Info portal keeps projects humming
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Dec 26, 2000
Hummingbird's Enterprise Portal Suite
Government agencies interested in using a portal to share information and
collaborate on projects have a new option in Hummingbird Ltd.'s Enterprise
Information Portal 4.
An enterprise information portal offers a simple Web-based front end
to locate information and online services. EIPs combine several technologies
to cut through immense amounts of data and provide employees, partners and
citizens with customized access to the most pertinent information.
Hummingbird's EIP 4 features an enhanced user interface that makes the
system easier to navigate for beginners as well as for expert users, said
Peter Auditore, the company's vice president of U.S. marketing.
EIP 4's other features include:
* A platform-independent Java-based engine that supports numerous Unix
platforms including Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Solaris 2.6 and 7, as well as
Linux and HP-UX.
* Application collaboration, which enables legacy applications to integrate
with the portal.
* Hummingbird's WebUpdate for easier upgrades and additional plug-ins.
"Bringing Solaris to the team was huge for the government for enterprise
scalability," Auditore said.
Hummingbird already has a number of federal customers, including the
Navy, the General Services Administration and the Internal Revenue Service.
The company expects the first government customer to begin using Version
4 next month, Auditore said.
The product was announced in late October and began shipping Dec. 15.