IBM has announced new software designed to make it easier for companies and solution providers to develop and integrate Web portal technologies. WebSphere Portal will now allow customers to use many of the capabilities found within Lotus Workplace Web Content Management to accelerate the development and delivery of critical business information and lower the cost of managing content. By offering these resources within WebSphere Portal, IBM provides its customers with an additional way to create, publish, manage, and archive Web-based content within a corporate intranet, extranet, or Internet environment.
Through the WebSphere Portal Application Integrator tool, IBM will provide enhanced support for Oracle applications via WebSphere Portal. By extending customers' ability to access enterprise applications such as Oracle's HR, finance, and manufacturing applications, businesses can extend access to Oracle applications to its employees in a centralized and integrated environment. IBM is also improving upon the WebSphere Portal's productivity tools that allow users to view, create, convert, and edit basic text, spreadsheets, and presentations files without leaving their portal environment. Customers will now have the ability to import and export Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word files, as well as IBM Lotus 1-2-3 and Lotus Freelance files.
In addition, the IBM WebSphere Portal Catalog now has over 1,200 solutions and services to build and deploy portlets that provide near-effortless access to corporate applications such as enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management and supply chain management through the WebSphere Portal. Software companies offering services for WebSphere Portal will now be able to make them available worldwide via the WebSphere Portal Catalog.
Over 200 software companies are developing portlets for WebSphere Portal, which includes 38 software companies that have recently agreed to create portlets to more tightly link their software applications to WebSphere Portal technology for a broad range of industries. Among the 38 software companies are: A2i, Business Intelligence Software Solutions, ComputerWorks, Dossier Solutions, Elios, iPhrase, Mapics, and Poll Stream.