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A few years ago (2008-ish?), I reviewed portal solutions for a possible purcahse, and I also attended three of the Gettysburg College portal conferences.

 

I did not get a good feeling about uPortal, especially when comparing it to competitors.

 

Has uPortal improved in the past few years? If you use uPortal now and had to do it all over again, would you still choose it?

 

Aren Cambre, '99, '03
Team Lead, Web Technologies Team
Office of Information Technology
Southern Methodist University

 

 

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Actually Yes!  There has been some really cool activity going on in the uPortal community.  Since you last evaluated, they have release uPortal version 4, as well as uMobile version 1.

From the end-user perspective, uPortal has evolved dramatically.  The general navigation and customization, as well as the administrative features have all been redesigned by professionals in usability and accessibility.  There are also a number of exciting new features and applications added by the growing portal/portlet developer community, including mobile support, announcements app, news reader app, integrated searching, stats reporting, email app, calendar app, LMS integration, the list goes on.

Under the covers, the internal APIs have been rewritten using modern best practices, adding support for things like Grouper and Shibboleth, as well as making it much easier to deploy, administer, and maintain.

And finally, the out-of-box uMobile support is a big bonus in today's push to go mobile.  The built-in uMobile service gives you NATIVE mobile device support for delivering all the portlet apps to the iPhone and Android platforms without writing all the additional code.

You can find some additional information here:

uPortal - http://www.jasig.org/uportal-4-0-announcement
uMobile - http://www.jasig.org/umobile

Hope this helps, Tim


Thanks!

 

One more thing: a few years ago, uPortal had a reputation of being unusually hard to implement and keep going. I got this from paid reviews and colleagues at other schools.

 

Has the TCO been meaningfully reduced with recent improvements?

 

Aren

 

From: The EDUCAUSE Web Portals Constituent Group Listserv [mailto:PORTALS@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU] On Behalf Of Carroll, Tim
Sent: Friday, March 09, 2012 6:21 PM
To: PORTALS@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU
Subject: Re: [PORTALS] uPortal: how's it doing?

 

Actually Yes!  There has been some really cool activity going on in the uPortal community.  Since you last evaluated, they have release uPortal version 4, as well as uMobile version 1.

From the end-user perspective, uPortal has evolved dramatically.  The general navigation and customization, as well as the administrative features have all been redesigned by professionals in usability and accessibility.  There are also a number of exciting new features and applications added by the growing portal/portlet developer community, including mobile support, announcements app, news reader app, integrated searching, stats reporting, email app, calendar app, LMS integration, the list goes on.

Under the covers, the internal APIs have been rewritten using modern best practices, adding support for things like Grouper and Shibboleth, as well as making it much easier to deploy, administer, and maintain.

And finally, the out-of-box uMobile support is a big bonus in today's push to go mobile.  The built-in uMobile service gives you NATIVE mobile device support for delivering all the portlet apps to the iPhone and Android platforms without writing all the additional code.

You can find some additional information here:

uPortal - http://www.jasig.org/uportal-4-0-announcement
uMobile - http://www.jasig.org/umobile

Hope this helps, Tim

 

 

Aren,
 
There's not an easy answer here. 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, 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
>>> "Cambre, Aren" <acambre@MAIL.SMU.EDU> 3/9/2012 8:20 PM >>>

Thanks!

 

One more thing: a few years ago, uPortal had a reputation of being unusually hard to implement and keep going. I got this from paid reviews and colleagues at other schools.

 

Has the TCO been meaningfully reduced with recent improvements?

 

Aren

 

From: The EDUCAUSE Web Portals Constituent Group Listserv [mailto:PORTALS@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU] On Behalf Of Carroll, Tim
Sent: Friday, March 09, 2012 6:21 PM
To: PORTALS@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU
Subject: Re: [PORTALS] uPortal: how's it doing?

 

Actually Yes!  There has been some really cool activity going on in the uPortal community.  Since you last evaluated, they have release uPortal version 4, as well as uMobile version 1.

From the end-user perspective, uPortal has evolved dramatically.  The general navigation and customization, as well as the administrative features have all been redesigned by professionals in usability and accessibility.  There are also a number of exciting new features and applications added by the growing portal/portlet developer community, including mobile support, announcements app, news reader app, integrated searching, stats reporting, email app, calendar app, LMS integration, the list goes on.

Under the covers, the internal APIs have been rewritten using modern best practices, adding support for things like Grouper and Shibboleth, as well as making it much easier to deploy, administer, and maintain.

And finally, the out-of-box uMobile support is a big bonus in today's push to go mobile.  The built-in uMobile service gives you NATIVE mobile device support for delivering all the portlet apps to the iPhone and Android platforms without writing all the additional code.

You can find some additional information here:

uPortal - http://www.jasig.org/uportal-4-0-announcement
uMobile - http://www.jasig.org/umobile

Hope this helps, Tim

 

 

Aren,
 
There's not an easy answer here. 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, then I don't think the implementation is of any greater burden.
 
Whether you think Java open source products are difficult to implement and maintain is an entirely different question. ;)

 

 
 
Jameson Watkins
Director, Internet Development
University of Kansas Medical Center
http://www.kumc.edu/
913-588-7387
>>> "Cambre, Aren" <acambre@MAIL.SMU.EDU> 3/9/2012 8:20 PM >>>

Thanks!

 

One more thing: a few years ago, uPortal had a reputation of being unusually hard to implement and keep going. I got this from paid reviews and colleagues at other schools.

 

Has the TCO been meaningfully reduced with recent improvements?

 

Aren

 

From: The EDUCAUSE Web Portals Constituent Group Listserv [mailto:PORTALS@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU] On Behalf Of Carroll, Tim
Sent: Friday, March 09, 2012 6:21 PM
To: PORTALS@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU
Subject: Re: [PORTALS] uPortal: how's it doing?

 

Actually Yes!  There has been some really cool activity going on in the uPortal community.  Since you last evaluated, they have release uPortal version 4, as well as uMobile version 1.

From the end-user perspective, uPortal has evolved dramatically.  The general navigation and customization, as well as the administrative features have all been redesigned by professionals in usability and accessibility.  There are also a number of exciting new features and applications added by the growing portal/portlet developer community, including mobile support, announcements app, news reader app, integrated searching, stats reporting, email app, calendar app, LMS integration, the list goes on.

Under the covers, the internal APIs have been rewritten using modern best practices, adding support for things like Grouper and Shibboleth, as well as making it much easier to deploy, administer, and maintain.

And finally, the out-of-box uMobile support is a big bonus in today's push to go mobile.  The built-in uMobile service gives you NATIVE mobile device support for delivering all the portlet apps to the iPhone and Android platforms without writing all the additional code.

You can find some additional information here:

uPortal - http://www.jasig.org/uportal-4-0-announcement
uMobile - http://www.jasig.org/umobile

Hope this helps, Tim