Oracle Application Server Portal is one of the more visible components of the Oracle Application Server product. Because OracleAS Portal includes a wizard-driven development environment, it is an easy part of Oracle Application Server for people to begin using quickly. Certain parts of OracleAS Portal can even be used by end users, and this component is also easy for the Oracle sales team to demonstrate. Because OracleAS Portal provides a complete visual environment for accessing all kinds of information, end users can quickly see how the addition of OracleAS Portal can change their computing environment.
If you are unfamiliar with OracleAS Portal, you are likely to pose two immediate questions: what is OracleAS Portal and, more basically, what is a portal?
Let’s answer the second question first. A portal is a way to centralize access to a variety of information sources, from a collection of web pages to user interfaces with applications. In this sense, a portal is a type of desktop, but with an important difference. You can think of a portal as a server-resident desktop. Portals are hosted on servers, so they are under the direct control of the IT organization. This architecture makes them easier to manage and control. Of course, the more flexible a portal is, the more likely that end users will be satisfied with its appearance and functionality.
OracleAS Portal is the end result of an evolutionary process across revisions and years: