By mvaughan on May 28, 2013
By Kathy Miedema, Oracle Applications User Experience
The Oracle Applications User Experience team just did something new, and it was very cool.
The customer outreach arm of the Applications User Experience, or Apps UX, team held its first demo reception.
The team has done demos before. And new stuff. After all, this is a research and development organization within Oracle. It’s our job to be ahead of the market and in the midst of designing new user experiences with equal parts cutting-edge technology and creative innovation. So why was this different?
You may have read in a previous post here about simplicity, and how that idea is driving the Oracle applications user experience forward. In May, we showed that idea in action, with demos of several special user experiences actually undergoing development right now. Only previously vetted partners were allowed to see this – as a rule, Oracle does not share much before an application becomes generally available. So being able to share something that was actually in development just for the sake of showing it, well, that was quite exciting.
Photographs by Martin Taylor, Oracle Applications User Experience
Aylin Uysal, Director, Applications User Experience, demonstrates the new simplified UI.
Gathering feedback on iterations of the next generation of an application is part of the Apps UX mission. The team tests and measures and re-tests next-generation designs for enterprise software, gathers up the comments and reactions of specifically recruited users, and figures out how to solve problems with each iteration of the next use experience design. This often happens in one-on-one customer feedback sessions, or occasionally, a focus group.
But in May, about 100 partners were invited to a special reception, just to see what we’re working on.
Mark Vilrokx, Architect, Applications User Experience, shows how Oracle Voice works.
Sten Vesterli, a Senior Principal Consultant with Scott/Tiger and Oracle ACE Director, posted in his blog that he had seen the future of ERP. Vesterli wrote: “Yesterday, the Oracle UX team hosted a confidential (strictly no photography!) event demoing some of the new stuff they are working on. If I told you the details I’d have to kill you, but what I can say is this: The future of ERP is as a platform, not an application.”
Floyd Teter, Executive Vice-President, Strategy and Products, EiS Technologies, Inc., also posted in his blog that he "had the opportunity to see plenty of new product prototypes ... none of which I can talk about (inserted frustrated sigh here) other than to say that there is some extremely cool stuff in the pipeline from the Oracle UX team. Seems like this team's innovation engine is really taking their game up another notch."
This is an adventurous time for the Apps UX team. We’re always looking forward, but with the addition of new developers to our team in the last year, we’re moving forward at a spectacular pace. We’ll keep writing about it here on VoX, so check back frequently.
For a broad view of some of the areas the team is exploring, read this recent post about the road ahead.
To find out where members of the Apps UX team will be speaking next, check the Usable Apps Events page.