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Activity streams – now also in IBM WebSphere Portal


Activities, not email, is what makes your company grow. That is why it is so important to keep track of the company’s and your personal activities – to get things done! That is also why Activity Streams are of such vital importance in IBM’s social collaboration platform, IBM Connections 4.5.

Now IBM brings the activity stream functionality also into company portals. It brings  the Activity Stream experience from IBM Connections into portal – this means you can surface the microblogging capability of IBM Connections in the portal, including @-mentions !

OpenSocial Embedded Experiences are now available in Portal and there is done enhancements to support ideation. With this release, there are now 13 portlets that bring the power of social to the portal making it extremely easy to socialize an existing site. There is support for Portal CF4 and IBM Connections 4.5.

Source: Luis Benitez


Europa velger Lotus

Eurocities, en organisasjon som binder sammen ansatte i mer enn 140 større byer i over 30 europeiske land, har valgt programvare fra IBM for å hjelpe medlemmene til å samarbeide innenfor sosial- og miljøsektoren.

Programvare som f.eks. WebSphere Portal, Lotus Domino og Lotus Quickr skal medvirke til felles interaktive websider og gjøre det mulig for brukerne å samarbeide i sanntid. Den nye infrastrukturen og teknologiene fra IBM Lotus skal levere en lettere tilgjengelig og stabil samarbeidsplattform enn man har hatt hittil. Blant annet ønsker man å bidra til høyere effektivitet og mindre epost-bruk.

Her er hele pressemeldingen:

New on-line forum to help Europe’s big cities improve conditions for citizens

Brussels, 5 August 2010 – EUROCITIES, an organization connecting the local government employees in more than 140 large cities in over 30 European countries, has chosen IBM (NYSE: IBM) software to help its members collaborate on improving social, environmental and economic conditions for citizens.

Focused on lobbying and facilitating networking around key issues affecting citizens, EUROCITIES provides an intranet for its members to share knowledge and ideas, exchange experiences, analyze common problems and develop solutions through forums, working groups, projects, activities and events.
Prior to selecting IBM, EUROCITIES members did not have all the necessary tools to be able to efficiently collaborate across borders. After reviewing several proposals, EUROCITIES chose IBM software to help launch a new collaborative online experience for its members and constituents.
EUROCITIES is using IBM software to create a new interactive website that will facilitate real-time knowledge sharing among its members. IBM is providing EUROCITIES with a technology infrastructure which is more reliable and accessible than its previous system. For example, the EUROCITIES system will also help local government members work more efficiently by reducing overheads and e-mail traffic.
“The new web environment based on IBM software will bring a much-needed technological added-value to our network and create the conditions for smarter local government in Europe,” said EUROCITIES Communications Director, Nicola Vatthauer. “EUROCITIES member cities in turn will be better able to help each other solve problems and come up with new ideas to improve the lives of citizens.”

Key features on the new website will include:

* 1. A Who’s Who section: Every member will have a user profile with information that can be more easily changed or updated. Attributes will be used on member profiles to link a member with, for example, specific topics and functions. These attributes will be used by the mailing system to automate distribution lists and by the access rights to build groups.
* 2. Mailing system contact source: The contacts application will be used as a source to compose distribution lists in the mailing system. Attributes stored for each contact, such as function or country, will be used to query the contact database and build distribution groups.
* 3. Forums and working groups: This is an area where member cities can work together across topics like culture, economy, environment and social affairs. Each group has a dedicated landing page, a collection of related documents, as well as news and events. Functions like check-in and -out, version control and workflow allow workgroups to collaborate more efficiently around the latest versions of information.
* 4. Personalized secure Portal framework: Members are provided with a personalized workspace where they can work with information which is relevant to their group membership, role and access rights.

IBM software behind the scenes
IBM WebSphere Portal and Lotus Web Content Management software is being used to manage the public site in combination with the member’s only site. The site will feature one entry point for both the public and members and a log-in page that will automatically customize for each visitor.
The member list and new mailing system and events database will be simpler and quicker to update with IBM Lotus Domino.
IBM Lotus Quickr software will help members share and jointly edit documents, as well as customize and personalize member profiles.
IBM Partner Pixelixir will work with EUROCITIES to implement the new web presence in the coming months.

