Unlike many hyped-up trends, intranets make sense for small businesses. These internal Web sites provide an easy-to-reach and easy-to-update way to store the information employees require. Here are some reasons to create an intranet:

  • Your business uses several different types of computers - and the users all need to reach the same company information.
  • You need to centralize data in an easy-to-access way.
  • You'd like to give employees controlled use of more of the information stored on your network, but...
  • You don't want to administer network versions of various software packages.

And here are reasons not to create an intranet:

  • You don't have a local area network, or your network's operating system - like some older versions of Novell NetWare - does not use TCP/IP, the Internet communications standard.
  • You don't have any compelling business justification for one.
  • Many of your employees don't use computers.
  • Nobody is available to set up and manage the intranet.