The Integral Role of Intranet in Employee Onboarding

The onboarding process is a critical phase in an employee’s journey, setting the tone for their future in the company. It’s where first impressions are made,   and foundations are built. With the digital transformation of workplaces, intranet solutions, particularly SharePoint Intranet, have become indispensable tools in making this experience as smooth and engaging as possible.

The Shift to Digital Onboarding

Gone are the days of paperwork-filled orientations. Today, businesses seek efficiency and engagement from the moment a new hire walks through the door. SharePoint Intranet serves as a centralised platform where all onboarding materials can be accessed, understood, and interacted with, fostering a sense of belonging from day one.

Centralised Information Access

A SharePoint Intranet portal can house all necessary onboarding documents, from HR policies to training modules. It allows new hires to easily navigate through the crucial first steps of their employment without feeling overwhelmed by the volume of new information.

Encouraging Engagement and Connection

Beyond document management, SharePoint Intranet encourages new employees to connect with their peers through social tools integrated into the platform. This social aspect of onboarding is vital, as it builds community ties and assimilates new hires into the company culture swiftly and organically.

Tailored Onboarding Experiences

Every role is unique, and so should be the onboarding process. SharePoint Intranet can be customised to deliver role-specific content, ensuring that from the get-go, employees receive relevant information that’s tailored to their specific job functions.

Tracking Progress and Providing Feedback

Feedback is a two-way street, especially in onboarding. SharePoint Intranet’s tracking capabilities allow HR managers to monitor the progress of new hires, while also providing a channel for these employees to voice their questions or concerns. This feedback loop is essential in creating a dynamic and responsive onboarding experience.

As the corporate world continues to embrace digital solutions, the role of intranet solutions like SharePoint Intranet in employee onboarding has become more pronounced. These platforms not only simplify the onboarding process but also enhance the overall experience for both the employee and the employer.

Intelligent Decisioning understands this nexus and offers expertise in tailoring SharePoint Intranet solutions to meet the nuanced needs of modern businesses, ensuring that the onboarding process is a launchpad for long-term engagement and success.

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How Microsoft’s Copilot is a game-changer!

As we step into the future of artificial intelligence (AI) integration in business, Microsoft’s Copilot has emerged as a game-changing tool. Copilot has introduced a slew of new features and enhancements that promise to transform daily operations for businesses and individuals alike.

GPT-4 Turbo: The New Frontier in AI

A pivotal update in Copilot is the integration of OpenAI’s GPT-4 Turbo. This advanced AI model enhances user productivity by tackling more complex and extended tasks, particularly in areas like searching and writing​​​​.

The Creative Edge: DALL-E 3 and Image Generation

Copilot now incorporates the DALL-E 3 model, elevating the quality and accuracy of image creation. This integration broadens the scope of Copilot’s applications, extending its utility to creative and design-oriented tasks​​​​.

Microsoft Edge Integration: Streamlining Content Creation

In a significant move, Microsoft has enabled Copilot users to rewrite text directly from websites via Microsoft Edge. This feature simplifies the content creation and editing process, saving valuable time and effort​​.

Code Interpreter: Elevating Technical Capabilities

The forthcoming Code Interpreter feature in Copilot is set to assist in performing complex technical tasks such as accurate calculations, coding, and data analysis, marking a significant leap in AI-assisted development and problem-solving​​.

Deep Search: Optimising Information Retrieval

The Deep Search feature, powered by GPT-4, is slated to enhance Bing’s search capabilities. By expanding queries into more comprehensive descriptions, it aims to deliver more relevant and optimised search results for complex topics​​.

Microsoft 365 Copilot: Unleashing Workplace Efficiency

The general availability of Microsoft 365 Copilot is a major milestone, offering enhanced productivity and creativity tools across widely-used apps. This development is particularly crucial for enterprise customers, as it promises to augment work processes and efficiency​​.

Copilot Studio: Custom AI Solutions for Businesses

With the introduction of Copilot Studio, businesses can now customize Copilot for Microsoft 365 and build standalone copilots. This low-code tool allows for the creation of custom GPTs and plugins, tailored to specific business needs and scenarios​​.

The advancements in Microsoft’s Copilot underscore the growing role of AI in enhancing business operations. By harnessing these technologies, businesses can achieve greater efficiency, improved decision-making, and foster innovation. Copilot’s new features represent a significant step toward a more AI-integrated future, offering vast potential benefits for diverse industries and sectors.

