Top 15 Intranet Portals
Last updated: January 26, 2020
Intranet Portals provide web-based collaboration and communication tools for large companies. They also may be used as unified access point to enterprise applications and integration point between these applications.
SharePoint's multi-purpose platform allows for managing and provisioning of intranet portals, extranets and websites, document management and file management, collaboration spaces, social networking tools, enterprise search, business intelligence tooling, process/information integration, and third-party developed solutions. SharePoint can also be used as a web application development platform.
Liferay Portal is an alternative enterprise web platform for building business solutions that deliver immediate results and long-term value. Liferay Portal ships with broad product capabilities to provide immediate return on investment: Content & Document Management with Microsoft Office integration, Web Publishing and Shared Workspaces, Enterprise Collaboration, Social Networking and Mashups, Enterprise Portals and Identity Management
Bitrix24 creates a united work space for your company and enables collaboration to make everyone more effective. Includes activity streams, tasks, file storage (with version control), calendar, photogalleries, instant messager, extranet, CRM, workflow builder, time tracker, profiles, reports, mobile version
IBM WebSphere Portal is a set of software tools that enables companies to build and manage web portals. The WebSphere Portal package is a component of WebSphere software. The basic package includes a web server, WebSphere Application Server, LDAP directory, IBM DB2 database, development tools, web site templates and other essential site management tools such as a configuration wizard. In addition, some editions of WebSphere Portal include limited entitlements to Lotus Web Content Management, Lotus Quickr document management, Lotus Sametime instant messaging, and Lotus Forms electronic forms.
Plone is a free and open source content management system built on top of the Zope application server. In principle, Plone can be used for any kind of website, including blogs, internet sites, webshops and internal websites. It is also well positioned to be used as a document publishing system and groupware collaboration tool. The strengths of Plone are its flexible and adaptable workflow, very good security, extensibility, high usability and flexibility.
JBoss Enterprise Portal Platform meets the demands of internal and external end users who require access to, and interaction between, back-end applications, SOA services, and Web 2.0 applications. Based on an open, reliable framework, JBoss Enterprise Portal Platform meets the development and operational demands of the smallest tactical mashup style application, as well as the largest mission-critical web sites.
DotNetNuke is a Web Content Management Platform (or CMS) for Microsoft ASP.NET, powering over 700,000 production web sites worldwide. The flexible DotNetNuke open source CMS platform also functions as a web application development framework. Depending on your role within your organization, DotNetNuke provides powerful benefits to support your Web initiatives.
Oracle WebCenter is the user engagement platform for social business—connecting people and information. It brings together the most complete portfolio of portal, web experience management, content, social, and collaboration technologies into a single integrated product suite, and it provides the foundation for Oracle Fusion Middleware and Oracle Fusion Applications to deliver a next-generation user experience.
TYPO3 is a free Open Source content management system for enterprise purposes on the web and in intranets. It offers full flexibility and extendability while featuring an accomplished set of ready-made interfaces, functions and modules.
Quickly create intranet and extranet spaces for your company. HyperOffice provides all the collaboration tools your teams need to skyrocket productivity in your growing business, in a single, easy to use, anywhere accessible solution. Document management, intranet/extranet workspaces, shared calendars, project management & more at the tip of your finger.
on Live Enterprise
SAP NetWeaver Portal is one of the building blocks in the SAP NetWeaver architecture. With only a Web Browser, users can begin work once they have been authenticated in the portal which offers a single point of access to information, enterprise applications, and services both inside and outside an organization. The Netweaver Portal also provides the tools to manage this knowledge, to analyze and interrelate it, and to share and collaborate. With its coherent interface, role-based content, and personalization features, the portal enables you to focus exclusively on data relevant to your daily decision-making processes.
PHP-Nuke is a content management system allowing webmasters to create community-based portals (websites), allowing users and editors to post news items (user-submitted news items are selected by editors) or other types of articles. Registered users can then comment on these articles. PHP-Nuke was originally released under the GNU General Public License as free software.
(Formerly known as PostNuke) Open-source community-portal CMS with Modular Structure, Customized Functionality through Third-Party Modules, Advanced User Group Permissions System, Multi-language Support, Advanced API and High Level of Security
Jostle’s cloud-based intranet helps leaders align their organization and enable employees. Clarify your teams, initiatives and values. Share your news. Recognize your successes. Make sure each employee has the help and information they need to get work done. Easy to implement with a proven engagement plan. Deploy in a week without consuming IT resources.
