Wednesday Jul 11, 2012

The power of Oracle WebCenter Content – extended through CARA

Guest post provided by Oracle Partner, Generis.

The power of Oracle WebCenter Content – extended through CARA

Oracle WebCenter Content just got a great companion product – CARA from Generis, an Oracle Gold Partner. CARA is a web-based interface on top of WebCenter Content and it provides both a high-performance / high functionality end-user experience, as well as a full suite of configuration tools that allow you to build a business use case for Oracle WebCenter without coding. CMSwire recently reviewed CARA and called it “a pretty slick tool”.

Free Webinar from Generis and Oracle

John Klinke from Oracle and James Kelleher from Generis will be running a demo of CARA for Oracle WebCenter on 19th July 2012 at 11am Eastern Time (USA). This demo will feature the CARA user interface and configuration layer, focusing on the benefits to end users as well as the configuration layer and the associated ROI savings from configuring Oracle WebCenter to meet your requirements rather than coding.

Sign up here for the webinar.

About CARA

So what does CARA offer on top of the Oracle WebCenter? There are two main aspects.

1) A fast, efficient user interface. Slow UIs are one of the biggest reasons that Content Management projects fail. The second biggest reason is if the UI is “unfit for purpose” and the CARA UI has evolved over the last few years based on direct studies with user groups. The team from Generis spent time looking at how users work – how they create content, relate it, push it through the lifecycle – and finding ways of reducing clicks, showing more information on a single screen, and doing intelligent automation based on the system predicting what users are going to do next.

2) A full configuration layer. The largest cost involved in any Content Management project is tailoring the platform to meet the specific business requirements. Typically this meant months of coding / customization, with the associated testing and then upgrade headaches and cost. CARA provides a vast range of configuration items – basically covering everything from how the UI looks for each user through to the business rules e.g. properties screens, folder rules, automated security and so on. In fact, CARA has so much configuration, that Generis is offering a zero customization policy - if customers need a new feature, it will be added as a configurable feature available to everyone. The team from Generis has even created “pre-packaged” configuration start points for various use cases such as Quality Documents, Human Resources, Legal, and a range of Life Sciences cases including eTMF, submissions / eCTD, Correspondence and Commitment Tracking, and Change Control.

Part of the reason CARA is so flexible is that it is a JAVA application built using the Google Web Toolkit (which means it works in any browser). CARA is available also as a mobile solution and in multiple languages including English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, Portuguese and Polish.


When you first see CARA open, it is pretty unusual for a web application – in fact, it looks like you are working on a Windows machine inside your browser. You can have multiple windows open on your screen (so you can efficiently multi-task) and you can do things like drag and drop between windows.

Apart from the usual lists of documents and menus / buttons, there are some other unique things about CARA, which you won’t find in other web UIs. For example, the Widgets Panel shows (not surprisingly) widgets of information about documents that you click on – you can choose from several out of the box widgets, or actually build your own through configuration – including pulling information from third party systems via web services (think JD Edwards, Siebel, databases…). This makes the Widgets incredibly flexible and powerful.

Also – to solve one of the biggest problems in content management (“how do I find my stuff”), CARA has a tool called Dimensions – it’s the ultimate replacement for either fixed-folder navigation or running explicit searches. Basically, choose up to 5 levels of attributes by which you want to browse the repository, and each user has their own virtual folder structure. You can pre-define dimensions for roles or scenarios to make it easier for users to find appropriate groups of documents or filter them by different combinations. This is probably the #1 favorite feature when we talk to users.

In the spirit of Oracle dashboards, CARA also has its own Dashboards where you can access reports as charts or tables, export to Excel, and so on:

All of this is underpinned with the configuration layer which allows you to configure both the user interface (layout, availability of functions per group and so on) as well as the business rules (for example security / folders / audits based on attribute value rules, properties screens, property inheritance / auto-generation). The entire configuration is done through the CARA UI, requiring zero coding – cutting cost and time of implementation dramatically:

 Don't forget to sign up and attend the Free Webinar from Generis and Oracle to learn more about CARA

John Klinke from Oracle and James Kelleher from Generis will be running a demo of CARA for Oracle WebCenter on 19th July 2012 at 11am Eastern Time (USA). This demo will feature the CARA user interface and configuration layer, focusing on the benefits to end users as well as the configuration layer and the associated ROI savings from configuring Oracle WebCenter to meet your requirements rather than coding.

