Monday Apr 01, 2013

Focus On UPK at the Collaborate Conference Denver!

For those of you attending Collaborate in Denver next week, here is a list of all the UPK related sessions starting on Sunday.  It's going to be an excellent week, jam packed with information.  Make sure to bookmark this on your mobile device for easy reference (we are trying to be green so only print it out if you absolutely have too!  :-) ).  We are looking forward to seeing you there! 

Collaborate 2013

Focus On Oracle User Productivity Kit

SESSIONS AND SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS (SIGS)

Sunday April 7, 2013

Time

Title (session number)

Location

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

 

Beyond Training: Improving Business Practice with Oracle User Productivity Kit (12368)

Room 612

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Using UPK to Improve ROI in R12 and Beyond  (11930)

Room 612

Monday April 8, 2013

Time

Title (session number)

Location

9:45 am - 10:45 am 

OAUG UPK Special Interest Group (SIG) (13080)

Room 612

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

User Productivity Kits (UPK) – Just Add Water!  (11506)

 

Room 612

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

The ACE in the Hole – Accepting the Change Evolution to Positively Impact Your ERP Implementation (11750)

Room 113

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Discover the Power of Oracle User Productivity Kit Professional  (102950)

Room 302

Tuesday April 9, 2013

Time

Title (session number)

Location

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Quest UPK Special Interest Group (SIG) (104490)

Room 103

10:45 am - 11:45 am

Accelerate System Acceptance Testing with Oracle User Productivity Kit (102930)

Room 103

10:45 am - 11:45 am

User Productivity Kit (UPK) Optimization  (12353)

Room 612

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Oracle User Productivity Kit: Product Roadmap  (102960)

Room 303

Wednesday April 10, 2013

Time

Title (session number)

Location

8:15 am - 9:15 am

Utilizing User Productivity Kit (UPK) for Testing  (12335)

Room 612

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

How Visa handles Change Management for Hyperion Planning  (11712)

 

Room 705

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Accelerate System Acceptance Testing with Oracle User Productivity Kit  (11745)

Room 612

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

Oracle User Productivity Kit: Product Roadmap  (11676)

Room 612

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

Seneca Companies, Inc. Achieves Successful Deployment of JD Edwards World A9.3  (106870)

Room 405

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

Primavera and UPK (204370)

Room 712

Thursday April 11, 2013

Time

Title (session number)

Location

9:45 am - 10:45 am 

Got UPK? Let's Build Self Support and Training!  (12584)

Room 612

9:45 am - 10:45 am

User Productivity Kit (UPK) and Primavera.  What UPK can do for you? (206540)

Room 711

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

UPK 11.1 Upgrade - A Customer Perspective (100750)

 

Room 104

DEMOS

Demo Pods

Locations

Oracle User Productivity Kit Professional: Ensure User Productivity

Demo Grounds Oracle Applications

Oracle User Productivity Kit Professional: Project Lifecycle Platform

Demo Grounds Oracle Middleware

 

Wednesday Mar 20, 2013

UPK Player Optimized for Apple iPad

Did you know that UPK Player has an optimized view for the Apple iPad? This feature was introduced in UPK 11.1 ESP 1 (11.1.0.1). The best part is, you don't need to make any changes to your content or send a different link to iPad users. Keep reading to learn more.
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Friday Mar 15, 2013

It's that time of year again... Oracle Open World Call for Presentations is Open!

Time flies and it seems like Oracle Open World 2012 just ended but planning for this tremendous event goes on year round.   Oracle Open World 2013 will be held September 22-26 in San Francisco, CA.   If you’d like to attend minus the cost of registration and have a great UPK story to tell, submit an abstract before April 12th!  Go to the Open World Call for Papers website for more details and registration information.  (http://www.oracle.com/openworld/call-for-papers/information/index.html) 

We hope to top last year’s crowd of UPK Customers and Partners that descended upon San Francisco to network with other users, meet the Product Management and Development teams,  get questions answered, learn about best practices and new features, discuss the future direction of the product, and have a very good time while learning all about UPK.    We’d love to see you there, even more so we'd love to hear your story!

