Re: Intranets (#556127)

Subject: Re: Intranets (#556127)
From: wburns -at- MICRON -dot- COM
Date: Tue, 21 Jan 1997 09:56:24 MST

Dennis writes:

>
> Fellow travelers,
>
> Do any of you have experience working with intranets? If so, could you
> explain to me if they are really like a private Internet for your
> organization, complete with company-wide Web server, or something
> completely different? Do you find them useful for information
> distribution and retrieval within your organization, moreso than say
> Lotus Notes or cc:Mail bulletin boards?
>
Intranets are virtually the same as an internet, with the exception that they
are accessible only from within a company's network (ideally). If you don't have
access to the LAN, you don't have access to the intranet.

We've created an intranet here at Micron, and our department uses it to deliver
its online documents. We store our files (HTML, PDF, Word, Excel, and so on) in
Saros Mezzanine and call them up from various static menus that we've created.
We could generate tables of contents on the fly using Cold Fusion, but our users
feel more comfortable with a uniform look and feel and a relatively stable
department web site.

We prefer this method of delivery over using some other method for these
reasons:

1. The software is cheap (unlike Lotus Notes or FrameViewer).
2. The intranet is simple to use (see item 1).
3. This method of distribution doesn't overload our mail servers
(as I assume cc:Mail would).

Intranets can be very useful, but they can also be the source of many
issues and conflicts--especially in an environment where information
is or needs to be tightly controlled.

Bill Burns
Assembly Documentation Supervisor
wburns -at- micron -dot- com
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