By Mvaughan-Oracle on Oct 25, 2015
We want you to be able to run your business your way, including making your Oracle Applications Cloud look like your business. Changing the user experience to reflect your business needs is easier than ever with Oracle’s modern cloud extensibility tools. These tools are tools designed with simplicity and ease of use in mind.
Our goal is to increase your users’ participation through a familiar and relevant experience, deliver tailored productivity to your employees, and extend the value of your cloud. We’ve covered how the extensibility features have evolved, from Release 7 to Release 8 to Release 9, and we’ll show you below how these imperatives translate to the extensibility features of the Oracle Applications Cloud Release 10.
The key takeaways in Release 10 Cloud User Experience Extensibility:
- Even more visual design options, in a friendly UI
- Even more options for organizing the UI
- A seamless way to add what is unique for your business or industry with our user interface developer toolkit and Page Integration
Appearance: See the difference
Visual design is an integral part of the Oracle Applications Cloud user experience, so we’ve paid particular attention to it in Release 10. Now it’s even easier to configure your cloud visual design to match your branding and identity for a consistent user experience.
Customers now have more options for matching your business’s color scheme and logo in Appearance.
Administrators have more flexibility to define the logo, the background, and the color scheme according to your branding using either files or URLs. There are 6 different homepage icon styles delivered out-of-the-box. There are 8 different themes, or color and style combinations, delivered out-of-the-box. But we know that sometimes that is not enough; you can make an almost infinite number of changes to tailor the visual style for your users. You can even modify button colors and add corner rounding.
You’ll recognize flat dark, flat light, matte, rich, and shiny icon styles from previous releases, but the dot style is new.
Oracle has also enhanced general usability and provided some updated visuals in Release 10, such as icon style. The icon styles are the same, but they have received a different visual treatment. Can’t decide? Save all your themes for later use. You can now exactly match your organization’s color palette to enforce consistency across applications because modifying the logo or color schemes applies the changes everywhere.
Streamline your layout in Structure
you configure the layout of the user experience for consistency with
your business requirements. You have the ability to drill down into
landing pages and make edits to the pages, hide or unhide applications
to streamline user roles, reorder applications, create new page entries
or categories, and set system options.
Admins have the power to create and edit landing pages, hide, expose, or re-sequence items, and move them to other categories to streamline user roles for convenience.
Protecting Your Cloud
of these features would be useless without the protection of sandboxes.
We’ve made it easier not only to configure the applications but also to
make and test changes before pushing them live. The administrator must
deploy a sandbox session to make any changes. The new sandbox header
appears on every UI where configuration changes are being applied, so
those changes are metadata-store-enabled (MDS-enabled) and upgrade- and patch-proof.
What’s unique to your business, industry: Designing your own user interface
We know there are pieces of functionality you want that are custom to your business and industry. You also want them to look and feel like the rest of your cloud. Page Integration
lets administrators add a new page containing an iframe. This
allows external applications to be integrated seamlessly into the
Oracle Applications Cloud, creating a consistent user experience.
Administrators can conveniently manage all new pages from a single
Bridging the gap between the Oracle Applications Cloud and a third-party application couldn’t be easier with Page Integration, which seamlessly loops in external applications.
You have so many
new options for icons in Release 10. An administrator can easily select
one that feels intuitive and best fits your needs from the included
icon library to ensure a consistent user experience.
This is an example of editing a landing page icon for your integrated application.
Partners can seamlessly integrate their PaaS-deployed applications that emulate the Oracle Applications Cloud user experience through Page Integration. You can select from the Oracle Marketplace or design your own. The Oracle cloud user experience strategy has included a toolkit for just this need since release 8, and now it’s being updated for Release 10. Sketch the user interface in an hour using our tools, get the buy-off you need, then use the pre-packaged tools to build it and deploy it.
Improve support with Record Issue
This is an example of navigation to Troubleshooting: Record Issue in the Oracle Applications Cloud, which can help you keep records of problems relayed by your help desk.
Improve your support ticket accuracy, help shorten issue time, and reduce support costs with a feature called Record Issue. Organizations working with Oracle Support or managing their internal help desks can use Record Issue to help reproduce and document any errors or performance issues.
Administrators can collect page diagnostics and performance statistics from the Oracle Applications Cloud, and recordings can be configured to focus on selected modules with various levels of detail.
Pulling it all together
Of course, you could use the Oracle Applications Cloud right out of the box. But we know customers must continually find ways to differentiate themselves, internally and externally. In Release 10, we’re offering you tools in Appearance, Structure, and Page Integration to grow a familiar user experience organically, to keep the focus on what makes you unique, and to safeguard the value of your cloud. Since it’s so easy for you and powerful for your employees, the latest features make extensibility a must for meeting your business needs with the Oracle Applications Cloud.
Find out more
- Oracle Release 10 UI Customization blog
- Oracle User Experience Release 10 Readiness
- Oracle Release 10 Extensibility videos: Structure, Create New Infolet, Edit Infolet, Developer Connect
- Cloud User Experience Tools: The UX Developer Toolkit
- All Oracle Release 10 Customization Articles