David Gootzit

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The portal product market has matured significantly since its birth in 1998. In the early days, 'pure-play' vendors provided the only options for enterprises evaluating portal products. This situation quickly changed as existing software vendors came to recognize the market desire for the functionality that the portal promised. Many of these companies, however, either misjudged the resources that would be required to thrive in this technology space or found themselves going down a path which few would-be customers were willing to follow. In either case, the result has been the same - while demand has increased for horizontal portal products, the market has refused to reward vendors lacking solid functionality or a strong vision. Pure-play portal vendors have been the primary casualties to this point. However, consolidation in the horizontal portal product market con... (more)