Creating a Java keystore

When working with WebLogic server you will inevitably have to create some Java keystores along the way. The Java keytool or OpenSSL can accomplish most everything you would need to do but sometimes I like using something UI based to do some of the tasks. That is where a tool like KeyStore Explorer can come in quite handy.

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Oracle WebCenter Content Licensing

I thought I would share out the following information because of how often it comes up. When dealing with Oracle WebCenter Content or WebCenter Imaging, it is good to know what restricted use licenses each product includes. The following guide from Oracle shows you what products are bundled together in the WebCenter Suite.

http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E28280_01/doc.1111/e14860/webcenter.htm#sthref118

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Getting Started With Oracle BPM 11g

In a previous blog post I wrote a step by step guide on how to install Oracle BPM 11g. That was all good and well, but now what?

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Fusion Middleware Patchset 5 in the Wild

Oracle slipped out the fifth patchset release for the Fusion Middleware products during the middle of the night on the 22nd of February.  For the most part things will be very familiar to longtime users.  One of the most visible changes is that the branding has caught up with the software.  Oracle Content Server is now Webcenter Content,  Imaging and Process Management is now Webcenter Imaging.  It feels like an end of an era!

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IPM 10g is Going Away, Now What?

Earlier this month ImageSource hosted our annual ECM conference Nexus.  I had the chance to meet with many of our customers and have some really great conversations.  Many of these folks are running IPM 10g as a core component of their enterprise and since that product is being end of life’d they are taking a long hard look at their installations.  Everyone wanted to know what options they had and to talk about the best way for them to move forward.  The 11g version of IPM was frequently a core topic of conversation and everybody wanted to hear how to get from here to there.

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The Case for 11g

ORacle Fusion Middleware 11g

Welcome to the Jungle

A Look Back

Oracle IPM 11g is the latest version of the venerable Image and Process Management product but the product has a long history.  IPM was developed by Optika in the late 90s with the name eMedia as a workflow enabled replacement for an imaging solution named FilePower.  The eMedia brand was phased out at version 2.0 and replaced with the Acorde name.  We still have some clients who are successfully running Acorde installations to this day.

Optika was bought out by a company called Stellent and the product went through another rebranding phase this time as Imaging and Business Process Management (IBPM).  It was at this time the version was bumped up from Acorde 4.0 to Stellent IBPM 7.5 to bring the product in line with Stellent’s overall product versioning.

Finally Oracle buys Stellent and brings the Stellent Content Server and IBPM products under their umbrella.  Content Server turns into Universal Content Management and IBPM turns into Oracle Image and Process Management 10gR3.

So we’ve finally arrived at IPM.  A key thing to remember that during this period of development and rebranding is that the product remained essentially the same.  It operated on the same principles and was architected in the same manner.  Not to say there weren’t improvements between eMedia 1.0 and IPM 10gR3 but these improvements embodied natural evolution of the product.

This is true no longer; IPM 11g has changed the game.

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Oracle Content Management – IPM 11g Links

Looking for some useful links to information about installing Oracle IPM 11g?  We have been performing successful Oracle IPM 11g implementations and will be providing useful information, as well as, tips and tricks on this blog.

Here are the main links that have been leveraging for some valuable information related to this next generation ECM Suite:

Oracle Content Management Description URL
Overview http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/content-management/overview/index.html
Downloads http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/content-management/downloads/index.html
Documentation http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/content-management/documentation/index.html
UCM 11g Downloads http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/content-management/downloads/index-085241.html
IPM 11g Downloads http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/content-management/downloads/index-ipm-088963.html
 
 
 
Ryan Keller
ImageSource, Inc.
 
 

Nexus 2010

I recently attended the Technology conference put on by my company. Nexus®, as it is dubbed, is where we try to bring in all the local and national minds in our ECM space together. On the vendor side we had both hardware and software manufacturers represented. On the standards side we had credits offered for PMI, ARMA, AHIMA, and IAPP just by attending. There was pre-conference training on  Oracle I/PM11g, a risk management course, and an AIIM ECMp course. For the user community we had attendees from Fortune 50 companies  down to small government agencies and everything in between. Sounds great right? It was.

