Today I participated in a very interesting webinar today by Andy MacMillan, VP Product Management, Oracle, regarding the release of the much anticipated latest ECM offering from Oracle – 11g. The speculation is over and it is upon us. Contrary to popular buzz, they haven’t thrown the baby out with the bathwater and alienated their current clients of the previous IPM versions. Yes, you can still use a SQL database. The product is well thought out, clean, and is a true platform play for enterprise deployments. It is refreshing to see a vendor make a stand against the lower tier, point solutions and talk about extensible architecture that can be used against multiple business processes and span applications.
The workflow / BPM might take a bit of time for clients to get their arms around, but I do believe, once they do, it will be embraced. The concept of using the BPM platform for imaging across all applications should simplify the implementation of workflow and replication across multiple business processes much easier. Also, the open integration to MANY line of business applications, in a loosely-coupled manner is a good change from the hard coded integration of the past. This should make upgrades in the future much easier.
At first glance, and from what I have seen from our test lab, 11g is a complete solution, open and integrated, and a cost effective solution that is well thought out. There will still be a period where the previous version makes sense to deploy from an experience and proven technology basis, but I’m confident that 11g will be a solid foundation for the future.
As mentioned, ImageSource has 11g installed in a test lab and has been putting it through the paces. We will be helping clients determine the best strategy and timing for migrations. We have already developed tools, such as ILINX Export to help in the migration of data. Please let us know how we can help you in your go-forward strategy.
Stay current by monitoring the ImageSource website for helpful hints and information on our blogs and twitter posts. For more information, please take a look at www.oracle.com/goto/IPM and also http://download.oracle.com/docs/cd/E15523_01/ecm.htm
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