An international pharmaceuticals organisation wanted to develop a physicians' portal, accessible in multiple languages, to enable it to gain a better understanding of the information needs of physicians and to become the world-wide, on-line, medical community of choice.
The architecture consisted of Interwoven (for portal content and workflow management), Autonomy (for processing unstructured data, establishing relationships between information and personalising content), SilverStream (for managing web page requests and delivery) and Oracle.
Maddox Ford's role was the architecture design, the SilverStream and Oracle development and Autonomy configuration.
Content is presented from a number of sources (externally from electronic news providers; internally via templates; portals users via question-and-answer sessions and discussion threads; and other web-sites) and passed through Interwoven for categorization at both local (country) and global levels. Once categorized it is stored in an Oracle database, optimized for subsequent search and retrieval. The user interface, developed in SilverStream, is personalized according to a given user's profile (areas of interest and specialisation).