Thursday, February 24, 2005

Portal Popularity Ranking - February 2005

Last time when I made the similar post, we had around 200 votes on the portal poll. Since then, the total number of votes has doubled and we have slightly new equations. Seeing the change, I decided to post it again with the revised tally. Here is the latest tally -

Note: Others contain Oracle, Plumtree, Vignette, SAP NetWeaver and MS Sharepoint portals with 5, 4, 5, 1 & 1 percent votes respectively.

Here are some quick facts & observations -

  • The total votes were 419 on the day of counting.
  • eXo portal is still leading but with lesser margin this time.
  • It seems that eXo, Liferay and IBM WebSphere Portal are approx. equally popular (at least among the forum members)
  • Another poll in the community shows that around 60% members use open source portals.
  • Open Source portal servers are more popular than their commercial counterparts.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Portal Community: Request for Ideas

Hello Friends,

The time I started weblogs and forums, I had not idea what it can mean to me. Seeing the dearth of resources, it was just to share my knowledge and to learn from others. JSR 168 and WSRP were the new standards and even the basic tutorials, books, reference materials etc. were missing completely. But since then the scene has changed a little, if not a lot. The books have been written, the support of JSR 168 and WSRP has been added in products, and articles have been written.

Another surprise for me is the amazing growth of the community (see the side navigation for links) I started that time. For example the community I set up (blogs & groups) has grown to around 5000 members. On Internet and pertaining to a new technology, these are big numbers. Recently we conducted a survey and received around 400 votes. It helped us answering the one most important question pertaining to enterprise portals i.e. "Which is the most used portal server?" The portlet discussion group alone has grown to 2100 members. Thousands of people are reading and discussing on this community.

So now I started taking this community seriously. I have big plans for it and soon I'll share with you. Meanwhile, if you have some ideas how to best utilize this community, I would glad to listen from you. I can be directly contacted at pandeypunit at yahoo dot com.

I am heartily thankful to the love and the support received from you.

Thanks & Regards,

Punit Pandey

Monday, February 14, 2005

eXo Platform SARL Releases First Commercial Product

eXo Platform SARL (, a privately-held company leading the development and services of the open-source enterprise portal eXo Platform, today announced the availability of the first commercial release of the portal -- giving users a customized single point of access to information systems and resources.

Check the press release