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Oracle Tackles Unstructured Data With New Content-Management System

Upgrades to the vendor's application server and collaboration software also debut at Oracle OpenWorld.

Oracle revealed Wednesday an ambitious content-management system to help its customers branch out into managing unstructured data, such as E-mail, Microsoft Word and Excel spreadsheet documents, and instant messaging and voice-mail messages.

Oracle Files 10g is built on top of an Oracle database and application server combination that will store and retrieve documents in a variety of file formats. The general-purpose content-management system is designed to help companies meet new regulations, such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, by building extensive management functionality into document storage.

Users of Oracle Files 10g will be able to set security policies on who can access, check out, and modify documents. It will offer a versioning system so that earlier versions of documents can be found, and technology to create an audit trail of document changes. The system will allow document approvals and other events to generate a workflow for specific documents, says Greg Doherty, Oracle's VP for Collaboration Suite.

The content-management system is designed to work as either a standalone system, working as a service to applications, or as part of the Oracle Collaboration Suite, a set of collaboration tools that make real-time information available between two or more parties.

Oracle Files 10g and an upgrade to Oracle's 2-year-old collaboration software, Oracle Collaboration Suite 10g, will be generally available in early 2005. No pricing for Files 10g was disclosed at its Oracle OpenWorld launch in San Francisco.

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