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Intranet Implementation: The Advantages Of A Web-Based Solution

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The traditional approach to implementing an intranet is to purchase a
software package, modify it for your needs, and install it on your


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The traditional approach to implementing an intranet is to purchase a
software package, modify it for your needs, and install it on your

Over the past few years, another option has grown in popularity – the
implementation of a web-based solution.

As you consider the choice between installed software and a web-based
intranet, here are some considerations:

1. The most important requirement of any intranet is that everyone uses

To assure broad-based participation, the intranet must be easy to
implement, simple to use, cost-effective to maintain, and offer each
individual user the power to post, access and use content in a way that
serves their specific needs. In short, the intranet must have value to

Web-based intranets are designed around this concept. The interface and
navigation are consistent with their use of the web – an environment in
which they feel in control, using familiar tools.

In contrast, the business world is littered with countless elegant and
feature-rich soft-ware based intranets that have failed. Why? Because
they represented an alien environment into which the user was expected to
venture. Few employees had the time or the interest (or courage) to
enter, rendering the intranet impotent, with the powerful tools unused.

This is the plight of traditional, out-of-the-box software solutions.
Unlike web-based intranets, they force users into a constrained
environment requiring in-depth training, built around rules designed for
the group, rather than the individual.
2. Software intranets have unpredictable costs: in time, attention and

Software based solutions require extensive internal support. The ongoing
expense in both staff time and money takes the focus of your IT group
away from mission-critical tasks.

System integration, Implementation, maintenance, technology upgrades,
training and user support are all on-going tasks that represent a
significant, recurring investment. The cost can be substantial, far
exceeding your initial license cost and monthly fee.

3. Web-based intranets offer a predictable cost and cutting-edge

Most web-based solutions offer a fixed monthly fee that covers all
maintenance, technology upgrades, training and user support. The costs
are predictable, the technology evolutionary, and it's all done with
minimal involvement of your IT staff.

It's for these reasons that companies needing broad-based participation
in a changing environment are choosing web-based intranets over
traditional software solutions.

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