Think long and hard about what you see a portal doing for you now and 5 years down the road. Think of all the things your users might want to put in the portal and then consider what life would be like if instead of drive mappings and excel spreadsheets you had portal document libraries, and portal lists. Then your users start asking you to do things with these portal elements like you might be doing with excel downloads and uploads. I can't say I know the answer to those issues but I do know that you can't do anything to things in the portal and you can't put new things in the portal or pull things from the portal if you use MS Sharepoint portal. We have employee id card photos on our ID system and there is no way to push that picture into the sharepoint portal. Best we could do was to send all employees their picture and tell them to import it themselves. We have had other requests to pull data from the portal to upload to DB2 and merge with other data in DB2 and can't do that either without manual intervention

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From: midrange-nontech-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:midrange-nontech-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Booth Martin
Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2008 2:00 PM
To: Non-Technical Discussion about the AS400 / iSeries
Subject: Portal interfaces

I have been looking at a portal product from The whole
idea of an AS/400 user interface using a portal and widgets is fairly
new to me. Any comments, suggestions, warnings, spells, and/or
defenses against the Dark Arts would be most appreciated.

Booth Martin

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