Big bank's intranet creates a stir

Pete Fields, an executive at Wachovia Corp., knows techies tend to view banks as staid. But he hopes his employer's multimillion-dollar overhaul of its intranet will help change that.

Fields and the refurbished intranet, called Pulse, have been creating favorable buzz in technology trade circles. This spring, Wachovia created employee wikis (Web sites where anyone can help contribute content) to help workers share business knowledge, blogs to help them collaborate in other areas, and an employee directory that's a lot like an internal social networking site.

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