CHARACTERISTICS: Intranets may provide a gateway to the Internet by means of a network gateway with a firewall, shielding the intranet from unauthorized external access. While intranets are generally restricted to employees of the other organization, extranets may also be accessed by customers, suppliers, or other approved parties. The first intranet websites and home pages began to appear in organizations in 1990-1991.
USES OF INTRANET: Increasingly, intranets are being used to deliver tools and applications, e.g., collaboration or sophisticated corporate directories, sales and customer relationship management tools, project management etc, to advance productivity. Intranets are also being used as corporate culture-change platforms. For example, large numbers of employees discussing key issues in an intranet forum application could lead to new ideas in management, productivity, quality, and other corporate issues. Intranets and their use are growing rapidly. According to the Intranet design annual 2007 from Nielsen Norman Group, the number of pages on participants intranets averaged 200,000 over the years 2001 to 2003 and has grown to an average of 6 million pages over 2005–2007.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INTERNET AND INTRANET: Internet Intranet1. Internet work in world 1. Intranet work only in wide. organizations.2. Internet is no very secure 2. Intranet is very secure then internet and it is then intranet because it is used in organizations used world wide. only.3. In internet the data 3. In intranet the data transfer have little low transfer have high speed. speed.4. In internet users are 4. In intranet users are Customers. Employees.
BENEFITS OF INTRANET: Communication: Intranets can serve as powerful tools for communication within an organization, vertically and horizontally. From a communications standpoint, intranets are useful to communicate strategic initiatives that have a global reach throughout the organization. Management: Intranets are also being used as a platform for developing and deploying applications to support business operations and decisions across the internetworked enterprise.
BENEFITS OF INTRANET: Time: Intranets allow organizations to distribute information to employees on an as-needed basis; Employees may link to relevant information at their convenience, rather than being distracted indiscriminately by electronic mail. Immediate updates: When dealing with the public in any capacity, laws, specifications, and parameters can change. Intranets make it possible to provide your audience with "live" changes so they are kept up-to-date, which can limit a companys liability.