The Power of an Extranet
What is an extranet?
An extranet is a web-based collaboration
tool that allows a defined group of internal and client users to access projects
and documents in a secure environment.
One way to think of an extranet is as a shared filing cabinet. It allows clients
to access documents immediately, all organized by project. It is particularly
useful when groups of people need to access the work at the same time, and need
everything organized in the same way.
Who uses extranets?
Any company that shares documents with clients can benefit from using an
extranet. Advertising agencies, law firms, real estate brokers, financial
service companies, architectural firms – the list can go on and on.
How does an extranet enhance client relationships?
Enhanced relationships result from the many benefits extranets offer to
clients. The most important is time savings. Rather than searching emails or
paper files, everything is organized in one place to assure a quick review and
response. A client
extranet assures that nothing is lost and that the correct version is being
reviewed. Many extranets feature an alert system to assure that documents are
posted and reviewed on a timely basis.
Other benefits include easy client access to past work through the use of an
archive, the ability to limit access to selected individuals when needed, the
documentation of all activities, and a higher level of security than is offered