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.