When you’re a UK charity you can be very creative in your uses of scarce resources.
Charities can be a great example of putting Web 2 principles of using other people’s platforms to meet your own goals. Typically you can let other people do 95% of the work and you just add your 5%.
When Breast Cancer Care picked an intranet platform, instead of going for an off the shelf intranet package or a bespoke build, they instead chose to rebrand the Drupal Content Management System, an open source community web site platform, and use it internally.
They then used an external consultant (me) to tweak the platform so it could talk to their existing internal web library services. It launched last month and is used in their 4 offices by more than 250 staff.
The installation includes forums, calendar, searchable contact list, configurable user profiles (including a popular “favourite hot drink and how you like it” field), news stories, document library and web forms.
Lisa Wade, Internal Communications Manager, explains “We did a thorough evaluation of our options and chose Drupal mainly because of the fact that it allows staff members to contribute to the intranet in a way they wouldn’t be able to with other systems. Work was required to adapt the system to meet our needs, but with Toby’s help we now have the intranet we needed.”
Cost wise Breast Cancer Care have a successful intranet that costs a 10th of what an off the shelf intranet might have, and better still they have the control over the code to make the system do exactly what they want – a great example of taking commoditised software that’s freely available on the web and adding your own 5%.
Much better than writing the whole thing from scratch. A very Web 2.0 concept.