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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.