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    Design Firm Intranet

    by Christopher Klein

    While the Internet has grabbed the technology spotlight in recent years, its little sister, the corporate intranet, hasn't received the same level of attention. An intranet is an internal Web site located behind a company's protective firewall so that only employees and authorized users have access. Intranet applications have the potential to replace the islands of information trapped in a firm's file cabinets and incompatible databases.

    In the mid-1990s, Becker Morgan Group, an 85-person architecture and engineering firm, was looking for a way to more closely tie employees into its project and contact database. When Web technology became easier to use, the firm decided it was a good tool to use to achieve its goal.

    What began as a database project has slowly evolved into a detailed intranet. Once the database was up and running, the firm began to receive input from employees, and it began to look at ways to make the site more effective and compatible. The firm has tried to make incremental changes to its intranet since its launch in 1998.

    Max Hamby, Becker Morgan Group's information technology manager, led the development of the intranet, which was done completely by in-house staff. In addition to labor, the approximate cost to launch the site was $1,500. The firm purchased a copy of Macromedia ColdFusion to build the intranet.   >>>

    This article is excerpted from AEC Intranet Cookbook edited by Christopher Klein, with permission of the publisher, ZweigWhite.

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    A photographic project history is one of the most popular features on Becker Morgan Group's intranet.
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