IntelligentPortals News - April 15, 2004

InformationWeek Staff, Contributor

April 15, 2004

2 Min Read

Web application provider BroadVision, Inc., has announced that JSR 168, a standard Java-based API for portlets, has been fully implemented in BroadVision Portal. By building or buying non-proprietary portlets based on the JSR 168 standard, BroadVision claims its customers can save time, reduce development costs, and protect their investment in custom code by making portlet development independent from a specific platform.

"In the early days of enterprise portal proliferation, portlets were seen as a convenient way to overcome integration problems," said Shin-Yuan Tzou, Chief Technology Officer, BroadVision. "Organizations could use them to provide access to information, tools and business processes through a portal framework. The problem was that each portal vendor developed a proprietary architecture and API for installing, managing, deploying and rendering their portlets. By standardizing the API, JSR 168 opens the door to all the portlets already on the market and incents third party vendors to develop new portlets because one version will work for every portal that supports the new standard. It's an exciting milestone and we're proud to be a driving force behind its rapid adoption."

BroadVision was a member of the Java Community Process (JCP) JSR 168 Expert Group, the standards body that proposed, refined and ratified the JSR 168 standard, and is among the first portal vendors to implement the new standard in their portal application.

"Every portal vendor has expressed a commitment to the JSR 168 standard," said Lots Pook, chief technology officer, Exempla Healthcare. "BroadVision has delivered on it. We are planning to leverage the new capability to streamline integration of third party products into our portal framework. Going forward it allows us to focus development resources on business-specific requirements instead of commodity features."

The new version of BroadVision Portal includes:

  • Full support for the JSR 168 standard

  • Simple admin-controlled installation and deployment of JSR 168 portlet applications

  • Configuration and administration of JSR 168 portlets through the web-based BroadVision Portal Administration Tool

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