Portlets for small soft biz product?
I am thinking of trying to start a small software business developing portlets that can be deployed across the various portal engines using the new WSRP and JSR168 standards. I have been Googleing for competitors in this space and don't see many. It seems most are either portal engine vendors who don't have an interest in making cross engine portlets or companies with established products like document management systems. I am thinking that the portlet "kit" or "collection" could be marketted to those with existing portals, and that perhaps with the right mix of portlets and ease of install one might also market an out of the box configuration to small business. What do people think about this? I know I need to narrow the focus, but what about the general idea? Should I be worrying about something that will sink my batteship?
I'm afraid I can't help you much with the Java Portal kits, but I can tell you that our Web Parts Pack that my team offers is pretty critical to our WSS/SPS implementations. A good Web Part (for you Portlet) collection that is packaged and configurable can and will make a huge difference in getting projects going. Now the next question would be - are you planning on just selling the "kit" to implementors or using it to get your foot in the door to be an implementor yourself?
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