Plumtree adds to portal offering

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Plumtree adds to portal offering

Plumtree Software has added a wireless server and network search functions to its enterprise portal. The user interface has also been redesigned as part of a host of other enhancements.

The Plumtree Corporate Portal 4.5 is designed to use XML to extract information from a range of applications, and can deliver small-screen versions of Plumtree services to wireless devices such as mobile phones and handheld computers.

According to Glenn Kelman, the vice-president of product management and marketing at Plumtree, the new wireless device server will enable enterprises to save time and resources. "You can enable each application one by one, but the Plumtree portal allows you to enable all your applications in a single, simple way," he said.

The Canadian telecommunications company Telus is currently beta-testing Plumtree Corporate Portal 4.5, and an official roll-out is planned for early 2002. According to Nadine Filice, the project manager for planning and research at Telus, the company has reduced licensing fees for approximately 400 Compaq iPaq users by up to $50,000 (£34,000).

The new version also features a network search capability that uses Web services standards to compile query results from a variety of search engines. Using Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) to communicate search commands to multiple search engines running throughout the Internet, the portal collects the results into a single view.

Other features include enhanced single sign-on technologies courtesy of partnerships with Netegrity, Oblix, and IBM and simplified service component installation.

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