Plumtree strengthens portal platform

Plumtree Software has launched three additions to its portal platform designed to empower business users and boost collaboration...

Plumtree Software has launched three additions to its portal platform designed to empower business users and boost collaboration within the portal environment.

The Plumtree Studio Server is an application development engine that lets portal managers and users create portal applications without specialist. Studio Server could decrease the time and cost required to deploy portal functionality, according to Jenny Michel, marketing manager at Plumtree.

"Even very simple and common gadgets are still difficult to build, requiring coding and development from IT," she said. "The idea is to reduce the amount of time IT needs to spend to build gadget Web services and let portal users have more control."

Studio Server templates and wizards automatically replicate the database, metadata, forms, and searches associated with a portal function. The pre-built templates include events calendar, work order requests, expense submissions, polls, and database searches.

The US Geological Survey has used Studio Server to shorten the development cycle of its portal and to reduce the burden for portal development on the IT department.

"We really have only a couple of programmers, but some have a lot of other workers who can do basic database work. We think this product will take the burden off the programmers who are already overloaded," said Mike Frame, NBII research and technology director at the US Geological Survey.

Plumtree also rolled out a new gadget that displays Microsoft Excel information within the portal without programming. Another new product, the Collaboration Server, allows users to share documents, assign tasks, and participate in discussions within the portal. Building on collaboration gadgets already in the portal, the Collaboration Server can surface documents, deadlines, and conversation threads while providing a full view of a single project in the portal, Plumtree officials said.

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