When it comes to open source software there are usually two
main perspectives (among several other opinions!) on its value. One is that the software is “free” (that is,
there is typically not a license cost) and that is good for the consumer. The other perspective also notes that the
software is “free”, but warns – as the old adage states – that “you get what
you pay for!”
Understandably so – especially in this economy – open source
software can be tempting for organizations of all sizes. However, as my grandfather used to say, “there
is no free lunch”…so be sure to understand what “free” software really
costs you, and investigate and question how it can grow and evolve to support
what undoubtedly will be changes to your organization’s requirements. For some projects, open source might make
sense, and recognizing this, even IBM prides itself on being an active open
source software supporter,
as well as a provider of free software such as Lotus Symphony.
Where the Web is concerned, however, we think it’s a
different story (OK, call me biased!).
Web technology, uses and interaction has changed, is changing, and
undoubtedly will continue to change…rapidly.
Compared to other technologies, the Web is still in its formative
stage…not quite an infant, but not yet even a toddler. Here in the WebSphere Portal product team, we
strive to ensure that an investment in WebSphere Portal provides you with
assurance that as new and better Web technology emerges, we will provide it as
part of the portal so you can keep up with the demands of the ever increasing
Web-savvy user. In addition, we’ll
continue to invite
you to help us shape the future of the portal and provide you insight into
trends, such as the convergence of portal and social networking (something I
will be blogging about soon), to help you derive more value from your portal.
portal software has the initial appeal of being a low-cost alternative to
commercial portal technology, like WebSphere Portal; but not every (and I would
dare say most) Web portal application use case is a good fit for open source. Web users, whether for external or internal
uses, have a high expectation level for their Web experience; they want it to
be visually appealing, secure, fast and of course, available. These are just some of the factors to
consider when evaluating open source and commercial portal offerings.
understand all the factors, IBM is hosting a live
called: "Free" Open Source Portals: Myth, Hype, or Reality? on July 7,
2009, with Forrester's Matt Brown as the featured speaker. In this one hour session, we’ll go
beyond the obvious licensing cost topic and take a broad look at how to perform
an effective evaluation of the portal approaches. If you would like to participate or listen
in, you can register here…bring
-- Brian Chaput
The 2009 Portal Excellence Conference just began. I'm sitting here in the opening general session. The room is pretty full. With most conferences and events having lower attendance due to the economy, it is heartening to see so many people here. And so many people I know. It's kind of like a family reunion. As I walk through the halls, I don't get very far before I shake a hand or wave to a friend. This is my favorite conference.
The topic for the opening session is "The Future of Portals." It is a fun topic and one that really defines my job. As a project manger, I'm always working on the "next" version of portal. I've heard it said that "I like to talk about the future since we're going to spend so much time there". That really is true for me and my role in IBM. Product strategy is a key part of a product manager's job. Most of my customer meetings are about helping customers use portal technology to solve their business problems. They aren't looking for just a quick fix. They want a solution that meets their current and future needs. So they want to know what the future holds for portals.
There is a lot of good stuff in the presentations. IBM is #1 in Gartner's Magic Quadrant again. IBM is #1 in portal market share again. WebSphere Portal customers have 300 million named users. So 1 in 6 internet users worldwide is a WebSphere Portal user. It is great that Bob Picciano, the general manager of Lotus and WebSphere, is here giving the keynote. I think that is a first for the portal conferences. Larry Bowden, the Vice President of Portals and Mashups, also was speaker. The portal demo presented by Dan Makuch was awesome. Very impressive.
I see some of the future of portal here in the room. The guy sitting next to me is using his iPhone. It looks like he is on Facebook. Social networking is one of the hot trends in consumer web sites. But social networking isn't just for consumer sites. It is also on the the hottest trends in IT. Enterprises are looking to leverage social networks to enable employees to collaborate more effectively, to better communicate with partners, and to build loyal communities of customers. Portals can complement social software by promoting the community, driving users to join the community and injecting social network collaboration into the content, applications and information that users come to the portal to get.
So my guy is now typing an e-mail. I can't see all of what he's typing, but I did see the words WCM. I'm going to guess that means web content management.
