These days, most corporations have their own intranet, which is somewhat like the internet except for the fact that it’s only accessible to those within the company. However, Intranets are not just useful for large enterprises, SMEs can benefit from them hugely too.

An intranet means that internal communications within a company are simplified substantially and make for more success in terms of growth, as productivity increases. It’s basically an internal database which every employee can access, with different permissions for various staff.

Not all employees will need access to documents and files only top management can interpret or need to carry out their own jobs – and this issue is solved by having intranet.

Below are some more good reasons for having intranet over and above your time-tested internet.

It’s cheaper

The chief advantage of using an intranet for a small or large business is that they’re cheap to implement and run, greatly increasing the return on investment (ROI). In the modern office, most computers are already equipped to connect to the Internet and browse the Web. With an intranet, there’s no need to buy new equipment for the end user or significantly restructure the corporate network. The only thing that needs to be purchased and configured is a Web server (hardware and software) to host the intranet.

They’re scalable and flexible

A small company can turn a simple desktop PC into a Web server, build some basic HTML Web pages and be up and running at practically no extra cost. As the company grows, it can invest in a more robust Web server, hire a Web developer to design more dynamic intranet Web pages and make more and more information and software available online.

Helps develop and reinforce the corporate culture of a business

Executives can maintain blogs on the company intranet site alerting employees to new and exciting developments. Employee relations specialists can post newsletters, maintain event calendars and organise volunteer groups through the intranet site. And employees themselves can start blogs and build Wikis that explain every facet of corporate life.