During the course of this year, I've spent a lot of time elaborating the
value of portals to businesses; small, medium and large.
The more I do this, the better it gets - the more clearly I'm able to
focus on the deliverables - return on investment, time to value, user
experience etc. - rather than on the technology which is, when all's
said and done, getting better and better by the day.
There are a number of enablers that make this easy - they allow us to
focus on the "What" as well as the "How" - these enablers include other
software such as WebSphere HATS ( taking green-screen applications to
the web ), WebSphere Portlet Factory ( rapid application development ),
WebSphere Dashboard Framework ( showing line-of-business what can be
done ) and Workplace Forms ( automating business processes, and getting
it right first time ).
IBM has also produced an excellent set of resources, known as
Accelerators, as per this demo: -
*IBM Demo: Accelerators for WebSphere Portal: Recorded Demo*
I first got into WebSphere Portal in 2002/3, when we were very dependent
on Java development skils ( remember WebSphere Studio Application
Developer ), which customers often saw as an inhibitor - especially if
their background was RPG, .NET, Notes/Domino etc.
The world has changed - the products have improved, the customers are
more portal-savvy, and the market is more mature.
In short, the future begins .... now