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Silver Spring, MD, USA – Open source enterprise portal packages are seeing substantial uptake in the marketplace, but vary substantially in features and usability, and tend to target a limited set of simple scenarios, according to the latest semi-annual release of the "Enterprise Portals Report" from independent analyst firm, CMS Watch.
With the growth of open-source Java application servers, CMS Watch has found prospective portal customers taking a longer look at open source portals as well. Those customers are finding that open source alternatives can provide an acceptable platform for simple standards-compliant portlets, but may not yet be capable for more complex transactional, process-oriented scenarios.
"The main driving force behind increased adoption of open source portals is still the initial licensee savings," according to Lead Report Analyst, Janus Boye. "There is also a greater sense that community support may trump commercial support, but open source portal adopters often have to work harder to recreate features found out-of-the-box in commercial alternatives," adds Boye.
The Enterprise Portals Report was released earlier this month by CMS Watch (www.realstorygroup.com), an independent analyst firm that evaluates content technologies and strategies for prospective solutions buyers.
Based on hundreds of interviews with enterprise portal customers worldwide, the 2nd Edition includes detailed comparisons across 16 key feature categories, as well as evaluations of product suitability for 7 enterprise portal scenarios.
A new "Open- Source Edition" compares 5 open source portal vendors head to head: eXo, Jetspeed, JBoss, Liferay, and Plone. Pricing begins at $925 for the entire report or $350 for individual vendor chapters.
Other Report findings include:
The new Edition of the Enterprise Portals Report provides 8- to 16-page comparative product surveys of 15 enterprise portal products as well as information about 6 other packages across 3 product categories. Vendors covered include ATG (NASDAQ:ARTG), BEA (NASDAQ:BEAS), Broadvision (OTCC:BVSN), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Oracle (NASDAQ:ORCL), Vignette (NASDAQ:VIGN), IBM (NYSE:IBM), Red Hat/JBoss (NASDAQ:RHAT), SAP (NYSE:SAP), Sun (NASDAQ:SUNW), Apache, eXo, Liferay, and Plone/Zope. The Report is available for purchase online from the secure CMS Watch storefront (http://www.cmswatchstore.com).
The Report is designed to help enterprises make faster and better buying decisions. Like all CMS Watch offerings, the Enterprise Portals Report does not rank "best" vendors, but instead details the strengths and weaknesses of the various suppliers, identifies their suitability for different use cases, and isolates vendor tendencies that may influence longterm product roadmaps.
Real Story Group is a uniquely “buy side” analyst firm, working solely for solutions buyers and never for vendors.
We provide research and advisory services to help customers select and optimize the right digital workplace and marketing technologies. RSG evaluates Web Content & Experience Management, Digital Asset Management, ECM, Enterprise Collaboration, Portals, Office 365, CRM, CDPs, and Marketing Automation & Campaign/Lead Management Technologies.