What is a Federated Portal Network?
- Secure connections throughout your worldwide portal infrastructure
- Multi language support
- User Stores and Role based architecture(s) that ensures users to access only their needed content
- Dynamic content access to repositories and applications specific to the user(s) day to day business needs
Now then, that all sounds pretty straight forward from a needs point of view. Everything else should be nice and easy to achieve correct? Well not exactly. We really need to take a look at what all this means to us on a global IT scale and as a company. Due to constant company merges and acquisitions we may have many different types of SAP Portals and non SAP portals out there in our landscape. We may have a variety of different needs from a content point of view also. This also means that the administration of the content on any variety of available portals may need to be maintained separately at each site. Therefore, we as a global company in an ever changing environment may need to maintain user roles, rights, access to and creation of content and applications. Achieving symmetry between global organizations that are potentially separated by many IT centers dispersed worldwide is the advantage of a Federated Portal Network. By integrating individual portal instances that are spread throughout your worldwide infrastructure you are essentially creating one single interactive portal network that can be customized not only from a content standpoint but also from a business centric strategic viewpoint. As I move through this blog series I will walk you through the key features of the Federated Portal Network available within the SAP NetWeaver product. Next Step: Intro to Implementation of a Federated Portal Network (FPN)