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So successful has the Internet been for business, and so many and so inexpensive are its tools, the technology is rapidly being adopted for use within companies. A Web server is set up on the company network and all the employee workstations are equipped with Web browsers. Documents such as sales and marketing literature, employee manuals, instruction manuals, safety information, inspirational messages from the PHBs, newsletters and what have you are posted on the web server.

Specific projects will have their own "home page" so participants can be kept up-to-date without endless meetings. Often each employee has his/her own home page for items of personal interest and collaboration with other employees.

Then it gets integrated with the main databases so employees can check inventory and pricing with their Web browser. Since the server is already there, somebody puts a POP3 on it and that pain in the kazoo proprietary email system bites the big weenie. And so it goes.

This arrangement is, of course, an Intranet. But then management wants to let important customers and business partners have access to parts of the Intranet. Now it becomes an Extranet (and security becomes a major issue).

©:Andrew Grygus - Automation Access - www.aaxnet.com - aax@aaxnet.com
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