Monday Jan 27, 2014

Stay Informed on the latest WebCenter releases and updates

The WebCenter product development team provides regular product updates to be compatible with the latest software and address customer reported issues.  For those of you that may not be aware, the WebCenter product management team maintains a blog post that contains information about these updates as they are released.

If you want to stay informed about these releases and updates as they become available, be sure to visit and subscribe to the WebCenter Alerts blog.  You will be automatically informed when new postings are made.

With that in mind, be sure to check out the latest WebCenter update which includes a number of enhancements to WebCenter Content for the new web UI (workflow support, end-user personalization, and Metadata Services (MDS) customization capabilities), Desktop Integration Suite (workflow support, Microsoft Outlook 2013 and Windows 8.1 support) and the Android and iOS mobile apps.

Wednesday Sep 11, 2013

We Will Never Forget

United we stand. United we remember.


Monday May 27, 2013

Happy Memorial Day

We'll be taking a break from the WebCenter blog today to celebrate Memorial Day with friends and family. 

Then it's on to talking about Oracle Social Network for the rest of the week so be sure to check back!

On this Memorial Day, we'd ask that you remember all those brave men and women who served this country with such honor. In many cases, they made the ultimate sacrifice so that we may enjoy the freedoms that we do. Our heartfelt thanks go out to all of our veterans as well as their families.

Tuesday Apr 30, 2013

Gartner PCC 2013: The Nexus of Social, Mobile, Information and Cloud

This year's Gartner Portals, Content & Collaboration Summit highlights opportunities for organizations to harness the nexus of social, mobile, information and cloud capabilities.  According to Gartner, "The forces combine to empower individuals as they interact with each other and their information through well-designed ubiquitous technology."

How does this nexus impact an organization's ability to support their business goals?  It is fair to say that these forces have been present in various formats for some time now? So what has changed? Upon attending sessions opening day of the conference yesterday, we find that speed, agility and availability emerge as consistent threads.  Specifically, we see the speed of solution delivery, communication agility within and across channels, and the availability of analytical insight are all present.

In many markets where products and services between vendors are comparable, key business differentiators will be tied to comprehensive engagement throughout the lifecycle of a relationship with a prospect or customer.  Without an investment in the consistent alignment of technical choices with the vision for the business strategy, discrete technical solutions can end up ultimately posing roadblocks.

Why is mobile computing considered disruptive?  It potentially shines light onto an organization's ability to expose their back office systems outwardly in a secure, contextually relevant way.  It implicitly shows the level of investment that organizations supply to align their information technology with their business vision.

Gartner highlights the forces within the nexus as "well-designed ubiquitous technology".  Considering well-designed in a holistic manner, outside of a discrete solution, capabilities that IT potentially needs to supply to the business to support initiatives like customer self-service require the knowledge of user profiles, single views of a customer and connectivity with various systems to support self-service activity.  Within the first phase of a particular mobile or self-service project, these aspects may not pose an issue, but to meet a future state, business vision may call for functionality to be included that prior decisions may render costly and complicated to deliver.

The nexus of social, mobile, information and cloud capabilities offer unprecedented opportunity to expedite and optimize delivery.  Organizations that will extract the most value from the nexus will do so by leveraging enterprise architecture practices to achieve long-term agility, making technology choices in line with principles that ensure the delivery of value beyond discrete technical solutions.  This allows organizations to then focus on business innovation, engaging with their customers and prospects, and outmaneuvering their competition, through the use of a technical foundation carefully aligned to support business innovation.

Are you attending the Gartner Portals, Content & Collaboration Summit in San Diego, this week? Oracle is proud to be a Silver sponsor, with a 30 minute breakfast session this morning at 7:00am given by Joshn Lannin, Senior Director of Product Management Oracle WebCenter. We also have a booth on the show flow, so we hope you’ll come find us to discuss the nexus of social, mobile, information and cloud capabilities!

Tuesday Apr 16, 2013

Thinking of Boston...

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the bombings at the Boston Marathon.
- the WebCenter team.

Friday Feb 01, 2013

Self-Service Portals: All the Rage!

