The profile fields can be filled from two sources.The traditional way: collegues enter their data by them self; or you sync the fields via a LDAP directory, if your company has already a LDAP directory.
Most companys already have an LDAP directory like Active Directory, Open LDAP, etc.; these LDAP diretorys often contain most employee data that you want to show in the profiles. This way you don't need to bother your colleagues with entering information you have and data doesn't to be edited twice.
You can combine profile field that are synced via LDAP with fields your colleagues enter.
If data in your LDAP diretory changes, LINCHPIN automaticly syncs with your LDAP directory.
If no LDAP directory is present, or LDAP date is not complete, your colleagues can enter profile data by their own. This way you can replace your phone book with an always current list of phone numbers.
As said before, it's easy to combine profile field that are synced via LDAP with fields your colleagues enter.
To ensure the best experience for your users, it is sometimes necessary to force your colleagues to enter certain data. For example you could need some location information to deliver the right news to your users.
In a Social Intranet profile data is key. LINCHPIN makes it easy to re-use profile information every where as vCards in the Intranet, if you want to add contacts, organize a meeting or present a department.
Profile with contact details, emergency information, skill set, photo...