The intranet is key to building communication across the organisation
BMS World Mission, a Christian global mission agency, has announced that it has implemented the latest version of Odyssey Interactive’s intranet solution – Interact 4.0.
BMS will use Odyssey’s intranet solution to enable its new global intranet – which will connect hundreds of staff and volunteers worldwide. The new intranet will enable BMS staff to have a central point of information, regardless of location, and allow them to share latest news and access key policy information.
The charity previously used a traditional shared network drive to store charity documents before upgrading to their initial intranet solution in 2002. The intranet has helped improve communication between UK and overseas workers as well as share information with the charity trustees. Interact 4 has improved performance, and with its sophisticated search engine and improved document creation facility, has proved popular with BMS staff.
David Locke, Director for Finance and Corporate Services at BMS, commented: “As our organisation has grown and developed it has become more and more important for us to adopt an efficient and quick approach to enterprise search. Odyssey’s technology was the ideal solution as it was able to extend the functionality of our existing intranet solution. Working in many countries it was essential for us to have a highly secure solution that could cope with varying, and, at times, highly limited bandwidth.”
Suzanne Linnell the Project Leader for the new initiative said “The intranet is key to building communication across the organisation. We are encouraging our staff to be proactive in building up the intranet and make use of the features to comment, update and rate individual documents. The flexibility of the homepage elements means that we can direct information to each group of users, ensuring they have quick access to their key documents. Going forward, all departments will use the intranet for storing and managing the documents that they share with other users.”
Nigel Danson, MD of Odyssey commented
“Charities have a vast range of information to communicate to both staff and trustees such as operational guidance issues, best practice and governance documents and the amount of information now required to be kept up-to-date and accessible by law is rapidly increasing. Charities typically have to make do with very limited resources so we wanted to develop Interact 4.0 to include more features which would further increase efficiency and save money by making information quicker and easer to find.
Interact 4.0 incorporates document quality tools such as auto review dates, content feedback and ratings which are enabling BMS to ensure that content is up-to-date and relevant. The 'Interact recommends' feature promotes content to users by bringing together associated information quickly and simply. All information is kept securely, with access controlled where required, and easily searched so information can be pulled up in seconds. Even with these enhanced features Interact 4.0 is still completely intuitive and requires virtually no training, so even part-time or voluntary staff can quickly get up to speed.
We are delighted to have worked with BMS to create an intranet that demonstrates their dedication to improving communication and collaboration for their staff and volunteers worldwide. We are incredibly pleased with the end result and look forward to continuing to work closely with BMS to further develop their intranet."
Founded in 1996, Odyssey Interactive Ltd are intranet experts and one of the UK's longest established internet companies. Based in Altrincham, Cheshire, they specialise in providing the UK's leading intranet product, Interact. Their clients include many well known non-profit making organisations, as well as a wide range of private sector clients.
BMS World Mission is a Christian mission organisation, working in 34 countries on four continents. BMS works through long, medium and short-term workers, teams and volunteers, as well as a large number of supported national partner workers around the world, providing people, funding, training and expertise in the core areas of church planting, development, disaster relief, education, health, media and advocacy.
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For more information about Odyssey Interactive visit www.interact-intranet.co.uk
For more information about BMS World Mission visit www.bmsworldmission.org
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