Date of Award


Document Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name

Masters of Science (Research)


Mathematics & Computing

First Advisor

Dr. Jeanne Stynes


An Intranet support a new or simply an easier information system for all the workers within a company using internet technology. On the one hand, employees can use Web technology and very simple tools to provide and navigate information. On the other hand, the costly and time-consuming business of installing and maintaining software on local PCs can be avoided by using Browser-based Intranet applications. Ideally, it would be possible to access all forms of information processing using one and the same Web browser. This is the aim of the Intranet Project upon which this thesis is based.

Various technologies for developing Web applications are discussed, especially the Common Gateway Interface (CGI), but it remains very difficult to develop a complex system using CGI. I present some simple Web applications based on CGI technology which have been developed for Dresdner Bauspar AG. I also introduce the concept of Workflow Management Systems (WfMS), which have established themselves as the simple means of developing and maintaining complex systems in the commercial field, even though such systems are not common practice in Intranets as yet. I propose the combination of Internet and WfMS technologies in developing Intranet applications. In a prototypical implementation of a Workflow application, I illustrate how a simple Web application can be expanded by integrating Standard Web and Workflow technologies.

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