Some people see web content management and portals as competitive technologies. They are both technologies that can be used to build a web site. Sometimes when I talk to people about portals, they say "I don't need a portal. I just need a web site." But portals and web content management are used to accomplish the same thing--to deliver exceptional web experiences. Portals are about providing secure, role-based personalized access to information and applications in the context of the task or business process of the user. Web Content Management is more than just organizing content. It is about using the web to influence people--things like delivering a brand message, delivering marketing messages in an engaging manner, creating and managing multi-channel marketing campaigns. Delivering the best web experience for your customers, partners and employees requires both portals and web content management. Using them together is much more effective than pitting them against each other and then duplicating functions of one in the other.
The guy to my right is typing on his laptop. In fact, there are a bunch of people in the room working on their laptops (me included!) They are trying to get more done with less. More work. Less time. I'll bet some of them are checking on their portal servers. Maybe they are the system administrator of a portal site that just went live and they want to make sure that everything is going ok. They're probably bringing up their portal site in their browser. When it comes up quickly, they are happy--relieved. But what they really want to see is how those back-end applications are doing. Because those back-end applications integrated into the portal are the weakest link. If those connections go down, the portal will be "down" or at least not fully functional. But he won't know until the portal page doesn't come up. Most back-end applications have to be integrated at the API level. Any instrumentation of those servers is hard work. So it doesn't get done. Too low on the priority list. Too high on the cost list. But Web 2.0 integration methods could make it easy. What if that back-end application provided operational data in the form of a feed? What if the server memory usage, database connection pool status and average response time where delivered via a WSRP service? And what if that data could be assembled together into a mashup running on the secure, scalable enterprise portal that was accessible in a secure way through the internet on a web browser. That would make it much easier for the system administrator to do his job. Do more with less.
So maybe we don't need an eloquent speaker to tell us the future of portal. The future is sitting right here in the audience. And right here in this portal community. What do you think is the future of portal?
IBM WebSphere Portlet Factory Application Builder is a browser-based tool enabling business users to simply and quickly create custom IBM WebSphere Portal applications without involving the IT organization.
Key Value Propositions
· Improves business agility for exploiting and countering emerging threats and opportunities
· Helps resolve technology organization resource constraints by extending application creation capabilities to business users
· Minimizes technology organization application conversion costs when transitioning from departmental to enterprise usage
· Enables simple and fast, browser-based custom application construction using intuitive wizards
· Creates applications from common data sources including Microsoft Excel and relational databases with list, view, update and create capabilities and provides application templates with contact or task list functionality
· Tightly integrates with IBM WebSphere Portal UI providing a seamless, in-line application authoring experience
· Delivers exceptional web experiences by creating rich, interactive applications with the latest Dojo UI widgets, dynamic validation, eventing and person card support
· Enables the IT organization to customize applications with IBM WebSphere Portlet Factory Integrated Development Environment (IDE)
· Provides extensibility for creation of custom wizards or templates to automate application creation for any customer requirement
View the pdf file here to review all the IBM WebSphere Portlet Factory Application Builder features in detail.
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Customers, partners and IBM personnel can download and experience IBM WebSphere Portlet Factory Application Builder today from here.
Tell us what you think and provide product feedback by adding comments to the IBM WebSphere Portlet Factory Application Builder wiki page here.
IBM WebSphere Portlet Factory Application Builder functionality is not currently part of a committed product plan. The technology preview is intended to gauge market demand and gather feedback on capabilities.
Our team is often asked how to approach developing the mobile versions of web content pages. How to begin and what needs to be considered and prioritized as you go? Once you determine which mobile devices you will need to support (if you need to support one or two devices that your organization has standardized on, developing a mobile portal page using a development tool such as Rational Application Developer or Portlet Factory may be a great option for your organization). Several useful mobile application examples are available from the engineering team, located in the WebSphere Portlet Factory wiki, http://www-10.lotus.com/ldd/pfwiki.nsf/xpViewRecent.xsp?searchValue=mobile
. Other organizations realize they will need to support more than three mobile devices (and their updates) and may choose a multi-channel server option, such as Mobile Portal Accelerator, to help automate mobile portal development and display optimization for thousands of in-market devices, and their updates in the future. We've worked with a number of organizations worldwide that have saved development and code maintenance costs using this approach. A demonstration of the power of Mobile Portal Accelerator to optimize content for virtually all mobile devices in -market can be viewed here on an IBM "Demonet" server: http://mpademo.net:10040/wps/portal
(you can check this out with your own mobile device)!
