As the new global business model is unraveling, all companies big and small are turning to web for some level of business process support. Internet has empowered even a small organization to take on the biggies if they have the right technology and skills to innovate. In such a scenario primitive Enterprise level applications (ERP, Supply chain, Sales, MIS etc.) may drive any company to the verge of being entirely wiped out.
Today almost all companies are reviewing how to use web to their advantage and tap the opportunities that come forth. But this is easier said than done as the existing business processes need to be remodeled to be able to port them to web processes. Despite the extra efforts in line, seeing the gleaming monetary and resource advantages of web based applications, companies are readily willing to go that extra mile.
Enterprise portals, in turn, serving as business process accelerators facilitating access to corporate information environment, require much domain knowledge and business analysis skills from a development team to create a solution able to support operational activities, collaboration, decision-making, knowledge management, etc.
To succeed in today's competitive environment, public horizontal and vertical Internet portals (that aim at gathering, consolidating and moving data and web content towards their audience) should satisfy a set of functional requirements in a number of related areas - like providing users with e-commerce features.