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

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    The Anti-Portal: mashup and forget it The Anti-Portal: mashup and forget it Presentation Transcript

    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    •  
        • 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
    • Happy passengers?
        • UCL
          • Focus groups
          • Online survey
      UCL UoB Proof of concept
        • 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
    • 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
    • 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?
    • 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?
    • 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?
    • 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