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1 Indiana University Has Embarked on a Journey to Create the “Next Generation” Web Portal James Thomas, Manager, Systems Integration Team John F. Walsh, Director, University Information Systems

2 Indiana University Has Embarked on a Journey to Create the “Next Generation” Web Portal Attribution Jim Gorman, University at Buffalo –Pioneer Michael Handberg and Bob Kvavik, U. of Minnesota –Marvelous vision Randy Ebeling, U. Texas, Austin –Just do it! Ed Lightfoot, U. Washington –A brilliant moment of lucidity Howard Strauss, Princeton –An integrated thinker and my hero!

3 Indiana University Has Embarked on a Journey to Create the “Next Generation” Web Portal Summary Background Buy vs Build Getting started Methodology User centered Challenges Best practices

4 Indiana University Has Embarked on a Journey to Create the “Next Generation” Web Portal Background May IT Strategic Plan for IU Action 37: Common Interface to administrative systems Action 38: Thin client and multi-tiered architectures Action 44: User-centered design

5 Indiana University Has Embarked on a Journey to Create the “Next Generation” Web Portal Background March 2000 – JAD Session Single Sign-on and Authentication 24 X 7 availability Role-based “one stop” shopping “Usability tested” interface Enterprise Application Integration

6 Indiana University Has Embarked on a Journey to Create the “Next Generation” Web Portal Background Opportunity Knocks PeopleSoft ERP implementation for HRMS and Student Administration Re-engineering numerous legacy applications to be web enabled Implementing a ‘web services’, object-like model to enterprise application development under the IT Strategic Plan

7 Indiana University Has Embarked on a Journey to Create the “Next Generation” Web Portal IU’s Vision Unified front end to IU services Single sign-on and authentication Role-based customization Usability tested personalization Application integration (more than just “flaming logos” and “spinning icons”) Adaptive user interface Universal access 24 X 7 Completely user-centered environment

8 Indiana University Has Embarked on a Journey to Create the “Next Generation” Web Portal Buy vs Build Decision Summer 2000: Should we buy a portal? Portal market was still maturing No complete portal solutions Gartner Group white paper (ITExpo 2000, Oct. 2000) confirmed our analysis Portal market is high risk, crowded and due for shakeout mid-2001 Dominated by very small independent software vendors In contrast, they make up a very small part of larger vendor’s revenues (IBM, Oracle, CA) Lack of complete portal solutions

9 Indiana University Has Embarked on a Journey to Create the “Next Generation” Web Portal Buy vs Build Decision Should we build? Is it too late? Consider your development resources Consider building with a partner Consider buying a framework (Oracle, Microsoft, CA, etc) Got Java? Consider the JA-SIG Benefit from owning your portal

10 Indiana University Has Embarked on a Journey to Create the “Next Generation” Web Portal Getting started Obtain support from the top Communicate vision as broadly as possible Establish clear and detailed plan of action Engage students, faculty, and staff Create process for prioritization Focus on “big bang for little bucks” services Plan for iterative development to avoid “analysis paralysis”

11 Indiana University Has Embarked on a Journey to Create the “Next Generation” Web Portal Why call it “next generation”? Not just an information portal Flexible and responsive to change Distributed model for service and content providers – the portal is the framework CBD/Web Services methodology and standards approach Shared component/service infrastructure - EDEN

12 Indiana University Has Embarked on a Journey to Create the “Next Generation” Web Portal OneStart & EDEN OneStart CustomizedPersonalizedAdaptableDesktop Application Delivered HRMSSISFISIUIEOther Other Content EDEN Channels Services Workflow Record Keeping SecurityUsers Application Services Applications User Interface Infrastructure

13 Indiana University Has Embarked on a Journey to Create the “Next Generation” Web Portal Review Methodology Researched existing methodologies at IU and other places Needed a methodology that supported the portal vision Created “living” methodology document

14 Indiana University Has Embarked on a Journey to Create the “Next Generation” Web Portal Methodology Overview Identify the requirements of the application – define the business processes or functions Map the requirements to business objects and usage scenarios. Map business objects to components or services. Avoid implementation details during this process!! Focus on business requirements.

