Oracle announced the availability of Oracle Enterprise Content Management Suite 11g, intended as a scalable solution that allows an enterprise to engage in image, Web, document and records management. Oracle has kept up with a steady stream of releases throughout 2009 designed to expand the company's reach into the enterprise software stack, as part of the company's larger plan to become the largest and most mission-critical IT systems vendor in the world.
Oracle is announcing the availability of
Oracle Enterprise Content Management Suite 11g, a component of Oracle Fusion
Middleware that combines a number of the company's backend components,
including process and records management, into a single system. The
applications in question include Oracle Universal Content Management 11g and
Oracle Universal Records Management 11g, unveiled June 8, as well as Oracle and
Process Management 11g and Oracle Information Rights Management 11g, which were
originally announced in February 2010.
"To maximize content management efficiency, reduce
costs and improve security, organizations need a comprehensive enterprise
content management solution that is integrated into their business process and
fits with the way they work," Andy MacMill, vice president of Product
Management for Oracle, wrote in a statement. "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."
Overall, Enterprise Content Management Suite
11g is designed to be a scalable solution that effectively covers image, Web,
document and records management. It is, in theory, a one-stop shop: an
enterprise's creative department could use some components to manage Web or
digital assets, while an accounting or legal department would need its scalable
electronic and physical records management system.
To that end, one of its components, Oracle
Universal Content Management 11g, allows for open Web content management, which
integrates Web content authoring, design and presentation capabilities into
corporate Websites; business users have a simplified means of editing and
managing their sites. Oracle Universal Records Management 11g allows business
users to manage electronic and physical records, improving discover and
enhancing the usability with an updated physical records management interface.
With regard to Oracle's corporate strategy, however, perhaps
the most important part of Enterprise Content Management Suite 11g is
how it integrates with a variety of the company's other products, including
Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g and Oracle Database 11g; an increasingly
comprehensive stack, with solutions for all facets of business, potentially
helps Oracle in its battle against other vendors such as IBM for enterprise
customers-if Oracle can persuade those customers that it offers everything they
Throughout 2010, Oracle
has steadily unveiled new products designed to help manage the various parts of
the enterprise stack. On April 22, the company announced Oracle Enterprise
Manager 11g, a platform for consolidating various systems management and
support tools with an integrated interface.
"Traditional systems management products
don't address the complexities of modern data centers," Richard Sarwal,
Oracle's senior vice president of Product Development, wrote in a statement
preceding that particular announcement. "They create islands of automation but
do not provide a holistic, integrated picture of the health of the entire IT
Features of Enterprise Manager 11g include
increased support for the management of Fusion Middleware 11g, with provision
for large-scale SOA Suite and WebLogic Server environments, as well as Database
11g Release 2. It leverages Oracle's $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun
Microsystems, by allowing an IT administrator to manage the life cycle of
physical and virtual Sun environments and Solaris Containers.
Oracle's stream of releases seems to play
into the company's larger plan to become the largest and most mission-critical
IT systems vendor in the world.
"We've already beaten IBM in software ... Now
we want to beat them in systems," Oracle CEO and founder Larry Ellison told an
audience during a September 2009 appearance at the Churchill Club in San Jose,
Calif. "We have a deep interest in the systems business. Great systems vendors
ship a hardware-software combination that allows them to be instrumental in the
acceleration of the Internet."
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.