Intranets are typically protected by firewalls that

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to share data. Intranets are typically protected by firewalls that prevent unauthorized access and keep company propriety or sen - sitive data or information confidential. In some cases, however, the enterprise may want to share some information with other parties such as partners, customers, or industry members. In this case, they may develop an extranet, or part of the intranet that is available to these parties. Network technology is much more than a high tech replacement for older communication methods. By using networks, busi- nesses can communicate more quickly, update information more accurately, and coordinate all members of a supply chain in order to work more efficiently and bring products or services to the customer more expeditiously than was previously possible. Terms & Concepts Business Model: The paradigm under which an organization operates and does business in order to accomplish its goals. Busi- ness models include consideration of what the business offers of value to the marketplace, building and maintaining customer relationships, an infrastructure that allows the organization to produce its offering, and the income, cash flow, and cost struc - ture of the organization. Communications Network: Sets of locations (or nodes) with concomitant hardware, software, and information that are linked together to form a system that transmits and receives informa- tion. Data Communications: The sending and receiving of facts, figures, details, and other information over a communications network. E-Commerce: E-commerce (i.e., electronic commerce) is the process of buying and selling goods or services—including information products and information retrieval services—elec- tronically rather than through conventional means. E-commerce is typically conducted over the Internet. Enterprise: A business entity. Although this term is often applied to large organizations, the term can be applied to both small and large organizations. Firewall: A special-purpose software program or piece of com- puter hardware that is designed to prevent authorized access to or from a private network. Firewalls are often used to prevent unauthorized access to a private network from the Internet. Information Technology: The use of computers, communica- tions networks, and knowledge in the creation, storage, and dispersal of data and information. Information technology com- prises a wide range of items and abilities for use in the creation, storage, and distribution of information. Intranet: A private network similar to the Internet, but which is intended for use only by a single enterprise and authorized outside parties (e.g., customers, suppliers, partners). Intranets typically contain proprietary information and are protected by a firewall. The part of an intranet that is made available to outside parties is referred to as an extranet.
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  • Spring '12
  • Kushal Kanwar
  • Business, Computer network, EBSCO Information Services, EBSCO Research Starters®

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