The Intranet is a network based on internet protocols belonging to an organization, usually a corporation, accessible only by the organization's members, employees, or others with authorization. An intranet's Web site looks and acts just like any other Web site, but the firewall surrounding an intranet fends off unauthorized access. Like the Internet itself, intranets are used to share information. Secure intranets are now a fastest-growing segment of the Internet because they are much less expensive to build and manage, than private networks based on protocols.
You can use an intranet to give employees access to company documents, distribute software, enable group scheduling, and let individuals and departments publish information they need to communicate to the rest of the company. Typical intranet content could include the corporate directory, a calendar of events, policies, and procedures manual. The Intranet is a way of thinking and organizing the way we work with other people.
There are four reasons why a company needs an intranet. The...