“I’m nawt dead yet!”: WCI getting some love at Oracle?

Woah, what’s this?  Perhaps rumors of WebCenter Interaction’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.  The Little Portal That Could seems to have gained a foothold – however slight – in an Oracle site at communities.oracle.com.

I don’t really know how long this has been available – or even if it’s an official Oracle site – and maybe you’ve already heard of it.  But I think it’s promising that at least the old AquaLogic User Interaction is getting some mindshare over at the Oracle mothership.

Ironically, this portal is still BEA’s ALUI version 6.5:

alui-6-5

.. and not Oracle’s WebCenter Interaction (10gR3).  It would have been even neater if this was a preview release of the much-fabled 11g, but I’m not complaining.  The site does look pretty interesting in an “Enterprise 2.0-y” kind of way and appears to have some neat social features such as tagging, profiles, and a much more integrated Collab (if it’s even Collaboration Server at all?).  Maybe this will some day replace that terrible flash-based support.oracle.com site?  A person can hope…

Check it out at http://communities.oracle.com/ – your support credentials should work to get you logged in:

oracle-communities

Finally, special thanks to Monty Pyton, Mark Twain, and, uh, The Little Engine That Could for providing the mixed metaphore fodder above…

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2 Responses to ““I’m nawt dead yet!”: WCI getting some love at Oracle?”

  1. Joel Collins says:

    warning; i’m jaded

    This site has been up for a long time now, and while admittedly useful, it is a perfect example of whats wrong with the product line. The portlets are written using the undocumented (for customers at least) collab native API (because the IDK api’s are nearly useless for something like this).

  2. _ says:

    Its all WCI and Collab. Ultimately we wanted to sell it as a consulting solution but it never happened. The sad part is it completely rocked before the UI was savaged by the support team – think clearspace communities and that is where it was. However I am also jaded about developments for WCI in the future. There is still a lot of interest from customers as nothing else in the stack can compare but it doesnt seem to get much love from the webcenter pm.

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