As with any conference, you have to make it to the break out session that relate to you, and make connections with people that you can relate to. The latter was easy of course, we are all living and breathing the ECM world. Even if your content is different, the pain points are nearly always the same. It’s great to connect with others and find out their resolutions to similar issues, their approach to common problems, and to hear their success stories. Besides giving a presentation on our product ILINX® Integrate (something I have blogged about in the past), I also attended sessions on advanced document capture, ILINX Content Store, Oracle I/PM, and sessions on project management.

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Oracle IPM 11g Released!

For those of you who have not heard Oracle has released the next generation of their Enterprise Content Management Software, Imaging and Process Management (IPM) 11g.  This version is the first major step that Oracle has taken to tightly integrate the product into Oracle’s overall software architecture…IPM 11g has been completely overhauled to be part of the Fusion Middleware (FMW) tech stack.  From the ECM perspective, Oracle now has a complete seamlessly integrated end to end offering that includes the storage repository, document management, business process management, library services, web publishing, records management, reporting/monitoring and application integration.  This creates many advantages for customers that use or plan to use other Oracle products in their workplace, as well as, integrating and leveraging existing investments in non-Oracle software.

I have been working as a Systems Engineer and Project Manager with the IPM software base for over 8 years, through the Stellent IBPM acquisition, all the way back to the Optika Acorde and eMedia days.  A couple major differences in implementing the latest Oracle 11g version are the requirements for Oracle Universal Content Management (UCM) for the storage repository and Oracle WebLogic Server for the application/web server.  I look at both of these requirements in a positive light.  UCM and WebLogic Server are powerful robust products that provide standard approaches to managing content storage and applications, respectively, from the FMW perspective.  With that said, if you do not have experience with either UCM or WebLogic, you will need to get up to speed with them to succeed in an IPM implementation.  Neither of these products can be installed through the “Next, Next, Next, Finished!” approach, so careful upfront planning and architecting is required to ensure a successful implementation.

Let’s talk about the new user interface a little bit.  Oracle has followed suit with the rest of the major players in the ECM world by creating a complete web based interface for performing all administrative and end user functions.  This makes administration duties of the system much easier than in past versions that require administration to be done through the “thick” client.  Also, by moving to the WebLogic Server the full featured web interface is now much more browser agnostic than in the past.  The image viewer comes in two flavors that support over 400 file formats; a zero footprint view only version and the a re-written java applet that allows for full annotations, annotation security, and server based conversion/rendering for access speed.  The following are a couple of screen captures of the user interface from IPM 11g:

The Client Interface

The Zero Footprint Viewer


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Oracle Imaging & Process Management – Oracle I/PM 11g

Oracle Imaging and Process Management 11g has been redesigned with JavaEE architecture to leverage Universal Content Management services for metadata and document storage.  We have installed 11g in our labs and everyone agrees that that modernized user interface and new web based administration UI is a step up from the 10gr3 release.  Additionally, the viewer has been re-written as a Java applet with cross browser/support that simplified the security model and improves usability.  The 11g release exposes images though website, portals and seamlessly integrates with all nearly all Oracle products excluding the HLLAPI connectors to the old JDE World/World Vision versions.  Understanding that may of these older JDE World/World Vision version  installations are still in production we would recommend 3rd party integrations using ILINX Integrate to allow data & images to pass effortlessly between two or more applications.  ILINX Integrate will retrieval and display  images with virtually any application regardless of source—host based, Windows, Web or Citrix—with ECM or other line-of-business systems including the older JDE World/World Vision applications.
With the launch of 11g,  IBPM 7.6 support is schedule to conclude June 2010 and 10gR3 (7.7) is supported until 2015.   For customers looking for detailed information about upgrading from earlier I/PM releases and implementing I/PM 11g, be sure to contact your ImageSource Representative or contact support at http://www.imagesourceinc.com/Support/ContactSupport/index.htm

Leigh Woody
Program Manager