"The flexibility and openness of SAP NetWeaver Portal 7.3 and IBM WebSphere Portal enable companies to increase the benefit of their investment in SAP and IBM software, increase their utilization, and improve user experience and productivity."
That statement is the focus of a new whitepaper
from SAP that defines how SAP customers can extend - and get more value from - it's SAP investment by leveraging WebSphere Portal for broader web experience requirements. These broader requirements can benefit from bringing valuable SAP application access into context with other user application functions in a single personalized user experience. The key features of the approach are simplified navigation with one UI, with a single look & feel, and single sign-on...all for a seamless web experience that deliver these business benefits:
- Lower total cost of ownership for software and the entire IT landscape by providing interoperability between SAP NetWeaver Portal and IBM WebSphere Portal, thus allowing for reuse of existing investments in SAP® and IBM solutions
- Reduced development costs by taking advantage of industry standards, such as SAML 2.0, and representational state transfer enablement
- Improved productivity by enabling employees to work within a single, familiar environment
- Less implementation time with a combined and interoperable solution that leverages the strengths of the SAP and IBM solution portfolios
IBM makes this interoperability easy with the IBM WebSphere Portal Integration for SAP
feature. Again, get all the detail in the paper here
-- Brian Chaput
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
That's right, only a few weeks until the annual IBM Exceptional Web Experience Conference Americas
event (this time in Orlando)...are you registered
yet? This is a terrific opportunity to hear how organizations from across industries - including healthcare, banking, insurance, and retail - are designing, delivering and deploying their internal and external web experiences. Of course, you'll also have access to the IBM experts, both in their sessions and socially, as well as knowledgeable IBM Business Partners skilled in all things related to exceptional web experiences.
If you still haven't made up your mind, please take a few minutes and check out the directory of sessions
. Need to understand how to better deliver web experiences effectively to mobile devices? What about adding social capabilities to your portal site? Is a cloud deployment right for you? That is all covered at the conference, along with much, much more. We hope you can make it!
-- Brian Chaput
So, what did happen to the WebSphere Portal Conferences
? A new name
and an expanded range of WebSphere portal-related topics and sessions!
Now called the IBM Portal Excellence Conference
(PEC), these series of worldwide events are still the largest annual technical conferences dedicated to WebSphere Portal products and solutions...but not just
technical. The new name reflects the conference's evolving expansion of topic areas that organizations have told us are important to them from a business perspective - and how Web portal (and related) technology can, and has, effectively addressed these business challenges. All of this adds up to achieving technical and business excellence with Web portals, so hence, the new name!
The first PEC of 2009 just wrapped up in Macau, China; the next PECs scheduled are:
Here is a preview
of the session topics and breadth of information that will be shared as part of the event. Of course one of the most valuable benefits of the event remains the opportunity to network and work personally with peers, business partners and IBMers all interested in and involved with WebSphere Portal....so you can learn, share, hear and be heard (and as usual, with some fun along the way!). Please take a moment to see what the PEC
can offer to help you get the most out of portal - we hope to see you there!
-- Brian Chaput
If you missed the recent live Webinar
with Floyd Memorial Hospital
, you missed a terrific case study, but no worries, there is a free replay
available. Take 30 minuites and hear Floyd's IT Director as he shares their journey and the best practices that worked for them, in defining the Portal for maximum value, and then explains the specific areas of savings that improve their bottom line, while at the same time increasing overall efficiency and quality of care.
It is also a great example of the combined capabilities of WebSphere Portal
, Portlet Factory
, Lotus Quickr
, Lotus Web Content Management
, Lotus Sametime
and Lotus Notes
. Some highlights include portlets developed/deployed in under an hour
; paper being eliminated
through personalized online document management (and don't forget about paper disposal costs being reduced
!); staff efficiency improved
by eliminating manual document searches; and empowering the staff to focus more on care
and less on data management. All good stuff...
We invite you take a listen
...and if you have a story you'd like to share, we'd all love to hear about it!
-- Brian Chaput
As we shared at the recent IBM Exceptional Web Experience Americas event, several new web experience features are now available via the IBM Web Experience Fast Track
program. The pace of change is accelerating, so we know you may need to add new web experience capabilities fast, preferably without having to manage an entire software release update. This program allows you to do that - features you can implement when the time is right for you. Want to authenticate users via Facebook or Google login? It's there (with new OpenID Authentication
). Have investments in existing web applications you want to use in a new web experience? You can do that now, too (with the IBM Web Application Bridge
Check out these and other new no charge (yes, no charge!) features now
...with more to come.
