Oracle readies content management Tsunami

Oracle readies content management Tsunami

Oracle later this year plans a major entrance to the content management space with a new product tied to its Collaboration Suite offering.

Code-named Tsunami, the product will target the management of unstructured data, according to Ovum research director, Alan Pelz-Sharpe. Tsunami would first off be exposed as an upgrade to Oracle's Collaboration Suite in the fourth quarter and as modules for its E-Business Suite, Pelz-Sharpe said.

The scalable Tsunami offering will include document management, email and records management, check-in and check-out capabilities, version control, and content life cycle management.

Although Tsunami would cover the basics of enterprise content management (ECM), the offering would not be competitively directed at tools from major ECM players such as EMC's Documentum, FileNet, or Open Text, he said.

It would not be like "the highly complex products from ECM players. It is sort of content management light, along the [Microsoft] SharePoint model. The difference is [Tsunami] is designed to be scale to the tens of thousands, which SharePoint clearly isn't," Pelz-Sharpe said.

With Tsunami, Oracle is trying to define a new market. "

"They don't really want to compete against FileNet and Documentum," Pelz-Sharpe said.

Aside from scalability, Tsunami will also attempt to distinguish itself from the pack on pricing, which is a tack Oracle has taken with its Collaboration Suite.

Oracle officials declined to comment on Tsunami or the Ovum report but did issue a statement from Greg Doherty, vice-president of Oracle Collaboration Suite.

"We have leveraged our expertise in the management of unstructured data to deliver a significant upgrade to our content management capabilities," Doherty said. "This offering will be made available in future releases of Oracle Collaboration Suite and illustrates our commitment to being a market leader in all areas of information management."

In addition to tapping a potentially lucrative vein in enterprise-scale unstructured data management, Tsunami would bring a nice short-term boost to Collaboration Suite, Pelz-Sharpe said.

"This brings a layer of practicality to Collaboration Suite; it makes it usable," he said. "The trouble with lots of these collaboration or knowledge management products is that unless you genuinely have hold of a large percentage of corporate data, they don't really work very well. [Tsunami] provides the potential to do that."

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