As we’ve been discussing this week, self-service is all the rage lately. Who would have thought 30 years ago we'd be checking into airlines ourselves? And 50 years ago no-one thought we'd be pumping our own gasoline! But today we are "outsourcing to the customer" whatever and wherever we can - and it makes sense:

  • The customer feels more "in control"
  • The customer does not have to wait in lines
  • The company saves money by reducing reliance on staff

If done right, customer portals can be a huge money saver while simultaneously improving the customer's experience. In case you missed our webcast yesterday with the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP), I encourage you to view it on demand, as Matt Lampe, CIO of LADWP, shares how their customers are more in control and they have realized immense results from implementing their self-service customer portal.

Thursday Sep 06, 2012

Oracle's Vision for the Social-Enabled Enterprise

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Smart companies are developing social media strategies to engage customers, gain brand insights, and transform employee collaboration and recruitment. Oracle is powering this transformation with the most comprehensive enterprise social platform that lets you:

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Wednesday Jul 25, 2012

Workshop: Eliminate Business Pain Points with Oracle WebCenter

Oracle WebCenter Workshop

Your content...when you need it, how you want it, stored smart & delivered everywhere.

Having multiple versions of a document, stored on various servers, at various stages of completion, can be a real detriment to your organization. Oracle WebCenter provides not only the ability to search for and retrieve the information you need, but have it presented to you in context.

The true value: Critical business decisions are made based on the most accurate, complete and secure corporate content available.

Join Oracle and Redstone Content Solutions for a hands-on workshop that will show you how Oracle WebCenter can eliminate content headaches.

Agenda:

  • 9:00am Welcome & Overview
  • 9:15am WebCenter Value Proposition
  • 9:30am Document Management and DIS Demo
  • 10:30am Digital Asset Management Demo
  • 10:45am Universal Records Management Demo
  • 11:45am WebCenter Content Q & A
  • 12:30pm WebCenter Portal & ADF Overview/Demo
  • 1:30pm WebCenter Sites Overview/Demo
  • 2:00pm Closing and Next Steps

Workshop Details

Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Time: 8:30am – 2:30pm 

Location: 
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233 S. Wacker Drive, 45th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606

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Wednesday Jul 04, 2012

Happy 4th of July!

Wishing you all a happy, safe 4th of July. 

We'll be back next week with a preview of what you can anticipate to see that is WebCenter related at Oracle OpenWorld this year!

Until then, enjoy the holiday.

Friday Apr 27, 2012

Collaborate 12: The Week That Was

Today's guest post comes from Jake Kuramoto (@theappslab). Jake is Product Strategy Director on the WebCenter Evangelism Team and spent the week out in Vegas for Collaborate. Thanks for sharing your reflections Jake!

Collaborate 12 (#C12LV) has wrapped, and overall, I really enjoyed the event.

I’ll lead off with a big thanks to all the organizers from OAUG (@oaug1), IOUG (@ioug) and Quest (@questusergroup), with a special mention for the IOUG WebCenter Special Interest Group (SIG) who made sure we found the right sessions and networked with the right folks. This is a definitely a special group, e.g. they rocked togas at the 80s Party on Wednesday night. Legit.

Also, big thanks to our WebCenter Marketing maven, Kellsey Ruppel, who worked so hard to make the conference run smoothly for us.

I got a lot more out of Collaborate 12 than I did Collaborate 08 in Denver, which is entirely my own fault, largely thanks to help of these people, and I’m already planning for a Denver do-over at Collaborate 13.

Day 0

The show got started early for me with the WebCenter Customer Advisory Board (CAB) meeting on Sunday.  This wasn’t technically a Collaborate event, but since many of the CAB members were in Las Vegas for the big show, it made sense to have it before the events really got going.

The CAB is enormously valuable to our PM organization, since these customers provide real use cases and feedback, and I spent the day meeting meeting, greeting and listening to real users of the product.

One of the highlights for all the customers attending the CAB was a chance to touch and feel Oracle Social Network for the first time. The OSN PM team provided an overview of the product, and then collected feedback through the tool. The commentary I heard was overwhelmingly positive, and after spending a week with the product, everyone is excited for release.

Another highlight was Christian (@cfinn) and his flying monkeys. I won’t give away the specifics, but if you find him speaking at an event you’re attending, make an effort to go.

Last but definitely not least, thanks to TekStream for sponsoring the cocktail reception.

I had planned to attend the WebCenter Deep Dive, but unfortunately, the two events conflicted. I did manage to sneak away briefly to catch up with longtime Friend of the ‘Lab, Bex Huff (@bex), whose company Bezzotech sponsored that event.

