oa South African Journal of Information Management - Impact of portal technologies on EIS implementations in organizations in KwaZulu-Natal

Volume 5 Number 4
  • ISSN : 2078-1865
  • E-ISSN: 1560-683X



Portal technologies integrate information, content and enterprise applications. Executive information systems (EIS) grew out of the information needs of top executives. Web-based technologies are causing a revisit to existing IT implementation models, including those for EIS. Some technologies include: intranet, internet, extranet, e-commerce business-to-business (B2B), e-commerce business-to-consumer (B2C), wireless application protocol (WAP) and other mobile and portal technologies. The authors conducted a survey of 31 well-established organizations in KwaZulu-Natal, which successfully implemented EIS. A validated survey instrument was administered to an EIS stakeholder in each organization surveyed. This article is a report on (a) on the activity sectors of organizations surveyed; (b) an analysis of the different commercially purchased EIS software tools and/or enterprise resource planning (ERP) software with EIS features used by stakeholders in organizations surveyed; and (c) the impact level of portal technologies on EIS implementation. The authors report that after the Intranet and Internet, portal technologies have the third highest impact on EIS implementations in organizations surveyed in KwaZulu-Natal.

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