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Proven Portals: Best Practices for Planning, Designing, and Developing Enterprise Portals by Dan Sullivan

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Application Integration Services

The hallmark of a portal is integration. Portals provide single points of access to applications across the enterprise. These applications all function within the integrated framework of the portal but to varying degrees. At one end of the spectrum we have shallow integration, which brings applications together at the interface level. For example, utility applications (such as those that provide stock quotes, airline schedules, and currency converters) are all accessible from a single location in the portal and so, in a limited sense, are integrated within the portal framework. The applications themselves do not exchange data or in any way depend on each other—they simply coexist in close proximity within the ...

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