The Anti-Portal: mashup and forget it

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Published on August 19, 2009

Author: jeremyspeller

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A workshop session presented by myself and Russell Allen at IWMW2009 at the University of Essex

The Anti-Portal : mashup and forget it Jeremy Speller Director of Media Services UCL Russell Allen Project Manager University of Bradford Institutional Web Managers Workshop University of Essex 29 July 2009

Starting points What we're going to cover How UoB and UCL got into the portal game What we discovered during development Outcomes of proof of concept UoB BETA and afterwards The end...or not? Along the way: group work BTW - we don't hate portals (necessarily!)  UCL UoB

What we're going to cover

How UoB and UCL got into the portal game

What we discovered during development

Outcomes of proof of concept

UoB BETA and afterwards

The end...or not?

Along the way: group work

BTW - we don't hate portals (necessarily!) 

Starting points UoB project driven by grant...there was research and a business case UCL driven by user requirement Common issue: explaining portals  UCL UoB

UoB project driven by grant...there was research and a business case

UCL driven by user requirement

Common issue: explaining portals 

Starting points GROUP SESSION Explain what a portal is and does to stakeholders and/or users UCL UoB

Starting points Is there a simple definition? How would those definitions change if you were explaining it to a: Dean Web Developer End User Feature-based analysis web-based services which ones are actually required Benefit-based analysis  'selling' the benefits UCL UoB

Is there a simple definition?

How would those definitions change if you were explaining it to a:

Dean

Web Developer

End User

Feature-based analysis

web-based services

which ones are actually required

Benefit-based analysis 

'selling' the benefits

Laying tracks UoB approach Serendipity CEAI and UoB High profile lots of internal press.  Portal seen as salvation. Disconnect between techies experimenting and business expecting full-blown portal POC was to test Oracle portal (not shown to users) The technology works But something was missing...the picture gets blurrier N tier architecture, my baptism of fire UCL UoB Building the test sites

UoB approach

Serendipity CEAI and UoB

High profile lots of internal press.  Portal seen as salvation.

Disconnect between techies experimenting and business expecting full-blown portal

POC was to test Oracle portal (not shown to users)

The technology works

But something was missing...the picture gets blurrier

N tier architecture, my baptism of fire

  UCL approach 6 month project "Borrowing" staff - including excellent PM integrate a small number of critical apps Common issue: resources Common issue: politics Common issue: "easy" to build, difficult to maintain and develop Laying tracks Building the test sites UoB

UCL approach

6 month project

"Borrowing" staff - including excellent PM

integrate a small number of critical apps

Common issue: resources

Common issue: politics

Common issue: "easy" to build, difficult to maintain and develop

Happy passengers? UCL Focus groups Online survey UCL UoB Proof of concept Common issue: amount of work required for success

UCL

Focus groups

Online survey

Common issue: amount of work required for success

Happy passengers? GROUP SESSION What are the critical factors for success? UCL UoB Proof of concept

Happy passengers? Business case User benefit Clear definition Technical skills Identity management Application silos Politics UCL UoB Proof of concept

Business case

User benefit

Clear definition

Technical skills

Identity management

Application silos

Politics

Steaming ahead From Proof of Concept to Beta Relying on partially available resource matrix teams getting a student in Recreating what already exists   UoB's existing intranet Don't beta me up - what the users thought UCL UoB BETA site

From Proof of Concept to Beta

Relying on partially available resource

matrix teams

getting a student in

Recreating what already exists

  UoB's existing intranet

Don't beta me up - what the users thought

Beeching cut? Beta two we'll beta you to death! What do users want? Not this! Building the case for dismissal from user evidence Getting the Board to agree we already had web-based services it's that 80/20 rule Moving from SSO to SSO.  Keeping the essence. How to 'do' politics or how to kill a Zombie project Let's suspend UCL UoB End of the line?

Beta two we'll beta you to death!

What do users want? Not this!

Building the case for dismissal from user evidence

Getting the Board to agree

we already had web-based services

it's that 80/20 rule

Moving from SSO to SSO.  Keeping the essence.

How to 'do' politics or how to kill a Zombie project

Let's suspend

Beeching cut? GROUP SESSION How do we achieve portal benefits without resources or a formal portal framework? UCL UoB End of the line?

Beeching cut? Features SSO Authorisation Personalisation (Portlets) Straightforward access to services for users Value-added for users Service providers can see the value to their users Don't build an extra tier into architecture UCL UoB End of the line?

Features

SSO

Authorisation

Personalisation

(Portlets)

Straightforward access to services for users

Value-added for users

Service providers can see the value to their users

Don't build an extra tier into architecture

Branch line? No money (really!) Lightweight development Existing technologies 3rd party services? A "page of buttons" Is any of this the "anti-portal"? UCL UoB Under construction?

No money (really!)

Lightweight development

Existing technologies

3rd party services?

A "page of buttons"

Is any of this the "anti-portal"?

The making of the Anti-Portal: Pt1

The making of the Anti-Portal: Pt2

The making of the Anti-Portal: Pt3

The making of the Anti-Portal: Pt4

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