Collaborate Conference Less than a Month Away! Denver, April 7-11!

 The Collaborate Conference is just around the corner.  This year the event will be at the Denver Convention Center, April 7-11, 2013.  We have a HUGE focus on UPK, with 17 sessions, 2 Special Interest Groups, and 2 Demo Stations where you can ask questions and see functionality demos from UPK experts.   Go to the Collaborate website for more details and registration information:  http://www.collaborate13.org/. 

 Here's a sample of the topics being presented:

  • Beyond Training:  Improving Business Practice with Oracle User Productivity Kit,
  • Using UPK to Improve ROI in R12 and Beyond
  • Accelerate System Acceptance Testing with Oracle UPK
  • UPK Product Roadmap
  • UPK 11.1 Upgrade – A Customer Perspective

Let us know if you’ll be attending. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Friday Mar 08, 2013

User Productivity Kit Developer Forum - Live Webcast Series, REGISTER NOW!

Upcoming Session:Tips and Tricks from Development Experts for Editing Your UPK Content

Date: March 19, 2013   Time: 11am PST

Join us for this fun, interactive session. Speakers, Lisa Kawahara and Kathryn Lustenberger will share with you tips and tricks they‘ve learned from years of experiencing working on the Oracle UPK Development team and creating content using Oracle‘s User Productivity Kit. Have you ever wondered how to check the grammar of your custom bubble text? Are you looking for faster ways to navigate and quicker ways to edit content in the UPK topic editor helping you to shorten your development cycle? These topics and more will be covered in this interactive session. They will share several little-known UPK tips and tricks as well as some possible unknown secrets. Come learn new ways to increase your productivity! Topics include:

  • Eliminate frames and bubbles
  • Navigate frames like a pro
  • Easier ways to view frames in the topic editor
  • Editing techniques to speed up your creation process
  • Fun with screenshots

Sign up now - seats are limited!

 

Did You miss the last session? RECORDING AVAILABLE!

The first session, UPK Beyond Oracle, and Beyond Training, was presented by Beth Renstrom, Sr. Product Manager of the Outbound Product Management team, supported by May Tickner, Sr. Education Consultant and Karen Rihs, responding to questions from the lively group of attendees. Key takeaways from the session included:

  • “Being able to use UPK for other applications”
  • “Using UPK for the complete lifecycle of a project”
  • “Seeing the ‘Test It’ and ‘Do It’ modes. We are new to the product, so it was very interesting seeing all the different ways it can be used.”

 

Be sure to visit our Web page to make sure you:

  • Listen to the recorded session if you missed it live
  • Register for future live sessions
  • Sign up for Oracle University UPK consulting services

 



 

Tuesday Feb 19, 2013

REGISTRATION LINK for Today's Web Seminar on UPK Beyond Oracle, and Beyond Training

Tuesday, Feb 19
11:00am to 12:00 pm PT
(2:00pm to 3:00pm ET)
 


Oracle University invites you to join us for a Free one-hour Web Seminar delivered by Beth Renstrom. In this Seminar, Beth will explain how UPK can be an excellent tool to create enablement content and training for Oracle and non-Oracle applications. Beth will also discuss how other organizations have done this effectively using UPK.

This Web Seminar includes:

  • Understand how UPK can be used for any application
  • How does UPK provide value throughout the software lifecycle
  • Expand your UPK usage beyond training to Conference Room Pilots and System Testing
  • Get examples of how UPK can be used for non-application training

See how you can learn locally when you take your Oracle training
Oracle University features Live Virtual Classes, online learning with live delivery of lectures and labs. The trainers are Oracle University expert instructors who deliver an educational experience that is comparable to our traditional in-class training—without the need for expensive travel. In this Web Seminar, you will see online learning in action.

