The Name of the Intranet

Inspired by Step Two’s post “Naming the Intranet” I decided to finally publish the list of intranet names that I’ve been ‘collecting’ over some time. It can be found in the top-level navigation menu under “Intranet Names” in this blog.

As commenting does not work on that page, please post any input to the list (additional intranet names that you are aware of, errors in the list, …) by using the comments function below.

Thank you!

58 Gedanken zu “The Name of the Intranet

  1. Thank you, Patrick. I was often asked by participants of the intranet trainings I’m giving, what a “good name” for an intranet would be. So I started putting together this list to give them an idea what names other organisations use.
    Will add yours to the list – thanks.
  2. Hey, heres a few from companies I’ve worked with in the past:
    “Energy” – to inspire energy, and surprisingly, from an energy supply company.
    “Momentum” – No stopping us now…or that was the theory. Another energy supply company
    “K.I.S” – Keep It Simple. A printing firm.
  3. In the BBC we call our intranet ‘Gateway’ and that’s whatever refers to it as. Dunno why it’s called Gateway, but you can see where we’re going with that. Some smarty pants thought that one up long ago….
  4. Hi Phil & thank you. ‘Gateway’ is a great way of describing the single-point-of-entry character of an intranet without having to use the threadbare and spongy term ‘portal’. Must have been someone really smart… ;-)
  5. I like your collection – very useful!

    In my company (WOLF THEISS, a law firm with approx. 600 employees in CEE/SEE) we organized a firm-wide internal name contest for our new intranet that was launched in March 2008. We had stunning 377 suggestions. Finally, we had online-votings and it turned out people liked “floW” best.

    I love the name floW as it is connected to our company name (Wolf backwards) AND highlights what our intranet offers – a constant flow of information and communication.

    The name contest was a perfect vehicle for promoting the new intranet. And now we have a real “brand” that people feel connected to. So, I can only recommend such a name contest.

  6. Thank you, Chris. That’s a real fortunate cirumstance and connection to your name and the intranet’s nature.

    Name contests are really useful also in respect to making employees aware that each and every one of them is (or at least should be) in some way involved with the intranet.

    I’ve never come across a participation rate of more than 60% as in your case, though. Congratulations!

  7. My last company called theirs ‘Inside’, which is pretty good.
    Others I like are:
    • Core
    • Focus
    • The Hoard
    • Alexandria (as in Library of…)
    • Skynet (though it’s a little scary)
    • Father
  8. Our new intranet at Royal National Institute for Blind People is called iSite. The old intranet was called Iris. I quite liked that but the intranet was disliked so no-one wanted to keep the old name. Vision related puns seem unavoidable, given RNIB’s subject matter.
  9. Thank you, Karen. That’s (one of) the great things with a named Intranet – you do get a second chance to build a positive association. If it’s just “the intranet”, it’s usually much harder to eliminate an existing negative relation to it.
  10. Our lawfirm’s former CEO was a real Trekker. Our current Intranet is Voyager. This really works well, as the name is unique enough that it doesn’t occur in normal business conversation.
  11. Hallo,
    unser Intranet der DAK heisst schlicht und einfach DAKintranet.
    In der momentanen Ausbaustufe befassen wir uns in einem Projekt mit der Weiterentwicklung hin zum Wissensmanagement. Synonym hierbei ist DAKwissen bzw. DAKw!ssen.
    Gruß, Stephan Büttner
  12. Hi Stephan.
    Thanks for you comment on my recent post. Fabulous list of names. Is a resource I am bound to use and refer others to in the future.
    A couple of additions for your list perhaps.

    Name: The Lounge
    Company: Tab Limited

    Name: eon (acronym for Entertaining Opportunity Network)
    Company: Tabcorp Holdings

    Happy for you to use may name as the source.

    Great blog by the way. Will be a keen follower or your feed from now on.

  13. I suggested to my employer to have an employee contest to name their new intranet site, as this was what a former employer had done. When I worked for Fun Sun Vacations, they had named their intranet site: The Beach House which was a real fun way to catch up on local company news.
  14. Well, hardware sure is a wide field and often the company name or other organisation specific elements are more important for the name.

    Maybe you’d want to consider running an internal name contest as this in many cases helps raise awareness plus gets you many good suggestions from the perspective of those who use the (future?) intranet.

  15. I manage the intranet at David Evans Associates Inc. in Portland, Ore., which is called Merlin. Comes complete with tiny animated wizard.
  16. One for the list, our employee intranet at KCTCS, simply called “thePoint”. Launched in March, 2009, it is based on SharePoint 2007.

    KCTCS is a mouthful of an acronym for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, which is even more of a mouthful. Coming up with a brand and name for the intranet for our employees had just a few requirements, one of which was “make it simple and not a mouthful”. Basing it on the SharePoint name and concept made the decision easy.

  17. I managed “Innovo” for Misys Global Banking Systems, a name given to it in 2005.
    The intranet for HSBC UK was once known as “Let’s Connect” and is now simply “UKi” as a contraction of UK Intranet.
  18. Working on an Intranet for a Scientific Research Organization with 700 staff. Any ideas on a name?
    NB. Scientists are unlikely to be enthusiastic participants in an intranet name competition :)) but will give it a shot still.
  19. Here are some we’ve been responsible for:

    Truffles – Ogilvy & Mather – 1997 (Comes from a David Ogilvy quote “we pursue knowledge the way pigs pursue truffles”)

    Sparkle – De Beers Forevermark – 2003? (the diamond connection is obvious but it is in fact an acronym for “System Providing Access to Research Knowledge Learning & Education” the name applied originally to a Lotus Notes intranet that we replaced in 2003)

    the pool – rmg:connect – 2004

    The AVenue – Added Value – 2007

    Henri – Nestle – 2009 (as in Henri Nestle the founder of Nestle)

    With the exception of the pool (rmg:connect was rolled into JWT in 2009) all are still in use today with these names.

  20. kindly provide me a list of names for the company’s intranet .
    my company known as fourth dimensions technologies where we are solution providers for IT infrastructure…..
  21. i m looking for a name for my intranet website….
    pls suggest me some good names for that…..my company is an IT company…pls suggest me for that……………
  22. Hi Jacobs and Hitesh: no inspiration from the list you find on this site?

    @Jacobs: For a company called “fourth dimensions technologies” I could imagine something like “The 5th Dimension” or simply “5D” as a name…

    @Hitesh: please provide more info – IT is a broad field…

  23. Our current Intranet is called ‘Inside’, and our new company-wide Intranet will be called ‘The loop’ – as we need to keep everyone across our business in the loop.
  24. Nice blog! Lots of inspiration for intranet names. I’m astounded by how many folks say their intranets have the same name as the one in my co. Hopefully I can come up with something more creative …
  25. I’ve named two intranets: Capsicum (2005) for the Australian Psychological Society. I wanted a name for their first intranet that included the letters APS. Not many good English words have that combination, but Capsicum gave us a good visual identity.
    In 2012 we asked staff at Australia Post to vote on a list of 10 name options, including Pebble, Red, Bugle. Staff chose Pogo, so we were able to use “Jump onto Pogo” as part of our launch communications.
  26. Auckland Transport
    Our intranet is called “Engine Room”. An ideal name for a transport focused organisation that delivers effective and innovative transport solutions to customers. The Engine Room powers that objective.
  27. I work at the NGO Epilepsy Action in the UK. Our intranet is called Wiggipedia, a combination of Wikipedia (being a well known source of information) and the surname of our deputy CEO (Wigglesworth). Staff suggested names, a panel did a shortlist, and then all staff voted on the intranet.

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