Oracle WebCenter Content (UCM) Mobile Tablet App for iPad and Android
Fishbowl has experience extending Oracle WebCenter Content (formerly UCM) to mobile devices in a variety of ways. As we’ve engaged with customers over the past several years we’ve seen a common need to allow sales reps, field service workers, and other employees to access, sync, and share content from WebCenter from an iPad or Android Tablet. This is why we created the Mobile Tablet Application Quick Start. This combined software and services bundle allows you to take advantage of a ready-built app, customized to your team’s branding, navigation and content sorting needs, and deployed to your team in less than a month. From this application you can search and browse for any items in Oracle WebCenter. The application requires users to login with their WebCenter Content username and password so they can only see the information they should have access to.
Why Use Fishbowl's Mobile Quick Start?
- From world leaders in Oracle WebCenter Mobility
- Easy to use, proven and successful
- Available as a native iPad or Android application
- Search & browse for items from Oracle WebCenter Content (UCM)
- Keep local copies of content items saved to your device for offline use and sync with WebCenter when reconnected
- Maintain WebCenter security to control content access
- Organize local content into a personalized folder structure
- View content on your mobile device including PDFs, HTML content, images, and video
- Add items to the email cart and send your contacts links to download items from a secured temporary download site
- Integrate with Google Analytics to monitor which content is being accessed, stored, and shared
- Use metadata to control which items from Oracle WebCenter Content are available from mobile devices, and which can be stored locally or shared via email
- Includes custom color scheme and skin to fit your organizations' branding
Typical Quick-Start Timeline:
Case Study: How Medtronic Brought Oracle WebCenter Content to the iPad
by Jim Freeland, Medtronic
The Fishbowl Mobility application is a tablet based-content delivery tool. The application allows users to find, store, view, and organize content stored in Oracle WebCenter Content. The application uses the Fishbowl Mobility API set, which communicates with the Content Server via JSON. The API includes a native federated search, allowing the same queries to find assets locally as well as on the remote repository on both the iOS and Android platforms.
Search WebCenter Content Repository:
To search the online repository an authenticated user can select the "Online" button from the primary navigation. When the online button is pressed, the default online landing page will be displayed. Selecting options from the left hand menu will perform a query of WebCenter Content based on the left navigation configuration. The left hand navigation state is shared with the local search and remembered if the user goes to another area of the application and returns back. If the user is not authenticated, they will be prompted for username and password credentials.
Search Local Repository:
Selecting the Local button will perform a search for all content stored on the tablet. Like the online section, the local area will have a landing page. If the left hand navigation was or is selected, the associated query in the left navigation will return any content on the device.
The application includes a local folder structure. By default a favorites folder is included with the application. Users may create as many additional folders and subfolders as desired. Folders can contain any content that is available from the app and items can be added to multiple folders. Item can be added to folders from either the Online or Local view. Users can create or delete local their folder structure. An “Add Folder” button is present at the bottom of the left nav from the Folder view. Any items contained in folders will automatically be included in the local content library and will be available offline. These items will be updated each time the app syncs.
Items can be added to a cart for distribution on a download server via email. The user can long press “Email Document” in either online, local, or folder view assets and add them to a cart. An indicator will identify how many assets are currently in the cart. The user can manually enter recipients or use the tablet’s native contact list to identify who should be sent a download notification link for the assets selected.
Global search allows the user to search for a keyword in the metadata. Search results will be displayed in a grid layout format, with locally cached assets highlighted.
The left navigation displays content items based on a folder metaphor. Each node in the navigation structure corresponds to a virtual folder of content. Each “folder” implies associated metadata. As a folder is selected in the left navigation, results will limit the items returned based on matches to that folder. The navigation menu will follow a three-level navigation pattern. As a user selects a folder, the previous parent folder will be displayed as a breadcrumb to traverse backwards, and the children folder options will also be listed below the current folder.
Help files are defined by metadata and automatically sync to the device. Help files can be html, video, images, or pdfs and can be viewed in the online viewer or with external apps.
The settings page contains switches to show and hide content by language and other configured metadata fields such as Industry, Product Line, or Content Type.
Online, local, and folders have a unique default landing page displayed when no left navigation structures are selected. The landing pages are managed assets stored in WebCenter Content and will be uploaded to the tablet on synchronization events.
The application for both iOS and Android will share most of the same layout and functionality. The minimum resolution for the iOS application will be 1024x768 and 1280x800 for Android. The application supports high resolution graphics for the new iPad retina display or Asus Infinity native resolutions, and the application will scale the graphics down to the appropriate lower resolution fit on devices like the iPad 2 or Asus tf300t.
User Interface & Skinning:
The application uses fixed sizes for buttons, backgrounds, and layouts. Fishbowl can work with customers to develop a custom color-scheme and skin to fit their corporate branding or provide a set of specs to be used by a third-party design firm to create an application skin.
Operating system support:
The iOS reference application will support a minimum iOS version of 4.2.x. Android will support a minimum 3.x level.
Both the Android and iOS applications are intended for release as an enterprise application distributed internally. Contact us to discuss public distribution via iTunes or Google Play.