Intranets represent a fundamentally new phase in information systems, according to a new study commissioned by the Technology Management Forum and carried out by IDC in the US. The research shows that most companies have built intranets and are ready to move on to the next stage of intranet computing. The results, which focused on companies with #1.29 billion in gross revenues, haven't been fully tabulated yet. But the preliminary findings, as disclosed by TMF leader Priscilla Tate at the Technology Forum '97 conference in New York last month, are telling: INTRANET: TMF FINDINGS 1 Almost all the companies have built intranets. 2 The companies are spending an average of $2 million annually on infrastructure and staffing for their intranets. 3 Benefits include reducing printing and paper costs, lowering costs for deploying client/server applications, reduced application development time, improved efficiency of workflow applications, and better data collection and distribution. 4 The lowest-ranking problems were costs of all kinds, including hardware, software and application development costs. The bottom line for intranets: For a little money, you can make a lot of good things happen.
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