Building and Implementing a Social Portal

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Published 05 April 2013

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Authors: Wei-Dong Zhu, Brian Farbrother, David Greenstein, Peter Hood, Malarvizhi Kandasamy, Nagendra Shukla, David J Strachan, Janice Taylor


The IBM® Lotus® and IBM Redbooks® teams have partnered together to show you, by example, how to build and implement a social portal using IBM WebSphere® Portal Server Version 8.0 with IBM Connections Version 4.0.


Using IBM web experience technology, you can create a social portal that provides a whole new dimension of web capabilities within the websites that you have for your customers and employees, without the need for extensive custom programming.

Integrating social capabilities into the wider web experience offers a number of benefits for your company, for example:

    • Getting closer to your customers and gaining insights, fostering loyalty, and deepening the relationship with them
    • Creating a next generation, differentiated customer experience that attracts, engages, and retains the best customers; improves brand loyalty; and lowers operational costs
    • Delivering exceptional web experiences to your employees, customers, business partners, and across your enterprise
    • Increasing responsiveness by empowering business owners to manage the creation and delivery of dynamic web content, entirely new websites or micro-sites, mashups of content applications and rich media, and other documents

IBM Customer Experience Suite and IBM Employee Experience Suite deliver rich, engaging, and socially-infused web experiences. IBM Connections, one of the core products in these suites, is an open and secure social software platform that helps people engage with networks of expertise and integrated business processes. IBM WebSphere Portal and IBM Web Content Manager, two core products of these suites, offer facilities to support the creation of a social portal, especially when combined with the social capabilities of IBM Connections.

Building on IBM infrastructure takes advantage of the capabilities of these products and delivers an exceptional social portal experience with a variety of features, for example:
    • Flexible information architecture for your social website that meets the needs of your employees
    • Personalization and access control that provides the right information, applications, and social content to the right people at the right time
    • Integration of social content in context where useful, for example, contextual blogs, forums, and bookmarks matching page topics and content
    • Searching of all content, including both site content and social content
    • Live names and business card for in-context access to people, for example, authors

This guide looks at a number of these product capabilities and shows you, by example, how to build and implement a social portal using IBM WebSphere Portal Server Version 8.0 with IBM Connections Version 4.0. This guide is divided into the following sections:
    • Introduction to social portal
    • Architecture and technical integration setup
    • Pattern 1: Adding social alongside an existing intranet
    • Pattern 2: Putting social into context
    • Pattern 3: Making IBM Web Content Manager (WCM) authoring social

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