Participate with Others Using Group Spaces
personal spaces are specific to each user, group spaces
discrete communities of users organized around an area of interest or a
common goal. Group spaces provide a wide range of Web 2.0 services and tools,
and enable social networking capabilities to effectively concentrate the
efforts of a team on solving a concrete problem, scheduling events, assigning
tasks to individual team members, contributing to wiki pages and announcements,
linking related information, creating customized lists, or participating
in discussion forums.
However, enterprise teamwork is not limited to the functionality provided
by these shared projects and communities. Almost every useful Web application
depends on users working together in some form, and most of the information
resources that users plan to share originate from desktop tools such as
Microsoft Office. To ensure effective sharing of information in all of these
environments, Oracle WebCenter Spaces delivers flexible integration through
WebDAV, the Console for MS Sharepoint, RSS, and an extensible programming
interface that is based on REST and Web services. Members of a group space
can include resources such as charts, reports, portlets
business applications, Web 2.0 services, lists, links (to discussion forums,
documents, or other pages), announcements, RSS feeds, Web clips, and other
ADF resources or task flows. For example:
- Sales people can work together on reports and planning documents linked to a CRM record.
- Accountants can input tasks from Microsoft Project and associate key deliverables with invoices from an ERP system.
- Managers can bring together data from enterprise systems with documents in Microsoft Office, and securely share the results with customers and colleagues.
- Users can check in documents, check out documents, add personal tags, and send notification links directly.
- Users can manage documents and communities using Windows Explorer, create new project documents on the fly with Microsoft Office, and update each other through a team wiki.
In many projects and communities, not all users are created equally. Often, there
is a project manager who has the ability to delegate responsibilities for
the items in the group space. They also have the flexibility to restrict
the use of different services if the capability is not required for the
project. For example, a project manager may disable the built-in Announcements
service, if all project updates are tracked in a wiki page. There is complete
control over the resources that are made available and how they can be used
by the team to meet their business objectives.
In Oracle WebCenter Space, you can use group space
templates to create group spaces
, create group
, and manage your group spaces