As we've helped customers plan their mobile web page development approaches, our engineering and services teams have observed some common practices and considerations that have led to more successful mobile page presentation results. As stated in this article on the Mobile Portal Accelerator wiki: "Best Practices for Mobile Portal Design" http://www-10.lotus.com/ldd/portalwiki.nsf/dx/Best_Practices_for_WebSphere_Everyplace_Mobile_Portal_Design .."The challenge is to design the site keeping in mind the unique capabilities of the various devices, and yet maintaining a consistent look and feel, and navigation across all of them."
You'll find other useful articles providing best practice guidance in the Developing Exceptional Web Experiences redwiki http://wiki1.swg.usma.ibm.com/ldd/portalwiki.nsf/dx/Table_of_Contents,
and other tips and techniques in the Mobile Portal Accelerator wiki:http://www-10.lotus.com/ldd/portalwiki.nsf/xpViewCategories.xsp?lookupName=IBM%20Mobile%20Portal%20Accelerator.
We look forward to helping further as you deliver your Exceptional (mobile) Web Experiences. - -Lauren
We've been talking a lot lately about "exceptional Web experiences
" and how WebSphere Portal
is at the center of those initiatives. When we talk about those exceptional Web experiences, often we think about external experiences, given the vast market opportunity to serve those outside of an organization - but we shouldn't forget that a terrific business case with tangible results can also be had from continually improving internal Web experiences. Case-in-point: Floyd Memorial Hospital
(New Albany. IN) who built their Employee Portal on the WebSphere Portal platform, and is delivering tangible business benefits around employee attraction and retention, patient satisfaction and hospital efficiencies. Floyd Memorial’s story is relevant to any company that is concerned about delivering the right information to the right people at the moment it is needed.
If you'd like to learn more, there is a free Webinar
coming up on April 21, 2010 at 1:00P EDT. The primary speaker will be Barry Grover, Director Information Technology Services at Floyd Memorial Hospital, who will share insights and best practices using the Floyd Memorial Hospital Employee Portal as an example and will provide new ideas on how organizations can improve efficiencies and deliver higher user satisfaction with self-service portal solutions. If you'd like to attend you can register
-- Brian Chaput
During Lotusphere, we announced several updates and additions to our Portal cloud strategy.
First of all, we updated our Amazon EC2 Development AMI to be at the WP 6.1.5 level, as well as updated our Open Beta image to be on the Beta 2 level of WP.Next (http://aws.amazon.com).
We also introduced a WP/WCM 6.1.5 image on the IBM Smart Business Development and Test Cloud Beta (http://www.ibm.com/cloud/developer). This cloud sports several images from each of our software divisions. The plan is over time to help customers build out complex test and development topologies with a few clicks of the mouse, integrating the best of our application platforms with the best of our development and test automation tooling.
Lastly, we have introduced a Beta of a WebSphere Portal/Lotus Web Content Management V6.1.5 Hypervisor Edition, for use with the WebSphere CloudBurst private cloud management appliance (https://www14.software.ibm.com/iwm/web/cc/earlyprograms/lotus/portalopenbeta/). For more information on WebSphere CloudBurst, visit their site (http://www.ibm.com/software/webservers/cloudburst/).
WebSphere Portal's popularity on Amazon's Elastic Computing Cloud is growing in popularity. These new offerings are helping bridge from single machine provisioning into complex topology management and private cloud computing, a particularly strong play for Portal I think.
Today’s application development leaders face a myriad of challenges and opportunities. Your customers are demanding new applications that enable business growth; however, IT budgets and spend is being carefully controlled limiting your ability to increase headcount. Competitive pressures bearing down on the business amplified by globalization and reduced barriers to entry require dramatically compressed application delivery schedules. Further customers want applications that are rich, interactive and social in nature based on their personal web browsing experiences outside the confines of the corporate walls.
We understand the challenges facing today’s development leaders and the combination of WebSphere Portlet Factory and WebSphere Portal provides the ultimate platform for rapidly delivering rich, interactive and social applications that deliver exceptional web experiences and enable business growth by attracting, engaging, retaining and delighting customers.
