Ken Bisconti interviewed in this article about UNICCO's adoption of WebSphere Portal:

"When some people first see a portal, they think, oh, I get it, a portal is just sort of a dashboard where you pull some stuff together, and manage the integration of some different Web sites or disparate Web content on the glass," says Bisconti. "But the real power of the portal is behind the scenes, not the integration at the glass and how pretty the screen can look. It's much more about the back-end integration, everything from single sign-on integration among disparate back-end applications to the personalization of information where you're tailoring the content that somebody is seeing based on their preferences and/or their role within or across an organization."

The possibilities of the portal were not lost on Peterson and his 20-person UNICCO IT team. After some market research and testing, the company settled on IBM's WebSphere Portal product, in part because the two companies were already strategic partners in other areas, Peterson says, but also because WebSphere provided an infrastructure for integrating and managing personalized content that could ultimately serve as a kind of integration platform.
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