EUROCITIES is the network of major European cities, which brings together the local governments of over 140 cities in more than 30 countries. Its strategic vision is to influence and work with the EU institutions to respond to common issues that impact the day-to-day lives of Europeans. The network’s activities address a wide range of policies concerning economic development and cohesion policy, the provision of public services, climate change, energy and environment, transport and mobility, employment and social affairs, culture, education, information and knowledge society, as well as governance and international cooperation. Cities need to apply for membership to gain access to the network’s information services, funding information and working groups.


Nye versjoner av Lotus Quickr og Lotus Quickr Connector den 15. juni…!

Lotus Quickr 8.5 for Websphere Portal og ny Lotus Quickr Connector 8.5 vil bli tilgjengelig for nedlasting den 15. juni.

Den nye versjonen av Lotus Quickr har et nytt og oppdatert brukergrensesnitt. Samtidig inneholder den en “native” bro til Enterprise Content Management (ECM) repositories. En bedre administrativ kontroll er også en del av forbedringene, i tillegg til et nytt portlet-bibliotek for å integrere innholdet i Lotus Quickr i Websphere Portal applikasjoner. Infrastrukturen er oppdatert og utvidet og har støtte for IBM WebSphere Portal V6.1.5.

Den nye versjonen av IBM Lotus Quickr Connectors 8.5 har også mye nytt å by på. Brukerne kan nå enkelt aksessere og bidra med delt innhold i Lotus Quickr og ECM-systemer direkte fra de mest populære desktop-applikasjonene. Det er også integrasjon med Lotus Quickr og ECM-systemer fra Lotus Notes®, Lotus Sametime®, Lotus Symphony™, Microsoft® Office, Microsoft Outlook, og Microsoft Windows® Explorer.

Her er flere detaljer fra pressemeldingen:

IBM Lotus Quickr 8.5 for WebSphere Portal provides user interface enhancements, increased integration, streamlined administration, and infrastructure updates. It includes:

  • Updated browser theme to give users a consistent experience across IBM products, including Lotus Connections and WebSphere Portal.
  • Simplification of frequent user actions such as navigation within a place and common library, and document management actions.
  • New rich text editor for browser-based creation of content. The same text editor is used across IBM products, such as Lotus Connections, giving end users a common experience.
  • Increased integration between Lotus Quickr and Lotus Connections, including top-line navigation, use of the person card, and integrated search menu.
  • Simplification of member management inside Quickr places to facilitate end-user self-service.
  • New place catalog with tag-based navigation that simplifies locating places, particularly in large Lotus Quickr deployments.
  • Enhanced integration with Enterprise Content Management (ECM) repositories, including new “direct connect” Web-based component that allows users to natively display and interact with ECM content from within a Lotus Quickr place.
  • Parametric search of ECM content.
  • Enhancements to Lotus Quickr Connectors to better support ECM content (refer to Software Announcement 208-424, dated December 09, 2008.
  • Easier, more flexible management tools with new administrator console that provides more complete user and place statistics, enhanced backup and recovery tools, and simplified place customization.
  • New library portlet to integrate Lotus Quickr content into WebSphere Portal applications.
  • Support for WebSphere Portal V6.1.5.
  • Other infrastructure platform updates including AIX® V6.1 64 bit, Windows 2008 64 bit, SLES 10, SLES 64 bit on System z®, Oracle 10.2, Internet Explorer 8 on Windows, Firefox 3.5 on Windows, Linux®, and Mac.
  • Using Lotus Quickr Connectors 8.5 so users can easily and naturally work together on content and access content contributed by colleagues directly from their favorite desktop applications.
  • The connectors support check-in and check-out to help manage the process of multiple authors, and version control to ensure that everyone always has the latest copy of a document.
  • Lotus Quickr Connectors 8.5 is included with other Lotus Quickr offerings and is also available separately for access to other content repositories such as ECM systems.
  • Mandatory metadata enforcement – new, simple and intuitive interface to enter and enforce entry of metadata for documents.
  • Notes® integration – simple drag-and-drop of Lotus Notes e-mails into Lotus Quickr places.
  • Sametime integration – drag-and-drop documents into a Lotus Sametime chat windows and Web conferences.
  • Microsoft Office integration – native integration into the Office 2007 “ribbon.”
  • User-initiated publication to a content server that helps manage performance — particularly useful in low bandwidth situations.
  • Launch a search dialog from the context of a desktop connector.
  • Support for third-party authentication tools, such as SiteMinder and Tivoli® Access Manager.
  • Support for single sign-on tools, such as SPNEGO.
  • Support for multiuser installation of the connectors on a shared workstation.

