Existing differences between Intranets and the Internet will cease to exist by 2002, according to recent research from market watchers Ovum.
The company?s latest report, 'Intranets: IT infrastructure for the twenty first century', concludes that the distinction between the Internet and Intranets will blur and eventually disappear, as network service providers roll out more secure and reliable connections over the native Internet.
?Intranets and the Internet are today mostly separate pieces of infrastructure owing to security and quality of network issues,? said Ashim Pal, senior consultant at Ovum and author of the recent report. "Most Intranet applications today focus on information publishing and there are very few industry specific applications.?
But he explained this will change as Intranets begin to support more and more groupware and transaction-oriented applications. ?Intranet-based intra-organisational applications will begin to merge with Internet-based business-to-business transactions, EDI and electronic commerce transactions,? he said.
Ovum predicts that the installed base of Intranet servers in 2002, classified by their primary use, will be broken down as follows - 38 per cent information publishing, 26 per cent business applications, 32 per cent informal collaborative applications and three per cent formal collaborative applications.
According to the report, by 2002, Intranet browsers will be installed on 64 per cent of clients that can support them in Europe and 78 per cent in the US and Canada.
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