Day 1

Monday kicked off the event in earnest. I spent most of the day preparing the WebCenter Sites demo booth, but I did manage to sneak away for a meeting with the IOUG Board of Directors and the IOUG WebCenter SIG.

This was a treat for our entire team. As a team of WebCenter evangelists (or advocates, take your pick), we rely on communication and collaboration with organizations like the IOUG. They tell us what their members want, and ideally, we deliver.

So, this type of interaction is invaluable to what we do. Thanks to the Board and SIG for taking time out of their hectic schedules to chat with us.

I ended the day of events with the opening of the Exhibit Hall, and got a chance to watch the WebCenter Sites experts we have from the FatWire acquisition in action showing their product. I’ve spent a lot of time recently working with Sites, the Web Experience Management pillar of the WebCenter Suite of products, and it was great to see the real experts in action.

Although I didn’t get to any sessions on Monday, the day was very productive.

Day 2

Tuesday began for me with Bex’s session, “A Crash Course In WebCenter Sites (FatWire) for Site Studio Customers.” As a longtime Stellent guru, Bex knows a thing or two about Site Studio. His session mapped functions from Site Studio to Sites, and it introduced me to several customers who are interested in learning more about Sites. So, Tuesday began with a win.

I then spent several hours working the Sites demo booth. Booth duty always seems like a chore until I get into it. I enjoy talking to people and listening to what they have to say, and once the traffic starts to flow, the time flies.

We got a nice flow of people to our booth. Most of them had questions about the Content and Portal pillars of WebCenter, but they were impressed when they saw what Sites has to offer.

After a long day of booth duty, I mixed and mingled at the evening reception on the exhibit hall floor, then gave my feet a rest.

This was the day I started to lose my voice though, which always happens to me at conferences, since I talk so much. Note to self, listen more.

Day 3

On Wednesday, I stopped by “Build an iPhone app using WebCenter Portal REST APIs” presented by  Chris Bales (@cbales) and Rodrigo Lima (@rodrigo_lima) before heading back to the demo booth. The session attracted a nice crowd, especially for a morning session. I didn’t get to stay, but I heard good things.

After my final demo booth stint, I caught a couple afternoon sessions, “Surfacing Oracle Social Network into Your Business Applications” given by Andy Kershaw, OSN PM lead and  ”WebCenter User Experience and Interaction – From iPads to Xbox” by Friend of the ‘Lab, John Sim (@jrsim_uix) of Fishbowl Solutions.

Andy’s session was unfortunately timed to overlap with lunch. Had it been a smidge later, I suspect he would have drawn ten times more people, given the content. Andy showed several key features of OSN, including how to connect it to other business applications.

John’s session showcased the exciting possibilities for enhancing enterprise data surfaced through REST APIs with new interface paradigms like touch and natural motion capture, specifically Xbox Kinect. It was great to meet John IRL for the first time after stalking him virtually for a couple years.

By the end of Wednesday, I was sounding like a lifetime smoker.

Day 4

Although Thursday was only yesterday, Vegas seems like a nostalgic memory now. There wasn’t much on the agenda, as the conference wrapped at noon, so Noel (@noelportugal) and I spent some quite time debriefing and comparing notes from the week.

By the end of the conference, I left Vegas feeling like I had put in a good week. I had the pleasure of meeting dozens of new people and reconnecting with people I’ve know for years.

It was a great week, and thanks to everyone for making Collaborate 12 a personal success for me.

Now, to rest my voice.

Thoughts on the conference? Find the comments.

Monday Apr 23, 2012

Oracle Social Network in Action @ Collaborate 12

By Peter Reiser

With more than 70 out of about 800 individual sessions, Oracle WebCenter is a major focus of COLLABORATE 12, this year's Independent Oracle User Group (IOUG) conference, taking place this week in Las Vegas, Nevada.

I had the pleasure to attend the WebCenter Customer Advisory Board meeting yesterday, where Oracle WebCenter customers shared their experiences and best practices of their WebCenter implementations and provided valuable input and feedback to the WebCenter product management team.

Oracle Social Network  was used for real-time Conversations during the various presentations and to capture customer feedback.

It was a fascinating experience. During the presentation, customers were very active and  provided real-time feedback, asked questions and made valuable suggestions. 

One topic surfaced consistently across multiple conversations was the concerns about Security (strong authentication, access control, data retention and archiving policies) when deploying social tools. 

