The definitions of a web portal may vary, depending on the source, but all have certain aspects in common.
The key features of a corporate web portal are:
Central access to otherwise decentralized, retained information, i.e. integration of internal and external data sources, The option to personalize content for target user groups (e.g. clients, suppliers and employees), at a specified level of security, Active user interaction, A single method of user sign-in and records, A powerful search core, capable of including all information sources, A strong operating platform enabling the full use and development of the portal, which provides the tools for simple, decentralized management, Support for various client platforms (multi channel communication) and the ability to exchange data in a structured format, The right type of information architecture, which supports the goals of the portal and enables large amounts of information to be presented in a clearly laid out and user-friendly way.
Therefore, in practice, a corporate website providing information taken from internal or external systems of the operator to target groups of users, based on their identity, can be regarded as a portal solution. The websites are operated on a platform, which eliminates dependence on just one supplier. In addition, the platform is sufficiently efficient and robust to facilitate further smooth development of the portal and meet ever-increasing demands for efficiency and new functionality.
What a Portal Does?
Enables universal login
Handles both structured and unstructured data
Facilitates multi-channel consistency
Facilitates messaging and notification
Automated tuning: pervasive content can be tuned based on personalization, location, browser, etc.
Integration to other systems