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Fishbowl’s SharePoint Connector Version 2.0 for Oracle WebCenter Content – Webinar Recap, Recording, Q & A

September 12, 2012

Fishbowl Solutions officially released its SharePoint Connector on Friday, August 31st, and we followed that up with a webinar discussing the release on Thursday, September 6th. If you weren’t able to attend the webinar, you can view the recording from the link below. For those that did attend, I have also included below the answers to the questions that were asked during the webinar. Many thanks to the attendees for asking such great questions.

Before you move on to view the recording and skim the questions, here is a brief recap of what was covered in the webinar and why as a SharePoint and WebCenter customer you should care. Happy reading!

  • Fishbowl’s provides the only Oracle “Validated Integration” solution between Microsoft SharePoint and Oracle WebCenter Content
    • Validation from Oracle that the connector works as designed has helped to greatly increase customer confidence
  • The connector was developed using Microsoft’s own API (application program interface) for building third-party storage connectors
    • Microsoft’s publicly available API was used to build the connector, which is the same API used by other ECM vendors to integrate SharePoint – OpenText is probably the best example
  • Fishbowl’s SharePoint connector provides a seamless, transparent integration
    • Connector maintains the SharePoint user experience but content ultimately resides in Oracle WebCenter Content
  • Past client engagements have vetted out 3 distinct use cases:
    • Large Volume Sites – increase governance and reduce costs by centralizing SharePoint content within Oracle WebCenter
    • Content Distribution Across Enterprise – surface up content created in SharePoint but stored in WebCenter to other Oracle business systems and applications and even mobile devices
    • Records Retention & Discovery – meet compliance, reduce risk, and ensure the accuracy of information by utilizing WebCenter’s best-in-class content management capabilities
  • SharePoint and WebCenterlike peanut butter and chocolate
    • Leverage the benefits of both systems without having to choose one over the other
  • Evaluations Available!

Webinar Recording

Q & A

Q: Does your solution use a Remote Blob Storage (RBS) provider for SharePoint?

A: No. Fishbowl’s SharePoint Connector utilizes External Blob Storage (EBS) to store content created in SharePoint within Oracle WebCenter. EBS Providers offload the BLOB (Binary Large Object) and pass an ID to SharePoint to keep track of it, whereas a RBS provider offloads all BLOB content being pushed to SQL Server and directs it to third-party storage. This means that EBS providers have the context information of the BLOB and changes/deletes to it can be tracked through SharePoint. RBS providers have less BLOB context because the metadata has to be stored outside of SQL Server. 

Using the EBS API the Fishbowl’s SharePoint Connector acts at the Foundation Services level to intercept BLOB file stream requests (which occur during any save or open request) and redirects these calls to Oracle WebCenter Content. The SharePoint client and client-side API are unaffected by this redirection and content will appear to the user as residing ‘inside’ SharePoint.

Q: Does the Fishbowl SharePoint Connector require the installation of the Oracle SharePoint Connector?

A: No. The Connector has no relationship, nor is Oracle supporting their former connector.

Q: How does the licensing work?

A: The Connector is licensed per SharePoint server.

Q: Is it possible to use SharePoint search to search WebCenter Content – both content stored through the connector and other content stored in WebCenter Content?

A: No, only SharePoint content can be searched through SharePoint by average users. The only search for WebCenter Content is through the “Add from WebCenter” administrator feature.

Q: Is there a risk that Microsoft could deprecate the APIs (Application Programming Interface) you leverage and threaten the viability of the connector going forward?  How heavily are the APIs used by other software vendors/MS partners?

A: API deprecation is always an issue. However, this is not likely to happen with our connector in the foreseeable future. Here are several reasons why:

  1. We use the same APIs from Microsoft as used by OpenText, EMC, and others for their connectors. These APIs are new or enhanced with SharePoint Services 3.0 and were specifically designed to enable vendors such as us to build connectors. As Microsoft is very sensitive about appearing as a monopoly, it is very unlikely they open themselves to yet another lawsuit by removing this functionality.
  2. We are working on achieving Microsoft certification and hope to have it by end of this year or early spring of next. We are already a development partner of Microsoft but our goal is to ensure the product will be supported across all Microsoft and Oracle platforms.

Q: Can storage of a document or change to a document kickoff BPM (Business Process Management) processes in the Oracle environment?

