Editor's Note: This column is Part 1 of a two-part series focusing on the characteristics of enterprise portals. Click here to read "Real- Time Data Warehouse, Critical Characteristics of Enterprise Portals, Part 2."

An enterprise portal, by itself, provides no intrinsic value to an organization. The value is based entirely on the content presented and the processes supported by the portal. An enterprise portal complements and adds value to your data warehouse, document management, workgroup collaboration and person-to-person communication investments.

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