Is building an extranet right for your company?
An extranet is a hybrid between an Internet (public site) and an intranet (closed, or passworded site) and uses Internet technology to provide access to private information.More than half the Fortune 1000 companies have extranets, according to a 1999 research study. This article describes the technology underlying extranets, the business benefits they can offer, and guidelines for deciding if a company should create an extranet. Extranets consist of communities, and part of the challenge is targeting which communities to create and deciding what kinds of value and benefits can be delivered to members of those communities. Extranets can tighten operational integration, establish relationships with a variety of constituencies, and broaden business opportunities.