By Mvaughan-Oracle on Mar 11, 2016
Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia
Photo by Misha Vaughan
The Applications User Experience team is back from a jam-packed three days in Sydney, including a partner expo, partner UX strategy presentations, partner deep dives on UX tools, sales training on UX investments, a press tour, and customer deals.
- Oracle's investment in Applications Cloud user experiences for HCM, CX, ERP, and SCM
- Oracle’s UX tools capabilities out of the box with extensibility
- Oracle’s UX approach to PaaS4SaaS with our Rapid Development Kit
- The future of the cloud user experience with IoT, visualizations, and wearables
When we began planning this series of events — the day-one presentations, hands-on demos, and day-two deep dives — I was confident that product development would get a lot of value out of the opportunity to connect with such a dynamic region.
Andrew Gilmour, event mastermind, with Greg Nerpouni, our go-to-UX-extensibility guy, both Oracle, getting settled and ready for the main event
Photo by Brian Geach
So, how did it go?
Tim Ebbeck, Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand, spoke about the strengths of the cloud platform, the changing landscape of the partner ecosystem in the cloud, the nature of customer demands for cloud providers, and a new style of business that requires rapid response to change.
Tim Ebbeck, addressing the room
“We are working globally to radically simplify the way we operate. We are moving fast. We are moving in the right direction,” he said.
Tim is also a trustee for the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences and spoke about his firsthand perspective on the importance of integrating technology and design. “Great design is critical to the advancement of society. This is why we are so thrilled to have the team leading the change that makes the cloud easier to use.”
Ashley addressing the need to view the cloud as the new platform to Oracle partners
Jeremy Ashley, Group Vice President, Applications User Experience, then took the stage and discussed how soon we will have five generations in the workforce along with the pressures of constantly emerging consumer technologies requiring a new strategic focus on design and what that means for partners and customers.
Scott Robinson shows what the ERP Cloud UX R&D looks like during the hands-on portion of the day for partners
Noel Portugal, setting up the smart office demo to show the future with off-the-shelf technology available today
Ultan O’Broin and Lancy Silviera, both Oracle, do a deep dive on the UX Rapid Development Kit with partners
One of our local sponsors, Chek Ang, Senior Director, SaaS Applications, Alliances & Channels, Oracle Asia Pacific, said, “We are at the right juncture with the Australia and New Zealand Cloud partner community to focus on the Oracle Cloud user experience. Seeing is believing. Bringing the UX team to the partners accelerates UX adoption and completes the Oracle Cloud story. The partners were very engaged, and they can see how developing UX expertise can help value-add and differentiate their Cloud offering.”
Why do we do it?
In addition to all of the ongoing customer research we do, we pick a key city to visit each year as an investment area for our team. We look for the regions with a lot of Cloud customer action and interest , where we know we can be an accelerator and learn a lot in a short period of time. Our approach allows us to get a full 360 — customers, partners, press, sales — in one event.
We had great attendance, great participation, and now a much better understanding of the regional impact of Applications Cloud user experience strategy decisions.
A highly competitive submission process gates the privilege of attendance by members of the OAUX team. We do this to ensure that only our best work goes out the door and is shared with the regional community.
We owe a huge thank you to our team on the ground: Andrew Gilmour, John Pisani, Shy Meei Siow, Jenny Chew, Chek Ang, Paul Schlawe, Rebecca English, Scott Dawes, and Angela Colantuano.
Andrew Gilmour, Jenny Chew, Misha Vaughan, Shy Meei Siow, and John Pisani. Thank you guys for an awesome event!
Want to learn more?
• IT News, Peter Gutierez on the whole deal (pending)
• Check out a summary by Ultan O’Broin over on the UsableApps blog of the partner UX tools showcase and partner sales training
• A summary by Jake Kuramoto featuring the innovation showcase his team brought
• For Partners page on UsableApps
• Release 10 page on UsableApps