New IBM portal

SMB market targeted

IBM has unveiled an addition to its WebSphere Portal product line-up, introducing an entry-level offering aimed at small- and medium-sized businesses.

WebSphere Portal Server is a slimmed-down version of the more powerful WebSphere Portal Enable and WebSphere Portal Extend.

Portal Server, which is designed to insulate IBM against entry-level portal offerings from Oracle and Microsoft, sells for $860 per user or $4,300 for a 20-user pack, excluding GST.

The product is targeted at businesses that want to build customised web applications to be used in customer call centres, HR departments or other areas for the first time. The core functionality and simple licensing is designed to help customers get the sites up and running fast.

“Because of the stress and strain IT departments are under, they need to get products out quickly,” says WebSphere Portal marketing manager Chris Lamb.

The core functionality includes integration with proprietary applications from companies such as Oracle, SAP, and BEA, as well as templates and personalisation and customisation features for team productivity, but not advanced features such as document repositories, et cetera.

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