Portal Software Market Opportunities, Strategies, and Forecasts, 2004 to 2009

Report # SH29821332 | 285 Pages | 104 Tables and Figures | 2004


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Portal Software Market Assessment

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Enterprise Portal Market Shares and Forecasts

Portal Market Driving Forces

Knowledge Management

Communities of Practice

Business Intelligence Software

Enterprise Portal

Product Uses

Core Benefits


Parallel Portal Engine

Network Protections

Content Versioning

Web Server Architecture

Extensible Platform

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Portal Software
Market Opportunities, Strategies, and Forecasts, 2004 to 2009

Portals provide the basics for information access functionality. Content management, search, personalization, lightweight applications, and lightweight systems architecture are provided. Portals are evolving a robust architecture with enterprise capabilities, a robust framework to integrate applications, collaborative features, and wireless support.

Business users of portals need to access multiple systems. Content sources use portals in order to locate the information required for decision-making. Companies need to be able to expose critical corporate data and services to their extended community in a timely and secure fashion.

The portal market driving forces are evolving from demand for collaboration and business process efficiency. Automation of business processes ultimately relates to access to electronic information through a portal. Unless the information about a business is accessible, it is not useful. Portals provide flexible access.

Business Process Management (BPM) has evolved as a way to measure portal effectiveness. Portals are being positioned as a way to participate in optimizing the existing clerical processes.

Portal vendors are targeting fundamental business process changes. Portals impact the way the organization delivers products and services. Business process portals are being installed to implement a strategic vision of change management. Portals support business skills to deliver information inside the enterprise to different groups and to partners and distributors.

The focus is on information worker productivity. Portals are one key to unlocking tangible benefits from this area. Portals implement secure access to information located in a range of different places.

Enterprise portal market leaders are IBM WebSphere, SAP Enterprise Portal, and Microsoft SharePoint.

The market for enterprise portals at $278 million in 2003 is expected to grow to $1.2 billion by 2009. Large enterprise customers need basic information access and formatting functions provided by enterprise portal systems.

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Hinge Software Co., Ltd

Report Methodology

This is the two-hundred twelfth report in a series of market research reports that provide forecasts in communications, telecommunications, the internet, computer, software, and telephone equipment. The project leaders take direct responsibility for writing and preparing each report. They have significant experience preparing industry studies. Forecasts are based on primary research and proprietary data bases. Forecasts reflect analysis of the market trends in the segment and related segments. Unit and dollar shipments are analyzed through consideration of dollar volume of each market participation in the segment. Market share analysis includes conversations with key customers of products, industry segment leaders, marketing directors, distributors, leading market participants, and companies seeking to develop measurable market share. Over 200 in-depth interviews are conducted for each report with a broad range of key participants and opinion leaders in the market segment.

About the Company

WinterGreen Research, founded in 1985, provides strategic market assessments in telecommunications, communications equipment, health care, and advanced computer technology. Industry reports focus on opportunities that will expand existing markets or develop major new markets. The reports assess new product and service positioning strategies, new and evolving technologies, and technological impact on products, services, and markets. Market shares are provided. Leading market participants are profiled, and their marketing strategies, acquisitions, and strategic alliances are discussed. The principals of WinterGreen Research have been involved in analysis and forecasting of international business opportunities in telecommunications and advanced computer technology markets for over 30 years.

About the Principal Authors

Ellen T. Curtiss, Technical Director, co-founder of WinterGreen Research, conducts strategic and market assessments in technology-based industries. Previously she was a member of the staff of Arthur D. Little, Inc., for 23 years, most recently as Vice President of Arthur D. Little Decision Resources, specializing in strategic planning and market development services. She is a graduate of Boston University and the Program for Management Development at Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. She is the author of recent studies on worldwide telecommunications markets and the Top Ten Telecommunications market analysis and forecasts.

Susan Eustis, President, co-founder of WinterGreen Research, has done research in communications and computer markets and applications. She holds several patents in microcomputing and parallel processing. She is the author of recent studies of the Regional Bell Operating Companies' marketing strategies, Internet equipment, a study of Internet Equipment, Worldwide Telecommunications Equipment, Top Ten Telecommunications, Digital Loop Carrier, Web Hosting, and Application Integration markets. Ms. Eustis is a graduate of Barnard College.

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