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Oracle Makes Big Push Into Content Management

Five of the six products scheduled for release are related to last year's acquisition of Stellent.

Oracle on Wednesday said it plans to release six products over the next 12 months that reflect a major push in the content-management market.

All but one of the software products stem from last year's $440 million acquisition of Stellent. Oracle has adopted the company's Universal Content Management (UCM) software as the flagship of its new portfolio.

UCM is the cornerstone of Oracle's strategy of providing one system that encompasses most, if not all, of a company's needs in storing and managing records to meet regulatory requirements, Web content and documents. "One of the biggest trends in content-management is consolidation," Greg Crider, senior director of product marketing, told InformationWeek.

The software can be integrated with a company's enterprise search system, an application server for delivering content to Web and business applications, and an identity management system for access control. UCM supports Oracle's as well as third-party products, the company said.

Separately, Oracle revealed plans to offer its Universal Records Management system, which allows businesses to apply retention policies to records sitting in multiple repositories and applications, including file systems, content management systems, and e-mail archives.

Oracle's third product is the Information Rights Management system, which applies policy-based security on documents leaving a repository. The software uses encryption and digital-rights management technology that enables organizations to define the use of a document, such as who can view it, and whether it can be edited, printed or copied.

Also on the release schedule for the next 12 months is the Imaging and Process Management system for storing scanned documents, such as invoices or insurance claims. Once in electronic format, the system can distribute the documents to enterprise resource planning, or other business applications.

The fifth product is an upgrade of Oracle's Content Database Suite, which is used in consolidating employee-created content, such as PowerPoint presentations, that's often in file servers scattered throughout an organization.

Finally, Oracle plans to release an integrated suite called the Enterprise Content Management Suite, which would include the Universal Content Management, Universal Records Management, and Imaging and Process Management systems.

Each product is scheduled for release separately, along with pricing. The software can run on top of Oracle's database, or those of third parties.

Oracle said it believes its upcoming offerings will move it into the top-tier of content management vendors. "This is a huge step to the front ranks of the content-management space," Crider said.

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