Portlets, their basic building block, let developers focus on unique aspects of their application, while the middleware handles common functions for life cycle, per-user customization, aggregation, and integration with other components. In addition, portals might provide valuable service functions such as security, search, collaboration, and workflow. Portals provide the ability to aggregate and integrate the UI in a similar way SOA run times can combine and integrate services. Component UIs are aggregated into larger, higher value UIs, giving users a single view of IT services with a single UI to master. Applications originally designed separately can be integrated (aggregation and context) together to enable new function. The portal model allows for improved agility for on-demand businesses. Portal administrators become application integrators who create new applications for their users without programming: by defining new pages, adding portlets to them, connecting the portlets together in context, and setting entitlements. With portal technologies, end users can become their own application assemblers by customizing their portal-based workspaces.There are many reasons why a portal would benefit your organization, for example:Control information glutImprove cycle timesEmpower knowledge workers“A complete portal solution should provide users with convenient access to everything they need to get their tasks done anytime, anywhere, in a secured manner.”Stefen Liesche, IBM Portal Architect
Chapter 1. What is a portal? 3Reduce it complexityEnhance partner and supplier communicationStreamline processesWebSphere Portal (Portal for short) supports multiple industry portals and various communities within a company. Portal consists of four basic services: Framework, Integration, Content, and Collaboration. Figure 1-1 illustrates the IBM WebSphere Portal framework.Figure 1-1 IBM WebSphere Portal framework1.2 Transforming the businessToday, titles, positions, and personal network are the keys to unlocking the doors to get work done. Getting the right information in a timely fashion takes individual effort, takes a lot of time, causes a lot of stress, and is not always the best approach. Finding the right people who have answers or who can help requires an extensive amount of active work. A manager is expected to do more, is equipped to do less, and has less people and budget. The intranet offers a wealth of information but takes an incredible effort to mine. A typical intranet today has hundreds if not thousands of pages.FrameworkServicesIntegrationServicesContentServicesCollaorationServicesWebSphere PortalMainframe/TraditionalBusinessProcessesContentDataApplicationsBanking &FinanceInsuranceRetailGovernmentConsumerPackageGoodsIndustryPortalsCustomerCommunitySalesCommunityMarketingCommunityPre-BuiltWorkspacesEmployeeIntranet- - - -- - - -- - - -- - - -- - - -- - - -- - - -- - - -- - - -- - - -- - - -- - - -- - - -- - - -- - - -- - - -- - - -- - - -- - - -- - - -Communitiesin a CompanyIBM WebSphere Portal:Helps build scalable and reliable portals that help improve employee productivity and increase customer loyalty.