By Edith Mireles-Oracle on Oct 27, 2015
As you may have heard, the Oracle Applications User Experience (OAUX) team is shifting its focus to the second part of our “Simplicity, Mobility, Extensibility” story for Release 10. The linchpin to that part of the story? Increasing the participation of users. We know that if users don’t find value in the application, they won’t use it, which could cost you time and money. You’ve seen how we’ve developed our strategy since Release 7, and we’ve had a mind to increase participation even more with Release 8 and Release 9. Here, we’ll demonstrate the ways in which Release 10 of Oracle HCM Cloud provides that value.
The top takeaways for Oracle HCM Cloud Release 10 user experience?
- A gorgeously updated, consistent, mobility-focused user experience
- Dead-simple tools for making the experience look like your company for your users
- A seamless way to add what is unique for your business or industry with our user interface developer toolkit
- An ongoing investment in refining, adding to, and updating the experience based on customer feedback
A simplified, unified user experience
Now that we think of the cloud as our platform, making the HCM UX experience seamless across devices and applications is imperative.
The clean, modern, contemporary entry experience for Oracle HCM Cloud provides everything the user needs in one stop. The user experience still focuses heavily on the “Glance, Scan, Commit” design philosophy: The home experience allows you to take a quick glance at your device to see what you need to know, then scan if you need more information, and finally commit to a work task if necessary.
This is the tablet- and laptop-friendly home experience in Release 10 of Oracle HCM Cloud. With just a few clicks, we styled it up.
Glanceable, scannable, convenient access
A grouping (such as “My Team” for HCM managers) allows users to combine areas and access them directly from the home page. The icons in groupings are organized in logical, related categories that are still glanceable. Groupings are at work in HCM Cloud R10, under My Team. Accessing groupings is convenient from anywhere in the user experience via the filmstrip at the top of the screen when you are in a work area. Only icons specific to a grouping are shown in the scannable filmstrip at the top. Icons are even more scannable because the user experience design clusters them and places them under category icons when appropriate.
The filmstrip view of groupings provides convenient access to what you need to work productively.
Increasing context for workers
Infolets allow users to get context -- necessary additional information about a task -- in an efficient, timely, and engaging way. You can scan My Team’s Goals to determine goal-completion status or My Reputation Profile for current reputation scores and roles. If something needs your attention, it’s easy to commit and dig a little deeper into the task.
Context goes even deeper on the HCM Cloud Release 10 home screen with infolets.
Information tiles allow users to scan information in greater detail, all from a single page. They encourage participation from those users who need to orient themselves quickly on intense, repetitive, highly focused tasks. They can glance to see what is going on, then scan for details, no matter the size or complexity of the data.
As users navigate through information tiles, the supporting in-context data is refreshed accordingly.
Conversations in context
Time for everyone’s favorite application-spanning feature: Social. In Release 10, a convenient slide-out panel lets users easily view conversations or lists of activities without leaving the application, and they can also view integrated conversations in the context of the current task. Just like in other social conversations, you can view your flags and those you’ve assigned to other users. You can also see your flags from any screen in the global header.
Design Your Cloud, Your Way
Visual design is such 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.
There are now even more options for matching your business’s color scheme and logo in Appearance.
Customers have more flexibility to define the logo, the background, and the color scheme according to your branding, using either files or URLs. You can also 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. 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.
What’s Unique to Your Business, Your Industry: Designing Your Own User Interface
We know there are pieces of functionality that you want that are custom to your business and industry. You also want them to look and feel like the rest of your cloud. 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, and then use the prepackaged tools to build it and deploy it.
Page Integration allows your administrators to 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 location. You can even pick a matching icon.
Core features updated in Oracle HCM Cloud Release 10
Oracle has continued to invest, based on ongoing customer feedback, in updating, adding to, and enhancing core HCM Cloud functionality. Updated candidate designs, updated goals designs, and updated performance designs are all examples of our ongoing commitment to providing a superior user experience.
Fresh designs promote end-user adoption
Remember that card metaphor from previous releases? Well, it’s back and better than ever in Hiring. This concept is deployed throughout the design for glanceability and consistency, as users can take action right from this screen. You can find all relevant information for a qualified application in one place, and scanning is even easier with the redesigned Talent Timeline.
Examine the new candidates matching open requisition in your organization with the Requisitions card view.
The goal management pages have been redesigned in Release 10. In these pages, you can decode the progress of your team, a single employee, or your entire organization at a glance and take new goal-related actions in context from this single page. Managers can approve or reject changes to multiple goals at once.
Timely updates from the list view eliminates drilling into goal details.
Performance pages have also been redesigned in Release 10. This new, pared-down page lets managers see the most important information at a glance. Drilling down is easy with the information tiles on the left.
The supporting information included on the page in previous releases has been moved to easily accessible information tiles.
Broader options for employee development
Self-service transactions, such as promotion and termination, streamline and simplify the manager’s experience in Release 10 of Oracle HCM Cloud. You can promote, terminate, or transfer from a single page as the user experience is unified across tasks, functions, and devices.
New to HCM Cloud in Release 10, Career Development encourages employees to get involved. The engaging, employee-focused experience makes participation in creating and maintaining a development plan a must.
Pulling it all together
Release 10 of Oracle HCM Cloud demonstrates some real ground gained as the OAUX team gets fully into the mobility chapter of the user experience strategy. Users want to participate when the experience is consistent and convenient, as in the easy-to-use home experience and the goals and performance features. And contextual information, as in integrated social and the Talent Timeline, helps keep employees in the “Glance” or “Scan” steps of the design philosophy as much as possible, providing more control over how and when the user chooses to work as well as streamlining the work process and increasing productivity.
Find out More
Release 10 of Oracle HCM Cloud demonstrates Oracle’s ongoing commitment to users who want to participate when the experience is consistent and convenient.
- Oracle HCM Cloud Release 10 Readiness
- Oracle User Experience Release 10 Readiness
- Oracle HCM Cloud Release 10 Videos
- Cloud User Experience Tools: The Full Extensibility Story for Release 10
- Cloud User Experience Tools: The UX Developer Toolkit