Not long after unveiling a roadmap for its enterprise content management (ECM) software, Oracle has released the first of the revamped products laid out in that strategy.
Previously known as Stellent Universal Content Management, Oracle has renamed the software Oracle Universal Content Management 10g Release 3, to reflect its status as a component of Oracle’s Fusion middleware.
It’s the first product Oracle has released since acquiring Stellent in December.
Oracle Universal Content Management acts as an ECM platform enabling users to capture, store, manage, locate, publish and retain unstructured content such as documents, video and audio.
Oracle has retained the Stellent’s ability to interact with a variety of third-party products while tightening integration with its own software.
Users now have more choice about how they store their content, according to Michelle Huff, principal product manager for Oracle Content Management, who was formerly with Stellent.
Oracle Universal Content Management has a new file store provider architecture so users can opt for a variety of storage options for their content from Oracle, BMC, Fujitsu and Network Appliance.
At present, the Oracle 10g relational database is the only one available as an out-of-the-box option, but, depending on demand, Oracle may eventually provide the same functionality for third-party offerings, she says.
The revamped Stellent also features integration with Microsoft’s SharePoint web content management software. Previously, Stellent offered a SharePoint add-on for another of its products, Unified Records Management.
Oracle has worked to improve the integration between Universal Content Management and its own Oracle Portal Server and Oracle WebCentre Suite, as well as third-party portals from BEA Systems, IBM and Sun Microsystems.
The software can also convert the native format that content is stored in, from a Microsoft Word document to a PDF file, for example.
Before being acquired by Oracle, Stellent embedded an OEM version of the Verity enterprise search software in its Universal Content Management product.
Then, in response to user demand, it allowed companies to use Verity, now part of Autonomy, or rival technology from Fast Search & Transfer. In the new Oracle release, customers can also use Oracle Secure Enterprise Search (SES). A dedicated use licence for SES is included with Oracle Universal Content Management so that content managed by the ECM software can be indexed and accessed by SES.
Primary competition for Oracle’s ECM software comes from EMC’s Documentum family of products and from IBM, which acquired FileNet last year. Other competitors include Microsoft and Open Text Corp, according to Huff.
Oracle hopes its ECM products will resonate with existing customers who already use its database, middleware and applications, and with those who have yet to embrace content management.
Oracle plans to integrate Universal Content Management with more of its software in the future, including its enterprise applications.
Stellent customers in New Zealand include ACC, which selected the system early in 2004.
ACC will use Stellent in conjunction with its Fineos claims management system, a major project replacing the ageing bespoke Pathway system. ACC is an Oracle database customer.
Additional reporting by David Watson