Microsoft has written new guidelines to help customers use its intranet technology more effectively.
Called the Microsoft Solution for Intranets (MSI), the guidelines are designed to make the deployment of intranets and portals faster and more effective.
"We have tested several server configurations and written best ways to architect these products together for several different computer systems and pulled this together in a series of guidance documents," said Garry Tugwell-Smith, server solutions marketing manager at Microsoft. "The focus is to shrink deployment time and generate a faster return on investment."
Corporate intranets tend to be badly organised and companies need to make them more flexible and efficient, the company said.
Microsoft aims to simplify its intranet products to address this and is adding new updates and downloads designed to cut the time, investment and skills needed to develop and deploy an enterprise intranet or business portal.
The MSI includes architecture and deployment guidance for building an intranet with SharePoint Portal Server, SharePoint Team Services, Office XP, Microsoft SQL Server, Windows 2000 and Windows Media Technologies, as well as implementation services and ongoing support.
The Windows Media Broadcast component enables corporate communications inside the firewall so that companies can deliver streaming video for e-learning.
Analyst firm Butler Group has forecast that sales of enterprise portal products will grow dramatically, reaching $4bn worldwide by 2005, but customers are confused about the products and benefits in the marketplace.
The individual Microsoft products are already available, and its Solution Offering for Intranets will be available by the end of March.
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