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The company reported that portal frameworks, products that enable the development of personalised Web interfaces and dashboards, would become less risky and less expensive over the next 18 months.
A portal framework can be used to build portals that address employee, partner, supplier and customer needs. Organisations waiting for the dust to settle in the enterprise portal market could lose a competitive edge, Meta claimed.
The number of enterprises that treat portals as core (non-discretionary) systems is expected to increase from less than 5% this year to 15% by 2004, reaching 35% by 2005.
The company predicted a continuing migration from portals as all-in-one applications to portals that work to unite existing infrastructure and add value through context management.
Technology is the main decision criterion but viability will increasingly come into play as the solution becomes a foundation for various strategic initiatives.
Craig Roth, vice-president with Meta Group's Web & Collaboration Strategies service, noted that market vendors have adopted a more defined vision in terms of better technology and fair pricing.
Roth said the portal market was still segmented, so organisations should select a viable product that meets their specific needs.