Published Date 12/17/11 5:38 PM
Portals are back! Or did they ever leave? Well, they have been around but have had limited use in your average company, until now. Today, with all our business applications going to the web, an Enterprise Portal makes a lot of sense; here's why...
Enterprise Portals offer a one stop shop for information and interaction between employees, staff, customers, and other partners. The ability to provide one location and one consistent user experience to access information from a variety of sources, places, or systems can prove to be very powerful for users. These portals also foster a collaborative environment by providing tools to manage discussions, capture feedback, and keep everyone up to speed. And when there's something you need that doesn't exist yet, portals provide a great platform for application development.
For IT staff, an Enterprise Portal can mean simplified system management by combining features and consolidating functionality within a single IT system. Portals offer flexibility to easily add capabilities such as CMS, DMS, Social, BI, and more inside the portal, without having to learn a new technology system. And when it comes to security, an Enterprise Portal offers comprehensive coverage with fine grained permission and role-based control over portal content, as well as application layer encryption of data transport over the network via HTTPS (SSL).
If you want to integrate with your current user management system, the portal can connect to your Directory Server or SSO server to reduce system administration. You can also integrate your document repository, or other IT systems such as your ERP, CRM, and Ops system to aggregate information and automate transactions. Even better, these portals can connect to your existing application server or database server to reduce your investment and learning curve for the software stack.
If you would like to learn more about portal technology, contact an eCorpSys consultant for more information.