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 (, 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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