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An intranet is basically a private web   based network. It uses all of the
technology of the internet but is safe   and protected behind a firewall
that keeps unauthorized personnel out.   There are a variety of ways to
implement an intranet that address the   required speed of implementation
and a


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An intranet is basically a private web based network. It uses all of the
technology of the internet but is safe and protected behind a firewall
that keeps unauthorized personnel out. Companies have been using them for
years as a method of streamlining their internal communications.

Because a web browser can run on any type of computer, the need to
maintain multiple paper copies of documents that are constantly changing
can be eliminated. Documents like training manuals, internal phone books,
procedure manuals, benefits information, employee handbooks, requisition
forms, etc. can be maintained as electronic documents and updated at
almost no cost. The savings in paper and other material costs can be
significant

But the most powerful aspect of an intranet is its ability to display
information in the same format to every computer being used. That allows
all of the different software and databases a company uses to be
available to all employees without any special equipment or software
being installed on their systems.

This universal availability of information is sparking an era of
collaboration unlike anything ever seen before. The departmental barriers
that exist in many companies are slowing breaking down because now
colleagues can share information readily using the company intranet.

Options for implementing an intranet

There are a variety of options for setting up an intranet. They include
building your own intranet technology, purchasing and installing third-
party software, or purchasing access through an extranet ASP. Here is a
quick summary of the advantages and disadvantages of each approach:

1. Building it yourself
Advantages: Complete control of user interface design; ability to
customize level of functionality; integration into internal systems, and
direct access to user activity.
Disadvantages: High up-front development cost; requires staff expertise
in the development of extranets, commitment of internal staff for 6
months to a year for planning, execution, review and implementation; and
an ongoing commitment of internal staff for internal and client support,
hosting, maintenance and upgrades.

2. Purchasing/installing third-party software
Advantages: Proven track-record of packaged solution; ability to choose
functions and to
customize user interface, more rapid implementation compared to building
it yourself.

Disadvantages: High up-front purchase cost; commitment of internal staff
for customization and implementation; on-going commitment of internal
staff for internal and client support, hosting, maintenance and upgrades;
and extensive internal and client training

3. Using a Service Provider (ASP)
Advantages: Proven track-record of the application; low cost of entry and
predictable cost over time; virtually immediate implementation; no
commitment of internal staff for internal support, hosting, or
maintenance; and upgrades at no cost by extranet experts, and savings on
internal server use.

Disadvantages: Less freedom in user interface design, and fixed
functionality.

In the final analysis…
The approach you choose depends on how you work, the technical and
financial resources at your disposal, and how rapidly you need to move
forward.

				
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