CATEGORY: Enterprise Portals

REVIEWER: Dan McQuillen, director of NASD/Market Communication Services.

BACKGROUND: As the parent company for The Nasdaq Stock Market and The American Stock Exchange, NASD is the largest securities industry self-regulatory organization in the United States. The NASD develops rules and regulations; conducts regulatory reviews of members' business activities; disciplines violators; and designs, operates and regulates securities markets and services for the ultimate benefit and protection of the investor.

PLATFORMS: At NASD, Verity Portal One runs on Microsoft Windows, Microsoft NT and
Sun Solaris.

PROBLEM SOLVED: In the late 1990s, NASD deployed a company- wide intranet called Oasis. Oasis was chartered with providing information access capabilities to more than 3,000 NASD knowledge workers. We soon realized that greater connectivity only increased the volume of available content ­ it did not make information easier to find or use. Like most organizations, NASD invested in our intranet infrastructure before investing in ways to help users leverage information to support business strategy, processes and goals. To help increase the value of our intranet investment, NASD chose Verity Portal One to bring coherence, simplicity and order to the rich information stores connected to our company network. Portal One will provide NASD global users with a consistent interface for accessing all corporate knowledge. Driven by Portal One personalization and categorization features, the new MyOasis portal will help to create a more informed and more empowered workforce capable of making faster, fact-based decisions.

PRODUCT FUNCTIONALITY: The product includes an intuitive Web top that is very easy to personalize and use. In addition, Verity Portal One Intelligent Classification makes it simple to categorize our information based on our business objectives.

STRENGTHS: Verity Portal One delivers personalization; search, navigate and view capabilities; unified access to multiple information sources; intelligent classification of information; and unprecedented security, scalability and reliability. The product also includes an intuitive Web-based interface that is very easy to personalize and use.

WEAKNESSES: The first release of the Portal One Web top is ASP only and the JSP version for UNIX Web top servers will be delayed until a future release. Also, an optional Microsoft Management Console Administration interface manages the NT Web applications, but we would prefer UNIX administration, which will be coming in the next release as well.

SELECTION CRITERIA: The Verity Portal One product was selected because of its end-to-end integration and robust product feature set.

DELIVERABLES: Verity provided ongoing, personalized views of information via our MyOasis intranet based on user needs.

VENDOR SUPPORT: Verity provided superior support throughout our evaluation and implementation.

DOCUMENTATION: The documentation was complete and easy to understand for our
initial implementation.

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