IT departments are being saddled with unwanted Intranets, according to research from the IT Directors' Forum.
The research, based on a survey of 237 IT directors, found that many IT departments are asked to build Intranets which they feel have no justification.
"It has replaced the low cost clone PC as the issue that management reads about in the Sunday colour supplements - and which they then lobby the IT department about," said the report, released this week.
Intranet projects that ran into problems were those built as what the report called "a fashion item", with more attention given to the underlying technology rather than the content.
Those departments using an Intranet effectively had found a clear business use for it, the research found.
Intranets holding a lot of information were successful when built after requests from staff, rather than management.
Sharing information and business processes with other companies was seen by IT directors as a key benefit of an Intranet.
Half of the users surveyed plan to turn their Intranet into an Extranet before the end of 1999.
Steven Mathieson is a reporter on Computing.
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