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That will Change Your Intranet

Trend 3: Expect intranets to become even more pervasive

We’ve seen intranets gain momentum in corporate America. (See for example, this article entitled "Strategic Intranets: the next big thing?", fee-based access.) Most companies have sizeable intranets today. Many complement these intranets with departmentspecific ones that focus on unique business processes or functional needs. A good example of this is a marketing resource management intranet for the marketing department.

As a testimony to the success of intranets in the workplace, expect to see even more intranets in the future. At one end of the spectrum, intranets for company boards are surfacing. These intranets are designed for sharing, collaborating, brainstorming, and disseminating news and information to very small user populations— the board of directors only.


At the opposite end of the spectrum, farmers in India access a food company’s intranet to get commodity prices, weather information and farm management knowledge as well as to sell their crops. Two million farmers use the intranet and every day more log on to use it. The food company’s competitors are being forced to build similar tools.


Expect to see many more dynamic, innovative intranets in the near future, whether they’re servicing the board members of a Fortune 500 company or farmers in a developing country. Also, expect to be challenged to deliver more dynamic and innovative intranet solutions for your employees and business partners. The intranet growth is mostly seen with intranets in the third stage as companies realize the power of collaboration in a shared electronic space.


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