A: The ‘out-of-the-box’ Connector does not support this at this time. However, we do offer consulting services in support of this and have one customer that is doing something similar. We hope to support this out-of-the-box in the near future and would be grateful to discuss your needs to ensure we do this right.

Q: OpenText was mentioned earlier, from a high-level, how does the v2.0 connector “stack up” to OpenText’s Application Governance & Archiving solution for SharePoint 2010?

A: The connectors are quite similar. Here is a short list of some similarities:

  • Both use Microsoft’s own API for the creation of third-party storage providers
  • Both do not interrupt/change the front-end SharePoint user experience. The storage of content to WebCenter or OpenText is completely transparent to the user
  • Content can be stored automatically – based on size, extension, folder location – or interactively – SharePoint user decides if content should be stored externally.
  • The ability to synchronize active and archived SharePoint content versions with versions in WebCenter or OpenText

Furthermore, the goal of OpenText’s and Fishbowl’s SharePoint connector was to provide organizations using both SharePoint and OpenText or WebCenter Content with the ability to continue to leverage the capabilities of each system, but also provide an integrated, end-to-end information management strategy to consolidate content within one system of record.

Q: I saw that it can search WebCenter and add to SharePoint, but can you also just search?  In other words click on a button in SharePoint to pass some values from a SharePoint list to search for content in WebCenter or if not mapped to a list, pop up a search dialog to key in search values manually.

A: Yes, however, this feature is only exposed to SharePoint Administrators and is intended to search and add content from Oracle WebCenter into SharePoint. Nonetheless, administrators can use either Webcenter Basic Search or Profile Search to search and add items from WebCenter.

Q: Can Fishbowl’s SharePoint Connector work with Oracle Imaging and Process Management (I/PM) 11g or just Universal Content Management (UCM)?

A: Yes. The connector is designed specifically for the WebCenter underlying repository: Content Server. Since I/PM  11g supports the same repository, the Connector should support most operations.

Q: Can the storage of a document in WebCenter be driven by a metadata value?

A: No. Storage of a document is driven by file extension, size, library, location and whether it is a major or minor version.

The Fishbowl SharePoint Connector allows required and custom metadata values that may be required for searching or retention management to be mapped from SharePoint to WebCenter Content. This enables Document Property values from SharePoint to be populated in Oracle WebCenter Content metadata fields. Certain values are automatically synchronized between the two systems such as the file name and the user id of the person checking in the content. When someone adds or updates an item in SharePoint, the Connector will automatically put their user id in the Oracle WebCenter Content dDocAuthor field.

Additional values such as the Title field or other custom fields defined in SharePoint can be mapped through the Connector configuration. For example, a ‘Department’ field in SharePoint could be mapped to a ‘Department’ field in Oracle WebCenter Content. Whenever a document is checked into SharePoint and stored in WebCenter Content by the Connector, the value supplied by the user through the SharePoint interface would automatically be assigned and displayed within Oracle WebCenter Content.

Q: How long does a typical implementation of Fishbowl’s SharePoint Connector take?

A: This will vary based on a number of factors, but an implementation involving one SharePoint Server should take around 40 hours. This includes installation, configuration and testing.

Q: How does the connector resolve the discrepancy if the Oracle WebCenter Content repository requires a metadata value that the SharePoint library does not have (and, therefore, the SharePoint user didn’t provide it)?

A: Any field that is required to submit content to WebCenter Content must also have a corresponding SharePoint column mapping configured otherwise the content will not be saved into Oracle WebCenter Content. To ensure that field values are provided by the user when checking in content, you should also designate the corresponding field as required and provide a default value within Microsoft SharePoint. Simply mapping a field from SharePoint to a required field in Oracle WebCenter Content using this page will not make the field required in SharePoint and will result in the file not being stored in Oracle WebCenter Content.

Anytime a field value cannot be updated correctly within Oracle WebCenter Content (i.e. required field missing, mismatched data types), the Connector will store the file in the native SharePoint file store (i.e. SQL Server). These errors are recorded in the Content Server log which should be monitored regularly to ensure the Connector is working properly.

Q: Can Fishbowl’s connector be configured to affect the move of content from SharePoint to Oracle WebCenter Content, in effect making the document no longer available in SharePoint and only in WebCenter.  For example, a document is available for a while in SharePoint, then a metadata value of “complete” moves the document to oracle.

A: Yes and No. Fishbowl’s SharePoint connector can be configured to store all versions of SharePoint documents within Oracle WebCenter Content or only Major versions. To store Major versions, SharePoint users select the appropriate content items and then select the “Publish” command from the document menu – so this is driven by user interaction and not metadata.

