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What Exactly is an “Intranet”?

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Author: Mark

Everybody knows what the Internet is, and most of us use it every day. That might be at home, in the office, or on mobile devices while on the go. The Internet is all around us. What most people don’t know is that many of us also use an “intranet” every day as well. Intranets are computer networks that function basically in the same manner as the Internet but are used entirely and securely within an organization.

Is your company using an intranet? If not, should you implement one? The benefits are numerous and include:

  • Time savings and increased productivity
  • Better communication
  • Centralized information
  • Easier collaboration

The amount of time saved while utilizing an intranet is one of the biggest and most attractive benefits to a company. Many companies use intranets to allow employees access to important files and data, and to post internal news items. With all of this available on an intranet, you can do your work while others do theirs. Time saved is productivity gained.

Improving communication within a company is another large benefit of using an intranet. The intranet can be a central point of reference for many types of projects. Data and files can be stored in one location and shared across multiple departments. This means everyone can be up to speed on works in progress, timelines, and milestones. Improving communication will also promote collaboration and discussion.

Another one of the more popular uses of an intranet is providing an internal website. The website can be a powerful tool to facilitate many different aspects of day-to-day operations. Common tools found within an intranet website are:

  • Document repositories
  • Employee directories
  • Message boards
  • Proprietary company tools and software
  • CMS/CRM tools

Every organization has its own metrics for placing value on key components of its operations. The value or benefit of each piece will be determined on an individual basis. This uniqueness makes it harder to find systems that will function as desired “out of the box.”

When used correctly, intranets can be an invaluable part of your organization and a powerful tool to help you grow. Whether creating your first intranet or upgrading and improving a current one, wisnet.com has the experience to answer your questions and provide you with solutions to make using an intranet as simple as possible.

G Suite (Google Apps)

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Author: Tracy

By now, your company probably has some form of email services that you provide for your employees. Are you getting the most out of your current email services? Do you feel like you need more or should be getting more because of the money you are paying for those services? wisnet.com has an answer to your questions. We are proud to offer G Suite, formerly Google Apps for Business, which provides many features and is backed by wisnet.com’s Extreme Customer Care. We will sit down with you to evaluate your current email system and offer our recommendations on why G SUite for Business is right for you.

G Suite is a cloud-based productivity suite that helps you and your team connect and get work done from anywhere on any device. It’s simple to setup, use, and manage, allowing you and your team to work smarter and focus on what really matters. For $5 per account per month, you will receive email accounts personalized with your domain, 30GB of email storage per account, Google Calendar, Drive, Hangouts, and Google Docs (a cloud-based suite of productivity tools, similar to Microsoft’s Word, Excel, and PowerPoint). Some of the best features our clients enjoy are:

  • Save time: always know when your co-workers are available with shared calendars.
  • Shared docs: easily share and collaborate on documents real time.
  • Save $$: here at wisnet.com we have even eliminated the need to purchase Microsoft suite licenses!
  • Communicate: with google communities, you can create a private internal forum that just your employees can access to post questions, start discussions and so much more!

Please feel free to call and set up an appointment to discuss your email needs and what we can do to help you and your company meet those needs.

Heartbleed Bug

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Author: Tracy

As you may be aware, there has been a new confirmed exploit called the “Heartbleed” bug which allows an attacker to exploit the safeguards many of the most secure websites in the world use to protect their data.

We have been in contact with our vendors and have ensured that our systems are fully patched and secure. There is no evidence of any attempts against our systems, however we feel as a safeguard, you should change your password, especially if you have the same password shared across multiple sites. To change your password, you will need to do the following:

  • Go to http://webmail.wisnet.com and log into your email.
  • In the upper right hand corner, click the three horizontal bars and select Settings.
  • On the left, you will see the Change Password option. Select it.
  • You will be asked to enter your old password and your new password twice. Click Change

As always, I’d like to thank you for your business, and your trust in wisnet.com. If there is anything I can do to help, please feel free to contact us at any time.

“One-to-Many” Platform

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Author: Steve

One of the more interesting projects that the wisnetLogic team has worked on recently is a one-to-many client management and communication platform. Essentially, the system encompasses both CRM (customer relationship management) and CMS (content management system) functions.

Within this platform, our system administrators control the top-level users, and those top-level users control their own set of end users. The system administrators determine which features of the system the top-level users can access, and the top-level users in turn control the features that their end users can access.

And just what sort of features are we talking about?

The top-level users can send and receive secure messages, securely upload and download documents, send e-newsletters and e-greeting cards, schedule appointments, manage leads, publish blog articles, and build and maintain their own website.

The end users log into a separate, branded interface where they can send and receive messages and documents with their assigned representative.

The system also tracks readership of the newsletters and greetings, sends follow-up emails to leads generated from “contact us” forms, and sends phone, text, and email reminders for scheduled appointments.

If this all sounds kind of complicated, it is. But at the same time, we strive to make it easy and intuitive for people to use. The trick is to make the system both feature-rich and user-friendly. And that’s just the kind of challenge that wisnet’s coders love.