CMS Watch has come out with its Enterprise Portals Report 2009 and it appears like Microsoft SharePoint may be splitting the vendors into camps -- those that have been able to rise above and those that have risen to challenge MOSS. It's interesting to see who shows up where.
A Glimpse of the Portal World for 2009
As Microsoft SharePoint digs deeper into the enterprise becoming a relatively standard portal like solution for departments, other vendors must decide how they intend to compete with or overtake it.
CMS Watch has done extensive research in the portal landscape today and how it's changing. In their findings they see two divergent reactions among the traditional portal vendors.
Vendors like IBM, Oracle and SAP are sitting in the top tier of the marketplace -- which is where one really expected them to be -- emphasizing their ability to support "complex, enterprise integration scenarios". They should be able to, considering their cost. As we know from all the analyst reports coming out these days, enterprise integration is not one of SharePoint's strengths at this time.
"Both vendors [Oracle and IBM] are also betting heavily that new Web 2.0 features will keep their portal offerings relevant," notes CMS Watch founder Tony Byrne, "But many customers remain quite properly wary of extra portal overhead within their social computing projects."
Sitting at the same level or just below SharePoint are a number of open source alternatives that are rapidly building up capabilities to compete with the in-house favorite. "Open source communities increasingly tout themselves as an alternative to SharePoint for simpler scenarios," points out CMS Watch contributing analyst Janus Boye.
What's a little surprising is that there aren't any non-open source portal alternatives that live in SharePoint's world. Is it that everyone thinks it's better to integrate with the product than directly try to compete against it?
How many enterprises are actively looking at open source alternatives for portals anyway. If there's still a struggle to get them to look at some of the really good open source content management systems, then why would portal technology be any different? Maybe the report gives us the insight we require to understand this better.
The List of Vendors Reviewed
CMS Watch has divided the list of portal vendors reviewed into three categories: Infrastructure vendors, specialty vendors and open source vendors: Infrastructure Vendors * IBM: WebSphere Portal Server 6.0.1
* Microsoft: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007
* Oracle: Oracle WebCenter Suite
* SAP: SAP NetWeaver 7.0 Specialty Portal Products * Vignette: Vignette Portal 7.3 Major Open-Source Portals * Apache Project: Jetspeed-2.1 Enterprise Portal
* eXo Platform: eXo Portal 2.0
* JASIG: uPortal
* JBoss: RedHat: JBoss Portal 2.4
* Liferay: Liferay Portal 4.2
* Plone: Plone 3.0
They note that several top vendors have left the market including: Broadvision, ATG, PeopleSoft, and CA.
About the Report
The report is authored by Janus Boye, a portal and content management analyst. Boye has written several research papers we've covered here including The Wiki in the Enterprise and Best Practices for Using SharePoint for Public Websites - A Business Person’s Guide.
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