The standard way of implementing an intranet is to purchase a software package, modify it to your requirements, and install it.
Over the past couple of decades, another option has grown in popularity the execution of a online solution.
When you consider the choice between installed software and a web-based intranet, here are some considerations:
1. The most important requirement of any intranet is that everyone uses it.
To assure broad-based involvement, the intranet must be easy to implement, easy to use, inexpensive provide each user the capability to post, access and use content in a way that serves their requirements, and to maintain. In short, the intranet must have value.
Intranets are designed around this concept. Navigation and the interface are consistent with their usage of the web an environment in which they feel using tools.
In contrast, the company world is littered with countless tasteful and established. Why? Since they represented an environment the consumer was expected to venture. Few employees had time or the attention (or courage) to enter, rendering the intranet impotent, with the powerful tools .
Here is the plight of conventional, out-of-the-box applications solutions. Unlike intranets, users are forced by them to a environment requiring instruction, constructed around rules as opposed to the person.
2. Software intranets have costs: in money, attention and time.
Software based solutions need extensive service. The ongoing cost in the staff time and money requires your IT group’s focus away from mission-critical jobs.
Implementation, system integration, maintenance, technology upgrades, training and customer care are all on-going tasks that represent a significant investment. The cost could be considerable, far exceeding your license cost and yearly fee.
3. Intranets offer a predictable cost and cutting-edge technologies.
Most online solutions offer a fixed fee that covers training, technology upgrades, all maintenance and user support. The costs are foreseeable, the technology evolutionary, and it’s all done with involvement of your IT staff.
It is for these reasons that intranets are being chosen by firms needing involvement in a changing environment over software solutions.