Top 14 Enterprise Portals
Last updated: April 15, 2021
Enterprise Portals provide web access to enterprise content and resources to employees, customers and partners.
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 Digital Experience Platform is designed to work within your existing business processes and technologies to build a custom solution that uniquely meets your needs.
Sitecore Experience Platform is a powerful content management system (CMS) that combines customer data, analytics, AI, and marketing automation capabilities to nurture customers throughout their journey with personalized content in real-time, across any channel.
A powerhouse combo for your content and digital asset management needs. Get personalized, content-led experiences into market faster with Adobe Experience Manager, which combines digital asset management with the power of a content management system.
Create sophisticated digital experiences quickly and simply. Create compelling, targeted content at a speed and scale that adapts rapidly to changes in the market. Deliver content through apps, sites, and any touchpoint.
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.
LumApps is a single platform to manage both internal communications and external social communications. A social collaborative intranet and employee social advocacy
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.
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.
The Leading Client Portal Solution for Professional Services Firms. The most effective way to collaboratively work across teams, and with your clients and partners.
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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.
Create an intranet with authenticated access to core applications to improve employee productivity and training and help them get their work done. Help customers get secure, personalized access to their accounts and self-service options, and reduce service costs. Improve the secure exchange of information and applications with suppliers and partners.
Quickly and easily create intranets, extranets, composite applications, and self-service portals. Oracle WebCenter Portal provides users with a secure and efficient way to consume information and interact with applications, processes, and people.
ThoughtFarmer is intranet software that improves employee engagement, boosts productivity, and enhances knowledge management.
Latest news about Enterprise Portals
2021. Intranet startup Staffbase raises $145M
Staffbase, which provides an intranet-style internal communications platform for companies, has raised a $145 million. Staffbase has managed to onboard more than 1,000 clients, including Adidas, Audi, BHP, Deutsche Post DHL... The company’s main competitors include Dynamic Signal and Social Chorus. In the category of intranets, competitors include Simpplr and Unily. Staffbase claims its advantages are that it brings together mobile employee apps and intranets into one platform, as well as integrating with the Microsoft 365 ecosystem, as well as the messaging platform Slack.
2021. Google and HCL team up for Digital Experience platform
HCL Digital Experience (DX) is now available on Google Cloud and clients have access to the robust solutions Google Cloud offers even for those who wish to run on-prem or in other clouds. For HCL Digital Experience customers, this means they can maintain their investments in HCL’s trusted and proven Digital Experience platform while also taking advantage of the global reach, security, and elasticity of Google Cloud. HCL DX customers will also gain insights into how their customers are engaging with content on their site with streamlined integration with Google Analytics 360 and HCL Unica Discover. As a result, firms can optimize customer journeys.
2020. Acquia launches Digital Experience Platform
Digital experience company Acquia today announced the launch of its new Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP). The Acquia Open DXP is powered by Acquia Marketing Cloud and Acquia Drupal Cloud, a unified solution that unlocks the value of data and content so organizations can rapidly create new digital experiences. Marketers and developers now have a single, easy-to-use platform to build, personalize, and orchestrate multi-experience customer journeys across all modes of customer interaction, such as touchscreens, chat, voice, and more. In addition to the marketing tools, Acquia Open DXP will make it easier for developers to build Drupal sites with Developer Studio, its integrated development environment (IDE), and Site Factory, its tool for managing and scaling Drupal 9 sites and applications. Moreover, CMS Migrate will make it much easier to move from older versions of Drupal and legacy CMS to the recently released Drupal 9.
2020. Adobe Experience Manager now offered as cloud-native SaaS application
Adobe Experience Manager is now available as a cloud-native SaaS application. Prior to this, it was available on premises or as a managed service, but it wasn’t pure cloud-native. Obviously being available as a cloud service makes sense for customers, and offers all of the value you would get from any cloud service. Customers can now access all of the tools in AEM without having to worry about maintaining, managing or updating it, giving the marketing team more flexibility, agility and ongoing access to the latest updates. AEM provides a number of capabilities, including managing the customer experience in real time. Having real-time access to data means you can deliver the products, services and experiences that make sense based on what you know about the customer in any given moment.
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.