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How Power Platform Can Streamline Business Operations

Embracing Efficiency with Intelligent Automation

In today’s fast-paced business environment, staying ahead of the curve requires not just hard work, but smart work. This is where Intelligent Decisioning steps in, offering a solution that revolutionises the way businesses operate: Microsoft Power Platform. This innovative suite of tools is not just about automation; it’s about transforming your business processes for heightened efficiency and effectiveness.

Why Power Platform?

Microsoft Power Platform is a dynamic, integrated application platform that allows businesses to create and deploy custom solutions tailored to their unique needs. At Intelligent Decisioning, we understand that each business is different, and generic solutions often fall short of addressing specific challenges. With Power Platform, the possibilities are limitless, from automating routine tasks to developing complex business applications.

Streamline and Simplify

One of the core components of Power Platform is Power Automate, a tool designed to streamline business processes through intelligent automation. Whether it’s managing approvals, routing documents, or syncing data across various systems, Power Automate reduces the manual effort required, freeing up your team to focus on more strategic tasks.

Data at Your Fingertips

Power BI, another key element of Power Platform, turns data into insights. In a world where data is king, understanding and leveraging this data is crucial. Power BI provides powerful analytics and visualisation capabilities, making it easier for decision-makers to grasp complex information at a glance and make informed decisions.

Custom Apps, No Code

For businesses needing bespoke solutions, Power Apps offers a no-code approach to app development. This means you can quickly build custom apps that meet your specific requirements, without the need for extensive programming knowledge. It’s about putting the power of innovation in the hands of those who know your business best – you.

Empowering Collaboration

Power Platform isn’t just about individual tools; it’s about how these tools work together and with other Microsoft 365 applications. This integration fosters a more collaborative and interconnected workspace, ensuring that your teams can work together seamlessly, no matter where they are.

Intelligent Decisioning: Your Power Platform Partner

As a Microsoft Gold Partner, Intelligent Decisioning brings a wealth of expertise in deploying and managing Power Platform solutions. Our approach is not just about technology; it’s about understanding your business and tailoring solutions that not only address your current needs but also scale for future growth.

Getting Started

Embarking on the journey of digital transformation with Power Platform is a step towards a more efficient, responsive, and innovative business. With Intelligent Decisioning, this journey is made simpler and more effective. We invite you to discover how our expertise in Power Platform can unlock new potentials for your business. Visit us at to learn more and take the first step towards automating your path to success.

At Intelligent Decisioning, we believe in harnessing technology to create smarter business solutions. Power Platform is more than just a tool; it’s a pathway to transforming your business processes for a more efficient, empowered future. Let us guide you in unlocking its full potential.

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A Day in the Life of Ross Smith, our Agile Technical Team Lead

We pride ourselves on having a dynamic and diverse team, each bringing their unique skills and passions to the table. Today, we’re shining the spotlight on Ross Smith, our Agile Technical Team Lead, who shares insights into his daily routine, interests, and the music that keeps him going.

Q&A with Ross Smith

Q: What is your go-to productivity hack?

Ross: “Avoid context switching! Context switching is when you’re jumping between various task and tooling, and since each day at ID can be different it’s important to recognise when you might be attempting to do too much at once. To avoid this every morning, I review my emails and digest what I need to get done each day. I then section out my day to provide enough time for each individual task then tick them off one by one.”

Q: If you could switch roles with anyone in the company, who would it be and why?

Ross: “I’d have to say Nathan Slater. Nathan is one of our developers and if anything, it’d be a chance to go back to my roots at ID. It’d give me an opportunity get my hands dirty working with code and refresh myself on the inner workings of our products once again. Though I’m not sure if Nathan would like to swap with me though!”

Q: Who’s your go-to background music singer while you are working?

Ross: “Knowing my colleagues, some of us are very into our music, this is the question I’m also the most curious to see others answer! Though I have multiple playlists with a lot of hours of music in, if I had to pick someone to listen to in the background I’d say Porcupine Tree. They are a British Experimental/Prog Rock band, so you hit shuffle then enjoy the journey while you work.”

Q: Share a fun fact or a hidden talent about you that no one at the company knows.

Ross: “I really enjoy bouldering. Whereas most my day is spent solving problems at a computer, bouldering lets me do the same thing, but using my body and moving around. The physicality of it helps keep me active, and a little bit appreciative that I get to sit in an office chair every day. Especially after a hard session the night before working on sending something new.”

Q: Do you start your day with coffee or tea?

