The Americas IBM Exceptional Web Experience Conference 2011 will be held on May 15 -19th at the Buena Vista Palace, Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The Call for Abstracts is now open and we invite you to submit conference breakout session and hands-on-lab abstracts for consideration to one of six tracks in either the Business Impact or Technology Program.
Examples of session topics are listed to provide guidance in alignment of solution areas to conference tracks. Actual sessions and labs selected for presentation at the conference will vary, and be based on submissions received through the conference Call for Abstracts process.
Business Impact Program
Track 1: Customer Case Studies and Industry Solutions
Detailed presentations of client solutions,including Project Goals and Analysis,Industry Specific Approaches,Implementation and Governance Techniques, Best Practices.
Track 2: Accelerating Solution Time to Value and ROI
Proven Strategies to Build the Vision and Value of an Exceptional Web Experience; Building a Portal Delivery Roadmap: Paths to Success; How to Successfully Justify and Deploy Portal and Social
Software in Your Organization; The Real Scoop on Understanding the Portal Competitive Landscape.
Track 3: Optimize Customer Experiences to Build Brand and Generate Revenue
You are What You Market: Leveraging New Rules of Marketing; Getting Smart with Retail Portals to Address the Accelerated Shift in Buyer Behavior; Delivering Your Portal Solutions to Mobile Audiences: Best Practices; User Experience Optimization Initiative: Understanding and Applying Web Analytics.
Track 4: Web Experience Platforms and Solutions
Getting Started with IBM WebSphere® Portal and IBM Web Content Management; WebSphere Portal 7
Technical Overview and Strategy; Leveraging Portal NOW to Deliver Exceptional Web Experiences; IBM
Forms Technical Deep Dive; What’s New in Lotus® Quickr™?; Extending your Portal to Mobile Devices; IBM Mashup Center Overview; Exceptional Web Experience in the Cloud – How to Use IBM WebSphere Portal; IBM Web Content Management; Forms and Mashups in the Cloud.
Track 5: Developing Exceptional Web Experiences
Improving the Online Experience: Building Next Generation Web sites;Using Adobe FLEX to Deliver IBM
WebSphere Portal and Collaboration Services; Developing Web Applications using IBM WebSphere Portlet Factory, IBM Rational® Application Developer and IBM Lotus Widget Factory; Powering Exceptional Web Experiences Using Industry Toolboxes; Leveraging WebSphere Commerce and IBM Web Content Management; Deliver Operational and Real-time Business Intelligence with Cognos® Business Intelligence; IBM Forms Technical Deep Dive.
Track 6: Best Practices and Implementation
Managing the Portal Deployment Project: Best Practices, Effective Portal Governance; High Availability Designs and Implementation with WebSphere Portal, Virtualizing Portals, Successfully Managing Your WebSphere Portal, Virtualizing Portals; Successfully Managing Your IBM Web Content Management Solution; Hands On Lab; Administrating WebSphere Portal.
To submit an abstract to be considered for presentation at this event click here or visit:
Note: You must be a registered user of Lotus Greenhouse to access the form. To register, access this link. https://greenhouse.lotus.com/home/login.jsp and select Join Now !
Hurry! Deadline for submissions is Friday, March 4th, 2011.
Lectures: 60 minutes (including Q&A)
Hands-on labs: 75 minutes
If you have any questions about your submission, please feel free to contact the IBM Exceptional Web Experience Conference content team:
Lauren Wendel - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sonia Malik - email@example.com
Sean Flanagan - firstname.lastname@example.org (Partner/Business Development Day)
We hope to see you there!
-- Brian Chaput
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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
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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
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.
To help understand all the factors, IBM is hosting a live Web seminar 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 your questions!
-- Brian Chaput