However, content created in SharePoint and stored in WebCenter is considered “managed” SharePoint content. This means that the content can be viewed from either system but only updated/edited in SharePoint.

To completely remove content items from SharePoint and have them only available in WebCenter, Fishbowl’s connector can also be configured to retain content versions in Oracle WebCenter that have been deleted from SharePoint. In this case however, the content will appear to the user normally in the recycle bin and can be restored.

Q: What is planned for the next version?

A: Fishbowl Solutions does not typically share feature/functionality plans for future versions. However, we are keenly focused on improving the product in such areas as workflow and records management.

Q: Does Fishbowl’s SharePoint connector work with other RBS Providers like StoragePoint?

A: At the present time, no.

Q: What needs to be configured in SharePoint to have a document loaded into Oracle WebCenter vs. into SharePoint?

A: Fishbowl’s SharePoint Connector for WebCenter Content begins with the assumption that all content is to be stored in the default SharePoint repository (i.e. Microsoft SQL Server) unless otherwise specified by one of many configuration options. These configuration options are available and displayed at the farm, site collection, Site, and “UCM Folder” level.

It doesn’t matter which configuration option is in effect, as long as a single configuration rule is met the file will be stored in Oracle WebCenter Content.

Q: Can you set an automatic default storage location as well as allow the user to overwrite the location as long as if follows certain exception rules?

A: Yes.

Q: Have seen anyone use the connector to create an easy to use content contribution interface via SharePoint for non-technical users, i.e., to update images & PDFs on a website, etc.?

A: Yes. Fishbowl’s SharePoint Connector for WebCenter Content enables organizations to easily utilize SharePoint as a collaboration and authoring tool in these scenarios yet leverage the additional features provided by WebCenter Content for distribution and publishing of information.

If you are using SharePoint as a space to Collaborate on work-in-process documents and wish to use WebCenter content as the location to publish final versions, you will likely want to configure SharePoint to use major and minor version control and only publish major versions to WebCenter. This will cause the Connector to only store versions that a user has explicitly used the “Publish” command on within SharePoint.  Once in WebCenter, these versions can serve as the final record or “single source of truth” and can be linked to various applications using Oracle-provided connectors, custom integrations, or web publishing.

We look forward to your comments and thoughts regarding the integration we have provided to connect SharePoint with Oracle WebCenter Content. If you have any questions regarding this integration, please feel free to ask them here on our blog and we will answer them. Your comments and feedback are always appreciated.

WebCenter Portal & Spaces Boilerplate template and overview to responsive design.

August 16, 2012

What is Responsive Design?
Responsive Web design – 
is an approach that suggests that design and development should respond to the user’s behavior and environment based on screen size, platform and orientation.

So as the user switches from their laptop to iPad, mobile device or TV etc to access a website – it should be automatically able to switch and accommodate for resolution(retina display), image size(bandwidth) and scripting abilities(touch, spatial events)

Web designers have always had the ability to create responsive sites (before html5 and css3, these standards just make it easier now); however with majority of users using their mobile devices or even TVs now; more than ever, to access the web we need to accommodate for our audience and provide a good user experience. One of the ways this can be achieved is through responsive design – although you need to look carefully at your site to see if responsive is the right approach and provides the correct user journey for your audience.

Read on to download the templates and find out more

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Want to Learn Something New About Oracle WebCenter at Collaborate 2012? Let Fishbowl Solutions Be Your Guide.

March 30, 2012

Whether you are a first time attendee or a Collaborate regular, Collaborate 2012 is sure to provide something for everyone. One thing you can be assured of is that by attending the conference you will learn something new. In general, this seems to be the most popular complaint or praise for a conference. Attendees either come away from such events with new knowledge or tips that can be applied directly to their jobs, or are left questioning their attendance/experience because little to nothing new was learned. Rest assured attendees, Fishbowl Solutions is committed to helping you get the most out of your Collaborate experience. Our Collaborate lineup includes 14 sessions, and each session will provide attendees with new and exciting information and specific methods to utilize and extend Oracle WebCenter’s capabilities. We will also be demonstrating some of these methods and capabilities in booth #1178.

