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Last week Aren Cambre asked about uPortal. Tim Carroll, Jasig Board Treasurer, summarized recent developments. uPortal has been implemented more frequently outside the U.S. and has features which may be needed in the U.S. Because of its length, a response to Aren can be found at: http://www.immagic.com/eLibrary/ARCHIVES/GENERAL/IMM/I120311F.pdf I hope this adds to Aren's useful initiation of the discussion. jim farmer ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

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Good overview of uPortal, Jim.
 
To comment on Aren's question about perception of uPortal's difficulty in implementation:
 
I'd say there's not an easy answer. If your development staff is mainly .Net or PHP, then yes, I'd say the curve to implement and manage uPortal would be quite high and I'd look at SharePoint or other portal solutions. If your shop is Java and familiar with open source implementations that pull in various libraries and versions of those libraries, then I don't think the implementation is any greater burden.
 


 
 
Jameson Watkins
Director, Internet Development
University of Kansas Medical Center
http://www.kumc.edu/
913-588-7387
>>> Jim Farmer <jxf@IMMAGIC.COM> 3/12/2012 12:37 PM >>>
Last week Aren Cambre asked about uPortal. Tim Carroll, Jasig Board
Treasurer, summarized recent developments.

uPortal has been implemented more frequently outside the U.S. and has
features which may be needed in the U.S.

Because of its length, a response to Aren can be found at:

http://www.immagic.com/eLibrary/ARCHIVES/GENERAL/IMM/I120311F.pdf

I hope this adds to Aren's useful initiation of the discussion.

jim farmer

**********
Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.
********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

Good overview of uPortal, Jim.
 
To comment on Aren's question about perception of uPortal's difficulty in implementation:
 
I'd say there's not an easy answer. If your development staff is mainly .Net or PHP, then yes, I'd say the curve to implement and manage uPortal would be quite high and I'd look at SharePoint or other portal solutions. If your shop is Java and familiar with open source implementations that pull in various libraries and versions of those libraries, then I don't think the implementation is any greater burden.
 


 
 
Jameson Watkins
Director, Internet Development
University of Kansas Medical Center
http://www.kumc.edu/
913-588-7387
>>> Jim Farmer <jxf@IMMAGIC.COM> 3/12/2012 12:37 PM >>>
Last week Aren Cambre asked about uPortal. Tim Carroll, Jasig Board
Treasurer, summarized recent developments.

uPortal has been implemented more frequently outside the U.S. and has
features which may be needed in the U.S.

Because of its length, a response to Aren can be found at:

http://www.immagic.com/eLibrary/ARCHIVES/GENERAL/IMM/I120311F.pdf

I hope this adds to Aren's useful initiation of the discussion.

jim farmer

**********
Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.
********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

To add to Jameson’s comments…

At SCSU, our development team was entirely .NET, but we chose uPortal anyway for its flexible framework, open source community, and many other reasons.  In four months, we have gotten a beta up and running, and it is being used by approximately 500 of our students.  We have received VERY favorable feedback from them so far.  We have a contract with Unicon to help us when we get stuck, and have found that to be very helpful in the transition to a new programming language.  Retraining our development team on Java instead of .NET has taken a lot of that time, but it is completely doable and we are VERY excited about uPortal and the opportunities presented by uMobile.  So far, we are very pleased with our choice!

Thank you,

Casey (Wagner) Gordon

Manager, Technology Support Services


Learning Resources & Technology Services

Miller Center 108

720 4th Avenue South

St. Cloud, MN 56301

cjgordon@stcloudstate.edu

 

 

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