Integrating your IBM WebSphere Portal platform with IBM Connections will add much-needed social digital capabilities
to your website, allowing your users to use out of the box features such as blogs, forums, activities, wikis, bookmarks, and profiles.
In the scenario we discuss here, we show you how to leverage the side-by-side deployment to address the needs of a government agency that wants to provide social capabilities for improved collaboration among employees, increase the level of transparency and efficiency in the organization, and foster an environment of information sharing as opposed to information hoarding.
In order to to implement the side-by-side deployment, the following environmental prerequisites must be met:
- All products must use the same LDAP for authentication.
- Both the website and IBM Connections must be configured with the same DNS suffix. (Ex: www.web_site.ro and cnx.web_site.ro)
- The products will be installed, as described in their respective documentation, and on dedicated systems.
As per the WebSphere Portal documentation
configure web single sign (SSO) on between Connections and Portal. This step is required for most of the scenarios discussed throughout this guide.
Be sure to test LTPA SSO by logging into Portal and changing the URL to a Connections URL which is protected, like /homepage/. If you are not challenged for credentials, then your SSO configuration is successfully configured. It is also recommended that you take a moment to test inter application interaction within Connections before proceeding. Do this by browsing to an existing community or create a new one. Add a new feature that is not already there, such as an Ideation Blog. If the operation completes as expected, your testing is a success.
In the following subsections, we describe how to perform these steps: