The overhead associated with the simultaneous maintenance of separate and distinct employee, partner and customer Web sites coupled with the demand for greater Web-enabled and portable site functionality is leading many companies toward one ubiquitous solution: the enterprise portal. Initially employed as primarily inward-facing knowledge and content management systems, the latest generation of portal products includes the application integration and Web services capabilities that have long been demanded. The successfully deployed enterprise portal will be the single entry point for collaboration, information dissemination and communication, application functionality and interactive capabilities within and without the corporate entity all provided in an efficient and centralized manner that has previously been unavailable.
Recent Internet, extranet and intranet services may attempt to emulate the features of an enterprise portal, but they lack advantages that only a true portal framework provides. The major benefits of an enterprise portal that combine to distinguish it from these other non- portal services are:
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