While working at Informix Software as Director of the Latin America Internet Competency Center I had the opportunity to lead the development of some very interesting products that were sold to our regional customers. After Informix was acquired by IBM in 2001, we continued supporting these products for about another two years.
This application is a Web Content Management system built on WebSphere Application Server and the Informix Dynamic Server database. All the content was stored and indexed by the database, using the Excalibur Text datablade.This solution proved to be very successful in Latin America, where it was sold to many large organizations.
Instant Intranet was originally written using the Web Datablade, a development tool from Informix Software, result of the Illustra acquisition.
In 2000 I started planning the development of a tool that would allow us to migrate easily both that application as well as the many other applications written by our customers to Java. Instant Portal is the result of that effort.
Instant Portal was built as a Java tag library and ran on any standard application server such as WebSphere and provided developers with a simple framework to create powerful and scalable enterprise web applications.
Over time, I added several features like a personalization and rules engine, that allowed developers to also migrate applications based on the i.Sell framework (ATG) to any J2EE application server.