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extranet

[′ek·strə‚net]
(computer science)
A secure, Internet-based private network that allows organizations to share information with vendors, partners, customers, and so on; access requires either a password or digital encryption.

extranet

(World-Wide Web)
The extension of a company's intranet out onto the Internet, e.g. to allow selected customers, suppliers and mobile workers to access the company's private data and applications via the World-Wide Web. This is in contrast to, and usually in addition to, the company's public website which is accessible to everyone. The difference can be somewhat blurred but generally an extranet implies real-time access through a firewall of some kind.

Such facilities require very careful attention to security but are becoming an increasingly important means of delivering services and communicating efficiently.

extranet

A secured website on the Internet for customers or business partners and not the general public. To gain access, users must establish an account with identification and an authentication method such as a password, security token or biometric. An extranet can provide access to research, current inventories, internal databases, electronic teaching platforms, virtually any information that customers or associates have permission to view. Many extranets use virtual private networks (VPNs) to encrypt data in transit. Contrast with intranet. See Microsoft SharePoint, EDI and virtual data room.
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SP Extranet features a portal structure with a home page where external users can instantly see the latest organization announcements, events, and news.
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Fenwick provides legal departments with extranets for 20 percent of what it would cost to hire an outside vendor to build an extranet, Kesner adds.
To break through potential client resistance to investing in software during these difficult economic times, "An intranet or extranet plan must go beyond pure communications, it must deliver business efficiencies within the organization," asserts Nicklin.
Establishing an extranet may well seem daunting to many small businesses, however it is possible to take advantage of extranet development and hosting services, and this may prove to be the most straightforward way for many businesses to develop this capability.
Emails relating to a project issue will be obsolete and even prohibited as a means of communication between NWL project participants, making individuals more responsible for managing their roles such that the extranet system ensures visibility of all project traffic.
For member enquiries about the extranet, contact 01789 207257.
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Gateway's eSource offers a flexible extranet that allows customers to manage all of their technology purchases through a single customized Web site.
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Middlesbrough-based Xpansys has helped the organisation to launch its extranet, which will provide an ultra-secure, password-protected area of the website that will offer a convenient way of sharing information.
While the Extranet works on the same premise as the Intranet--an internal network designed to simplify processes--the Extranet extends this technology to trusted business partners, such as vendors, key customers and suppliers.