InfoWorld: The new enterprise portal: January 09, 2004: By Eric Knorr: Applications: “The browser-based portal is fast becoming the enterprise UI and the nexus for a new breed of integration and app dev”.
So have the technologies matured enough for this to happen? Can you mix and match (integrate) back-ends system? java and .net? I don’t think the standards are there, just yet. which means you still have to standardize on a vendor. And pray your older back ends can be pasted in, at some limited level. And of course there are still huge organizational issues, as always the harder part.