Oracle Portal 11g New Features

We’re about to post the updated Oracle Portal Statement of Direction on the Oracle Portal page on OTN. Oracle Portal 11g is part of Fusion Middleware 11g, and will be released at the same time, currently scheduled for the first half of calendar year 2009. Here is the summary of the planned new features in the 11g version:

  • Oracle Portal 11g will be integrated with WebLogic Server.
  • Extend support for open industry standards:
    • WSRP 2.0 (Web Services for Remote Portlets)
    • JSR 301 (Portlet Bridge for JavaServer Faces)
      • Build new portlets with JSF
      • Turn JSF pages and oracle ADF task flows into standards-based portlets
      • Bring existing JSF applications into Oracle Portal 11g
      • Available with Oracle WebCenter Suite
  • Oracle Portal will be able to consume the Enterprise 2.0 services offered by Oracle WebCenter. These services include: Discussions, Wikis, Search, Presence, Instant Messaging, Email, and Document Library.
  • Content integration
    • Expose content from 3rd party document management systems in Oracle Portal via portlets (using WSRP 2.0 and JSR 301).
    • Build portlets in JDeveloper that utilize JCR 1.0 (JSR 170) adapters to connect to content management systems.
    • Available adapters (with Oracle WebCenter Suite): Oracle Universal Content Management, Oracle Content DB, Oracle Portal, and file system. Additional adapters (Documentum, SharePoint, Lotus Domino) are available from our partners.
  • Extend Core Portal Functionality
    • Omniportlet enhancements, including enhanced support for complex Web Services.
    • BPEL-based process content routing & approval
    • Support for new Document Type Declarations: HTML 4.01 Strict, XHTML 1.0 Transitional, and XHTML 1.0 Strict
  • Streamline management and administration
    • Performance metrics available in Enterprise Manager interface
    • Improved Lifecycle Support — Export/Import
  • Simplify and extend security
  • Deeper integration with Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g

14 Responses

  1. Hello,
    My company is developing a portal using Web Center technology. Since this is a new technology there is little and limited help available. Another issue that i am having is i cannot find any real life (web based) examples of a portal using the Oracle Web Center technology. My client wants a portal more or less like netvibes or igoogle (with some business integration of course).This is a problem because I am uncertain about the features Oracle Web Center provides. I came across this link in the oracle meta link forum and I suppose this is built on Oracle Web Center.
    Can you provide me with examples of portals using oracle web center

  2. The application was built using Flex/Flash. It requires a Flash Player browser plug-in.
    WebCenter uses HTML and Ajax, supported by modern browsers directly.
    Oracle WebCenter was designed for intranet sites and applications. Most of our WebCenter customers are still in development or testing stages, but even when they go production, their environment will be behind firewalls.
    Let me know if you’re interested in customer references or in anything else in particular.

  3. Peter

    We’re currently working on a PoC to demonstrate the ability to create many custom branded websites through WCI Communities and its working pretty well I must say. I want to know how that experienc with 11g will change, will we be working with a totally new and radical WCI that doesnt resemble 10g at all? I’ve got a feeling 10g will look nothing like 11g, which is good news I guess 🙂 But I’d hate to get a green light for my project and then jsut about to roll out and 11g comes out looking all sexy.

    Another question I have is related to Virtual Machines and running Oracle Webcenter on multiple clustered instances on the same box, do you have any experience of this or can point me to read up or check out a case study that I could use as a model?


  4. Can someone tell me if any enhancements made in securuty for WebCenter

    • Praveen – WebCenter security relies on the underlying Java EE, JAZN/JAAS, and ADF security. There have been significant changes in this area between WebCenter 10g and 11g.

      • Is there an article that you can point me to that will give me some details of the enhancements.

  5. is Oracle Portal 11g released ?

  6. We are focusing on some Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) for our Oralce Portal 10.
    The functionality that I’m talking about is the Portal event system, which we have used extensively for navigation. From the research that I’ve done so far it looks like this event system is a problem from the search engine spiders (not to mention that it uses http 302 redirecting which is not great either ).

    In any case, what I’m hoping you can help me with please:

    1. Anything on SEO and Oracle Portal
    2. Any docs/guidance on the upgrade path from 10g to 11g portal.

    • Gabriel,

      Two ideas that you may be able to leverage:
      1) For complex sites/portals, search engines prefer to use a sitemap.xml. Take a look at the spec on This file can describe your portal, and assist bots in the crawling, rather than relying on simply interpreting/crawling the actual pages.
      2) Many Oracle Portal customers provided links to their pages using Oracle Portal’s pretty URLs, making it easy for search engines to crawl the site.


  7. Did not find anywhere Oracle Portal 11g in Oracle Open world 2010 demo grounds. We are still using Oracle Portal and want to know whether it is good idea to upgrade to 11g or even go with Web Center. There is no conversion available from Portal to Web Center.
    It looks like to me Oracle portal future does not holds bright, Oracle wants to move to other products and there is no software/migration available from Portal to other products.
    What are your thoughts ?

    • Sanjay,

      I’m sorry you didn’t find the Oracle Portal demo grounds and sessions a Oracle OpenWorld. We did have several of them, showcasing the product as well as interoperability between WebCenter and Oracle Portal.
      It is definitely a good idea to upgrade your Oracle Portal to at least 10.1.4, but ideally to 11g. The > 10.1.4 upgrade is a repository-only upgrade (with minimal mid-tier changes), and it contains a wealth of new features. I’d definitely take a look at it.

      As for moving to WebCenter: Some customers prefer having the Oracle Portal and WebCenter deployments co-exist, some others choose to migrate.
      Migration can never be a 1-button process, but we can automate a lot of the steps for you. With the upcoming Patch Set 3 release of WebCenter, the migration will be more straight-forward.
      If you decide to run your Oracle Portal environment along with WebCenter, you can re-use a lot of assets both ways, including portlets, content, and WebCenter task flows.

      Hope this helps,

      • Hi Peter,
        Thanks for your reply. I see WebCenter Patch Set3 is out but could not find any information regarding Migration of Oracle Portal.

  8. hi Peter,

    We are looking at similar approach of migration from Oracle Portal 10g to Oracle webcenter Portal. Do we have any tool/ process defined for this. We have several portlets migrated as well. Is it straight forward or complex due to different architecutes altogether


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