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||What’s New in WebSphere Portal 8 and Web Content Manager (WCM) 8
At IBM’s Exceptional Web Experience Conference, Rob Will, Chief Architect for WebSphere Portal and WCM, delivered his usual outstanding presentation on What’s New in WebSphere Portal and WCM. His presentation was 117 slides long, so it was packed with lots of information. He conveyed some of IBM goals with respect to Portal and WCM and recapped what has been delivered in the past.
Below I’ve tried to capture all the highlights of the new features in V8. We’ve blogged about many of these features in the past while looking at beta versions.
- Managed Pages – This is probably the biggest change in V8 as it ties Portal and WCM together more closely than ever before. See Michael Porter’s blog post from the conference about Managed Pages. Rob went through the demo of managed pages and you can see some of those features in my recent post Creating Managed Pages in WebSphere Portal 8: First Look.
- The base WCM system is now included in all versions of WebSphere Portal. In the base Portal Server version, you can’t use WCM directly, but you have access to an Article portlet, a List of Articles portlet, a Rich Text portlet and an Image Portlet. These portlets let you add content to your portal without the full WCM interface. To add the full set of WCM features you must upgrade to Portal Express, Enable, Extend, or the WCM versions.
- Core WCM Enhancements: Includes many REST services; Federated Documents which provides integration with CMIS systems, FileNet, DB2 Content Manager, Lotus Quickr, and Atom feeds.
- Mobile updates: In V7, IBM added a Device Class concept that can map a User Agent to a Device Class. There were 4 classes defined: smartphone, tablet, bot, and desktop. These classes can be used to by portlets or the theme to tailor the experience for the user. Web Experience Factory and Rational Application Developer also include specific tooling for the mobile experience.
- WCM Mobile: includes the ability to use CSS3 media queries, feed generation instructions, or a rendering plugin to tailor content to mobile devices.
- Community Pages: This feature ties portal pages to IBM Connections Communities. You can include a community at a portal page level and all the Connections and WCM portlets will use that community as its context. This feature came out in V7, but required setting advanced properties using a community ID. In V8, you have a nice interface to pick the community.
- SharePoint integration: V7 included several features that enhanced the integration between WebSphere Portal and SharePoint. In V8, the CMIS support in Portal allows direct access to SharePoint 2010 content.
- Process Integration: V8 now includes Business Process Express, which allows you to deploy business process applications. Integration with IBM Business Process Manager has always been a feature of Portal, but now you get the express software when you purchase Portal.
- SAP Integration: Portal provides nice access to SAP NetWeaver Portal Services. Here is a link to an SAP whitepaper on this capability.
- JSF Support: Portal 8 supports JSF 2.0 and MyFaces
- Web Experience Factory (WEF): Includes Native Smart Phone Builders and samples. It also supports Dojo Mobile and the IBM Mobile Platform.
- Module Theme Framework: Started in V188.8.131.52, the new theme is very modular and can dramatically improve page load times. The new theme has dropped support for the Client Side Aggregation model, but IBM is planning to reintroduce this in the future. You can see my writeup on the new theme here: WebSphere Portal 8: New Modular Theme Framework.
- Accessibility: The new theme framework promises to be compliant with WAI-ARIA, WCAG 2.0, and Sec 508.
- JCR Database: JCR has been rewritten and is now more DB friendly. In the past, IBM’s JCR implementation created over 1,000 tables and 4,000 indices. That has been reduced to under 100 tables and under 100 indices. Portal side BLOB caching has been added. They have also clearly separated the runtime user privileges from the configuration user privileges which should make DBAs happier. All this has led to improved performance for the database.
- New installation program: V8 is now installed using IBM Installation Manager that speeds up the installation process.
- Supports WebSphere Application Server V8.
I’m sure there are new features that I missed, but as we find them, we’ll let you know about them. If there are any that you particular liked, post a comment here to share with everyone.
May 25, 2012
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How to Implement Lighter Weight Portals, Part 2: Portlets |
Tue, Sep 16th 2014 12:11p Mark Polly
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How to Implement Lighter Weight Portals |
Wed, Sep 3rd 2014 9:11a Mark Polly
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Why Patient Portals Remain Healthcare’s Enigma |
Wed, Sep 3rd 2014 9:11a Michael Porter
CIO.com has an interesting article about why patient portals just aren’t popular. I think the author, Brian Eastwood, gets some things right but also misses some key reasons or challenges. Here’s what he got right.
Adoption just isn’t very high. No one is using the patient portals that are out there.
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Forrester Digital Experience Wave |
Wed, Jul 30th 2014 3:12p Mark Polly
Last week Forrester published their first Wave on Digital Experience Platforms. I was at the IBM Digital Experience Conference and it sounded like IBM was expecting good news from Forrester in this wave. In fact, Stephen Powers from Forrester was the Keynote speaker at the conference and one of the principal authors of the Wave.
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WebSphere Portal and UI Myths and Facts |
Wed, Jul 30th 2014 12:12p Michael Porter
I don’t know how I missed it but Harish Bhavinachikar has a nice post on what you can do with modern UI tools in WebSphere Portal. It’s on our Spark Blog but addresses something that keeps coming up again and again. Frankly, the front-end tools have changed considerably in the last couple years. Modern UI tools / frameworks like AngularJS, Bootstrap, JQuery, and a host of others make it easier to manage the UI and to further enforce separation of the front-end from the back-end [read] Keywords: ibm
Google Search With Sales Force |
Wed, Jul 30th 2014 9:12a Michael Porter
Brendan Callum, a director and whiz extraordinaire in our Salesforce practice, has a video out about what they did with Google Search and Salesforce. The video doesn’t go into a lot of detail but I find it extremely interesting that an appliance (older trend) searches the cloud (ongoing trend) in a secure fashion. Of course, why do you need detail when someone developed a connector for it and all you have to do it buy, install, and go. [read] Keywords: google
Migrating Web Content Using Kapow (Part 3) |
Wed, Jul 30th 2014 9:12a Michael Porter
I’ve blogged about this before with Candace’s Part 1 and Part 2. She just published Part 3 in the series. Here she focuses on what to do once you’ve extracted and transformed the content. In other words, getting that web content into the target system. In this case it’s Sitecore, a popular .NET based WCM. I think it’s great Candace took the time to walk through a step by step approach to this. Go to her post for the full set of steps and details.
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Hilton Changes The Game, Mobile Enables It |
Tue, Jul 29th 2014 10:12a Michael Porter
Hilton announced on their web site that they plan to change the game when it comes to the guest experience at their hotels. While the press release doesn’t state the investment, the Wall Street Journal quotes it at $550 million. But what’s really cool is that the smart phone will become:
Your room key: bypass the line and head straight to your room
The way to choose your room: choose your room from a map of the hotel
Special requests: get upgrade, ask for amenities, etc.
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Enterprise Collaboration and Digital Transformation |
Tue, Jul 29th 2014 9:12a Michael Porter
@lizasisler pointed me to an interesting article on CIO.com about the need for digital transformation and how you get there. The answer is of course that you need to break down silos and enterprise collaboration tools will help……. along with cultural change and executive support. See my deeper color commentary over at Perficient’s Microsoft Blog.
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