Procurement Information Architecture Part 2: Portal Infrastructure [Plus+]

The vision I talked about yesterday, albeit narrow, requires a coherent infrastructure to support such a portal framework, but not the applications themselves that execute the processes that are being served up in the portal. It lends itself well to bigger infrastructure vendors like IBM, Oracle, etc. who have strong infrastructure products for content management, portals, etc. in addition to the business applications. But, this doesn’t mean that they are the only providers, nor does it mean that any vendor with some type of supplier management functionality is a supplier portal provider. In terms of the former, take the example of Oracle and SAP. Oracle’s iSupplier Portal and SAP’s Supplier Enablement help extended some basic eProcurement capabilities out to the supplier, but are not true supplier portal ‘platforms’.

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