Hamblen, M. (2000, June 5). Intranet enables more competitive energy bids for wholesalers. Computerworld, p. 40.
Duke's system shows bidders, plant managers and corporate asset managers a "snapshot" of the production capability of all plants throughout the day. It separates out the production needed for existing clients, allowing bidders and others to see what capacity is left for selling on the open market. With this data, bidders can set a price for wholesale energy controlled by energy aggregators, shipping power to an area where demand is high from an area where production capacity is available. Duke estimates that the $200,000 system has already paid for itself, but recognizes that it is impossible to quantify exactly how much of an advantage the system has provided to a company which did more than $17 billion in sales prior to introducing the intranet (Hamblen, 2000, p. 40).
Sharples, H. (1998, November). Company's intranet yields new benefits. Graphic Arts Monthly, pp. 102-103.
Small and medium-sized companies tend to use intranets to provide general information to employees, such as providing the employee handbook on-line and commonly used HR forms. However, companies of this size are also using intranets to provide benefits information as well as information about the company's finances and sales (as deemed appropriate by management). According to a survey of small and medium-sized companies, 26 percent currently provide access to employee benefits election information on their intranets. In addition, 24 percent use the intranet as a way to collect and distribute personal data to and from employees, a feature which can be particularly useful when employees are located at different work sites. Fully one-fifth of these companies also offer 401(k) retirement information or plan to do so in the future, another benefit of the intranet which reduces the workload on human resource professionals (Troiano, 1999, p. 8).
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