Collaborate 14: Taking the WebCenter Portal User Experience to the Next Level!

Come join me and Ted Zwieg at Collaborate14 on our presentation Taking UX and development to the next level.
Fri, Apr 11, 2014 (09:45 AM – 10:45 AM) : Level 3, San Polo 3501A. 

Here is our session overview -

Taking the WebCenter Portal User Experience to the Next Level!


Learn techniques to create unique, award winning portals that not only supports todays need for Mobile responsive and adaptive content but take the next steps towards innovative design – enhancing both the user journey and experience for creating todays modern portal and the way in which developers  can expand the reach and potential of the portal with these new modern techniques.
Attendees will not only learn about new approaches but will be shown live portals using these techniques today to create a modern experience.
Learn how to develop your portal for future and enable marketing/design teams to react and generate interactive content fast with no ADF knowledge.


Target Audience

Designed for users wanting to learn the art of the possible and discover what is achievable with WebCenter Portal and ADF – creating compelling user experiences and keeping up to date with modern techniques and design approaches that can be combined to create a faster more interactive ways of navigating through portlets and the Portal.


Executive Summary

This session will demonstrate a couple award winnings examples of live clients who have taken their ADF WebCenter Portal environment to the next level – showing how by combining HTML5 techniques, third party libraries and responsive/adaptive design with ADF; when used in the correct way can not only improve the performance but the way in which users and developers can interact with portal using modern web design techniques.


Learner will be able to:

  • Identify art of the possible with ADF. (everything is achievable…)
  • Discuss achievable concepts and methods to enhancing the ways in which users can interact with Portal.
  • Improved understanding of Responsive and Adaptive techniques – not only targeted for Mobile devices
  • Understand how to structure the portal for faster response times with new frontend techniques
  • Integrate with Non ADF third party components for a more dynamic experience
  • Developers will learn new methods to manage and maintain key core components

Collaborate 14 Preview: Oracle WebCenter 11g Upgrades – What You Need to Know

Title: #996 – A Successful Oracle WebCenter Upgrade: What You Need to Know

Date: Monday, April 7th
Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Level 3, San Polo 3405

Upgrading to the next major release of software can sometimes be a complex and arduous task for organizations. In determining the how and when to perform the upgrade, organizations typically go through an evaluation process that includes new feature/function analysis, new technology and architecture analysis, and the overall time they expect the upgrade to take. This is especially the case for software upgrades that add a new layer of complexity and technology architecture that organizations have to plan and adapt for. Such is the case with Oracle WebCenter, as it added WebLogic Server as the application server from 10g to 11g. This addition, although beneficial in many areas, came with a set of new technologies and complexities that organizations with little to no exposure to had to first understand, perhaps get trained on, procure the necessary hardware to run, and in many cases deploy a separate team to manage. In considering all of these steps to perform the upgrade, organizations have undoubtedly gone through the process of “trade-off” analysis, where they weigh the pros and cons of performing the upgrade immediately versus putting it off until, for example, support for their current version runs out. This “trade-off” analysis describes many WebCenter customers as a great number have still not upgraded to 11g.

If this sounds like your organization, then make plans now to attend this session to receive overviews, examples, and actionable tasks that can be used when planning and performing your WebCenter upgrade.

Fishbowl Solutions is happy to be joined by WebCenter customers Ryan Companies, Cascade, Aleris International and AAM as they share their stories on upgrading to Oracle WebCenter 11g. Join us and hear directly from these customers to learn the tips, tricks and best practices for a successful WebCenter upgrade. Here is the tentative schedule for the presentation:

More information on this presentation, as well as all of Fishbowl’s activities at Collaborate, can be found here.

We hope to see you at Collaborate 14!

Collaborate 2014 – 79 days until 79 degrees and Poolside WebCenter Discussions!

79 days.
Collaborate 2014.
79° F (average temp. in Vegas during April)

Fishbowl Solutions has another full list of activities planned for Collaborate 14. We look forward to discussing your Oracle WebCenter Content and Portal initiatives with you – hopefully poolside while we enjoy the warm weather together. It is a balmy 3° F in Minneapolis right now…

Here is a sneak peek of Fishbowl’s activities for Collaborate 2014:

Booth: 1453
Demos of our WebCenter Portal Solution Accelerator, SharePoint Connector 3.0, Google Search Connector for WebCenter and many more.

Presentations: 5

Here are the titles and abstracts of the sessions that Fishbowl is presenting or co-presenting on.

