Manager at dorma+kaba to understand how this 16,000 strong global organization got employees engaged with their new digital workplace solution built on Office 365.
Katy Smith 26 Apr
Over the next few weeks the Unily and BrightStarr teams are putting together a series of bite-sized knowledge pieces around digital workplace adoption. This will be our best tips contained in a series of blogs, videos, whitepapers and events to help you to getting your staff more engaged.
Martyn Perks 25 Apr
Join the BrightStarr team at this year's smilelondon Workshop this May.
Maggy Gibson 21 Apr
Office 365 Planner is a new experience from Microsoft which offers a simple, highly visual way to organize teamwork. As a global Marketing team who run multiple, time conscious campaigns at once which include a variety of people, it's an application that's making a huge impact on us as a team.
Katy Smith 21 Apr
We're excited to announce the Unily Spring Updates 2016 are here.
Maggy Gibson 19 Apr
Microsoft Office Graph has been discussed in the corridors and offices for Microsoft for quite a while. Satya Nadella is on record as saying that Office Graph is one of the most exciting developments to come out of Microsoft for a while.
Michael Draisey 19 Apr
If you keep up with Unily, you might know that its evergreen roadmap of new features is something we mention a lot (for good reason). Remember our Spring Updates announcements from last year?
Katy Smith 18 Apr
We’re delighted to be shortlisted with UK sport retailer Wiggle in this year’s Retail Week Customer Experience Awards!
Maggy Gibson 8 Apr
The challenges and opportunities for insurance businesses (irrespective of size) in this digital age are enormous.
Maggy Gibson 30 Mar
Join us for our free, half-day Intranet Masterclass: Overcoming the Adoption Problem at Microsoft's brand new London offices.
Maggy Gibson 1 Mar
Employees are often the forgotten customers in retail, but their contribution and engagement in internal discussions is key to a company's success.
Maggy Gibson 25 Feb
Like the weather, predictions tend to be... unpredictable. Instead, a better aphorism to use is what Alan Kay, pioneer of object-orientated programming and the GUI famously said: ‘the best way to predict the future is to invent it’.
Martyn Perks 17 Feb
The average time to design, build and deploy an intranet that appeared on the list of 10 winners from the 2016 Nielsen Norman Design Annual was 1.3 years.
Glen Chambers 4 Feb
Join us at Intra.NET Reloaded Berlin this April.
Maggy Gibson 1 Feb
We're delighted to be sponsoring Intra.NET Reloaded Boston this year.
Maggy Gibson 29 Jan
This year we're heading to the Windy City to sponsor Ragan's annual event.
Maggy Gibson 29 Jan
2016 is the first year an as-a-Service product has won the Best Intranet Design award, bucking the trend of long custom builds.
Will Saville 29 Jan
We're excited to be returning to this year's IntraTeam Event in Denmark!
Maggy Gibson 27 Jan
Working together with Microsoft on their FastTrack program.
Maggy Gibson 27 Jan
We know a thing or two about award winning intranets, having won the Nielsen Norman Award for Best Intranet Design for four of the last five years.
Michael Draisey 26 Jan
On this year's list of Nielsen Norman Best Intranet Design winners is dorma+kaba Group with their Unily Intranet implemented in just 60 days.
Maggy Gibson 13 Jan
We are delighted to announce that dorma+kaba has been awarded the Nielsen Norman Best Intranet Design Award 2016. Chosen by expert review based on design and usability, the winning solution is built on a Unily intranet.
Maggy Gibson 11 Jan
Learn more about Unily in this 90 second video. We like to keep things short and sweet.
Katy Smith 1 Jan
2015 has been a huge, award-winning year for Unily. We’ve welcomed thousands of new users to the platform, helping people to work smarter and connect their organizations.
Katy Smith 18 Dec
On the 8th of December, we held our annual festive wrap-up webinar. Weren’t able to make the session? You can catch up on what we covered in our roundup blog. We wanted to share a selection of some of the questions we received during the webinar and hope you find them useful when planning your own initiatives in 2016. It’s a varied mixture of topics from the Digital Workplace, Social, Gamification, User Experience and more. Enjoy!
Glen Chambers 16 Dec
In this year’s festive wrap-up event, we discussed the hottest Digital Workplace trends of 2015, the biggest Microsoft releases and what to expect for 2016. We’ve wrapped up our biggest findings for you in this blog to get you in the know for next year’s initiatives. Enjoy!
Katy Smith 15 Dec
Missed our December webinar? Find out what we had to say about the biggest trends of 2015 and what we think will be big this coming year - watch the video below!
Maggy Gibson 14 Dec
Join us in our final webinar of the year as we share insights into how the biggest releases and trends this year are impacting your solutions. We’ll also be discussing the hot trends on the horizon, helping you to plan more effectively for you digital solutions in 2016.
