As enterprises start building there Enterprise Portals, one of the common use complaints is portals are too slow. The dashboards in the portal are pulling data from multiple systems and repositories. Further, the data might be structured or unstructured based on the source. Pulling all this data, cleansing this data is consuming considerable CPU cycles. All this is leading to a very bad user experience.
What’s the way out?
• One way to migrate all the data onto a common structure and repository. This will be a considerable effort. Many organizations may not want to go this way.
• Another is create some kind of common data access layer where we can pull data across disparage systems. Products like WebSphere Information Integrator - Content Ed, fit this very much. We can add also add a caching solution using something like IBM Edge Servers to cache the data.
All this allows to provide data to the Portal with out modifying existing systems and still achieve a better user experience.
Some of the other similar products in the Information Integration space are
o Business Objects Data Federator
o BEA AquaLogic Data Services
o Composite Software Information Server
o WebSphere Information Integrator
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