IBM is catching up with traditional portal vendors such as Plumtree Software, thanks to a portal framework that combines a scalable application server, programs from IBM-owned Lotus Development, and homegrown and third-party portlets — Java-based Web components that make it easy to “plug” new functions into the portal interface. I tested the latest release, WebSphere Portal for Multiplatforms 5.0, which improves administration, document management, search, and collaboration. Moreover, two included portlet builders (for Domino and SQL) enable business analysts to quickly access and manipulate data in enterprise applications. Read the full article. Read about Portal v5.0.