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October 14, 2007

Using WebSphere Portlet Factory to develop Portal Applications

[This article is sponsored by Peningo Systems, Inc., a provider of WebSphere Consulting Services on a nationwide basis. For more information on Peningo Systems, please go to the Peningo WebSphere Consultants page ]

IBM has recently release a RedBook Draft titled “Portal Application Development using WebSphere Portlet Factory” .  We at Peningo Systems strongly recommend this RedBook for any WebSphere Consultant / WebSphere Developer developing portlets.

The WebSphere Portlet Factory is a tool for rapid building of portlets on top of a service-oriented architecture (SOA). Developers are able to quickly and easily leverage their company's core assets, automatically assembling them into custom, high-value portlets.


Within this Redbook, IBM shows specific techniques and a best practices approach for developing portlets using WebSphere Portlet Factory. Using a fictitious company scenario, IBM demonstrates how to build a Customer Self Service and Customer Representative application.

 

Within this context, IBM covers the following topics:

  • Installing and configuring the Portlet Factory development Environment,
  • How to create and consume data services from SQL, Domino and a Web Service,
  • Step by step guidance for creating the portlets and enabling inter-portlet communication,
  • Advanced UI design techniques, including the use of AJAX for type ahead functionality and working with the DoJo Builders,
  • Enabling the use of Profiling
  • Deployment Production Considerations, and
  • Troubleshooting and Debugging techniques

The following is a Table of Contents for this RedBook Draft:

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Scenario Introduction
Chapter 3. Creating Projects
Chapter 4. Data Services: overview and interface definition
Chapter 5. Creating Data Services: access to back-end systems
Chapter 6. Creating Portlets - Making it work
Chapter 7. Creating Portlets - Designing the UI
Chapter 8. Enabling Portlet Communication
Chapter 9. Customizing the application using profiling
Chapter 10. Creating the Go Shopping Portlet
Chapter 11. Production Deployment
Chapter 12. Troubleshooting, Debugging & Error Handling
Appendix A. Setting up the Environment
Appendix B. Creating a web service using WebSphere Portlet Factory
Appendix C. Remote Deployment
Appendix D. Configuring the RAD Unified Test Environment
Appendix E. Considerations for WAS CE
Appendix F. Execution Processing
Appendix G. Source Control and Team Development
Appendix H. Additional material

To view and download the RedBook Draft in PDF, please go to the link below:

http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/redpieces/pdfs/sg247525.pdf

If you are an "End Client" looking for a WebSphere Consulting Service provider to support your WebSphere Applications, Peningo Systems provides Consultants with expertise in many areas including:

To see Peningo Systems areas of expertise, please go to the Peningo Technical Areas page or go to the Peningo WebSphere Consultants page.

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October 10, 2007

A Self Help Guide for IBM WebSphere Portal 6

[This article is sponsored by Peningo Systems, Inc., a provider of WebSphere Consulting Services on a nationwide basis. For more information on Peningo Systems, please go to the Peningo WebSphere Consultants page ]

IBM has recently release a Redpaper Draft titled “The IBM WebSphere Portal 6 Self Help Guide “.  We at Peningo Systems strongly recommend The IBM WebSphere Portal 6 Self Help Guide as a must have resource for WebSphere Portal Consultants, IT Architects and Administrators throughout the life cycle of a WebSphere Portal environment - from conception and planning to use and maintenance.

This Draft Redpaper focuses on considerations for the optimal configuration and use of WebSphere Portal Server. The authors provide you with the information you need to deploy and manage your WebSphere Portal infrastructure, with the goal of problem avoidance. However if issues occur the reader is introduced to the various tools and techniques for problem determination and problem solving, including obtaining and installing fixes, how to contact support, and what type of information you should provide before engagement.

