Oracle yesterday introduced its "portlet" concept, aimed at simplifying the design of corporate Web portals.
A central part of what the company calls its "Portal Framework" strategy, portlets are software components in which companies house reusable information or applications that can be used to quickly assemble electronic business portals, the database and tools vendor said in a statement.
Portals are Web sites that typically aggregate a variety of online services and links to related sites.
Oracle's move comes as rival software vendor Microsoft aggressively promotes its "Digital Dashboard" concept for simplifying the design of corporate Web portals. Microsoft earlier this week also released new tools for building portals.
Oracle also plans to make available "packaged portals", which will deliver a single integrated view of enterprise and customer relationship management applications. The packaged portals can be further customised with portlets to meet the needs of individual businesses, the company said.
A portlet software-development kit will be made available later this year, Oracle said.
The Oracle Portal Framework and "portlet" assembly capabilities also will be integrated into WebDB 3.0, which is scheduled for beta release in November, Oracle said. WebDB is a tool set for designing and deploying portals.
Oracle meanwhile yesterday introduced WebDB 2.2, which offers site templates that can be customised for use in instant, out-of-the-box portals, Oracle said.
In addition, WebDB 2.2 can also handle more than 20 languages and is capable of offering a customised view of content-based on individual users' interests and access privileges, the company said.
As part of its forthcoming Oracle Applications 11i release, the company said it also plans to deliver pre-built, packaged portals for generic use inside organisations.