WebSphere Portal alternatives

WebSphere Portal
IBM WebSphere Portal is a set of software tools that enables companies to build and manage web portals. The WebSphere Portal package is a component of WebSphere software. The basic package includes a web server, WebSphere Application Server, LDAP directory, IBM DB2 database, development tools, web site templates and other essential site management tools such as a configuration wizard. In addition, some editions of WebSphere Portal include limited entitlements to Lotus Web Content Management, Lotus Quickr document management, Lotus Sametime instant messaging, and Lotus Forms electronic forms.
WebSphere Portal alternatives are:
SharePoint, Liferay Portal, JBoss Portal
Here are the latest news about WebSphere Portal:

2005 IBM beefs up WebSphere for integration

IBM will bulk up the standards-based integration tools in the next version of its WebSphere server software, reflecting the consistently strong demand among corporate customers for software to glue disparate systems together. The next edition of WebSphere will add support for the latest Web services communications protocols and build on the machine-to-machine messaging software the company recently introduced, said Robert LeBlanc, general manager of IBM's application and integration middleware division. IBM is also looking to introduce versions of WebSphere for specialized purposes, LeBlanc said. The company already has a WebSphere application server designed for radio frequency identification (RFID) applications, and a "pervasive" edition serving up data to embedded and handheld computing devices.


2003 IBM eyes modular WebSphere

IBM presented revamped edition of its WebSphere Java server product line that the company says will improve the integration of components within its software portfolio. Big Blue is creating a "modular architecture" for its WebSphere Java application server, which will allow customers to combine IBM software products more easily with WebSphere. The architecture will debut as part of a product--code-named Vela and expected to be called WebSphere 6 - that will be released in the second half of next year, according to an IBM representative. The WebSphere application server is used to run custom-written business applications. Creating a more modular software architecture for its entire software line has long been a key goal for IBM's Software Group. The company is adopting Java and Web services standards to serve as the common software foundation and glue to link its products together.