  • A Successful WebCenter Upgrade: What You Need to Know
    If your organization has not upgraded its WebCenter Content, Portal, or Imaging environment from pre-11g to 11g, then this 5-hour session is for you. Join WebCenter Content and Portal Specialized partner, Fishbowl Solutions, as they share facts and use cases that you will be able to apply to your WebCenter 11g upgrade. Fishbowl Solutions will be joined by customers who have successfully upgraded to 11g and therefore will be able to share their learnings, tips, and best practices that you will be able to utilize as well. This session will include a fact sharing discussion on upgrades, use case stories from WebCenter customers, and a roundtable forum where attendees will be able to ask questions specific to their Content, Portal, or Imaging upgrade. If your are planning your WebCenter upgrade and it seems daunting, or you aren’t sure where to begin; come to this session to collect first-hand and actionable information to get your upgrade project started and successfully completed.
  • Delivering on the Oracle WebCenter Portal Composite Application Vision – Top 5 Lessons Learned
    Most organizations see the benefit of creating composite web applications that aggregate services from disparate corporate and 3rd-party systems into a cohesive capability that efficiently supports business processes, driving self-service interactions for employees, customers and suppliers. The challenge is how to deliver on this vision, where to start, and how to plan and execute against your roadmap. Join us in this session as we discuss the Top 5 Lessons Learned at Rolls Royce in deploying WebCenter Portal, and how we were able to bridge content from multiple sources and surface that content to the right person, at the right time, and in the right context, to support our global customer portal.
  • Taking the WebCenter Portal User Experience to the Next Level
    Most organizations see the benefit of creating composite web applications that aggregate services from disparate corporate and 3rd-party systems into a cohesive capability that efficiently supports business processes, driving self-service interactions for employees, customers and suppliers. The challenge is how to deliver on this vision, where to start, and how to plan and execute against your roadmap. Join us in this session as we discuss the Top 5 Lessons Learned at Rolls Royce in deploying WebCenter Portal, and how we were able to bridge content from multiple sources and surface that content to the right person, at the right time, and in the right context, to support our global customer portal.
  • Leveraging BPM workflows for Accounts Payable Processing
    Accounts Payable departments are looking to create a more streamlined and paper-less business process. By achieving this an AP department, along with HR and many other departments are seeing huge ROI when converting from paper to digital management, but one key piece of this is the approval workflow of these documents. Oracle Business Process Management along side of Oracle WebCenter Imaging helps trigger an approval workflow to many different approvers to be acted upon. This session will describe how BPM workflows can be used for Accounts Payable processing and how they can be implemented with popular ERP applications like PeopleSoft and E-Business Suite.
  • Understanding Your Options for Searching Oracle WebCenter
    Search is a critical part of any effective content management solution. Without it, documents, web pages, policies, and other enterprise resources cannot be easily surfaced to end users. This session will explore the search technologies available to Oracle WebCenter customers including metadata-only search, Oracle Text Search, and Secure Enterprise Search, as well as the search functionality available with the Google Search Appliance. Attendees will get a side-by-side comparison of these search options covering the pros and cons of each technology and the use cases most suited to their capabilities. Whether you’re using WebCenter to power your website, intranet, or document management system, join this session to learn the differences between your search options and determine which one is best for you.

More information regarding the sessions above, as well as all of the scheduled sessions for Oracle WebCenter, can be found here:

Did I mention it is 3° in Minneapolis right now with a high of 10° expected?! April, and Collaborate, can’t come soon enough.

The pool deck at the Venetian



Speaking at UKOUG Tech13 – UK Oracle User Group

I was fortunate to be accepted to present at this years UK Oracle User Group – “Developing and integrating with Oracle Social Network”.
Showing how easy it was to integrate with OSN using it’s REST API and my previous experience at OSNs Developer Challenge at Oracle Open World 2012.

You can see more info and my original OOW12 entry – Mobile Integration with OSN here

I had a bit of fun with this years presentations creating it for my ipad; this allowed me to move around whilst still having control of the presentation and making it more dynamic.
Above you can see me and my co-presenter David Rowe as I take a picture of the audience which jumps across and into my presentation being projected.

For those interested I created the IOS application using Cordova to build a hybrid app with the reveal.js library for creating my slides in html5; to speed things up I used and exported the html package which I imported into my cordova project.

I then used an app called reflector that enabled me to use airplay and mirror to my laptop from the ipad onto the projector.
And then finally I used Connectify to quickly create a network from my laptop my ipad could connect too, to enable airplay to work – this could of worked with the available wireless network but I wasn’t taking any chances of things being blocked.

It worked out pretty well and had a few smiles.. Although there were a few glitches and I’m blaming IOS 7 as I had recently upgraded and hadn’t fully tested on the new OS.


