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The difference between intranets and portals
Monday, February 14, 2005
The words 'intranet' and 'portal'* are often used interchangeably by IT professionals, and their meaning seems to be evolving quickly. Here's what each term means to me:
So a portal is an intranet application in itself. The portal is on the collective 'intranet'. And the portal consolidates many intranets. No wonder everyone is confused.
*For the purpose of this article, 'portal' refers to an enterprise or corporate portal.
About the Author
I'm Chris McGrath, an intranet consultant in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I've been working on intranets since 1997, and on plain ol' web sites for even longer. I run One Intranets, the firm that co-created ThoughtFarmer -- an enterprise collaboration platform for Windows-based intranets.
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