The difference between an Intranet, Extranet and Intranet Portal

by Sam Lipscombe on May 23, 2011

What are intranets, extranets and portals and how can implementing one help your organisation?

Intranets are generally created first, followed by extranets and portals if they are required. Which option you choose will depend on your organisation’s specific needs.

An Intranet is a private internally focused business network. They are usually created for the following reasons:

  • To increase productivity
  • Reduce paperwork
  • Create time and cost savings for business and employees
  • Enable staff to do their jobs more productively
  • Improve efficiency across the organisation
  • Increase information sharing and collaboration

An Extranet allows those outside the immediate organisation controlled access to the intranet. This is done via a secure firewall using a password and username.

A common way of using an extranet is to enable remote workers intranet access. Staff can access the same information as office based colleagues irrespective of their geographical location.

A Intranet Portal acts as a window that allows you to interact with enterprise systems and applications. Apart from giving you intranet and extranet access, portals connect you to external processes such as HR.

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