For Immediate Release
Contact: Ms. Susan Barich
Director of Business Development
Silicon Valley World Internet Center
IBM UNVEILS HOW WEB PORTALS
MOVE BEYOND INFORMATION TO
SERVICE DELIVERY AT THE SILICON VALLEY
WORLD INTERNET CENTER
PALO ALTO, CA, January 15, 2002 - IBM's vice
president of e-Portal Solutions for IBM Software, Larry Bowden,
will describe recent advancements in portal strategies and technologies
and what those advancements mean to business, with Silicon Valley
executives and technologists at this Challenge-the-Expert program
at the Silicon Valley World Internet Center (http://www.worldinternetcenter.com)
on Tuesday, January 15, 2002, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
"Major improvements in portal technology, including
integration software that links a portal's front and back ends,
give users a single, personalized point of access to multiple types
of information from any device, wired or wireless," said Bowden.
"These advancements meet one of the primary goals of companies doing
business on the
Web -- making relevant information easily accessible to employees,
business partners and customers, while driving profits in the process."
According to Bowden, as Web portals rapidly evolve
into a single point of access for e-commerce, collaboration and
a host of other business services, they are dependent on a number
of factors, including:
Personalized delivery of content/applications
which gives people access to information and applications specific
to their functions
Real-time collaboration services, including
instant messaging, discussion areas, group calendars, task tracking
and shared document libraries with check-in/check-out services
Integrated applications, which bring together
enterprise applications, syndicated content, Websites, e-mail, workflow
integration, among others.
In addition, open, nonproprietary computing standards
(e.g., XML, Linux), which allow businesses to connect easily and
flexibly with one another, are crucial to achieving this kind of
After solving the integration issue, Bowden says
that the next step is to extend the reach of the portal and improve
the context for which the information is used by integrating such
things as location-based technologies and intelligent notification
into the portal experience.
"With the growth of wireless devices," says Bowden,
"delivery of this value becomes possible, enabling users to link
to the portal services and the virtual community at any time, from
any place, using any device they choose."
IBM is an Executive Sponsor of the Silicon Valley
World Internet Center, which focuses on the advancement of Internet-related
eMarkets, technologies, people, and ideas through the collaborative
exchange of knowledge. The Center is located in the heart of Silicon
Valley and works on behalf of its sponsors to develop programs specific
to the expanding Internet Economy. As a multi-corporate, third party
venue, the Center provides a physical and virtual forum for collaboration
among technology leaders and key end-users. The Center, a for-profit,
fee-for-service corporation, focuses primarily on the areas of eBusiness,
eServices and wireless communication.
IBM is the world's largest information technology
company, with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate.
IBM Software offers the widest range of applications, middleware
and operating systems for all types of computing platforms, allowing
customers to take full advantage of the new era of e-business.