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SOA Society to meet May 27, 2008

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Portals — Collaboration by People Who Put It All Together!

Portals are one of the key technologies in service-oriented architecture. They are used to provide a unified view of multiple, often disparate, applications. SharePoint Services (Microsoft) and WebSphere Portal (IBM) are realizations of the Portal pattern (a.k.a. mechanism).

There are significant differences between the products offered by these two major contributors to the state-of-the-art of MD SOA. But they do not extend to the Portal pattern itself.

This is technology that is increasingly in your customers’ faces. That makes it very important for all of us to be on the same page with respect to fundamental features and patterns.

Portals or “Dashboards” have been recognized as so useful that they are becoming pervasive. They are the surface for email, enterprise application integration, customer resource management, executive information systems, and a growing list of advanced applications.

There are also some interesting capabilities that make collaboration more productive. For instance, full-text search capabilities are advancing rapidly. An example is “Stemming”. It makes key word search more natural by analyzing the key words’ various meanings in spoken languages.

The folks from ACP Incorporated will illustrate the key features of portals with some of their notable collaboration projects. Those implementations were done on the Microsoft platform. However, the remarks about portals and their features pertain to both the SharePoint Services (Microsoft) and WebSphere Portal (IBM) realizations.

Please see the SOA Society site at for more info, including location and RSVP info.


Written by arcanecode

May 22, 2008 at 12:21 am

Posted in SOA Society

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