Oracle WebCenter: Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portals 2011
By Kellsey Ruppel on Jan 25, 2012
- Oracle is positioned a Leader with WebCenter Portal, closing the gap relative to IBM and Microsoft on Completeness of Vision
- Other Leaders are Microsoft, IBM, SAP, and Liferay
- Gartner evaluated 14 vendors in this year’s Magic Quadrant (10 were evaluated last year)
- After many consolidations in the portal market, the number of vendors in the space is increasing driven by User Experience Platforms (UXP), portal cloud services and client-centric widgets.
- Gartner predicts that by 2015, widgets will be more prevalent than portlets and that 25% of new portal projects in Global 2000 firms will use open-source frameworks.
- Portal initiatives of the past focused on aggregation and integration, whereas portal projects of the future are focused on user engagement through social, mobile and easy-to-use interfaces.
- Portlet catalogs are morphing into “app stores” supporting consumer-Web widget standards, including OpenSocial to leverage publicly available components like Google Gadgets.
- Portal vendors are splitting the market between UXPs and Lean Portals (see [Gartner] The Great Portal Divide: How a Rift in the Portal Market Will Impact Your Web Strategy)
"Oracle recently rebranded its Enterprise 2.0 strategy, under which its portal portfolio operated, as WebCenter, labeling it the 'user engagement platform for social business.' Oracle's new WebCenter brand has four major pillars:
- Sites — for Web experience management (powered by Oracle's FatWire acquisition)
- Portal — for composite applications, mashups and portals (powered by WebCenter Portal and Oracle's other portal technologies)
- Content — for ECM (powered by its Universal Content Management [formally Stellent] technology)
- Social — for social networking and collaboration (powered by components from Beehive product and the newly introduced Oracle Social Network)
WebCenter Portal consists of the WebCenter Suite, including the WebLogic Portal and WebCenter Interaction (both from Oracle's acquisition of BEA acquisition) and WebCenter Services. Oracle has been on the UXP path for several years, and the rebranding around WebCenter is clear evidence. Oracle continues to address its multiple-portal issues through ongoing convergence into WebCenter Portal. Gartner estimates that product garners 80% of all Oracle's portal revenue."
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