Monday, November 21, 2005

Say Goodbye to Portal Servers?

Got a change to go through Forrester’s article "Say Goodbye To Portal Servers." Here is the summary of report -


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 is gone, absorbed into infrastructure vendors' app server platforms and emerging interaction platforms.
Conclusion looks OK that infrastructure vendors are adding portal features like UI abstraction, integration and workflow in their suite. But I don't think that pure play portals are out. The major missing point in this report is the exclusion of open source portals which are pureplay portals. As always, Forrester guys forgot to include Open Source portals and hence the final conclusion they have drawn it not IMHO a valid one. I personally want to classify open source portals like Liferay and eXo as Pure Play portals than infrastructure portal. Though the pure play portals like Plumtree and Epicentric are out, but Open Source portals continue to have its market share. A survey in my portlets community suggests that Pure Play portals are still having more market share than the infrastructure vendors (again note that I am counting Open Source Portals as pure play portals). Keeping IBM, BEA, Oracle, SAP, Microsoft & Plumtree (as it is acquired by BEA) votes in Infrastructure category and eXo, Liferay, Jetspeed, uPortal and Vignette votes in Pure Play category here is the picture –


In my opinion, Pure Play portals are not out, rather it is next generation of pure play portals that is ready to take over.

Do you think that counting open source portals in pure-play category is correct?

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Review Liferay Enterprise Portal

I always tried to provide information helpful for portal selection. Here is another useful article in that chain -

Liferay Review