IBM boosts WebSphere Portal for collaboration

IBM has improved its WebSphere Portal to help companies enable collaboration over disparate business processes and applications...

IBM has improved its WebSphere Portal to help companies enable collaboration over disparate business processes and applications without the need to customise the software connectors between applications.

Tim Thatcher, program director of WebSphere Portal marketing at IBM, said the new software targets companies needing to install and make their portal investments productive quickly.

Among the new technologies is a document management feature which allows users to store, publish and share documents centrally with other users. Companies can use this to create financial reports, spec sheets or sales documents, as well as track different versions of a document. The portal simultaneously controls viewing access. 

IBM said it has improved the ease of use and installation process for the software. To ensure interoperability over heterogeneous platforms, IBM is also building in support for web services. 

IBM will be shipping a version of the software called WebSphere Portal Express for small and midsized businesses which can be customised easily to add new users or change the portal's look. It will also come with instant messaging, a chatroom and group calendaring technologies. 

Both the Enterprise and Express versions of WebSphere Portal will ship on 21 August. Pricing for the Enterprise version starts at $87,000 per processor. For the Express, it will be $33,000 per processor.

Marc L Songini writes for Computerworld

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