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Prezi: Set Your Presentations Free
Thursday, 13th June 2013
Prezi is rapidly gaining in popularity as a free web-based presentation tool offering a very different way to develop and present information. Yulia Aspinall examines what makes this tool popular, what it offers that PowerPoint doesn't, and how Prezi can give presenters' ideas and stories additional impact, greater memorability and lead to better audience clarity.
Could You Use Social Media Tools for Internal Communications?
Monday, 27th May 2013
Traditional forms of internal communications have been developing slowly but surely over the last few years. Now with the increased use of social media both internally and externally, organisations are looking at whether social media tools, especially enterprise social networks such as Yammer, Jive and Chatter can be used to facilitate internal communications.
FreePint Series Explores Critical Topics
Thursday, 9th May 2013
FreePint's Series approach tackles essential topics through articles, reports, case studies and webinars. The current Series is "Big Data in Action" with a series on mobile security coming in the summer and an autumn series on regulatory compliance planned.
Internal Communications in an Attention-Deficit World
Wednesday, 1st May 2013
This collection of FreePint articles on internal communications presents a fascinating range of topics. Communications professionals now have a plethora of choices both of device and tool. Identifying the strengths, weaknesses, appropriateness and security of internal tools from SharePoint to email is essential along with familiarity with external tools such as Twitter and LinkedIn. And presentation of information is just as important - interactive figures or multimedia can be much more effective than lines of text...
Whistleblowing - Are You Getting the Help You Need?
Monday, 29th April 2013
Reportedly there is now unprecedented awareness of anti-corruption regulation but the UK fraud prevention service finds that the incidence of whistleblowing is still exceptionally low. Perhaps the current staff oversight model is broken; maybe information companies may face special challenges in dealing with internal corruption? Meanwhile consultation is underway on ways to better protect whistleblowers. This could present opportunities for information professionals to have their say and cement their place in their organisation’s risk and compliance function.
An Array of Needs in Mobile Content: A View from the FreePint Community of Practice
Thursday, 25th April 2013
The mobile environment is a dynamic one. Robin Neidorf offers an update into how organisations are tackling the challenge of making content mobile, which devices are proving the most popular and which barriers to implementation remain. Security and authentication issues are discussed alongside BYOD and softer challenges such as users' lack of information literacy skills.
Do Legal Firms Need Client-Facing Systems?
Thursday, 18th April 2013
Law firms are under increasing pressure to provide more services to clients for less money. In this context you would expect to see innovative client-facing solutions being developed. But this doesn't appear to be the case. Why is this? James Mullan explores the drivers and blocks to development of systems such as extranets and collaborative platforms for the legal sector.
Make FreePint Your Source for Sources
Thursday, 18th April 2013
Keeping on top of additions and deletions in databases, new articles, reports and information nuggets published, and tracking new sources and developments in source functionality is a tough call. FreePint’s focus on “source awareness” aims to address this need and - combined with the recently-introduced Alerts feature - should ensure you stay on top of the sources and content essential to your organisation.
Technology Talent + Softer Skills = Ideal Candidate?
Monday, 15th April 2013
Information technology talent may be in short supply, according to a new survey from Forbes Insights. But other reports from the Economist Intelligence Unit and Gartner suggest that there is an equally pressing need to recruit skilled people who can interpret big data or foster collaboration using corporate social media. Significantly, there’s also one call for information resources to be pooled in a central unit, providing insights across the whole organisation and directly to the highest level executives.
How to Identify what Intranet Users Want
Wednesday, 10th April 2013
James Mullan considers how intranet managers can really understand what intranet users want. He explores a variety of tools and research techniques such as card sorting and focus groups, to help draw information from intranet users. Intranet managers can then truly put themselves into their users' shoes to allow them to develop and refine the intranet to better meet user needs.
