Thursday Jan 12, 2012

Do More with Oracle WebCenter: Expand Beyond Portals

Oracle has just announced a new web seminar: Do More with Oracle WebCenter: Expand Beyond Portals. This event will take place on Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 10:00 AM PST (register here). You can hear Christian Finn of Oracle discuss how Oracle WebCenter includes comprehensive content, Web experience management, and social computing capabilities.

You will find you can do more with Oracle WebCenter by creating advanced customer-facing Web solutions to enhance customer loyalty and sales. And you can manage the entire content lifecycle of not just the content in your portals but also across your entire enterprise. Join us for this Webcast and learn how Oracle WebCenter:

  • Enables social business by coordinating collaboration inside and outside the enterprise
  • Improves the online experience by delivering targeted multichannel customer experiences
  • Manages the complete content lifecycle across all Websites, applications, and social tools on a strategic enterprise content management platform
Be sure to join us on the 19th!

Wednesday Dec 28, 2011

Engage with WebCenter Holiday Celebrations

Snowman!As we approach the end of 2011 fully entrenched in the holiday spirit, this week’s topic is appropriately focused on Community Engagement. Like many of us, we hope that our readers spent their holidays surrounded by the warm glow of friends and family and are recharging their systems to blast into 2012. From the perspective of the WebCenter team here, the upcoming year surely looks like it will be even more engaging than the past year and we welcome you to join us in this journey.

To kick us off in the holiday engagement spirit, we thought we’d share a some of our favorite images and a couple of recipes from this past week.

From the great Northeast – this time of year wouldn’t be complete without my family’s annual Hanukkah celebration with more Latkes than anyone should eat in one sitting. We filled 17 bellies full of these wonderful potato pancakes and then left town the next morning for Christmas with the in-laws only to come back to a house 3 days later that still smelled like Latkes.

Snow Family Festival of Lights

(thanks to my sister – Nancy Snow)

GRATE TOGETHER: (food processor chopping blade works well)
4 Potatoes
1 Onion

1 Egg
1 Tablespoon of Flour
¾ teaspoon of Salt
1/8 teaspoon of Pepper
1/8 teaspoon of Baking Powder


Drop by Teaspoons full into ½ inch HOT oil
Fry until golden brown – (flip to brown each side)
Drain on paper towels before serving
Serve with apple sauce, sour cream or Greek plain yogurt


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During the years when Hanukkah and Christmas are close in the calendar, as an intermarried family, we go from the grease of Latkes to the traditional pleasure of spending the Christmas holidays with my in-laws in my home town of Marblehead, MA – a small historic seacoast community on a peninsula North of Boston which is always adorned in the full spirit of the holidays.

Christmas eve Lobster dinner starts the festivities followed by more food and celebration for the entire family.

Roof Elves keep watch

These used to be food of the peasants!

Everybody gets their presentsNumber One Dog! Pumpkin Pie!

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From the great state of Wisconsin, another WebCenter team member, Kellsey shared her mother’s famous Jalapeno meatball recipe and some pix. I can’t wait to try this recipe!

Kellsey's Christmas Tree 2011

Kellsey’s Mom’s Famous Jalapeno Meatballs

2 lb ground beef or turkey
1 c. quick oatmeal

6 oz milk
1 egg
1/3 c. chopped onion
1/4 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp salt + pepper
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can of diced jalapenos or 1 jar of sliced jalapenos

Mix all together and shape into meatballs. Place in 9 x 13 pan (do not need to brown first). In a separate bowl, mix together soup and jalapenos (do not drain). Pour over meatballs and bake at 350 for one hour. You can also do these in the Crock-pot, but you need to either freeze them first or bake them in the oven so they don’t lose their shape. When putting in the Crock-pot, place frozen or browned meatballs in Crock pot, mix soup with jalapenos and pour over top of meatballs. Bake for 3-5 hours (depending on if they were frozen or browned).

Kellsey’s Honey Badger ornament Kellsey’s 5 year old Boxer, Bodde

Thursday Jun 30, 2011

Fighting Cancer With Knowledge and Community: Oracle WebCenter at CPAC

There was a great article on CIO Magazine sometime back about how Cancer Treatment Centers of America are improving patient care with technology.

And it is comforting to know you are getting state of the art care for you or your loved one when battling cancer. When patients and families take matters into their own hands, they often don't know where to turn to for information. The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer provides a one-stop shop that brings together the best information available in an easy to use website.

Beyond finding information, CPAC provides an online community that can help extend knowledge, share experiences, and let people know they are not alone.

You can hear more about this implementation from Mike Matthews of Deloitte in our upcoming online event, Transform Your Business by Connecting People, Processes, and Content. Mike is a partner at Deloitte and had first-hand experience in the CPAC implementation of Oracle WebCenter, which provides website publishing, search, and social community tools.

Wednesday Jun 15, 2011

New Look's Award Winning Social Enterprise

Organizations are always looking for ways to engage their employees. A sense of community within an organization can be an incredible morale builder. But more than that, an internal community can foster sharing of best practices and new ideas that drive profitability. New Look, a fashion retailer based in the UK, has engaged its 27,000 employees with online workspaces and social networking tools that it calls iLook. With blogs, wikis, and other social tools, New Look has fostered innovation by enabling teams to communicate and collaborate.

New Look’s iLook enterprise social network was recognized with the International Solution Award at the BT Expedite Retail Week Technology Awards. The iLook workspace provides New Look employees with access to company intelligence including corporate news, company videos, comprehensive staff directory and policy information, along with an online calendar and a cohesive marketing toolkit held as a central, shared resource for all marketing materials.

Marie Tysall-Blay, Head of Group Communications & Social Responsibility at New Look, said the underlying  Oracle technology was “a critical enabler of our transformation from a United Kindom-centric business to a rapidly expanding international retail community with global brand values, strategies, and goals.”

Congratulations to New Look on their award. For more on this implementation, you can read the New Look press release or the New Look customer snapshot.


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