Vignette Corp. has announced the general availability of Vignette Portal release 7.2, a portal solution designed for organizations looking to benefit from greater reuse of technology resources, faster delivery of Web-based business applications, and increased ability to locate and make use of business resources. Vignette Portal provides organizations with a platform on which they can assemble applications from standards-based components, so companies can rapidly deploy Web solutions that incorporate complex, data-rich applications throughout the enterprise.
In addition, Vignette has extended its ability to consume third-party standards-based portlet applications based on the Web Services for Remote Portlets standard (WSRP), which it helped to co-author. Vignette Portal also offers broad support for application servers, databases, operating systems, and user directories, helping customers integrate disparate data and processes and consolidate multiple sites.
Vignette Portal release 7.2 offers: enhanced search capabilities that allow users to query a range of internal and external data sources, including Microsoft Exchange Server, Lotus Notes, relational databases, file systems, and Web sites; the ability to derive personalization rules from multiple data sources; the ability to link personalization attributes and mined data from multiple systems across the organization; and integration with Vignette Records and Documents through the use of standards-based JSR-168 portlets, which deliver case management and document management access to intranet sites within Vignette Portal without the need to write custom code. Vignette Portal release 7.2 also offers the Vignette Dynamic Portal Module, an integration between Vignette Portal and Vignette Content Management that is intended to help reduce portal administration costs and offer users per-request personalization that leverages reusable templates to deliver diverse sets of data from Vignette Web Content Management to targeted audiences.
The latest version of the Vignette Portal also advances support for globally distributed portal deployments. Included in this release is the ability to synchronize disparate portal clusters, allowing organizations with multiple portal deployments in separate geographies to maintain their portal installations as a single source across the organization. Vignette Portal also implements an administrative component API that can be used to encapsulate Web applications that plug into the Vignette Portal administrative console, providing a single, universal administrative interface to manage all Web applications. Licensing costs for Vignette Portal begin at $75,000.