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