The whole reason why you started on this content management initiative is to get the right content to the right users at the right time. A CMS is not the only software that promises to solve that problem. In the good old days, many software buyers took an integration approach by presenting CMS managed content through a portal. However, by building in some content management capabilities, portal applications are moving beyond just presenting content managed within a CMS, to replacing the CMS entirely. At the same time, content management systems have beefing up their delivery capabilities and providing portal-like functionality that, in some cases, makes a portal unnecessary.
So, do you need a CMS, a portal system, or do you still need both? A few days ago, Bryant Shea and I hosted Apoorv Durga and Janus Boye to talk about that very topic.