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Intranets and portals Some current issues. Martin White Managing Director, Intranet Focus Ltd. Intranet adoption. UK DTI International Benchmarking Study 2000. Intranet/extranet comparison. UK DTI International Benchmarking Study 2000. Intranet penetration, Europe.

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intranets and portals some current issues

Intranets and portalsSome current issues

Martin White

Managing Director, Intranet Focus Ltd.

www.intranetfocus.com

intranet adoption
Intranet adoption

UK DTI International Benchmarking Study 2000

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intranet extranet comparison
Intranet/extranet comparison

UK DTI International Benchmarking Study 2000

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intranet penetration europe
Intranet penetration, Europe

International Data Corporation Global IT survey 2000

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the lessons so far
The lessons so far
  • Recognition of scale-up issues from department to organisation-wide
  • Importance of a focus on business benefits
  • Development timeframes are longer than anticipated – indeed development never stops
  • Extranets and e-commerce have to be considered in an intranet development strategy
  • Managing staff involvement is now recognised as a major issue
  • Issues of corporate culture have to be recognised and addressed

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categories of intranet deployment
Categories of intranet deployment
  • Category 1
    • Well-developed corporate-wide intranet
    • Intranet manager(s) and identified support team
    • Largely build with in-house IT expertise
    • Set up in 1997/1998
    • High level of staff participation
    • Links to external information and DM systems
    • Management consultancies, telecoms and IT companies, pharmaceutical/biomedical companies

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categories of intranet deployment7
Categories of intranet deployment
  • Category 2
    • Multi-site/multi-national company with intranets deployed in a number of locations
    • “Working language is English”
    • Now trying to integrate the intranets onto a corporate platform
    • Running into issues with differences in corporate culture
    • Major content management issues appearing

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categories of intranet deployment8
Categories of intranet deployment
  • Category 3
    • 1999 launch - intranet not fully deployed
    • Limited range of content
    • No dedicated intranet manager, often “sponsored” by corporate communications or marketing, or the library/information centre
    • No formal budget
    • Static or declining use as content does not support business decisions and processes

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categories of intranet deployment9
Categories of intranet deployment
  • Category 4
    • Central government
    • Often developed by library and information departments
    • Uses the e-Government initiative as a focus for the work
    • Intranets not formally recognised by Government
    • Some are effective, most are not

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nao report some findings
NAO report – some findings
  • “Making intranets central to the life of organisations requires considerable commitment by top management, significant investment on a larger scale than for external Web sites, and firm but creative management of the information and facilities made available”
  • “In comparison with private sector companies and overseas government agencies UK departments remain very cautious in making the investment necessary to build cost-effective and well-used intranets”

National Audit Office report

Government on the web, Dec. 1999

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intranet effectiveness

Communication between staff

Improving the agency’s business processes

Very effective

11%

4%

Effective

27%

22%

Somewhat effective

43%

44%

Ineffective

14%

20%

Unsure/don’t know

5%

9%

Intranet effectiveness

Source – www.governmentontheweb.org

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frequency of use

Used by most staff daily

30%

Used by most staff once a week

34%

Used by most staff once a month

9%

Not widely used

17%

Unsure/don’t know

11%

Frequency of use

Source – www.governmentontheweb.org

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categories of intranet deployment13
Categories of intranet deployment
  • Category 5
    • Local authorities and not-for-profit sector
    • Very limited intranet deployment, often on a pilot basis
    • Poor IT infrastructure
    • Unable to make an effective business case
    • Have no idea how to meet the 2005 e-Government agenda

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intranet market development
Intranet market development
  • Companies are now recognising the emerging demand for mid-range content management solutions tailored for the intranet market
  • Examples include Active Intranet (UK), Spectral (Sweden), IntraCS (South Africa) and some ASP entrants such as Planet-Intra and Intranets.com
  • Web content management companies will also move into this sector

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corporate portals
Corporate portals
  • Corporate portal – structured integration through a user-customised browser interface of internal documents, databases and applications, together with external information sources and resources
  • Enterprise information portal – as above

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corporate portals eip
Corporate portals/EIP
  • Kick-started into life by the November 1998 Merrill Lynch report
  • The report contains the often mis-quoted forecast of a $14 billion EIP market by 2002
  • In fact this was the total enterprise management forecast, and only about $3 billion was EIP software
  • In the even the portal market has grown much more slowly than this forecast
  • Why?

