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The "P" word surely gets thrown around a lot these days. It's time to determine what's real and what's not - and for the sake of this article, let's keep our focus on enterprise, or corporate, portals. Make no mistake - portals are changing the way people work. Beyond mere buzzwords, portal software technology has advanced to the point where companies in all industries are benefiting from the deployment of enterprise portals (by definition, enterprise portals present a single gateway to all corporate information and services so that employees may do their jobs better). Unfortunately, many of the recent adopters of state-of-the-art portal software (such as open standards-based WebSphere), have something equivalent to "shelfware" right now. Whether it was the smiling salespeople, the fancy Powerpoint presentations, or the slick advertising, 2003 was the year that ma... (more)