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					Comparison of uPortal and Oracle Portal Features
Steve Perry
05/02/02
Note: This comparison was done using
Oracle Portal version 3.0.9 and uPortal
2.0.
                                          Oracle
Feature                                   Portal      uPortal

Support for standards (Java, XML, etc.) Very Good     Very Good

Expense                                   High        Low

Required developer expertise              Very High   High


Ability to customize                      Neutral     Good




Usability                                 Neutral     Good


3rd party software integration            Very Good   Good




Single sign-on / directory integration    Good        Very Good




Scability                                 Very Good   Neutral




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Reliability                            Very Good   Good
                                        Oracle
Feature                                 Portal     uPortal


Support                                Very Good   Neutral

Amount of customization work for an
initial deployment                     Very Bad    Bad


Redundancy, failover, load balancing   Very Good   Good




Mobile/Wireless support                Neutral     Very Good



Accessibility                          Neutral     Good




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acle Portal Features
       Contact: Jameson Watkins, jwatkins@kumc.edu




       Reasoning

       Both have strong support
       Oracle is very expensive compared to uPortal because uPortal is free and can work
       with a free application server like Tomcat. Both require technical expertise.
       While both require Java, HTML, XML and SQL knowledge, Oracle requires specific
       knowledge about Oracle enterprise configurations and PL/SQL

       uPortal is open source and easier to customize. Oracle Portal requires that many
       customizations be written in PL/SQL which is a more limited development language

       uPortal does not include web-based page design functionality. Oracle does, but it is
       exceptionally difficult to use. Oracle's page layout customization system (specifically
       the Portal Navigator) is exceptionally user un-friendly.
       While both support integration of 3rd party software through Java development,
       Oracle is establishing partnerships with many vendors to provide pre-built portlets.
       uPortal is in early negotiations with higher ed vendors.

       While both support LDAP integration, Oracle authorization may not work with NDS via
       SSL. Many Oracle Portal developers have reported difficulties in getting LDAP auth
       to work properly. uPortal's LDAP authentication is fairly straight forward

       If Oracle Portal scales as well as the Oracle Database, Oracle is the hands-down
       winner. Specifics of uPortal scability depend on the exact choice of application server
       and database. Our pilot of uPortal has scaled to 170 users with little problem.




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If Oracle Portal is as reliable as the Oracle Database, Oracle is the hands-down
winner. Specifics of uPortal reliability depend upon the exact choice of application
server and database. Our test instance of uPortal has been very reliable.

Reasoning
There are many Oracle and 3rd party support options for Oracle Portal. uPortal is
open-source and as such the burden is on the developer/deployer. One consulting
firm close to uPortal development offers a support plan.
A great deal of customization is required for both products in order to develop a
KUMC specific deployment. However, the workload is considerably greater with
Oracle Portal.
Redundancy and failover depend upon a 2nd license (which is expensive in the case
of Oracle), but Oracle has better integrated support for these enterprise features.
uPortal relies on application server, OS to provide fault-tolerance.

Oracle marketing material says they support this, but I can find no real evidence in
the system. Because uPortal is based upon XML and XSL translation, it can quickly
be customized for special browser support
If KUMC's portal requires ADA compliance, uPortal is a better choice. While neither
system allows frames (which break ADA compliance), the Oracle interface is harder
to customize.




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