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					Portals are Made for
Enterprise Application
     Integration

  JA-SIG Monday, June 9, 2003

                  Barry Walsh
      Senior Director, E-Business Services
               Indiana University
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                 Chronology of Related Events

             1969: IBM: GML for tagging content in documents for law
              offices.
             1975: EDI for shipping manifests
             1981: Bob Epstein, Paula Hawthorn and Mike Ubell separate
              applications from databases with their Intelligent Database
              Machine. This essentially defined C/S
             1983: Xerox PARC: first working RPCs.
             1984: Sun uses RPCs for its Network File System.
             1986: SGML becomes an official international standard.
             1991: Tim Berners-Lee: first Web browser and defines HTTP.
             1996: The W3C begins developing a “simplified SGML,” which
              becomes known as XML.
             1998: Microsoft combines XML and HTTP into SOAP.
             2000: IBM and Microsoft announce WSDL and the UDDI
              directory system for Web services.
             2002: The Web Services Interoperability Organization is
              formed by IBM, Microsoft and other vendors and user
              companies.
JA-SIG 2003       Denver               Source: Computerworld 5/19/03;
                          Several Forces at Work
                            in our Institutions
             Rapidly expanding user bases;
             ERP vendor systems;
             Open Source movement;
             Portals;
             SOAP  Web Services;

              They’re not necessarily unrelated!



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                 The World as We’ve Known it

             IT systems targeting discrete business functions
             IT systems targeting common (simple) processes




                    Attribution to Mike Zastrocky of Gartner




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              Typical Experience Until Recently

             Users logged on to systems and navigated
              to find information or perform processes.
                 training
             Individual apps
                 different sign-ons
                 Poor/non-existent user interface standards
             Or worse still, the system sent printed output
              to them through snail-mail

              The point is they usually had to overtly seek
              out the information in disparate systems*
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                           Vendor ERP Solutions

             Common Look/Feel?
             Consistent navigation
             ECAR Study shows broad satisfaction


             Some possible „convergence‟?




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                Obvious advantages of buying

             Embedded best practices in business
              process
             Someone else did/does the R&D
             Someone else does the maintenance and
              enhancement and reg driven updates
             You get to know the names of legions of
              young inexperienced consultants

              You get to read exciting news stories about
              your vendor on occasion

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               Non-Vendor Solutions also Working

             UT; PSU; IU; others
             Any English majors in the room?

              To Buy or Not to Buy; that is the question;
              Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings
              and arrows of outrageous consultant’s fees;
              Or to take up arms against a sea of vendors;
              And by opposing, end their stranglehold.




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               Obvious advantages of building

             You get what YOU want.
             You control the pace of development and
              enhancements
             You call the shots on consultant use a lot more
             More expertise stays at home




              You get to know
               scads of really
                  talented
                developers!
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                                        Caveats

             Clear disadvantages to both.
             Reality says you may have to
              customize
                Worst of all worlds?

                     Compromised the value
                      proposition
                     Paying the vendor for the
                      vanilla system at every
                      new release and must re-
                      customize




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                                     Options

             More likely you will end up building, buying and
              assembling
             Loosely coupled systems are more and more the
              future and that‟s why integration is key

             Customization takes on a new form
                 Based on what and who I am….driven by a directory.
                 Role based view; not everybody needs the entire SIS or
                  whatever
                 Speaks to a functional component model
                 Mike spoke of “Modular but integrated“ this morning


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                  Gartner on Network Enabled
                Components—aka Web Services
             Servers at the core of the network will
              increasingly act as "facilitators" by guiding
              procedure calls to the locations where they
              can be most efficiently executed.
             Given such capabilities, the emphasis of
              software development shifts to re-
              architecting business functions into modular,
              network-enabled components spread across
              a highly-distributed computing infrastructure.
              This evolution, more than anything else, is
              the fundamental driving force behind the
              Web Services architecture.
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                     What might this look like ?

             A more proactive push process to deliver in
              one place all information and processes I
              may need…the information finds me.
             The „official‟ place to which the organization
              would send stuff it wanted you to address.
             Single sign-on;
                 Seamless transport between and among back
                  office and other systems
             Sounds like a portal to me


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                     Why do we need a portal?
         What are the problems?
             Broadening base of information “consumers”
              with varying levels of technical expertise.
             Students and faculty increasingly demand
              mobile access to IT resources.
             Aging, monolithic or silo‟d applications
                 Developed to serve specific audiences;
                 Current users must find and learn to use
                  each “silo”.
                 Disparate information systems that lack
                  integration and flexibility;
                 Too complex for majority of end-users
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               Why do we need a portal?                Cont’d

             Every new website is potentially a new silo
             “Age of disintermediation” – more of our students
              expect to be able to do things for themselves.
             Dealing with non-traditional campus communities in
              traditional ways
             Enable a more cost effective, nimble and
              sustainable application development process…..
              and not just for IT developers


              Bottom Line: Trying to change the way
              the institution creates and delivers e-
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                            Evolution of Portals

             First Generation (Referential)
                 Search; catalog
             Second generation (Personalized)
                 Subscribe; personalize


             Third Generation (Interactive)
                 Productivity and enterprise applications
             Fourth Generation (SES)
                 Web Services (Gartner definition)




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             So…what is an
         enterprise web portal?


