Akumina is proud to announce its recognition in the third annual ClearBox Consulting SharePoint intranets in-a-box report. The 2018 report analyzes over 34 products and introduced a new series of ‘intranet choice’ awards to highlight products that stood out above the rest.

Understanding the marketplace is complex, ClearBox compiled shortlist based on their scenario scores, pricing, vendor track record and support to help provide signposting in the following categories: Europe, North America, Multinational Companies, Value, and User Experience. Akumina is proud to announce our digital workplace platform recognized as an “Intranet Choice – Multinational Companies”.

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From covering 6 SharePoint intranet products in 2016 to 34 in 2018, it’s fair to say the industry is blooming with vendors trying helping organizations leverage SharePoint to deliver engaging experiences to their employees. The good news is organizations are investing in improving productivity, engagement, and collaboration throughout the workforce. The bad news is, it’s overwhelming to search, analyze and choose a product due to the vast array of solutions and options available on the market.

About the ClearBox Report

The 2018 SharePoint intranets in-a-box report contains 430 pages of detailed analysis, assessing 34 ready-made intranet products and “accelerators” for SharePoint and Office 365. The report is designed to help organizations short list the best suited products and vendors based on their needs.

Published by ClearBox Consulting, an independent consultancy that believes in making the workplace a better and more productive experience with a mission around bringing clarity to the digital workplace.

What Makes Akumina Tops the Charts as a ‘Multinational Company’?

Akumina was recognized for its robust management, integration and implementation capabilities for managing multiple languages. To be recognized with the intranet choice award for multinational companies, ClearBox considered products with versatility in implementation and integration, management of multiple languages and evidence that the product can support large-scale customers.

ClearBox noted in the reportAkumina offers a highly flexible platform and a very versatile approach going well beyond a stand-alone intranet.” Powell 365 and MatchPoint were also winners in this category.

We’re proud of this achievement and believe this is a direct correlation to the recent investments we’ve made in globalization, offering the most flexible options for deploying multilingual experiences and communications across global organizations leveraging the Microsoft technology stack.

The multilingual intranet capabilities released this year are a complete game-changer for any organization managing multilingual intranet(s). Most organizations are stuck managing the nuances of multiple sites, with Akumina we provide the flexibility to manage and host one front-end site and only one SharePoint collection site. Our platform also offers an array of functionality that simplifies the management process for translations and language experiences including, but not limited to:

  • Intuitive side-by-side translation comparison mode for content authors
  • Auto-translation leveraging Microsoft Cognitive services
  • One site supporting multiple languages- eliminating the burden and nuances involved in managing multiple sites
  • Support for separate localized media (i.e. a company news article could display different images in Spanish vs. English)
  • Multilingual support for both managed content and static site items (labels, menu, etc.)
  • Unique token system which allows static content to be automatically replaced during page render with the appropriate language terms

Learn more about Akumina’s globalization support. 

How Does Akumina Compare Overall?

The majority of the products in this report include turn-key solutions for organizations looking to leverage robust technology to fire up an intranet quickly vs. building a solution from scratch.

Akumina on the other hand provides a turn-key intranet site as well as a platform (technically a series of frameworks) to easily extend and build out functionality, apps, and integrations to deliver personalized and contextual experiences for every user, on any device, at any time and in any language.

For the majority of our clients, our turn-key solution is just the starting point or tip of the iceberg – providing a solution that can be up and running quickly with all the standard components you’d expect out of a modern intranet from a content management system, collaboration tools, document management, dashboards, page builders, employee directory, search, forms, reporting, analytics and much more. Post launching Akumina’s turn-key solution, organizations leverage our platform to focus on building a roadmap aligning to their digital workplace strategy, deploying a fully integrated and transformative experience for their employees.

ClearBox Consulting scores products systematically based on eight common business scenarios including news publishing, user experience, social and knowledge management, analytics, employee services, integration and a wildcard option.

Scores were given on the basis of a product’s ‘base’ product as well as a ‘potential score’ if additional results could be achieved with extra product options, customization or services.

Akumina’s digital workplace platform stood out in multiple categories based on ClearBox’s scoring system for both our ‘base product’ as well as a ‘potential score’. Akumina was inline or outranked the average score in 7 out of 8 categories and scored particularly well for news publishing, integration, and the wildcard category.

Worthy to note that Akumina’s digital workplace platform was called out for its integration capabilities. As ClearBox stated, “Integration is what Akumina is all about” and well we couldn’t agree more! The majority of our customers struggle with the amount of disparate technology systems in their organization. Microsoft alone delivers over 30 productivity apps and on top of that organizations have CRM tools, HR tools, document tools, finance tools, content tools – the list goes on and on…

Our integration capabilities allow organizations to bring together the power and data of all these technology systems, without exposing the user to the technology system. Instead, users are delivered intuitive consumer-like experiences to help them perform their job.

The report provides a comprehensive overview of the 8 scenarios for each 34 products and will help organizations understand the options available on the market based on their intranet strategy and unique requirements. Interested in reading the report? You can purchase the report directly via ClearBox’s website.