Intranet Design Annual 2015
Nielsen Norman Group
UniCredit is a European financial leading Group in banking services with thousands of branches distributed in 17 countries and 50 markets. Between 2005 and 2010, through a series of mergers UniCredit acquired some of the most prominent Italian and foreign players in the Finance industry, thus turning into the most important European banking group.
UniCredit Group selected Assist as their digital advisor, and the firm partnership so established has been in place for more than 12 years.
Thanks to our User Centered Design methodology we assertively contributed to the development of their new intranet: a challenging project that involved the vast world of UniCredit, as a whole.
It was necessary a reinforcement of corporate identity and culture to stimulate of a strong sense of belonging. The purpose was to create an information and operative tool for the management suitable to ensure multi-directional communications. Namely, an exclusive multilingual intranet had to be developed and used by more than 143,000 employees in 17 countries. We succeeded in involving all UniCredit teams stemming from diverse professional and cultural environments.
In order to develop such a wide-ranging tool, we had recourse to our User-Centered methodology, to involve users through face-to-face interviews and workshops and draw up a consistent concept to create a professional enterprise network.
After operating and coordinating these activities at global level, we were then able to identify the needs of UniCredit’s employees located anywhere in the world.
After the launch of the intranet, the results exceeded the expectations: the users’ level of satisfaction rocketed from 38% to 79%.
The average time spent to search contents dropped to 67%, together with a fall of the bounce rates to 53%.
Daily accesses increased by 100% and our project was given the “Best Intranet” award at Nielsen Norman Group’s 2015 Intranet Design Annual. Thanks to the intranet that we developed, UniCredit’s employees benefit from a unique and effective tool available in all countries of the group affiliates: Austria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine and Hungary. The intranet is for them an easily accessible hub that consolidated and strengthened their corporate culture.