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Meet James our new SharePoint Consultant!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I’m27 and live in Leeds. I’ve always had a bit of passion for IT, which first started off in Hardware and networking although that all came to an end when I accidentally fell into SharePoint after a lucky secondment and from there I’ve been working with SharePoint ever since

Give us some fun facts about you!

If I’m not behind a computer I can generally be found practising my Archery or in the South of France hunting down my golf balls across a course

Give us three emojis to describe your team!

Have your perceptions about Intelligent Decisioning changed from what you knew about Id before?

I’d already heard about Intelligent Decisioning previously from the community along with going to a few of their stands and events in the past, but I was impressed in the interview and in my short time here I’ve already picked up some great new stuff

 

Meet Henry, our new SharePoint Consultant

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We love getting to know the new members that join our team! Everyone, meet Henry!

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

In no particular order I am a husband, father, son, son-in-law, brother-in-law, uncle, grandson, nephew, cousin, brother and dog owner. I was born in Melton Mowbray, home of the pork pies but from an early age moved into the Chesterfield area and now reside in York.

I have always had a keen interest in IT, with my first real hands on experience stemming from building my own computers back in the day. When I was unable to find a role in hardware, which was my initial passion, I took on my first IT role as a first line support engineer in 2006. I have been working in IT ever since and it is within this time that I was introduced to SharePoint by way of MOSS 2007 and have remained focussed on SharePoint ever since and in more recent times Office 365 and associated technologies.

I pride myself on my integrity and I am extremely customer focussed. Customer satisfaction is paramount in all that I do.

Give us some fun facts about you!

I love Ice Hockey and aim to watch every Blue Jackets game, albeit after the fact with it being on at stupid o’clock in this part of the world. I did once ask that they come over and play the Sheffield Steelers but was understandably ignored. If I ever need a live hockey fix, then the Steelers are my go to team.

I used to be known as Hal and still am to my Mum and Dad. I will save the story of how I transitioned from Hal to my birth name of Henry for another day. Nothing sinister but quite boring.

I have recently acquired a black working lab puppy, which we have named Juno. In the short time that we have had Juno, I conclude that babies are 1000% easier than puppies.

I attempt to do a bit of gardening in my spare time. I don’t really know what I am doing but find it extremely satisfying nonetheless. I do however take it far too hard if a plant dies on me.

Give us three emojis to describe your team!

What has been one of your biggest challenges so far?

Transitioning from working for a big corporate machine to a smaller company. However I can see already that the way of working here just makes sense, particularly when it comes to project management. It is all about creating the right solution, for the right reasons, giving the customer the best results and not just a yes service and a copy and paste methodology that I have become accustomed to in other roles.

Have your perceptions about Intelligent Decisioning changed from what you knew about Id before?

I was pretty impressed at the interview stage and have not seen anything to alter that opinion since joining ID. I love how you are able to just get on with something but equally never be far from a friendly face for advice or to bounce ideas off of. I am loving the agile way of working, it just makes so much sense and I am wondering why this isn’t the best practice up and down the country for those wanting to maximise on their technology investments.

I also love the active involvement this company has in community events, showing that technology is more than just a 9-5 for this business.

Do you have any words of advice for aspiring people applying for Intelligent Decisioning?

If you want to work for a business that cares about you and the services that it is providing, then this is the place to be.

Meet Nik, our new SharePoint Administrator!

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This week we are putting the ID spotlight on our new SharePoint Administrator Nik!

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I’m Nik, I’m 33 (I think…stopped keeping track after 30). I’m originally from a small town in Derbyshire called Matlock but now reside on the outskirts of Matlock in an even smaller town called Darley Dale with my wife and baby girl.

I live quite an active social life and always have, whether it be playing football, training/teaching martial arts, going to the pub or just spending the time with family. I don’t remember the last time I had two days in a row of just doing nothing.

Give us some fun facts about you!

When I started playing football as a youth, I was top goal scorer for 3 or 4 seasons running getting on average 40 goals a season. Now I’m older I couldn’t hit a barn door with a banjo.

I trained in martial arts most of my life and hold a third-degree black belt for Ju-Jitsu in the UK. I’m a recognised second-degree black belt in Japan.

I’ve been on stage with the Icelandic Eurovision song winners Lordi at Download Festival.

Give us three emojis to describe your team!

I’ve gone for the chap that looks intelligent as I thought I knew a good amount about SharePoint before I started here. Then I met the team and realised how vast the knowledge base was at Intelligent Decisioning.

The guy having a good chuckle as having only been here a week and I’ve managed to have a good laugh with the team.

And finally, the horns. After a team lunch I found that several of them, like me can be found in the sweaty crowds of some of the UK Rock and Metal festivals.

What have you enjoyed so far about being at Intelligent Decisioning?

To be honest…everything. It’s a great team to work with, the customers I’ve dealt with have all been pleasant and they got me a bacon sandwich on Friday (what’s not to love).

Have your perceptions about Intelligent Decisioning changed from what you knew about Id before?

Not really. The only things I knew about ID before I started where what I saw on their Website and what I learnt from the Interview.

