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8.1 Forword

The Internet is one of the fastest growing computing transformations ever. And although external, ``commercial'' web sites are the highest profile applications on the Internet, an equally important and exciting phenomenon is taking place behind corporate firewalls on internal, corporate-wide networks. Internal web sites, which run on open TCP/IP networks, are performing real business applications across organizations by publishing information, enabling transactions, and facilitating communities of interest. Across all industries, institutions are beginning to use internal web applications to meet departmental, interdepartmental and companywide communication needs and improve user productivity.

Denis Arnaud