IBM WebSphere Portal and IBM Web Content Manager (WCM) offer facilities to support the creation of a social digital experience (social portal), especially when combined with the market-leading social capabilities of IBM Connections.
This guide begins with defining the social portal and its capabilities, the architecture, the integration patterns between WebSphere Portal and IBM Connections and social analytics. It then looks at a number of products and how their capabilities can help you create the social digital experience.
This guide covers the following topics.
IBM WebSphere Portal provides a number of capabilities to visually integrate IBM Connections with WebSphere Portal. Web Application Integrator (WAI) allows for portal headers to be displayed on the IBM Connections site. Login and logout pages and other utility pages can be integrated. This topic is covered in 7 Pattern 1: Adding social alongside an existing portal
IBM Connections portlets
IBM supplies several pre-built portlets, which can be downloaded for free from the IBM Greenhouse catalog. These portlets provide a set of read and write capabilities to integrate with IBM Connections services. This topic is covered in 8.2 Community pages and IBM Connections portlets
WCM social rendering
New in version 22.214.171.124 of IBM WebSphere Portal and IBM Web Content Manager (WCM), WCM social rendering capabilities provide a flexible way to integrate IBM Connections content into a website. This topic is covered in 8.3 WCM Social Rendering
Digital Data Connector
The Digital Data Connector (DDC) is a new data integration service available in IBM WebSphere Portal 8.5, which enables site developers to use IBM Web Content Manager (WCM) design components to render data being served from external systems. It provides a public plug-in point to allow integration of all kinds of data. This topic is covered in 8.4 Digital Data Connector
Using IBM Connections as a platform
Although IBM Connections has many social business capabilities as well an attractive user interface for both desktop and mobile devices, there are many reasons why Connections can be used as a platform as opposed to just a product. This topic is covered in 8.5 Using Connections as a platform
IBM® Docs extends IBM Connections, offering real-time collaboration with key collaborative services, such as co-editing, file management, and contextual commenting built right into the editing process. This topic is covered in 10.3 IBM Docs
IBM Forms Experience Builder
IBM® Forms Experience Builder builds dynamic forms and applications using a web-based interface. From a single interface, you can design a form, set roles to create a workflow, deploy the application, and review submitted results. This topic is covered in 10.4 IBM Forms Experience Builder
Third party social credentials to log into your social web site
IBM WebSphere Portal enables users to login into a website with the social credentials on public social networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. There are advantages and disadvantages of using them in a website. This topic, as well as references to configure these in a website, is covered in 8.6 Using third party social credentials to log into your social web site
Social business toolkit
IBM Social Business Toolkit is a set of extensible tools and resources for developers who want to incorporate social capabilities into their applications and business processes. This topic is covered in 10.1 Using the social business toolkit
Searching your social content in website
You can integrate IBM® Connections search in IBM WebSphere Portal to enable users to perform search queries and view query results for IBM Connections social content within the context of their WebSphere Portal environment, such as blogs, forums, and profiles. This topic is covered in 11 Searching your social web site
Making Web Content Manager authoring social
IBM Web Content Manager (WCM) authoring processes can be integrated with social facilities offered by IBM Connections, thus making the authoring process more effective. You can publish content to and from WCM to IBM Connections using Social Media Publisher, sending a WCM workflow notification to Connections Activity Stream, and action a workflow action request via OpenSocial Gadget. This topic is covered in 9 Pattern 3: Making WCM authoring social
You can perform social analytics in a social business environment with the installation and integration of IBM Cognos into IBM Connections. For example, you can create custom reports in IBM Connections along with metrics-Cognos architecture. This topic is covered in 12 Social Analytics