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LDAP and complete cross browser support highlight version 4 of BCD's Nexus Portal

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CHICAGO, May 2nd, 2011– Today, Business Computer Design, Int’l Inc. ( ) introduced version 4 of Nexus Portal which includes support for LDAP, complete cross browser support, restructuring of the underlying CSS and JavaScript code, and improvements to 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. Version 4 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 end user experience. Many organizations now use LDAP, a cross platform client server protocol, to store and authenticate user IDs and passwords as well to query and modify other information. The addition of LDAP now gives you three ways to authenticate users in Nexus, the first two being IBM i and Nexus user profiles.

End users can now use 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 end 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 have also been restructured to make it easier to extend your 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. You can request a free 30 day evaluation at . For more information, please call BCD at (630) 986-0800, or forward your request via e-mail to .

The complete Nexus Portal is offered at no charge. This license includes the ECM, SmartCharts, and all other Nexus components, and is for unlimited 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. Please contact BCD for your new key.


About BCD

BCD is one of the most successful software organizations in the IBM System i space. BCD has proudly received 40+ industry awards for software excellence. They have over 30 years of experience in the IBM midrange marketplace and to date more than 10,000 organizations have licensed over 30,000 BCD software solutions worldwide. BCD is a member of IBM’s System i ISV Advisory Council and is an IBM Advanced Business Partner.

About Nexus Portal

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.