Tuesday Aug 26, 2014

The Social Spotlight is Going to Shine on #OOW14

A Guest Post by Mike Stiles, Senior Content Manager for Oracle Social Cloud (pictured left)

Oracle's Mike Stiles raises the curtain on what the Oracle Social Cloud team has planned for OpenWorld 2014. These top socializers will do it up right with a Social Intelligence Center, live interactive displays, content-rich sessions and demos, and happy customers telling their success stories. Check out the details in this post and plan to friend and follow Oracle Social’s activities during OpenWorld in San Francisco for the most thorough coverage imaginable.


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Monday Aug 25, 2014

Oracle EPM Cloud is Ramping Up; Hear the Latest at Oracle OpenWorld 2014

A Guest Post by Jennifer Toomey, Senior Director, Oracle Business Analytics (pictured left)

Oracle released Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud six months ago. In that time, it has gained more than 100 customers and 5,000 users. This is just the beginning of more Enterprise Performance Management Cloud offerings to come! Oracle’s Jennifer Toomey tells us what you can expect to see and hear at OpenWorld 2014, including Balaji Yelamanchilia, Senior VP of Product Development, demoing the next EPM Cloud offering, Oracle Financial Reporting Cloud.

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Oracle HCM Cloud Primed for OpenWorld 2014

A Guest Post by Mike Vilimek, Director of Product Marketing, Oracle HCM Cloud

At Oracle OpenWorld 2014 all things HCM will again be a dedicated “event within an event” called HCM Central @ OpenWorld. Mike Vilimek from Oracle Product Marketing (pictured left) tells us why we should be excited and eager to attend. There are a number of sessions where customers will share their stories of successfully moving to Oracle HCM Cloud. Vilimek also includes details on the HCM themes, journey mapping, entertainment, and venue. Catch Vilimek's enthusiasm and plan to be in San Francisco September 28 - October 2, 2014.

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Tuesday Aug 19, 2014

What’s New from the Oracle Marketing Cloud at Oracle OpenWorld 2014

A Guest Post by Laura Vogel, Director, Oracle Marketing Cloud Events (pictured left)

We want you to know what’s being planned for the Cloud tracks at OpenWorld so you can get registered for OpenWorld in San Francisco, September 28-October 2, 2014. Last week Michael Richter gave a preview of the Oracle Sales Cloud agenda. In this post, Oracle’s Laura Vogel writes about what you can expect at Marketing—CX Central @ OpenWorld, the hub for all things Marketing related. It includes 60 breakout sessions—half of them will highlight customer success stories from marquee brands such as Bizo, Comcast, Dell, Epson, John Deere, Lane Bryant, ReadyTalk, and Shutterfly.

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Wednesday Aug 13, 2014

Geared Up for Oracle Sales Cloud Customers at Oracle OpenWorld 2014

A Guest Post by Michael Richter, Director, Product Management, Oracle Sales Cloud (pictured left)

Michael Richter, Director of Product Management, put together a preview for Oracle Sales Cloud at OpenWorld 2014 in San Francisco (September 28 - October 2, 2014). He writes about the Release 9 sessions and the hot Sales Cloud topics that will be covered. He reveals who will be participating in the customer and partner panels, what they'll be talking about, and when. He fills us in on the plans for the Meet the Experts forums and the customer events. But there is one big development called Sales @ CX Central that Richter is really enthused about. Read the details here and then get yourself registered!

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Friday Aug 08, 2014

Social Commerce: Shopping Inside of Social

Mike Stiles, Senior Content Manager for Oracle Social (pictured left), believes something is broken in the social commerce world. Despite the recommendations from friends, the On-Facebook stores, and popular opinion, we consumers are just not making purchases directly from our social platforms. Stiles thinks there just might be too many digital hoops to jump through because each one “is a golden opportunity for that buyer to reconsider, change their mind, or put off the purchase.” By removing the hoops, brands can capitalize on the rich social experience and convert interest and traffic into sales.

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Wednesday Jul 30, 2014

“Why I Left The Wall Street Journal To Join Oracle” by Michael Hickins

Michael Hickins (pictured left) was the editor of The Wall Street Journal’s CIO Journal. Now he works for Oracle. He gave up “unparalleled access to some of the most interesting people in the IT industry, and some of the brightest business and political leaders around the world.” But as a reporter, his view was limited by what these exceptional people wanted him to know. His desire was to get closer to the source—closer to the people who make and use technology. His article in Forbes captures his enthusiasm for Oracle and its technology.