A web-based framework consisting of a role based,
but personalized view of an integrated set of
services which provide easy access to
information, applications, processes and
people.
                  Some caveats and disclaimers

             We in IT and the back office units are
              not the primary target audience for
              enterprise portals
                 Students (and their parents);
                 Faculty;
                 Staff;
                 Alums;
                 Not all of them are technically savvy;

             Neither IT nor the service providers will
              drive the services in the portal….see
              Rule 1 above

             IT providing a service delivery
              framework and several specific „utility‟
              services

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tribution to Mike Zastrocky of Gartner
             Business Case for Enterprise
                       Portals
                  Internally facing portal
                       = productivity


   WWW
                                                 Externally facing portal
                                                 = revenue enhancement



                    • Soft Benefits
                    • Dam the “infoflood”    Tangible ROI
                    • Single UI              •   Cost avoidance
                    • Single sign-on         •   Targeted deployment
    Information     • Presentation layer     •   Self-service
      Access        • Correlation
                                             •   Business velocity
                    • User satisfaction
                    • Ubiquity of access
                            Enterprise Portal ROI

             It‟s about changing:
                 The way the institution does its business … align with
                  the mission
                 Some institutional behavior
             It provides the best opportunity for enterprise
              application integration
             Portals encourage common development practices
              etc.
                 Development teams need not create their own individual
                  (silo‟d) solutions for each service
                 Developers can focus on actual services for their users


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                  Enterprise Portal ROI                cont’d

             Portals enable Web Services (WS)
              deployment
             WS encourage Portal-oriented development
             The enterprise portal provides a framework
              for
                 Persistent authentication (single sign-on)
                 Role-based customization
                 Personalization
                 Flexible workflow (routing & approval)
                 User Interface and Navigation
                 Accessibility
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               Enterprise Portal ROI        cont’d

             Emphasis on delivery of services to the
              user
             WS and Decision Support have a huge
              future together
             “The point of WS is to make it easier
              for people to construct and integrate
              applications” Henry Morris, IDC


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               WS in Application Development

             "You won't see a whole new array of things
              that you couldn't do before because of Web
              Services, but you'll see application
              development enabled much more quickly,"
              says Larry Calabro, a partner in the
              technology integration unit at Deloitte
              Consulting in Chicago. Calabro says Web
              services standards will make it easier for
              companies to build applications that more
              effectively integrate existing software
              packages such as CRM and ERP.
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       Gartner                                                         Strategy & Tactics/Trends
                                                                       & Direction




                                                                    Note Number: SPA-16-2749

                                                                    Related Terms: Portals

                                                                    Price: $95.00




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         Portals: A Key Source for the Smart Enterprise Suite Market
         8 May 2002
         Gene Phifer

         Portal products have evolved to take over more functionality from
         complementary technologies, such as content management and search. Portals
         will become one of the key root technologies in the Smart Enterprise Suite
         market.




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                               Gartner:

             By 2004, Web services will represent the
              dominant mode of deployment for new
              application solutions for Fortune 2000
              companies (0.8 probability).
             True interoperability standards won't exist
              in the portal product market until 2004,
              forcing users to build "uberportals" to
              integrate multiple portals within their
              enterprises (0.7 probability).


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              Gartner: The Big Challenge in Portals

             Every Website is a potential new silo
             Silo‟d service delivery units
             Changing people‟s habits
             Existing methods have to stay in place
              during transition
                 That allows those resistant to change to linger
                 A long term commitment is required to get
                  through the transition



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                              Why is IU’s OneStart
                              “next generation”?
             More than an info-portal…focused on application and service
              delivery
             Commitment to a strategy for web services
             Ability to reflect customized roles
             Integrated „e-doc‟ routing (EDEN)
             Flexible and responsive to change
                  Service layer insulates user from back end systems
             Distributed Group Page/Channel publishing for service/content
              providers
             Positioned to address future needs for user mobility
             Enterprise application integration is the target
             One place for all of my data and e-services.

                                   It comes to me!
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                                      OneStart & EDEN
                                                                                             OneStart

                         Customized


                                       Personalized


                                                        Adaptable


                                                                           Desktop
          User                                                                                                Application
                                                                                                               Delivered
          Interface


          Applications                                                          Channels
                         HRMS

                                      SIS

                                                      FIS

                                                                    IUIE

                                                                                     Other
                                                                                                     Other Content


         Infrastructure                                                         Services

                                                                                                                EDEN
                         Workflow




                                                                     Security


                                                                                        Users


                                       Record                                                   Application
                                       Keeping                                                   Services

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                               Abstract

             In this era of heterogeneous application
              services, the need to integrate these for
              members of the university community has
              never been greater. Vendors promise
              integration and that solution works for many
              institutions. For others, the single vendor
              ERP direction is not an option or is not a
              desired strategy.
              Enter the enterprise portal. Properly
              architected and supported, it can provide a
              sustainable platform for delivering Enterprise
              Application Integration (EAI).
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                       Integration:
               Emphasizing Student Services
              SIS

      HR/Payroll
                                                       Batch
                                                       Real Time
       Financials

      Library MS

                    0     20   40   60     80    100


              Batch and Real-Time Integration of CMS With
                            Major Systems
JA-SIG 2003         Attribution to Mike Zastrocky of Gartner
                 Denver

				
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