OpenText's (news, site) latest Portal update uses a slate of portlets to help bring together content, social information and web content in one place for a more productive and collaborative workforce.

OpenText Adds Portlets

Back in 2009, OpenText picked up Vignette for over US$ 300 million and turned Vignette's Portal product into its own portal product. The latest Portal release, version 8.1.1, available on Tuesday, allows users to work in a web-engaged manner using a mashed-up socially-focused space, where working data, folders, useful documents, search results and social information can reside in the same place.

With fellow users -- and the content they are working on -- on the same screen, productivity should be improved, problems should be identified sooner and solved faster. Other benefits would see workers being able to better keep track of each other, as well as identifying new and useful information from other sources. The OpenText Portal update helps perform these tasks by using a number of portlets to bring everything together in the one place.

Portal Plays Well With SharePoint

As part of OpenText's wider ECM Suite, these portlets help bring information together from other sources such as OpenText Content Server, Microsoft SharePoint and further afield from the Web, including feeds, navigation and federated search across Content Servers and databases. There are distinct portlets for OpenText and SharePoint products, but with largely the same functionality.

The activity feed portlet ties users into social information provided by OpenText Pulse. Think Facebook with a business slant, so workers can follow their colleagues' progress on a task, find the local expert to ask about a particular subject and collaborate on tasks. 

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The navigation portlet for Content Server helps create a personal workspace with the information the user needs in one space, saving each user time and effort.

The search portlet helps users track down information with simple or complex searches across company data sources with results appearing in a neat, single, view.

Using Portal, businesses can create intranets, customer-focused sites or quick pages for new projects that need to get off the ground without a lot of formal architecture. The portlets are available to OpenText Portal users and are part of OpenText's push for quick access to essential data and the ability to create content-focused sites quickly.

Powering Ahead With Portals

Existing users of Portal use it to work with social media on existing sites or to create community sites, help to engage site visitors and react to trends by listening to communities’ conversations. All of those trends can be boosted with the addition of more timely information for workers.

The last major update, version 8.1, offered improved back-end features such as asynchronous rendering with AJAX, single-click site building, syndication features, and administration for business users. You can catch OpenText in Toronto this week at the ongoing SharePoint Summit