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WebSphere Portal Server and Web Services Whitepaper

Thomas Schaeck (schaeck@de.ibm.com) IBM Software Group

Abstract

As web services will become the predominant method for making information and applications available programmatically via the Internet in the near future, portals need to allow for integration of web services as data sources and as remote application components. We see two important options for usage of web services in conjunction with portals:

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    Portlets running on a portal server can access a web service to obtain information or invoke remote methods provided by the web service.

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    Portals can publish portlets as remote portlet web services to make them available to other portals in a way that allows to easily find and integrate them.

IBM clearly sees the importance of web services for portals and will provide seamless support of web services in WebSphere Portal Server. In this paper, we describe how WebSphere Portal Server will be used to set up distributed enterprise portal systems allowing administrators to easily share portlets across portals and how content providers will be able to use WebSphere Portal Server to publish their content as remote portlet web services that can be integrated by portal administrators of other portals very easily through a web admin interface, without any programming effort.

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