As companies leverage web-based interfaces for access to enterprise data and applications, the portal is the preferred interface to data and software functionality dispersed throughout the organization. Portals provide an integrated view of information and collaboration capabilities. Portals can provide a single view of multiple resources and links these resources directly to business processes, even when those processes involve multiple resources. B&A provides its customers with cohesive integration of the various pieces of information as well as a logical flow that connects applications and human workflow tasks.
B&A designs and builds portals that provide user interfaces to composite applications’ functionality in the form of Service-Oriented Processes (SOPs). The portal then provides the primary mechanism for involving people in process flows. The SOP tool is responsible for communicating with the various services on the network in order to accomplish some integrated task.