Oracle is updating its Enterprise Content Management Suite 11g, unifying several key middleware components for customers looking for a comprehensive and manageable way to access, share and recall data anywhere in the organization.
"People don't have a problem creating content," Andy MacMillan, vice president of product management for Oracle's (NASDAQ: ORCL) ECM group, told Internetnews.com. "They have problem managing it and finding it."
The ECM refresh complements the rest of the Fusion middleware stack by incorporating updated versions of Oracle's Universal Content Management 11g and Universal Records Management 11g, giving users what MacMillan described as a universal repository that can be accessed by employees down the hall or halfway around the world to "bring content management to where they work."
ECM 11g also includes Oracle Imaging and Process Management 11g and Oracle Information Rights Management 11g, a pair of application sets available since February that give IT administrators the all-important software backend to establish the rules by which the data can be accessed and shared within the enterprise.
The goal for ECM vendors like Oracle, IBM (NYSE: IBM), EMC (NYSE: EMC) and Open Text (NASDAQ: OTXT) is to give large companies the backend software dashboard they need to govern enormous amounts of data created in Web-based applications, digital media, on-premise applications and databases, as well as a growing influx of data generated and transmitted via smartphones.
All these different data-generating and hosting systems complicate some very important content-management tasks, such as gathering data in preparation for a legal battle or making sure all the staffers in Mumbai setting up the localized Web site are getting the latest marketing materials or pricing information from the home office in Los Angeles.
"This release is about integrating the platform more richly with the infrastructure to deliver extreme performance and scalability," MacMillan said.