An enterprise portal is becoming the standard Web interface for delivering content to business users. In many companies, personalized portals are rapidly replacing generalized Web-browser interfaces to corporate intranets and e- business applications.

When portals first appeared on the market, they were packaged as standalone products. More recently, however, portal technology has been integrated into many types of enterprise software including application packages, business intelligence tools, Web application servers and content management systems. Figure 1 shows examples of portal product packaging. Several other technologies in the software industry have seen this kind of integration. Middleware, for example, initially appeared on the market in a standalone form; however, it gradually became integrated into the infrastructure of other software products. We don't talk about middleware anymore; however, it does still exist. It's there doing the job for which it was designed.

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