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For select e-business scenarios, especially those that are complex and require heavy integration, portal technology could be a plausible fit. Portal tools become particularly relevant if you require:
Heavy aggregation and integration with external or internal applications
A dashboard-based user experience motif
Complex user management and segmentation/personalization at an application level
Portal tools are usually heavy on resources, require a bevy of developers and architects, and are complex — but they can be used to build scalable, mission-critical e-business and workplace environments.