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September 17, 2007


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Anonymous

7/26/2012 04:02 PM

Not true. The design of the technology determines what it can do, not what it is called. Plenty of Intranets and other like technologies are rules based and are completely managed by relevant user groups outside of IT. Either you work for Passageways or you need to cut back on their marketing coolaid.

Anonymous

7/26/2012 04:02 PM

It is true, Intranets and portals do the same thing. However, that doesn''t mean they are the same thing. The difference (and advantage) that a portal has over an intranet is the technology behind it. Portals take the burden off the IT department and let the end-users manage the content. In most cases intranets need a dedicated IT team to keep the information current and useful. Portals also allow role-based access, so tellers see only the information that is pertinent to tellers and so on. If that same teller were to visit an intranet, they would have to navigate through all the information out there that does not affect them to get to what they need. This also applies to secure access of sensitive information. Obviously, any organization has levels of permissions set so that not everyone has access to all the information. This can be accounted for with a portal’s role-based access by allowing only those who have permission to access certain information. Portals “organize information and get people to it” better than intranets.

Anonymous

7/26/2012 04:02 PM

Intranets and Portals do the same thing – organize information and get people to it. Passageways is just trying to differentiate themselves by playing branding games. Lot’s of technology out there is focused on getting people to information and it makes no sense for anyone to be gullible enough to get hung up on what it’s called! Since this “portal” need is relevant to all industries, many more seasoned and demanding than credit unions with “portal” technology, it is also prudent to evaluate vendors that have proven to be effective inside and outside of credit unions. Who knows, an intranet you develop in-house might even provide you with your best option. Don’t play the name game.

Anonymous

7/26/2012 04:02 PM

What a technology is called does not entirely define what it does. Many intranets, extranets and different named but like technologies include role-based management and similar functionality to what is being branded as a "Portal.".

Anonymous

7/26/2012 04:02 PM

Many intranets and other like technology that is not not called "portals" include all the role-based functionality included in Passageways and more. People should not get hung up on the name, but rather should focus on evaluating the technology for what functionality it provides.

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