CA releases new Jasmineii

Jasmineii Portal 3.0 is now generally available, a Computer Associates International Inc. (CA) official said Wednesday, detailing enhancements to the electronic-business software that allows companies to create portals for use by individuals and groups.

The software now allows users to drag-and-drop content to quickly personalize workspaces after determining which information is most relevant to their daily duties. Dynamic resizing automatically shows the content in a readable format. The update also supports multiple personalized workspaces, so that users can create portals for the different hats they wear at work.

"This release takes personalization to a whole new level," said Carl Hartman, a CA vice president for corporate marketing during a news conference.

The upgrade also has additional language support for localized access, presentation and search functions in Japanese, traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese and Korean. As with past versions, it also supports English, Spanish, French, Italian and German.

The software allows administrators to set up templates that provide a standard way to send information to particular users. For instance, the templates can enable sending default content to customers in business-to-business or business-to-consumer relationships, Hartman said.

Users can integrate Jasmineii with other CA applications, as well as with ERP (enterprise resource planning) software, other types of business or analytical software, and real-time data from Web feeds, he said.

J.P. Morgan American Century expects to have a return on investment of more than US$2 million in its first full year of implementation with Jasmineii, said Bruce Focht, data mining analyst for the retirement services company, which started using the portal software with 100 users in February and plans to increase that to more than 1,000 by the end of the year.

The software is being used to create a collaborative Web site for retirement-plan sponsors, J.P. Morgan American Century's customers. Clients can set up personalized Web sites, including customized versions of folders they see when they log on, Focht said. The software further has helped reduce the amount of work needed to produce and maintain static reports.

"Before we implemented our portal we were doing almost all of our reports via paper," he said. "That was a huge expense for our company and also not an efficient use of our resources." Some retirement investment counselors were spending so much time on producing reports that they didn't have enough time to counsel customers, he added.

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