What is Oracle WebCenter? (Part 2)

Since an essential element of modern Portals and Business Applications is that they are designed to be evolved by Business Users after they have been built, a critical part of the software infrastructure for Business Applications is that it must make it easy for users to get the information they need and to work with others to make the necessary changes to business applications and processes. Traditionally organizations have used Enterprise Portals for this purpose but Portals, however, require new software infrastructure facilities to meet these new requirements:


  • Unified, Standards-based Portal Framework: First, modern Portals need to be developed with a framework that meets three important requirements:

    1. It supports in a single framework the development of all styles of Web Sites, Portals and composite applications;

    2. It provides the ability for users and site administrators to highly personalize the behavior and look and feel of the Portal to meet user requirements while insulating them from future upgrades;

    3. It delivers an adaptable service model that follows what SOA has done for Enterprise Applications and enables delivery of reusable, customizable, and personalizable Social Computing services.


  • Enterprise Business Dictionary and Integration Framework: Second, since users need to interact through the Enterprise Portal with all the resources in the Enterprise, Portals must integrate a Business Dictionary and provide pre-packaged integration with Applications, Content and Rich Media, Business Processes, and Business Intelligence in a role specific way to speed user awareness of these critical resources.

  • Dynamic Online Communities or Team Sites: Third, since much of the work of dynamically changing Business Applications and Processes will be done by groups of people working with each other, Enterprise Portals must host dynamic online business communities with which users can interact with their familiar personal productivity tools.

  • Social Computing Services: Fourth, these Enterprise Communities must also provide Social Computing Services to allow online users to find others in the organization and to exploit the tools to communicate and share information with them quickly and easily.

  • Pervasive Access and Information Delivery: Fifth and finally, since users will need to access information from the Enterprise Portal pervasively, modern Portals need to provide the ability to bring this information to users pervasively.

In the next post, I'll provide the core design points for WebCenter 11g.

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