Collaborative document review and co-authoring is here for WebCenter Content!

A Guest Blog Post by David Cornwell, PleaseTech Ltd.

Resulting from the partnership between Oracle and PleaseTech Ltd, collaborative document review and co-authoring is now available within Oracle’s WebCenter Content ECM platform, via the integration with PleaseTech's flagship product, PleaseReview™.

PleaseTech is an Oracle Partner Network Gold Level Partner specializing in collaborative document review and co-authoring. With over 100 enterprise customers and thousands of users of their flagship product, PleaseReview, they have seen strong success in the Life Science sector where the creation of large, often complex documents to strict corporate compliance and regulatory standards is of particular importance. A natural fit with Oracle WebCenter Content, PleaseReview is already extensively used across other document and content intensive business sectors, such as Defense, Utilities, Government, and IT. This success is due to PleaseReview being a unique solution to a common problem. Document review is a critical business process which is frequently the road block in the document production process. PleaseReview reduces the number of review cycles and manual processes to save valuable time and deliver an excellent ROI.

You probably already have some form of reviewing and editing your documents (for example, emailing out attachments, PDF annotation, review meetings), but anything more than short content shared with a couple of others and it becomes a nightmare of manual rework and other frustrations. This integration means that it is now possible (and easy) to really collaborate on a document- not just by sharing it, but by working on it in a controlled, collaborative environment. Some of these benefits include:

  • Review the same copy of the document at the same time with multiple other participants (on and offline).
  • Maintain control over the document and what others can (or cannot) do - so no one can overwrite another’s changes.
  • Easily and quickly adjudicate and consolidate all comments and proposed changes into the master document.
  • Access the document directly from the WebCenter Content repository – no more email attachments or other workarounds!
  • Keep track of all activity on the review through in depth reporting capabilities. This is of particular use for auditing purposes - and for making those review meetings shorter too.

The aim has been to develop a seamless solution which would allow all the controlled collaboration benefits of PleaseReview to be available from within WebCenter Content without the user even knowing it is a separate system. From adding a custom (and configurable) component to the WebCenter Content user interface to building system connectors to handle the various communication requirements between the two, the end result has been exactly as anticipated. To learn more about some of the technical details that went into the integration, please read this recent blog post - http://blog.pleasetech.com/post/Integrating-PleaseReview-with-Oracle-WebCenter-Content

To get a taste of what to expect from this integration and understand some of the benefits you would experience, we are co-hosting a short webinar this Thursday to explain in a little more detail.

Please join us on Thursday January 30th, 2014 at 9am Pacific, 12 noon, Eastern, 5pm GMT.


You can s
imply register for the webinar here: http://pleasetech.com/webinar_oracle_integration_jan14.aspx

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