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IBM Unveils WebSphere Portal Server, Announces Four Partner Agreements

IBM ( has announced delivery of the WebSphere Portal Server, the next step in its e-portal strategy. The software enables companies to build next-generation portals that offer users a personalized, secure, and single point of access for content, applications, processes, and people—anywhere, anytime, and from any device, wired or wireless.

The WebSphere Portal Server is a complete horizontal portal. According to the announcement, it exploits the scalability and power of WebSphere Application Server, IBM's core technology for Web-based applications; IBM Enterprise Information Portal for information access; Lotus software for collaboration and knowledge management; and WebSphere Everyplace Suite for pervasive device support.

IBM also is expanding its partner program to take advantage of the rapidly growing market opportunities in portals. IBM's PartnerWorld for Developers will be the entry point for solution developers to participate in portal integration.

The enhanced partner program is being launched initially with four business partners that will offer WebSphere Portal Server and Lotus K-station users access to more than 30,000 content sources, ranging from stocks, industry news, world news, weather, sports, and more. The content providers include the following:

  • Factiva (, which will connect Factiva Search Module and Factiva Track Module, part of the Factiva Integration suite of tools, to IBM's WebSphere Portal Server. This agreement gives IBM WebSphere Portal Server users access to Factiva's collection of nearly 6,000 world-class news and business information sources, including content in 12 languages, without leaving their WebSphere environment.
  • Hoover's (, which provides online business information, tools, and content-integration and syndication technology. It also aggregates business information on more than 65,000 companies, including the 17,000 public, private, and non-U.S. businesses found in its proprietary database.
  • iSyndicate (, a global provider of Internet syndication infrastructure and application solutions. Utilizing its Intelligent Syndication Network (ISN) platform, iSyndicate collects, packages, and delivers digital content and other information from over 1,200 sources, including the Associated Press, CNBC, CNET, The Financial Times, Red Herring,, and The South China Morning Post.
  • ScreamingMedia (, a global provider of content solutions, including content products and content processing and integration technology. ScreamingMedia's core technology platform powers both private and general syndication networks for media companies, enterprises, and wireless networks, worldwide.
Source: IBM

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