Click here to register

Wednesday Feb 06, 2013

REGISTER NOW: Web Seminar on UPK Beyond Oracle, and Beyond Training

Free Web Seminar!

Tuesday, Feb 19
11:00am to 12:00 pm PT
(2:000pm to 3:00pm ET)


Oracle University invites you to join us for a Free one-hour Web Seminar delivered by Beth Renstrom. In this Seminar, Beth will explain how UPK can be an excellent tool to create enablement content and training for Oracle and non-Oracle applications. Beth will also discuss how other organizations have done this effectively using UPK.

This Web Seminar includes:

  • Understand how UPK can be used for any application
  • How does UPK provide value throughout the software lifecycle
  • Expand your UPK usage beyond training to Conference Room Pilots and System Testing
  • Get examples of how UPK can be used for non-application training

See how you can learn locally when you take your Oracle training
Oracle University features Live Virtual Classes, online learning with live delivery of lectures and labs. The trainers are Oracle University expert instructors who deliver an educational experience that is comparable to our traditional in-class training—without the need for expensive travel. In this Web Seminar, you will see online learning in action.

You won’t want to miss this Free seminar!

Registration will open soon - look for further deatils



Attendance is limited. 

Thursday Jan 31, 2013

UPK at Alliance 2013

The Alliance 2013 conference is just around the corner – Sunday, March 17th through Wednesday, March 20th in Indianapolis, IN.  If you’re planning to attend, be sure to stop by the Oracle booth (#306) to say “hello”, ask questions, or see a UPK demo.

Hear how other customers are making the most of UPK by attending these UPK sessions:

Monday, March 18th

Wait -- I need to capture your knowledge! (31186)
Cindy Kozumplik - Northern Illinois University

Developing Training Materials for Users in the Fast Lane (31395)
Liz Medvetz, Training Team Lead - University at Albany

Is Your UPK Content Bland? Enhance It! (31622)
Rebecca Padia, Training Specialist - University of North Texas

Tuesday, March 19th

Ready – Set – Test: Using UPK at NIU to Accelerate Testing (31534)
Cindy Kozumplik - Northern Illinois University

Build it! – UPK enable all of your applications using IAS SDK! (31037)
Robin Riley, Training & Documentation Specialist - Ryerson University

UPK Can Rock Your World - How One PeopleSoft 9.0 Implementation Achieved Success (31140)
Jan Crosbie-Taylor, Change Management and User Support Team Lead - City & County of San Francisco

We’re looking forward to seeing you at Alliance 2013!

Wednesday Jan 16, 2013

UPK Websites - A Compilation

Emily Chorba
Principle Product Manager, Oracle User Productivity Kit

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Wednesday Jan 09, 2013

Oracle UPK and Accessibility

Oracle User Productivity Kit offers many features that allow authors to create content that is usable and useful to Assistive Technology (AT) users. While the Oracle User Productivity Kit HTML Web Site 11 VPAT (http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/accessibility/templates/t2-2584.html) provides a good representation of how UPK addresses Accessibility requirements for end users, it's only part of the story. In this post I will describe a few practical examples of how specific UPK features or outputs have been used to effectively meet the needs of AT users. This is certainly not meant to be an exhaustive list of capabilities, nor is it meant to describe the limits of UPK, but rather the starting point to a broader discussion about UPK and Accessibility.

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Wednesday Jan 02, 2013

Knowledge Center Support of SCORM 2004 3rd-Party Content

You can now import a title that was created using any tool that builds SCORM 2004 3rd Edition content. For use in Knowledge Center the content should be exported and zipped, with the imsmanifest.xml file at the root of the zip file. Once imported, this content can only be played through a knowledge path; it is not available through the Player link in Knowledge Center.

While Knowledge Center does support the SCORM 2004 API as well as the Run-Time Environment Data Model it does not support the Sequencing and Navigation functionality of SCORM 2004. For external content to operate correctly when hosted in Knowledge Center, it must be written to function correctly in the absence of this functionality. In particular, if completion and scoring information is to be properly recorded, the Sharable Content Object (SCO) must send this information to Knowledge Center directly rather than relying on setting the completion and scoring information of its primary objective.

