Saturday, December 24, 2005

Oracle Portal Discussion Forum Portlet Vulnerabilities Detected

Recently multiple remote vulnerabilities/ exploits has been reported in Oracle Portal's Discussion Forum Portlet. I am not very sure about the severity of the exploit, but it is always good to play safe. Please check the test page for details.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

This time it is Bowstreet, Inc.

Portal market consolidation process is still going on. Acquisitions are becoming daily news in portal arena. Seeing the heavily distributed market, big vendors are fighting hard to gain more and more market. This time it is the turn of Bowstreet. So the news is - IBM acquired Bowstreet, Inc. to consolidate itself in portal and collaboration space. Bowstreet's portlet factory was the leading tool for portal based application integration. Application integration is a major challenge in portal implementation. IBM's acquisition of Bowstreet will help IBM in integrating WebSphere Portal with backend applications like PeopleSoft, SAP, and Databases etc. Bowsteet Portlet Factory's collaborative features will also support IBM WorkPlace, which is IBM's visualization of collaborative portal.

I am personally not much impressed by Bowsteet Portlet Factory product. It is complex in terms of development, installation, configuration and maintenance (in other words everything). It is the main feature ;-) that makes it perfectly fit into the IBM's kitty. IBM is follower of the philosophy which says – create complex products which are hard to install, configure and maintain and then sell your services on top of it. Which can be the better company than IBM to acquire Bowstreet? Bowstreet had also licensed its portlet factory to various vendors including big vendors like Oracle. It would be interesting to see what will be the impact of this acquisition on such vendors. What is your opinion?

Check the press release and let me know your opinion.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Sun Announces Java Enterprise System 7.0

Sun Announces Bold New Enhancements to Java Enterprise System and Java System Suites With Breakthrough New Portal Server for Building Web 2.0 Applications and Communities

Check complete story here.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Apache Jetspeed 2.0 Released

Apache recently announced much awaited Jetspeed 2.0. Among other new features, in my opinion, the best feature is the native support for JSR 168 (and no marks ;-) for guessing it). Due to lack of JSR 168 support it fell in few of my evaluations. I hope that open source portals like Liferay and eXo got tougher competitor this time. Though I believe that much more efforts are required on Apache's front to catch leading open source portals.

Apache Announces Jetspeed 2.0 Open Source Enterprise Portal

Friday, December 09, 2005

TIBCO Announces JSR 168 Compliant Portal

TIBCO Software Inc. announces the release of Tibco PortalBuilder 5. Other than JSR 168, it also supports WSRP, another key standards for enterprise portals. Seeing TIBCO's strengh's of enterprise application integration, it is going to a good addition in portal server market.

Please check the complete story here.

Friday, December 02, 2005

JSR 286 Portlet 2.0 Submitted for Review

IBM has submitted JSR 286 - Portlet Specification 2.0 to the JCP for an initial review. "This JSR requests the creation of the next version of the Portlet Specification. The main goal of this version is to align the Java Portlet Specification with J2EE 1.4, other JSRs relevant for portlet programming, like JSR 188, the next version of Web Services for Remote Portlets (WSRP)"

Portlets community was a bit worried for the next version of JSR 168 specification. I am sure that everybody will be happy reading this.

More details can be found here.