11/25/2003 - Sun Microsystems Inc., the creator and leading advocate of Java technology, announced that Air France -- a major leading airline in Europe, with annual revenues of €12.687 billion Euros ($14.912 billion USD) -- chose Sun to meet its worldwide, business-critical communication and collaboration needs. The Sun Java System Portal Server, a key component of the Sun Java Enterprise System, will be improving worldwide communication amongst Air France's 71,525 global employees. Led by Sun Software Services, Sun beat competitors by showcasing its ability to integrate SAP, IBM Lotus Notes, Air France's corporate directory and other key applications while providing multi-application server support, including IBM Websphere.
"Sun meets our need to provide our employees with secure, anytime, anywhere personalized access to business-critical services," said Thierry Guez, manager, architecture department for Air France, "We are impressed with Sun's ability to help us deploy a highly-customized, tightly integrated solution that works with our existing infrastructure and anticipate that we will save a significant amount of time and money."
The Air France solution will help increase employee productivity by providing centralized access to email, calendar, human resources, corporate information, search tools and other business applications. The Sun solution delivers the scalability, reliability and security that Air France needs.
"The Air France solution will empower end-user employees by helping them to make better business decisions," said Stephen Pelletier, vice president of network identity, communications and portal services for Sun Microsystems. "Our portal services provide customers a secure single-point-of access to business-critical data and applications while providing Air France a strong return on investment."
Air France employees have intranet and Internet access to their portal services running on the Solaris operating system. With increased international regulation and tightened security in the airline industry, it is imperative that enterprises build highly secure infrastructures that provide identity management authorization and authentication, for policy and role-based access to data.
The Java System Portal Server is the industry's first identity-enabled portal server solution supporting multiple application servers (Sun Java System Application Server, IBM Websphere and BEA Weblogic) and the latest JSR168 portlet specification. It provides access capabilities to end user communities while combining key portal services, such as personalization, aggregation, security, integration, mobile access, and search. Unique capabilities that can enable secure remote access to internal portals and applications round out a complete portal platform for deploying robust business-to-employee, business-to-business, and business-to-consumer portals.
Sun Software Services work closely with Air France on the portal design and build phases which include portal and Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) application server design, security, application integration (SAP, Lotus, Verity, Intranex) and expertise with building JSR 168- compliant portlets. Sun Software Services will continue to partner with Air France to help ensure the highest quality of engineering, integration and architectural design for the deployment.
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