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How are organizations in government using portal technology? What portal applications are providing compelling ROI to healthcare providers? Why are banks leveraging Web portals for competitive advantage?
If you are doing business in one of these industries, or others, you probably already know how Web portals are being used to provide value...but do you know all the ways (or maybe you know a better way!)? Regardless of industry, we see Web portals commonly used for specific applications such as self-service. However within an industry, like healthcare, how "self-service" is delivered via the Web is conceptually the same as say retail, but the implementation differs. So, what we've been doing is looking at how Web technology in general (and WebSphere Portal in particular) is being deployed within specific industries for both business and technical benefit. As part of that, we have collected a lot of good case studies, as well as numerous code assets and other materials IBM has produced - by industry, and all related to WebSphere Portal - in new industry toolboxes for convenient industry-specific reference. Current industry toolboxes include:
toolbox...maybe you'll discover some new idea, asset or positioning for portals that will help you get more value. As always, we on the WebSphere Portal team would also welcome your insight into how you are using portal in your industry (or capabilities you might need)...just drop a comment in the blog or shoot me an email.
-- Brian Chaput
Hopefully by now you've seen the announcements about WebSphere Portal and Lotus Web Content Management joining the ranks of several other IBM software products with offerings out on Amazon Web Services. Here's the IBM press release: http://www-304.ibm.com/jct03001c/press/us/en/pressrelease/26673.wss.
In February of this year, we released free for use, "development only" versions of our product as Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) that you can use free of charge from an IBM licensing perspective. You only pay Amazon for the time and space used. These images are small in size and are meant for use in eduction, trials, development and test of portal and content management solutions. Later, in June, we released production AMIs that are larger (64-bit, giving access to larger machine instance types) and are licensed for use in production environments in the cloud. See the complete AWS IBM AMI catalog for more details.
We are very excited about the benefits cloud computing, and particular Amazon's Elastic Computing Cloud, brings to the portal and content management platform. In about 20 minutes, you have a fully-functional WebSphere Portal and Web Content Management instance running, with several features preconfigured out of the box:
Leveraging a product like WebSphere Portal and WCM in the cloud allows the user to get past those initial setup and configuration costs and down to business much faster than using traditional bare-metal installations. You can either use our AMIs as a starting point (see the catalog link above), or build your own AMIs based on product licenses you've already purchased.
I can think of several ways to leverage Portal/WCM in a cloud:
Additionally, we've started posting Portal/WCM Beta AMIs on EC2. You can now run our beta programs from within the cloud. Go to our Portal.Next beta page for more details.
With the introduction of our AWS support, we have started on the cloud computing journey, rich with exciting technical advancements and total cost of ownership savings. Look for new announcements coming that expand on our cloud computing support and commitments.