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Federated and Distributed Portal Runtime Infrastructure

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000022016D
Publication Date: 2004-Feb-18
Document File: 3 page(s) / 203K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method that integrates content and functionality from different web servers, while providing a common look and feel, shared user preferences, and other common settings.

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Federated and Distributed Portal Runtime Infrastructure

Disclosed is a method that integrates content and functionality from different web servers, while providing a common look and feel, shared user preferences, and other common settings.

Background

Often there can be several independent development groups that provide data and/or functionality to various internal customer groups within an organization. There is often a need to present this data/functionality in an integrated, holistic fashion while allowing the development groups to work independently on varying customer needs, release schedules, etc.

This same problem exists industry-wide. For example, two companies may want to collaborate and produce a web site from which they present information and functionality. The two companies want the data/functionality to appear tightly integrated (i.e. look and feel, user preferences, common settings, etc.). However, each company may have proprietary data and/or functionality that need to be retained and hosted from the company’s data center, possibly due to maintenance issues, intellectual property rights, or logistics.

General Description

The disclosed method integrates content and functionality from different web servers, while providing a common look and feel, shared user preferences, and other common settings. Figure 1 shows a distributed portal infrastructure that synchronizes information between various “portal instance runtimes” via a common repository. The Distrib...