Eugene gets new Web portal

Eugene, Ore., has launched a government Web portal to replace its previous Web site. The portal allows city residents to pay for parking tickets, register for recreational programs and complete other routine business online.

Ciber, a small systems integrator based in Greenwood Village, Colo., designed and launched the site. Eugene, Oregon's second largest city, previously had a 10-year-old Web site that had not been significantly upgraded since its launch.

Thus far, the new site’s most popular download has been the city’s bicycle route map, according to Ciber.

The portal uses Plumtree Software’s portal software including the company’s’ Content Server component. BEA Systems agreed to purchase Plumtree for $200 million in August. The transaction is expected to close in the fall of calendar year 2005.

The project also incorporates navigation components from Collaborative Technologies and uses Microsoft’s Active Directory for authentication, according to a Ciber spokeswoman.

Ciber’s role on the project was to work with city officials to determine user requirements, reorganize the site layout, design a new user interface, test the system and conduct user training.

The Eugene portal marks the latest in a series of Web sites and portals Ciber has designed for state and local entities. Other customers include Fairfax County, Va., Philadelphia and North Carolina’s Department of Motor Vehicles.

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