Powers, Perplexities of Portals Persist
I'm not sure when "portal" became attached to Internet activities, but I think it was in early Yahoo days when the idea was floated that Yahoo would provide you with a personal entrance into the Web.Portals are a great product saddled with a tired name. Im not sure when "portal" became attached to Internet activities, but I think it was in early Yahoo days when the idea was floated that Yahoo would provide you with a personal entrance into the Web. While Yahoo still has not figured out how to make any money being a personal portal for millions of Net surfers, the idea of a Web-based IS continues to blossom. One of the better and more recent examples was the development of the Army Knowledge Online portal. This system, developed using technology from Art Technology Group, of Cambridge, Mass., is designed to give the 1.2 million Army and civilian personnel a way to find the information they need to get their jobs done. The project meshes access, security and the ability to build personal views intoyou guessed ita portal to help the Army do its job. It would be difficult to think of an organization that is more critical and also more bureaucratic that stands to benefit from the portal technology.
The discussion with ATG was a reminder to me of how technology tends to take longer to penetrate a society than anyone expects but also tends to have a far greater impact than anyone predicted. Portals were all the rage as terms like "push technology" were dying out. Suddenly, having the word "portal" attached to a business plan assured you of instant funding and digital glitterati status. And just as quickly, the word "portal" consigned you to the dot-com washout category.