And now for something slightly more positive

I’m still annoyed at the whole software patents thing, don’t get me wrong. But something else in the news I’ve been reading this evening caught my eye.

So via the as always excellent ZDNet comes an article about the UK software supplier whose intranet has been ranked in the top ten in the world by a study carried out by Jakob Nielsen’s Nielsen Norman Group.

In a nutshell, the company have it seems, applied a radical new approach to the management of their intranet site, using a Wikipedia-style model whereby employees are encouraged to contribute to the site, with enormous success.

This is interesting for two main reasons. Firstly, it completely goes against the traditional model of intranet design, and secondly, it’s similar to a concept I’ve been working on recently at work. I’ll spare you the details of all that here, but suffice to say the concepts have me interested enough to be doing background research in my spare time 🙂