What’s in a name? What do you call your portal?
This isn’t a technical post or a “how-to” type blog, it’s a bit more light hearted. In this blog I want to ask the question “What’s in a name?” or maybe more specifically I want to ask the Portal community “What do you call your Portal?”
I have worked with portals for nearly 15 years now starting with TopTier and the SAP Workplace before EP 5.0 was released. In that time I have come across some good, bad and yes even downright ugly names that have been used to brand the SAP Portal at various organizations. You might not think the name matters, you might just call it “The Portal”, but I think the name does matter and the right name can be used as a catalyst to promote the portal in your organization.
If you are a consultant helping organizations implement or run their portal what names have you come across? Do you use the word “SAP” in the name… or does that have a bit of a negative vibe in your organization? I have found that in some organizations “SAP” == “poor user experience” so with the naming of the portal there is an opportunity re-brand and re-launch, a way to bring SAP to the users in a more “user friendly” way.
I think it only fair that I share some of the names I have come across before I ask you the reader to share yours:
- Connect (and variations on connect like ConnectPlus and UConnect)
- Pulse – I like this very much. At this organization the portal was also the intranet so it really did represent the pulse of the company.
- Porthole 😆 – this was at an organization associated with the sea!
- The Portal 😐
- 1SAP Portal
- Caerus (after the greek god of opportunity)
So I’d like to ask you the community chime in here to and share your names and what you think make a good or a bad one. I look forward to reading your responses.