UCM 11g is 4 days old!

Ok...so I missed posting a blog entry when UCM 11g and the entire ECM suite released on Tuesday. Hopefully you've already seen the announcements on any number of the Oracle ECM blogs out there such as ECM Alerts, Fusion ECM, bex huff, or C4.

So I won't bore you with the same talking points like 179 million check-ins per day or 124 web site page hits per second. Instead, I thought I'd show some screenshots of the new features in UCM and URM 11g.

WebLogic Server and Enterprise Manager

So probably the biggest change in 11g is UCM and URM now run on top of the WebLogic Server application server. This is a huge step as ECM is now on a standard platform with the rest of Oracle Fusion Middleware which makes installation, configuration, and integration consistent among all the products.

From a feature perspective, it's also beneficial because it's now integrated with Oracle Enterprise Manager. Enterprise Manager provides a lot of provisioning control over servers as well as performance monitoring and access to logs and debugging information.



Desktop Integration Suite

Desktop Integration Suite got a complete overhaul for 11g. It exposes a lot more features within Windows Explorer such as saved searches, workflow queue, and checked-out items. It also now support metadata pop-up screens to let users fill in additional metadata when they drag-n-drop files in! And the integration within Office applications has changed significantly by introducing a dedicated UCM menu to do open, save, compare, etc.




Site Studio for External Applications

In UCM Site Studio 10gR4, a major architectural shift was introduced which brought several new objects such as elements, region definitions, region templates, and placeholder definitions. This truly separated the content from the display and from the definition. It also allowed separation of the content from needing to be rendered on a complete Site Studio page. Well, the new Site Studio for External Applications takes advantage of that architecture and introduces pre-built tags and plug-ins to JDeveloper to allow to go from simply adding a content area to your web application page to building an entire web site, just like you would have done in Site Studio Designer.



In addition to these changes, enhancements to the core Site Studio have been added as well. One of the big ones is called Designer Mode which allows power-users to bypass the standard rules defined by the placeholder definition or template and perform any number of additional actions. This reduces the need to go back to Site Studio Designer or JDeveloper to make more advanced changes to the site.



As part of the updated records management functionality in both UCM and URM, users can now set a dashboard view on their home page to surface common functions in a single view. It has pre-built "portlets" users can choose from to display and organize they way they want. Behind the scenes, these dashboards are stored as Content Folios. So the dashboards themselves are content items that can be revisioned and shared between users. And new dashboard portlets can be easily added (like the User Profile one in the screenshots) by getting a copy of an existing one, modifying the display, and then checking it in as a new one to select from.



URM Interface Enhancements

URM includes several new UI and usability enhancements in 11g. There is a new view for physical records, a place to configure "favorite" items to quickly get to, and new placement of the records management menu.




BI Publisher Reports

Records management in UCM and URM now offer reports generated through embedded BI Publisher. Templates are controlled by rich text files checked directly into the repository, so they can be easily modified.


Other Features

A new Inbound Refinery conversion option is available that does native Microsoft Office HTML conversion. If your IBR is on Windows and you have the native applications loaded, the IBR can use them to produce HTML.


A new GUI template editor for Dynamic Converter is available. It's written in Java so is available through all the supported browsers and platforms. The original ActiveX based editor is also still available.


The Component Manager interface has changed to help provide an easier and more descriptive way to enable core components that are installed along with UCM. All of the supported components are immediately available to turn on and do not have to be installed separately as in previous versions.


My Downloads is located in the My Content Server menu and provides for easy download of client installs including Desktop Integration Suite and Site Studio Designer.


Well, hopefully that gives you a taste for some of the new things in 11g. We're all pretty excited here at Oracle about all the new changes and enhancements. Over the next few months I hope to highlight some of these features more in-depth, so keep your eye out for those posts.


I've just finished installing it and its way easier to setup and use. Well done to Oracle, a step forward.

Posted by Anthony on June 24, 2010 at 04:02 PM CDT #

I would like to know when we checking in a content in a folder can we create an alert email?

Posted by kiran on August 07, 2010 at 10:38 AM CDT #

Hello Kiran, Yes, you can create a criteria subscription which can email a user or group of users (alias) when content is checked into a folder. You would base the criteria of the subscription on the folder ID (xCollectionID) of the folder you're interested. See the Subscribing Content to Users section in the documentation for more information. Thanks, Kyle

Posted by kyle.hatlestad on August 09, 2010 at 12:33 AM CDT #

I am weblogic portal developer, I would like to know which will be the best approach to include contents(based out of region definition) in a portlet.

Posted by Jane on September 02, 2010 at 06:43 AM CDT #

Hello Jane, Yes, although the Site Studio for External Applications was not designed to be included in portlets, it may be possible to include them that way. What may be difficult is going into "contribution mode" in the portal. You may need to specify the parameters of the content either in code or in parameters of the portlet itself and feed those values to the content tags.

Posted by kyle.hatlestad on September 07, 2010 at 06:14 AM CDT #

Hi Kyle, That’s really amazing to see how UCM has been changed to this potential. Its phenomenal and specially this dashboard thingy. I apologize as I did not get the description mentioned with it. Can you kindly elaborate more as how we can create/configure/enable them in plain oracle UCM 11g instance. Thanks in advance Sam

Posted by sunder on September 15, 2010 at 11:12 PM CDT #

Hi Kyle, Does UCM 10/11g offers any adapter for Oracle XML publisher (BI Publisher) to store the generated reports in UCM repository - e.g, e-biz? Thanks, Balu

Posted by balu on October 05, 2010 at 05:51 AM CDT #

Hello Balu, No, afraid there is nothing prebuilt. We've typically recommended using BPEL Process Manager to pick up the reports from BI Publisher and check those into UCM. Thanks, Kyle

Posted by kyle.hatlestad on October 07, 2010 at 12:03 AM CDT #

I need to unzip files (whenever a zipped file is checked in) and check them into UCM, I'd like to know if there are out of the box utilities that can be used for this task or any other advice would be wonderful.



Posted by guest on December 08, 2011 at 07:13 AM CST #

Hey Frank,

No out of the box features for that currently. This would require a custom component to accomplish, but it certainly doable.


Posted by Kyle Hatlestad on December 13, 2011 at 08:40 AM CST #

Need to unzip files checked in the UCM. Any such utility that allows the .zip files to be unzipped on the UCM . We are using version


Posted by guest on May 29, 2013 at 07:14 AM CDT #

Hello Sachin,

Not out-of-the-box, but I know Oracle Consulting Services has created various types of custom components to handle similar use-cases. The question becomes on how to manage the multiple files that get unzipped. Do they all get checked in separately? Associated to one file as attachments? These can all become specific to the implementation. If interested, please contact your Oracle representative to get in touch with Consulting Services who should be able to help you out.


Posted by Kyle Hatlestad on May 29, 2013 at 09:11 AM CDT #

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Kyle Hatlestad is a Solution Architect in the WebCenter Architecture group (A-Team) who works with WebCenter Content and other products in the WebCenter & Fusion Middleware portfolios. The WebCenter A-Team blog can be found at: https://blogs.oracle.com/ ateam_webcenter/


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