Got a link on blog post with a list of examples of good-looking portals. Here it is: Some good look and feel WebSphere Portal examples.
The best from MHO are:
http://www.damm.es/ (Also Spanish)
http://www.trafikoa.net/ (Very strange design, but unusual for WPS)
And some more from me (in Russian):
http://www.economy.gov.ru/ (Mostly in WCM)
And from Kazakhstan:
The simple answer is Yes, because My developerWorks itself is a little bit customized version of Lotus Connections 2.5. Another deployment is in Lotus Greenhouse. But are there any other non-IBM's deployments?
And the answer is Yes!
I just googled for a string "communities/service/html/allcommunities" and here what I found:
http://locopo.net:9080/communities/ (look like 1.0 !!!)
http://connections.vss-inc.com/communities/ (more modern 2.5)
http://connections.logicalive.com/communities/ (also seems to me it's 2.5)
http://www.isign-ihear.org.tw/communities/ (my favorite :)
Sure there must be more.
And last, but not the least, another IBM's community place, I even didn't heard about before!!!
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I've got a question from the customer, who wanted to customize email notifications, send by Lotus Connections. All what I have found in InfoCenter was two small articles for Files and Wikis. "That could not be true!" I told to myself and started to do my favorite activity - searching. And voilà, found a grate article on this topic on developerWorks here: Customizing email notifications in IBM Lotus Connections 2.5.
As a summary:
Crossposting from here: http://macguidera.blogspot.com/ just to make a note for myself:
"Mac Guidera on April 7 2010 added to the IBM Lotus and WebSphere Portal Business Solutions Catalog, is the Lotus Connections 2.5 Portlet Developer Pack. This free package includes the WebSphere Portlet Factory Source for the Activities, Bookmarks, and Blogs portlets for Lotus Connections. Use this pack to customize or extend the portlets from IBM or use them as a model as you build your own."
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During passed two weeks I've been involved into a process of integration Lotus Connections 2.5 with WebSeal, where WebSeal part was covered by Business Partner. The following are the things I have learned during that project.
1. Ask if WebSeal in current configuration allows an access for all users from LDAP, or an access is limited to some group(s)? What are the plans about access to Connections?
Note: In documentation is mentioned that you need to add a user from connectionsAdmin alias to LDAP repository to make DSX work through WebSeal, but if an access to Connections is limited to some group, you need to add this user to this group.
2. Ask if in current environment there is an ability for uses to access to backend servers through HTTP and HTTPs or users have to use HTTPs all the time?
Note: If only HTTPs is available, you have to use https for DSX and dynamicHosts URLs in LotusConnections-config.xml. Here are parts of my LotusConnections-config.xml file as an example:
3. Make him aware, that configuring integration with Lotus Connections is not very clear task and he have to pay attention to documentation!
(InfoCenter and this article: Configuring IBM Tivoli Access Manager SSO for IBMLotus Connections 2.5).
The last lesson is the most important from my point of view :)
Many of you may be are aware about one of the greatest announce, made on the passed Lotusphere 2010 - IBM Project Vulcan. For me it took about two weeks to figure out what is it and got an idea of how it could work, because I have not been @ Lotusphere this year and has limited ability to ask questions to Gurus :( But anyway, you might know, that it is more like an IBM's vision for how people will collaborate in the future using email, social software (Quickr, Connections, LotusLive ), Portal and instant messaging Sametime all together, from single point.
The question for myself, what I tried to answer this time, was: "Ok, there are a lot of social services in the Internet as Gmail, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, you_name_it, but is there any universal client or service for using all of them simultaneously (as suppose to do Project Vulcan)? "
And here is what I found:
First one is Inbox2: www.inbox2.com - from my point it is the most close to what we will see soon, when the beta of Project Vulcan will be released. Here is a short video about it:
So need to wait and test it by myself with Connections and other Lotus products :)
Luis Benitez published usefull article about how to make work Lotus Connections portlets through WebSeal: http://www.lbenitez.com/2010/05/getting-lotus-connections-portlet-to.html
As far as I understand, this problem appears only if WebSeal is placed between Portal and Connections. If Portal and Connections communicate directly (ok, may be through HTTP,proxy or load ballancers), that LTPA should work and no modifications will be needed. But this is my assumption, need to check it.
Today is TFDOSM (The First Day Of Summer in Moscow).
But it seems that the weather is not agree with the calendar:
Nevertheless, the FixPack 2 for Lotus Connections 2.5 is released on the passed week: Technote.
Listening an interesting discussion in new "This week in Lotus" podcast, hosted by Stuart McIntyre and Darren Duke.
Here is the announce of first episode: "Horrible Lotus Notes" tweets, the every-increasing success of Lotus User Groups, that Apple tablet-thing, the end of Notes/Domino6.5, does Lotus really Know, and more.
Guests: Mike Smith, Tim Clark and Handly Cameron.
Interesting to hear, that Lotus Knows campaign, that was initially targeted to US market is now spreading to Europe and SA. May be we will see it in Russia soon :)
Small tip: This podcast also is subscribeable through the iTunes.
Found good article about how to deploy clustered WebSphere Portal v126.96.36.199 and 6.1.5. Here is the table of contents:
According to newly released IDC's report IBM is "marketshare leader in the Social Platform market based on total software revenue for 2009".
Of course it is good news for IBM, that it's Social Software is very demanded on the market (and by the way, IBM have not only Lotus Connections as Social Software - do not forget about Lotus Quickr). But this means that IBM need to continue put many efforts to stay no. 1, because of strong competition with others (in Russia it is mostly the Microsoft with SharePoint 2010).
Can't wait to see the reaction from the customers on Lotus Connections 3.0, which is coming very soon :)
Very interesting thing I've found on the passed week. This thing called Notes App Store. It is is a volunteer project started by Frank Paolino to create a single point of promotion for ISVs and their applications, developed for Notes/Domino platform.
By the way, in latest This Week In Lotus podcast, was a grate discussion about this project and other catalogs, available now for Lotus and WebSpehre Portal. Interesting ideas about the target audience, advantages and disadvantages of this approach.
From my point of view, this kind of catalogs are grate! And it also will be grate to integrate those we have now around WPLC, to make it simpler for the community to share and find the applications. Here is the list of catalogs, which I know about:
The quote from here: The Google Blog post
But despite these wins, and numerous loyal fans, Wave has not seen the user adoption we would have liked. We don’t plan to continue developing Wave as a standalone product, but we will maintain the site at least through the end of the year and extend the technology for use in other Google projects. The central parts of the code, as well as the protocols that have driven many of Wave’s innovations, like drag-and-drop and character-by-character live typing, are already available as open source, so customers and partners can continue the innovation we began. In addition, we will work on tools so that users can easily “liberate” their content from Wave.But I feel it will come back soon as something more adopted to real world needs, because the idea was grate!
When I read this post by Dave Hay about the availability of WebSphere Portal 7.0 documentation, I wondered why it became available so early. The answer is very simple - IBM Web Content Management was announced August 31. It's already available for download, but GA will be at September 24. One more interesting thing is that new WebSphere Portal InfoCenter is delivered as a part of Portal Wiki, which has obvious advantages:
The only disadvantage that I've found for now, is that every time I chose another topic in the menu on the left side it refreshes the whole page, which causes big delays, but I think it will be fixed soon.
Ok, now here is the links to documentation I mentioned in this post: