Officially Official - WebCenter PS3 is here!

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The long awaited release of WebCenter PS3 is finally here! WebCenter PS3 represents the rationalization of many of Oracle's acquired technologies in the Enterprise 2.0 space, into a single, enterprise portal platform. Whether portals are being developed from an IDE or configured within a browser by business users, WebCenter offers a platform with a comprehensive range of functionality to allow an enterprise rapid deployment of online solutions.

For a rundown on some of the exciting new features, check out the link belowHere are just a few of the product release highlights with links to additional information

In Context Content Management Integration with "Content Presenter" - Oracle's award winning Web Content Management (WCM) technology is now natively accessible in WebCenter. Site Studio historically allowed developers to create structures in WCM to provide site structure and determine where content can be placed onto pages. This ability is now available directly in WebCenter, using the structure and pages created there to connect with content regions defined within WCM. This enables development teams to create system's integrations alongside business users, generating and contributing content.

New Portlet Container (JSR 286) - Adopted from Weblogic Portal, the JSR 286 support in WebCenter provides interportlet comminication by simply by adding 2 or more portlets from the WebCenter resource catalog onto a page.

Pagelet Producer (Ensemble) - The Pagelet Producer allows you to get the most value from your current application assets or ones beind developed that do not adhere to portlet standards. Beyond JSR, WSRP, the Pagelet producer enables WebCenter to consume any type of web application by passing a request to that resource, consuming its HTTP, rewritting the result into the WebCenter page as a portlet. This means that PHP, Ruby on Rails and other web application technologies are able to work alongside the services and content that are native to WebCenter.

Design Time at Run Time (DT @ RT) - Development is not confined to an IDE. Using a variety of techniques to ingest web services and data from a variety of sources, UIs can be developed directly in the browser. These UIs leverage JSF-based components to display the information, allow users to page through it and even submit information.

Navigation Models - PS3 Navigation Models provide dynamic navigation structures that can be secured, personalized and displayed to users on the basis of content, applications and queries that define the items and overall heirarchy available in the user interface. A clean API allows access to the navigation models, allowing web designers the ability to leverage CSS and standard practices to design the WebCenter implementations.

Personalization "Conductor" - Beyond traditional portal roles, WebCenter's Personalization Engine "Conductor", allows content and any item on a page to render itself on the basis of detailed information about the visiting user. Conductor contains a series of accessors that can connect with WebCenter services to understand user's browsing behavior, LDAP directories to gather profile information, relational databases to understand details of a customer's purchase history and 3rd party systems that were not previously incorporated into decision making that determined a user's experience. Conductor "scenarios" can be linked to any portion of WebCenter UI, including Content Presenter, to help introduce end users to services, products, images and information most relevant to them.

Activity Streams - As users collaborate and perform various business Functions in WebCenter, the Activity Stream captures the details of their activity. Much like the Facebook Wall, this stream can be viewed, filtered and shared with other WebCenter users on the basis of various security settings. This allows collegues to easily disover relevant information to their specific job function, department, team or product / service. Conductor (above) can make use of this detailed information and the recommendations engine (below) is powered by it.

Recommendations Engine
- Just as Amazon.com, WebCenter has the ability to suggest content and connections to end users on the basis of their browsing history. This native capability is configurable in the WebCenter UI to show a variety of different content types and

Polls - Allows business users to easily configure, publish and record polls in a variety of different user-configurable formats. Check out Lucas Jellema's WebCenter PS3 blog post Having users create Polls in your (and their) ADF/WebCenter application - at run time for details of creating polls in WebCenter.

Blogs Enhanced - Using Univeral Content Management now powers the blogging capabilities within WebCenter. This lets users make use of rich WCM and UCM functionality for blogging, done directly through the WebCenter user interface.

Wikis Enhanced - As with Blogs, the Wikis now use Univeral Content Management to store Wiki entries. This enables WebCenter users to easily reuse the content within other parts of WebCenter and leverage the full benefits of UCM with this unstructured content.

Resource Management - PS3 sees an introduction of a Resources section that contains a series of components like Skins, Page Templates, Navigations and other objects that can be exported and imported into JDeveloper for adjustment / creation, as well as edited directly within the browser.

Resource Catalogs - PS3 contains a significantly richer Resource Catalog capability, allowing users to create custom catalogs that can be associated with specific Spaces. This allows for a more granular grouping of objects in the catalog, along with an expanded list of items that can be included within the catalog.

Document Explorer - A new Document Explorer interface is introduced in PS3, allowing end users to easily comment, vote, view related content, see previews of documents (similar to http://www.scribd.com/). This Document Explorer is configurable through the web UI, allowing the look and feel to be significantly adjusted without any coding.

Analytics - BEA Systems's ALUI Analytics are now natively part of the user interface within WebCenter. This allows business users to effortlessly create a series of reports to highlight portal activity. These views can be filtered and adjusted using a rich ADF-based interface and ADF charts / visualizations for showcasing the data.

Application Accelerator for .NET - A new version of the .NET Accelerator is included with PS3. This Accelerator allows .NET applications to be exposed to WebCenter as WSRP2. The Accelerator allows for the reuse of not only ASP.NET applications, but can sureface Sharepoint Web Parts as WSRP directly within the portal. This allows customers requiring hetrogenious interoperability a native way to consume and leverage existing .NET applications within their enterprise.

These are just a few of the highlights of WebCenter PS3.

For more details please check out the full press release at http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/press/291980.

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