What can be done by Intranet?
Ten years ago, local area network(LAN) started to appear in SMEs in Hong Kong. By that time, the most significant one would be Netware produced by Novell. Take Netware 3.X as example, it provided file server which is very important to SMEs. And so does printer sharing.
After the introduction of file server, network version of application software is then developed. For example, one accounting system can be operated by one accounting staff originally but many staff can perform data input and enquiry together with the network version.
This kind of systems has been used until now and many people think that it is all about network applications. In fact, the functions of today's intranet are far more than what the people think. Some intranet applications and the effect they have on competitiveness and productivity of enterprises are introduced in the following.
When there is internal email system installed in the company, other than sending texts via email, the staff can send files through. Even if it is a 10M file, transmission can be done by the intranet within few seconds. The staff will find this more convenient than using file server. One of the reasons is they can get away from the complicated issue of security settings. Another greater advantage is the reduction of training time on new employees because sending and receiving emails have already become the daily activity of individuals and training is not needed.
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