The website described a good team and a good product…Tick

The interview described an easy group to get along with and good prospects for the future…Tick

Do you have any words of advice for aspiring people applying for Intelligent Decisioning?

Get involved. Whether you’re at the top of your fields or looking to get started, it’s very accepting here and with such a wealth of knowledge you won’t go far wrong.

 

Meet Nick our new Delivery Lead

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Get to know Nick! Our new Delivery Lead

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I am a self-confessed computer geek with a keen interest in computer gaming, coining the phrase, “geek it until it megahertz”.

I have an amazing wife (Lindsey) who works as a senior validator within the NHS, and 2 beautiful children, Lincoln who is 6 and Sienna who’s 2. I’m not a massive sport lover but I do have a strong passion for Formula 1 and really hope Lewis clinches the championship this year for Mercedes.

Give us some fun facts about you!

I worked out in Greece for several months when I was younger in bars, living the teenage dream.

I previously worked as a chef and still really enjoy cooking for my family.

Give us three emojis to describe your team!

Do you have any words of advice for aspiring people applying for Intelligent Decisioning?

Be yourself and convey your passion

Intelligent Decisioning become ISO27001 certified!

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We are proud to announce that we have just become ISO27001 certified.

ISO27001 is the de facto international standard for Information Security Management and it demonstrates a clear commitment to Information Security Management to third parties and stakeholders.

Also a big Thank You to Sam Wainwright for all of your hard work that contributed towards us becoming certified! We appreciate all of your help!

 

Meet Joe, our apprentice Infrastructure Technician

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As apart of our getting people into work scheme we are putting the spotlight on our new apprentice to share his experience at working at Intelligent Decisioning. Meet Our Infrastructure Technician Joe!

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

My name is Joe, I’m 20 years old and I’m from a place called Bebington on the Wirral but I have moved to Nottingham to pursue a career in IT. My aim for the future is to climb as far up the ladder as I can and to continue to develop my IT skills, so I can be at the center of projects with big clients.

I am a highly motivated person who is passionate about new innovations, is always keen to take on new and unique challenges and isn’t scared of taking risks. I enjoy working at Intelligent Decisionings because no 2 days are ever the same, and I enjoy that I have been given responsibilities in client related projects from an early stage, showing the company has faith in me and is keen to get me involved as much as possible.

Give us some fun facts about you!

Outside of work, I am extremely passionate about sports and when I was younger represented either my school or local teams in 6 different sports. While nowadays I don’t play sports as much as I used to, I can still be found winning money on fantasy sports on Draftkings of a weekend and am very keen about my fitness and staying in shape.

Give us three emojis to describe your team!

I’ve chosen the handshake emoji as the team are all welcoming and supportive and always happy to help each other if someone is having an issue or needs to know anything. I chose the running emoji as a lot of the office are keen runners and some of us can be seen running around Strelley of an afternoon on a nice day. Finally, I chose the fire emoji as this is a very passionate team and this team all have a desire to improve themselves on a day to day basis and to carry out our work in the best way possible.

What have you enjoyed so far about being an Apprentice at Intelligent Decisioning?

I’ve really enjoyed the environment of the office so far, everyone is willing to work as hard as they can to bring the company forward but there’s a good balance of humor in the office to keep things from getting overly stressful. I’ve also enjoyed that the directors and senior staff have been very supportive of my progression and have made sure to always keep me busy. Additionally, I’ve enjoyed the down days I’ve been a part of so far as this has given me the opportunity to get to know the team outside of a working environment and has helped me settle in nicely to this job.

What has been one of your biggest challenges so far?

I would say one of my biggest challenges have been adjusting my lifestyle from being a student to now suit a 9-5 job and making sure I’m always in the right state of health to be on top of my game. Inside the office, I’d say my biggest challenges have been learning how to work with SharePoint and getting to grips with the Mercury Intranet this company provides, but I am relishing these challenges and have enjoyed the work I’ve been doing here so far.

Meet Abbie, Our Marketing Intern at Intelligent Decisioning

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As a part of our summer internship programme, we are putting the spotlight on our interns to share their experience at working at Intelligent Decisioning. To end the summer with a bang, we catch up with our Marketing Intern Abbie, to share her experience!

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

My name is Abbie, I’m 23 and I’m in my third year of University and decided to do my end-of-studies internship as a Marketing Coordinator at Intelligent Decisioning. I’m from Nottingham (The best city in the Midlands) where I started my studies. I will be graduating in 2019 with a degree in Marketing. I see myself in a managerial Marketing position where I can be at the heart of launching new campaigns and managing new products.

I am passionate about creativity, innovation and storytelling. I chose Intelligent Decisioning for my Internship as I knew I would have many responsibilities and coaches with whom I would work with to develop new content for our Social platforms and work on other creative tasks to contribute towards the business. What I love the most about working at Intelligent Decisioning is the independence and trust. I have been given the creative freedom to experiment with new ideas and set my own personal tasks which I can get on with knowing I have the support and extra input if I need it.

Outside work, I am a bit of a tomboy. I particularly enjoy Mountain biking, hiking and other outdoor pursuits such as climbing and running!

