Top 5 Reasons to Invest in Enterprise 2.0 Technologies

In 2010, Oracle's portal, content management, and collaboration solutions evolved rapidly, supported by increasingly deep integrations across Oracle Fusion Middleware and the entire Oracle stack.

In light of these developments, we asked Vince Casarez, vice president of Enterprise 2.0 product management, for his top five reasons to invest in Enterprise 2.0 (E2.0) technologies--including real-world examples of businesses already realizing the benefits of next-generation E2.0 technologies.

1. Provide a modern user experience

As E2.0 technologies gain widespread adoption, customers and employees expect intuitive Web experiences that are both interactive and community-based.

By partnering with Oracle, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Group is already making that happen. With 76,000 employees and operations in more than 100 countries, the company wanted a streamlined, personalized user experience with more relevant content in fewer clicks. Working with Oracle, they created a global support portal that supports personalization and integration with Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition and Oracle E-Business Suite--and drives collaboration with tools such as wikis, blogs, and forums.

Learn more about Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Group's Global Support Portal in this Webcast.

2. Improve productivity and collaboration

As E2.0 technologies mature, Oracle anticipates companies moving beyond the idea of simply creating yet another Facebook-like destination for its employees, and instead shaping work environments around specific business tasks.

After rapid growth--both organic and through acquisition--construction and infrastructure services leader Balfour Beatty found itself with multiple homegrown intranet sites with very minimal content-sharing capabilities.

Today, thanks to Oracle WebCenter Suite, Oracle WebCenter Spaces, Oracle WebCenter Services, and Oracle Universal Content Management, Balfour Beatty is benefiting from collaborative workspaces, a central place to use and work with documents, and unified search across content.

3. Leverage business processes and applications

Modern portals are now able to integrate users, content, and business processes in unprecedented ways.

To take advantage of these new possibilities, leading dairy provider Land O'Lakes has implemented a fully integrated ERP solution together with Oracle's ECM platform. As a result, Land O'Lakes has been able to achieve better information management and compliance, increased adoption rates for enterprise tools, and increased business process efficiency thanks to more effective information sharing and collaboration.

4. Enhance customer and supplier relationships

Companies have begun to move beyond the idea that E2.0 simply means enabling customer reviews or embedding chat functionality. They are taking E2.0 to the next level and providing interactive experiences for their customers.

For example, to enhance customer and supplier relationships, Wind River, a global leader in device software optimization, successfully partnered with Oracle to:

  • Integrate ERP and ECM content to provide customers the latest and most relevant support information for products they own
  • Enable customers to personalize their support experience and receive updates regarding patches, application notes, and other relevant content
  • Enable discussions, wikis, and blogs for more efficient collaboration

5. Increase business visibility and responsiveness

By strategically embedding collaboration and communication tools into specific business contexts, companies significantly increase visibility into changing business conditions--and can respond much more agilely.

Texas A&M University System--one of the largest systems of higher education in the U.S.--partnered with Oracle to create a unified repository that would enable the retrieval of research and grant data from disparate systems via an Enterprise 2.0 user interface. By enabling researchers to customize their own portals with easy-to-use tools, they have also been able to significantly reduce their reliance on the IT department.

Learn how other Oracle customers are leveraging Enterprise 2.0 technologies.

Comments:

Seems like Oracle is doing it the right way..providing social collaboration solutions that focus on solving a specific need/problem and not just providing yet another content sharing tool. On the other hand, collaboration around content (documents) is of course quite different from social collaboration in for example innovation or business development processes. Anyway, very relevant points provided here. Bart

Posted by Bart Schrooten on January 13, 2011 at 06:23 AM EST #

Thanks for your insightful comment, Bart. If we go a little bit deeper, it's really about providing these social and collaboration services directly in the context of the way people work. So you bring together people, processes, content and applications and allow users to collaborate and communicate in context. Doing so does wonders for improving productivity and collaboration!

Posted by Kellsey Ruppel on January 13, 2011 at 10:20 AM EST #

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