Oracle WebCenter is Oracle's portfolio of user engagement software products built on top of the JSF-based Oracle Application Development Framework. There are three main products that make up the WebCenter portfolio and they can be purchased together as a suite or individually:
Each of these products are in separate but connected markets. WebCenter Content competes in the Enterprise Content Management market. WebCenter Sites competes in the Web Experience Management market and WebCenter Portal competes in the self-service portal and content delivery market space. Different combinations of these products are frequently used together, so Oracle has bundled them together within the same WebCenter product family.
Oracle WebCenter contains a set of components for building rich web applications, portals, and team collaboration/social sites. Oracle WebCenter is targeted at enterprise and larger accounts that have significant content management requirements and the need to deliver that information with internal or external portals, customer-facing websites or within integrated business applications. Oracle has made a particular effort to integrate WebCenter into its leading business applications such as E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft and JD Edwards so that content can be centrally managed in one location and shared across multiple applications. For the development community and advanced business users, WebCenter provides a development environment that includes WebCenter Framework and WebCenter Services along with an out-of-the-box application for team collaboration and enterprise social networking. According to Oracle, this is the strategic portal product, eventually replacing Oracle Portal as well as the portal products acquired from BEA.
The product costs $70000 per CPU for the WebCenter Services, and $125,000 per CPU for WebCenter Suite. In a production installation, users can expect to deploy at least 4 CPUs as a base system, with likely additional CPUs for development and testing. WebCenter includes embedded US licenses of Oracle Secure Enterprise Search, Oracle Universal Content Management, and Oracle BPEL Process Manager. In addition, WebCenter needs a database to store information: any supported and licensed database such as Oracle database, MS SQL Server or IBM DB2 will work.
This section's factual accuracy may be compromised due to out-of-date information. (September 2014)
There are three major products in the WebCenter product stack.
The base WebCenter Framework allows a user to embed portlets, ADF Taskflows/Pages, content, and customizable components in an Oracle ADF application. All Framework pieces are integrated into the Oracle JDeveloper IDE, providing access to these resources.
WebCenter Services are a set of independently deployable collaboration services. It incorporates Web 2.0 components such as content, collaboration, and communication services - the full list is provided below. WebCenter Services includes Oracle ADF user interface components (called Taskflows) that can be embedded directly into ADF applications. In addition, APIs can be utilized to create custom UIs and to integrate some of these services into non-ADF applications.
Finally, WebCenter Spaces is a closed source application built on WebCenter Framework and Services that offers a prebuilt project collaboration solution. It can be compared with solutions like Microsoft Sharepoint and Atlassian Confluence. There are limited mechanisms to extend this application.
Note that there is a product called WebCenter Interaction which is not built on the core WebCenter stack - it is the former Plumtree portal product. Also, all Oracle portal products at Oracle are included in the WebCenter Suite, which is an umbrella of products. Products can be included in the suite regardless of whether they are built on the ADF based WebCenter Framework.
WebCenter comprises furthermore several editions, among others WebCenter Suite Plus, WebCenter Portal, WebCenter Content, WebCenter Sites, WebCenter Sites Satellite Server (a distributed caching mechanism which stores and assembles "pagelets," or elements of output), WebCenter Universal Content Management. Seven WebCenter Adapters and one WCE Management are available.
Shared Services - Provides features for both social networking and personal productivity.
Personal Productivity Services - Focuses on the requirements of an individual, rather than a group.
WebCenter Framework supports the following standards:
On 22 February 2012 Oracle released WebCenter 11g Release 1 Patch Set 5. It includes many bug fixes in addition to several new enhancements. This patch set is mainly targeted at releasing customer bug fixes.
In January 2011 Oracle released WebCenter 11g Release 1 Patch Set 3. As the converged portal platform, this is a major new release with many features integrated from previously acquired portal products, including a greatly improved and flexible portal framework, improved GUI, personalization server, brand new navigation model, support for hierarchical pages and spaces, JSR 286, improved performance, and more.
WebCenter Framework and Services lacks support for these notable technologies :
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