Below is a list of the SCORM 2004 level of support in the Knowledge Center:

  • Knowledge Center includes a more versatile mentoring and feedback facility that allows for two-way conversations. Therefore it makes no use of comments submitted through the cmi.comments_from_learner data model element. However, any user comments written by a SCO will be saved and be available for retrieval by the SCO throughout the current attempt.
  • Knowledge Center does not support cmi.comments_from_lms functionality outside of its mentoring and feedback facility. Therefore, the cmi.comments_from_lms array will always be empty, and a get on cmi.comments_from_lms._count will return 0.
  • Knowledge Center does not support this functionality outside of its mentoring and feedback facility. Therefore, the cmi.comments_from_lms array will always be empty, and a get on cmi.comments_from_lms._count will return 0.
  • cmi.completion_status May be set either directly through setting the value of cmi.completion_status or indirectly through setting cmi.progress_measure
  •  cmi.completion_threshold Set in manifest file. Allows the Knowledge Center to set cmi.completion_status based on setting of cmi.progress_measure.
  • cmi.credit Always returns "credit"
  • cmi.entry Returns "resume" if resuming a suspended attempt. Otherwise returns "ab-initio".
  • cmi.completion_status May be set either directly through setting the value of cmi.completion_status or indirectly through setting cmi.progress_measure.
  • cmi.completion_threshold Set in manifest file. Allows the Knowledge Center to set cmi.completion_status based on setting of cmi.progress_measure.
  • cmi.credit Always returns "credit".
  • cmi.entry Returns "resume" if resuming a suspended attempt. Otherwise returns "ab-initio".
  • cmi.exit Accepts all vocabulary tokens, but all values other than "suspend" are handled as normal session end. Logging out is handled through the Knowledge Center user interface and there is no special support for timeout.
  • cmi.interactions Supported. However, since Sequencing and Navigation is not supported, interaction objective id's will not map to anything. The SCO is still free to use interaction objectives for its own internal use.
  • cmi.launch_data Supported.
  • cmi.learner_id Supported.
  • cmi.learner_name Supported.
  • Knowledge Center does not use user preferences and has no mechanism to set these preferences outside of the RTE. Therefore, user preferences will initially return their default values. These may be set by the SCO and will be maintained for the duration of the attempt, but when the attempt ends they will revert to their defaults.
  • cmi.location Supported.
  • cmi.max_time_allowed Set in manifest file. Knowledge Center does not support any special time-out condition, so if the SCO supports time-out and sets cmi.exit to "time-out", this will be no different from setting cmi.exit to "normal".
  • cmi.mode Always returns "normal".
  • cmi.objectives Available for use by the SCO. However, since Sequencing and Navigation is not supported, objective id's will not map to anything and the array will initially be empty. Setting the success status or score of an objective will have no external effect. The SCO is still free to use the objectives array for its own internal use.
  • cmi.progress_measure If set, in combination with a specified value of cmi.completion_threshold, the Knowledge Center will override any explicit setting of cmi.completion_status and evaluate completion status on its own.
  • cmi.scaled_passing_score Part of Sequencing and Navigation and not supported.
  • cmi.score Supported.
  • cmi.session_time Supported.
  • Since Sequencing and Navigation is not supported, cmi.success_status must be set explicitly, rather than through objectives or cmi.scaled_passing_score.
  • cmi.suspend_data Supported.
  • Knowledge Center does not support any special time-out condition, so if the SCO supports time-out and sets cmi.exit to "time-out", this will be no different from setting cmi.exit to "normal".
  • cmi.total_time Supported.
  • cmi.objectives Available for use by the SCO. However, since Sequencing and Navigation is not supported, objective id's will not map to anything and the array will initially be empty. Setting the success status or score of an objective will have no external effect. The SCO is still free to use the objectives array for its own internal use.
  • cmi.progress_measure If set, in combination with a specified value of cmi.completion_threshold, the Knowledge Center will override any explicit setting of cmi.completion_status and evaluate completion status on its own.
  • cmi.scaled_passing_score Part of Sequencing and Navigation and not supported.
  • cmi.score Supported.
  • cmi.session_time Supported.
  • cmi.success_status Supported. Since Sequencing and Navigation is not supported, cmi.success_status must be set explicitly, rather than through objectives or cmi.scaled_passing_score.
  • cmi.suspend_data Supported.
  • Knowledge Center does not support any special time-out condition, so if the SCO supports time-out and sets cmi.exit to "time-out", this will be no different from setting cmi.exit to "normal".
  • cmi.total_time Supported.

