Selecting the ten best intranets gets harder every year because the number of great designs keeps increasing. While tough on the judges, this is good news: it shows that the intranet usability movement is winning. More and more companies are treating their intranets as productivity tools and are investing in improving their design's usability instead of leaving the intranet to grow as it may.
The recommendations from our previous intranet-usability reports are now being widely implemented. This year's designs were so good that our list of runners-up included at least ten additional intranets that were worthy of being recognized, featured, and emulated. However, a top-ten list can only include ten winners, so we had to select the best of the best.
The WinnersThe world's ten best intranets for 2005 are:
- Banco Español de Crédito (Banesto), the third largest bank in Spain
- Cisco Systems, the world's leading computer networking vendor (U.S.)
- Electrolux, the world's largest manufacturer of powered appliances (Sweden)
- The Integer Group, a promotion and marketing agency (U.S.)
- NedTrain, the Dutch National Railway's maintenance subsidiary (The Netherlands)
- Orbis Technology, a small software developer (U.K.)
- Park Place Dealerships, operator of ten luxury automobile dealerships (U.S.)
- Procter & Gamble, a leading manufacturer of branded consumer goods (U.S.)
- Schematic, an interactive design and technology agency (U.S.)
- Verizon Communications, a leading telecommunications company (U.S.)
Cisco is particularly remarkable because its sales-support intranet application was