The enterprise portal is your single point for data access and publication
across a distributed network. Because core portal functionality requires the
linking of different data stores within one metadata framework, the result
is an efficiently organized set of corporate data. The need for an
enterprise portal solution reflects the growing need for companies to
identify and consolidate their data in a structured environment. Since
traditional IT strategies for storing and accessing data have simply not
been enough, the use of the web along with its embedded search engine power
not only unleashes information that may not have been readily accessible in
the past, but also provides an organized categorization capability that
would have required detailed database designs in the past. Today,
organizations choosing to plan a subject-based categorization strategy are
able to easily implement an available corporate directory on all desktops
accessing the company’ s Intranet.
Consider the amount of time spent trying to locate target items (programs,
data, reports, applications, web sites, etc.). How often do employees come
up empty handed? More important, how often is the located target the least
optimal, yet still used to substantiate or fuel business decisions?
Enterprise portals allow organizations to plan search results before the
searches are even initiated. As information becomes ready for prime time, it
can easily join the existing portal-based infrastructure.
Well-architected solutions represent a business-based set of electronic
company assets, all within a mouse click of those employees granted
appropriate security. Instead of searching outside of your organization for
factual support, employees would benefit from the reuse and revitalization
of many of the already developed sets of corporate documentation. A
well-designed portal will link all of these currently disparate sets of
knowledge with existing databases, data warehouses, installed software
packages, and any other aspect of the enterprise that is organized and
related to the underlying metadata base.