An intranet is generally recognized as being a web site that is available within the confines of your company network. What that website does is entirely up to you. You may wish to create an intranet that conveys useful information about your organization to your employees. At the other extreme an intranet may provide you with the functionality to actually run your business or organization, including the ability to invoice, control stock and provide financial reporting.
Some key advantages to implementing an intranet over traditional software include.
- Scalability of applications.
- Reduced licensing costs.
- Near zero client footprint.
- Internationaly recognized web standards.
- Platform independence.
- Centralized data control and backup.