FreePint for Information, Insight and Analysis
Thursday, 4th April 2013
As information professionals we spend considerable time and resources evaluating and selecting the best sources to support business research and to allow us to provide high-quality information, insight and analysis to other parts of the business. With the explosion in sources both free and chargeable, keeping up with the most appropriate and most authoritative can be a tough challenge. Taking time to scan the FreePint database of articles and reviews every week can reap dividends in highlighting trends, surfacing new definitive resources for your area and identifying new ways of working.
Security - Appraise the Doomsayers but Believe the Authorities?
Thursday, 28th March 2013
Risks from the Bring Your Own Device movement or email phishing attacks inevitably attract their fair share of security scare stories from vendors keen to peddle their own solutions. Recently there have been BYOD warnings from Dell and Varonis and a phishing scare seized upon by Proofpoint. Technological solutions such as mobile device management (MDM), encryption or sender authentication may provide a short term fix - but recent reports from Britain’s Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) and the European Network & Information Security Agency (ENISA) suggest that human behaviour matters too.
FreePint Subscription Case Study: Cargill
Tuesday, 26th March 2013
At global company Cargill, the information centre's team of 20 provides a range of services from procuring information sources to bespoke research and preparing for the impact of developments such as mobile devices and changes in information-seeking behaviour. We interviewed Anne Rogers, director of Research and KM, to find out how their FreePint Subscription helps them to deliver a superb service to the Cargill businesses and how they market the information service internally.
Practical Business, Digital World
Thursday, 21st March 2013
Are we battling technology or leveraging it? Far from solving our problems, technologies such as intranets often seem designed to frustrate. And as for big data, that's the latest and, some would argue, "biggest" challenge to date. Find out about how FreePint is launching a series of articles, case studies, reports and webinars (Big Data in Action) to help info pros turn big data into bold insights and knowledge gains.
Teleworking - Bad Career Move?
Monday, 18th March 2013
The furore over Yahoo's ban on teleworking has prompted pundits such as MarketingProfs and iHubbub to come out in support of the practice. But Telework Research Network figures show that homeworking is still not widespread, and a University of Texas study suggests that it hasn't helped work-family balance either. Nevertheless, a recent LinkedIn study shows that most women define success as having a good work-life balance, and another from Grant Thornton suggests that many employers are encouraging it. Finally, the London Business School has some tips for how teleworkers can avoid being sidelined for promotion.
FreePint for Skills Upgrades: Stop the Intranet and PowerPoint Insanity
Tuesday, 12th March 2013
If you mention intranets or PowerPoint to colleagues, the most common reaction is a groan. However, both can and both should be an essential part of our information and communications armoury. Robin Neidorf examines two of the most popular FreePint articles on these topics and identifies how such articles can help information professionals to improve their skills, wow their colleagues and support continuous improvement.
Using FreePint to Support Skills Upgrades
Monday, 11th March 2013
Robin Neidorf examines data on FreePint Subscribers' sharing patterns with their colleagues and identifies the articles on "sources" which have been most shared and how FreePint articles can help staff upgrade their skills in the area of truth, falsehood and free. A variety of Subscriber levels cater for all needs and there's also the option to order bespoke reports or white-labelled versions.
FreePint Supports the Team and Beyond
Wednesday, 6th March 2013
Robin Neidorf considers the role of teams within and between departments and explores how a FreePint Team Subscription can support learning, increase collaboration, and aid the organisation's overall understanding of critical information-related challenges and opportunities. And don't miss out on the special offer!
Tough but Achievable? Reskilling for Data Analysis
Wednesday, 27th February 2013
Gartner suggests that companies worldwide are likely to continue spending on business intelligence. However, as recent reports indicate, the skills to analyse big data are in short supply. Info pros could satisfy the demand for data analysis skills but they face a formidable reskilling challenge - as the recent fate of InfoArmy demonstrates.
FreePint Guidance to Instruction at a Distance
Wednesday, 27th February 2013
A recent FreePint Webinar provided instructors and those who support instructors with initial insights into what helps an instructor move from classroom to e-classroom. Watch the video, and request your free copy of the presentation.