Staff portal launched to help streamline staff resources, e-procurement and administration
The University of Paisley has announced the launch of a new staff portal designed to be a central entry point for both internal resources and external services. Built using Mediapps’ Net.Portal application, the service is currently being rolled out to the University’s 1300 staff to enhance and facilitate communications, e-procurement and access to the existing intranet.
The new portal will dramatically reduce the time users spend searching for information currently stored across the university network and within multiple applications and databases. Net.Portal also allows access rights to be set on a group basis, allowing tailored information sources such as research funding, course administration and other links to be controlled across defined user groups. Generic services, such as email, contact directories and university news are made available, and personalisable, to all.
As the portal develops, a secure e-procurement service will be fully integrated. Helping to reduce the pressure on existing supply and finance channels, the service will allow approved staff to place direct orders for goods and services electronically with approved third party suppliers.
“The University of Paisley was an early adopter of intranet technology and quickly built both staff and student intranet services,” explains Tony Shaw, Director Network and Information Systems Management at the University of Paisley. “However, as demand grew it became clear that different user groups and faculties demanded different content and services. It was this need that led to a portal strategy that would enable us to centrally manage staff resources, yet allow each user to personalise the service to suit his or her own needs.”
“Portal technology is ideally suited to environments where users are dispersed across multiple locations,” explains Ian Wells, Managing Director of Mediapps UK. “For a university such as Paisley, information can be centrally administered and disseminated. Built to act as a hub between content providers and content ‘consumers’, Net.Portal reduces the time each user traditionally spends searching for information over disparate networks and databases.”
The staff portal also includes the following services; web directory bookmarks, faculty news, university calendar and network application resources. Staff situated off campus will have access to the service remotely by way of a private WAN or a secure VPN.
Mediapps' Net.Portal, is a browser-based application, used by companies to filter and deliver internal and external electronic information to employees and customers. Net.Portal, provides a fast and powerful information management tool at both an individual and corporate level. It improves the relevance and enhances the personalisation of business information from the Internet and intranet.
Users of Net.Portal can customise the portal interface, giving it their own corporate look and feel. The administrator can also determine which information sources are used in their organisation, how they are used and which employees have access to them. Furthermore, they can add their own information sources. Net.Portal is available in a number of languages and on three platforms: Lotus Domino, Java and Microsoft IIS.
With more than 240 customers, Mediapps is Europe’s leading provider of portal-based technology. Mediapps’ strategy is to provide not just the software necessary to create a portal but pre-configured information sources as well. When combined with ready to use user profiling, Net.Portal, Mediapps’ Portal Generator, can provide rapid results right ‘out of the box’ with little or no coding required.
Net.Portal makes it possible for organisations to deploy portals for use in an intranet, extranet or Internet environment. Users define their own profile and interests and benefit from delivery of the right information, at the right time, aggregated from the myriad of internal and external information sources that exist today.
Clients of Mediapps include: Radisson Edwardian Hotels, University of Warwick, Alcatel, IBM, BT (British Telecommunications), Bull, Carl Zeiss, Dior, Wanadoo and ZDNet.
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