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Portals can serve many purposes, including the delivery of information used for IT management purposes. A team of engineers within Hewlett-Packard has developed a portal-based J2EE-application, Service Information Portal (SIP), which brings together various management products from HP OpenView, HP's IT management software, and provides a single portal view to many groups of users. Originally developed before the Java Portlet standard (JSR-168) was released, this product delivers its own portal server and framework. While the team successfully integrated data from the various management systems, the portal lacked the ability to have more flexible layout and navigation. The portal was also limited when it attempted to integrate data from outside sources. With the Java community's adoption of JSR 168 the SIP team saw the clear benefits of exiting the portal server mark... (more)