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Mindbridge.com Is Now in the Wild

Software maker Mindbridge.com Tuesday offered its intranet platform to a provider of wilderness courses that wants to make its employees more productive.

For an undisclosed fee, North Carolina Outward Bound, which offers courses in mountaineering, backpacking, whitewater canoeing, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking and sea kayaking, agreed to use Mindbridge.com's IntraSmart product as the foundation for its corporate portal.

North Carolina Outward Bound, a leader in its field for 35 years, will be using Mindbridge's IntraSmart platform to help the help in 50 schools access and share documents, schedule group calendars, utilize bulletin boards, look up employee addresses and phone numbers, and read organization or department announcements online.

IntraSmart operates on Windows NT running Microsoft Internet Information Server, Netscape Enterprise Server or Apache Web Server, or on Sun Solaris running the Netscape or Apache server.

"Users have the capability to customize IntraSmart to their specifications, thus giving the appearance of a custom-built intranet without the costs and time constraints such a solution would entail," said Scott Testa, Mindbridge's vice president of marketing.

"The payoff is accelerated information dissemination and access, and tighter relationships with students, partners and employees."

Some of Mindbridge.com's more illustrious clients include The US Defense Department, Sony and Houghton Mifflin.

Just how important is the maturation of a company's intranet. Very, said one industry analyst.

Hadley Reynolds, The Delphi Group's director of research, said portal development is a necessary second stage in the maturing of corporate intranets.

"Two years ago, our research projected an unprecedented growth in intranet adoption, as the Global 2000 caught on to the potential of Internet technology to bring a new level of information accessibility and impact to the enterprise," Reynolds said. "It is transparent now that the rapid spread of intranets has initially perpetuated the challenges of information silos, bottlenecks, and backlogs that were the problems in the first place."