-- Brian Chaput
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
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
We've been very pleased to host collaborative education sessions that provide our Customer Experience Suite, WebSphere Portal, Web Content Manager and IBM Forms Beta audiences an advance look at specific upcoming release features, designs and strategy. The next Feature Focus session will be offered April 17 for Beta participants - details below. Don't miss this opportunity to take a look at the latest release of the Beta software and a view to the improvements in the platform upgrade processes.
Version 8 Feature Focus Session: Upgrading to WebSphere Portal and Web Content Manager Version 8
Successfully upgrading WebSphere Portal and Web Content Manager solutions to the latest release requires careful planning to understand the scope of the effort that is required and an awareness of the tasks involved. Join this Feature Focus session to understand the migration processes in plan to support upgrades from WebSphere Portal and Web Content Manager Version 6.1.5 and Version 7 (last two CF/fixpack releases), to WebSphere Portal and Web Content Manager Version 8. In this session, the IBM configuration architect for Version 8 will present the 'basics' behind upgrading to WebSphere Portal and Web Content Manager Version 8.0 as well as the overall architecture, planning, and best practices when planning for release migration activities. The session will also present detail outlining the difference between migrating from a 6.1 environment vs. a 7.0 environment (covering both standalone and managed node cases), and custom code considerations
Barry Pellas, WebSphere Portal Configuration Architect, IBM
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EST
Background: General program information:
Announcing the IBM Customer Experience Suite, WebSphere Portal and Web Content Manager V8 Beta Strategy and Feature Focus sessions
Beginning in September 2011, new education sessions will be available to the IBM Customer Experience Suite, WebSphere Portal and Web Content Manager Version 8 Beta Test community. The IBM Customer Experience Suite, WebSphere Portal and Web Content Manager Version 8 Beta "Strategy and Feature Focus" series will present offering market and technical strategy and in-depth reviews of new and enhanced platform features.
Participation is limited to active participants of the IBM Customer Experience Suite, WebSphere Portal and Web Content Manager Version 8 Beta program. The education sessions offer new opportunities for Beta participants to provide direct input to product engineering and market team leaders. We look forward to your contributions through these interactive discussions of Customer Experience Suite, WebSphere Portal and Web Content Manager Version 8 platform strategy and feature development directions.
Pre-requisite: All attendees are required to download and install the Version 8 Beta software: https://www14.software.ibm.com/iwm/web/cc/earlyprograms/lotus/portalopenbeta/
Session recordings and presentations/demonstrations will be made available to registered participants on the shared community on Lotus Greenhouse:https://greenhouse.lotus.com/communities/service/html/communityview?communityUuid=db315c42-8135-4d93-9e3c-3785dba30ec8#fullpageWidgetId=Wf60b8157fb56_4ab0_8cbd_3025f07ee2b4
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.
We told you about the newest V6.1.5 releases of Portal
and Portlet Factory
at the recent Portal Excellence Conferences - we also previewed them there, and at other venues - and even made some of the capabilities available early this year on the WebSphere Portal Business Solution
catalog...and now they are officially available! Announced November 17, 2009, here is a summary of the key new features and capabilities:WebSphere Portal V6.1.5
Lotus Web Content Management V6.1.5
- Page Builder: Simplifies page creation, making it easy for business users to create pages and add content to pages
- Portal "Lite" Mode: Helps improve cost-of-ownership by dramatically reducing portal start-up time
- Enhanced Site Analytics support: Helps to optimize portal applications via integration with popular 3rd party solutions
- WebDAV support: Expands development ease-of-use by enabling direct editing of portal pages using tools such as Dreamweaver®
- Template Page capability: Speeds page creation by allowing portal pages to act as templates when creating other new portal pages
- Mashup Integration support: Provides rendering/creation of Mashups directly in portal as a portal page
WebSphere Portlet Factory V6.1.5
- Updated/enhanced JSR 286 rendering portlet: Better inline content
editing experience, including the ability to render content with links
to other WCM content.
- Embedded Ephox EditLive!
Rich Text Editor: For seamlessly creating rich content using familiar
Word processing tools, with little or no end-user training needed.
