Effective Alternatives to Outlook


With the growing popularity of the Social Intranet thanks to products like Noodle, old business production suites are becoming a thing of the past. Outlook has all the features you want, but it but it’s not a very user-friendly utility.

Long time users of Outlook may have trouble finding certain items and menus in newer versions of the product. Not many sort or search capabilities. Lack of support for non-Windows systems. Not mobile friendly. Outlooks role in the office is rapidly being replaced but much more versatile out of the box solutions.

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Getting Started with Noodle Intranet [ Video Tutorial ]

Noodle version 7.0 is out!

Starting today, we’re posting updated tutorial videos showing the new user interface of Noodle, the social intranet.

Let’s start at the very beginning: once you’ve installed Noodle, what do you do?

Watch this video tutorial and find out more:

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New Noodle UI To Be Launched at Windsor-Essex Tech Show

Press Release

Windsor, Ontario. – Vialect Inc, a Windsor-based software company, is launching the latest version of Noodle intranet software at the Windsor-Essex Tech Show on October 29, 2013.

Already known for its ease of use and robust functionality, Noodle, a social intranet software, has become easier to implement with this new release.

“Noodle is now even simpler to navigate, and ultimately, companies can begin to see the benefits immediately,” says Tim Dorey, CEO of Vialect. “We’ve also added additional social features and designed the interface to be more intuitive.”

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When Video IS The Answer To Your Communication Problem

Recently, the good folks over at Intranetizen published a post saying, “video is not the answer to your communication problem.”

I respectfully disagreed, and that has inspired this post, in which I talk about when video is the best answer to an internal communication problem.

Video is often a more effective communication tool than text or audio alone. Dr. John Medina, author of Brain Rules, says “Vision trumps all other senses.” Video combines vision with audio, making it the most powerful communication medium.

This could be why video is increasingly being used in the enterprise, especially for training and benefits communication.

Below, I talk about common communication problems in the workplace, and why video can best address these problems.

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How to Create A Wellness Portal on Your Intranet

Bad health is bad for business.

According to a recent study, employees’ medical expenditures already eat up 50 percent or more of company profits.

Add to that the cost of absenteeism and loss of productivity due to illness. The clear takeaway is this: companies can no longer afford to ignore their employees’ health.

Your company intranet can play a big role in promoting health and wellness among your staff. In this post, I’m going to share my thoughts on how you can easily and quickly create a wellness portal page on your intranet.

Suggested Applications for Your Intranet Wellness Portal

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Scheduling in Noodle Intranet Calendar [Video]

By properly labeling your events in Noodle intranet calendar, you can easily find a common free time to schedule a meeting or appointment with your colleagues. Watch this video to learn how to label your events as either Free, Busy, Tentative, or Out of the Office:

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Noodle’s Intranet Database Connector Field [Video]

If you’re creating an electronic form where the values of one field come from another database, use the Database Connector Field. This field allows users to get information from an existing database in your Noodle intranet, and use it to populate a field in another database. Watch this video to see how it works:

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Before You Attach That Document”¦.

When you want to share a document with your colleagues, is your first compulsion to send it as an email attachment?

In this post, I’m going to try to convince you to stop doing that.

The Problem with Email Attachments

The problem with sharing files by emailing them as an attachment is that it’s neither effective nor efficient.

First off, all those file attachments are going to hog the memory of your server. Just ask your IT team; they’ll agree.

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Intranet Tutorial: Download Files [Video]

We’re going back to basics with today’s video tutorial: how to download files in Noodle intranet.