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An effective way to boost productivity in your organization is by providing a single source of truth for employees to access all the information they need for their tasks. 

Studies have shown that employees spend an average of 7 hours a week searching for information, which can be a significant loss in productivity.

To address this, implementing a knowledge-sharing system can help. There are various options available, such as an intranet, wiki, or knowledge management platform. 

An effective knowledge management system can also support the development of best practices and help to streamline processes and procedures. By allowing employees to easily find and share relevant information, they can avoid reinventing the wheel and focus on more valuable tasks.


An intranet is a private network that is accessible only to an organization's staff. It is typically used to provide a secure platform for internal communication, collaboration, and document sharing within an organization. 

An intranet can be accessed from any device with an internet connection and can be used to share company news, policy updates, and other information with employees, as well as to provide access to internal systems, such as databases and other business applications. 

An intranet can also be used for communication and collaboration within the organization, allowing employees to share ideas and work together on projects. It is separate from the public internet and is protected by a firewall to ensure that only authorized users have access.

Advantages of an intranet:

Disadvantages of some intranets:

An intranet can play a crucial role in your organization's digital landscape by serving as a content management platform, allowing for more effective management of digital content.

Additionally, it can serve as a social platform for employees, fostering open communication and knowledge sharing among teams, which can help improve collaboration and skill transfer.

Knowledge Management Platform

A knowledge management system (KMS) is a system designed to collect, organize, and distribute information within an organization. 

The goal of a KMS is to ensure that information and knowledge are effectively captured, shared, and used in a way that supports the organization's goals and objectives. A KMS typically includes tools for document management, collaboration, search, and retrieval of information.

KMS systems can take many forms, including software applications, databases, and websites, and can be designed for use by a single department or for the entire organization.

The key to a successful KMS is that it should be designed to meet the specific needs and requirements of the organization, and that it is properly integrated into the organization's processes and workflows. 

Advantages of a knowledge management platform:

Disadvantages of a knowledge management platform:

Unlike traditional intranets and wikis, these platforms offer greater flexibility, ease of use, and control over the content, making them a more effective solution for organizations. With a knowledge management platform, organizations can ensure accurate and up-to-date information is easily accessible to all employees.

Corporate Wiki

A corporate wiki is a type of knowledge management system that uses wiki software to create a centralized, collaborative repository of information for an organization. A wiki is a website that allows users to add, modify, and share content using a simple markup language. 

In a corporate wiki, employees can create, edit, and share information on a wide range of topics, including company policies and procedures, best practices, project updates, and more.

Corporate wikis can be used to improve communication and collaboration within an organization, and to make it easier for employees to access the information they need to do their jobs. They also provide a platform for capturing and sharing knowledge that may otherwise be lost when employees leave the company.

Advantages of a corporate wiki:

Disadvantages of a corporate wiki:

Wiki can be a powerful tool for collaboration and information management, however, it may not be the best option for every organization. 

They may require a certain level of technical knowledge to navigate and effectively use. But if you and your employees are willing to put in the effort to learn, corporate wikis can offer many benefits. They can streamline employee onboarding, aid in knowledge retention, and improve collaboration among teams.

Article by Maria Gabrielle