Distributing project control database information on the World Wide Web
Since the advent of the Internet, many companies have started using it to distribute management and operations information to their employees and clients. This article overviews these developments and offers an introduction to electronic distribution of information over the Web. Project control data tends to be periodic and comprised of text and tables. Templates can be created to format this information in user-friendly ways. Files are usually convertible to ASCII files and can then be made ready for the Web. Real-time Web access to databases is possible but can be costly. Electronic distribution of information has obvious advantages beyond the savings in production costs but can have drawbacks if the network is prone to going down or if there are privacy or data security issues.