Helping employees better communicate and collaborate with each other is one of the key benefits of having an intranet and why so many businesses look to have them. Indeed, many of the apps and tools available for intranets focus on improving the flow of information within an organisation.
But what if much of that communication and collaboration has to happen with external, third-party partners, suppliers or clients? Enter the extranet. An extranet is an extension of an intranet. Like an intranet, an extranet is a private network that is separate from the internet, but the difference is that it is available to selected users outside an organisation, whether individuals or groups.
Creating a network that breaks out of the confines of a business at first might seem counterintuitive – the whole point of an intranet is that it enables staff to use tools specific to them and their business. However, providing outsiders with limited access to certain elements of an intranet can create significant advantages.
Ultimately, an extranet breaks down the barriers between a businesses and external stakeholders. The benefits of improving such communication and collaboration can have a great positive impact on a company, driving innovation, efficiencies and ultimately profits. In short, an extranet offers extra benefits.