ThoughtFarmer is intranet software that improves employee engagement, boosts productivity, and enhances knowledge management.
Latest news about Intranet Portals
2018. SharePoint gets organization-wide news and content targeting
Microsoft announced some new improvements for SharePoint and Office 365 sites. One of the key features is the ability to designate one communication site as the official news portal for the organization. News posted to the official news portal gets a special indicator so that it is easy to tell — both on mobile and on SharePoint home — which news posts are coming from the official news portal. Another new feature - is the ability to target content to different audiences based on AD Group membership, including dynamic groups. Also SharePoint sites are getting the ability to create mega-menus for navigation.
2017. SharePoint 2016 finally added SharePoint Framework Support
One of the big reasons Microsoft pushed SharePoint Framework into general availability in February was to attract more developer talent into the SharePoint ecosystem. And now with the release of SharePoint Feature Pack 2 (FP2), the company finally gives Framework support to users of SharePoint 2016. Framework is a page and web part model that provides full support for client-side SharePoint development, easy integration with SharePoint data and support for open source tooling. The release will make it easier for SharePoint 2016 customers and third-party developers to build SharePoint-focused solutions.
2017. SharePoint Framework is generally available
Microsoft has released SharePoint Framework, that allows developers and administrators to build and deploy parts that are used by Office 365 users in their production environments. In practical terms, this means using web technologies to build apps on SharePoint that are agile, responsive and, more to the point, mobile friendly. SharePoint has been used as an application and development platform for a long time. It offers numerous sets of development and customization options. But the release of Framework is a big step in improving the SharePoint developer experience, which has often been characterized as clumsy and difficult.
2016. Microsoft connects SharePoint Team Sites to Office 365 Groups
Microsoft is introducing SharePoint and Office 365 team sites integration - the new feature that allows to create connected SharePoint Online team sites in seconds. Here's how the new integration works. When someone creates an Office 365 Group, the service will automatically create a SharePoint team site (with the appearance controlled by the team site administrator) that can include pages, lists, libraries and team news. SharePoint team sites provide a place where teams can communicate, share documents and work together on projects. They are easy to use and enable users create a site for every project the team is working on. Team sites are accessible on all kinds of devices so can be used by mobile workers too.
2016. Microsoft released SharePoint for Android
Though Microsoft is not actively competing on the mobile OS market already for two years (i.e. not pushing its WindowsPhone), it's still very slow in releasing Android apps. Only now the company is unveiling SharePoint mobile client for Android phones and tablets. The app provides the functionality to work with team sites, documents stored in SharePoint under the main categories of Sites, Links and People. To use the SharePoint app organizations need to have an Office 365 subscription that includes SharePoint Online, with support for SharePoint Server 2013 and SharePoint 2016 to be added later. Earlier this year Microsoft released SharePoint mobile apps for iOS and WindowsPhone (though the second app is still in preview).
2016. Microsoft brings SharePoint to iOS
Microsoft launched a new mobile app for SharePoint customers aimed at bringing a company’s SharePoint-powered intranet portal and its content to users’ smartphones and tablets. The app is initially available on iOS – meaning it will work on iPhone and iPad – but it will arrive on both Android and Windows platforms before year end, Microsoft says. The app works with either SharePoint Online in Office 365 or SharePoint Server 2013 or 2016 in on-premises or hybrid scenarios. It features a Sites tab that lets you visit the SharePoint sites you frequent, so you can see recent activity, files, and access these files, lists, pages, and other content on those destinations. The app also works with other Microsoft mobile apps, the company notes. For example, when you click an Office document in the app, it will launch the corresponding Office mobile app; and when you view a document library on a team site, you’ll be taken to the OneDrive mobile app for iOS.
2016. SharePoint adds new document libraries
Now that SharePoint 2016 is here, Microsoft is slowly releasing SharePoint Document Libraries to its commercial Office 365 subscribers using SharePoint Online. The new document libraries take SharePoint in a more user-friendly direction. They make it easier for users to access documents, edit document metadata and push content to the top of the document library. It's a big deal — which addresses persistent complains about previous editions of SharePoint around the difficulties of use. In the long run-up to the release of SharePoint 2016, Microsoft promised to focus on user experience.
