Way too many portals
Its seems that everyone has a solution on the way for inter-enterprise collaboration. Use their portal and only their portal or application! The problem is that OpenText, Microsoft, IBM, Groove etc all want you to use their solutions, for example:
Workplace creates a unified front end for technologies facing suppliers, customers, and employees, according to Larry Bowden, vice president of the Workplace division at IBM. Each of those users has different roles, but they are tapping the same back-end information sources through Workplace, he added. ?Collaboration among peers within an organization is moving toward organizational productivity, which shifts toward [collaboration] between organizations,? he said.
Well that’s not my vision of collaboration! I want something more along the lines of POP3, RSS and Trillian (a bit of a mix of standards and products I know but hopefully you get the idea). All you enterprises out there can use whatever collaboration solution you want, but when I connect to you and integrate all your portals into my Personal Knowledge Management environment I want to aggregate you using bog standard protocols and the clients of my choice. Of course these enterprise portal applications could be aggregated by portlets as well for people who don’t have the time energy or need to create their own PKM environments and want someone to build a portal of portals for them!