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Oracle® Fusion Middleware Tutorial for Oracle WebCenter Spaces Users
11g Release 1 (11.1.1)

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2 A Tour of WebCenter Spaces

Welcome to Oracle WebCenter Spaces! This chapter first introduces you to key elements of the WebCenter Spaces interface, then explains the scenario you'll use to complete the exercises in this tutorial. Each exercise is designed to familiarize you with a different aspect of WebCenter Spaces functionality, and to demonstrate enough about each feature so that you can operate within WebCenter Spaces independently once you're in your own enterprise. (If you ever need additional information about a feature, you can always refer to Oracle Fusion Middleware User's Guide for Oracle WebCenter.)

2.1 What is WebCenter Spaces?

Oracle WebCenter Spaces brings you the very latest technology in terms of social networking, communication, collaboration, and personal productivity. Through a robust set of integrated Web 2.0 services and applications, WebCenter Spaces brings together everything you need to exchange ideas with others, keep track of your personal and work-related tasks, interact with your critical applications, and zero in on your own projects and interests. In addition, WebCenter Spaces provides the foundation for establishing social networks within organizations.

Depending on whether you're a WebCenter Spaces administrator or an end user, your view of the WebCenter Spaces interface will look slightly different. (Your view will also vary depending upon your role, but we'll get to that later.) From the administrator's perspective, the first screen you see after logging in looks something like this:

Figure 2-1 The WebCenter Spaces User Interface

WebCenter Spaces user interface

The interface can be divided into three main areas: Sidebar, Banner, and page content. Regardless of whether you're an administrator or an end user, these areas are important to every WebCenter Spaces user. Let's take a look at them in a bit more detail:

Now that you have an idea of what the WebCenter Spaces interface looks like, it's time to start learning about the scenario you'll use as you work through this tutorial.

2.2 About the Storefront Application

This tutorial is based on a fictitious company called Storefront, Inc., an online Web application through which its customers can purchase electronic goods. Similar to in concept, Storefront, Inc.'s web site allows users to shop for items, place them in a shopping basket, and purchase them securely online. In this tutorial, you'll pretend that you are a Storefront employee—actually, three different employees—who uses WebCenter Spaces to complete a set of daily tasks. By working through the exercises in this tutorial, you'll see how WebCenter Spaces helps Storefront employees maximize their productivity on a daily basis, as well as how it helps them organize themselves to focus on solving a problem that surfaces within the organization.

Note: As you work through each step, you'll find that this tutorial gives you only the information you need to complete the task at hand. If you want more information about other options you see on a particular page, refer to Oracle Fusion Middleware User's Guide for Oracle WebCenter. Also, be sure to type in text exactly as you are instructed, as many of the fields within WebCenter Spaces are case-sensitive.

Turn the page and let's get started!