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intranet cf portal
Intranet

Communication of internal information

Limited database connectivity

Standard user interface

Limited, if any, access to external information

Limited flexibility

Low initial cost

Corporate portal

Information to support business decisions and e-business applications

Extensive database connectivity

Customised interface

Links to external information

Flexible

High initial cost

Intranet cf portal

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corporate portal vendors
Corporate portal vendors
  • There are currently around 60 vendors of corporate portal software
  • Most are US-based, though there are a number of European vendors, including
    • Appsolut, Autonomy, Comintell, Insight Technologies, KMS, Linq, Sopheon
  • Most have migrated from other application areas
  • It is important to understand the extent of this migration in evaluation products

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a confused market and industry
A confused market and industry
  • Considerable confusion between
    • Corporate portal
    • Enterprise Information Portal
    • Knowledge Portal
    • Business Portal
    • Enterprise Application Integration etc.
  • The blame for this resides with vendor marketing departments, the Gartner Group, the Meta Group and the Delphi Group!

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industry segmentation
Industry segmentation
  • Knowledge management
    • Net Perceptions, Plumtree
  • Business intelligence
    • Brio, Informatica, Viador
  • Search
    • Hummingbird/Fulcrum, Sopheon, Verity
  • Document management
    • Documentum, Hummingbird
  • Content
    • SageMaker, Mediaapps, Factiva

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making a business case
Making a business case
  • The actual benefits of a corporate portal have never been easy to identify
  • All that a portal seems to do is add a layer on top of all the existing systems in order to provide integrated access to information and applications through a browser interface
  • But IT departments can’t work out how it is suddenly so easy to do this
  • They are also concerned by the ownership of the desktop by one supplier

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selection team
Selection team
  • Selecting a corporate portal vendor must be a team approach, and involve
    • Senior IT managers
    • Applications support staff
    • Line-of-business managers
    • Personnel manager
    • Business development/strategic planning
    • Board Director

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selection criteria 1
Selection criteria - 1
  • Vendor background and ownership
  • Long term viability of vendor
  • Installed base
  • Technology alliances
  • Commitment to the UK in terms of development and support
  • Reliance on key staff

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selection criteria 2
Selection criteria - 2
  • Database support
  • Document support
  • Thesaurus development
  • XML support
  • Scalability
  • Customization
  • Indexing process

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selection criteria 3
Selection criteria -3
  • Cost ( range from £500 to £40000 per server)
  • License basis (Server, users, support costs)
  • Learning curve
  • Approach to ‘proof of concept’
  • Administration procedures
  • User group
  • External information access links

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limited awareness of information
Limited awareness of information
  • Most companies still have little, if any, idea of what information their employees actually use in their daily work
  • They therefore find it extremely difficult to create a specification for an EIP product
  • In particular they have no view of the scalability issues if they start at Department A and then deploy throughout the organisation
  • Portal vendors can’t afford much pre-selling

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budget issues
Budget issues
  • Getting any idea of the potential cost of portal software is all but impossible
  • Vendors realise that even out-of-the-box products will need customising, and in any case they have not got enough experience yet to understand what are the key parameters that are going to affect the performance and utilisation of the portal
  • Who owns the budget, and which doors does a portal vendor have to knock on to secure a contract?

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vendor expertise and longevity
Vendor expertise and longevity
  • Very few vendors are pure-play portal vendors, and bring with them particular skills which they are then trying to leverage into a generic platform
  • They are mainly small, privately funded companies with limited (if any) presence outside of the USA
  • This makes any multi-national company very concerned about stability and support levels
  • The current US economic woes are having a disastrous impact on the smaller US vendors

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the autonomy effect
The Autonomy effect
  • Although Autonomy lacks the full functionality of an EIP the visibility of the company in the UK market makes it a benchmark for IT directors and others
  • Autonomy comes across as providing the ultimate solution mainly by black magic and Bayesian statistics
  • Many IT directors would not want Autonomy anywhere near their core business “and that goes for all portal vendors”

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eip success factors
EIP success factors
  • A successful EIP vendor will need to have (inter alia!)
    • A demonstrably scalable business model
    • A very clear business proposition
    • Business process analysis capability
    • The ability to sell against the competition
    • A strong content management module
    • Understand the need for access to the external information environment with single log-on
    • Patience!

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forecast
Forecast
  • 2001 is going to be exit-year for a number of vendors
  • Already many have share prices at rock-bottom, such as Sopheon and Knowledge Management Software
  • US companies faced with a stagnant market
  • Severe shortage of development staff
  • Still a long haul to the close of a sale
  • The big players are still to make their move, notably IBM/Lotus, Microsoft (Tahoe), Computer Associates, Sybase, SAP

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intranets and portals
Intranets and portals
  • The initial view of business was that a portal would be able to replace a poorly functioning intranet
  • Know they are realising that excellent intranets are needed to provide information food for a portal
  • Since the cost of intranet enhancement looks to be less than a portal application, they choose the intranet route

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