IBM Releases Updates to Portal, Web Content Management Products

Products deliver enhanced analytics and Web 2.0 capabilities

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IBM has released new versions of its portal software and web content management offerings delivering enhanced analytics and Web 2.0 capabilities.

The new features make it make it easier for non-technical users to develop and update their Web portal content and improve interaction with citizens and employees. A government Web portal helps present information from diverse sources in a unified way and delivers other services, such as e-mail and news.

With the new software, organizations can now take advantage of a combination of IBM software -- WebSphere Portal 6.1.5 and IBM Lotus Connections social software -- making it easier to bring popular social networking features, such as blogs and community activities, into the portal Web experience.

In addition, the ability to showcase graphics, such as detailed charts, graphs, and numerical data, including spreadsheets, allow organization to provide a broader variety of information in various formats. Detailed information, such as how often a page or specific function is accessed, can help organizations continually improve their Web portal user experiences.

IBM Lotus Web Content Management software is used to quickly and easily create, maintain and deliver business content across intranet, extranet, Internet, and portal sites. This new version includes templates that allow users to more quickly embed a variety of new capabilities, such as blogs and Wikis into a portal. It features improved integration with IBM FileNet, IBM Content Manager, and IBM Lotus Quickr software, resulting in easier and more secure access to a wider variety of content sources. The new Web Content Integrator feature allows content consumption from any content repository and third-party sites capable of producing feeds.

Another new offering is a Government-to-Business Portal template, which can be tailored to help constituents quickly locate and navigate through important business services and other information based on customized preferences. Government agencies can quickly set up and manage business portals to help ensure efficient delivery of services to citizens, such as on-line tax information and local emergency and disaster updates. Also, new Web 2.0 capabilities allow participants to engage directly with government on important topics through social networking tools, such as blogs and Wikis.

The software also helps allow access to forms for common business tasks, such as tax and business registration, which are streamlined through the use of IBM Lotus Forms and WebSphere Portal working in concert. Government agencies can easily publish information on the latest content on programs using Lotus Web Content Management software.

IBM’s new software is available today. For more information about portal and other collaboration software visit www.ibm.com/software/lotus.