Katy Smith 8 Dec
As Microsoft announce the public release of Microsoft Graph, what does it mean for your enterprise solutions?
Michael Draisey 26 Nov
UK Unily client The Royal Free Hospital were invited to speak on stage at the SMiLE. Watch Marc Wright, founder of simply-communicate, discuss the hospital’s implementation of a social Unily intranet solution.
Katy Smith 26 Nov
It is of vital importance that leaders inspire their employees with vision and strategic purpose but how many apply that thinking to their company’s intranet?
Stuart Aldridge 24 Nov
In business, decisions are made by running the numbers and choosing the optimum outcome, but what happens when the benefits don’t appear to reach the bottom line?
Jon Parker 17 Nov
First pioneered by Pinterest and now adopted by Facebook, Twitter, Google and other web titans, card based user interfaces are the on-trend web and intranet design. What is the reason for this shift and what are the benefits of applying this idea to your organization's internal intranet?
Glen Chambers 10 Nov
Creating a new intranet experience is at times a daunting task. Even after you have selected a platform and tool, organizations still struggle with analysis-paralysis and don’t know how to get started. What can you do to take the first step?
Michael Draisey 3 Nov
As more and more employees need to work with colleagues across the globe, the advantages of a fully-featured intranet solution are clear: greater understanding, richer relationships and ultimately a more productive and effective workforce.
Glen Chambers 27 Oct
With more vendors, consultants, experts and commentators rushing to join the bandwagon, how do you make sense of it all?
Glen Chambers 20 Oct
In an industry where customer experience, communication and staying modern is do or die, is the retail industry missing a trick by delivering sub-standard digital experiences when it comes to their employees?
Will Saville 13 Oct
What challenges do we face in management and intranet implementation that are like ‘painting the Forth bridge’? (or the Brooklyn Bridge, or the Golden Gate, for that matter!)
Michael Draisey 6 Oct
Watch the recording of the Spring Updates webinar, held on June 25th 2015
Katy Smith 6 Oct
Wiggle is the leading online retailer for cycling, running and swimming across the globe and No.1 in Tri-Sports internet retail. In our case study, discover the journey of their first intranet solution, designed to drive communication, collaboration and support their rapidly expanding business.
Will Saville 29 Sep
Do the common reasons for custom developing an intranet from scratch make sense and stand up to closer scrutiny?
Nanette Murray 22 Sep
From the definition of a digital workplace to how to develop a strategy that can actually be delivered within your organization, this informative whitepaper explains in practical, business-centric terms. Have a free copy emailed to you immediately by completing the form.
Katy Smith 18 Sep
Millennials are always plugged into something digital - social media, smartphones or apps. Why not make your youngest employees’ comfort with technology work for you and your intranet strategy?
Katy Smith 16 Sep
Mobile devices are becoming the new primary design point for end-user access and users are demanding experiences in the enterprise that mirror their consumer experiences so how can organizations keep pace with demand?
Will Saville 8 Sep
In addition to the clear benefits in plain sight, there are also significant discrete benefits when choosing a platform that offers predictable results. Neatly avoiding the risk and opportunity costs associated with custom work.
Glen Chambers 25 Aug
You have identified replacing your ineffective Intranet of strategic importance, so how do you get started? Getting your leadership team on-board is vital to getting your project off the ground – here's how.
Glen Chambers 18 Aug
Unily creators, BrightStarr, today announced that it will be exclusively embarking on a national, ten city tour with Microsoft.
Glen Chambers 13 Aug
You know it's time to implement a cohesive internal communications strategy, but what should be a relatively simple process can cause as many problems as it solves. Here's our round up of the top 5 internal communications mistakes, and how to avoid them.
Glen Chambers 11 Aug
When envisioning, designing and implementing a new Intranet it is all too easy to be focused on the exterior aesthetics and overlook those who will be managing the solution once it is launched and in active production use - so what can it do for SharePoint Administrators?
Glen Chambers 4 Aug
Microsoft has hosted their invite only North America CIO Summit, playing host to 350 of the world’s leading CIOs to share some insight into the future of Microsoft enterprise technology.
Jon Parker 28 Jul
With a traditional 'box of software' or custom intranet solution comes the problem of obsolescence. The old way is rigid, inflexible, expensive and time consuming - so what's the alternative for modern enterprises?
Glen Chambers 21 Jul
What is the magic formula that makes some intranets ‘award-winning’ and how do we translate this into a strategy for our clients?
Glen Chambers 14 Jul
Can intranets help how companies innovate? That was the question posed to a panel of industry experts at our BrightStarr seminar on 'What makes an award-winning intranet?' at Microsoft’s offices in London last week.
Glen Chambers 23 Jun
Hybrid search in SharePoint Online makes finding content easy, wherever the content lives.
Glen Chambers 23 Jun
At this year’s Microsoft Ignite Conference, the BrightStarr & Unily team received some exciting news from the Metalogix Best of Breed Awards.
