Most enterprise portal products today include the joint capabilities of decision processing and collaborative portals. They enable structured and unstructured data sources to be integrated using XML and made accessible through a portal interface that is tailored to the unique data, information, knowledge, workflow, business processes and systems that are required by each individual.

An example of the architecture of a typical enterprise portal is illustrated in Figure 1, which shows that it is based on Web server technology with import/export interfaces to decision processing systems (such as data warehouses), collaborative processing systems (such as Lotus Notes and Microsoft Exchange) and other corporate and external systems. A search engine capability is included, with meta data crawlers that access data imported from these various databases and systems to make the data and information available for access and processing.

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