IBM Lotus and IBM® Redbooks® have partnered together to show you by example how to build and implement a Social Digital Experience using WebSphere® Portal Server with IBM Connections.
The guide is divided into the following sections:
- Introduction to a social portal
- Defining the social portal
- Architecture and setting up the server infrastructure
- Setting up a development environment
- Pattern 1: Adding social alongside an existing portal
- Pattern 2: Putting social into context
- Making business applications social
- Searching your social website
- Pattern 3: Making WCM authoring social
- Social analytics
DISCLAIMER: This guide is not intended as a best practice for social portal development, configuration, architecture, or any other aspect, such as scalability or performance. No warranty or support is implied for the sample codes contained in the guide.
The team who wrote this guide
This guide was produced by a team of technical specialists from around the world working for the International Technical Support Organization.
is an IBM Redbooks Technical Writer. She has worked over 20 years in the field of technology and collaborates with IBM subject matter experts to create IBM Redbooks publications on a variety of systems. Follow Deana on Twitter at @DeanaCoble
Michele Buccarello is an IBM Connections Specialist working in SOWRE SA Switzerland. He has 4 years of experience in complex IBM Connections projects. His areas of expertise include IBM WebSphere Portal, IBM Forms Experience Builder, IBM Cognos Connections and many advanced techniques to integrate applications in WebSphere Portal and IBM Connections projects. He authored tutorials and articles both for IBM Connections and WebSphere Portal.
Francesco De Collibus is an Solution Architect, working in IBM Software Services for Collaboration european CoE from Milan, Italy. Francesco is mostly engaged in IBM Connections and WebSphere Portal projects. He is fond of Social Software and Social Business topics, both from the technological, and social perspective. In his spare time, Francesco loves to write.
David Greenstein is a Solution Architect with Ascendant Technology, an Avnet Technology Solutions Company in the United States. He has more than 14 years of experience in IT, most of which spent delivering messaging, collaboration and social solutions to organizations of various sizes in many different industries. David hold certifications in multiple IBM technologies and has been passionate about social computing for years. He is an active blogger and has been the technical editor for publications on the subject in the past.
Aravin Pratapagiri is a Websphere Portal/Commerce Architect with HeadStream Inc., an IBM Advanced Business Partner Company in the US. He has more than ten years of experience in IBM WebSphere Commerce, IBM WebSphere Portal, IBM Connections, and IBM BPM Products. His main areas of expertise are infrastructure design, architecture, implementation, automation for WebSphere administration, performance tuning and problem determination of the WebSphere environment. Aravin is also an IBM Certified System Administrator for WebSphere Application Server and WebSphere Portal Server. He holds a Master’s degree in IT from University of Oklahoma.
Chander Ponnusamy is working as a CTO at ReactiveBus Business Solutions Pvt Ltd, Bangalore, India. He has around 12 years of experience and worked on various IBM WebSphere, IBM Lotus and IBM Security Products. ReactiveBus is an IBM Business partner which provides services in IBM Collaboration Solutions, IBM Security and IBM BPM Solutions. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mierlea Catalin is Middleware Software Specialist in IBM Romania. Catalin joined IBM in March 2012 and has 10 years experience in IT. His areas of expertise include WebSphere products, SOA, and software architecture. He specializes in WebSphere Application Server, WebSphere Portal Server, WebSphere Process Server, and WebSphere Business Process Manager. Catalin has a BS in Automation Control and Computers, an MS in Integrated Informatics Systems, and certifications in the IBM WebSphere products, in different Microsoft and Oracle complementary technologies. He has extensive industry knowledge and hands-on project experience in the banking and the public sector.
Jyoti Rani is a Software developer in IBM India Software labs. She has 10 years of experience in Portal based application development field. She holds a degree in Bachelor of Computer Science and Engineering from MDU. She has published articles on Portal and Web Experience Factory based development. She has also conducted various workshops on Web Experience Factory. You can reach her at email@example.com
Gavin Siller is a solutions architect at MMI Holdings, a financial services organization in South Africa. He has been working in the financial services industry for over 12 years. Prior to that, he specialized in delivering integration solutions around the world. He has experience across a wide range of IBM products and focuses on bringing these together to form client- centric solutions. He holds a Masters degree in Information Systems from the University of South Africa and has a number of IBM certifications. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vidyut Verma is a is a Collaboration Solutions Architect (CSA), working in the IBM Collaboration Solutions (ICS) team of IBM Software group. Based out of Delhi, India, Vidyut travels around India working closely with IBM customers & partners, helping them adopt and gain technical and business benefit from the entire IBM Digital Experience & Collaboration Portfolio of ICS. He has overall 11 years of experience in IT and has been with IBM for more than 8 years working on IBM WebSphere Portal, IBM Web Content Manager, IBM Forms, IBM Connections and other ICS portfolio offerings. You can reach him at email@example.com.
Basem Zaben is a Senior Solution Manager at EJADA, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He is a Solution Manager as well an Architect, specialized in Portals and enterprise collaboration with 14 years of experience in IT. Highly motivated Solution Manager of proven experience, solving challenging business problems with innovative enterprise solutions aligning business needs to IT capabilities. Expert in proposing, strategizing, building Enterprise Portals. Unique blend of business and technical skill sets resulting from a diverse professional background, a solid educational foundation, and 14 industry-recognized certifications.
Supporting contributors and reviewers
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Thanks to the following people for their contributions to this project:
- Jonathan Booth
- Jonathan F Brunn
- Michael Burati
- Juergen Schaeck
- Nan BJ Shi
- Jaspreet Singh
- Thomas Steinheber
- Xiao Feng Z Zhang
Thanks to the following authors who contributed to the first version of this guide:
- Brian Farbrother
- David Greenstein
- Peter Hood
- Malarvizhi (Malar) Kandasamy
- Nagendra Shukla
- David Strachan
- Janice Taylor
- Jackie Zhu
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