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Oracle WebCenter Portal Strategy at OOW15

Oracle talks about WebCenter Portal and BPM as a portfolio to enable digital business. Portal provides the self-service capabilities through multiple channels and is enterprise ready. Oracle said they had a good year this year with the 11g version of portal.

For the strategy, Oracle looks at who is the portal developer and what tools do they need. In this aspect, Oracle is trying to address developer needs of knowledge workers and power users in the next version.



They look at what is the self-service customer experience. Oracle wants to provide seamless, personalized and innovative experiences with the portal. They are focusing on multi-channel engagement, contextual information, and business integration.

ROI is a key driver as well.  Oracle is looking to boost developer productivity, as well as business user productivity.  This involves leveraging a rich portfolio of solutions and simplifying provisioning of solutions.

Key areas of investment for Portal 12c are:

  • Ease of use
  • Connected data and integrated systems
  • Multi-channel
  • Hybrid solutions

Version 12.2.1 was just release last week with lots of new features:

  • Multi-channel, responsive design throughout
  • Easier page composition
  • Wiring page components on the glass
  • Wizard driven data integration in the browser
  • Oracle stack integration (BPM, BI, SOA, IDM, etc)
  • Ability to integrate 3rd party apps
  • Fully ECM functionality via an embedded content UI
  • In-line content contribution with multi-language support
  • Hybrid ECM (via Oracle DOCS)

For developers, V12.2.1 includes:

  • New technologies and standards support (JSF2, HTML5, REST)
  • Direct publishing of portal assets from JDeveloper
  • New Portal REST API
  • Bootstrap themes
  • Delegated administration of departmental portals
  • Simplified security management
  • Multiple roles assignment
  • Lifecycle management and propagation of portal and its assets
  • Shared Library propagation
  • Audit of portal deployments
  • For hybrid solutions, a new Portal Jump Start kit
  • Oracle Public Cloud certification

What can we expect in the next year?

  • Integration with Documents, OSN and Process Cloud
  • Content annotations and redactions
  • Performance analyzer
  • Portal and Web Center Sites integration for targeting
  • Integration with Sites Cloud
  • Portal Cloud Edition

Oracle will also be delivering portal development and deployment on the public or private cloud.

There are two migration paths to upgrade from Portal 11g to 12C depending on whether you run Portal Server or Portal Framework.

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Mark Polly

Mark Polly is Perficient's Chief Strategist for Customer Experience Platforms. He works to create great customer, partner, and employee experiences. Mark specializes in web content management, portal, search, CRM, marketing automation, customer service, collaboration, social networks, and more.

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