2016. Liferay launched Digital Experience Platform
Open source enterprise CMS provider Liferay launched Digital Experience Platform (DXP) - the solution is designed to help companies create and manage experiences that support the end-to-end customer relationship. It offers a comprehensive view of customers that extends beyond marketing by bringing together sales, marketing, support and service teams, design highly personalized experiences by targeting useful information, offers and resources to user segments and individuals, create a single customer profile aggregated from all of the customer’s interactions with the company as well as important data points, access to engagement data such as video content views, click-throughs on targeted content, community activity and social metadata.
2015. Liferay partners with Red Hat to provide an open source portal solution
Liferay and Red Hat are collaborating on an open source portal that combines Liferay Portal and Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (JBoss EAP). The product is targeting companies that want more open-source, enterprise grade portal options, the companies maintain. To that end, there is the potential of additional integration with other Red Hat JBoss Middleware products in the near future. From a company perspective the deal is an interesting one in that Red Hat stopped offering new subscriptions to JBoss Portal in February 2015. Red Hat is continuing support for JBoss Portal through the current release stream, which is scheduled to end in March 2018. This new venture represents, one could conclude, Red Hat's ongoing commitment to the portal market.
2014. Intranet platform Jostle raises $2M
Intranet platform developer Jostle raised $2 million to accelerate customer acquisition and continue product development. Jostle wants to put a fresh face on intranet portal software. The service aims to make it easier for companies to publish news stories and announcements, host online discussions and share other relevant information like team directories. The highly visual service also features a Yammer-like chat tool. Jostle integrates with the likes of Active Directory and other directory services to make onboarding easy. It also supports most popular single sign-on solutions and offers Google Apps integration, too, with support for Google Docs, Gmail, Google Contacts and Drive. Pricing for Jostle accounts starts at $6 per employee per month for small companies with up to 100 employees, with price drops available for larger businesses.
2013. What is Google Cloud Print and why do you need it for your business?
How printer works in your office now? It's connected to some computer, and users from other computers can send documents to it via LAN network. However, it turns out, that such scheme is already obsolete. First, because your employees are already using mobile devices (smartphones, tablets). And if they need to print something from smartphone, they have to send needed file to computer and print it from there. Second, SaaS apps that you use have to convert documents to PDF or other format, so that you could download and print them. Third, if you want to print something from your home computer on the office printer (and them come to office and have the printed docs ready) - you can't do it. To fix these issues Google invented the Google Cloud Print. Google Cloud Print - is an online service where you can add all your printers. Then, from any Internet-connected device you can send document you want to print to this service and select the printer you want to print the doc. And then the miracle happens: Google prints your document on the selected printer. How is it possible? First, there are special (cloud-ready) printers, that can connect to the internet and Google Cloud Print in particular. Second, you can add an ordinary printer that is plugged to computer connected to the Internet. Untill now this computer should be only Chromebook, but yesterday Google launched Cloud Print Service for Windows. It can be installed on any PC and runs in the background. (It requires that Chrome is installed and is compatible with Windows 7, Vista and XP with the Windows XPS Essentials Pack installed). The other tool Google launched yesterday is Google Cloud Printer for Windows, which is essentially a printer driver for Windows that lets you use Cloud Print just like any other printer that’s installed on your computer. With this, you can print to Cloud Print from any application on your computer.
2013. LinkedIn launches Sponsored posts
It means that now you can post something interesting and pay for the post promotion to make it visible not only for your followers, but also for other LinkedIn users that you can target by location, industry, position, age, etc. Similar sponsored posts advertising is already available on Facebook and Twitter. However, in Facebook - you can't target audience so precisely (you can only choose: show post to friends or to friends of your friends), and advertising on Twitter is still available only in the US. LinkedIn advertising also has the drawback - the click cost. Even with that precious targeting, paying several dollars per click - is quite expensive. And when you sign up to participate in the LinkedIn Promoted Updates, they ask you if you spend less than $15,000 per quarter or more.
2013. Microsoft social networks: Yammer vs SharePoint Newsfeed
Last year, when Microsoft acquired Yammer (the service for building enterprise social networks), it already had own the own social network based on SharePoint (now it's called SharePoint Newsfeed). And that's OK, because Microsoft bought Yammer not for the engine, but for the customer base and the image of social vendor. But now, it seems, Microsoft doesn't know what to do with two almost identical solutions. In June, Office 365 users got the opportunity to replace SharePoint Newsfeed to Yammer, and Microsoft continues to insist that Yammer - is its future and that soon Yammer will become the platform for all its business apps. But on the other hand SharePoint Newsfeed also continues to evolve. For example, today SharePoint Newsfeed app for Windows 8 has been launched. And it's very similar to Yammer app for Windows (guess where is what on the screenshots). And earlier this spring SharePoint Newsfeed apps for Windows Phone and iPhone / iPad appeared. The fact is that Yammer - is purely SaaS service, and for the companies that use local SharePoint server and aren't ready to move to SaaS, Newsfeed remains the primary solution. So, probably, the two Microsoft's social networks will co-exist for a long time.
