Oracle makes 'big splash' with ECM entry

Forrester analysts give high marks to Oracle's newly updated enterprise content management suite.

An analyst firm is giving high marks to Oracle's new Content Services 10g and Records Management 10g line.

In a report released yesterday, Cambridge, Mass.-based Forrester Research Inc. rated both enterprise content management (ECM) products as "strong performers" that have made a "big splash."

"The vendor's Content Services 10g has ECM breadth where it matters most to IT infrastructure decision makers in data management and records management," said Kyle McNabb, a Forrester analyst and the report's author.

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Additionally, the product scored well in "suite readiness" and offered a strong foundation with common administration, workflow, search and a single content repository.

"Oracle received the high scores for extended capabilities, thanks to Oracle Fusion Middleware capabilities that encompass team collaboration, business process management and enterprise search," McNabb said.

Oracle's Content Services 10g and Records Management 10g were among offerings from 11 vendors evaluated by Forrester. The firm used 55 criteria to evaluate how each vendor's offerings met the needs and requirements of IT infrastructure decision makers.

Forrester "top ranked" Oracle in the market presence and product strategy categories of the report.

According to a release from Oracle, Content Services 10g and Records Management 10g are part of the Oracle Fusion Middleware family of products. Oracle Content Services 10g and Oracle Records Management 10g are available independently or as a part of Oracle Collaboration Suite 10g, which includes Oracle Real-Time Collaboration 10g, Oracle Unified Messaging 10g and Oracle Workspaces 10g.

Oracle Collaboration Suite is an enterprise-level product built on service-oriented architecture, the Oracle Database and Oracle Application Server.

Oracle entered the ECM market in December 2004, when it first unveiled details of an ECM project. The project, code-named Tsunami at the time, was announced at the annual OpenWorld user conference in San Francisco.

Oracle entered the ECM market to bolster its Collaboration Suite and take on Microsoft in its data management business, said Robert Shimp, vice president of technology marketing at Oracle.

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