Wednesday Nov 21, 2012

UPK Pre-Built Content Update

UPK pre-built content development efforts are always underway and growing. Over the last few months, the following new and upgraded modules became available:

 NEW CONTENT RELEASES

  • E-Business Suite 12.1
    • Field Service
    • Manufacturing Operations Center
    • Process Manufacturing:  System Administration
    • Strategic Network Optimization
    • U.S. Federal Financials
  • Oracle Communications 11.1
    • Oracle Communications UPK for Pricing Design Center, Voice and Data Offerings
  • Oracle Mobile Workforce 2.1.0
    • Administrative Setup
    • User Tasks
  • Primavera
    • Primavera Portfolio Management 9.0

UPK CONTENT UPGRADES

  • JDE E1 9.1
    • HCM Fundamentals for EnterpriseOne
    • Manufacturing - Product Data Management
    • Manufacturing Management Discrete Shop Floor Management
    • Procurement and Subcontract Management
  • JDE World A9.3
    • Accounts Payable
    • Address Book 
    • Common Foundation
    • General Ledger

For a list of modules currently available for each product line, visit the UPK Resource Library on Oracle.com.

For more information on how your organization can take advantage of UPK pre-built content, see our previous blog,  The Value of UPK Pre-Built Content.

- Karen Rihs, UPK Outbound Product Management

Wednesday Nov 14, 2012

UPK Basics Hands On Lab at Oracle Open World Latin America

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Tuesday Nov 06, 2012

UPK and the Oracle Unified Method can be used to deploy Oracle-Based Business Solutions

 

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Thursday Nov 01, 2012

Tip: Recording Non-Maximized Applications in UPK

Have you ever wanted to record an application that would not maximize, or an application that would look strange maximized? Or perhaps your Windows Desktop has become cluttered with icons and you don't want to capture the clutter in your recordings. Here's a tip that will help: create a background for your recording.

  1. Create a blank HTML file with a black background in your favorite HTML editor. Or download this sample file: UPK_Recording_Background.html (right click to save). If you would prefer a different color background in the sample file, open it in Notepad and change “#000” to a different HTML color.
  2. Open UPK_Recording_Background.html in its own web browser window.
  3. Press F11 to make the web browser window full screen. This should give you a completely black screen. (This works great in modern versions of the most popular browsers. I successfully used Firefox 15, Chrome 22, and IE 9.
  4. Open or switch to the desired application so that it sits on top of the full screen browser window. If the application you are recording is also in a browser, it is important that it be in a separate browser window from the UPK_Recording_Background.html.
  5. Record your topic normally.

The above steps create a recording background using an HTML file and a web browser. This is just one method, for instance you could do the same thing with an image editor and an image viewer with a full screen view. Now you can record a non-maximized application without a distracting background.

I hope you find this to be a helpful tip. Let us know what you think in the comments.

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The authors of this blog are members of the UPK product development, management, and marketing teams. On this blog, you'll find UPK news, tips/tricks, upcoming events, and general information on UPK - the easy-to-use, comprehensive content development, deployment, and maintenance platform for increasing project, program, and user productivity.

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