Note to readers: This blog post is about an intranet I was responsible for 2003–2012.
Any day now we will officially launch our campaign telling all employees they can use the intranet in every device, in every place.
The intranet has been accessible with the help of VPN for several years. But VPN is difficult to install in the device and troublesome to switch on and off in a device. And in City of Malmö VPN also has an internal price tag of €100/year due to a bad license contract with the supplier.
But soon, no more of that!
The new solution is a reverse proxy from the vendor Nexus, called Portwise Access manager. When you try to reach the intranet in a device you use the ordinary address http://komin.malmo.se. If you are inside the firewall you get the intranet immediately. If you are on the outside you get a login page. On that page the user provides the standard username and password that is used with 95 percent of the systems in City of Malmö. When done, boom, the intranet is shown!
Links from the intranet to other systems and databases works if the system/database is connected to the Portwise Access Manager, because the PAM is a Single Sign On solution.