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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?

In this article, we outline the definitions for you and explained the process of how each one works in conjunction with each other. 

Firstly, what is an Intranet?

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

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 Extranet follows an intranet and 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. This will ensure staff can access the same information as office based colleagues irrespective of their geographical location which has become a popular and more affordable option for many in the modern workplace. 

The next stage in this process is having an intranet portal.

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.

Together, of course not all three are required, but when realised to their potential, they can transform the workplace.

At Sorce, we help you to create, design, manage and realise the potential of an intranet and our expert team is available to create the software product that suits your organisation. 

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