Version 6.1.5 also eliminates the need for a separate installation of
the Ephox software.
- WebDAV support: Easier management of content and components via a
drag and drop interface, and support for the creation and updating of
presentation templates using an external tool like Adobe Dreamweaver®
- ECM Integration: Support
for existing investments in document management systems such as Lotus
Quickr, IBM FileNet and IBM Content Manager, with out-of-the-box
- Content Templates: New templates for in-demand, high-value content capabilities, such as easy-to-use social software templates for
wikis, blogs and comments
- Advanced Dojo support: For easy
creation of rich, interactive applications with advanced Dojo toolkit-based
User Interface widgets and controls for delivery of exceptional user
- Drag & Drop support: For visual
application construction to add functions or modify
User Interface layouts, enabling fast and simple application creation
- Multiple Deployment Target support: Rapid,
hassle-free deployment to remote IBM WebSphere Portal and IBM WebSphere
Application Server systems running on-premise or in the cloud
support for globally distributed team development: Provides effortless and
configureless integration with leading source control systems including IBM
Rational ClearCase, CVS and Subversion
memory and application performance: Via service layer integration with DynaCache
and optimized Web service processing for creation of faster, more scalable
Java API for XML Based Web Services (JAX-WS) and Web Services for Remote
Portlets (WSRP) enabling creation of standards-based, interoperable
- Centralized Theme support: For rapid
modification of the entire application or specific User Interface look and feel
from a centralized theme providing consistent and fast rebranding capabilities
support for the latest development/deployment platforms: Eclipse
3.4.2; IBM Rational Application Developer and IBM Rational Studio Architect 7.5.4
and IBM WebSphere Integration Developer 6.2; IBM
WebSphere Portal 6.1.5; IBM
2.0; IBM WebSphere Application Server 7.0.x and IBM WebSphere Application
Server Community Edition 126.96.36.199
We'll be showing all these at the upcoming Lotusphere 2010
event in January, 2010 where there will be a track
completely dedicated to IBM WebSphere Portal technologies....hope to see you there!
-- Brian Chaput
Remember when you started using WebSphere Portal
? How you couldn't seem to learn everything fast enough?
The IBM information development team wants to make it even easier for you to get started with WebSphere Portal. But to make our "getting started" project successful, we need to hear about first hand experiences. Go the the Online UX Lab
and tell us:
- What "getting started" means to you
- What types content helps you get started faster
- Which concepts are the most challenging
Share your experiences with us now through Tuesday, May 3, here: http://tinyurl.com/portal42711
-- Brian Chaput
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
The annual IBM Portal Excellence Conference
for Americas is scheduled for July 19-22 in Chicago, and registration
is now open!
With a theme of Exceptional Web Experiences
, what better location than the Windy City on the shores of Lake Michigan in the Summer? Chicago
itself is an "exceptional" experience, so couple that with exploring all you can do today (and in the future) with WebSphere Portal
, Lotus Web Content Management
, and more, to deliver exceptional Web experiences at this annual event and you can't go wrong. Of course, the conference remains more than just hearing and seeing what IBM and our key business partners have to offer; it is really an event to connect with other organizations, many of which have already delivered exceptional Web experiences, some who are just beginning that effort, and others who need to know how to get started. Customers, partners and IBMers will all share the best practices, technology, management and delivery approaches for engaging Web experiences, whether for internal users, external users, or both - all from a common Web delivery platform.
We will announce the dates and locations for other upcoming conferences planned for geographies soon, so stay tuned if you cannot attend the Americas event. We do hope to see many of you in Chicago, and again, you can register now
-- Brian Chaput
When talking to customers about WebSphere Portal architecture and solution design, I get this a lot: "So I have this existing Web application. How do I get it into Portal?" And the typical developer in me answers with "Well, it depends..."
In fact, it does depend. There are several application integration techniques for WebSphere Portal, ranging from low-fidelity controls like IFRAMEs all the way to the latest and greatest in web services for remote portlet (WSRP) technologies. I have cataloged almost all of the integration techniques in my Administration and Performance blog
But isn't usually enough to know what your choices are. You also need to know how to make the right choice. There is something of a decision tree that I employ in my conversations, to help narrow down the choices. I took a stab at documenting a general purpose decision tree for application integration
in my other blog as well.
I hope you find this useful. If you have other ideas or application techniques to share, let me know, and I'll happily add them to the list.