“Tea! I have a morning routine that’s essentially set in stone that means I’m at my desk with a cup of tea ready to host the daily stand-up call every morning by 9:15am. Though it doesn’t end there. Anytime I feel like I’ve come to a good point in my working day, be it after a long task or series of short ones, I find my self popping the kettle on. Old habits die hard.”

We’re incredibly fortunate to have Ross as part of our team, bringing his unique blend of skills, enthusiasm, and experience to the table. It’s team members like him that make Intelligent Decisioning not just a workplace, but a vibrant community of diverse talents and personalities.


4 Key Focus Areas for HR Leaders and Professionals in 2023

The ever-evolving landscape of work has accelerated the need for digital transformation. In this fast-paced environment, HR leaders must adapt to remote and hybrid work models while ensuring effective communication and engagement with their dispersed teams. To thrive in 2023, HR teams must leverage innovative technologies and adopt new approaches to enhance the employee experience. In this article, we highlight five key areas that HR leaders should prioritise to drive success.

Streamlining Onboarding Processes:

With remote hiring and onboarding becoming the new norm, HR teams face challenges in creating a seamless onboarding experience for new employees. To expedite this process and provide a digital workplace environment, collaboration between HR, IT, and internal communications teams is crucial. Implementing an award-winning intranet solution, such as Intelligent Decisioning, enables new hires to access essential resources and communicate with colleagues from a centralised platform. This fosters a sense of belonging and accelerates the integration of new employees into the organisation.

Building Critical Skills:

In 2023, HR leaders must focus on creating a resilient workforce capable of adapting to rapid changes. As job requirements evolve, employees need to continuously acquire new skills. To meet this demand, HR teams should leverage the intranet platform, such as Intelligent Decisioning, to drive learning and development initiatives. By utilising the training centre feature, HR leaders can create and distribute informative videos that empower employees to upskill and stay relevant in their roles.

Enhancing Employee Perks for the Remote Workforce:

With remote work becoming prevalent, HR leaders must reimagine employee perks to ensure inclusivity. Traditional office perks may no longer be applicable in a remote or hybrid work environment. Instead, HR teams should prioritise employee health and well-being initiatives. This could include providing mental health support, remote vouchers, or assistance with childcare costs. By catering to the unique needs of remote employees, HR leaders can foster a supportive work environment and strengthen employee satisfaction and loyalty.

Cultivating Trust and Collaboration:

Building strong relationships between department heads and fostering trust among team members is crucial for effective collaboration. HR leaders should encourage open communication channels across different departments to bridge gaps and foster a culture of trust, integrity, and competency. Intelligent Decisioning serves as an ideal platform for facilitating collaboration, providing tools for seamless communication and sharing of information. By promoting trust and dependability within teams, HR leaders can enhance collaboration, drive productivity, and boost overall team performance.

In the ever-evolving landscape of work, HR leaders must embrace digital transformation and leverage innovative technologies to enhance the employee experience. Mercury Intranet’s robust platform, combined with docCentrum, provides a centralised hub for communication, collaboration, and knowledge sharing. 

To experience the benefits of Mercury Intranet firsthand, we invite you to schedule a free demonstration today. Contact us at 0845 643 9726 or visit to learn more about Mercury Intranet and docCentrum. 


An Epic Down Day at Intelligent Decisioning – July 14th

At Intelligent Decisioning, we believe that a strong company culture and cohesive teamwork are the driving forces behind our success. On 14th July 2023, we dedicated an entire day to celebrate these values with our employees through a series of engaging and thrilling activities. From an insightful talk on security to a fun-filled afternoon of bowling, laser tag, and delicious food, the Intelligent Decisioning Down Day was an unforgettable experience that brought our team closer together and reaffirmed our commitment to excellence.

Talk on Security: Knowledge Empowering Our Team

The day commenced with a captivating talk on security by an Intelligent Decisioning Partner – Shadowland Consulting at the offices of the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce. With cybersecurity becoming increasingly vital in today’s digital landscape, this session, led by Tobias Koprowski of Shadowland Consulting, shed light on the importance of safeguarding our company’s and clients’ data. Our team members actively participated, gaining valuable insights, and understanding how each individual plays a crucial role in maintaining a secure work environment. This knowledge empowers us to be vigilant and responsible digital citizens, ultimately benefiting both our organisation and the broader community.

