By implementing a new platform for web publishing, SAS now has a more homogeneous operational environment using the portal integration to a larger extent.
More functionality has been added and a common ground for administrators and editors has been established. "The combination IBM WebSphere Portal and EPiServer integrates the best of two worlds, an outstanding portal solution and a market leading publishing tool", said Sogeti's Jan Lindén
SAS needed a more modern system platform for publishing. They decided to use EPiServer CMS. Through the solution SAS has now a complete web environment within the intranet and a new group common publishing tool. Since early 2004 SAS has been using the IBM portal platform WebSphere Portal for their intranet solution. The portal was integrated with a SAS adjusted version of the web publishing tool Documentum Web Publisher and there were also other tools being used within the group. Functionality varied widely and some of the smaller tools were not completely integrated with the portal. So the solution included the operational and applications management of several systems, increasing management related costs.
Sogetis helped SAS in the transition of integrating EPiServer with the IBM WebSphere Portal and using the new technique standard Web Services for Remote Portlets (WSRP). The solution also included the implementation of the EPiServer module Image Vault (used for image management), an LDAP connection to the SAS Group's MS Active Directory to handle the user management and log-in through a single sign-on solution within the portal.
At the end of the project the solution handled about 220 information services and about 500 user groups. This is set to double within a two-year period.
"We now have one single publishing tool and have lowered the costs for maintenance, support and education", said Britt Ocklind, responsible at the SAS Corporate IT division.
SAS AB is the largest listed flight and travel group in the Nordic region and offers flight transport, flight related services and hotels. Overall SAS Group has about 32,400 employees, 1520 daily departures, 147 destinations and 217 hotels. The SAS Group has an annual turnover of 61 877 MSEK (2005).
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