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JKM Paper is Further Reading for Australian Institute of Management

As a pleasant surprize it came to my notice that my JKM (Journal of Knowledge Management) paper "Software Systems Support for Knowledge Management" is recommended by Australian Institute of Management for further reading on Enterprise Content Management. Almost instantly I send a SOS to Mikael Lindvall. He said he has new ideas on where we can take this research further. Looking forward to meeting my ex bosses next week.

Why Organizations Switch Portal Vendors?

"If a portal is good, more portals must be better." That seems to be how many Global 2000 information technology organizations (ITOs) are reacting to the possibilities presented by portal architectures. Instead of being the means through which IT designers integrate disparate applications, many portal projects devolve into one more thing that itself must be integrated. According to a META Trend report, IT departments will face the growing issue of portal consolidation through 2005, much as they have had to wrestle with Web site, application, and server consolidation in the past. By 2004, portal consolidation will replace portal construction as a primary area of concentration.

The portal proliferation problem applies both to individual portals and the technical portal frameworks on which they are built. Organizations will often build individual portals for particular purposes, such as employee self-service, sales analysis or major suppliers. These special-purpose portals are t…

Say Goodbye To Portal Servers

One of my client broke news that they are abandoning Plumtree and would be going with Websphere. Sad as it is I became disturbed and started wondering, "Why Organizations Switch Portal Vendors?". Immediately this research work from Forrester came to my attention, "Say Goodbye To Portal Servers"

I still have to get a hold of this paper, so, I can not comment how strong this case has been made by Nate Root. Though he tries to say it all in the Executive Summary. In his own words;

"Vendors like Plumtree Software and Epicentric created the portal server market in the late 1990s by offering servers with technical features that just didn't exist within firms' existing IT infrastructure. Now those features — like UI abstraction, integration, workflow, and delegated administration — have been co-opted, improved, and embedded in general-purpose infrastructure platforms from vendors like IBM, BEA Systems, Oracle, and Microsoft. The standalone portal server market …