Tesco – SharePoint Intranet Expansion

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Tesco – SharePoint Intranet Expansion

Company Introduction

Tesco is the third largest retailer measured in gross revenues worldwide. With over 6.5 thousand shops worldwide and having a UK market share of 26.4% the grocery giant now has offices and stores in 11 countries. This year they are celebrating 100 years in business with their first one-man market stall opening in Hackney in 1919, they will be celebrating this special birthday with half a million employees worldwide.


Problems Client Encountered

The client already had a company intranet hosted on Microsoft SharePoint Online. There were some features which they wanted to remove and some new functionality they wanted to add. During this process they were also migrating from Orica 11 to Orica Fusion which meant that their cost and account codes had been changed. They needed a solution to help them find these codes quickly and easily, and the Intranet was the obvious platform to use for this function.

As Tesco is an international business, language translation was also a concern, and as such they needed to be able to publish content to the Intranet that could then be viewed by regional users who wanted to see it in their own language.


Dolphin’s Solution

Firstly, we stripped the content of the SharePoint back and removed the unwanted tools. We then went on to build new tools and templated content pages, as requested by the client to make the site more suitable and user friendly to their needs. We built a Code Translator for their intranet finance landing page to quickly find the new Orica Fusion codes. Accompanying this was a countdown tool, which descended to the day in which they were changing Orica system. We also added some page link panel, which directed users to tools other web pages such as financing tools and excel templates. Finally, we automated the site section thumbnail tiles. Previously they had to configure each tile to be shown (i.e. the title, background image, link). The automated version builds this grid of tiles without any configuration other than the user specifying on the site itself whether it should be shown or not.


How It Works

The code translator works by mapping the two codes from a cloud hosted database. This database holds over 40,000 codes, yet results are produced in less than a second! The count down tool was built by one of our solution developers from the ground up. Once the basic coding of the tool was complete a design was agreed with the client which was built with JavaScript code to bring the widget to life. The links panel very simply had a web address linked to each button, sending the user to the requested tool on a new tab or application.

Enabling this functionality meant that Tesco could direct their staff to the Intranet to answer many of their day to day questions and requirements for them to complete their tasks. Linking to other applications, providing informative documentation and various tools to search and locate security driven content has been a huge time saver and administration benefit to the business.

In addition to the obvious functional benefits, Tesco now also have a great looking company Intranet that is well branded with the company values and marketing, multi-lingual, mobile responsive, and they are delighted with it!

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