This article is found in the 2003 Resource Guide, a supplement to the December issue of DM Review.

As we look back on the economic changes over the past couple of years, we don't have to look far to realize that the bursting tech bubble impacted more than just new economy Internet companies. Organizations worldwide now realize that unbridled enthusiasm for things technical must be tempered by the application of sound business principles. Namely, if a technology does not reduce costs or increase revenue commensurate with its costs in a reasonable period of time, the technology does not increase an organization's value and therefore should not be implemented. With the current poor economic conditions, organizations are now doing far more due diligence when faced with the costs of deploying expensive technology solutions; portals are no exception. Additionally, in most cases, the return on investment must be achievable in a matter of months for a project to receive the funding it needs.

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