Netegrity fortifies portal with Web services

Netegrity this week at the Delphi Consulting Group Inc. Enterprise Portal and Web Services Conference here bolstered its portal framework offering with capabilities designed to integrate and expose application functions and business processes as Web services.

The Netegrity Interaction Server's Portlet Generator offers a wizards-based template for integrating Web services described as WSDL (Web Services Description Language) into the portal, according to company officials in Waltham, Mass. Tapping protocols such as SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol), XML, and WSDL, the new functions allow the portal to consume and expose Web services regardless of whether the applications reside inside the firewall or are hosted remotely by a third party.

The Portlet Generator lets a portal administrator automatically configure the underlying Web service protocols needed to implement the Web service client within the portal infrastructure. The administrator, through the wizard, selects the parameters for the portlet, and the Generator automatically exposes the parameters as a secure Web services, according to Brian Eisenberg, senior product manager at Netegrity.

With support for Web services, portals are evolving into platforms for managing these services, according to Eisenberg.

"All native portlets can expose themselves with Web services interfaces," he said.

In addition, tight integration with Netegrity's SiteMinder secure access product allows Interaction Server portal to secure Web services-enabled portlets, Eisenberg said.

"One of the problems has been how to protect and secure access to Web services end points," he said. "With integration with SiteMinder, you can configure a policy to secure access to Web services end points."

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