April 9, 2008 - IBM announced that its new portal software with Web 2.0 support will ship this quarter. Called IBM WebSphere Portal 6.1, it is designed to securely combine information from both the enterprise and the Web.


IBM gathered feedback from 4,000 beta testers of its new portal software. The company made several improvements as a result. The beta version was tested by companies in a variety of industries worldwide including financial services, healthcare, government, telecommunications, security and IT.


"We've been testing WebSphere Portal version 6.1 and fully expect it to exceed the expectations of our customers," said Jim Deters, President, Ascendant Technology, a company that sells service-oriented architecture (SOA), portal and business process management software and services. "The significant Web 2.0 capabilities and enhanced deployment and administrative features of this new release will address the top requirements our customers have been requesting."


The expanded Web 2.0 features of IBM WebSphere Portal 6.1 software are designed to help people be more productive and find key information faster. Its live text tagging feature allows users to click on text, in context of the business process being used, and see supporting information right there related to the job at hand.


IBM's new software also has the ability to instantly update any aspect of a Web page without refreshing the page. The portal software will also enable new classes of applications to be created in a much more intuitive and responsive fashion, as well as offer new portlet functionality and increased portal security. It will feature an assembly of highly interactive composite applications with contextual access to data and services both inside and outside a company.


Other new features include out-of-the-box templates and site creation tools, more installation options and new portal "Site Wizard" for self-help. The new portal supports IBM AIX, HP-UX, IBM I5/OS, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Sun Solaris and Microsoft Windows Server.

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