WebCenter Spaces PS3 VirtualBox Appliance

With the lead of WebCenter product manager, Rich Nessel, we just released a new VirtualBox Appliance. Here is a high level overview of the VM:

This Oracle VirtualBox appliance contains a fully configured, ready-to-use WebCenter Spaces installation.  It has been tested on Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit, Linux, and Mac OS.

All you need to do to try out WebCenter Spaces is to install Oracle VirtualBox on your desktop/laptop and import the WebCenter appliance — no installation and configuration required!  It is also REQUIRED to install the VirtualBox Extension Pack to get this VM working.

The following software is installed in this VirtualBox image:

  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 5 Update 5
  • Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Enterprise Edition (11.2.0.1)
  • Oracle WebLogic Server (10.3.4.0)
  • Oracle Enterprise Content Management 11g R1 (11.1.1.4.0) – Content Server and Inbound Refinery
  • Oracle WebCenter Spaces 11gR1 (11.1.1.4.0) and the following services: Discussions, Personalization, Analytics, Pagelet Producer

Additionally, there are two demonstrations installed, both featuring a fictitious bank, AviTrust – one is the bank’s internet site, the other is its employee portal.  Please review the README on the oracle user’s desktop for details about these two applications.

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New, Radically Enhanced iPhone App for WebCenter Spaces

The newly updated iPhone app for Oracle WebCenter Spaces is available in the App Store. The app enables business end-users, managers, and executives to manage and participate professional connections, group projects, and dynamic online communities via iPhone.

New Features

  • Support for PS3 (Patch Set 3 11.1.1.4.0) as well as PS2 (Patch Set 2 11.1.1.3.0) versions of Oracle WebCenter Spaces
  • Revamped user interface including a new springboard launcher interface
  • Search has been added for People Connections, files on your iOS device and (PS3 only) WebCenter resources on the server
  • Recent Items are tracked for People, Documents, Document Folders, Group Spaces, Discussions, Topics, Lists, and visited web links
  • Links in Activity Streams are now clickable
  • Easily post to your activity stream, including attachments and camera support
  • Improved status update interface in your user profile
  • Improved support for adding/updating your Connections with the native iOS Contacts app
  • Links to each person’s Manager and Reports, if available
  • People Connection Lists to view your Connections more efficiently
  • Recommended People Connections via Activity Graph (PS3 only)
  • Local file system support and “Open In…” (can save documents to your iOS device, open them in other apps, and have this app open docs from other apps)
  • Personal Documents support, both public and private, including the ability to upload, download, and delete
  • Printing of documents and web sites via AirPrint
  • Documents can be emailed as an attachment, or you can email a link instead
  • Playback of video and audio files
  • Easily post to a Group Space’s activity stream
  • Message Board support in each Space
  • Discussions has an improved user interface, including forward and back buttons for navigating messages
  • Bookmark your favorite items as icons on the main launcher screens and re-position them (for Group Spaces, People, Documents, Document Folders, Discussion Forums, Discussion Topics, and Lists)
  • “Quick Note” feature allows you to write text notes or record audio notes and save them in your Personal Documents on the server
  • Support for multiple servers through the new Accounts feature switch quickly between different servers or user credentials
  • Support for higher resolution “Retina” screen graphics and other iOS4.2+ features like printing and backgrounding

Bunny Inc. – Episode 1. Mr. CIO meets Mr. Executive Manager

To make accurate and timely business decisions, executive managers are constantly in need of valuable information that is often hidden in old-style traditional systems. What can Mr. CIO come up with to help make Mr. Executive Manager’s job easier at Bunny Inc.? Take a look and discover how you too can make informed business decisions by combining back-office systems with social media.