Sign up here for the webinar

Tuesday Jun 26, 2012

USDM and Oracle Offer a New Part 11 Compliant Solution for Life Sciences

Guest post today provided by Oracle partner, USDM 

Regulated Content in WebCenter
USDM and Oracle offer a new Part 11 compliant solution for Life Sciences
 (White Paper)

Life science customers now have the ability to take advantage of all of the benefits of Oracle’s WebCenter Content, a global leader in Enterprise Content Management.   For the past year, USDM has been developing best practice compliance solutions to meet regulated content management requirements for 21 CFR Part 11 in WebCenter Content. USDM has been an expert in ECM for life sciences since 1999 and in 2011, certified that WebCenter was a 21CFR Part 11 compliant content management platform (White Paper).  In addition, USDM has built Validation Accelerators Packs for WebCenter to enable life science organizations to quickly and cost effectively validate this world class solution.

With the Part 11 certification, Oracle’s WebCenter now provides regulated life science organizations  the ability to manage REGULATORY content in WebCenter, as well as the ability to take advantage of ALL of the additional functionality of WebCenter, including  a complete, open, and integrated portfolio of portal, web experience management, content management and social networking technology.  Here are a few screen shot examples of Part 11 functionality included in the product: E-Sign, E-Sign Rendor, Meta Data History, Audit Trail Report, and Access Reporting.

Access Reporting
Audit Trail Report



Metadata history

Gone are the days that life science companies have to spend millions of dollars a year to implement, maintain, and validate ECM systems that no longer meet the ever changing business and regulatory requirements.  Life science companies now have the ability to use WebCenter Content, an ECM system with a substantially lower cost of ownership and unsurpassed functionality.

Oracle has been #1 in life sciences because of their ability to develop cost effective, easy-to-use, scalable solutions which help increase insight and efficiency to drive growth for their customers.  Adding a world class ECM solution to this product portfolio allows life science organizations the chance to get rid of costly ECM systems that no longer meet their needs and use WebCenter, part of the Oracle Fusion Technology stack, with their other leading enterprise applications.

USDM provides:

•    Expertise in Life Science ECM Business Processes
•    Prebuilt Life Science Configuration in WebCenter
•    Validation Accelerator Packs for WebCenter

USDM is very proud to support Oracle’s expanding commitment to Life Sciences….

For more information please contact:

Oracle will be exhibiting at DIA 2012 in Philadelphia on June 25-27. Stop by our booth (#2825) to learn more about the advantages of a centralized ECM strategy and see the Oracle WebCenter Content solution, our 21 CFR Part 11 compliant content management platform.

DIA 2012

Thursday Jun 07, 2012

Unlocking Productivity

Unlocking Productivity in Life Sciences with Consolidated Content Management

by Joe Golemba, Vice President, Product Management, Oracle WebCenter

As life sciences organizations look to become more operationally efficient, the ability to effectively leverage information is a competitive advantage. Whether data mining at the drug discovery phase or prepping the sales team before a product launch, content management can play a key role in developing, organizing, and disseminating vital information.

The goal of content management is relatively straightforward: put the information that people need where they can find it. A number of issues can complicate this; information sits in many different systems, each of those systems has its own security, and the information in those systems exists in many different formats.

Identifying and extracting pertinent information from mountains of farflung data is no simple job, but the alternative—wasted effort or even regulatory compliance issues—is worse. An integrated information architecture can enable health sciences organizations to make better decisions, accelerate clinical operations, and be more competitive.

