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Anyone familiar with portal product called PlumTree or Aqualogic?
April 21, 2010 at 9:25 pm #98386
Anyone out there in the GovLoop community have experience developing or working with the product called PlumTree (sort of a SharePoint alternative)?
I am hoping to pick someone’s brain about a potential project we have with a Department of Defense client.
April 21, 2010 at 9:55 pm #98402
Yes. I’ve deployed this product at a number of clients over the past 7 years. Let me know if there is something specific I can help with.
April 21, 2010 at 9:56 pm #98400
I know a few folks – used to run a KM practice at SRA that featured (sadly) lots of portals… Many of them Plumtree, a nice little company that was for a time the last pure-play portal vendor in the market. First, a little history: Plumtree was acquired by BEA, who renamed the product their “Aqualogic” (I think the full name was Aqualogic User Interaction Layer or some such). This was to differentiate it from their Weblogic product. (“What, we don’t sell two portals! They’re completely different!”) In any case, BEA was then acquired by Oracle – and I have no idea where that product lives now.
But I have a few names of people who are former Plumtree warriors… Feel free to contact me privately.
April 22, 2010 at 12:26 pm #98398
Plumtree Portal is now marketed as WebCenter Interaction from Oracle.
April 22, 2010 at 2:04 pm #98396
Good to have the update, thanks. Is WebCenter Interaction now the user layer for the once tragic Oracle portal product?
April 25, 2010 at 12:59 pm #98394
Plumtree was one of the first portals that allowed content from other providers to be integrated into Plumtree. SharePoint is good for what it does out of the box. Once you need to have custom workflows, metadata management, business rules, and build a business application, Plumtree emerges as a better choice. Plumtree was acquired by BEA and now Oracle. Any comparison will need to assess how Plumtree will be in the Oracle product line.
April 26, 2010 at 3:13 am #98392
I have some experience with it both when it was Plumtree and then AquaLogic. My organization was looking at it as part of a data/information-sharing strategy with other commands. We decided against it because it would be too expensive and time consuming to move out of the windows environment. It’s still a good environment, just not the direction my organization wanted to go. (I wish it did)
STRATCOM is heavy into it. They are trying to get other Combatant Commands to move into their environment for better data/info management. Air Force is driving that initiative.
May 9, 2010 at 2:52 am #98390
AquaLogic is a BPM tool, it was acquired by BEA to counter IBM that was creating a holistic framework with BPM integrated within WebSphere. The IBM product is called Business Integration.
SharePoint target application is different. It is designed for content management application in a collaborative environment. And, it has some work-flow capability with XML import / export capability.
AcquaLogic is a BPM tool that allows for designing business processes automation and its management. Basically it helps develop and deploy business processes management that are web services enabled.
To my mind both have very different target application.
May 10, 2010 at 3:24 pm #98388
Yes, we worked with PlumTree Collaboration Suite (Renamed by BEA as the Aqualogic Portal). Renamed again by Oracle “Web Center Interaction”, as mentioned above. Good standards-based product, we worked with it based on the JSR 168 portlets in a RH Linux as part of a SOA-BPM enterprise solution for a large civilian project.
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