15 Indiana University Has Embarked on a Journey to Create the “Next Generation” Web Portal Methodology Challenges Must have well defined business requirements May require training of IT staff Must implement methodology and standards for developing, maintaining, and publishing components/services Requires cooperation and communication across development teams

16 Indiana University Has Embarked on a Journey to Create the “Next Generation” Web Portal What are Components? A component is a specific piece of enterprise functionality that can be reused in future development and integration (ie Explorer Tree, CalcGPA, ValidateAccount, GetLocalAddress) A key difference between components and objects is that components clearly separate specification from implementation. This allows for easier re-use. Components have published interfaces to facilitate integration. These interfaces should be independent of their implementation.

17 Indiana University Has Embarked on a Journey to Create the “Next Generation” Web Portal Benefits A CBD and Web Services approach gives you... a repository of reusable business functions the ability to replace specific business functions without affecting the rest of your application rapid development capability by assembling existing components and services improved agility, flexibility, and scalability

18 Indiana University Has Embarked on a Journey to Create the “Next Generation” Web Portal Granularity Decision

19 Indiana University Has Embarked on a Journey to Create the “Next Generation” Web Portal Build a User-Centered Portal 1. User Participation – Advisory groups 2. Vigorous Usability Testing –Conducted portal study of MyYahoo, MyFidelity, MyExcite –Conducted navigation testing using portal prototype –Arranged accessibility testing sessions with visually impaired students –Performed testing of personalization features and options

20 Indiana University Has Embarked on a Journey to Create the “Next Generation” Web Portal Portal Challenges Single sign-on** Integrated Workflow** Getting IT staff buy in (no portal or too many) Prioritization of services Screen real estate (default channels) Portal Taxonomy Creating “stickiness” – “If you build it, they will come.” Will they come back?

21 Indiana University Has Embarked on a Journey to Create the “Next Generation” Web Portal More Portal Challenges Myth that browsers are a “universal” client (browsers - IE, Netscape, Mozilla, Opera, etc. :: OS’s – Windows 95/98, NT, 2000, Mac OS, Unix) ARGHHH!! Accessibility for a diverse group of clients – legal and ethical issues Privacy policy issues Integration of vended software

22 Indiana University Has Embarked on a Journey to Create the “Next Generation” Web Portal Services Finanacials CalendarNews Student Self Service*Games Course ManagementLibrary Institutional ReportingLinks Mobile bookmarks*Entertainment Secure Telnet client (*create student “stickiness”)

23 Indiana University Has Embarked on a Journey to Create the “Next Generation” Web Portal Future services Single sign-on“Top 10” channels Workflow Engine“What’s new?” Faculty servicesDesktop Tools Online CommunityWireless access HR E-docsAlumni services? Service integration

24 Indiana University Has Embarked on a Journey to Create the “Next Generation” Web Portal OneStart.iu.edu “It all begins with OneStart” Staff pilot release May 11 th, 2001 Student pilot release June 28 th, 2001 General availability to students, faculty, and staff scheduled for Sep. 28 th, 2001

25 Indiana University Has Embarked on a Journey to Create the “Next Generation” Web Portal Top 10 Best Practices (in James’s opinion) 10.Have Fun!! 9.Focus on a few “big bang” services first with some “sticky” services thrown in 8.Define basic interoperability standards 7.Assume an iterative development process 6.Conduct frequent usability and accessibility testing 5.Obtain a shared vision across the enterprise 4.Get students excited about the project! 3.Have a strategic plan 2. Work to have only one portal 1.Obtain ongoing executive level support

26 Indiana University Has Embarked on a Journey to Create the “Next Generation” Web Portal Demo OneStart.iu.edu Want to talk portals?


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