2016. Liferay launches Digital Experience platform
Historically known as portal software, Liferay has tilted into the digital experience market with its new DXP - Digital Experience Platform. This shift isn’t exactly off course for Liferay. It’s more like a natural evolution. According to Bryan Cheung, Liferay CEO, their customers were continually asking for things that were not part of a traditional portal implementation, and Liferay would build or integrate them, so it only made sense to re-evaluate their place in the market. Liferay DXP is made up of a few different components. The foundation is the portal platform itself. There are built-in integrations with a number of backend systems including CRM, ERP, support, and other systems. What this infrastructure enables customers to do is to build a range of customer experience solutions including web experiences, mobile experiences, or hybrid online/offline experiences across the entire customer lifecycle.
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. Enterprise cloud collaboration provider Huddle raises $51M
Huddle, the enterprise cloud collaboration provider that competes with the likes of Microsoft’s Office 365, is today announcing that it has raised another $51 million in funding, which was made at a company valuation of between $250 million and $300 million. The reason for Huddle’s success appears to be two-fold: platform and customer base. On the first of these, Huddle was one of the early movers in developing a platform where companies can not only share and exchange files with one another, but also work on them together, with versioning control and other ways of tracking changes built into the platform. Secure services on the platform include Team collaboration, file sharing, task management, social collaboration and mobile collaboration, integrating with a number of third party apps and supporting multiple other platforms including Office, SharePoint, and SalesForce.
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.
2014. Huddle launches secure document publishing patform
Cloud collaboration and content management Huddle unveiled a secure document publishing platform that comes with a full analytics dashboard and helps enterprises measure, track and interact with the files that they share and publish. These capabilities complement its existing intelligent recommendation engine. Through the platform enterprises can publish final, read-only versions of documents to a secure audience and monitor all activities around the files. Once a document has been through the team collaboration stages, is final and ready to be shared across an enterprise, Cochran said, that is when Huddle’s secure publishing platform comes in.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
2010. Drupal Commons - social intranet becomes FREE
Jive Software and other Enterprise 2.0 software vendors should start to worry. Acquia - the company that rules the Drupal project - has released the free open-source solution for creating social intranet and extranet portals Drupal Commons. Of course, before now many companies also were using Drupal CMS to power internal and external portals. If you look at any Enterprise 2.0 systems rating, you will find Drupal among leaders fo the industry. But Drupal customization - is not so easy. And Drupal Commons - is an out-of-box solution for enterprise social networks. It provides profiles, dashboards and groups. Each group has a blog, forum, chat, wiki, document storage with version control, polls, calendar, RSS (from external sites).
2010. Sharepoint 2010: Clouds Can Wait
Last week together with Office 2010, Sharepoint 2010 was officially released. Of course, this is an important event for Enterprise 2.0 industry, however, not so important as we expected. Because despite the fact that Sharepoint 2010 was introduced as a cloud solution, at the moment neither Hosted, nor SaaS version of Sharepoint 2010 are not available. Hosted version (in BPOS-D) will be available only by the end of the year. SaaS-version (Sharepoint Online) by the end of the year will will be available for beta testing and official release is expected only in mid-2011. (We included Sharepoint Online in our Top 10 cloud platforms for Enterprise, but apparently that was too early). And now about the positive moments: Sharepoint 2010 really contains a lot of improvements that will strengthen its (almost monopolistic) position of the intranet platforms market:
2010. Salesforce launches ChatterExchange, aims at Lotus Notes and Sharepoint
When Google Apps Marketplace launched, we noticed that Google's partner Salesforce hadn't joined this ecosystem. Now it's clear why. Salesforce is building its own ecosystem of collaborative applications around Chatter. Although Chatter (Facebook for enterprise) is nothing like Google Apps (email + docs), however the aim of both tools is the same - collaboration. At the ChatterExchange presentation, Marc Benioff has clearly stated that Chatter will compete with MS Sharepoint and IBM Lotus Notes (he modestly omitted Google Apps). "Don't be confused that these systems have little in common" - said Benioff, - "the fact that Sharepoint and Lotus Notes were created back in these days when people didn't use Twitter and Facebook and when the top collaborative technologies were email and shared folders".
2009. Google Translate now translates in real time
In the future, the text and speech translation technology will be one of the most important for the virtual economy. Because language - is the main barrier, that prevents talents from different countries to work together on one project. That's why, we are looking with hope on Google Translate, as the most innovative service that breaks that bareer. Today, Google rolled out a new version of the service and added some useful features. First, the service now gives the translation result as you type - in real time. Second, when translating from any language into English you can now listen to the translated text. And its speach is quite nice - you can even practice the pronunciation. In addition, thee added the Romanization feature. For example, when you translate to Chinese, you can then read the translation in Roman letters. Another feature automatically detect the language of the original text, and when you need to translate the web page - you can just enter its url in the text entry field.