Release 12 and Third-Party Portals

Apr 3, 2007 Update:  Release 12.0 includes WSRP 1.0-compliant versions of the following E-Business Suite portlets:  Applications Navigator, Applications Favorites, Applications Worklist.

I've briefly alluded to our Release 12 plans for portlets, but your feedback suggests that it's worth discussing our plans in more detail.


11i Apps Navigator:

What's Possible in Release 11i Today

You already know that the E-Business Suite Release 11i portlets are written to work exclusively with Oracle Portal.  These portlets can't be plugged into third-party portal solutions.  We don't have any plans to rewrite these portlets for Release 11i, so what you see is what you will get for the foreseeable future for 11i.

Before we look ahead to the future and Release 12, here's a two-word reminder of what's possible today in terms of third-party portal integration with Release 11i:  bookmarkable links.

If someone who hasn't logged in attempts to access protected E-Business Suite content, they're automatically redirected to either the E-Business Suite login page or Oracle Single Sign-On, the latter if the environment has been integrated with Oracle Application Server 10g.  Once the user logs in, she's redirected back to the protected E-Business Suite content that she was originally trying to reach.

Links to E-Business Suite content, therefore, can be bookmarked -- either in a browser, or added as links on a third-party portal page.  Admittedly, this might be pretty thin gruel for those of you expecting more, but that's what's available in Release 11i today.

Release 12, JSR-168, and WSRP

We're still in the process of beefing up our portlet infrastructure for Release 12, so I need to preface what follows with the usual disclaimer:  this is subject to change without notice

JSR-168 Diagram:

With that out of the way, I can say that our plans are to rewrite our existing Oracle Applications Framework Web Provider to JSR-168 and WSRP standards.  This means switching from the existing Java Portlet Development Kit (JPDK 3.0.9) to the new JSR-168 Oracle Java Portlet Container.

If all goes according to plan, this means that you will be able to plug the Release 12 E-Business Suite portlets into any third-party portal that supports the JSR-168 and WSRP standards.

Curves In The Road Ahead

Given the inherent limitations of web-based protocols, it shouldn't come as a surprise to learn that the JSR-168 and WSRP standards aren't quite as feature-rich as the existing JPDK libraries. 

In other words, there are things we can do today with the JPDK that will require considerably more ingenuity to pull off with JSR-168 and WSRP.  For example, dynamic portlet generation and invalidation-based caching have less-powerful equivalents in the new standards.

Until we work through these issues, it's safe to expect that the existing E-Business Suite portlets may look and function a bit differently in Release 12.

Preserving Your Existing Portlets

We're planning to certify and include the latest JPDK 10.1.2 libraries in the Release 12 Rapid Install, too.  If you've invested in building custom JPDK portlets for the E-Business Suite, this means that those portlets will continue to work, providing you with some breathing space during your Release 12 migration. 

The above is intended to outline our general product direction.  It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract.   It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decision.  The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle's products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle. 

Comments:

Dear Steven,

We need your inputs on following scenario :

We have R12 (12.0.4 ) already implemented . Now client wants to integrate this Porduction environment to IBM Web-Sphear Portal . We have following queries:

1. Does R12 provide JSR 168 complient portlets or not ?

2. If so can we provide these porlets to 3rd Party Portal for integartion ?

3. For this do we need to integarte R12 with any other oracle product like we require OID for integration of R12 with MS-Active directory . If so can u plz let us know which product we need for that integartion .

Regads

Soumya

Posted by soumya on January 14, 2009 at 08:20 PM PST #

Hi, Soumya,

Thanks for the question; it made me realize that I'd neglected to revisit this topic with the latest R12 news. I've just posted a new article here that should cover your first two questions:

Update: Using EBS 12 Portlets in Third-Party Portals - http://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/2009/01/update_using_ebs_12_portlets_in_third-party_portals.html

For your third question: You do not need Oracle Portal, OID, or SSO to use these third-party portlets with your EBS R12 environment.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on January 15, 2009 at 03:11 AM PST #

Hi Steven ,

I have gone through all documents realted to portal. But I have still one doubt while integrating with 3rd party portal. we need to expose portlet to 3rd party portal. How can we expose these portlets.

Request you to provide some information on how to expose these [portlet

Regards
Soumya

Posted by soumya on May 20, 2009 at 06:06 PM PDT #

Hi, Soumya,

This blog isn't well-equipped to provide technical support. I'd recommend logging a formal Service Request via Metalink to get one of our EBS + Portal specialists to help with this. They can walk through your setup to ensure that it's working, and provide some general pointers for WSRP portlets. Note, though, that they won't have the expertise or software to replicate any issues with your third-party portal, so you may need to engage your third-party portal vendor simultaneously, too.

If your SR gets bogged down for some reason, feel free to drop me an email with the SR number.

Good luck with your implementation.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on May 27, 2009 at 01:47 AM PDT #

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