One of the biggest advantages of the internet is that it is available almost everywhere, enabling easy access to information. The public web portals from early 1990s later evolved into enterprise portals with intranet and extranet capabilities that allowed faster and secure information sharing within organizations. Among the many applications of such platforms was collaboration portals that allowed global workforces to interact and pool resources on projects and other business tasks.
Prepackaged solutions from collaboration portal development companies have made intranet solutions easy to implement at a fairly low cost of deployment. Open source collaboration portal vendors like Liferay brought tools like chat and threaded discussion boards with options to share files like maps, images and documents. Intranet solutions provided by these open source collaboration portals diminished physical boundaries of time and distance, bringing employees in close contact with each other’s ideas.
For oil and gas industry, and many others like it, these collaborations have redefined business. With hundreds of millions of dollars at stake, leaving room for error can be fatal and availability of information in a secure environment is of paramount importance. Real time collaborations through intranet solutions in critical field operations like land and water management, rig management, fleet tracking, compliance documentation, and site engineering etc. delivers tangible benefits that are beyond simply sharing ideas.
Reduced cost of travel
Information sharing through collaboration portals instead of sending someone physically to retrieve it saves costs and time immediately. Employees’ time can then be spent on other important tasks and results in quicker project completion. Lesser the time spent on completing a project, lesser the expenses.
Direct access to experts
Collaborative intranet solutions make employee training and obtaining expert opinion less expensive and more cost effective. Collaboration portals deliver the information directly to your desktop instead of the expert traveling to your location to deliver his opinions. Teams can create blogs, wikis, and other information repositories that can be accessed from anywhere.
Collaboration portals provide a unified data stream for employees across locations. Task management dashboards allow them to create and track customized feeds and field analytics, and allow supervisors to access status of employee productivity in real time. Tools and features available in open source collaboration portals like shared calendars, file sharing protocols, communication tools like chat and discussion boards etc. enable dissemination of information, manage employee invitations, reminders and schedule tasks across locations and much more over the intranet.
Tools available in open source collaboration portals allow social collaborations between employees for projects other than work. Training, research, and CSR projects can benefit from the productivity tools offered by collaboration portals, with ready access to knowledge, real time updates from field personnel and expert opinions whenever required, leaving a positive impact on the overall productivity.
Oil and gas industry is one of the high-stakes sector. The working environment depends on efficiency of communications and data streams between teams placed at a significant distance from each other. Collaboration portals become an essential part of the equation to keep the business a step ahead with 24×7 connectivity and productivity.
Choosing a collaboration portal development company that has significant experience in developing intranet solutions based on open source collaboration portal modules becomes an important part of a successful business strategy in the sector.