What are best practices when it comes to the business side of consolidating portals?

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Business alignment
Business metrics
IT consolidation
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Imagine an organization with multiple hundred of thousands of users - or more - and it has a fairly good grasp on security using a best-in-class firewall and AD-driven (and more) strategy and physical separation of critical LANs from Extranet-linked LANs.

Now it's time to consolidate the multiple hundreds of SharePoint Portals into a manageable hierarchical structure.

 

So, the question we are wrestling with is, what are the business metrics we should be applying to make the decision as to which Portals to expand, which ones get merged in with others, and which ones get cut and go away.  Items such as the division's criticality to the Operational Readiness of the parent organization, are no-brainers, as is factoring in the division's IT funding levels, the division's size and it's IT expertise.  Beyond that, though, I could use some of your thoughts.

I would be interested in hearing from my peers on this subject.

Respectfully,

David Whitney



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