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Statement of Direction and FAQ for Oracle Information Rights Management (IRM) (Doc ID 1407453.1)

Last updated on JULY 11, 2019

Applies to:

Oracle WebCenter Content: Rights - Version 1.0 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.

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The following is intended to outline our general product direction. It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract. It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions. The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle's products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle.

 

IRM Roadmap Plans

Oracle intends to remove the Information Rights Management (IRM) product and associated functionality from its list of offerings. Oracle will maintain existing versions of Oracle Information Rights Management functionality and provide critical bug fixes according to Oracle’s Lifetime Support policy. No new enhancements are currently planned for Oracle Information Rights Management. See reference section for current Oracle Information Rights Management certification matrix.

Current Product Overview

Oracle Information Rights Management is a form of information security technology that secures and tracks sensitive digital information everywhere it is stored and used. Oracle Information Rights Management uses encryption to extend the management of information beyond the repository - to every copy of a sealed document, inside and outside the firewall.

Background

As Oracle continues to evaluate and extend our WebCenter Content product strategy, we see the market for rights management moving from securing access to documents with very granular controls for particular file types to being driven by the need to secure initial access to documents and to provide secure transport of these documents.

Individuals are sharing information differently than they have in the past, and thus organizations need to be able protect their information differently as well. Increasingly individuals are using their own private devices to access corporate data and content and are doing so on a daily basis. Feedback from customers and market trends indicate that there is a shift in focus to securing all forms of corporate information, both in transit and while on the device. Any secure solution needs to address these concerns and do so in such a way as to support and sustain the collaboration and workplace flexibility mobile devices have introduced. Oracle believes that current Rights Management solutions do not meet the current information sharing market needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Product Licensing & Deployment

Will IRM still be available as part of WebCenter Content and Access Management Suite Plus licenses?
No. The IRM functionality has been removed from all containing product & suite licenses. If you have already purchased WebCenter Content or Access Management Suite Plus, you are entitled to the IRM functionality as part of those licenses. New license purchases of these modules do not include IRM functionality.

I already have licenses of IRM but have not yet deployed it? Should I plan to deploy it?

The future direction of IRM is evolving, and Oracle does not plan on adding any new features to the currently released versions, or on providing support for new versions of 3rd party software. Thus, expansion of current IRM product (versions 10g and 11g) to larger groups of users for extended periods of time is not advisable.

I am currently in the process of rolling out IRM for my users. What should I do?

The future direction of IRM is evolving, and Oracle does not plan on adding any new features to the currently released versions, or on providing support for new versions of 3rd party software. Thus, expansion of current IRM product (versions 10g and 11g) to larger groups of users for extended periods of time is not advisable.

I have deployed IRM for my users. How can I decommission it?

Please see technical information in <Note 1407455.1>.

Product Support

Will Oracle be adding support for new versions of 3rd party software for future releases of IRM?

No. Oracle does not plan on adding support for any new versions of 3rd party software such as Adobe Reader, or Microsoft Office or Windows.

How long will IRM be supported?

While no new feature development is planned, IRM will continue to be supported by Oracle’s lifetime support policy. Premier and Extended Support periods end per the below:

What is the IRM Feature Roadmap?

No new feature development is planned. This includes no support for new browsers or browser versions; no new O/S versions or the support for new applications or file types. This includes, but not limited to, end users upgrading to the following systems will NOT be able to access IRM sealed content: Windows 8, Adobe Reader XI, Internet Explorer 10 or the next generation of Microsoft Office. There is also no planned development to support new or incremental releases for server side components of IRM including O/S, Application Servers or Databases.

Actions

See <Note 1407455.1> for details on decommissioning your installation, and migrating your data.

References

System Requirements and Supported Platforms for Oracle Universal Content Management, Oracle Universal Records Management, Oracle Imaging and Process Management and Oracle Information Rights Management 11gR1 (xls)

System Requirements and Supported Platforms for Oracle Information Rights Management 10gR3 (pdf)

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In this Document
Details
 IRM Roadmap Plans
 Current Product Overview
 Background
 Frequently Asked Questions
 Product Licensing & Deployment
 I already have licenses of IRM but have not yet deployed it? Should I plan to deploy it?
 I am currently in the process of rolling out IRM for my users. What should I do?
 I have deployed IRM for my users. How can I decommission it?
 Product Support
 Will Oracle be adding support for new versions of 3rd party software for future releases of IRM?
 How long will IRM be supported?
 What is the IRM Feature Roadmap?
Actions
 References
Contacts
References

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