By mvaughan on Dec 20, 2011
By Misha Vaughan, Oracle Applications User Experience
This was my first time attending the UK Oracle User Group conference, or UKOUG, and I was thrilled, frankly, to meet a whole new constituency for Oracle.
Attending the conference presented a chance to meet with a whole new raft of customers face-to-face, hear their issues, and connect with a bevy of Oracle folks I otherwise would only know as voices on the phone.
Circus near Birmingham International Convention Center
ADF and Fusion Apps
Special thanks goes to Debra Lilley, UKOUG president, for being such an awesome host and inviting the UX team to attend the ACE Directors dinner. As luck would have it, I met Grant Ronald, Senior Group Product Manager for ADF (Application Development Framework) at Oracle, at this same dinner. He told me that customers were starting to tell him: “I want to build an application, and I want it to look like Fusion.”
As a user experience professional who has labored under secrecy around Oracle Fusion Applications for many long years, it was outstanding to hear. Fusion Applications was just announced as generally available at Oracle OpenWorld 2011 in October. Now, suddenly, our work is going before everyone.
I learned about Grant’s Oracle Technology Network Channel on Application Development Framework, as well as his new book, “Quick Start Guide to Fusion Development: Oracle JDeveloper and Oracle ADF.”
Grant Ronald signs his book for me.
Fusion Learning Paths
Debra Lilley and Sten Vesterliwho are both ACE Directors and Fusion UX Advocates for the Oracle Applications User Experience team, announced the release of the Oracle user groups’ collective effort to help provide customers with a third-party perspective on Oracle Fusion Applications – called Fusion Learning Paths. Oracle can’t cover all of the nuances and every question customers will have, so having an organization that partners with us to provide another avenue of information is a good thing.
Their information is pretty thorough already.
If you want to stay abreast of updates, register at: http://www.tinyurl.com/fusionapps
Another hidden gem was the Oracle support story, as told by Richard Bingham, Senior Principal Support Engineer for Oracle Fusion Applications at Oracle. In choosing to redesign what it means to deliver an “enterprise user experience,” I did not realize how even the support experience was transformed for customers. He was kind enough to point me to his new book, “Managing Oracle Fusion Applications” Look for more to come on this.
Once again, Oracle brought its usability labs to UKOUG. Special thanks go to Teena Singh, Angela Johnston, and Gozel Aamoth from the Oracle Applications User Experience team for their consistently hard work at pulling this off. If you were not able to make it, this team has a LinkedIn Group you might want to subscribe to in order to find out about future opportunities.
Other members of the Applications User Experience team did a stand-out job, in a presentation by user experience architect Patanjali Venkatacharya on what was coming next in the E-business Suite user experiences, as well as a session on Fusion Middleware and the Oracle Fusion Applications User Experience. Applications User Experience vice president Jeremy Ashley, Fusion User Experience Director Katie Candland, and Debra Lilley also delivered a presentation on the Fusion Applications User Experience; and Director of Global User Experience, Ultan O’Broin gave an unorthodox presentation on applications messaging as well.