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Friday, May 01, 2009

Oracle SharePoint - Integration Points : Opens new possibilities

Oracle Universal Content Management Integration with SharePoint using Web Parts
WebParts to use Oracle ECM as backend and SharePoint as frontend. The web parts also provide for the use of both a SharePoint content repository and a Content Server repository. Content items can be moved between the two systems. This allows consumers who are familiar with SharePoint to interact with the Content Server through a known interface, thus making it easier to contribute and search for content.
Two primary use cases exist for the combination of the Web Parts product and SharePoint:

  • Using SharePoint to collaborate on documents then ‘promoting’ them to a Content Server for storage or use on the enterprise system. This allows users to manage content in SharePoint, including in workflows, collaboration projects, and so forth, but use Content Server for storage and retention.
  • Using a SharePoint front end but storing the content behind SharePoint in a Universal Content Management (UCM) system. This allows users who are familiar with SharePoint to use that interface for many tasks.

SharePoint BDC to connect to Oracle Databases : Business Data Catalog is a feature in MOSS 2007, it provides you with an easy way to integrate line of business data in MOSS 2007, without any code. Following article provides details on creating and implementing BDC for Oracle Databases.

Oracle Universal Records Management Adapter for MOSS 2007 : It Communicates between Records Manager and SharePoint Database Server. The Adapter provides common retention functionality like identification, search and applying policies on the content items.

Oracle Fusion Middleware combining with SharePoint : Oracle Fusion Middleware includes a unique and broad set of capabilities that help IT organizations get control of SharePoint deployments while enhancing the content experience for end users. It help organizations with

  • Share content once the creation phase of the lifecycle is complete by publishing content to an enterprise content management (ECM) system for enterprise access and distribution
  • Comply with industry or government regulations and policies with centralized policy management across distributed SharePoint environments
  • Implement in-place records and retention management—including legal holds—across SharePoint instances
  • Archive content from SharePoint into a single, secure, online repository
    Securely search across multiple libraries and instances
  • Implement information security across and beyond SharePoint environments—including securing documents on laptops, flash drives, and within systems beyond the firewall

Integrate SharePoint content within enterprise and composite applications

Oracle Access Manager Integration with SharePoint : Oracle Access Manager provides a full range of identity management and security functions, including: Web-based single sign-on (SSO), user self-service and self-registration, user provisioning, reporting and auditing, policy management, dynamic groups, and delegated administration. Oracle Access Manager integrates with all leading directory servers, application servers, Web servers, and enterprise applications.
Once Oracle Access Manager has been integrated with SPPS, the Access System handles user authentication through an ISAPI filter for IIS and an ISAPI wild card extension, which enables single sign-on between Oracle Access Manager and SPPS. WSS handles resource request authorization for all SPPS resources.
Such integration enables authenticated users to enjoy SSO access not just to SPPS resources, but also Oracle Access Manager-protected resources, which can reside on the full range of Oracle Access Manager-supported platforms (such as Windows, Solaris, or Linux,) or application servers (such as WebLogic or WebSphere).

Oracle Database as Role and Membership Provider for SharePoint
ASP.NET 2.0 Membership provides a common user authentication and management framework. It also always to extend it by creating a custom Membership Provider when user information is stored in Oracle.
Benefit of ASP.NET 2.0 Membership - With Membership services, we are able to use pre-built user authentication and registration controls instead of writing them from scratch. The end result is less code to write for login, login status, user identity, user registration, and password recovery.
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Oracle Virtual Directory : Integration with SharePoint :
Oracle Virtual Directory - Creating a secure application environment requires integration of existing user identity information. For some companies, that information is contained in databases. Others use LDAP directories or Windows Domains. For most, this information is scattered across multiple locations and multiple services. Oracle Virtual Directory provides Internet and industry-standard LDAP and XML views of existing enterprise identity information, without synchronizing or moving data from its native locations. This accelerates the deployment of applications and reduces costs by eliminating the need to constantly adapt those applications to a changing identity landscape as user populations are added, changed, or removed.
The benefits of SharePoint and Oracle Virtual Directory Integration are:

  • Allow a single SharePoint instance to use multiple Active Directory domains
  • Allow SharePoint to use identity information stored in non-Active Directory based identity stores including databases
  • Allow SharePoint to use identity information that is split between Active Directory and non-Active Directory data stores including databases


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