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Oracle Magazine
November/December 2008

AT ORACLE: Interview

Beyond the Buzz

Oracle Beehive platform provides context and enables collaboration.

With the introduction of Oracle Beehive, Oracle’s next-generation software platform for enterprise collaboration, Senior Director of Product Marketing for Oracle Fusion Middleware Greg Crider sat down with Oracle Vice President and Chief Architect Terry Olkin to discuss the features and benefits of this new software platform.

The following is an excerpt from that interview. Download a podcast of the full interview at

Crider: What is Oracle Beehive?

Olkin: Oracle Beehive is Oracle’s next-generation software platform for enterprise collaboration. It provides all of the familiar features and functions users expect in a collaboration platform—such as e-mail, calendaring, task management, content sharing, desktop sharing, online meetings, instant messaging, presence, voice, voice mail, fax, discussions, and team workspaces in a single, fully integrated solution.

Crider: How does Oracle Beehive impact collaboration?

Olkin: Oracle Beehive simplifies collaboration among individuals, teams, and organizations. It makes it easier to generate new information, make timely decisions, and take action. Oracle Beehive delivers integrated collaborative services through familiar desktop tools, such as Microsoft Outlook and other standards-based clients, as well as Oracle Beehive-specific clients.

Collaboration means having a place to gather, organize, discuss, and share information. Oracle Beehive offers teams a workspace to collaborate across different channels in which the context of the resulting information is captured for others. Because all the information is captured in the workspace as it’s being developed, it is possible to derive not only what decisions were made but also how and why they were made. This context is extremely valuable. It is also what differentiates Oracle Beehive from other solutions.

Crider: How does Oracle Beehive meet enterprise application requirements?

Olkin: We’ve developed Oracle Beehive for companies that must run on a secure, scalable, and available platform. We designed the product from the beginning to support robust security and compliance needs with respect to collaboration, but it also integrates all of the collaborative functions that previously required purchasing a variety of partial solutions. Oracle Beehive applications are integrated and centrally managed as part of a secure, compliant, and scalable environment built on Oracle technology.

Crider: Do organizations have to get rid of their old e-mail and calendaring tools to take advantage of Oracle Beehive?

Olkin: Absolutely not. We designed Oracle Beehive to coexist with legacy solutions. Oracle Beehive complements missing or underperforming functions with its functionality. Over time an organization can migrate from existing products to Oracle Beehive to get the benefit of a completely unified architecture on a unified platform.

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Crider: Does Oracle Beehive support open standards?

Olkin: Oracle Beehive supports every open standard that’s relevant in the collaboration space. As an example, one of the newer standards, which we authored, is the CalDAV standard—a new protocol for talking to calendar servers. Oracle Beehive is the first production product that supports CalDAV.

Crider: How does Oracle Beehive fit into Oracle’s Enterprise 2.0 strategy?

Olkin: Oracle Beehive is an enterprise-class collaboration platform that integrates with and supports Oracle’s Enterprise 2.0 products. For example, it works with Oracle Universal Records Management for full records management and accommodates Oracle Information Rights Management to enforce the rights associated with collaborative artifacts such as e-mail, documents, and instant-messaging transcripts. It also supports the Oracle Universal Online Archive to archive content; the Oracle Universal Content Management product to access documents remotely; and Oracle WebCenter, which provides a means for building Web-based or portal-like applications on top of Oracle Beehive.

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