IBM announces e-biz portal

Big Blue gets into the corporate portal game, hoping to stem information overload

IBM Wednesday announced the IBM Enterprise Information Portal, a service it hopes will help corporations sift through the vast amounts of business information available over the Internet. The portal focuses on personalised business searches, including multimedia, electronic documents and Lotus Notes files.

IBM also announced offerings from IBM Global Services that will support the Information Portal and said that Lotus' upcoming management portal, code named Raven, will support the IBM project. The service will be available worldwide beginning 30 November.

"Currently, there is more than one exabyte (1,152,921,504,606,846,976 bytes) of online data in the world, equivalent to telephone books stacked to the moon and back again," said Janet Perna, general manager of IBM Data Management, in a statement. "With the IBM Enterprise Information Portal, IBM is helping business partners and customers alike, quickly implement customised portal solutions, leveraging their most critical information to work more efficiently."

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