Some enterprises may use an intranet to provide tools and applications which enhance employee productivity.
Intranets provide many benefits to businesses, such as web publishing and workforce productivity. These gateways to the internet can be customized for users and used to promote corporate culture. Users are able to interface and communicate with one another very efficiently and collaborate by sharing documents and information.
Potential advantages to a corporate intranet strategy include reduction in accounting, training and marketing costs. Once an intranet is initially set up, it is easy to use and inexpensive and is scalable to accommodate a changing organization.
An intranet portal may also have an extranet as a counterpart. In contrast to an enterprise intranet, an extranet provides information that may be accessed by a group outside of the organization, such as clients, vendors or other approved users. This is similar to an intranet in that authentication is still required. Also, an extranet can be customized for the intended audience.