2013. Building a company website: Microsoft Office 365 vs SharePoint
Perhaps for many people it will be a surprise, but Microsoft Office 365 allows to create a public website for your company (thanks to SharePoint Online component). The practice of building websites on SharePoint existed for a long time. But it was quite expensive (due to the cost of SharePoint licenses and Windows hosting). Second, SharePoint was originally designed for intranet portals, and for public sites it's not very appropriate. Therefore, only large companies (for whatever reasons) used SharePoint as a website engine. But with the appearance of Office 365 things changed to better. Having Office 365 subscription, small business owner can create a company website for free. And the only technical skills he needs - is Word editing.
2012. SharePoint 2013 will integrate Yammer, provide platform around the online version
At the SharePoint Conference 2012 Microsoft revealed some new facts about the upcoming SharePoint 2013. But nothing specific has been announced - just few promises. The exact release date is also still unknown. Microsoft's corporate vice president of the Office Division Kris Koenigsbauer promises a launch during the first fiscal quarter of 2013, which falls between October 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012. Now about the Yammer. As expected, Microsoft will integrate this social intranet service (acquired in June) into SharePoint. The integration will be done via Yammer Web Parts and Yammer Open Graph. Got it? And soon (Microsoft says) SharePoint will become a system "powered by Yammer". Ok, let's look what is the real sense of integration between SharePoint and Yammer. The fact is that SharePoint 2013 has already own social intranet module. Look at the screenshot above - it's SharePoint 2013 without Yammer. It's social module may lack some features that are in Yammer, but it provieds enough social function for most users. The main purpose of Yammer acquisition - was not buying the software engine or the development team, but a) the Yammer's customer client (85% of the Fortune 500 companies), b) removing the strong competitor, c) the reputation of social vendor. So now Microsoft just needs to connect brands Yammer and SharePoint and gradually transfer the Yammer users to SharePoint. So, we shouldn't expect any revolutional product from Yammer-SharePoint integration. They'll write "powered by Yammer" in the bottom - and that will be enough. What are the other interesting news about SharePoint 2013? First, Microsoft promised that it will (some day) allow developers to create add-ons for the online version of SharePoint, just as it works for the local version. Creating an online platform with an app store was super-promising affair a couple of years ago. Salesforce did it. But now it's may be too late for Microsoft. Second, Microsoft promised to provide full mobile support for SharePoint. In addition to Windows Phone app, SharePoint will be (some day) accessible from Windows 8 tablets (Metro), iPhone and Android.
2012. Microsoft buys Yammer to protect SharePoint
Of course, it wasn't a secret that Yammer (the service that invented social intranet) - is a successful startup. But no one could imagine how successful it is. Microsoft is buying Yammer for as much as $1.2 billion. Most likely, it's too big price, but Microsoft has to overpay in order to protect its flagship product - SharePoint. We have already noted that after the rapid start, SharePoint has stopped in development. And lately two threats for SharePoint have appeared. The first threat is called "DropBox for business" - the new class of tools that sync files between computers and mobile devices. And the second threat - are these solutions for building enterprise social networks (Chatter, Yammer, Socialcast, Jive, etc.). For the first threat Microsoft has an answer - SkyDrive, but the social component in SharePoint it very weak. And the recent social promises of Jared Sparano (Senior Director, SharePoint Product Management) didn't add optimism: "we at Microsoft are carefully studying the opportunities of social networking technologies in the workspace and in the next version - SharePoint 2013 - these tools will be further developed." Now Microsoft has Yammer. But will be they able to seamlessly integrate this SaaS service in SharePoint, or it will go the Skype's way - the history will show.