 

Give us some fun facts about yourself!

When I was 18, I wrote a naughty tweet about Grand Designs (the programme) and it ended up on the TV! Let’s say, I learnt how easy it is to find old tweets on Twitter! Be careful what you post folks!

Give us 3 emojis to describe your team!

Fun, supportive and hardworking describe how my team is. I chose the moon emoji as many of the team keep working well into the night! Everyone always helps each other with projects they are working on and are not afraid to stay behind to get a job done! Work hard and play hard is the motto in this company and we always have a laugh along the way! They are a really inspiring team and I could not have asked for a better one!

What are some of your greatest moments during your time at Intelligent Decisioning?

One of the greatest moments for me was the opportunity to make new friends. The team are so friendly and easy to get along with. I think this is a really important aspect for a successful working environment. For me, Intelligent Decisioning is a great place to work as there are lots of opportunities to get to know the team outside of the Office with lots of fun out of work events to attend!

Describe a project you are working on!

I am working on two projects at the moment. The first is designing new marketing material for our website. I had to create an E-Brochure to support our Mercury Intranet product which will be used on the website but also to send to potential customers. I am also managing the social media platforms, creating new content, monitoring and responding to brand mentions. It’s very rewarding to be given these responsibilities and being able to have such an impact on the company.

Have your perceptions about Intelligent Decisioning changed from what you knew about Id before?

Definitely! It’s really given me an insight to what it’s like to work in an IT environment. ID is so much more than an IT Consultancy and Intranet provider, they are like a little family which is really great to be a part of!

You started at Intelligent Decisioning as an intern, where did you hear about us and why did you choose us?

I was looking for a summer internship to support my final year of studies. I found the job on LinkedIn and it sounded perfect! I applied and here I am today!

Do you have any words of advice for aspiring people applying for Intelligent Decisioning?

Self-motivated, Independent and Creative. If you’re looking to get the most hands-on experience out of an internship this is the place to do it! I am faced with new projects and challenges every day and it’s great to be given the creative freedom to create and test new ideas!

Inspired by Abbie’s story? Learn about our careers at Id.

https://www.mercuryintranet.com

 

 

An Introduction to Intranet Security

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Whilst Intranets by definition are inaccessible to the outside world (and are reliant on the IT infrastructure for this), it is still often desirable for companies to create areas within an Intranet that certain departments may not want accessible to all employees. For example, the Finance department may want to have some information available, but the company employs a number of contractors that have access to their network. There can be the need, therefore, to secure certain areas to ensure only certain groups of people have access.

Authoring new content for the Intranet often takes place directly on the site itself. There are typically Intranet Administrators who look after the Intranet at the global/corporate level, these are normally Communications or Marketing staff. Each department within the organisation will have their own Content Owners/Managers who will “own” and author their content on the Intranet.

Sophisticated Intranet platforms today will provide a security infrastructure out of the box to easily allow Intranet managers to provide the right level of access to areas for the users who require it. The security infrastructure of an Intranet platform may allow for use of areas as an Extranet – this being defined as the sharing of content amongst a well-defined group that crosses enterprise boundaries. This will allow tightly controlled access to certain areas of the site to allow people external to the business, such as partners or contractors, to perform certain tasks, such as logging time in a timesheet system. SharePoint provides advanced security and permissions functionality out of the box which is easy to manage, meaning IT are not always required to manage permissions within the Intranet.

For more on the security measures and practicalities involved in implementing an Intranet, check out our free Intranets Explained guide here.

A User’s Guide to Content Types

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Since SharePoint was first introduced in 2001, content types have been a key feature in the way it is used to managed documents and files. A content type combines important information such as metadata (a summary of the content), how it should behave, it’s workflow and other settings to be applied to a category of items or documents.

As an example, we could define a content type “Invoice”; this could then be applied to all invoice documents within a SharePoint library. Within this content type, we could have the following attributes:

  • The template for the document
  • Columns representing items of metadata – date, client company, billing address, value…
  • A behaviour requirement to automatically display the Document Information Panel when a new file of this content type is created to input the required metadata
  • An Information Management policy detailing the retention policy

SharePoint ships with a number of useful default content types. Many of these contain similar properties to file types that you would store on your own computer, such as the “digital assets” content types – audio, video and image. These content types contain information about the title, publisher, length (for audio and video) and date of creation. There are also document and list content types for basic pages, forms, blog posts and announcements.

Whilst the default content types are sufficient for many SharePoint users, it may be necessary for your organisation to create custom content types. This is useful for company reports, sales proposals, case studies and other specialised content. This is most easily achieved by editing an existing content type from one of the large collection of pre-defined site content types in the Web Designer Gallery. It is also possible to create a custom content type from scratch in the Web Designer Gallery by setting a parent content type, for example, “Digital Asset”.

Content types are defined for a site and will apply within the site and its subsites. However, if you want a particular content type to be used across your organisation you may want to publish it on multiple sites or site collections. Using a Managed Metadata service in SharePoint allows you to publish content type to specified sites, known as “subscriber sites”. For more on content type publishing, read Microsoft’s guide here.