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Oracle Universal Content Management (UCM) aka Stellent

Discussion in 'Oracle Development General' started by Sadik, Oct 20, 2008.

  1. Sadik

    Sadik Community Moderator Forum Guru

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    See Installing Oracle Universal Content Management or Stellent

    Oracle Universal Content management or UCM is what was erstwhile Stellent Content Server. It is an enterprise wide content management, revisioning and controlling system.

    In layman's terms the idea is to organize the documents of your company on a central server maintaining informations (metadata) about the documents and tracking the progress of the documents through revisioning and version control. Users would be able to upload (check in) documents based on their permission levels (through security groups and accounts) and before the document is released for everyone to view and download (check out), an approval heirarchy (workflow) can be set.

    This simple concept brings in an amazing level of order in the chaos that can be in an enterprise's document management requirements.

    Other than simply checking in and checking out documents, the list of functionalities that come with UCM are manyfold. Your companies website can be hosted through UCM where users simply check in their contribution as word documents and instantly the content appears on the website in a predefined template. Project documents of your company are handled by Collaboration Projects component of UCM where "on the fly" access and document management can be handled.

    This brings me to the important part of components in UCM (stellent). UCM is an extensible content management system which means that through installing custom components, functionalities can be added or modified. Notable components are folders, dynamic convertor, pdf convertor, threaded discussions, collaboration projects, extranetLook, folios etc and many others.

    In this brief intro I really haven't gone into any technicalities. I will go into the architecture, installing, functioning etc of UCM in later posts.

    Please refer to the post below for Architecture of Stellent or Universal Content Management
     
  2. Sadik

    Sadik Community Moderator Forum Guru

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    Architecture of Oracle UCM

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    The Main players in the working of UCM are

    Web Browser

    A user interacts with the content server through a web browser. Even though through the Desktop Integration Component (DIS) windows explorer can be used as an interface, however the simple web browser is the default interface.

    Web Server

    Obviously, a web server will be handling the request sent by the web browser to the content server. Microsoft IIS, Apache, Oracle iAS can all be used as a web server of choice. Installing with IIS is actually the easiest.

    Content Server

    Content Server is the core service which provides all the functionalities. At it's core Content Server consists of Java Applications that require a Java Runtime environment installed on your server.

    Vault and Web Layout

    When users check-in content, they are stored in a folder on the server called vault in their "native format". However, if you have installed the dynamic convertor a web layout directory stores the html conversions of your native files.

    Search Index and Search Engine

    Searching is the most useful and the most necessary feature of the content server. Users can search for content by querying on the metadata or use a Full Text Searching provided you have dynamic convertor installed.

    Oracle Database

    Oracle UCM runs on DB2, Microsoft SQL server in addition to Oracle. When installing UCM you will need to create a user for Content Server to use to connect to the database.

    So these were the principal components of Oracle UCM. An image is attached which shows gives a graphical representation of the architecture.
     
  3. ah.yasar

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    Im actually working on teaching the employees of our company on how to use ucm .. for that reason, first i need to tell them why to use ucm ie., advantages of ucm.
    This article helped a me a bit for writing down some points in my record.
     
  4. Sadik

    Sadik Community Moderator Forum Guru

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    Thanks yasar. Glad to have helped.

    :)
     
  5. vijaych

    vijaych Guest

    hi,
    I am kumar. I want exact difference b/t Dynamic Converter and Inbound Refinery in UCM Stellent. Where these components used exactly.

    thanks
    kumar
     
  6. Plumtree

    Plumtree Guest

    Thanks for an excellent article, Sadik !