Web portals provide users with a single, security-rich, personalized interface that combines numerous sources of information from within a company’s firewall and from the Internet at large. The right portal solution can bring cohesion to the IT infrastructure and drive business innovation, whatever the company’s size. And it can help employees and business partners work more efficiently—streamlining business processes and enabling companies to implement new, highly responsive product and service delivery offerings.
Mashup platforms support development of quick applications that can be rapidly assembled and shared by individuals and teams. Typically, the applications, or mashups, built using a mashup platform are relatively simple, tactical applications built to solve a specific business need. Mashup platforms can support business development of applications that span personal, departmental or Web information. They help improve the speed of IT to respond to changing business needs—and enable more flexibility for business users to work with their own targeted applications and innovate in a protected environment that doesn’t interfere with mission-critical applications.
Portals and mashups are complementary—supporting both IT and business-based development of mission-critical and situational applications. This paper outlines the integration of WebSphere Portal and IBM Mashup Center software— charting a path for organizations to take advantage of these tools for greater efficiency and innovation.