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Microsoft® SharePoint™ 2003 Unleashed, Second Edition by Michael Noel, Colin Spence

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Justifying and Deploying Business Portals

As the cost of providing a portal structure goes down, it makes business sense to create portal-based solutions as opposed to purchasing, installing, and maintaining software on individual PCs for accessing information. Maintaining a web browser on each desk and centralized application structure flexible enough to provide access for any set of users is generally much more cost effective and presents a means for implementing innovative solutions that may have been too costly to deliver using traditional methods. When applications or new features are added to the portal, they are instantly available to users without having to touch every desktop. Delivering information and applications via a web browser ...

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