Oracle OpenWorld 2011: Applications User Experience Hits a High Note
By mvaughan on Oct 10, 2011
by Misha Vaughan
Well, how could you miss Oracle’s Applications User Experience announcements this year! Holy moley
Photos by Martin Taylor, Oracle Applications User Experience
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison announces the general availability of Oracle Fusion Applications during Oracle OpenWorld 2011 in San Francisco on Oct. 5.
Steve Miranda, Senior Vice President of Applications Development for Oracle, was on stage for several keynotes during OpenWorld 2011, where he repeatedly opened the door to discussion about the Oracle Applications User Experience.
On Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the keynote, Oracle CEO Larry
Ellison announced the general availability of Oracle Fusion
Applications I did not see that coming,
but I suppose I should have. To give
full credit, Steve Miranda also announced GA for Fusion Applications in the
morning session. Miranda is Senior Vice President of Applications Development
What a pleasure to be able to talk to customers about Fusion now! For those who missed it, Jeremy Ashley and Katie Candland, of Oracle, and Edward Roske, InterRel CEO, covered new design directions for next-generation user experiences as well as the core role played by Fusion Middleware in building the experiences.
A story that I think often gets lost in the shuffle is the benefit Oracle has of a centralized user experience team. Yeah, we got to rock the user experience research and design of Fusion Applications, but not many customers understand that all of our existing product families are benefiting from that same work, too.
As spelled out in a session by Oracle’s George Hackman, Madhuri Kolhatkar, and Harris Kravatz, the existing applications have all done their homework to understand what they can start adding -- and give customers the benefits of Fusion Applications today. Just take a look, for example, at the new Fusion-inspired navigation coming in PeopleSoft and JD Edwards. That is the power of design patterns.
The Applications General Session hosted by Miranda was a bonus pack of user experience updates as well across all of the product lines. I wish I could find a decent video summary of the session to point you to. If I do, I will amend the post.
Oracle Fusion Applications in the Cloud: And how could I miss the last little bit of Ellison’s announcement? Fusion Applications in the cloud, CRM and HCM! I expect customers will be interested to see how these offerings play side-by-side. The good news, from a user experience standpoint? It’s all the same user experience, whether in the cloud, on-premise, or a hybrid solution. The best solution comes down to a thoughtful analysis of a customer’s business needs.
Mobility: There was also a nice iPad nod in the keynote. Oracle developers have been busy getting Fusion Applications onto the iPad. However, don’t let the existing product families go unnoticed, like the hard-working JD Edwards team who smoked ‘em all by getting the first enterprise application native on an iPad out of the door. Nice job guys, and a great presentation, too.
How do I learn more about the Oracle Applications User Experience?
If you are just kicking yourself for missing some of these great sessions, we have team members, both inside and outside Oracle, who will be presenting in the months ahead. Check out our upcoming events.