In many cases, online applications have brought our work to the Internet, allowing us to store and work with data using applications provided on a website, rather than on our personal computers or company servers.
If you're like most people, you probably find yourself using a lot of applications for different tasks (and probably needing to remember a lot of user names and passwords) and wishing that things could be more centralized. That's where portal websites come in.
The concept behind portals is simple -- they bring together a collection of applications, tools, and content under one "roof," enabling you to access all of these in one central location. Yahoo.com was an early example of a portal site, allowing users to view local news, weather, personalized stock information, and e-mail all in one place. The advantages of portal websites are numerous, and they include:
- One website where you can complete many or all of your tasks
- One user name and password to remember
- Documents, tools, and applications are updated in real time
- The ability to work in the office, on the road, or at home
- Reduced search time by having all of these tools and documents in one place
- Greater integration of traditionally separate applications
That last feature can be very advantageous. For instance, at BLR's HR.BLR.com portal, we were able to tie together our Job Description Manager with our extensive salary data, so that the customized job descriptions you create can include salary rate ranges targeted precisely to your geographic area.
At BLR, we generate tremendous amounts of compliance and training information for HR, safety, compensation, and environmental professionals. And, to best serve you, we have created compliance portals in each of these areas. The goal is to enable you to find solutions to your compliance and training needs as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Using the links below, you can poke around these portal websites, take a quick guided tour, or, better yet, try out all of their features during a 14-day trial -- with no obligation. Take a look -- we think you'll like what you see: