Call for Templates!
By Tim Dexter-Oracle on Aug 23, 2007
You may have read last month about the great BIP Mind Share project, the plan was to provide the ability for development, consultants and customers across all flavors of publisher to share their templates - one big happy family sharing our toys.
Well, I have had a great meeting recently with the folks that are implementing this wee beasty, one of those folks is Jake of AppsLab and Web2.0 evangelist. Its coming together very quickly and it looks like it is going to be really useful. Once loaded with its meta data to describe said layout or data template you are going to be able to search for that elusive template for that obscure concurrent program that ships with European Localizations. Just as a tease I even have grainy screenshots stolen from the locked cube (yes Oracle's cubes are lockable:0) where developers have been feverishly bashing this out.
Initial release rollout will support EBS and PeopleSoft, but JD Edwards, Siebel, <<put you app name here>> and even standalone publisher templates will be supported in furture releases.
There are a few operational things to iron out such as having a librarian or some means of ensuring the quality of the content, where its going to get hosted, behind Metalink somewhere is currently on the cards. Nothing major to sort out but here's where you come in.
This is only going to be as good as the content that is posted into it. You can expect all of the templates from development teams in EBS and PeopleSoft to be in there. But we need your templates in there too - I know theres a whole question of intellectual property, you have worked hard to get your templates where they are today and why should you share them? But its a give and take process, Im sure that there is going to be a template in there that you need, so if you put one in when taking one out the whole concept is going to be great - if I or any of the development team have helped you with a template I expect to see it in there, got it :0)
You're going to get to see the application at OpenWorld in November and we are looking for volunteer templates to be loaded to our demo system - we need layout templates and a little meta data - what report name and application it's associated and we'll do the rest. We can not guarantee you'll get into the session but we'll try. If you're up for it, mail me your templates, zip em and change the extension to .zipped otherwise our mail server will spit it back at you.