See how the next generation of WebSphere Portlet Factory helps you create rich, interactive applications faster by reviewing exciting new features (see the presentation at http://www-10.lotus.com/ldd/pfwiki.nsf/dx/08072009024448PMWEBPZ3.htm for details) including:
• Enhanced Web 2.0 support enabling creation of even richer and more interactive applications
• Expanded theme support for generating visually compelling user interfaces out-of-the-box including page tabs, paging button and links
• New visual application development features with palette based drag and drop design capabilities
• New transformation capabilities providing the ability to easily manipulate, filter and merge data from multiple back-end systems
• New remote deployment feature for hassle-free application deployment to remote systems running on-premise or in the cloud
• Improved Web service and improved application and memory performance enabling creation of faster and more scalable applications
Try the next generation of WebSphere Portlet Factory by downloading the beta from https://www.ibm.com/services/forms/preLogin.do?source=swg-wspfnob. Tells us what you think by posting feedback to the forum http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/forums/forum.jspa?forumID=888 and participate in shaping WebSphere Portlet Factory features and functions.
If you haven’t heard Web 2.0 is more than just a fad. We get Web 2.0 and WebSphere Portal is the Web 2.0 portal that delivers rich, interactive interfaces, enables user contribution via user driven page and content creation and situational application development and leverages key Web 2.0 technology enablers including AJAX, REST et. al.
Now you can easily and rapidly elevate web experiences delivered by WebSphere Portal by incorporating the new Lotus Connections 2.5 portlets built using WebSphere Portlet Factory to deliver a truly differentiated web experience. Lotus Connections 2.5 portlets enhance your WebSphere Portal applications by providing the following capabilities (view the presentation here to review feature/function details):
The capabilities provided by Lotus Connections 2.5 portlets enable WebSphere Portal customers to deliver a truly differentiated web experience by:
Attracting customers by harnessing word-of-mouth marketing and increasing brand awareness
Engaging customers by orchestrating participatory interactions and delivering highly targeted and relevant content
Retaining customers by strengthening loyalty and building intimate, dependent relationships that increase switching costs
Delighting customers by delivering products and services that deliver value based on efficient capture of real-time market intelligence and direct product feedback
Additionally, Lotus Connections 2.5 portlets preserve the native Lotus Connections user experience in WebSphere Portal including ease of use, functional behavior, color schemes etc. Further the Lotus Connections 2.5 portlets are built using WebSphere Portlet Factory (entitled as part of a WebSphere Portal purchase) enabling unlimited customization to meet your specific needs.Add the social aspects of Web 2.0 to deliver truly differentiated web experiences today by downloading the Lotus Connections 2.5 portlets free of charge now from http://www-01.ibm.com/software/brandcatalog/portal/lotusconnections/details?catalog.label=1WP1002A6.
not everyone could make it to Orlando for Lotusphere 2010. Now is your chance to catch all the highlights you might have missed - including the WebSphere Portal
keynote session centered on the Exceptional Web Experience - by attending a local Lotusphere Comes To You
. See and hear all the highlights in a single day at convenient locations
worldwide. It's a great opportunity to learn what's new and what's coming, as well as a forum for you to share what's important to you as it pertains to WebSphere Portal and the other associated Lotus and IBM offerings. We welcome and value your participation, because Lotus Knows many things, but we can always know more...we hope to see you there!
-- Brian Chaput
2010 promises to be the
year for IBM WebSphere® Portal software. Launched in 2000, WebSphere Portal software is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. And the celebration has already begun at Lotusphere 2010
A new track debuted this year at Lotusphere focused on technologies that deliver exceptional Web experiences to customers, partners, suppliers and employees. Featuring the latest IBM WebSphere Portal, Lotus, and IBM Business Partner innovations, the new track is showcasing how companies large and small are leveraging IBM WebSphere Portal and related software to differentiate themselves and achieve greater success in the marketplace. Here's a sampling of what's being featured in the new track: new IBM Industry Toolboxes for WebSphere Portal, rapid deployment via WebSphere Portal NOW, best practices, and deeper dives into WebSphere Portal and IBM accelerators for WebSphere Portal, with sessions addressing Web content management, collaboration, electronic forms-enabled business processes, dashboards, mobile portals, mashups and more. For more information on the new Exceptional Web Experience Track, download the brochure
In addition to the new track, a new 'event within an event' entitled the “Global Business Excellence Forum @ Lotusphere 2010” is being offered, focused on tapping into the power of collaboration within the Banking, Insurance, Government and Healthcare industries. The Global Business Excellence Forum promises to be the definitive place to learn virtually everything about how to achieve better business outcomes with IBM Lotus® and IBM WebSphere® Portal software, as well as services from IBM and trusted partners. Attendees are hearing from people within organizations just like yours who have achieved exciting business outcomes by deploying IBM solutions and offerings. If you're still interested in registering or would simply like to learn more, please visit the Global Business Excellence Forum @ Lotusphere 2010 Web page
Finally, for those in attendance or following from afar, IBM is supporting both traditional and social media news this year at Lotusphere. Interested in reading near real-time news one 'tweet' at a time? Simply follow @LotusKnows on Twitter
. In attendance and wishing you could share your event experiences with other attendees? Preface your tweets with @Lotusphere. Looking for more in-depth news? Visit the IBM Lotusphere 2010 news page on the Web
, where press releases from IBM and IBM Business Partners can be found.
