The intranet doesn't have to be just a portal but rather can be a dashboard, much like the dashboard on your car that shows you where you're headed and how you're doing.
Do car dashboards tell you where you're headed? I don't remember seeing one that did.
In a discussion of WebThreePointZero, not necessarily a "corporate" dashboard, but something similar. WebSideStory's dashboard which wraps various web-analytics APIs :
Oh dear : Marketing people are going to need to become more like content engineers. They're going to have to be responsible for the content.
- Dashboard Spy : http://enterprise-dashboard.com/