We are working on implementing Luminis 5.2.1 (on LifeRay 188.8.131.52 EE).
One of our former highly-paid consultants (how do I get a gig like that?) described to the higher-ups on our steering committee an out-of-the-box feature of Luminis that I have yet to locate.
He described a portlet that can instantly display announcements sent to it via email.
Right now, our institution heavily uses mailing lists (Listserv) for mass communication. The result is many users—especially students—ignore and mark a lot of that traffic as spam.
So, our powers-that-be would prefer that traffic to be routed to some announcement portlets (that can be subsequently ignored by users) as opposed to "clogging people's inboxes".
Does anybody know of such a thing, out-of-the-box or otherwise?
I suppose I could try some sort of aggregation and RSS feeds displayed by an RSS portlet, but that may not be instantaneous enough. We use Google Apps for Education, and I've read about some RSS capabilities of Google groups. Listserv itself has some RSS capabilities as part of its archive mechanism, but I'd still have to contend with latency.
Then there's the issue of attachments. We generally discourage attachments on mailing lists, but we don't enforce anything beyond a message size limit. I don't know how a portlet would deal with attachments.
I suggested to our CIO that people learn how to use a discussion forum or message boards portlet for such communications, but user entrenchment is significant. It took us forever to move people to email from paper memos.
Anyway, have any of you implemented anything like this or know of a portlet solution that can provide such functionality?
(I apologize if I posted to the wrong forum here...)