Yahoo, Tibco partner on portal plans

Yahoo plans to get into the corporate portal business through a partnership with middleware vendor Tibco, the companies announced this week.

The portal, called Corporate MyYahoo, will create personalised Web pages combining Yahoo's existing information services, including news, weather, stocks, messaging, calendars, and search engines, with internal corporate information such as employee directories, benefits, supply-chain status, and accounts payable, officials said at a Tibco conference in San Francisco.

Other possible features are peer-to-peer discussions, online corporate training, and interactive product directories, according to Tibco and Yahoo officials.

The corporate Yahoo portal will be rolled out to selected early customers around July and should be generally available later this year, said Srini Srinivasan, senior director of Internet solutions at Tibco.

Tibco's role will be to integrate and deliver internal and external information through these portals, which will bear their users' logos, Srinivasan said.

For example, the portal could give live updates of the user's sales, inventory, order status, or profitability, drawing the information out of the user's enterprise resource planning applications. This information would remain inside the user's firewall for security, he added.

The integration would extend to users' trading partners, so that Corporate MyYahoo could become a medium for business-to-business electronic-commerce and supply-chain planning, as well as financial transactions such as stock trading, Srinivasan said. Tibco is eyeing the financial industry because it already has many customers there, he added.

Yahoo would contribute content from its many partners, including customised news and information for 58 different industries, Tim Koogle, CEO of Yahoo, said in his keynote speech at the conference. Corporate My Yahoo could also become an internal collaboration tool, connecting co-workers via messaging software similar to the Yahoo Clubs offering, Koogle said.

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