Given recent reports from analyst organizations and articles in trade journals, the future of the enterprise portal market appears rosy. As chairperson for DCI's Portals, Collaboration and Content Management Conference, I find this good news because it means the steady growth I have seen in attendance at the event will continue. To illustrate why the enterprise portal market is successful and to look at how it is evolving, in this column, I'll review some interesting snippets from recent portal reports and articles, and add my own comments as we go along.

To put 2004 into perspective, I thought I would start the discussion by reviewing Plumtree's report, "The Corporate Portal Market in 2003." The executive summary of this report noted that "interest in portal software remains strong." To support this statement, the report quoted a Goldman Sachs IT manager survey that showed portal software as one of the highest priorities for IT spending increases. Of the eleven investment areas considered, only integration software and portal software have increased in priority since the 2002 survey.

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