According to the dictionary, a portal is a door or gateway, and a grandiose one at that. Similarly, a portal in IT and business terminology means a gateway – to business information. It is the means that allows a user to access all relevant business information, in a structured way.
Within just a few years from the sales of the first enterprise portals they have found their way into the mainstream business world and into the minds – and often the offices – of almost every single IT department. Results of research performed by many industry and financial analysts show the rapidly growing importance of corporate portals.
By 2002 it had become clear that almost every single enterprise intends to deploy such a portal within a short period of time, if it had not already done so. Portals were on top of the list, or close to it, whenever spending plans of corporate IT departments were analyzed. Despite a negative overall economic environment, a very harsh climate in the IT industry and geopolitical tensions, within just a handful of years the enterprise portal market grew rapidly to a size of $1 billion by 2003.
As substantial as this development seems, it does not even reflect the full scope of what is happening. These $1 billion dollars are purely covering the estimated spending on licenses and maintenance. However, those cost components only account for no more than about 20% of all portal-related expenditures. In other words, by the year 2003 a new high-growth IT market had been created with a total volume of at least $5 billion dollars!
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As technology keeps developing at lightning speed, it is difficult to keep up with everything that is going on. Business people and IT professionals rarely find the time to get ‘down and dirty’ and collect all the background information they need for their job?
This is where Enterprise Portals for the Business and IT Professional comes in – it has done this task. The book gives a quick overview of enterprise portals, where they come from, what their most important features are, how to gain value out of them, and what applications will provide a quick win and ROI. It also comes with checklists for evaluating portal solutions, performing ROI calculations, identifying vendors in the portal space and sources of more detailed information about subjects relevant to portals.
In other words, Enterprise Portals for the Business and IT Professional gives a concise summary of the most important aspects surrounding enterprise portals. In doing so, it breaks down the technical complexities to easy-to-understand concepts, cuts through the marketing talk and focuses on practical approaches for how to use portal technologies to maximize business value.From the Author:
While the new millenium started with the rest of the IT industry in decline, the portal industry experienced growth rates reminiscent of the dot.com era. "Enterprise Portals" is what the title promises: A quick guide for Business and IT Professionals to learn the most important facts about these products and the billion-dollar industry that they gave birth to.
This book has all the information it takes to get informed and ready for Enterprise Portals, including:
- General historical background
- Overview of portal features
- How to Evaluate ROI and Build a Business Case
- Quick-win portal applications
- Analysis of the portal market
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Book Description Competitive Edge International, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0974180807