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LDAP and Active Directory make it easier for site administrators to manage users and can improve the user experience.

Business Computer Design, Int’l Inc. introduced V4 of Nexus Portal at COMMON. The new version includes support for LDAP, complete cross-browser support, restructuring of the underlying CSS and JavaScript code, and improvements in password handling and the install process. 

The powerful user management features in Nexus play an important role in its ability to make enterprise information easier to access and to manage securely on the Web. V4 of Nexus now supports authenticating users against LDAP and Active Directory which makes it even easier for site administrators to manage users and improves the user experience. Many organizations now use LDAP, a cross-platform client-server protocol, to store and authenticate user IDs and passwords as well as to query and modify other information. The addition of LDAP now gives administrators three ways to authenticate users in Nexus, the first two being IBM i and Nexus user profiles. 

Users can now employ the same profile to log in to Nexus as they do to log in to other LDAP-supported resources. LDAP users can either be created automatically as they log in, or they can be added by the site administrator. After they are added, they can then be assigned permissions to content in Nexus and be assigned to Nexus groups. Site administrators of organizations who use LDAP no longer need to manage separate LDAP and Nexus profiles and can now disable profiles from the same place. 

Complete Cross-Browser Support and Restructuring of CSS and JavaScript

Cross-browser support has become very important for any Web solution with the popularity of Firefox and the increasing market share of Chrome. The user interface of Nexus has been supported in those browsers for a while now and in Nexus 4, the site administration interface is also supported. This was done by increasing the Web standards compliance of the HTML, CSS and JavaScript in Nexus. 

The underlying CSS and JavaScript code has also been restructured to make it easier to extend Nexus sites. The JavaScript has been simplified and reorganized into fewer files and jQuery, the most popular JavaScript library, is now used extensively in Nexus and can be extended by developers. A new style sheet model has been introduced that is more intuitive and again makes it easier to customize your site. These changes also improve page-load speeds. 

Better Password Handling and Install Process

Password security is improved in Nexus 4 with better encryption handling, and users now have the ability to change their IBM i user profile passwords from the Nexus login screen. Nexus administrators can control the number of days in advance to start displaying the password expiration warning message. The installation process has also been improved by simplifying the installation of concurrent Nexus sites by making the install faster and by reducing the steps needed to configure Nexus. 

Availability and Licensing

Nexus Portal V4 is now available. Users can request a free 30-day evaluation at http://www.bcdsoftware.com. For more information, call BCD at 630-986-0800, or write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The complete Nexus Portal is offered at no charge. This license includes the ECM, SmartCharts, and all other Nexus components, and is an unlimited number of users. The licensee agrees to pay an annual maintenance fee starting at the time Nexus is initially licensed. Nexus runs on existing IBM i components and does not require additional middleware. For existing users, upgrading to Nexus 4 requires a new license key, which needs to be entered during the upgrade process; contact BCD for the new key.

What Does Nexus Portal Do?

As an IBM i-hosted Web Portal solution, Nexus Portal facilitates fast, secure, and organized access to enterprise information through Web browsers. Nexus Portal assembles applications and documents, organizes content, and consolidates security and user information. It helps you fully support your organization’s Web implementation and furnishes the framework to administer the portal.

An important component of Nexus is the ECM (Enterprise Content Manager). The ECM is a secured IBM i-centric repository for uploading, searching, managing, and storing documents of all types within your Nexus portal and includes search and indexing capabilities.

Business Computer Design (BCD)

BCD is a Quadrant Software company and one of the most successful software organizations in the IBM i marketplace. The companies have a combined 60 years in the IBM i marketplace and have successfully helped thousands of organizations worldwide modernize. Together, Quadrant and BCD help customers maximize their investment in IBM i with their industry leading web development, mobilization, spool file beautification and document distribution tools. Their customers and partners around the world are leaders in key markets such as finance, manufacturing, transportation, retail and healthcare.
Quadrant and BCD are part of the Quadrant group of companies that also includes Netlert, which develops an Avaya call center performance analysis solution, and SoftBase, which provides application testing and tuning solutions for IBM's DB2 database utilizing the OS/390 and z/OS operating systems.
For more information, please visit http://www.bcdsoftware.com
and http://www.quadrantsoftware.com.




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