Masters Theses


Aditi Mishra

Keywords and Phrases

Data warehouse; SAP; Xcelsius


"A portal is a browser-based application that provides a web platform for users to improve inter-department collaboration and customer service. Portals are classified either as internal facing portals or external public facing portals. This study addresses the problems facing an internal portal related to its contents, functions and usability and provides a list of essential contents and functions that it should include through integrating theories and industry best practices. The theory framework is based on literature review and the industry best practices are based on the analysis of a number of internal portals of companies used as case studies. These two were compared to develop an information mapping grid to identify gaps between theories and practices. A case company was used to uncover additional insights on employee portal content and functionalities through the analysis of actual and perceived user portal usage. The results were then compared using an information mapping grid to derive a set of content and functionalities to improve usability of an internal employee portal. Results of this study indicate that customization and personalization is an important feature of an employee portal, however, features pertaining to communication and collaboration support, search support, help system and employee self-services appear to be more important in practice. The information mapping grid derived, the data warehouse architecture developed and the Dashboard Monitoring systems created to assess usability of an employee portal are applicable to similar enterprises"--Abstract, page iii.


Lea, Bih-Ru

Committee Member(s)

Yu, Vincent (Wen-Bin)
Flachsbart, Barry B.


Business and Information Technology

Degree Name

M.S. in Information Science and Technology


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Spring 2013


xii, 178 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 32-34).


© 2013 Aditi Mishra, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

File Type




Library of Congress Subject Headings

Web portals -- Case studies
Intranets (Computer networks) -- Case studies
Dashboards (Management information systems) -- Testing
Dashboards (Management information systems) -- Design

Thesis Number

T 10298

Electronic OCLC #