Reporting from the WebSphere Portal Excellence 2010 Conference in Chicago, Sal Pece is telling us that there is big buzz from IBM surrounding Project Northstar, IBM's new vision of how to deliver pertinent portal content to the end user. 


IBM Project Northstar's vision is driven by a common set of beliefs, which have been reinforced by many customer success stories, as well as interviews with CEOs and senior public sector leaders around the world. Our vision is based upon the following key principles:

  • Context is key. The best Web experiences make all users feel like the experience was custom fit for them – based upon their preferences, device, location, social networks, and behaviors.

  • Social is everywhere and everywhere is social. According to the latest IBM 2010 CEO study, eight-eight percent of all CEOs picked “getting closer to the customer” as the most important dimension to realizing their strategy over the next five years. Organizations hoping to meaningfully interact with, and listen to, customers must transform their online experience beyond one-way information sharing or “brochure sites”. A more socially-infused experience is now expected, one that supports true dialogue with, and between, customers.

  • Web Experiences can be both visually pleasing and flexible. You don't need to sacrifice scalability, flexibility, and manageability to create a graphical, persuasive, and responsive web experience.

  • Integration must be easy. To create a truly interactive, context-aware Web experience, you must be able to easily leverage and extend existing data sources like CRM systems, social media sites, and back-end applications, as well as other product or cloud-based service you acquire in the future.

  • Proper measurement can lead to competitive advantage. At a tactical level, analytics are key to determining if you are meeting your business objectives and properly engaging customers. At a more strategic level, analytics are also fundamental to gathering enough information about your customers to truly understand them, making it possible to deliver user-optimized Web experiences that deliver more to your bottom line.


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