Tuesday, 12 March 2013

IBM Redbooks: Building and Implementing a Social Portal

Saw this in a newsletter from my friends at Portal and noted that three of the authors are friends of mine: -


Brian Farbrother is head of the WebSphere technical team within IBM's Premier UK Business Parter, Portal. He is a Solution Architect, specializing in Portals and enterprise collaboration with over 15 years experience in IT. Highly passionate and practically experienced in architecture, strategy, design, development and governance areas, Brian is particularly interested in architecting and implementing enterprise Portal solutions. Since joining Portal, Brian has dedicated his time to both architecting solutions for clients and actively leading teams of architects and developers on client collaboration programmes.


Peter Hood is an experienced IBM Certified IT Specialist originally from Australia. He holds a Masters in Internet and Web Computing from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne (RMIT). For the past 5 years Peter has been working for IBM Software Group (SWG) in Ireland and the UK, providing technical leadership on collaboration and social technologies within the development and services organisation. With over 15 years of experience in the IT industry, Peter has advised organisations on large integration programs in various industry sectors. He has provided leadership and strategy on general technology architecture, technical consultancy, and led many web based application design and development projects. He has co-authored several IBM Rebooks, IBM WebSphere and Microsoft .NET Interoperability, ISBN/ISSN: 0738495573, and Patterns: Implementing Self-Service in an SOA Environment, ISBN/ISSN: 073849626X. You can reach him at pete.hood@uk.ibm.com


David Strachan is a Solution Architect in the pan-European IBM Software Services for Collaboration team, based in Edinburgh, UK. He has worked in the software industry for 14 years and held positions at IBM as well as at IBM business partners. He holds a degree from the University of Cambridge. David focusses on Web Experience architecture, bringing together content management, social and portal to deliver exceptional web experiences, and has led large Portal, WCM and Connections deployments at a range of customers. David has been working in this field for more than 10 years and regularly presents on Web Experience topics at IBM conferences.

The guide is divided into the following sections:

•     Introduction to social portal
•     Architecture and technical integration setup
•     Pattern 1: Adding social alongside an existing intranet
•     Pattern 2: Putting social into context
•     Partern 3: Making WCM authoring social

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