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Enterprise Portal not silver bullet. (Internet Focus).

According to Butler Group's latest Technology Evaluation and Comparison Report, Enterprise Portals--The Key to Collaboraaon and Information Sharing, whilst the various systems and processes used in all types of business deliver ever-greater volumes of structured and unstructured content, greater information does not always aid decision-making, and neither does it aid certainty. Enterprise Portals offer the benefits of pertinence, focus, automation, and control of content and access.

Buffer Group argues that an Enterprise Portal is the most strategic IT investment that an organisation can make. This latest Report says that the implementation is not a 'fire and forget' action. The most successful deployments are those which start with low functionality by widest access, and are actively marketed and monitored to ensure acceptance. New functionality should be introduced on an incremental basis, targeting business 'pain points' that deliver the quickest returns and establishing 'buy in' by the users.

The deployment of an Enterprise Portal is a strategic decision and it must address the organisation's business goals. The reality is that there is no 'silver bullet' in deploying an Enterprise Portal--one size does not fit all. There has to be a balance between functionality and the price that the organisation can afford.

The Report predicts that there will be further consolidation in the market place with the major application platform vendors coming to dominate and replacing the best-of-breed pure play vendors. IBM, Oracle, SAP, BEA, and Microsoft will take the most significant share of the Enterprise Portals market by 2006.

The Report contains in-depth Technology Audits on the following vendors: Autonomy; BEA, Computer Associates, Corechange, Fujitsu, IBM, Microsoft, Novell, Plumtree, SimplyTrading, and Vignette. Also in the Report are Vendor Profiles including: Active Navigation, Autonomy, caatoosee, Compuware, Convera, Hummingbird, lnxight, iora, Mediapps, Oracle, PeopleSoft, SAP, Sun Microsystems, and Sybase.
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Publication:Database and Network Journal
Date:Jun 1, 2003
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