Barely a month after formally absorbing Stellent, Oracle is rolling out a roadmap for the acquired products. In large part, Oracle is consolidating many of Stellent’s offerings into larger suites and continuing the acquired company’s SOA-based product integration strategy.
Aside from governance and risk management offerings announced roughly a month ago, the bulk of Stellent’s offerings will fall under four suites, with a fifth suite based on Oracle’s content database. Oracle is promising new versions of each of these offerings within the next 12 months.
It starts with Oracle Universal Content Management, which comprises the flagship of the old Stellent line. It includes document management web content management, digital asset management, and document retention. Some of these capabilities, such as document and web content management, were formerly sold separately.
Another offering, Universal Records Management, is intended for heavily locked-down environments such as Department of Defense installations, which helps enforce consistent record retention policies and user access across multiple repositories such as file systems, content management systems, and email archives as well as addressing the management of physical records in the same system.
Information Right management is the third offering, providing a more fine-grained tool for regulating content access. This technology, which originated with Stellent’s own acquisition of Sealed Media, has patented technology that encrypts content stored centrally or remotely (or even on someone’s laptop) with agents that can turn decryption on or off. It could be used, for instance, if you have several contractors bid on a building project, where read-only access would be provided until a cutoff date and then automatically turned off.
The fourth piece, Imaging and Process Management, provides a complete round trip from creation to archiving. Not surprisingly, it continues to support integration with each of Oracle’s ERP systems, plus SAP and Microsoft’s rival offerings. New with this release is support of BPEL (Business Process Execution Language), providing integration with Oracle’s Process management offerings.
The last piece, and the only one that came from Oracle, is the back end content database. New with this release is that each of the acquired Stellent offers will now, not surprisingly, support storage of content itself inside the Oracle database. Before this, they took the traditional approach of storing metadata in Oracle, with content held inside file systems.
Additionally, Oracle will package three of the offerings, including Universal Content Management, e Universal Records Management, and Imaging and Process Management in the umbrella Oracle Enterprise Content Management Suite.
Prior to the acquisition, Stellent had begun an SOA strategy to link what had been a family of disconnected, and in some cases, acquired products. That will remain its strategy going forward, as it supports Oracle Fusion middleware. But it will continue to support other appservers and integration middleware as well.