We were happy to address their concerns as all WebCenter products including, Oracle Social Network provide out-of-the-box enterprise level security, which allows you to implement SECURE Social Networks within your organizations. Are any of you attending Collaborate this week? We encourage you to sit in on any of the sessions to hear from WebCenter customers, partners and product management experts. If you are looking to see Oracle Social Network or Oracle WebCenter in action, be sure to stop by the demogrounds for a live demonstration! I'll be back later in the week to report on how the conference is going and share my reflections. Be sure to follow #webcenter and #c12lv on Twitter to be in the know of the latest happenings. Here's to a great Collaborate 12!

Friday Mar 16, 2012

Gartner PCC: A Shovel & Some Ah-Ha's

When Gartner Vice President and leading analyst Whit Andrews kicked off the Gartner Portals, Content & Collaboration Summit on Monday, March 12 at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando, FL by bringing a shovel to the stage, eyebrows raised and a few thoughts went through my head. Either this guy plans to go help the construction workers outside construct that new pool at the Gaylord or he took a wrong turn and is at the wrong conference. Oh and how did he get that shovel through airport security? As Whit explained more his objective became more clear…take everything anyone has ever told you about portals and throw it out the window, as portals have evolved and times they are most certainly changing.

The future Web is here, available not only on browsers but also via a broad spectrum of access points, including automobiles, consumer electronics and more and more mobile devices. Not merely prevalent, the future Web is also multimedia-driven and operates in real time, driven by mobility, social media, streaming video and other dynamic services. Applications and user experiences are in the midst of an evolution — from the early, simple mobile Web models to today’s Web 2.0 mobile apps and, ultimately, to a world of predominantly Web apps. Additionally, cloud services will forever change how portals and user experience are designed, built, delivered, sourced and managed.

So what does this mean for you?
Today’s organizations need software that will enable them to not just do their jobs, but to do it in a way that is familiar and easy for them. 

What does this mean for IT? 
Use software and technology as an enabler, not as a roadblock.

Overall, we had a great week in Orlando learning about how to improve the user experience, manage content explosion, launch social initiatives, transition to mobile environments and understand cloud and SaaS options. 



We had some great conversations throughout the conference and at the Oracle booth.


Lots of demonstrations were given of Oracle WebCenter Sites and Oracle Social Network.


And as Christie mentioned earlier this week, our Vice President of Product Management and Strategy for WebCenter Loren Weinberg presented on the topic of customer engagement and talked about how organization’s relationships with their customers have fundamentally changed today and the resulting impact that has on their priorities.  Loren also talked about the importance of customer engagement, why that matters now more than ever, and what you can do to help your company or organization succeed in this new world.


The question asked in every keynote and session was a simple one: What is your “ah-ha” moment? I personally had quite a few, some of which I’ve captured below.
  • 70% of internal social initiatives eventually fail.
  • By 2014, refusing to communicate with consumers via social media will be as harmful as ignoring emails/phone calls is today.
  • Customer engagement = multi-channel + social & interactive + personal & relevant + optimized.
  • If people choose to talk about your product/company/service, it's because it's remarkable. -- Seth Godin's keynote (one of the highlights of the conference!)
  • The Web will become the primary method used for delivering content and applications to mobile devices.
  • By 2015, 20% of smart phone users worldwide will conduct commerce using context-enriched services on a weekly basis. 
  • 86% of customers will pay more for a better customer experience.
  • 6 P's of Quality User Experience. Product. Enabled by: People, Patterns, Process, Profit, Priorities.
Did you attend the Gartner Summit? What were your ah-ha moments?

Friday Jan 27, 2012

Oracle WebCenter is a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management 2011

As we wrap up this week on Leadership, we wanted to highlight our placing in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for WCM.
  • Oracle is positioned a Leader with WebCenter, moving ahead in “Completeness of Vision” relative to OpenText.
  • Other Leaders are Autonomy, Adobe (acquired Day Software), SDL, SiteCore and OpenText.
  • Both Microsoft and IBM remain Challengers.
  • Gartner evaluated 20 vendors in this year’s MQ (17 were evaluated in last year’s MQ)

Market Trends

  • The WCM market saw strong growth in 2010 amidst a recession with $1 billion in revenue. Gartner predicts in 2011 the WCM market will reach $1.2 billion with a CAGR of 14% from 2009 to 2014, twice the overall enterprise software market.
  • Gartner views WCM as much more than website publishing. WCM has evolved to Online Channel Optimization (OCO), “the discipline of maximizing the impact of engagements with target audiences over a variety of communications media.” Sophisticated enterprises will even try to use OCO in offline realms like retail stores.
  • OCO strategies encompass and integrate with a wide array of technologies include mobile, social, real-time decisioning, Web analytics, digital asset management, CRM and e-commerce.
  • Cloud is a growing area of interest for WCM deployments, with customers opting for hybrid approaches.

