Regester Larkin – SharePoint Online Intranet

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Regester Larkin moved to Microsoft Office 365 including SharePoint Online in order to harness the benefits of a cloud based document management and collaboration system. With their staff and associates being ever more mobile and travelling to review client sites and host client meetings, it was the obvious choice to improve collaboration and ease of working when in the office or out and about.

In addition to the vast benefits of O365, what they also needed was a solution where they could collaborate internally on document management and provide an aesthetic company branded Intranet Portal where users could go to be informed about company news, events and other important information as well as have their say.

Document collaboration was also a requirement for their contractors and clients. However, given the sensitive nature of their information security was paramount.

Dolphin Networks Solution

To meet Regester Larkin’s requirements, Dolphin Networks designed a web-based Intranet portal application using SharePoint Online and hosted using Regester Larkin’s already-existing SharePoint Online portal through O365. The landing page of their Intranet was designed beyond the limits of what SharePoint offers out of the box, exactly to the specification desired by the client.

How it works

Leveraging the powerful features already present in SharePoint, such as lists and Office integration, the Intranet portal makes liberal use of JavaScript, jQuery, and CSS in addition to features provided out-of-the-box. This allows functionality beyond what SharePoint already provides, and more closely matches the needs of the client. For example, the SPServices jQuery library allows retrieval of data from the SharePoint back-end to be rendered in a multitude of ways beyond what can be achieved by simply using built in SharePoint Web Parts; while the Unslider library allows the display of animated sliding images to display announcements on the landing page.

Of course, all of the content administration for the custom coded functions can be easily administered by RL’s Intranet admin users through the self explanatory SharePoint front end.

External Access by Clients

RL also required their clients and external workers to be able to access the Intranet and collaborate on documents but in a more restrictive way than internal staff. Dolphin Networks created an external access section in the Intranet and using SharePoint permission groups and site collections enabled segregation of the external access area from the internal portal. This ensured secure access to documents was maintained.

Testimonial

Dolphin Networks helped us integrate our systems and further develop their utility.

Within a very short timeframe they helped us resolve some immediate issues and implement a consistent approach and easier navigation.

Dolphin Networks HelpDesk continues to support our staff, providing excellent value for money, knowledgeable consultants and a flexible and engaging approach. They are always on hand to offer advice and support when we need it and we would highly recommend them.

Regester Larkin