Oracle Merges Document Managment and Enterprise Applications
Still only halfway through Oracle’s OpenWorld conference in San Francisco and the enterprise giant has made a number of announcements about the future developments with the company. In particular, the decision to integrate business applications with the document management component of its Enterprise CMS platform caught our attention.

What Oracle (news, site) hopes to give application users with its new Enterprise Application Documents solution is more efficient business processes that until now have been curtailed by the inability of users to get a full 360 view of what documentation is available in the enterprise content management system.

Connecting Business Applications

The company says users are currently constrained not just by access to those documents, but also by that fact that they don’t always know what is available in the first place.

Oracle's Enterprise Application Documents provides Oracle business applications an integrated set of content management services that include document capture, imaging and workflow (using Oracle Image and Process Management) and storage, management and access to attachments (using Oracle Content Management).

With the integration Oracle offer users pre-integrated adapters for four of their applications:

  • E-Business Suite which consists of a collection of enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM) and supply-chain management (SCM) applications.
  • PeopleSoft Enterprise which provides amongst other applications asset lifecycle management, customer relationship management (CRM), financial management and human resources management applications.
  • Siebel CRM, a customer relationship management solution that includes features that are geared to managing all business-client relationships.
  • JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, a suite of industry-specific business applications for the manufacturing, construction, distribution and service industries.

Oracle also says that the new adapters allow for application upgrades without having to reintegrate the applications when they are upgraded.

Enterprise CMS Changes

During a general session at the Oracle OpenWorld Conference, Hasan Rizvi, Oracle Senior Vice President of Oracle Fusion Middleware Product Development, talked about the future of Oracle's Enterprise Content Management platform.

The presentation was effectively a showcase for Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g that included case studies as well as indications as to where Oracle might be going with it.

"...plans include the most complete ECM platform by providing a unified repository with end-to-end image processing," Rizvi said. “Oracle's plans include enabling more efficient and timely reuse of content while also continue delivering tighter integration with Oracle Applications as well as Oracle WebLogic Server and other Oracle Fusion Middleware."

It's not yet clear what the future will bring for Oracle's ECM Suite, especially with a new unified repository, but stick with us as we intend to find out more in the coming days.

If you are in the San Francisco area the Open World conference is taking place in the Moscone Center and runs until Thursday evening.