BroadVision updates enterprise portal product

Software maker BroadVision highlighted changes and additions in its upcoming InfoExchange Portal 6.0 product on Tuesday. The updated version of the software, designed as an e-business gateway for content management and enterprise collaboration, is scheduled for worldwide release at the end of June.

Version 6.0 will feature "portlets" for simplifying integration with back-end legacy systems and systems from vendors such as PeopleSoft and Siebel Systems, BroadVision Vice President of Platforms and Portal Technology Bill Zujewski said in a conference call. The new version will also introduce a community pages "wizard" for quickly setting up Web sites for collaborative working. Zujewski said the update also contains a "whole bunch of tweaks," including improved personalisation and content-filtering features.

Pricing for InfoExchage Portal 6.0 will remain unchanged, BroadVision executives said.

BroadVision is struggling to regain its footing after a rocky few months. In early April, the company announced it was laying off 15 percent of its staff, cut its first-quarter 2001 financial outlook, and revised its previously-announced fourth-quarter 2000 earnings. Instead of the profit originally forecast by analysts, BroadVision posted a US$38.9 million pro-forma net loss for the first quarter of 2001. BroadVision executives attributed the weak performance to economic uncertainties, leading to customer reluctance to close deals and complete major IT expenditures.

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