The internet may be proverbially open, but many businesses, especially on their private intranets, still play by the conventional rules of confidentiality and authorisation.
Novell has reached an agreement with the AltaVista search engine operation – conceived by Digital, subsequently owned by Compaq but since 1999 an arm of e-business services company CMGI – to integrate its search engine into Novell’s portal services, working with its eDirectory.
This, the companies boast, will give users a powerful search facility, including multi-level “and/or/not” combinations of search terms – to locate documents and people with appropriate skills on their intranets or the wider internet.
However, the search is governed by “business context,” meaning that certain pieces of information will be made visible only to those authorised to have them.
The portal will also make possible the clean and secure delivery of web services to authorised staff, says Allen Tietjen, head of Novell's portal solutions business.
“We believe there is a huge market opportunity in the delivery of web services through the portal, and this partnership is a key first step in Novell's ongoing strategic advancement in this market."