So Tech13 as you can see below in the infogram – the event had just over a thousand attendees from over 28 countries during 4 days 159 speakers and 200 exciting sessions.
It was a great event and good fun networking and connecting with colleagues, other Aces and the Oracle Team – there were lots of interesting topics/sessions from Fujitsu and their case studies with Webcenter to the Red Samurai team who gave 2 great presentations on ADF - ADF Development Survival Kit – Essentials for ADF Developer ADF Anti-Patterns: Dangerous Tutorials – Real Experience in ADF

I also got to play with Oracle’s Google Glass kit; and also get a glimpse at what has been happening behind the scenes; where they are taking new technology and products to enhance user experience and interaction.
With that said Fishbowl Solutions also got a pair of Fishbowl blue Google Glass kits recently for the innovation team to start looking into the future and experimenting as we did with our mobile product line back 5-6 years ago.

So be on the lookout for the first Oracle Partner Glass app ;)





Oracle OpenWorld 2013 Reflections: What’s Old is New Again – Document Imaging a Hot Topic

After Fishbowl employees return from OpenWorld, we all get together and discuss what went right, what went wrong, and how we can improve. We also summarize the WebCenter-related discussions we had at the event, and what the next steps for each of us will be to take those conversations and turn them into opportunities. What surprised me this year was the number of OpenWorld discussions we had around document imaging, and specifically image enabling business processes like accounts payable and employee expenses.

I was surprised because while there were Oracle WebCenter Imaging presentations at OpenWorld, there weren’t any big announcements regarding the product. The big announcements were Oracle WebCenter’s offerings around Cloud and Mobile. Furthermore, while some of us did have document imaging discussions with attendees at past OpenWorlds, they seemed to be few and far between. So, why all the document imaging interest and discussion this year?

Well, let me take a step back and provide a little historical context. About 5 years ago, the Oracle WebCenter product management team was working on a WebCenter Imaging integration with Oracle E-Business Suite, starting with Oracle Financials for accounts payable processing. What they released was sort of a jump-start component called the Application Extender Framework (AXF). This component provided the various  WebCenter Imaging hooks into E-Business Suite (workflows, metadata mappings, image viewer) that would enable E-Business Suite users to process invoices in the context of their payables workbench. The first few releases of this component did work but also had some issues. However, the biggest issue facing Oracle WebCenter Imaging and its AXF component at the time was that a 3rd-party document imaging upstart had already become the preferred imaging solution for invoice processing in E-Business Suite. Oracle E-Business Suite users that were also using this product, found that it worked well and most did not want to be first to market with a relatively new imaging solution.

Fast forward 5 years later and Oracle WebCenter Imaging has become the de-facto choice for document imaging to support Oracle E-Business Suite processes. The imaging upstart that was eating WebCenter Imaging’s lunch some 5 years ago has gone the way of acquisition and really isn’t heard from much anymore. Effectively, if there is an imaging deal to be had within Oracle E-Business Suite, it goes to Oracle WebCenter Imaging. This has been strengthened by an integration with Oracle Forms Recognition (OFR), which can intelligently process invoices and extract the necessary data from them. Furthermore, there are a lot of Oracle E-Business Suite customers using WebCenter Imaging to process thousands of invoices daily, and those successes continue to build upon one another with strong references and ROI data to support the invoice processing use case.

Anyway, back to the question as to why WebCenter Imaging was a popular topic at OpenWorld this year – at least for Fishbowl Solutions. I think the main reason for this is what I highlighted at the end of the paragraph above – it has successfully been implemented at many organizations with more coming on board all the time. Its value proposition, and the value prop of imaging in general, is it helps organizations streamline the manual processes involved to process invoices, removing keystrokes, steps and the overall lag (cycle time) involved. This immediately translates into ROI, and it is this ROI story that has other Oracle E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft and JD Edwards customers excited.

All that being said, implementing Oracle WebCenter Imaging and the other products that support it for end-to-end invoice processing (SOA, Business Process Management or BPM, Oracle Document Capture, OFR, and AXF), and integrating it with the respective Oracle ERP application is still fairly complex. Depending on such things as invoice volumes and workflow complexities, Implementations typically take months. Nonetheless, once implemented, the ROI is there and can be realized quickly.

I would also like to think that the heavy traffic of attendees interested in WebCenter Imaging that visited the Fishbowl booth at OpenWorld had to do with the successes we have had implementing the product and its complementary components for invoice processing. With each of the implementations being different in one aspect or another, we have been able to build up our knowledgebase and best practices for WebCenter Imaging, helping to reduce complexities and decrease time to value. If you and your organization have implemented Oracle WebCenter Imaging or are considering it, and you would like to image enable your accounts payable process in Oracle E-Business Suite or PeopleSoft, please contact us at 952-465-3400 or

Thanks for reading!

Jason Lamon is a product strategist and technology evangelist who writes about a range of topics regarding content management and enterprise portals. He writes to keep the communication going about such topics, uncover new opinions, and to get responses from people who are smarter than him. If you are one of those people, feel free to respond to his tweets and posts.