Google recently announced the addition of OneBox functionality to their search appliance, which means that you can find just about anything through the familiar Google search box, including information stored in your corporate ERP system.
Google launched an initial set of OneBox modules with Oracle, Cognos, SAS and Salesforce.com.
According to Oracle, If you are an Oracle E-Business Suite customer, with Google OneBox for Enterprise, you are able to access key information from human resource (HR), enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), and supply chain management (SCM) applications.
Before being able to search Oracle E-Business Suite, there is a sign-on process that guarantees user authorization and authentication prior to accessing secure enterprise data.
The search simultaneously spans multiple public, private, and enterprise information sources. For example, using the keyword ‘requisition’ provides multiple results from secure sources, including:
This looks really powerful.
Steven Chan, Director of Applications Technology Integration at Oracle reports that E-Business Suite search results are returned in XML format and merged into whatever other data Google finds from other sources.
It’ll be interesting to see if companies implement Google’s OneBox to search Oracle E-Business Suite, instead of, for example, using Oracle Portal, Collaboration Suite search functionality or even Oracle’s latest Secure Enterprise Search 10g product.
Peter Heller, Senior Director, Oracle Applications Product Marketing, discusses with Cliff the new relationship between Oracle and Google, why companies want search in their enterprise applications and why this is so exciting for Oracle application customers. Listen.