IT Jungle covers the recent announcement of WebSphere Portal 6.0, scheduled to ship in Q3 2006.

At the top of the list of enhancements is the integration of additional productivity tools, primarily content management and workflow. Other notable areas of improvement are to be found in ease of deployment and administration of the portal environment.

Essential to the implementation of portal technology in iSeries shops is the conversion of RPG or COBOL applications to composite applications. These newly created composite applications enable the integration of information from multiple applications, providing end users with content that specifically pertains to the users' roles and tasks. The interoperability of these applications and the increased efficiency of workers who access them are at the heart of any portal project. As IBM has developed the WebSphere Portal products, functionality related to workflows has been a priority. In Portal 6.0 IBM has concentrated on templates and content management capabilities.
and some statistics about the market momentum for WebSphere Portal:
According to statistics IBM included in a press release, every year since its portal software was introduced in 2001, there has been year-to-year double-digit growth in Big Blue's portal business. By its own reckoning there are now more than 3,600 customers deploying its WebSphere Portal software. It also makes note of a growing ecosystem that now totals 150 business partners with a total of 440 portal-related product offerings. There are also 64 partners that have a total of 153 iSeries solutions currently in the Portal catalog.
Link: ITJungle/Four Hundred Stuff: WebSphere Portal To Receive Content Management and Workflow Enhancements >

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