Oracle releases first ECM product since buying Stellent

Oracle has released the first of a series of revamped enterprise content management (ECM) products.

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Oracle has released the first of a series of revamped enterprise content management (ECM) products.

The move follows Oracle’s announcement of its strategy for the ECM range, which the database giant gained with the acquisition of ECM vendor Stellent for $440m (£220m) in December.

The software, now named Oracle Universal Content Management 10g Release 3, to reflect its status as a component of Oracle's Fusion middleware, acts as an ECM platform enabling users to capture, store, manage, locate, publish and retain unstructured content such as documents, video and audio.

Oracle has retained the Stellent software’s ability to interact with a variety of third-party products while tightening integration with its own Oracle software.

Users now have more choice about how they store their content, according to Michelle Huff, principal product manager for Oracle Content Management, who was formerly with Stellent.

Universal Content Management has a new file store provider architecture so users can opt for a variety of storage options for their content from Oracle, BMC Software, Fujitsu and Network Appliance. At present, the Oracle 10g relational database is the only one available as an out of the box option, but Oracle may eventually provide the same functionality for third-party offerings, depending on demand, Huff said.

The software also features integration with Microsoft's SharePoint web content management software. Previously, Stellent offered a SharePoint add-on for another of its products, Unified Records Management.

Oracle has worked to improve the integration between Universal Content Management and its own Oracle Portal Server and Oracle WebCenter Suite, as well as third-party portals from BEA Systems, IBM and Sun Microsystems.

The software can also convert the native format that content is stored in, from a Microsoft Word document to a PDF file, for example.

Oracle's ECM software will compete with EMC's Documentum family of products, and with products from IBM - which acquired FileNet last year for $1.6bn (£800m) – Microsoft and Open Text.

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