Unstructured data matters Often when we think of drug development data, we think of structured data that fits neatly into one or more research databases. But structured data is often directly supported by unstructured data such as experimental protocols, reaction conditions, lot numbers, run times, analyses, and research notes. As life sciences companies seek integrated views of data, they are typically finding diverse islands of data that seemingly have no relationship to other data in the organization. Information like sales reports or call center reports can be locked into siloed systems, and unavailable to the discovery process. Additionally, in the increasingly networked clinical environment, Web pages, instant messages, videos, scientific imaging, sales and marketing data, collaborative workspaces, and predictive modeling data are likely to be present within an organization, and each source potentially possesses information that can help to better inform specific efforts.

Historically, content management solutions that had 21CFR Part 11 capabilities—electronic records and signatures—were focused mainly on content-enabling manufacturing-related processes. Today, life sciences companies have many standalone repositories, requiring different skills, service level agreements, and vendor support costs to manage them. With the amount of content doubling every three to six months, companies have recognized the need to manage unstructured content from the beginning, in order to increase employee productivity and operational efficiency.

Using scalable and secure enterprise content management (ECM) solutions, organizations can better manage their unstructured content. These solutions can also be integrated with enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems or research systems, making content available immediately, in the context of the application and within the flow of the employee’s typical business activity. Administrative safeguards—such as content de-duplication—can also be applied within ECM systems, so documents are never recreated, eliminating redundant efforts, ensuring one source of truth, and maintaining content standards in the organization.

Putting it in context
Consolidating structured and unstructured information in a single system can greatly simplify access to relevant information when it is needed through contextual search. Using contextual filters, results can include therapeutic area, position in the value chain, semantic commonalities, technology-specific factors, specific researchers involved, or potential business impact.

The use of taxonomies is essential to organizing information and enabling contextual searches. Taxonomy solutions are composed of a hierarchical tree that defines the relationship between different life science terms. When overlaid with additional indexing related to research and/or business processes, it becomes possible to effectively narrow down the amount of data that is returned during searches, as well as prioritize results based on specific criteria and/or prior search history. Thus, search results are more accurate and relevant to an employee’s day-to-day work.

For example, a search for the word "tissue" by a lab researcher would return significantly different results than a search for the same word performed by someone in procurement.

Of course, diverse data repositories, combined with the immense amounts of data present in an organization, necessitate that the data elements be regularly indexed and cached beforehand to enable reasonable search response times. In its simplest form, indexing of a single, consolidated data warehouse can be expected to be a relatively straightforward effort.

However, organizations require the ability to index multiple data repositories, enabling a single search to reference multiple data sources and provide an integrated results listing.

Security and compliance
Beyond yielding efficiencies and supporting new insight, an enterprise search environment can support important security considerations as well as compliance initiatives. For example, the systems enable organizations to retain the relevance and the security of the indexed systems, so users can only see the results to which they are granted access. This is especially important as life sciences companies are working in an increasingly networked environment and need to provide secure, role-based access to information across multiple partners.

Although not officially required by the 21 CFR Part 11 regulation, the U.S. Food and Drug Administraiton has begun to extend the type of content considered when performing relevant audits and discoveries. Having an ECM infrastructure that provides centralized management of all content enterprise-wide—with the ability to consistently apply records and retention policies along with the appropriate controls, validations, audit trails, and electronic signatures—is becoming increasingly critical for life sciences companies.

Making the move
Creating an enterprise-wide ECM environment requires moving large amounts of content into a single enterprise repository, a daunting and risk-laden initiative. The first key is to focus on data taxonomy, allowing content to be mapped across systems. The second is to take advantage new tools which can dramatically speed and reduce the cost of the data migration process through automation. Additional content need not be frozen while it is migrated, enabling productivity throughout the process.

The ability to effectively leverage information into success has been gaining importance in the life sciences industry for years. The rapid adoption of enterprise content management, both in operational processes as well as in scientific management, are clear indicators that the companies are looking to use all available data to be better informed, improve decision making, minimize risk, and increase time to market, to maintain profitability and be more competitive.

