Global drugs giant Shire overhauls intranet content system


Global drugs giant Shire overhauls intranet content system

Arif Mohamed

Global pharmaceutical company Shire is to overhaul an intranet used by 4,000 employees worldwide.

With a turnover of $1.7bn, the firm is the UK’s third-largest pharmaceutical company, and plans to go live with the new intranet later this year.

It said that a new content management system is key to the intranet’s success because it will allow more non-technical contributors and editors to manage content on the intranet.

Shire plans to implement Percussion Software’s web content management system Rhythmyx 6 to update content on the intranet. Shire said it chose the system because it supports its corporate governance, accessibility and security requirements.

A key objective of the intranet project is to enable it to act as a gateway to all sources of company information, said Shire, allowing content to be personalised and password protected.

Shire European applications director Mike Longden said that as the company continued to grow and change, its intranet needed to grow with it.

Shire focuses on manufacturing medicines to remedy attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, as well as developing human genetic therapies, and researching gastrointestinal and renal diseases.

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