The Independent Oracle User Group (IOUG), which is the user group association of which Oracle WebCenter (UCM/Stellent) is a part of, has put together a stellar line up of WebCenter presentations. You can peruse that line up and begin planning your schedule here. Simply select Oracle WebCenter in the drop-down list under Product Lines. To help guide you through the process of setting your schedule while ensuring you do indeed learn something new and applicable, here is a snapshot of Fishbowl sessions grouped by focus initiative and our themes for Collaborate 2012:

 

Holistic Content Management: Fishbowl’s overall consulting methodology to help customers leverage WebCenter Content as infrastructure.

 

  • Title: #928 – Putting an Information Strategy in Place for the Design and Use of a Corporate Intranet: The University of Pretoria’s Strategy for Success with Oracle WebCenter Content
    Date: Mon. Apr. 23
    Time: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    Location: Room 5
  • Title: #414 – Developing an Intranet in a Box with Oracle WebCenter Content and WebCenter Portal
    Date: Thu. Apr. 26
    Time: 8:30 am – 9:30 am
    Location: Room 7

 

Mobile Content Management: Extend the content management capabilities of Oracle WebCenter to mobile devices through Fishbowl’s mobile app and web offerings.

 

  • Title: #600 – Exposing WebCenter Data on Mobile & Desktop Devices through the REST API
    Date: Tue. Apr. 24
    Time: 10:45 am – 11:45 am
    Location: Room 13
  • Title: #627 – Case Study: How Medtronic Brought WebCenter Content to the iPad
    Date: Tue. Apr. 24
    Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    Location: Room 13

 

Content Consolidation: Easily enable content to be surfaced and accessed from one central repository – Oracle WebCenter Content.

 

  • Title: #620 – WebCenter Content Search Options: How Do I find my #?*! Content?
    Date: Wed. Apr. 25
    Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Location: Room 5
  • Title: #643 – SharePoint is NOT an ECM System – Reasons Why
    Date: Wed. Apr. 25
    Time: 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm
    Location: Room 13
  • Title: #593 – Hidden Gems of WebCenter Content: Folios and Compound Document Management
    Date: Thu. Apr. 26
    Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Location: Room 6

 

User Experience & Interaction: New options to expose and interact with content stored in Oracle WebCenter.

 

 

  • Title: #604 – WebCenter User Experience and Interaction – From iPads to Xbox
    Date: Wed. Apr. 25
    Time: 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm
    Location: Room 11
  • Title: #587 – Powerful and Intuitive Oracle WebCenter Content Customizations Using JQuery
    Date: Thu. Apr. 26
    Time: 8:30 am – 9:30 am
    Location: Room 5
  • Title: #625 – Optimized Policies and Procedures in Healthcare with Oracle WebCenter Content
    Date: Thu. Apr. 26
    Time: 9:45 am – 10:45 am
    Location: Room 13

More information regarding the sessions above, and all of Fishbowl’s sessions at Collaborate, can be found here. Please feel free to contact Fishbowl Solutions to schedule a meeting at Collaborate (sales@fishbowlsolutions.com). We look forward to discussing new ways to help your organization maximize its Oracle WebCenter investment.

Oracle WebCenter PS5 released!

February 22, 2012

Well; I’ve been waiting a long time for this patchset – originally expected for release August of last year.
If you have access to e-delivery it is now available.. Spaces PS5 should be in the Portal pack.

Now that it’s on e-delivery it’s only a matter of days before its publicly released on OTN for everyone to access; as all the documentation gets updated and links added.

So whats available for the new patchset?

  • Oracle Fusion Middleware Documentation Library 11g Release 1 (11.1.1.6.0)
  • Oracle WebCenter Content 11g (11.1.1.6.0)
  • Oracle WebCenter Content: Rights 11g (11.1.1.6.0)
  • Oracle WebCenter Portal 11g Patch Set 5 (11.1.1.6.0)
  • Oracle WebCenter Portal Companion (11.1.1.6.0)
  • Oracle SOA Suite 11g Patch Set 5 (11.1.1.6.0)
  • Oracle JDeveloper 11g and Oracle Application Development Framework 11g (11.1.1.6.0)
  • Oracle JDeveloper 11g Extensions (11.1.1.6.0)
  • Oracle Application Development Runtime 11g Patch Set 5 (11.1.1.6.0)
  • Oracle Fusion Middleware Web Tier Utilities 11g Patch Set 5 (11.1.1.6.0)
  • Oracle Fusion Middleware Companion 11g (11.1.1.6.0)
  • Oracle Complex Event Processing 11g (11.1.1.6.0)
  • Oracle Portal, Forms, Reports and Discoverer 11g Patch Set 5 (11.1.1.6.0)
  • Oracle Identity Management 11g Patch Set 5 (11.1.1.6.0)
  • Oracle Fusion Middleware Repository Creation Utility 11g (11.1.1.6.0)
  • Oracle Data Integrator 11g (11.1.1.6.0)
  • Oracle Service Bus 11g (11.1.1.6.0)
  • Oracle Data Integrator Companion 11g (11.1.1.6.1)

A big list – so I’m off downloading and prepping a new VM to start analysing the new features!

