Linchpin and implementation projects from A to Z
Linchpin combines employee and team needs with the goals of management in a modern, flexible social intranet solution. The platform meets the requirements of a classic intranet and of Intranet 2.0. This is accomplished with Confluence as the technological basis combined with Linchpin add-ons and customer-specific customizations.
Linchpin was developed for larger-sized companies and their specific communication needs. The platform is a lean, modern and functional alternative to the established software solutions that dominate the intranet market. All this at a significantly lower price and with less technical complexity. Linchpin has proven itself in globally operating companies with tens of thousands of employees and in medium-sized organizations. It is ready for business. You can do a free trial in advance at anytime and start a pilot project with us.
The Confluence collaboration software was developed by the Australian provider Atlassian and is one of the most popular business applications for team collaboration in the world. Linchpin complements Confluence's functions by meeting the key requirements companies have for intranets. Linchpin combines both approaches in a system where employees can work together smoothly but also fulfills the traditional intranet requirements.
The foundation of the Linchpin suite is built on Atlassian Confluence, one of the most successful and popular business applications and collaboration solutions in the world. But Confluence by itself is not a fully-fledged intranet system and does not aspire to be one. It focuses on modern team collaboration (Intranet 2.0) and not on corporate requirements for intranets (Intranet 1.0).
Our Linchpin solution combines both approaches and uses plug-ins to turn the excellent Confluence base into a proper social intranet where employees can work together smoothly but also meets traditional intranet requirements.
The third building block is an individual theme based on a company's corporate design. This not only improves the usability of the system in critical areas but also increases acceptance among employees and promotes their identification with the application.
The native Linchpin core system comprises the following extensions:
Furthermore, additional plug-ins can add valuable and important functions to your Linchpin intranet for even better collaboration. In addition to Linchpin's core extensions, we also recommend the following extensions:
No intranet platform can meet every application requirement right out of the box. This is why Linchpin pursues the approach of effectively supporting your core objectives: collaboration, knowledge management and effective internal communication. And its functionality can be expanded at any time.
The editor provides a genuine "What you see is what you get" kind of intuitive, user-friendly experience when creating and editing content. It requires no technical expertise and offers all basic word processing functions as well as numerous structuring/formatting options and the option to easily integrate tables, diagrams, images, multimedia content and files into pages.
Linchpin offers a sophisticated contact search feature available from everywhere in the intranet via a separate input box. After entering a keyword, a list of the colleagues you searched for appears sorted by relevance. Clicking on a person takes you to their comprehensive profile page containing their information such as contact info, skills and main focus of work and includes an organization chart.
On the one hand, Linchpin lets companies display "must see news" to employees via the intranet: custom top-down management news based on user profile attributes (e.g. location or language). On the other hand, users can create individual news streams on their personal intranet homepages filled with content relevant to them.
Linchpin means social intranet. The social features many users are familiar with from their daily web use not only promote quick feedback, they also enhance the user experience and encourage employee participation: microblogs for straightforward central communication and features similar to those from Twitter and Facebook, a "Like" button, comments in thread form, a share function and @mentions.
Large intranets are known for being slow and clumsy. Linchpin is different because it is used by companies with tens of thousands of employees. And we guarantee that your intranet will not slow down your employees. From extensive, multi-level caching to periodic stress tests, our system administrators work hand-in-hand with your IT department to provide you with a truly fast system.
Well-structured, clean and personalized. Based on the user's profile settings (language, location, department, etc.), Linchpin customizes the main navigation menu and certain sections of the homepage. This enables you to provide customized content to all your employees while maintaining full control over the flow of information at all times.
For most employees, your intranet will be only one of many applications. But by cleverly integrating other software systems, Linchpin becomes the cockpit for daily tasks. Users can add links to important web applications to their homepage and access them via small icons at anytime - just like with smartphone apps. Single sign-on is in the works.
Linchpin promotes a culture of collaboration and prevents information bottlenecks. But every company must treat certain information carefully. The granular permission concept gives you the option to limit access to individual intranet pages or entire content areas at any time via a convenient interface (read/write permission, restrictions on user groups and individual users).
An intranet should look like part of the company and not look like a foreign object in the system landscape. When an employee logs in, they should know where they are. Linchpin will provide you with a theme in your corporate design and further customize it to meet your needs by removing and/or adding specific elements.
The world has become mobile, but intranets still lag behind in this area. Linchpin adds a mobile component to your intranet and offers special themes for smartphones and tablets that take into account the characteristic features and special applications of mobile use.
Linchpin is available starting at 25+ licenses. Costs are calculated based on a fixed price and cover customer-specific services (consultation, workshops, conception, customization, design, programming) and licensing fees for software components and vary depending on the number of Confluence licenses. If you already own a Confluence license or licenses for plug-ins associated with the suite, the costs will be deducted from the total price.
The software costs are for Confluence and all plug-ins part of the Linchpin suite.After 12 months, the Confluence licenses and desired plug-ins must be renewed if you wish to continue receiving support (50% of the initial license fees).
including $6,800 for licenses
Linchpin offers expanding small and medium-sized companies a financially attractive gateway to a comprehensive, scalable social intranet. The number of licenses can be adjusted later, as needed.
including $20,400 for licenses
Large organizations with between 500 and 10,000 intranet users...
including $40,800 for licenses
For corporate groups with more than 10,000 intranet users, the costs for the Linchpin introduction project are capped, even if your organization employs tens of thousands of employees all over the world.
There are no SaaS components. You can operate the complete platform on your own IT infrastructure behind a firewall. The powerful native permissions concept lets you effectively protect sensitive information on the intranet at all times.
There are many cumbersome, complicated intranets out there. And many share the problem that hardly anyone works with the systems for this reason. Linchpin is lean, straightforward and intuitive. It was developed taking into consideration the knowledge from user experience research. It is an intranet that lets users effectively and quickly reach their goals, work productively but is also a pleasure to work with.
In comparison, intranet projects with //SEIBERT/MEDIA have very short turnaround times and also come from a single source. We assist you on your project from consultation and design for user experience design (UXD) and visual design to professional, iterative programming. And we won't abandon you after final delivery. We will gladly help you devise a tailored roll-out strategy.
Linchpin competes on the intranet market with many established top dogs and even more young, modern solutions. The systems are often set with whole different priorities. Basically, experience shows: companies should not assume that there is only one solution. Many tools will work well. There is not the solution that beats all others in all aspects. And there is certainly no platform which offers all necessary features that are on checklists of evaluation teams: Any solution will definitely miss features.
Many tools will work well. There is not the solution that beats all others in all aspects. And there is certainly no platform which offers all necessary features that are on checklists of evaluation teams: Any solution will definitely miss features. Nevertheless, the absence of non-crucial features boost out whole platforms.
This has the appearance of objectivity, but will not provide the best solution for employees. Instead of focusing on (in reality rarely used) these features the evaluation team should focalize on the specific needs of their organization: for example collaboration, sharing knowledge, group communication, business processes.
The study Intranet Compass supports evaluation teams in this holistic view, without ignoring the functions: scientifically profound, independent and overlooking the use of reality.
These categories have emerged from various pitches and other studies. Overall, the comparison is based on a list of 50 criteria.