The contents of the paper include:

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Architecture & Planning
Chapter 3. WebSphere Portal Installation
Chapter 4. WebSphere Portal Security
Chapter 5. WebSphere Portal Runtime and Services
Appendix A. Using IBM Tools to Find Solutions and Promote Customer Self-help
Appendix B. Maintenance - Fix Strategy, Backup Strategy, and Migration Strategy

 

To view the Redpaper Draft in PDF, please go to the link below:

http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/redpieces/pdfs/redp4339.pdf

 

 If you are an "End Client" looking for a WebSphere Consulting Service provider to support your WebSphere Applications, Peningo Systems provides Consultants with expertise in many areas including:

WebSphere Portal

WebSphere Commerce

WebSphere Eclipse Development

WebSphere MQ

System Security Architecture

Tivoli Access Manager

Tivoli Identity Manager

DB2 – UDB, 

SAP

Remedy

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To see Peningo Systems areas of expertise, please go to the Peningo Technical Areas page or go to the Peningo WebSphere Consultants page.

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September 20, 2007

Installing and Configuring WebSphere Portal Express V6 for System i - i50/OS

For small to medium size companies running on the IBM System i platforms who are considering implementing a Portal Solution for their Enterprise, IBM WebSphere Portal Express for i50/OS is an excellent entry Portal Solution. WebSphere Portal Express is designed for organizations of under 1000 users or departments within larger organizations. WebSphere Portal Express helps organizations and teams with collaboration, document management / sharing documents, deployment and maintenance of Web sites, instant messaging, accessing applications & content, and personnel with in the organization.

IBM has recently release a Redpaper Draft titled “Installing and Configuring WebSphere Portal Express V6 for i50/OS” . For companies considering a Portal Solution, I would recommend to review this Redpaper Draft to learn more on what is entailed in Implementing and Customizing WebSphere Portal Express for your Organization before making any commitments.

This draft Redpaper book provides an overview of the WebSphere Portal V6.0 family on the System i platform and positions WebSphere Portal Express V6.0 within the portal family. This Redpaper provides the information you need to prepare your System i i5/OS environment before starting the installation and configuration of WebSphere Portal Express Version 6.

The RedPaper provided a step-by-step instructions that will help system administrators and IT consultants to quickly deploy WebSphere Portal Express into a production environment on a System i machine.

Within the Red Paper you will also find explanations of  how to configure SSL to protect sensitive login information to the portal and LDAP servers.

  • Chapter 1. Introduction to WebSphere Portal Express V6
  • Chapter 2. Preparing your i5/OS environment for WebSphere Portal Express
  • Chapter 3. WebSphere Portal Express installation and configuration
  • Chapter 4. Initial performance tuning
  • Chapter 5. Enabling SSL
  • Chapter 6. Backup and recovery
  • Appendix A. Upgrading to WebSphere Portal Express version 6.0.1

To view the Redpaper Draft in PDF, please go to the link below:

http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/redpieces/pdfs/redp4303.pdf

 
If you are an "End Client" looking for a WebSphere Consulting Service provider to support your WebSphere Applications, Peningo Systems provides Consultants with expertise in many areas including:

WebSphere Portal

WebSphere Commerce

WebSphere Eclipse Development

WebSphere MQ

System Security Architecture

Tivoli Access Manager

Tivoli Identity Manager

DB2 – UDB, 

SAP

Remedy

Peregrine / HP Openview AssetCenter and ServiceCenter

J2EE based systems architecture and development.

To see Peningo Systems areas of expertise, please go to the Peningo Technical Areas page or go to the Peningo WebSphere Consultants page.

  To see Peningo's other Blogs please go to

 Peningo's Blog

The Peningo Opinion Blog 

 

August 31, 2007

Customizing Websphere Portal Express for Small Business

For small to medium size companies who are considering implementing a Portal Solution for their Enterprise, IBM WebSphere Portal Express is an excellent entry Portal Solution. WebSphere Portal Express is designed for organizations of under 1000 users or departments within larger organizations. WebSphere Portal Express helps organizations and teams with collaboration, document management / sharing documents, deployment and maintenance of Web sites, instant messaging, accessing applications & content, and personnel with in the organization.

IBM has recently release a Redpaper Draft titled “IBM WebSphere Portal Express - Customizing Portal Express for Small to Medium Business. For companies considering a Portal Solution, I would recommend to review this Redpaper Draft to learn more on what is entailed in Implementing and Customizing WebSphere Portal Express for your Organization before making any commitments.

