The intranet site Provoke Solutions developed for the Ministry of Transport has been named one of the 10 best intranets in the world. The site was one of the 10 winners in global research firm Nielsen Norman Group’s 2008 Intranet Design Awards.
Contest winners included organisations from six different countries that took in SAP in Germany and British Airways. According to Nielsen Norman Group this is the first time a New Zealand-designed intranet has made the list.
Provoke Solutions sales manager Ian Oliver says the company is pleased with the recognition.
“We couldn’t believe that our submission had made it into the top 10. I think this is one of the best case studies using Microsoft Sharepoint 2007 and the award validates it.”
He adds that the Ministry of Transport deserves most of the recognition.
“It’s great for them as they have already received a dozen enquiries from government and industry agencies looking to upgrade their intranet.”
Claire Johnstone, general manager of Corporate Services at the Ministry of Transport, says the ministry has been working with Provoke Solutions since May 2006.
“We chose to work with Provoke because we believed it really understood what the ministry wanted – an intranet that was user friendly, creative, easily updated and interactive. Provoke’s strong reputation and strengths in working with Microsoft Sharepoint 2007, gave us the confidence that it could deliver on that brief. And clearly it has, with the intranet recognised by Nielsen as one of the top 10 in the world.”
In a statement Nielsen Norman Group director of research Kara Pernice says this year’s intranets covered all the basics, but presented them better than she had ever seen before.
“Helping this is another important trend: intranets are moving to having a single, well-structured information architecture with a single, consistent page design. This used to be highly contested in years past, with individual departments maintaining their independence and the ‘right’ to their own, usually poor design.”
The award adds to Provoke Solutions’ trophy cabinet. Last year the company won two Microsoft Partner Awards for business productivity and partner solution of the year.