This pattern aims to install IBM Connections alongside your website, and to style it. The users do not experience a disruption when navigating between the two sites. In this pattern, we must know how to unify the navigation structures and how to ensure a consistent login and logout experience. In WebSphere Portal, we can achieve this pattern using WebSphere Application Integrator (WAI) or Web Application Bridge.
Why use side by side
When faced with deploying a social platform to the enterprise, there are many considerations. Much like any software package, these choices include ease of maintenance, manageability, interoperability with other systems already in the enterprise, and scalability to name a few. IBM Connections provides these capabilities through its mature underlying architecture of WebSphere Application Server and flexible customization model.
You might want to deploy IBM Connections alongside with other systems when you are looking to maximize your manageability through the ability to quickly adopt updates and new features without disruption or significant development costs after the purchase. Leveraging the product mostly out of the box means time and efforts are able to be spent on infrastructure, adoption, governance, and steady state support as opposed to software development tasks. Your organization may find this to be a desirable state based on available in-house skills or resource availability considerations.
How IBM Connections helps
While IBM's Portal products have taken care of technical complexities to have an exceptional web experience, IBM Connections implements a flexible interface through the use of a centralized customization model and a CSS based interface framework, called OneUI, which enables system integrators and developers to make changes to the color scheme and replace the IBM branding elements with their own more easily. This approach protects your customization during updates and allows you to rapidly adopt fixes or features as they are released without the need to duplicate tailoring or branding efforts in many cases.