I Ain't Afraid of No Ghosts!!!

A Campfire and a Scary Story

With All Hallows Eve aka Halloween fast approaching (my favorite made-up holiday of the year), I figured I would share a little tale of fright, mayhem, blood, and hair raising shrieks in the night... you know, to get you in a spooky mood. So, here goes nothin'... [The setting is night time around a camp fire in a dark wooded area] Once upon a time in quaint southern town, the home of a massive titan of web commerce, there was a web content management deployment with the name WebCenter Sites (WCS). About 3 or 4 months ago, WCS users were ecstatic as...


Join Function1 at Oracle OpenWorld 2017

We're in San Francisco this week for Oracle OpenWorld (#OOW17)! While we are looking forward to attending as many of the 2,500 sessions, demos, and hands-on labs offered, we're especially excited about one presentation in particular...

Function1 Vice President (and respected leader in the Oracle WebCenter Sites architecture sphere), Tony Field, is teaming up with Oracle's Sripathy Rao for a discussion on Oracle WebCenter Sites and Oracle Cloud. If you're still building out your...


Maximizing Your WebCenter Sites Training

If you’re planning a future Oracle WebCenter Sites (WCS) rollout, developing your first site, or managing website content within WCS, effective and timely training is a key factor towards your success and overall system adoption. Reducing uncertainty and clarifying expectations increases motivation and aligns vision with execution. All users, including casual content contributors and approvers working within intuitive interfaces, will benefit from exposure to the new system and a clear outline of their roles and responsibilities.

Throughout my career, I’ve launched dozens of WCS...


Oracle WebCenter Sites 12c New Features at a Glance

The Early Adopter's Paradox

If you live under a rock or are a hermit and simply haven't heard ... Oracle WebCenter Sites 12c is out! Apologies, since that's a bit too enthusiastic considering it has been out for some time now. Maybe you have heard, but as an early adopter of the latest and greatest software in the past, you've been burned and have sworn off volunteering to be a guinea pig to push that big red upgrade button first. Now, as the seasoned technology professional and/or Technology Manager that you are, you have turned to the tried and true method of  ... "let's let the...


The Universality of Devices

Device detection is handled smartly within Oracle WebCenter Sites, but unfortunately there is no clear wiggle room if one wants to not follow Oracle’s recommendation when it comes to mobile support. The platform sniffs out if you are on a desktop or any other mobile device listed in the Device Repository (simple xml file that contains properties for each device that an application wants to differentiate upon). You might think: “Amazing! And WCS already has a file listing relevant default/common devices! I have less work to do.” For a few minutes, you are as happy can be. Until you load...


Content & Commerce: The Reese's Standard

Content & Commerce: The Chocolate and Peanut Butter

There are certain things in this world that are just meant to be together.  Back in college, I had a professor named Wayne Jackson who summed up a Sony/Phillips platform merger as the “Reese’s Standard.” Both Sony and Philips had brilliant standalone products but the real magic happened when you put them together. He’d preach, “On the one hand, you had Sony; the chocolate. And then over here you had Phillips; the peanut butter. Now bring those two sides together and you have yourself a Reese’s.”

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Making Manual Labor a 'lil less Manual

The Big Hurt

Who the heck wants to do manual labor when your finger nails are as well-manicured as ours are, eh? The WebCenter Sites Practice at Function1 is in full swing in the WCS 12c upgrade cycle, with a few clients in the process. As it were, the upgrade itself can be "sort of easy" to nearly impossible depending on the approach taken and feature(s) of your particular implementation. If the upgrade gods are shining their light down on you, you only need to go from 11.1.1.8.0 to 12c. However, there's a good chance that that isn't you, OR that that god is dead OR doesn't exist...


Oracle WebCenter Sites and Siteminder

We are far from the days when logging in was as easily implemented as a username, password, and cgi script in between your user’s anonymous and logged-in states. Today’s world is ruled by powerful web access management softwares that not only securely keep intruders from accessing your most secure pages but also allows for a user management system hooked up to your LDAP environment. Among them: HP’s IceWall SSO, IAM (Identity and Access Management), and CA Siteminder. Let’s focus on the latter.

 

Per their website, CA Siteminder promises to...


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