Alliance & Leicester revamps its intranet

Alliance & Leicester is updating its five-year-old intranet content management system to improve the way it distributes corporate information.

Alliance & Leicester is updating its five-year-old intranet content management system to improve the way it distributes corporate information.

The system will let staff access a broader range of information, including the latest product and sales data, internal business materials and human resources and benefits information, said Audrey Philbrooks, group intranet manager at the bank.

Philbrooks said the enhancements would allow the bank to develop better control mechanisms for the creation and distribution of corporate information, which was "vital in a regulated environment".

Alliance & Leicester is using Percussion Software's Rhythmyx system, which can manage web content, documents, digital assets, portal content and scanned images. The software's content authorising process provides automation of non-productive tasks such as workflow and link-checking. By removing this administrative layer the bank expects to be  able to spend more time on producing the content.

The software's architecture also separates the management of content from the content delivery environment, allowing Alliance & Leicester to reuse content and publish to multiple channels.

Rhythmyx will operate within the bank's Microsoft-based environment, but it can also work with Linux. It will run on Windows 2003 servers and initially link to a Microsoft SQL Server 2000 database and Office 2003 applications.

The system replaces Alliance & Leicester's previous intranet development system, which used the defunct Microsoft Site Server, with pages prepared for uploading using Dreamweaver.

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