Case Study

Intranet portal
Wits RHI
Johannesburg, South Africa
Environment :
SharePoint 2013
SharePoint 2013, Responsive UI, Branding, Bootstrap 3.0

Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (WRHI) provides a new face to its SharePoint intranet portal with enhanced features

About the Client

Established in 1994, The Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (WRHI), is amongst leading multi-disciplinary institutes based out of Africa. They support implement new Government policies regarding HIV, sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs). Their programs also include research, programmatic support, training, policy development, health systems strengthening and technical assistance at global level.

The Challenge

WRHI intranet portal on SharePoint had a low user adaptation within the organization. They were looking to re-brand the portal and add new functionalities for better user collaboration.


- New and improvised user interface – SharePoint branding

- Events calendar

- Latest news

- A dynamic weather section


The Solution

Based on WRHI’s design brief a new user interface was designed. It was developed keeping in mind their inherent problem of low user adaptation. Thus the navigation had to be intuitive; and the look and feel had be accommodative of user preferences. Upon approval of design a new solution was developed for deployment which included branding files such as master pages, CSS and JS files.

Apart from branding WRHI wanted functionalities like Weather, Latest News, Events Calendars, and time zone widgets to be displayed on the Home page.

Weather functionality had to display weather report of their HQ City by default, while it could be changed for other cities by the users as required.

The Latest News would have organizational news feed for its employees. This data would be fetched from a SharePoint list, which would be updated by the WRHI IT Team.

WRHI wanted their employees to be aware about various events happening with in the organization across various locations. A custom visual web part was developed which would display these events. Along with this the employees were also provided with a functionality to add their events to the calendar.

These new functionalities were developed as the custom visual web parts and configured to the home page as one-click deployment custom solution along with branding.


Post deployment statistics indicated high user adaptation for WRHI’s intranet portal.

They now had an effective platform for collaboration and communication within the organization.

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