2012. Don't use SharePoint while walking!
For Microsoft health and safety of the users - is the highest priority. And to prevent people from falling and being injured while working with SharePoint on the go, Microsoft just doesn't release mobile clients for SharePoint (except one for Windows Phone, which is used by very few users). But there are people for whom money means more than user security. Harmon.ie (the company known for its Outlook plug-in, which allows to collaborate on files stored in SharePoint) has released a mobile application for iPhone/iPad that works as a mobile SharePoint app. Now mobile users with smartphones and tablets can collaboratively edit documents stored in SharePoint, comment them, track the history of changes and versions, agree the documents. It's so easy and convenient that people do this even while walking and because of this already 2675 were injured due to falls and other accidents. The sufferers have already created a web site protesting against the new mobile app - www.DontSharepointWhileWalking.com
2012. Bitrix24 - the most pumped up Facebook for Enterprise on the market
Russian intranet portal maker 1C-Bitrix is taking on Chatter, Yammer, Socialcast and other social intranet services with its latest product Bitrix24. And this service is not just yet another "Facebook for Enterprise" clone. It's created in the unique style of 1C-Bitrix. In fact Bitrix24 looks like "Facebook for Enterprise" only at first glance - on the home page there is an activity stream where you can post messages and comments and see the latest actions in the system. But under the hood of this home page you will find the common (for 1C-Bitrix) set of million functions: tasks, file storage (with version control), calendar, photo galleries, instant messager, extranet, CRM, workflow builder, time tracker, profiles, reports, mobile version ... Of course, it's cool on the one hand. But on the other - too heavy for SaaS. And during the first real stress test (on the release day) the service experienced big problems with scalability. Of course, it's not a big issue in our time. 1C-Bitrix will spend some more money for backend and ensure the reliable performance of the service. Besides users will always have the "Plan B" - you can always transfer your data from Bitrix24 to locally-installed 1C-Bitrix Intranet. However, you'll need to purchase the licenses for a local version first. Bitrix24 provides a free version with a wide functionality for 12 users and 5GB of cloud storage. The paid version for unlimited users, 50GB and with extranet module costs $99/month. And the full version (100 GB) costs $199/month.
2012. Microsoft SharePoint adds Firefox and Chrome support
Recently we noted that for a long time there is no news about the progress of the enterprise software superstar - intranet system Microsoft SharePoint. And today the news appeared: SharePoint 2010 finally adds full support for the third-party browsers: Firefox, Chrome, and partial support for Apple Safari. Developers say that the limitations of these browsers didn't allowed to use all the bells and whistles of the SharePoint interface before. Wow! That's a really huge achievement of SharePoint developers. There is still no word about support of mobile platforms (except Windows Phone). But there is a word about social features. Jared Spataro, Microsoft's senior director of SharePoint product management recently said that they were carefully studying the opportunities of social networking technologies for enterprise collaboration and Microsoft's approach will be to increase enterprise social features in SharePoint. Looks like SharePoint is really in crisis.
2012. Dropbox for Enterprise will replace SharePoint?
In this case by "Dropbox for Enterprise" we don't mean the business version of Dropbox. The fact is that the expression "Dropbox for Enterprise" has become a new meme. The largest enterprise software vendors want to release a product under the label "Dropbox for Enterprise". That's how they say: "We want to create something like Dropbox for Enterprise" (watch the video). Recall, Dropbox - is the super-popular file syncing and sharing service, which has already attracted 50 million users thanks to its simplicity and multi-platform support. It's business usage is limited due to the strict corporate security standards. But employees still tend to use it bypassing IT admins, and that is why the enterprise vendors are standing in the line to become the Enterprise Dropbox provider. The first in this line is Box.net, which has long been competing with Dropbox and has attracted already 8 million users. Like Dropbox, this service gives free gigabytes, provides sweat interface and supports multiple platforms. The next is probably Egnyte. This service also appeared long ago and was initially the most business-oriented. And this wasn't very good for competition. In particular, unlike Dropbox and Box.net - Egnyte never provided the free version. And recently the "big brothers" are coming to the line. Last week we mentioned that ECM giants Open Text and Liferay launched Dropbox clones. The other day Alfresco joined them with its Alfresco Cloud. VMware is developing its own service called Project Octopus (based on Zimbra and Mozy). Citrix has acquired the similar app ShareFile. Recently, the rumors that Google will launch its legendary service Google Drive appeared again. But the most interesting in this story - is - where is SharePoint in it? A year ago it was SharePoint - the meme, meaning the same thing - "enterprise tool for storing and sharing files." But remember (from the first paragraph), the main reasons for the Dropbox success - simplicity and multi-platform support - that's NOT about SharePoint. This system only works in browser, on PC and Windows Phone and it's interface is not so intuitive. During the past month we didn't hear anything new about SharePoint. Microsoft pays more attention to its cloud service SkyDrive, but SharePoint (aka the most successful Microsoft's business product) may soon become a part of history.