Oracle took the wraps off a refreshed Enterprise Content Management Suite this week to boost competition against rival middleware offerings from EMC, IBM and Open Text. The ECM Suite 11g update provides an end-to-end solution covering imaging and the web, as well as document and records management , the company said.
With ECM Suite 11g, Oracle is providing a unified infrastructure to help companies and organizations across multiple industries maximize their content management, reduce costs, and improve security, according to Oracle Vice President Andy MacMillan.
"Organizations need a comprehensive enterprise content management solution that is integrated into their business processes and fits with the way they work," MacMillan said. "With Oracle Enterprise Content Management Suite 11g, we meet those demands while delivering the performance and scalability needed to support the most complex and demanding enterprise content management environments."
Complete and Comprehensive
Oracle's goal is to help enterprises boost efficiency, improve business processes, and simplify management with "complete and comprehensive" ECM, MacMillan said. "What we mean by that is we have a unified, single content management" end-to-end solution for "web content, digital asset management, imaging, records management, and integrated in that unified way into the launch of different applications," MacMillan added.
ECM Suite 11g's updated universal content management (UCM) component provides businesses with a unified platform for managing web content, documents and other digital assets. Featuring built-in retention enhancements, the platform is designed "to make content management a better fit for where you work," MacMillan said
For example, the next-generation desktop integration capabilities promise to increase efficiency by giving enterprise executives access to work-flow information and saved searches via Microsoft Windows Explorer. Oracle also noted that this updated component will give corporate workers the ability to edit managed content, compare managed documents, and insert managed links directly from Microsoft Office.
Single-Click Web Updates
Suite 11g's updated UCM also introduces a new approach to the integration of web-content authoring, design and presentation capabilities into a broad range of online sites and web-based applications. For example, the availability of servlets and tag libraries for JavaServer Pages and Faces as well as ADF applications are expected to enable corporate web developers and even web visitors to easily update existing content and add new information to web sites on the fly.
"What that means is that a developer can add web content management to an existing web application in a single click," MacMillan said. "And users can manage, edit and create new web content, also at a single click to a web site."
He said Suite 11g is designed to bringing content management directly into the business applications that workers most often use. These are "applications like BusinessWeek, Seybold, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, and others, where the enterprise application document strategy is being laid out, bringing content management in the context of those applications right to the users' fingertips at the time when they need the information in that application," MacMillan explained.
Additionally, Oracle said it has updated the suite's universal records management (URM) component. Enhancements to this scalable DoD 5015.2 v3-certified electronic and physical records management system include the ability to provide access to content from anywhere within the enterprise as well as to enable instant holds, dispositions and real-time content discovery across systems and applications. In addition, URM now offers support for third-party archiving.