Who is the target? Are you going to ask end users or are you looking to just put together an environment that will be able to develop, test and deploy portlet applications? Those really are two different audiences.
What are you worried about? What is the concern you are trying to address? Who are you trying to make happy here?
BTW, mashups are an interesting compliment and/or competitor to portal solutions. Asking a good questions on Mashups in the OO, Patterns UML and Refactoring forum this week might win you a book.
posted 7 years ago
"Portals" is a pretty broad topic. I agree with Cameron that you might want to separate the business issues about what needs to be done (interactive dashboard, employee self-service) from the technical issues of how to do it (JSR268 portal, Struts, Mashup, Ajax).
If you are trying to sell this to management, focus on the business benefits you want to achieve: improving customer services, improving employee productivity, etc. Try to quantify that by getting business users to tell you what they think the impact of the project would be on their business.
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