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Colin White

I like the various blogs associated with my many hobbies and even those to do with work. I find them very useful and I was excited when the Business Intelligence Network invited me to write my very own blog. At last I now have somewhere to park all the various tidbits that I know are useful, but I am not sure what to do with. I am interested in a wide range of information technologies and so you might find my thoughts will bounce around a bit. I hope these thoughts will provoke some interesting discussions.

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Colin White is the founder of BI Research and president of DataBase Associates Inc. As an analyst, educator and writer, he is well known for his in-depth knowledge of data management, information integration, and business intelligence technologies and how they can be used for building the smart and agile business. With many years of IT experience, he has consulted for dozens of companies throughout the world and is a frequent speaker at leading IT events. Colin has written numerous articles and papers on deploying new and evolving information technologies for business benefit and is a regular contributor to several leading print- and web-based industry journals. For ten years he was the conference chair of the Shared Insights Portals, Content Management, and Collaboration conference. He was also the conference director of the DB/EXPO trade show and conference.

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The level of feedback I receive to my articles is a good indication of how much interest (or perhaps confusion!) there is about the topic being discussed. My June newsletter article on open source portals (The Role of Open Source in Enterprise Portals) generated a lot of e-mail. This confirms the increasing interest in open source solutions.

One open source portal I missed out was Jboss Portal 2 ( If you have any experience with this portal or any of the other portals mentioned in the article I would love to hear from you.

Posted July 15, 2005 9:49 AM
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You also missed: eXo, Stringbeans and Gridsphere.

I have used Liferay and I like it alot. I've setup eXo and it is pretty good, but somewhat "busy". The good thing about eXo is that it has an Eclipse plugin. It works pretty good.

A comment on your newsletter article: I would say that a 5th point in choosing opensource is "Can you move up (or down) the ladder"? For example, I can Tomcat or JBoss and later move to Websphere. Or, for example, I could start with JPOX and move to Kodo JDO. Another way to put it - "will it lock me?" Sometimes there is no choice but to be locked in.

Liferay is currently running in production within several major Fortune 100 enterprises and is the only portal certified to scale to 384 CPUs (Azul Systems). It also has been validated by several third parties as the most secure portal (commercial or open source)...

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