Silver bullets that solve all your problems are rare in life; and nearly non-existent in the intranet world. Far from being a silver bullet, enterprise intranet portals are extraordinarily and exceedingly powerful, but are also complex, pricey and pose many, many challenges for large organizations.
There are few enterprise applications that, when implemented properly and maximize the value of the cost, are more complex than the enterprise intranet portal. Enterprise resource planning (ERP), business intelligence (BI), and customer relationship management (CRM) are all complex and costly endeavors, but the optimal enterprise intranet portal (EIP) has a bigger scale and scope that involves and engages all employees and can (should) include composite application integration of all of the above.
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