IBM has announced new software tools designed to enable deeper and tighter application integration for its customers and solution providers via enhancements to the WebSphere Portal Application Integrator (WPAI).
Enhancements to WPAI include the addition of new portlets designed to provide out of the box support and access to back-end business applications and data. In addition, power business users can leverage the tool's new features enabling flexible creation of additional portlets without programming to provide interactive access to back end data systems with options to enable instant messaging, presence awareness, and portlet to portlet data exchange services across portlet applications, as well as defined front-end integration support. Other features of WebSphere Portal Application Integrator, include back-end adapters, portlet builders, and run-time application portlet.
IBM is also enhancing its collaborative tools with updated Lotus portlets intended to ease and enhance collaboration among employees, customers, and business partners. Enhancements to Lotus Web Conferencing, People Finder, Lotus Notes Teamroom, and Lotus Notes Discussion offer the means by which users can interact virtually. Enriched Web clipping enhancements are also now available, providing custom content processing and setting choices, for advanced user personalization options. Finally, enhanced document management capabilities are also available via lightweight document creation and editing services included with WebSphere Portal, by providing additional import/export functionalities for various file types including Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel, and Word in addition to the Lotus desktop suite.