Gartner: IBM er markedsleder på portaler!

IBM er en klar markedsleder verden over når det gjelder portaler. Dette i følge undersøkelser analysefirmaet Gartner har foretatt.

‘WebSphere Portal – #1 in Worldwide Revenue from 2001 to 2008*’

(1) Source: Gartner, Inc., ‘Market Share: Application Infrastructure and Middleware Software, Worldwide, 2008,’ Fabrizio Biscotti, 29 April 2009

Gartner har ranket IBM som verdens markedsleder innen segmentene Portal Products og User Interaction Tools enterprise software. Rankingen er basert på den totale omsetningen for 2008.
Ledende innen helsevesenet
Det er blant annet IBM´s økte fokus på helsemarkedet som har bidratt til portalsuksessen. Over 6.500 kunder benytter seg av IBM´s Web 2.0-utvidede WebSphere Portal programvare. Bare i USA har en rekke helseinstitusjoner som Catholic Healthcare West, Children´s Medical Centre of Dallas, Healthways, MedStar Health, Memorial Health og Trillium Health Centre tatt i bruk IBM´s teknologi. Men IBM WebSphere portal er også benyttet av fire av USA´s fem største selskapene for helseforikring, av Blue Cross Blue Shield organisasjonen i 33 stater, mer enn 30 store sykehus, klinikker og verdensomspennende leveringsnettverk, samt mer enn 12 online helseleverandører som hver av dem leverer helsetjenester til mer enn 20.000 brukere.
Ledende innen finans
Men det er ikke bare innen helseindustrien at IBM´s WebSphere portaler er ledende. Portaler fra IBM er også benyttet av de 10 største bankene i verden, 9 av de 10 største bankene i USA, 7 av de 10 største bankene i Europa og 8 av de 10 største bankene i Asia Pasific.
Også offentlig forvaltning
I tillegg til helseindustri, finans- og forsikringsnæringen har IBM´s portalteknologier også blitt uhyre populær innen offentlig forvaltning verden over. IBM WebSphere benyttes av statlige organer i alle G8-landene, 10 av de 16 landene i Midt-Østen, 22 stater i USA og 40 federale organisasjoner i USA.
Du kan teste teknologiene selv!
Har du lyst til å teste IBM´s portalbaserte samhandlingsløsninger selv, kan du nå registrere deg på IBM Lotus Greenhouse som er en webside der du kan prøve IBM WebSphere Portal, IBM´s nye Mashup Centre, Lotus Connections, Lotus Forms, Lotus Qickr og Lotus Sametime. Her får du en unik mulighet til å evaluere produktene uten å installere dem i ditt eget miljø.
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Stemningsrapport fra WebSphere Portal Technical Conference 2008

Item Consulting er i Berlin på WebSphere Portal Technical Conference Europe 2008 og har sendt oss følgende rapport.

WebSphere Portal Technical Conference i Berlin har nettopp startet, og Item er på plass med 2 utviklere og en administrator. Åpningssesjonen i dag 6. oktober startet med mange interessante innlegg. En gjennomgang av mashups i Portal 6.1 var et av høydepunktene. Det var blant annet spennende å se hvor lett det er å drive RAD utvikling igjen. Det er også inspirerende å høre at Lotus produktene nesten nevnes i annen hver setning når man snakker collaboration og social networking i portalsammenheng. For de som jobber med innhold og publisering er det også mye nytt i Lotus Web Content Manager 6.1 (WCM). Denne er jo som kjent inkludert i Websphere Portal. Det er gjort mye for å forenkle bruken og gi muligheter for tilpasninger. For vanlige brukere er det mulig å legge inn og redigere innhold direkte fra siden i portalen (inline editing). Redigeringsmaler kan tilpasses slik at færrest mulig felt og knapper vises for brukerne. Alle funksjoner er forenklet slik at de nå kan utføres med mye mindre klikking og lasting av sider. Gjennom det åpne Public API, kan det også gjøres tilpasninger slik at f.eks. egne Workflow Actions kan implementeres.