I initially wanted to write this blog before SAP TechEd in Las Vegas to convince the participants in the event to come to the session and learn about this new and exciting Portal functionality in SAP NetWeaver 2004s. I was happy to see that although I never got around to writing it (due to time constraints), both the lecture detailing what’s new in the federated portal network (session UPE 208) and the federated portal network hands-on (Session UPE 255) were fully booked. As we is still have TechEd in EMEA coming our way (TechEd Amsterdam in October 18-20) I decided that there is still some room for writing a blog and to advertise the sessions. After all, we want the participation in the upcoming TechEd to be just as impressive or even more than in Las Vegas. Some of you are probably wondering what the federated portal network is all about and what it can do for you. In one sentence – it’s all about sharing content between portals. Many companies today have more than one portal in their organization, whether it is a vertical portal for exposing ERP content, a vertical portal for exposing BW content and Analytic dashboards to executive managers, or a central horizontal portal providing uses with access to applications and information. These portals can be from the same vendor or from different vendors and are sometimes controlled by different IT departments that require different versions and functionality to achieve their portal business goal. At the same time, the global IT departments are looking for ways to provide their users with a single point of access to all information (this is after all what a portal is all about). Using the federated portal network, companies can keep their current landscape while enhancing user productivity by aggregating all of the portal applications into one central horizontal portal. At TechEd, we conduct two sessions related to the federated portal network – a lecture and a hands-on workshop. In the lecture, we cover the scenario business use cases, the different content usage modes provided (the different ways to share content), how we use the federated portal in SAP to support the MySAP ERP2005 distributed landscape scenario, and information on the new functionality to be provided in upcoming versions (for more information about the session, see http://www.sapteched.com/emea/edu_sessions/session.htm?sid=292). In the hands-on workshop, you get an opportunity to use the most recent SAP NetWeaver Portal version to configure a federated portal landscape, share content between different SAP NetWeaver Portals, and integrate content coming from an IBM WebSphere portal using WSRP in SAP NetWeaver (for more information about the hands-on session, see http://www.sapteched.com/emea/edu_sessions/session.htm?sid=288). Hope to see you in one of the federated portal session in the upcoming Tech Eds. For additional information about federated portal networks, visit us on SDN at SDN Federated Portal Network page.