Glen Chambers 22 Jun
Today is a banner day for BrightStarr, with two big announcements coming out of their corporate headquarters.
Glen Chambers 4 Jun
We talk a lot about the importance of how our Unily intranet platform is evergreen and continues to appreciate rather than depreciate over time. With that in mind, we are thrilled to announce all the latest and greatest features of our spring update!
Glen Chambers 3 Jun
Welcome to the BrightStarr Video Blog where you can hear our RockStarrs talking about all the latest hot trends in enterprise technology. In this episode we are talking predictions for SharePoint 2016.
Michael Draisey 23 Mar
The ITEuropa Awards recognise the best IT projects during the last year that have helped organisations address everyday challenges through the use of innovative enterprise technology. Unily is therefore delighted to be a finalist in two of the categories - ISV Connected / Mobility Solution of the Year and ISV: Software Innovation Solution of the Year.
Glen Chambers 17 Mar
BrightStarr CEO, Jon Parker, recently received an invitation to attend the exclusive Microsoft CIO Summits hosted in Redmond, WA. With over 300 leading global CIOs in attendance, Jon Parker presented BrightStarr’s out-of-the-box Intranet as a Service, Unily.
Jon Parker 17 Mar
Our bet is that if you asked your workforce to describe how the Cloud works, or what they know about different Office apps, chances are not many of them would give you a full or detailed answer.
Glen Chambers 5 Mar
Welcome back to the A – Z of SharePoint Solution Support. We have been taking the insights from the BrightStarr support team to put together a list of some of the core qualities they need to deliver the truly world-class support that our clients expect.
Glen Chambers 25 Feb
Below is the first half of our A - Z of SharePoint solution support, giving you an insight into how world-class support can drive the success of an enterprise technology solution.
Glen Chambers 11 Feb
Online retailer Wiggle have chosen the Unily Intranet as a Service as their new Intranet platform.
Glen Chambers 22 Jan
Congratulations! You’ve invested in your shiny new intranet but this isn’t the end of a journey, it’s just the beginning.
Glen Chambers 8 Jan
dorma+kaba's social intranet solution has been chosen as 1 of the 10 Best Intranets in the World in 2016 by user experience firm, the Nielsen Norman Group. Find out how they drove access to innovation for 16,000 employees in just 6 weeks in our free case study.
Glen Chambers 5 Jan
How many organizations can, hand on heart, say their collaboration or comms technology has made the difference it’s capable of? How many companies even measure it and therefore know its impact?
Glen Chambers 17 Nov
The SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas earlier this year seems a long time ago now, but one announcement I can still clearly recall - and to be fair it's often hard to recall much from LV - was Microsoft announcing Delve (code-named Oslo back then).
Glen Chambers 22 Oct
The release of SharePoint 2013 has many IT managers pondering the benefits of upgrading their various SharePoint systems. In truth many will keep with existing 2007 and 2010 installations, at least until the first service pack for 2013 becomes available.
Glen Chambers 15 Oct
With enterprises constantly trying new ways to save money and run more efficiently, it's amazing how often we have encountered executives who overlook the massive cost that can be incurred by not focusing on organizational needs when adopting a new intranet.
Glen Chambers 9 Oct
The RFU is the governing body of rugby in England and recently they adopted a brand new SharePoint 2013 intranet, designed and built by BrightStarr.
Katy Smith 3 Oct
Designing a good intranet is difficult, not least because ‘good’ means so many different things to different organizations.
Glen Chambers 25 Sep
See the new Unily Windows 8.1 experiences on laptop, tablet and mobile phone, all demoed by Will Saville, CEO and Co-Founder of BrightStarr.
Will Saville 23 Sep
Unily is the brand new cloud Intranet as a Service built on Office 365, SharePoint and Yammer, built by Microsoft Gold Partner BrightStarr.
Will Saville 16 Sep
There is a huge amount of interest at the moment in enabling greater access to company data and capitalizing on intranet investments. Making best use of cloud technologies in conjunction with supporting a diverse range of devices is key to this goal
Glen Chambers 11 Sep
Enterprise Social is no longer a hot trend, it is an essential business tool supporting greater employee productivity and collaboration. Since building the English Rugby Football Union social intranet, launched in 2012, the Unily team have been at the forefront of social intranets that deliver business value.
Glen Chambers 4 Sep
The advent of Bring Your Own Device and the consumerization of IT is changing not only the way we work, but also the devices we work with. Download our whitepaper today to discover how to successfully make use of mobile technologies to empower employees.
Glen Chambers 3 Sep
SharePoint sites can deliver real business value and ROI if implemented effectively by the right experts.
Glen Chambers 2 Sep
Cloud technology is advancing rapidly and now more than ever organizations must consider whether the cloud is the right move for them.
Glen Chambers 1 Sep