Thursday Aug 22, 2013

Oracle WebCenter in Action: New Look & Extended Content Solutions

Challenge
Founded in 1969, New Look is a British fashion retailer with a chain of over 1100 stores operating in 15 countries, with over 30,000 employees worldwide. Realising its growth potential in developing global territories, New Look started to face increasing problems with sharing marketing artwork and other digital assets. These were traditionally transferred via email, ftp, or using physical discs.  It quickly became clear that these methods would no longer be suited to the expanding nature of the company from a security, cost and efficiency point of view.  

Looking for a solution which would make use of their existing WebCenter Content platform but require minimal customisation, New Look approached Extended Content Solutions to use their MediaStore solution.

Solution
MediaStore is an ECS developed Digital Asset Management (DAM) solution specifically branded for New Look as ‘iShare’.  The solution provides a centrally-located repository for digital assets with an intuitive and engaging interface to update, search, download, track and share assets with employees, customers and suppliers. Upload-only access can be granted to allow external photographers to submit material without being able to view other assets.

New Look marketers are able to create collaboration areas call ‘Jobs’ and assign access to internal third party design agencies. Design Agencies are only able to view the Jobs they have access . Each job has a status and can be sent for approval before being passed to print agencies or franchise partners.
Built on top of Oracle WebCenter Content MediaStore makes use of the enterprise features such as workflow and security, allows complete user control and sharing of digital assets within the organisation as well as featuring collaboration areas for controlled access to third party users. 
MediaStore was designed with ease of use in mind and benefits from its many key features:
  • Digital assets are rendered or converted to predefined sizes and formats so users don’t need to edit or crop images. 
  • Assets are easy to find using a simple search, based on title and keywords, or via an advanced search which uses the full metadata. 
  • Maintain copyright by attaching forms to images and tracking downloads. 
  • Bulk handling allows easy upload and approval of multiple assets. 
  • Security allows you to control who can upload and access images. 
  • Collaboration areas allow you to create designs with third parties. 
Outcome
Since the implementation of MediaStore, New Look has experienced significant changes in the way they manage and share their rich media assets. As they have grown and branched into different international territories, MediaStore has enabled an easy artwork sharing platform for third party franchise partners in a secure and adaptable environment.

In terms of business value, MediaStore has helped to reduce costs due to no subscription fees and has provided a new found autonomy between suppliers, partners and employees. New Look now benefit from a centrally hosted repository, which gives them greater visibility and more control over their assets than ever before. 

 “With the business ever expanding into new territories, having one simple system for all of our franchise partners keeps things simple and efficient.  The autonomy it gives our own employees, franchise partners and suppliers and the time it gives me back is a favourite feature”. - Jonathan Edwards – Graphic Designer, New Look

Extended Content Solutions - MediaStore
MediaStore has now achieved Oracle Validated Integration (OVI) with Oracle ATG Web Commerce and Oracle WebCenter Sites. OVI involves a rigorous technical review and test process carried out by Oracle engineers to ensure that the products work together as designed.

The integration allows MediaStore assets and their associated metadata to be transferred to a shared file system such as a Content Delivery Network or published either directly into Oracle ATG or Oracle Sites. 

For more information about MediaStore please visit www.extended-content.com/mediastore

Extended Content Solutions (ECS) is a software solutions and services provider specializing in Enterprise Content Management. Our in-depth industry knowledge and technical expertise enable us to empower clients to make the most of their content. ECS has a proven reputation for delivering excellence. With a dedicated and experienced team committed to innovation and quality, a long-standing partnership with Oracle, and a philosophy of maximizing customer satisfaction we are well placed to meet the needs of our clients. 

Want to learn more about this case study and see MediaStore in action? In the coming weeks, be sure to watch a webcast in our WebCenter in Action Series with New Look and Extended Content Solutions! 

Wednesday May 15, 2013

Learning from our customers: Mortenson Construction

Today, Thursday May 16th at 1pm Eastern, 10am Pacific, we will be broadcasting a new webcast featuring a WebCenter customer, Mortenson Construction.  I hope you can take the time to join us, either live or later on by viewing it on-demand.  Many of know the benefits of enterprise content management (ECM) but they have taken it to another level by making sure that every person involved in a construction project has immediate access to the info they need.

OK, so some of you may be saying, isn't that what ECM is all about?  Immediate access to the right content in order to make the right business decisions.  Well, yes, ideally but I suspect we all know scenarios where that is not necessarily the case.  For businesses that do not take the time to incorporate a centralized approach to content management and dissemination, ECM can become a great place to hide information, not use it effectively.

Mortenson Construction has done a great job of making sure that project owners, managers, designers, architects, trade partners and finance teams all have secure access into the project information they need.  And best of all, they can do it from anywhere, on mobile devices, even on the job site itself.  Most of us are not in the construction industry but we have seen projects underway.  

You've probably seen the trailers that are placed on the job site so that managers, foreman and various craft workers can meet and discuss the latest design specifications and resolve problems as they arise. But what about the work team on the 16th floor of the high-rise being built?  Do they have to take an extended break every time there is an issue to resolve and make their way back to the trailer to discuss it? Not if they work at Mortenson!  They have a portable "Field Box" that is effectively a small office in a steel container. It can be moved anywhere by crane and be immediately online with access to every bit of project information.

Mortenson calls this "Project Connect" and it is a great example of how a company can take the power of content that must be securely managed within an ECM system to meet information governance and compliance requirements and get it to every one that needs it... anywhere!

We hope you will join the webcast tomorrow and hear directly from the team at Mortenson Construction about the benefits that they are realizing by using WebCenter Content as their ECM system.  Maybe you can realize some of those benefits too!

Click this link to join us and register to watch this informative webcast. 

Thursday Nov 15, 2012

Webcast Q&A: Los Angeles Department of Building & Safety Lowers Customer Service Costs with Oracle WebCenter

This week we had the fifth webcast in our WebCenter in Action webcast series, "Los Angeles Department of Building & Safety Lowers Customer Service Costs with Oracle WebCenter", where customers Giovani Dacumos and Minh Ong from the Los Angeles Department of Building & Safety (LADBS), and Sheetal Paranjpye and Rajiv Desai from Oracle Partner 3Di, shared how Oracle WebCenter is powering LADBS' externally facing website and providing a superior self-service experience for their customers.

We asked the speakers to provide some dialogue for Q&A.  

Giovani Dacumos