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University of Southern California brings financial and administration applications to the web with Hippo

The University of Southern California (USC) has deployed the new version of Apache Jetspeed, the open source enterprise portal that is maintained and serviced by Hippo, on which it successfully runs its Staff Intranet since 2006. The system covers USC’s Financial Information Systems and Administrative Information Services departments. It provides users access to university research, administration, and financial systems through a web-enabled architecture and a Web 2.0 enterprise portal.

Hippo’s portal solution utilizes open source Java-based web components (JSR-168) and underlying application programming interfaces (APIs) that facilitate compatibility between applications and servers. With dynamic management of underlying databases, Jetspeed provides simple data management and simple data access.

The new release of Jetspeed's SOA and Web 2.0 architecture enables USC to integrate further within and outside of organizational boundaries. Additionally, the new release integrates out of the box with USC's university-standardized Federated Identity system for highly secure user authentication and authorization.

David Taylor, Hippo's Portal Product Manager, said, “Forward-thinking organizations such as the University of Southern California are deploying web-based technologies that allow employees to choose their user experience, with personalized applications based on role, context, actions, location, preferences and team collaboration needs. Apache Jetspeed software provides a composite application or business mashup framework and the advanced tooling needed to build flexible, SOA-based solutions, as well as the unmatched scalability required by any size organization.”

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