— Update —

That was quick so PS5 now appears to be available on OTN

Webcenter Content PS5

 

Oracle Partner Event 2012 – Malaga

February 13, 2012

I’m back from Malaga after attending the Oracle Fusion Middleware (OFM) Partner Forum #ofmforum. All I have to say is “Wow”. Hans Blass and Juergen Kress at Oracle  did another great job this year and I’m already looking forward to the next.. Please don’t let it be in cold England though!

The last event was in Utrecht and was also my first OFM Partner Forum. Full credit has to be given to Hans and Juergen for the time and effort they put into planning and getting this organised – with bringing the partner community together to present and revealing a few internal tidbits of what the future has in store for us and our clients.

On Monday I left Cancun, Mexico after celebrating at the Fishbowl Solutions’ P-Club event – we  successfully hit our 2011 numbers! (By the way, if you want to see how we party then check out our Facebook page). I caught connecting flights in Miami, Madrid and finally onto Malaga (that was an adventure in itself…) After a few delays with connecting flights and misinformation being shown to lead me to think I had missed a flight – I finally made it to Malaga Hotel Tuesday 11am an hour before registration. I had just enough time for a shower, shave and a Five Hour Energy.

Tuesday Event

The event began with the general intros; discussion on Spain, Malaga and why Oracle were there – I believe great weather and siestas came up – those lucky Spanish;) Following on, Hans and Juergan pushed the relevance and how important Oracle specialisation is both with WebCenter and SOA. Oracle specialisation is becoming more of a brand and a statement of success. If you are specialised then you should display the logo on your business cards – 2 of the attending partners retrieved their customised business cards from Hans which were very nice. However, I was wondering where Fishbowl’s were, Hans? Fishbowl Solutions was the first WebCenter Partner to have both Portal and Content Specialisations, having achieved these back in March of 2011. There was also mention that Oracle will be producing elegant specialised stands for partners reception areas, looking forward to seeing those go up.

After the break, eProseed covered their approach to a full deployment of the OFM Suite. This is a very large undertaking for any partner to handle, and I found it a shame that the client was unable to attend and talk alongside of the challenges and hurdles they managed to overcome. Nevertheless, it is was good to see how they approached the challenging implementation and integration of the suite.

Throughout the day I met a number of Partners – some I didn’t recognise who grabbed me; it’s very strange when people engage you as if they know you from talking about ADF Mobile, Spaces and strategies. However, I was glad to finally meet Yannick Ongena – the first appointed WebCenter Ace in EMEA  – congrats, by the way. I’ve known Yannick for around 3 years now chatting and blogging about WebCenter. Somehow we missed each other at the last event at Utrecht, but considering how many people attend these events – I think over 200 delegates attended this year from 35 countries – meet ups with every person in attendance simply is not possible.

Yannick also introduced me to Andrejus Baranovskis, who is someone I’ve always followed due to all his knowledge on Oracle Application Development Framework (ADF), and is someone I will definitely be keeping in touch with in the future.

The next presentation was from a client – Inmarsat presented by David Rametta. For me these are always the most interesting as the client has an opportunity to present their challenges with other products and their success with working with Oracle Products and partners. David is the Digital Marketing Manager who approached Oracle directly – wanting to escape Inmarsat digital graveyard and escape open source driven content management systems to bring relevant up-to-date content to users accessing the site. They achieved this was via the semantic engine, which provided a platform to deliver taxonomy driven content via Web Experience Management / Site Studio. This for me was the best presentation of the event.

