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OpenText Portal Adds Custom Social Sites

Users can mashup content from SharePoint and OpenText ECM Suite for use in intranets, extranets, Web sites, and enterprise content management systems.

OpenText today released portal software that allows customers to create flexible and personalized social-, content-, and customer-centric sites.

The portals, available as part of the developer's OpenText Portal 8.1.1 software, let users mashup content from Microsoft SharePoint, OpenText Enterprise Content Management (ECM) Suite, and other sources, into one flexible and personalized interface for intranets, extranets, and customer-facing Web sites, according to OpenText. OpenText Portal, formerly Vignette Portal, lets business users travel across different applications, creating and managing folders and documents within their workspace, thereby enabling them to become more productive since they don't have to open and close various programs.

"Combining complementary technologies from OpenText and Microsoft provides the ability for our customers to create composite mashup applications and views based on a blend of SharePoint 2010 and OpenText content," said Kim Akers, general manager for global partners at Microsoft, in a statement. "The result is increased user productivity, by contextually delivering content from multiple silos into a single source."

OpenText ECM Suite 2010 -- unveiled in September -- addresses 90 products and modules, spanning an array of issues such as compliance, business process management, and portals, as well as integrated mobile support and enterprise information archiving. The developer incorporated secure social media capabilities including wikis, forums, and discussions, and users can engage in microblogging, follow coworkers, share content, and locate subject-matter experts. OpenText Pulse gives employees a view into colleagues' activities, making them more productive and simplifying collaboration via Facebook-like status updates.

The developer took the wraps off three new portlets: An activity feed, navigation, and federated search portlet.

OpenText's activity feed portlet gives users access to OpenText Pulse's social collaboration tools, designed to help colleagues stay current on associates' activities, availability, and expertise. Employees easily can communicate changes to projects, timelines, and bottlenecks, according to OpenText.

With the navigation portlet for Content server, workers receive a snapshot picture of the content they are working on, one that spans multiple repositories. This streamlines users' access since they do not have to search for information and documentation across multiple sites, the developer said.

Lastly, employees can use the federated search portlet to submit either basic or advanced searches across multiple content server file systems, databases, or applications to locate search results in one view, said OpenText.

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