As more and more varieties and sources of information are brought under the strategic management umbrella, the ability to divine knowledge from the vast pool of information is increasingly difficult. Simple search engines and basic content management are increasingly unable to effectively extract the right information from the mountains of data available.

By bringing these tools into context and integrating them with business processes and applications, we can effectively focus on the right decisions that make our organizations more profitable.

More Information

Oracle will be exhibiting at DIA 2012 in Philadelphia on June 25-27. Stop by our booth (#2825) to learn more about the advantages of a centralized ECM strategy and see the Oracle WebCenter Content solution, our 21 CFR Part 11 compliant content management platform.

DIA 2012

Wednesday Mar 21, 2012

Do MORE with WebCenter

Do More With WebCenter

Do you need to lower costs? Raise Productivity? Foster Innovation? Improve Online Engagement? But you’re still stuck with Documentum? Step away from the ledge – there is hope – let us help you.

Top 4 Content Imperatives

· Lower Costs - Reduce labor, maintenance fees, storage and electrical consumption

· Raise Productivity - Automation and integration, communication, findability

· Foster Innovation - Enable collaboration, expertise location

· Improve Online Engagement – enable user-driven, dynamic marketing initiatives

With the coming technology wave we see four content imperatives. Every organization has had to reduce costs, cost cutting has become a way of life. Everyone is working three jobs as positions are eliminated. And so we have to reduce labor, reduce maintenance, and reduce money we are wasting on things like storing content that is redundant or no longer useful.

We also, to fill that gap, need to raise productivity. Knowledge workers represent the fastest growing segment of the workforce, accounting for 40%-75% of the employees at organizations in sectors like financial services, life sciences, healthcare and retail.  What’s more, their wages total 18 percent of the United States GDP. And so we can’t afford information systems that don’t let our top performers be the best they can be. We look to automate the content processes, provide ways to integrate that content into our processes, provide communication to make decisions, and to make content more findable so people can make the right decision and move the process forward.

And really to get ourselves out of the current financial status, we can only cut costs so far. We have to innovate out of economic tough times – to find new products and new markets. And to enable the innovation process, we have to enable collaboration and expertise location. So much of innovation is about building on innovations that have come before. To solve problems, we have to be able to find what our organization has already created. We find that problems we need to solve have already been solved if we can find the right document, the right person. So we have to provide systems that enable us to stand on the shoulders of our organization’s accomplishments.

Good content drives great marketing. Online engagement is growing as an absolute necessity for modern growing marketing organizations that require the business users be enabled for dynamic marketing content creation, updates and targeted content creation and management. Unfortunately – if you are currently stuck with Documentum, you are really lacking in your Web Experience Management capabilities. Documentum previously used FatWire for web publishing. Now FatWire is part of Oracle. Oracle provides powerful web engagement capabilities:

  • Increase sales and loyalty by optimizing online engagement
  • Create, manage and moderate contextually relevant, targeted and interactive online experiences
  • Optimize customer engagement across, web, mobile and social channels
  • Manage large scale multichannel global online presence with integration to enterprise applications
  • Enable business users to control their content and make their own updates
  • Publish content from native files – enable navigation of project documents, procedures, policy information
  • Enable content display and updates from existing web applications – one click to drag and drop content management functionality
  • So you get the ability to self-publish information and make it navigable, to move the process of publishing from IT to business users, and the ability to address a whole new area of user engagement with web experience management.

So… if you are still stuck with Documentum and don’t know what to do – contact us – not only will Oracle help you step away from the ledge, but also with the MoveOff Documentum program, we are offering you a way – trade-in your Documentum licenses for a 100% credit on Oracle WebCenter.

How’s that for a nice bonus? It’s time to stop maintaining Documentum, and to start innovating with Oracle WebCenter. Learn More Here!

To learn more about what Oracle WebCenter can offer you today – join us for a webcast – your eyes will be opened to all that’s possible.Watch the Webcast OnDemand: Do More with WebCenter: Extend Beyond Content Management



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