Tibco Upgrades Its Integration Portal

Integration software developer Tibco will roll out at the Delphi Enterprise Portal and Web Services seminar next week version 4.0 of its ActivePortal product.

Integration software developer Tibco Software Inc. will roll out at the Delphi Enterprise Portal and Web Services seminar next week version 4.0 of its ActivePortal product.

The upgraded 4.0 platform leverages Tibcos EAI (enterprise application integration) capabilities with a new feature, called Integration Designer, that makes it possible for Tibcos portal to talk to about 200 disparate applications. As a result users can aggregate information from different operational systems to interact with those applications and collaborate with users of those systems, according to company officials, in Palo Alto, Calif.

ActivePortal 4.0 is itself a user integration platform that provides companies – along with their employees, partners and customers – a single interface into their business.

Version 4.0 adds Web services support and integration with Tibcos workflow and business process management functionality. The latest iteration of ActivePortal can convert standards-based Web services into viewable portal content and interfaces. Likewise, the software will also convert its own content and services into Web services, so they can be syndicated to other devices, according to officials.

Regarding business processes, 4.0 supports the routing and delivery of tasks and exception notifications to both individual users and pre-defined groups of users.

A new integrated search and content management capability combines Veritys search engine with Tibcos content publishing system for publishing documents and Web content. ActivePortal also provides companies with the ability to manage their own community membership and access control.

The ActivePortal platform is comprised of three components, including PortalBuilder that aggregates content from an e-business infrastructure, PortalPacks, pre-built interfaces to applications, and AlertServer notification system.

However, Tibco faces stiff competition for portal customers, including from e-business software makers. At its AppsWorld user conference in San Diego this week Oracle Corp. talked broadly about its Daily Business Close capability available with its 11i E-Business Suite.

That functionality capitalizes on the portal capability available with Oracles 9i Application Server that comes bundled with 11i, and allows users to aggregate information from disparate applications.

In March, SAP Portals, a subsidiary of SAP AG, announced its Enterprise Portal that provides open, cross- application access.