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Oracle WebCenter - Well Connected

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An good post from Dan
Elam
on the state of the ECM industry (http://www.aiim.org/community/blogs/community/ECM-Vendors-go-to-War)
. For those of you who don’t know Dan, he is one of the major forces in the
content management industry. He founded eVisory and IMERGE Consulting, he is an AIIM Fellow and a former US
Technical Expert to the International Standards Organization (ISO), and has
been a driving force behind EmTag, AIIM’s Emerging Technologies Group. His post is interesting – it starts out
talking about our Moveoff Documentum campaign, but then it becomes a much
deeper insight into the ECM industry.

Dan points out that
Oracle has been making quiet strides in the ECM industry. In fact, analysts
share this view Oracle, pointing out Oracle is growing greater than 20%
annually while many of the big vendors are shrinking. And as Dan points out,
this cements Oracle as one of the big five in the ECM space – the same week
that Autonomy was removed from the Gartner Magic Quadrant for ECM.

One of the key
things points out is that Oracle WebCenter is well connected. WebCenter has
out-of-the-box connections to key enterprise applications such as E-Business
Suite, PeopleSoft, Siebel and JD Edwards. Those out-of-the-box integrations
make it easy for organizations to drive content right into the places where it
is needed, in the midst of business processes. At the same time, WebCenter
provides composite interface capabilities to bring together two or more of
these enterprise applications onto the same screen. Combine that with the
capabilities of Oracle Social Network, you start to see how Oracle is providing
a full platform for user engagement.

But beyond those
connections, WebCenter can also connect to other content management systems. It
can index and search those systems from a single point of search, bringing back
results in a single combined hitlist. WebCenter can also extend records
management capabilities into Documentum, SharePoint, and email archiving
systems. From a single console, records managers can define a series, set a
retention schedule, and place holds – without having to go to each system to
make these updates.

Dan points out that
there are some new competitive dynamics – to be sure. And it is interesting
when a system can interact with another system, enforce dispositions and holds,
and enable users to search and retrieve content. Oracle WebCenter is providing
the infrastructure to build on, and the interfaces to drive user engagement.
It’s an interesting time.

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