Wednesday Feb 29, 2012

Oracle WebCenter 11gR1: Extending Imaging and Content Management Integrations

Extending Imaging and Content Management Integrations
by: Jamie Rancourt | Senior Manager, Product Management, Oracle WebCenter

Oracle WebCenter 11g Release 1 (11.1.1.6.0) introduces several new capabilities in WebCenter Imaging and WebCenter Content that facilitate the integration with Oracle Applications, and now with custom or 3rd party applications as well.

Content Enabling Applications

WebCenter already supported integrations with Oracle E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, Siebel and JD Edwards, and now with the brand new Enterprise Application Adapter Framework, customers and ISV’s can build their own integrations into their custom applications or 3rd party applications if they require robust Enterprise Content Management and/or Capture and Imaging capabilities in their business operations. This new addition to WebCenter provides a SOAP-based interface that exposes WebCenter Content, WebCenter Imaging, WebCenter Distributed Capture, and the AXF (Application Extension Framework) task list and task viewer. Using the Enterprise Application Adapter Framework, you can content-enable any application, whether the requirements are as simple as attaching documents to transaction records, or more complex requiring high speed imaging and automated routing of documents to support your business flows.

Broader Support for Oracle Applications

Oracle WebCenter 11g Release 1 (11.1.1.6.0) also introduces new certifications and new features in the E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, and Siebel Applications Adapters for WebCenter. There are new global settings for user preferences such as the default viewer, and which panels are shown. These provide administrators ease of administration by being able to set corporate settings, yet allow the flexibility for users to change their preferences to their liking.

Moreover, administration of AXF is easier with Oracle WebCenter 11g Release 1 (11.1.1.6.0) with the introduction of the Solution Editor web interface. Direct access to underlying AXF tables is no longer necessary for configuration of end-user facing UI elements as these settings can now be controlled from any web browser, pending the proper permissions of course.

E-Business suite customers will be pleased to learn that Oracle WebCenter 11g Release 1 (11.1.1.6.0) introduces support for HTML-based (OAF) E-Business suite modules, whereas previously only Forms based modules were supported. This new addition now means that WebCenter Content’s Managed Attachments solution can be extended to every E-Business Suite module where attachments are required. Additionally, E-Business Suite 12.1.3 is now certified with this integration.

New versions of PeopleSoft and Siebel are now also supported with the Applications Adapters for WebCenter. PeopleTools version 8.51 is now certified for the PeopleSoft Adapter for WebCenter, whereas Siebel 8.2 is now certified for the Siebel Adapter for WebCenter.

Wednesday Feb 22, 2012

New Release of Oracle WebCenter Content

Today Oracle released 11g Release 1 (11.1.1.6) for WebCenter Content. Our patch sets are mainly targeted at releasing customer bug fixes. However, we have added a few additional product enhancements that demonstrate our continued goal of driving innovation for our customers. Over the next couple of weeks we will be sharing information regarding enhancements for WebCenter Content in greater detail.

For today we wanted to offer a high-level list that will notify you of the new capabilities in the following areas:      

  • User Engagement
  • Content Enabling Applications
  • Infrastructure
User Engagement
The key areas of enhancement for user engagement:

  • A newly architected Folders Component that supports Desktop Integration and Query & Personal Folders
  • Desktop updates, including support for our new folders, the ability to contribute to profiles directly from Windows Explorer using drag-n-drop, enhanced handling of local copies of managed docs, and easy access to frequently used documents from Office apps.
  • Native Electronic Signature Support - includes a configurable signing form plus the ability to print a PDF of the document with a configurable signature watermark
Content Enabling Applications
There are a number of new application adapters, as well as better support for AXF including
  • The brand new Enterprise Application Adapter Framework that enables 3rd party applications to leverage WebCenter Content’s imaging and attachments framework
  • Global settings for all user preferences such as default image viewer, show/hide panels in task viewer, and end user overrides
  • Solution editor admin UI enhancements that enable you to customize AXF display without direct AXF table access and AXF Task List UI column sorting
  • Managed attachments configuration admin UI including global configuration, business application, and business application entity with no need to manage preferences.hda file
New Application Adapters include:
  • EBS Adapter for ECM
    • EBS OAF Plug-in
    • EBS 12.1.3 certification

  • PSFT Adapter for ECM
    • PeopleTools 8.51 certification

  • SEBL Adapter for ECM
    • SEBL 8.2 certification

  • Enterprise Application Adapter Framework for WebCenter
    • Enable 3rd party apps to leverage imaging/attachments framework
    • SOAP interface to AXF
    • Access to task list, task viewer, and managed attachments views
Infrastructure
For infrastructure, there is IBM WebSphere Application Sever 7 support, SAMQFS support, and Database File System support. We’ve also extended Retention Management to specify retention rule by simple categorization, retention specified by age or mapping to an RM category, and a number of other enhancements.

Over the next few weeks we will provide detailed blog posts on these WebCenter Content features, here on the Oracle WebCenter Content blog.


Wednesday Jan 04, 2012

Oracle WebCenter Named a Leader in Enterprise Content Management by Independent Research Firm

Oracle has been named a Leader in the November 2011 report, “The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Content Management, Q4 2011.” Based on Forrester’s assessment, Oracle WebCenter received high marks due to its broad set of capabilities for managing foundational, business, transactional and persuasive content types. According to the report, “Oracle ranks as Leader in all content technology segments due to its broad set of capabilities.”

The report continued, “Oracle WebCenter, which includes Oracle’s new portal platform, weaves ECM into the fabric of the portal application. By integrating ECM into the Oracle WebCenter portfolio, Oracle’s ECM functionality provides the foundation for many content-centric business solutions, such as contract management or team collaboration. The Oracle WebCenter portfolio is made available to all of the core Oracle products, thus providing ECM functionality to other Oracle products, such as Siebel or PeopleSoft. Oracle’s ability to surface ECM functionality in Oracle WebCenter provides organizations with the ability to implement an enterprise portal with extensive ECM capabilities.”

“Many organizations are faced with a difficult balancing act as they try to address increasingly complex content management issues while meeting the demands from information workers for simple and easy to use content management tools,” said Andy MacMillan, vice president, Product Management, Oracle. “We believe that Forrester Research’s recognition of Oracle as a Leader highlights our commitment to delivering a complete and unified portfolio of tools that help our customers address these challenges by seamlessly connecting people and information.”

For more information, read the Oracle press release.

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