Evolution of the Intranet - Learning Center paves the way
By KitchenSink on Mar 18, 2008
With the advent of social bookmarking and the new wave of telecommuting, it's no wonder we have begun to change the way we work inside organizations and our perception of the long-standing "Intranet" has been altered.
Sun has long led the way in telecommuting and collaboration it takes the intranet to the next level and beyond the “firewall” - covering the web, the stuff you can see through your browser (whether it’s hosted internally or externally) and one of the organizations leading this effort is the Learning Organization.
Sun's Learning Services On Demand Portal has been re-tooled to allow Sun Employees to access training ANYWHERE, ANYTIME. This affects ANY employees throughout Sun. The Portal aggregates information from various different sources. Their mission statement is "to train all audiences, not just Sun Employees."
The team is led by Mike DeLoia, Learning Technology Program Manager. In January of 2008, The LMS portal was only accessible by internal Sun employees, and piggy-backed off of the MyHR Portal, authenticating using Federation Manager, and was only accessible via SWAN. Mike drove the effort to "push the portal to the edge" and allow secure access from the 'Net.
Sun's New Hire portal is also a project that was done last year for on-boarding new Sun Employees and is based on the Confluence platform for wikis currently used at Sun. The new hire portal aggregates information from several sources and provides a one-stop page for all information you would need as a new Sun Employee, with everything from new hire documentation to online orientation, to helpful links. It even allows you to play the action game "The Rise of the Shadow Specters" - where you can protect Sol City's network from malicious evil-doer hackers! Perfect for the overachievers not getting enough satisfaction with their 9-to-5 routine.
The Sun Partner Advantage Program (SPA) is a client of Learning Management Center . Currently, partners have to register themselves in two places, CWP (for a Sun Online account), then in MySun (an ECR/Sams application). This should be merged once we decouple SaMS from CWP (scheduled for late sumer 2008) and be extinct once we have fully EOL'ed SaMS with IBIS in January of 2009.