IBM has been reworking WebSphere Portal themes for a long time now. The feedback I get on themes in Portal 7 is they are too complicated, too slow, and not well documented. With WebSphere Portal 8, IBM is addressing these concerns with a new theme architecture. IBM is touting the new theme as very modular, which should lead to a flexible framework that improves download times and minimizes the number of requests going from the browser to the server.
In my last post about Managed Pages, I said that I had received some errors when creating a page. I had built a blog page and wanted to include a tag cloud on that page. When I dragged the Tag Cloud portlet to the page and saved my changes, I received the following messages:
Apparently, I was missing some Dojo files that were needed for the tag cloud. After looking into this, I figured out the default theme must not have been quite right. I looked at the page properties and noticed a theme profile select box. When I clicked on that entry, I found that I had a choice of several profiles:
I changed the profile to Full and saved the page again. This time, I was able to save my page with the Tag Cloud portlet. So why would the profile matter?
A theme profile is one mechanism IBM implemented to improve load time. A profile loads modules that the theme designer designates from the list of available modules. Modules are part of the new module theme framework. So a theme profile can load all modules (i.e. Full), or the profile can load selected modules based on the needs of the page.
If you don’t need the entire Dojo library, for example, you can create a theme profile that loads only those modules you do need. The Portal documentation contains a list of modules supplied by IBM and you can create your own modules. By choosing only the modules your page absolutely needs, you can skinny down the overall theme, improving load times.
You can learn more about the module framework here. While its too early to tell if IBM finally has a workable, modern theme, this new module framework certainly looks very promising.
Anemic IT Growth or Budgeting Shift?
Mon, Nov 17th 2014 3:18p Michael Porter ZDNet reports on a recent Gartner report of 2015 IT budgets. They call it, “IT Spending for 2015 Anemic amid Digital Shift.” Here’s the breakdown on who creates vs who approves the IT budget.
I don’t interpret it quite this way. Yes, IT budget growth is anemic but there’s on telling piece of information in the ZDnet article
The upshot: Spending on digital innovation will be funded outside of the IT budget.
So yes, spending is anemic within [read] Keywords:
Digital Transformation is All Around Us…Again.
Tue, Nov 11th 2014 8:19a Mark Polly The phrase “Digital Transformation” has re-emerged as a new phenomenon. Google tells me there are 49 million (49,000,000) search results for the words Digital Transformation.
First, why do I say it is a phenomenon? It seems that many of our leading think-tanks are talking about digital transformation. Here are some examples:
Earlier this year, MIT Sloan Management Review posted this article: The Nine Elements of Digital Transformation
Forrester is predicting that in 2015 [read] Keywords: collaboration
Drug or Drug Device Portals
Thu, Oct 23rd 2014 10:12a Michael Porter Eugene Sefanov has a nice post on the value of a patient portal for those who use a specialty drug or drug device. He goes into some detail on the possible use cases with that kind of portal. I like the approach he takes. Just being prescribed a drug doesn’t mean you are going to get the right outcome. Anything you can do to ensure the patient has all the support he or she needs will improve that outcome.
An effective way to provide patient support is through a portal that is sp [read] Keywords: collaboration
Dreamforce: Community Cloud for Healthcare
Tue, Oct 14th 2014 10:15p Mark Polly All this week I’m at Dreamforce, the annual Salesforce conference. Salesforce has come a long way with their platform and they’ve recently introduced Community Cloud. Community Cloud is an evolution of their portal product and includes many features that we see in other enterprise-class, horizontal portals.
We are seeing a lot of interest in portals from our healthcare clients. At Dreamforce, I attended a session on using Salesforce Community Cloud in healthcare. I blogged [read] Keywords: community
Successful Partner Communities with Salesforce
Tue, Oct 14th 2014 12:18p Mark Polly Zero Motorcycles needed a way to consolidate multiple partner facing systems into a simplified user interface, track sales and monitor participation programs and automate workflows. As we’ve seen from other customers, partners had to login to multiple systems. Using Community Cloud, Zero was able to provide one interface for the partners to login into and get information and process leads and improve sales.
Zero’s original model was B2C, thinking that consumers would order electri [read] Keywords: collaboration
Creating Customer Happiness with Salesforce Communities
Mon, Oct 13th 2014 3:12p Mark Polly Community Cloud is Salesforce’s newest and fastest growing cloud (until tomorrow). IDC has seen a huge jump in using social media to communicate with customers and respond to customer inquiries. The top 3 technologies that are planned to be used include discussion forums, public social networks, and online communities, which is where Community Cloud comes in.
Constant Contact, an all-in-one marketing platform, has over 600,000 small business customers. Constant Contact us [read] Keywords: administration
Content Marketing is Inherently Flawed?
Fri, Oct 10th 2014 11:12a Michael Porter In the past week I’ve either read or listened to two heads of global marketing for two well known brands. Both had a similar story with different sides of the same coin. Both had a message that dealt with Marketers having to forget about telling their brand story and go with what customers want to hear. The first was a session about leveraging social data with Michelle Lapierre who is the Sr. Director of Customer Experience at Marriott Rewards. The second is an article at cmo.com dis [read] Keywords: facebook
Why Do Contextual Ads Fail
Tue, Oct 7th 2014 3:12p Michael Porter I’ve blogged about the personalization failure before. Now it looks like others are catching on to the ultimate failure on their part………… even as they harvest huge amounts of private information about us. This article in ComputerWorld outlines the issues. The author Mike Elgan hits the topic of privacy quickly and never lets it go:
Companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon violate our privacy in order to show us relevant ads. So why do their ads miss the mar [read] Keywords: facebook