Oracle Summary
“Oracle's WCM offering has recently been rebranded as a constituent component of its broader Oracle WebCenter, a user engagement platform. WebCenter, in turn, contributes to the broader Oracle Fusion Middleware, which ties together Oracle's information management, portal and business application portfolios, among other products. In August 2011, Oracle acquired FatWire Software, a vendor that was classed as a Leader in the ‘Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management’ in 2010. See ‘FatWire Purchase Adds Web Experience Management to Oracle's Strategy’, summarized here.”

You can read more in the Gartner Report.


The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.


This Magic Quadrant graphic was published by Gartner, Inc. as part of a larger research note and should be evaluated in the context of the entire report. The Gartner report is available upon request from Oracle.

Wednesday Jan 25, 2012

Oracle WebCenter: Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portals 2011

  • Oracle is positioned a Leader with WebCenter Portal, closing the gap relative to IBM and Microsoft on Completeness of Vision
  • Other Leaders are Microsoft, IBM, SAP, and Liferay
  • Gartner evaluated 14 vendors in this year’s Magic Quadrant (10 were evaluated last year)

Market Trends

  • After many consolidations in the portal market, the number of vendors in the space is increasing driven by User Experience Platforms (UXP), portal cloud services and client-centric widgets.
  • Gartner predicts that by 2015, widgets will be more prevalent than portlets and that 25% of new portal projects in Global 2000 firms will use open-source frameworks.
  • Portal initiatives of the past focused on aggregation and integration, whereas portal projects of the future are focused on user engagement through social, mobile and easy-to-use interfaces.
  • Portlet catalogs are morphing into “app stores” supporting consumer-Web widget standards, including OpenSocial to leverage publicly available components like Google Gadgets.
  • Portal vendors are splitting the market between UXPs and Lean Portals (see [Gartner] The Great Portal Divide: How a Rift in the Portal Market Will Impact Your Web Strategy)

Oracle Summary
"Oracle recently rebranded its Enterprise 2.0 strategy, under which its portal portfolio operated, as WebCenter, labeling it the 'user engagement platform for social business.' Oracle's new WebCenter brand has four major pillars:

  • Sites — for Web experience management (powered by Oracle's FatWire acquisition)
  • Portal — for composite applications, mashups and portals (powered by WebCenter Portal and Oracle's other portal technologies)
  • Content — for ECM (powered by its Universal Content Management [formally Stellent] technology)
  • Social — for social networking and collaboration (powered by components from Beehive product and the newly introduced Oracle Social Network)

WebCenter Portal consists of the WebCenter Suite, including the WebLogic Portal and WebCenter Interaction (both from Oracle's acquisition of BEA acquisition) and WebCenter Services. Oracle has been on the UXP path for several years, and the rebranding around WebCenter is clear evidence. Oracle continues to address its multiple-portal issues through ongoing convergence into WebCenter Portal. Gartner estimates that product garners 80% of all Oracle's portal revenue."

You can read more in the Gartner Report or press release. And if you are looking for more information on Portals & Composite Applications, be sure to check out this Resource Center, where you'll find videos, webcast, white paper, and more!


The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.


This Magic Quadrant graphic was published by Gartner, Inc. as part of a larger research note and should be evaluated in the context of the entire report. The Gartner report is available upon request from Oracle.

Friday Jan 20, 2012

Do More with Oracle WebCenter: Expand Beyond Portals - Webcast Q&A

On yesterday’s webcast, Do More with Oracle WebCenter – Expand Beyond Portals, Christian Finn talked about 6 ways that WebCenter can enhance an existing Portal deployment:

  • · Create targeted online experiences
  • · Manage interactive social experiences
  • · Optimize multi-channel customer experiences
  • · Unify content repository
  • · Manage end-to-end content lifecycle
  • · Access content in context

 

In case you missed it, definitely check out the on demand replay. You'll also hear Vince Cararez, Sr. VP of Technology at Keste, share how customers like ROSS, Qualcomm, Aramark and others are doing some of these things.

