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.