To view the Redpaper Draft in PDF, please go to the link below:

                                                                                                                           

http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/redpieces/pdfs/redp4316.pdf

 

If you are an "End Client" looking for a WebSphere Consulting Service provider to support your WebSphere Applications, Peningo Systems provides Consultants with expertise in many areas including:

WebSphere Portal

WebSphere Commerce

WebSphere Eclipse Development

WebSphere MQ

System Security Architecture

Tivoli Access Manager

Tivoli Identity Manager

DB2 – UDB, 

SAP

Remedy

Peregrine / HP Openview AssetCenter and ServiceCenter

J2EE based systems architecture and development.

To see Peningo Systems areas of expertise, please go to the Peningo Technical Areas page or go to the Peningo WebSphere Consultants page.

 

 To see Peningo's other Blogs please go to

 Peningo's Blog

The Peningo Opinion Blog 

 

 

 

August 25, 2007

Configuring WebSphere Portal to use Tivoli Access Manager

The "IBM WebSphere Portal Tivoli Access Manager Configuration Wizard" is an application that assists Portal Administrators through the task of configuring WebSphere Portal to use Tivoli Access Manager. With this tool, the WebSphere Portal Administrator can automate the following:
  • Setup the Trust Association Interceptor (TAI) in WebSphere Application Server
  • Configuring the WebSEAL junction (TCP or SSL options)
  • Setup the Tivoli Access Manager (TAM) Credential Vault adapter
  • Configure the Tivoli Access Manager for Authorization, or Externalization of Portal roles
  • Configure the JAAS login modules
  • Provide Backups to the files that are modified during the configuration
The IBM Developer Works is a great web site that offers a wealth of information regarding IBM Application information, troubleshooting issues, tutorials, etc.. To see more details regarding implementing the IBM WebSphere Portal Tivoli Access Manager Configuration Wizard, please go to the following link at IBM:

http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/websphere/zones/portal/catalog/doc/1wp10004g/

If you are an "End Client" looking for WebSphere Consulting Service providers to support your WebSphere Applications, Peningo Systems provides Consultants with expertise in many areas including:

To see Peningo Systems areas of expertise, please go to the Peningo Technical Areas page or go to the Peningo Websphere Consultants page.

 

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August 15, 2007

The Peningo Websphere Consultants Blog

Welcome to the Peningo Websphere Consultants Blog.  This Blog is intended to support the issues that affect the Websphere Consulting market, as well as, follow Websphere product related news and issues.
Hang the Outsourcer of Websphere IT Services out to Dry

Peningo Systems has identified that the WebSphere technical services industry is moving in a direction that we at Peningo do not want to follow.  Our reasons for rejecting such a direction are:

Suppliers of WebSphere IT services have been organized into Networks of organizations or Cartels, with the purpose to control and enforce a reduction in the rates of individual consultants.  On the one side the Networks hopes to control demand and through the Networks force the rate reduction that will allow them a larger Margin.


The "End Client" recipient of the WebSphere Consulting Services continues to pay an ever increasing rate for such services, while the quality of the Consultants being delivered to them, declines; as the more “experienced Websphere Consultants” refuse to participate in such equalitarian scheme.

Over the years, we at Peningo Systems have seen that the rates for the WebSphere Consultants have been reduced or become stagnant. As the Networks of these “Prestigious” WebSphere Consulting Service providers have increased needs to provide WebSphere Services, they seek "offshore" resources or lower paid H1-B / L-1 based resources to maintain their margins.  The more “Experienced Consultants” are not part of the equation, since their rate requirements would not fit into the “Prestigious” WebSphere Consulting Service provider’s lofty profit margin.  These "offshore and H1-B / L-1 resources" generally are not in tune with the needs of the American Business Community.

We invite your efforts to participate as a Commenter on this Blog in order to bring to the attention of the "End Client" the benefits of contracting direct, which will result in increase rate for the Consultant and lower billing rate to the "End Client”.

Peningo Systems supports and provides Consultants with expertise in many areas including:

To see Peningo Systems areas of expertise, please go to the Peningo Technical Areas page or go to the Peningo Websphere Consultants page.

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