Wednesday, April 26, 2006

IBM Workplace Alternate

Analysts had long predicted the emergence of collaborative portals. Most of the leading vendors grabbed their research by both hands. IBM integrated its portal and collaboration software into one product called IBM Workplace. BEA acquired Compoze and Plumtree to achieve the same (though we have yet to see an integrated collaboration product from BEA. Perhaps because BEA lacks a product similar to Lotus Domino in its kitty.)

Rest of the vendors too tried their best to take advantage of collaborative portals and now we can see the collaboration/ team feature in nearly all leading portals. In IBM WebSphere Portal it is called Virtual Portal, in IBM Workplace it is Team Spaces, in Sharepoint Portal it is called SiteArea and in eXo Platform it is called community and so on.

I see only one major difference between the collaborative portal leaders (IBM, Microsoft) and the rest of them (Sun, Oracle, SAP etc.) and that is the availability of good out-of-box collaborative portlets. When we created SyncEx Collaboration Suite (a collection of groupware portlets e.g. e-mail, calendar, tasks, and contacts etc. ) we kept this in the mind. We wanted to create JSR 168 compliant groupware portlets which can work with collaborative / community portals and provide out-of-box groupware feature. We are presently working with major portal vendors to create full-featured out-of-box groupware/ collaborative portals. Hope it will prove alternate to products like IBM Workplace, Microsoft SharePoint, and InterWoven WorkSite MP.

4 comments:

  1. Rest of the vendors too tried their best to take advantage of collaborative portals and now we can see the collaboration/ team feature in nearly all leading portals. In IBM WebSphere Portal it is called Virtual Portal, in IBM Workplace it is Team Spaces

    Could you clarify what you are talking about here? How is a Virtual Portal in WebSphere Portal the equivalent to Team Spaces in Workplace?

    WebSphere Portal has a concept of virtual portals but they are in no way analogous to Workplace Team Spaces.

    The way I understand it virtual portals in WebSphere Portal are completely seperate content hierarchies served for different communities by the same jvm.

    Team Spaces in Workplace are more akin to pre-built page templates that are customizable per instance and are located in the same content hierarchy.

    Also of note here the way I am understanding the news from IBM, in WebSphere Portal 6 you will have the ability to build composite application templates that are customizable per instance. If they provide some out of the box templates there very well could be one that would be the equivalent of Workplace Team Spaces.

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  2. Rest of the vendors too tried their best to take advantage of collaborative portals and now we can see the collaboration/ team feature in nearly all leading portals. In IBM WebSphere Portal it is called Virtual Portal, in IBM Workplace it is Team Spaces

    Could you clarify what you are talking about here? How is a Virtual Portal in WebSphere Portal the equivalent to Team Spaces in Workplace?

    WebSphere Portal has a concept of virtual portals but they are in no way analogous to Workplace Team Spaces.

    The way I understand it virtual portals in WebSphere Portal are completely seperate content hierarchies served for different communities by the same jvm.

    Team Spaces in Workplace are more akin to pre-built page templates that are customizable per instance and are located in the same content hierarchy.

    Also of note here the way I am understanding the news from IBM, in WebSphere Portal 6 you will have the ability to build composite application templates that are customizable per instance.

    If they provide some out of the box templates there very well could be one that would be the equivalent of Workplace Team Spaces.

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  3. Collaboration is just a part of IBM Workplace. workplace is basically a rich client platform based on eclipse. It can also run the domino application s and offcourse it is integrated with WebSphere portal.
    see this link for architecture
    http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/lotus/library/wct-architecture/

    Workplace basically provides a business context to the user. Business user gets all the tools for doing the work at one place. IBM has workplace for retail, hr, pharma etc.

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  4. Harpreet2:16 PM

    Hello PUnit,

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    Thank you and shall await a response from you.

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