New Delhi Television Limited (NDTV), founded in 1988, is India’s first and largest private producer of news, current affairs and entertainment television. NDTV currently has more than 1,000 employees producing news from over twenty plus locations nationally and internationally. NDTV has 23 offices and studios across the country, which host India’s most modern and sophisticated production and newsgathering facilities.
NDTV wants to develop My NDTV network – a corporate social network where employees of all the NDTV companies can view information given by the company and yet interact with their peers. The network would include content creation tools for the employees such as blogs, photos, polls, events and classifieds. Keeping in mind that content posted on the network is of an acceptable nature, the administrator should be given strong admin controls over the whole site – in terms of managing the content and the community.
The solution has been developed on the Microsoft Office SharePoint 2007 platform. The corporate social network part of the portal has been developed through a combination of built-in facilities such as blogs and other collaboration features as well as custom web parts. Both the portal and the MySite have a rich user interface that has been fully customized to achieve the exact design as required by NDTV. The portal provides a host of useful and interesting features such as ‘Today’s Birthdays’, ‘Latest Employees’, Polls, Quizzes etc
Video podcasting has also been integrated the main portal which allows users to upload and rate videos. A custom image gallery has also been created to allow users to rate and comment photos uploaded by other users.