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Do you know of off-the-shelf intranet products?

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Hello,

Do you know of any off-the-shelf intranet products? This can be in the cloud on installed on the premise. Products that have typical intranet like capabilities, such as document sharing, social collaboration, and customization for creating a corporate home page. We are looking to implement a new corporate intranet. We are a small organization, about 100 employees.

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Most companies use Sharepoint and it's most popuar ones.

http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/en-ca/Pages/default.aspx
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We are looking at SharePoint, but are there other non-SharePoint intranet based products out there?
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Question closed but I will add my 2 cents anyway.

I evaluated and deployed these during the past few years:

Elgg - works great as a team collaboration oriented tool. Very easy to set up and open source, so you fail gracefully if it does not fit your need.

Liferay - has almost everything an enterprise intranet needs. Open source, not very easy to set up.

Oracle WebCenter Interaction (previously BEA Aqualogic, previously Plumtree) - possibly the best intranet suite there is, but now sold by Oracle :(

Drupal - Open source WCM, good fit for an intranet.

Mediawiki - Have your own internal wiki to build team knowledge.

Google apps for business - collaboration, google sites, document management, and get rid of your exchange servers.

If your organization is not a Microsoft shop, there is no reason for you to use Sharepoint.

Look for "out of the box" functionality.
Vendor's' response like "It can be done with our software" mean a lot of money for you.

These people http://www.realstorygroup.com/ sell independent comparison reports which are a good investment for anyone seeking to chose an intranet/portal.
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I have a follow up question for shalomc.

With these non-SharePoint products, do they work with SharePoint?  We have SharePoint 2010 and we use it primary for document management/repository. Some thing we should just build out and extend our SharePoint to be full intranet. Others, would like to look at other non-SharePoint platforms. If my organization did go with a non-SharePoint product, would the documents in SharePoint have to be migrated from SharePont to these products? How would these non-SharePoint products interface or integrate with SharePoint?

Thanks
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by:Dan Hawtrey
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You could take a look at Simplify which is an off-the-shelf intranet built by Content Formula, a SharePoint and intranet consultancy in London ( http://www.contentformula.com ). It integrates seamlessly with SharePoint allowing you to leverage all the benefits of SharePoint and Office 365. It allows you to create subsites for locations, departments, business units whilst having a single employee-centric homepage for each individual. There's also built-in business process automation, forms and workflow to help drive productivity and compliance.
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