And remember... Lotusphere 2010 is just the beginning. The 10th anniversary of WebSphere Portal software promises to be an exciting year, and I encourage you to stay tuned!
~ Tim Nunes
As July draws closer, the buzz is growing about IBM's upcoming Exceptional Web Experience
Americas conference being held in Chicago. Just announced was the addition of a guest speaker - Jim Murphy, Research Director, Gartner - who will be joining Larry Bowden (IBM VP, Portal & Web Experience Software) as part of the conference keynote
Mr. Murphy will present the topic "Portals Unbound: The Next-Generation Web and the Future of the Portal"
, exploring the portal concept and its evolving role in light of drastic shifts
in the technology, business, and social landscape. The next generation
portal is evolving into a pervasive and engaging User Experience
Platform (UXP). He'll discuss UXP technologies like context awareness,
rich internet applications, and enterprise mashups, and how they’ll
help organizations better serve their employees, partners, and
The keynote will kick off a jam packed agenda
featuring both business and technology focused tracks/sessions centered around the value and benefits from - and best practices for the delivery of - exceptional Web experiences. There is still time register
- we hope to see you there!
-- Brian Chaput
Many of our customers and partners are interested in extending key portal-based applications to mobile devices. Most are prioritizing this effort as a set of services that is becoming mandatory (no longer optional) to deploy, to support the information access preferences of their customers, partners and end users. A wide variety of market research and information publications cite the rapid growth of the mobile application market. For example, a recent IBM study managed by the Institute of Business Value interviewed over 600 consumers across international locations and found over 50 percent would prefer to receive their information via mobile device instead of the PC today. Further, the study predicts that the world's population of mobile-phone users expected to increase from the current 50 percent to 80 percent in 2013.
IBM software offerings are architected to deliver information, collaboration, application and transaction services on the platform of choice; whether server-based, rich client or via mobile devices. Many of our Portal customers are already extending their portal based solutions to mobile audiences. Examples include online mobile banking, managing in-store task lists, customer service, accounts management, alerts, and subscriptions, application purchases, and more.
Using WebSphere Portal and the Mobile Portal Accelerator offering, our customers have leveraged the scalable, secure WebSphere Portal foundation services, including centralized administration and personalization services to seamlessly deliver applications targeted towards the information needs of their users; customers, prospects, business partners and internal employees. The Mobile Portal Accelerator software delivers content to mobile devices that 'fits' or suits the unqiue display characteristics of the mobile device; whether it is an iPhone, Blackberry, Nokia or older phone with fewer display options. In fact, the Mobile Portal Accelerator device repository enables the software to support over 6500 devices worldwide, with new devices added as the are updated or introduced to the market. Our customers have rapidly increased their ability to introduce new products and services to their connected and mobile audineces, using the combination of WebSphere Portal and Mobile Portal Accelerator, both managed via Portal administration. Their end user audiences are able to seamlessly complete tasks, collaborate with others, contribute new and updated information using their preferred device and work style, greatly improving overall organizational productivity and competitiveness. This solution also lets administrators, or site designers, make the right choices about which portal applications and pages they want to make available to their mobile portal audiences. In addition, from an end user point of view, the mobile end user is presented with a productive mobile experience; as the mobile display (including navigation, text and images) are optimized for the display characteristics of their mobile device. This reduces the frustration mobile users can experience when accessing mobile content designed for delivery to the "lowest common denominator" web mobile experience, which can often involve scrolling or missed information via an incomplete display. The Mobile Portal Accelerator multi-channel server and mobile device repository connect the device specific characteristics (and there can be as many as 800 defined per mobile device) through the multi-channel server which optimizes the portal content appropriately to the specific mobile device that invoked the portal page.
