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What is an Extranet

Use an extranet to take control of sales and reduce the cost of doing business…


n – a privately maintained computer network that uses the internet to allow partial access to authorized partners, suppliers, vendors, on-road sales staff, customers and other organizations for the purpose of sharing operations and information.


n – a tool for easily and cost-effectively implementing an extranet to seize opportunities and cost reductions afforded by the use of secure, dynamic communications in the B2B and B2C e-commerce environments.

E-commerce continually makes new demands on business, but at the same time it also affords greater opportunities for collaboration, cost reduction and economies of scale. Extranets allow businesses to communicate and trade in a secure environment and they lessen the need for transactional paperwork, reduce lead and fulfillment times, allow real time updating of sales figures, and facilitate just-in-time inventory management.

Security is paramount

elcomCMS is a leading-edge solution which enables organizations like yours to take full control of their extranet. Folder and document security can be quickly and easily administered and multi-layered permissions granted and revoked in a timely manner. Inventory management is a breeze with elcomCMS which provides functionality for cataloguing, maintaining and searching inventory.

Sales cycle control

Managing an itinerant sales force has always been a challenge but now, with an elcomCMS extranet you will easily be able to monitor the sales cycle by keeping track of proposals, bid submissions and related documents. Payment collection and invoicing will be centralized and more easily managed.

Other extranet uses

Extranets can be used for a variety of purposes in addition to collaboration with partners, inventory management and sales management. An elcomCMS extranet allows manufacturers to share product manuals and in the case of distributed fabrication to share all steps of the design and build process online. It enables the use of online catalogues, project management, online training, the provision of online customer service tools, sales demonstrations and supply chain management.

Creating and managing business content

elcomCMS has the power to systematically capture, create, manage, review, distribute, publish, and store business content from a variety of user interfaces. You have complete visibility with regards to who has made changes and who approved them, who has used the system, when they used it and what they viewed.

With an elcomCMS extranet you are in full control of your business with information and resources being managed efficiently and with the flexibility to grow as your business grows and delivering a faster return on investment.

Is elcomCMS what your organization needs?

  • Do you want all sections of your organization to be pulling in the same direction towards the same goal?
  • Do you need an efficient and secure means of managing and auditing company documents and of collaborating with your partners, vendors and customers?
  • Do your employees need an easy-to-use, searchable Knowledge Base?
  • Would you like to manage your sales force more efficiently and inform your employees of changes to important policy and procedures?
  • Does your organization need to increase efficiencies in information management, and require information to be secure, searchable, navigable, gatherable and retrieved at any stage of the process in real-time by individual users or groups without waiting for a webmaster or IT staff?

elcomCMS fulfils all of these requirements and more. What’s more, as your company’s internet usage increases and your online extranet community grows, Elcom Technology can integrate other modules from its suite of business tools to assist you to leverage off your extranet investment.


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