We got a lot of questions from audience but didn’t have time to address everything on the webcast Q&A, so we wanted to help address those questions here.

Q: Is this CancerView Canada site developed on webcenter PS3 or older one..?

A: Cancer View Canada (www.cancerview.ca), is the Partnership's publicly accessible cancer control information portal for people working in the health system. It provides visitors with a "one stop shop" for cancer related information and allows registered users to connect and collaborate through Web 2.0 services. Cancer View Canada was built using Oracle WebCenter Portal (PS3). To learn more about the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer's implementation, please view this ROI study.

Q: Does webcenter support multi lingual sites? Which translation tool they have used for translating web content.

A: Oracle WebCenter does support multi-lingual sites and provides the ability to manage multiple websites in unique languages. Our partner LingoTek has created a full translation workflow to help with localization of content. Please see this blog post for more information. Oracle WebCenter is localized into the full set of 27 languages supported by all major Oracle applications, which are: English, Brazilian Portuguese, French / Canadian French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese Simplified, Spanish/LA Spanish, Chinese Traditional, Arabic, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Swedish, Thai, Turkish

Q: Does it support Multi-byte content ?

A: Yes, Oracle WebCenter supports multi-byte content.

Q: Are there any plans by Oracle to integrate Oracle WebCenter with Oracle APEX in the future? I think they can be made complementaty technology.

A: Today APEX can present web services which are readily consumable within WebCenter Portal via either custom portlets or the business mashup editor. Depending on how these applications are designed and deployed you very likely could publish them as portlets or Web services that would be consumed by a portal.  Extending that paradigm, you could publish these in the resource catalog (business dictionary) and then business users could assemble their own dashboards based upon the portlet and services you expose and which would complement those provided out of the box. We are looking at ways to deepen this integration in the future.

Q: It sounds like there is an integration with WebCenter document management and Siebel CRM – do you also have an integration with WebCenter document management and CRM on Demand?

A: WebCenter Content is integrated with Siebel CRM and CRM On-Demand.

Q: How is WebCenter Portal different from Oracle Portal? Is this going to replace Oracle Portal or will both continue to exist?

A: WebCenter Portal is the follow-on product for all of Oracle's portal offerings developed by taking the best of all of Oracle’s portal offerings including WebLogic Portal (WLP), WebCenter Interaction (WCI), Oracle Portal and Sun Portal. As such, WebCenter Portal is where new features will appear.

WebCenter Portal is fundamentally different than the other products through its deep integration with Application Development Framework (ADF). Being tightly coupled with ADF allows a much richer design-time and run-time environment including inter task-flow communications, inherited role-based security and so on. WebCenter Portal also includes a full version of WebCenter Content including rich UI elements for accessing and sharing content objects stored in the repository.  WebCenter Portal is the UI framework for all of Oracle's Fusion Applications and several of the newer technology suites like BPM Suite. In addition to supporting ADF, WebCenter Portal also supports standards for portlets such as JSR-168, JSR-286, JDPK Portlets and inclusion of WebServices directly via the Business Mashup Editor.

Q: How is WebCenter Portal, WebCenter Content and WebCenter Sites sold?

A: WebCenter Portal, WebCenter Content and WebCenter Sites are each available stand-alone or as part of WebCenter Suite Plus.

Q: How does OBIEE and WebCenter work together?

A: OBIEE information can be presented through WebCenter.

Q: I have been an Oracle fin apps devleoper for 11 years but have no experience with Oracle webcenter/portal. What would you recommend for a developers learning path to pick up on this skill set?

A: We'd advise taking advantange of OTN's resources. There are quite a few blogs that deal specifically with WebCenter from a developer/architect perspective, as do several OTN technical articles. All of that content is curated and made available on OTN. The best place to start is the OTN Enterprise 2.0 "topic" portal.

Q: At OpenWorld, it was mentioned that WebCenter would be part of JDEdwards 9.1. Is this still in scope?

A: JDE 9.1 has an out of the box integration with Spaces, however WebCenter Portal needs to be licensed separately.

Thanks again to everyone who attended the webcast and for all your questions. Got more questions? Leave us a comment.


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