Understanding Intranets in today’s Business Environment
Before an Intranet system is developed, the benefits, cost-effectiveness and time of implementation should be considered. To assist companies to decide whether this is worth their while and will offer them the return on investment they anticipate the following article may provide the necessary insight into the potential value of an Intranet.
What is an Intranet?
An Intranet is a private computer network developed for single firms. It allows employees access to company information. It's a lot like a website, but is only available internally to staff who access the Intranet through secure logins and passwords. The main functions of an Intranet include distributing information, assisting in training processes, employee self-service, internal document management and facilitating human resource practices. It also assists excessively in customer relations management (CRM) as well as enterprise resource planning (ERP). Every Intranet is customised to meet the employee's individual needs.
Which organisations make use of Intranets?
Intranets are able to serve a wide variety of organisations. These may range from large international organisations to medium-sized business enterprises and are often effectively applied in smaller firms.
What are the benefits of using an Intranet?
Are Intranets cost-effective?
Intranets are inexpensive to implement considering their initial purchase, training and operation. This network system costs far less than most other communication or workgroup systems and is able to bring about a substantial return.
How quickly can you implement an Intranet strategy into your company?
An Intranet system can be implemented in a very short period of time ranging from as little as 2 hours but in exceptional cases could take up to 6 weeks. The length of time it takes to implement such a system is dependant on the size of the Intranet and the specific requirements of the customer.
The role of Intranets in the future…
The Web has really changed the way we do business today and Intranets will certainly play a prominent role in the future of organisations. A system of this nature is too cheap and the value it adds is too high to let competitors outmanoeuvre you in this area. Times have changed and a large number of companies today utilise Intranets to increase not only their effectiveness but also their profitability through more empowered employees.
To conclude, an Intranet can be regarded as an inexpensive customised system that is beneficial in many respects. An Intranet is the tool of the future that assists your company in creating a “happier” workforce, staying ahead of your competitors as well as increasing internal communication and productivity.
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