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Designing a killer application

by Martin Miles on September 9, 2011

Killer applications stem from killer opportunities within your business. When you identify an existing business critical process that would benefit from automation, you have recognised the potential to create a killer application. Their purpose is to make processes more efficient, increase productivity and help achieve business objectives. Having essential information in a central location will also increase the use of your intranet.

Opportunities to create killer applications can be found in any area of the business.

For example, booking onto training courses may currently be done manually using paper forms. You may decide to create a killer application on your intranet to streamline the booking process. Staff will then have no other option but to use the intranet to book a course.

Once you have decided what you want your killer application to be, you can begin the design process. This is when you decide the specifics of how your application will function.

The next step is to gather together your exact requirements by discussing the following with your intranet team:

  • What is the business objective
  • What is the best way to accomplish this?
  • How will the application work in practice?

Of course, before you start the design process you will need to establish whether your current intranet can technically support the development of this application.

Once your requirements have been collated they can be put into a specifications document.

You will now be in a position to tackle the technical specifics of the design. You may ask your intranet supplier to create the application, or if your staff have the skills you may decide to develop the application in-house.

Designing a killer application can help you assess the best way to achieve your business objectives by streamlining essential processes. Using your intranet to provide business solutions you will be able to increase productivity, efficiency and encourage user adoption.

Topics: 3. Function

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