Today's financial services industry has changed a great deal from 10 or even five years ago. Industry consolidation has forced credit unions to consider how to do more with less and identify creative ways to reduce costs, while also maintaining a high level of member loyalty. One of the best ways to do this is by investing in and leveraging technology that:

  • Helps employees become more efficient at completing day-to-day, routine tasks;
  • Improves communication and engagement between members and employees; and
  • Enhances management's ability to oversee all aspects of the business.


But what technology does all of these things and why haven't we heard about it in the latest headlines? Simple – because it's been around for quite some time.

Intranets provide a centralized location for employees to access and exchange information such as company news, product brochures or other documents that frontline staff require quick and easy access to. Knowing where to go for certain types of information eliminates wasted time searching for files and other resources, while also enabling employees to deliver service faster and with greater accuracy – collectively improving the member's experience. Moreover, these systems are equipped with administrative controls, giving management the ability to see how everything is working and the power to make improvements when necessary. However, intranets are more effective than any "shared network" because they help credit unions coordinate employee training more effectively, serve as a valuable tool for HR to engage with disparate employees and provide IT departments with greater latitude in managing ticket requests or issues in real-time.

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