Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Opportunity and the Enterprise Portal

IBM presented at the Gartner conference. It was probably just an excuse to get more mileage out of "Buzzword Bingo."
IBM did present Lotus Mashups - A drag and drop enterprise mashup tool.
The portal case studies using Websphere came from ADP and Kaiser Permanente.
For ADP the biggest advantage was to present a consistent user interface for customers to multiple back-end systems.
What we have to remember is that a Portal is just a tool. A business still has to decide what services they want to deliver and the user experience they want to create. 
  • Don't just focus on portlets. Look at the infrastructure and resilience from Day one.
  • You don't have to have everything has to be deeply integrated on day one.
  • Keep the core infrastructure stable but add portlet capability frequently.
  • Focus on usability to control support costs. 
  • Aging J2EE Application
  • Monolithic custom built
  • Centrally controlled
It's all about the user:
  • Focus on user experience
  • Enable self service capability
  • Enable innovation at touch points between stakeholders
The platform is a service, built on top of an Enterprise Service Bus. This is a three tier platform: 1) Shared Application Services 2) Core Infrastructure Services 3) Physical platform.
Kaiser's shared components include:
Facilities directory - Spring 08
Medical staff directory - Summer 08
Enterprise Search - Fall 08
Sign-on - Summer 08
Enterprise UI Templates - Fall 08

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