Tuesdays presentation ended with the new features on 12c, as well as Oracle’s direction on Mobility, WebSphere, ADF, and Weblogic. Let’s just say its going to be an exciting time for 2012/13 for us developers…

Tuesday Evening Partner Social Event

Hans & Juergen booked El Pimpi, a famous bar in Malaga opposite the old castle of Malaga, to enjoy the local tapas with Andalusian music in a traditional Spanish bodega. It was all very nice, but I chose to escape with a few of the other partners to a quieter area of the bar to discuss the day. After the reception, we headed on for a gorgeous meal where I had time to talk with the EMEA director of partner sales and other Oracle partners to discuss Oracles future and how we can further our partner relations.

The night ended with after drinks with Oracle, Vass, InfoMentum & Sapient – overall a great evening!

Wednesday  Event

A number of breakout sessions – sometimes I wish I could clone myself to attend more than one – but here are the ones I attended.

Integrating Oracle WebCenter with Business Content and Apps – There is no wrong way to do it.
Srdjan Bakovic InfoMentum

Presentation covering 3 Case studies of WebCenter Content implementation with proven integrations and approaches with WebCenter Portal.  SSXA over Content Presenter – Cancer Research UK; Hays Recruitment and an unnamed Government org.

ADF
Grant Ronald – Oracle Senior Group Product Manager

A great intro into using Groovy with ADF/JDeveloper – a small but nice presentation by Grant.

WebCenter Competitive Intelligence
Trevor Niblock

Sales driven presentation discussing Gartner findings regarding Oracle product advantages over competitive solutions from Open Source to proprietary – LifeRay, Sharepoint & Alfresco.

What is New in 12c for WebCenter Portal & WebCenter Content
Kumar Vora, SVP of Development

This image best describes the topic – but ADF, Templating, Mobility, WebSphere and product enhancements were all at the top of the list for this talk. The product is going from strength to strength! Really glad to see the direction Oracle is taking with WebCenter.

Oracle Social Network
Andrew Kershaw

For those who missed OpenWorld last year it was nice to see an updated presentation of Social. This was especially interesting for me – I have been watching Social’s progress before the re-brand, and back when it was known as Oracle Ontrack. A lot has changed since then, including a simplified user interface. Unfortunately, I’m not in the group that agrees with Social’s new positioning. Instead, I would like to see a rich interface on social and use Portal to pull in required portlets to create a simplified interface to interact with. I believe Portal should be the key solution and stepping stone for pulling in components and integrating with the other Oracle solutions. Social still no official release date, but I’m sure this will be a hit for both clients and partners.

Thursday/Friday WebCenter and ADF Masterclass
Presented by Oracle PTS, VASS, InfoMentum and Red Samurai.

The day started with Andrejus Baranovskis from Red Samurai discussing ADF, and how to build an application based off the XE HR Scheme database from a List Of Values. The preso ended with instructions on how to set up taskflows.

Next Rob De Gouw from Quobell presented their case study on working with ADF to develop a solution for Canon. They covered challenges they had and how they resolved them, as well as questions for the audience on how others had overcome these issues. For Quobell the issues they encountered and struggled with included working with an external webdesign team to create a Canon branded ADF interface. The struggle was due to the fact that external web design agencies do not understand the complexities of developing for a tag driven language where the CSS and DOM is all generated via the ADF renderkit engine. The next issue was creating flexible web-based components based off the external webdesign teams concepts, such as a paging solution. Lastly, how to incorporate multilingual support across the site with ADF and WebCenter Content integrations.

Yannick finished off the day covering WebCenter UI and the best approach for designing lightweight interactive Templates and Page Style. He showed off 2 templates, one of which he gave a shout out to me for providing;) Thanks Yannick!  See it here: http://www.yonaweb.be/webcenter_11g_ps3_tutorial_building_webcenter_template

On the final day of the Masterclass, VASS presented ADF vs. Javascript integration with the WebCenter REST API. Initially they had planned to use ADF to create a portlet integrated with the REST API to create an internal Twitter / Yammer solution. Unfortunately due to authentication issues, this could not be done with ADF even with Oracle’s assistance all the way back with WebCenter PS1. So a solution I created was presented,  where I used the browser’s authenticated session to interact with the REST API to enable authenticated users to post to the forums. The interface was created with static html/javascript with AJAX to post and retrieve data held within WebCenter. You can see a small demo of it in action here – https://vimeo.com/15433681

Yannick finnished the day off with some great presentations on Portlet intercommunications, error handling and supporting questions, and queries with WebCenter.

Overall another successful EMEA Partner Event. I will be looking forward to attending the next event with fingers crossed you’ll see me presenting and talking on ADF Mobile and its future with Phonegap. Stay tuned!