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It is probably appropriate that a little less than two months after Oracle (news, site) released its Enterprise Content Management Suite 11g, Dmitri Khanine, who publishes the Independent Oracle UCM Knowledge Center, has just released a new book that promises a whirlwind tour of the Oracle Universal Content Management (UCM) component of the suite.

It is usual that books like this are written and targeted at specific and quite narrow audiences. However, with the Oracle Universal Content Management Handbook from Packt Publishing Khanine promises everyone who has even the vaguest interest in UCM, beginner or seasoned campaigner, insights guaranteed to take them to a higher level of understanding.

And no, you don’t have to be a beginner to use this book as it takes those who wish to start using Oracle UCM to a level of proficient that will enable them to develop a fully functioning UCM system in the first two chapters.

For all others, under which you can heap Stellent UCM users, Administrators and Developers, it offers the modest promise of giving them “an unfair advantage of Oracle UCM mastery”.

Building Local UCMs

Hyperbole aside, the 350 pages outlines in easy-to-follow chapters, with clear and precise diagrams, all you will probably ever want or need to know about UCM be you UCM greenhorn, or a veteran of many deployments.

As a complete practical guide to building a new ECM system as well as a guide to successfully configuring, administering and operating it, it also demonstrates how to efficiently manage your organization’s content and customize the UCM to fit your enterprise needs.

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Oracle UCM: Server Configuration

Apart from a blow-by-blow account of how best to deploy your Oracle UCM software, it also gives specific practical tips and approaches to ‘deeper’ issues, initial steps to take for a successful roll-out, designing a security model and data migration, as well as all the ‘do’s, don’ts and 'really-don’ts’ that should keep you on the happy side of 11g.

Oracle UCM Handbook

The book itself is mercifully easy to read and is broken up into 11 chapters (how cute!) and two appendices, and offers deep insight without forcing the reader to wade through the “sopping mess of new technical terms and abstract architecture talk” found in many technical titles.

While chapter one outlines the methodology that Khanine will employ over the course of the book, the second chapter explains how “in a short afternoon” using a simple desktop or laptop with 5GBs of space and a reasonable operating system like Windows 2000 and above, you will be able to build and configure your own local content server.

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Oracle UCM: You can get a copy of content server at http://edelivery.oracle.com/
 

A – Z of UCM

The rest of the book, depending on what you are looking for and what your needs are uses a conversational style to go through the major and most of the minor issues you are likely to face with UCM. These include:

Controls

To use and master UCM quickly one of the fundamentals is to master the controls. An introduction to the controls and how to use them takes up most of chapter 3 and promises to have you up and running by the time you’ve eaten lunch.

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Oracle UCM: Control panel for integration with desktop

Configuration

Learn how to configure your UCM to fit your organizations needs while at the same time avoiding data losses. It also outlines a number of shortcuts for security customization and metadata.

Content Migration

See how to easily move content quickly and efficiently as well as view demonstrations on how to migrate content from one UCM to another to another.

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Oracle UCM: Workflow Examples 

Customization

By peeking under the hood at different problems, the book demonstrates the easiest ways of customizing your deployment depending on enterprise needs as well as all the tools and practical techniques for altering its interface and behavior.

Integration

Khanine also demonstrates how to integrate UCM with an enterprises existing infrastructure and in doing so provides ways around data re-entry and creation of multiple repositories.

Of course there are many other things in the book that will catch your eye depending on your priorities and what it is you have to do with UCM.

Editor's Note:
See Dmitri Khanine's review of Oracle UCM in our article titled
CMS Review: Oracle Universal Content Management (UCM).

Handbook Extras

However, one of the striking aspects of the book as a whole is the educational element, or the way difficult problems are explained using simple examples. This impression is reinforced by the companion videos that come with the book that explain and demonstrate some of the issues around UCM.

The Oracle Universal Content Management Handbook ihas justs been released and can be bought as either hard copy or ecopy from Packt Publishing. There is a special deal for the first few ecopies sold so if you’re interested probably better to get in sooner rather than later.

Oracle Universal Content Management Handbook by Dmitri Khanine. Packt Publishing. 350 pages. Hardcopy $$59.99 ( approx €45). Packt Special Offer ecopy US$ 40.79 ( €31.44)