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uPortal – Bristol Fashion. UoB Portal Team. Why uPortal?. No software budget so needed to be “free” to us Long list: Blackboard, Zope+CMF, Oracle Portal, uPortal Short list: Oracle Portal, uPortal Extended San Diego State University's Rubric for Rating Commercial Portal Vendors )

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why uportal
Why uPortal?
  • No software budget so needed to be “free” to us
  • Long list: Blackboard, Zope+CMF, Oracle Portal, uPortal
  • Short list: Oracle Portal, uPortal
  • Extended San Diego State University's Rubric for Rating Commercial Portal Vendors)
  • OP & uP scored the same but hardware footprint & Exit Strategy swung it
  • Zope will be our CMS
what are we using it for
What are we using it for?
  • Pilot Institutional Portal by July 2003
  • Initial focus – post-graduates
  • Now broadened to student administration
  • And broadening to integration with VLE
  • Ambitions – Library and existing Web apps
implementation i
Implementation I
  • Information Processes & System Plan (From Desktop to Webtop)
  • Portal Steering Group (26)
  • Portal Team (10)
  • Portal Development Team (3)
portal mle vle cms

Portal

Managed Learning Environment (MLE)

Digital Library

Student Information System (SIS)

Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

eTools

Portal = MLE = VLE + CMS

fundamentally content-free

Content Management System (CMS)

slide6

From Desktop to Webtop

An Information Systems Strategy?

Casual visitor

stellar

Prospective student

Maintrix

Prospective employee

fsb

eclipse

CARB

HERO

IRIS

PIMS

Show Room

http://www.bris.ac.uk

DataHub

VIOLET

Dolphin

Back Office

https://www.bris.ac.uk

Coda

The Portal

DataHaven

User

Web

Application

server

Aleph

Student

Envision

Staff

Sports

HoD

Operational

processing

Corporate

information

Information

deployment

HESA

Many readers,

some writers

Multiple views,

depending on role

implementation ii
Implementation II
  • Phase 0 – startup
  • Phase 1 – user requirements
  • Phase 2 – PDT uPortal immersion
  • Phase 3 – authentication + authorisation
  • Phase 4 – CalPoly Blackboard Access Channel
  • Phases n – Channel (n – 4)
  • Phase x – migrating a channel to Oracle Portal
problems successes
Problems & Successes
  • No Project Board yet
  • Drifting project definition
  • New Director not in post until July 2003
  • The project can’t fix bad processes
  • Central vs. Local data
  • Scepticism – track record
  • Anxiety – cuts across turf
  • Blackboard
  • IRIS, Contact Directory, personinfo, Law Intranet, SOBS Intranet, VetSci Portal, etc
blackboard issues
Blackboard issues
  • We risked two portals
  • Provoked decision about BB Enterprise
  • CalPoly BB Access Channel is all or nothing
  • Will BB Building Blocks allow us to cherry pick features?
  • Looking at open source alternatives
issues
Issues
  • Delivering high-performing, resilient and scalable portal
    • Load balancing
  • How does the UK give to, and not just take from, the uPortal/JASIG community?
  • “If it's not done in Java it's not worth doing”
questions
Questions
  • What methods are available to achieve single sign-on to multiple apps?
  • How stable have the pioneering sites found uPortal?
  • How have sites dealt with developing against constantly changing uPortal code?
  • When will Web Services be supported?
  • What strategies are being used to develop channels?
  • What about channels being available to existing web sites?
suggestions
Suggestions
  • Formation of product-based consortia
    • CMS (Zope)
    • VLE (Blackboard)
    • SIS (SITS)
    • Library (Aleph)
  • Formation of technology-based consortia
    • Authentication (AD, LDAP)
    • Load balancing (Cisco, Foundry, Linux Virtual Server)