Last month we introduced a new version, the Mobile Portal Accelerator 6.1. This release introduces several useful new features, including support for the WebSphere Portal 6.1 platform. The Mobile Portal Accelerator (MPA) 6.1 release provides closer integration with the Lotus Web Content Management (LWCM) author and presentation environment. This means that LWCM content authors can create content, approve it for publication to the portal, and seamlessly also publish that content out to their mobile audiences. You can see a good demonstration of this in a demo posted to the Mobile Portal Accelerator wiki. Notice that the LWCM content authored presents differently (and is perfectly tailored to ) the device display characteristics of the iPhone, Blackberry and Nokia mobile phones used in the demonstration. Doesn't get much easier than that...
The new MPA 6.1 release also includes new out of box mobile enabled portlets, including an updated RSS mobile portlet, stock reporting portlet, and new client framework widget sample portlets (see details below).
Many of our customers are asking about support for 'Smartphones' with the ability to render Web 2.0 capabilities such as AJAX client side rendering. The Mobile Portal Accelerator offers support for such devices, and the ability to develop applications that can take advantage of the presentation power of those devices, via new Framework Client widgets and sample mobile portlets provided with the release. The sample widgets provide over fifty rich, client side interfaces that can be used to deliver an enhanced, more interactive experience to client capable mobile devices. Examples of these widgets include styling, transition, AJAX table, autocomplete, popup, ticker tape, and more. You can see a demonstration of some of these capabilities displayed to mobile devices, and other mobile portal application demonstrations on the Mobile Portal Accelerator wiki. This release also introduced several features and priorities that were planned jointly as we worked with our customers and partners to understand their current and future plans for mobile portal applications.
It's a great time to be involved with this technology - it's a very active space and our team is quite responsive to the needs of our customers as they deploy mobile portal solutions - worldwide.
For those seeking more technical detail on the Mobile Portal Accelerator, the Information Center is another useful online resource. If you are to attend one of the IBM Portal Excellence Conference 2009 events this fall, you'll find several Mobile Accelerator technical, business value and hands-on lab sessions are offered.
We look forward to hearing your questions, comments and plans to extend your portal applications to mobile audiences.
- - Lauren
Looking to add some "pizazz" to your portal? If so, maybe you've considered Flex
, but wondered how it can be integrated into WebSphere Portal. Well, wonder no longer...a new article
published on IBM developerWorks
takes you step-by-step through the process of integrating Flex with WebSphere Portal.
Why Flex? Well, if you are already familiar with it, then you know how it can help deliver richer Web apps; if you are are not, Flex is an open source software development kit for the development and deployment of cross-platform rich internet applications (RIAs) based on the popular Adobe Flash platform. How popular? By some estimates about 98% of all PCs support Flash
, making it one of (if not the most) widely installed software technologies worldwide...so you probably needn't worry that your users won't be able to run Flex-enabled applications.
When you are ready to get started, begin by reading "Integrating Adobe Flex with IBM WebSphere Portal"
for all the details!
-- Brian Chaput
Governments from Los Angeles to Helsinki
are harnessing the Web, leveraging WebSphere Portal and related software, to transform the way they serve their respective constituents - from citizens and businesses to vendors.
Governments, like commercial endeavors, are not immune to the realities of both the economic climate and the expectations of the community of ever growing Web-savvy constituents they serve. That is, governments need to improve efficiency and control costs, while better enabling citizens, businesses and vendors to engage with the government agencies and service providers. Constituents want, and expect, to interact with their governments via the Web...as they do for many of other facets of their life. When governments answer that desire, like LA County
has recently done, everyone is better served. A self-service citizen portal might mean less trips for citizens to government offices (and less waiting in lines!), as well as faster access to information; less paper (and fewer/faster processes) for increased efficiency and lower costs for agencies - not to mention faster time-to-collect for tax/fee revenues....among many other mutual benefits.
WebSphere Portal continues to be at the center of Web experiences across various industries, including government. I blogged previously about our ever-evolving industry "toolboxes
"; one of the new tools in the government toolbox is a Government-to-Business
(G2B) template that helps government organizations accelerate the development of G2B websites and the delivery of services to business constituents. If you are part of a government agency, you might want to take a look...and if you are in another industry, we invite you to browse around the entire toolbox
Lastly, as 2009 nears its end, that can only mean one thing...Lotusphere
is just around the corner! This year there is a track
dedicated entirely to WebSphere Portal, where you learn more about what's new with Portal, hear from other customers about their Portal experiences, and see what we are doing that is industry-specific. All of us on the WebSphere Portal team sincerely hope to see you there....Happy New Year!
-- Brian Chaput