Enterprise Portals

Enterprise Portals

A personalized and user-friendly interface that centralizes information, applications and processes to do your job better and more productively.

17 February 2005 (14-21)
Location: Sofitel Diegem (Diegem near Brussels (Belgium))
Presented in English by
Price: 480 EUR (excl. 21% VAT)

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 Learning Objectives

Why this seminar ?

Enterprise Portals have emerged as a very popular way for sharing information in a company and for enabling personalized self-service to their customers, partners and employees. Typically, portal users get a unified view on their job-specific business context (information, applications and know-how). But what do we exactly mean with this "buzzword" ? What are the most important application domains ? Is this not just another name to sell application integration software ? Where do we get the best return-on-investment (ROI) ? Is it in "Employee Self-Service" (ESS), which is a very popular business-to-employee (B2E) application ? Is it in business-to-business (B2B) environments, where we use the portal to streamline customer-relationship management (CRM) and supply-chain management (SCM) solutions ? And what happened to the business-to-consumer (B2C) portal implementations ? These and other questions will be answered during this unique one-day seminar.

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There is currently a lot of activity in the extremely crowded enterprise portals market, because the big software players like IBM, SAP, Microsoft, Oracle, Computer Associates, Sybase, ..., and the more specialized portal players like Citrix, Hummingbird, Plumtree, ... are always trying to improve their products and outclass the competition. But what are their respective strenghts and weaknesses ? Which vendors will survive the ongoing market shakeout ? Despite the vendor consolidation, choosing the right enterprise portal product is still not an easy task. We hope that this seminar will give you guidelines and advice to make the right decision. 

Of course, we will also focus on the implementation of enterprise portals and portal-ready applications in general, as well as the requirements to build a flexible and secure portal architecture, and to integrate this with back-end applications. Furthermore, we will also look at the impact on an organisation and its business process, and the critical success factors for an enterprise portal project.

All of this will be further illustrated by case studies, based on the practical experiences of designing and implementing such an enterprise portal.

Questions answered during this seminar

This seminar will answer these and other questions:

  • What is an enterprise portal ?
  • The business case: why do you need a portal ?
  • How can you organise content management and enterprise portals to effectively deliver a personalised experience ?
  • How do you manage a wide variety of portal content (both structured and unstructured), such as documents, files, links, HTML, XML, database content, applications data, images, etc ?
  • How do you enable users across your organisation to effectively contribute and administer portal content ?
  • How do portals handle access control and authentication ?
  • What are the most successful and the most rewarding enterprise portals ?

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Who should attend this seminar ?

This seminar will be very useful for:

  • Business executives who want to understand the business benefits and productivity impact of enterprise portals
  • IT Professionals who want to stay informed about the latest solutions for managing and organizing their organization's knowledgebase
  • Intranet managers who want to maximize the usefulness and effectiveness of their existing intranet
  • Intranet developers who need to know the best tools and the most effective approach for successful enterprise portal development
  • IT managers and directors who need to understand how an enterprise portal fits into an existing IT infrastructure
  • System integrators, management consultants, tools vendors, ... who want to understand why portals are the next phase in the evolution of Web application development and deployment
  • Anyone who wants to know how companies in a variety of industries are using portals to streamline their (e-)business activities

 Full Programme

Registration, Coffee/Tea and Croissants
Introduction: what are enterprise portals and why do you need them ?
(Peter Hinssen, Porthus)
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    What is an enterprise portal ?
  • Where do they come from ?
  • From Intranet to enterprise portal
  • A classification of portals - different portals for different categories of users ?
  • Portals and content management
  • Typical user requirements 
  • The ROI of portals
Underlying Technologies for Enterprise Portals
(Peter Hinssen, Porthus)
  • The portal presentation layer: Web interface, mobile access, ...
  • Personalisation techniques
  • The taxonomy challenge
  • The portal directory
  • Portal content management
  • Application servers 
  • Search tools and semantic engines
  • Security: access control, authentication and single sign-on
  • Portal adapters for extending functionality and integrating applications: portlets, Web parts, gadgets, iViews, ...
  • Web-based collaboration
  • Reliability and availability issues
  • Selecting the right tool for the job
Collaboration and Workflow: Processes within Portals
(Peter Hinssen)
  • Workflow and collaboration as a portal component, and the possible resulting synergies
  • Web-based collaboration solutions (such as co-editing documents and projects) via a portal
  • The "process portal": codifying your best practices into business processes via the portal
  • Questions to ask the portal framework vendor on "process automation".
Market Overview
(Peter Hinssen)
  • Market evolution
  • Specialized portal players: Citrix NFuse, Hummingbird, Plumtree, Portal Software, Viador, ...
  • What the big software players are offering today: 
    • IBM WebSphere Portal Server
    • SAP Portals
    • Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server
    • BEA WebLogic Portal
    • Oracle9iAS
    • Sun ONE Portal Server
    • Computer Associates CleverPath
    • Sybase Enterprise Portal (EP)
    • Novell Portal Services
    • ...
  • Other portal players like Broadvision, Vignette, ... 
Case studies
(Peter Hinssen)
  • Several interesting case studies have been presented at the 8 previous sessions of this portals seminar. What lessons can be learnt? Are there any portal project patterns? Is there a boilerplate business case for portals? What technologies and portal applications are typical for what kind of company?
  • We will discuss succesful portal projects realised with SharePoint, SAP, WebSphere and BEA.
Main Case Study: Belgacom
(Bart Van Vlierberghe, Project Manager)
  • Business case
  • Project overview
  • Tool selection for the Enterprise Portal and the underlying Content Management infrastructure
  • Portal-wide search: tool selection and implementation
  • Lessons learned and plans for the future
How to Implement an Enterprise Portal, and how to Make it Successful ?
(Peter Hinssen)
  • What's involved in building an enterprise portal ?
  • The impact on application development
  • Implementation strategy
  • Customizing a portal to meet your specific business needs
  • Maintaining an enterprise portal
Roundup of this seminar, Conclusions & Summary, Final Questions and Answers
End of this seminar


Peter Hinssen (Across Technology)
Across Technology

Ir. Peter Hinssen is an entrepreneur, lecturer and writer. Currently, he is chairman of Porthus NV, which he co-founded in 1999. Porthus is one of the leading providers of OnDemand IT solutions. Peter is also co-founder of Across Technology, a consultancy company for IT Strategy, Business/IT Alignment and Change Management.

In 1995, Peter started his Internet ventures by launching e-COM, an Internet Agency that focused on the Intranet/Portal market and was acquired in 1999 by Alcatel, and which was renamed to Alcatel e-COM and later to The e-Corporation. From 2000 he was Entrepreneur in Residence with McKinsey & Company, where he worked for 2 years on entrepreneurship, e-government and business/IT alignment.

Peter worked together with John Henderson ('Strategic alignment between business and IT'), Nicholas Carr ('IT doesn't matter') and Peter Weill ('Enterprise Architecture as Strategy') in strategic alignment projects for e.g. ING, FORTIS, Johnson & Johnson and the Royal Bank of Scotland.

He just finished the book "Business/IT Fusion. How to move beyond Alignment and transform IT in your organization" (published by Mach Media NV, ISBN: 9789081324236, 280 pages, hardcover).

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