Bowling: Strikes, Spares, and Team Bonding

Following the enlightening session on security, it was time for some friendly competition and team bonding at the bowling alley. Divided into teams, our employees embraced the spirit of camaraderie as they cheered each other on, strategised their throws, and celebrated strikes and spares. Bowling proved to be an excellent way to build trust, enhance communication, and foster a sense of unity among our team members. Amidst laughter and friendly banter, we discovered the hidden talents of our colleagues and forged new friendships, strengthening the foundation of our company culture.

Laser Tag: Uniting Through Exciting Challenges

The thrill continued with an exhilarating laser tag adventure that transported our employees into a realm of exciting challenges. With adrenaline pumping through their veins, our teams navigated through an immersive battlefield, collaborating, and strategizing to achieve victory. Laser tag not only tested our employees’ teamwork and problem-solving skills but also reinforced the importance of working together cohesively towards a common goal. The shared experience of facing challenges and celebrating triumphs further solidified our bond as a united and motivated team.

Food: A Delicious Fusion of Tastes and Togetherness

After a day filled with stimulating activities, it was time to relax and indulge in a delectable feast. Our employees relished the opportunity to unwind and connect on a personal level. The shared meal encouraged informal conversations, laughter, and a deeper understanding of each other’s backgrounds and interests. It reinforced the notion that a strong company culture is built on a foundation of inclusivity, respect, and appreciation for individuality.

The Intelligent Decisioning Down Day on 14th July 2023 was more than just a fun-filled day of activities; it was a celebration of our company’s values, commitment to excellence, and the remarkable individuals who contribute to our success every day. We look forward to future opportunities to celebrate our achievements, strengthen our bonds, and foster an environment where everyone can thrive and succeed


5 Ways Mercury Intranet Empowers Your Team

In today’s fast-paced and interconnected business landscape, effective teamwork is essential for achieving success and maintaining a competitive edge. An intranet platform can be a game-changer when it comes to enhancing collaboration and fostering a cohesive work environment. Just like many organisations have experienced with SharePoint, Mercury Intranet is designed to encourage teamwork and streamline communication. In this blog, we’ll explore five ways Mercury Intranet empowers your team to work together efficiently and achieve remarkable outcomes.

  1. Seamless Communication and Information Sharing

The foundation of successful teamwork lies in seamless communication and easy access to vital information. With Mercury Intranet, your team members can communicate effortlessly through instant messaging, discussion forums, and real-time collaboration tools. This secure and centralised platform allows employees to share ideas, updates, and knowledge across departments and geographical locations, breaking down silos and promoting a culture of transparency and open dialogue.

  1. Collaboration Spaces and Project Management

Mercury Intranet takes collaboration to the next level with dedicated spaces for project management and team collaboration. These spaces provide a centralised hub where team members can access project-related documents, assign tasks, set deadlines, and monitor progress. By streamlining project management, the intranet ensures that everyone is on the same page, fostering accountability and encouraging teams to work cohesively towards shared goals.

  1. Employee Engagement and Recognition

A thriving team is built on engaged and motivated employees. Mercury Intranet includes features that boost employee morale and recognition. Team members can celebrate each other’s successes through public acknowledgments and peer-to-peer recognition. The intranet also offers surveys and polls to gather feedback, giving employees a voice and enabling the organisation to make data-driven decisions to improve overall engagement.

  1. Knowledge Sharing and Learning Opportunities

A knowledge-sharing culture can significantly impact team performance. Mercury Intranet acts as a repository of organisational knowledge, housing training materials, best practices, and relevant resources. Team members can contribute to this knowledge base, ensuring that valuable insights are captured and disseminated across the organisation. Additionally, the intranet can host webinars and virtual training sessions, creating continuous learning opportunities that nurture a culture of growth and development.

  1. Personalised User Experience

Mercury Intranet focuses on creating a user-friendly experience for team members. The platform can be tailored to individual preferences, enabling employees to customise their dashboards and access the information and tools most relevant to their roles. This personalisation fosters a sense of ownership and comfort, encouraging employees to interact with the intranet regularly and become active participants in the organisation’s collaborative journey.

In conclusion, Mercury intranet is a powerful tool for encouraging teamwork and driving productivity within your organisation. By providing seamless communication, collaboration spaces, employee engagement features, knowledge-sharing capabilities, and personalised user experiences, the intranet empowers teams to work together efficiently and achieve remarkable results.

Embrace the transformative potential of Mercury, and watch as your organisation’s teamwork reaches new heights, strengthening relationships, and fueling innovation across the board. To experience the benefits of Mercury Intranet firsthand, we invite you to schedule a free demonstration today. Contact us at 0845 643 9726 or visit to learn more about Mercury Intranet and docCentrum.