Integrating Microsoft SharePoint with Oracle WebCenter Content is more of a question of why than how. Integrations between the systems have existed for 6+ years now, and each of those have had their own set of integration points and technologies to make the integration work. However, companies need to first understand and agree why they want to integrate the two systems. This starts with identifying the need or business problem that continues to persist without an integration.
Fishbowl Solutions has had an integration for the systems for three years. In that time, we have talked to hundreds of customers regarding their needs and business problems and the disconnect between SharePoint content and getting that content into Oracle WebCenter. Here are the most common needs/business problems we have heard:
- Lack of Governance over SharePoint use and what happens to orphaned sites and content
- Difficulty surfacing high-value content created in SharePoint to Oracle-based websites, portals and business applications
- Inability to selectively determine the SharePoint content items to store in WebCenter – based on version, site location, or business unit requirements
If your company has identified any of the problems above, then it has effectively answered the why question. However, companies should also take a look at their overall information governance strategy and how SharePoint and Oracle WebCenter are a part of that strategy. For organizations that have answered the why, but also have determined that Oracle WebCenter Content is THE repository for enterprise, mission-critical information, then the how questions can be asked and answered as well.
This 13 minute overview presentation and demo addresses both questions and may be a good place to start in helping you and your organization define its information governance strategy:
For your convenience, here are the time slots for the use case demos of Fishbowl’s connector:
- Content Publishing – 3:16 to 5:45
- Project Lifecycle Governance – 5:46 to 7:58
- Business Specific Storage Requirements – 7:59 to 10:45
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