An intranet for the mobile devices

28May12

Responsive web design – one of the hottest trends in 2012, according to .net magazine. But what is RWD? I would describe it as a way to achieve a device-agnostic web page, a page that works no matter what (modern) device you chose to use – computer, tablet, smartphone.
Wikipedia describes RWD as a web site

crafted to use Cascading Style Sheets 3 media queries, an extension of the @media rule, with fluid proportion-based grids, to adapt the layout to the viewing environment, and probably also use flexible images. As a result, users across a broad range of devices and browsers will have access to a single source of content, laid out so as to be easy to read and navigate with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling.

Sounds like a thing an intranet could benefit from. While many organizations still has a single OS platform (City of Malmös computers run on Windows XP and Explorer 7) (Yes, I know its middle age, hopefully we will get at least W7 and Ex9 this autumn), smartphones, tablets and BYOD are on their way. In a year or two, I think a core operating system not adapted for a wide array of devices is facing major problems.

Therefore, we made sure our new intranet dashboard were built with RWD from the beginning. Launched May 25, this page adapt beautifully according to device.

Our dashboard was the first RWD test for us. This summer we will make the other parts of the intranet responsive as well.



7 Responses to “An intranet for the mobile devices”

  1. 1 Gayle Haugen

    Jesper,
    A great article! I see your team has really thought through your intranet strategy in earlier articles.

    Some organizations have a difficult time quantifying their ROI on intranet changes of this size. How did you (or others at your organization) make the business case to spend money on a *mobile* intranet?
    Gayle Haugen

    • Most of the managers have smartphones. And there are at least 300 iPads in the organization, also primarly in the hands of managers. This made it fairly easy to get a GO for the idéa about an mobile optimized intranet. An RWD touch on the existing intranet is also much cheaper than building a new mobile web site.

  2. 3 Patricio

    Hi!
    very good article! I have another question.
    How did you decide which sections would the users see when they check the intranet from a smartphone? I’m facing this challenge and it is always good to check different viewpoints.

    Cheers!

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