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The 60-page Portals for Profit booklet looks at the technical problems of implementing a portal project and uses case studies to illustrate how various companies have risen to the challenge.
Co-written by Tibco, KPMG Consulting, Reuters, Company-I, Netegrity and Interwoven, the guide offers independent advice on the factors that need to be considered when selecting a portal and how to sell the concept to the board.
Although portals can improve productivity and reduce costs, there is a danger that users' enthusiasm for using them will wane. The guide says extensibility is the key to keeping users' interest, by adding new services on a regular basis.
There are four main themes in the booklet: a set of business arguments to support portal implementation; examples of successful projects; information on how business value can be unlocked; and a set of rules to aid deployment.
The guide sets out 10 golden rules for implementation, based on real-world experiences, with a section by Reuters on what works for the financial markets. Another section offers a six-point plan for portal security.
The free booklet can be downloaded from www.portalsforprofit.co.uk where a hard-copy version can also be requested.