HP expands portal offerings

Hewlett-Packard's e-services division this week announced that it is private labelling Corporate Yahoo to offer its customers single windows access to internal and external data.

Hewlett-Packard will call its version of Yahoo's corporate offering the HP e-services portal, says Doug McGowan, general manager of the e-services dot solutions organisation at HP. The portal is designed to bring data from intranets and company applications together with external information from Yahoo's vast directory of services and news.

"The idea of the portal is to make employees more productive with ready access to information from corporate intranets and the internet as well as a place to go to publish information," McGowan says. "It is one sticky place for employees to go for information."

Last October, HP announced an alliance with portal vendor Viador that would put portals on the networks of HP customers. McGowan says that agreement is still in place and is complementary to the work being done with Yahoo. "The Viador portal is targeted at business intelligence, while the Yahoo offering is more broad base for all employees," he explains. "The Viador technology can plug in to (the e-services portal)."

HP is working with Yahoo and Tibco to put the portal technology on the customer's premises. Tibco's technology is being used to integrate access to internal applications and data, as well as tunnel through the firewall to grab information from Yahoo.

McGowan says HP also is working with a handful of third-party vendors to bring additional services into the portal window. One such partner is Autonomy, whose technology can be used for building knowledge bases using computer-based taxonomies to categorise data.

The HP e-services portal will be available at the end of July for Windows NT. A Unix version of the software is in the works as well. Pricing was not disclosed.

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