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Friday Jul 25, 2014

Oracle Social Launches LinkedIn Support

A Guest Post by Meg Bear, Oracle Vice President

Last week, Oracle Social proudly announced the launch of LinkedIn support features for Social Relationship Management (SRM) platform, and joined LinkedIn’s Certified Company Page Partners Program. This now allows Oracle Social customers the ability to publish, engage, automate, and analyze LinkedIn activities within the SRM platform. We also made key updates to Oracle Marketing Cloud. This post by Oracle's Meg Bear (pictured left) explains the relevance of the announcement and points you to a press release, her blog, and an article published in ZDNet.

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Understanding Oracle Workforce Reputation Management

Is social media the vital skill you aren’t tracking? That’s the title of the article from Oracle’s Mark Bennett (pictured left) published in HR.com. Bennett explains that employees using social media are more visible in the organization and can increase their career opportunities. They are also in a position to see how their actions and behaviors impact their influence and reputation, which can lead to more effectiveness and productivity. The workforce management reputation technology can help your customers unlock untapped insights that social media holds.[Read More]

Hurd: “We’re Laser-focused on Being No. 1 in the Cloud”

Author Chris Kanaracus from ComputerWorld magazine reported that Mark Hurd used “bullish commentary” with a wealth of specifics when he met with investment analysts last week following Oracle’s Q4 earnings report. Hurd boasted about his army of cloud sales reps and how their confidence in Fusion is translating into sales. He talked about Oracle’s on-premises customers moving to the cloud, our expanding data center footprint, and the desire to have a deeper relationship with ISVs. The article includes highlights from Hurd’s dialogue and a link to his presentation.
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Content from the OHUG Global Conference 2014

We have some great content from the Oracle HCM Users Group (OHUG) conference that was held in Las Vegas June 9-13, 2014. First, there’s a digest of #ohugglobal tweets that does a nice job of recapping the event. Second, you can read four mini interviews from Oracle HCM Cloud customers (WAXIE Sanitary Supply, eVerge Group, Sonepar, and National Marrow Donor Program).
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Zach Thomas: “The 7 Rules for Selecting Global HR Technology”

Our work teams can (and often do) consist of people from all around the world. That creates challenges for an HR organization in the areas of hiring, culture, performance, and compliance. Oracle’s Zach Thomas, Vice President of HCM product strategy, says that technology can help HR overcome obstacles and effectively manage their global workforces. His article entitled “The 7 Rules for Selecting Global HR Technology” was published by Talent Management Magazine this month. Following the seven principles can give organizations a competitive advantage in terms of talent, retention, organizational processes, and collaboration.

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How Does a 724% Return on Your Salesforce Automation Investment Sound?

A Guest Post by Oracle's Senior Director, Brian Dayton

Apex IT won a Technology ROI Award this month from Nucleus Research. The analyst firm recognizes organizations that have successfully leveraged IT deployments to maximize value per dollar spent. Why is this news? Because Apex IT is an Oracle Sales Cloud and Marketing Cloud customer! The company gained a 724 percent ROI when it implemented our Cloud solutions. In this post, Oracle Senior Director Brian Dayton gives a recap of the impressive facts and figures and provides a link so to the Apex IT ROI Case Study.

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Be Prepared: Technology Trends Converge and Disrupt

We’ve all experienced the effects of mega technology trends, such as cloud, big data, mobile and social media. Each trend in and of itself has been a whooper! Now these trends are starting to converge and the impact will be even more powerful, according to Senior Vice President Ravi Puri from North America Oracle Consulting Services. Puri, whose article appeared in Forbes on June 6, urges companies to be ready for the disruption. He gives straightforward direction to CIOs on how to formulate a strategy around these converging technology trends.

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The Oracle Cloud User Experience Continues to Evolve

A Guest Post by Kathy Miedema, Oracle Market Research Analyst

Glance, scan, and commit. This is a new approach to design that the Oracle UX team is working on to make users even more productive. “Simplified UI keeps users at the glance/scan level, and only sends them down the path toward commit when they have a particular business process that needs to be done in the more comprehensive application,” VP Jeremy Ashley says. The UX team continues to make incremental improvements to the Oracle user experience. This post, by Oracle's Kathy Miedema, explains some of the cool things they are working on and reminds us how important it is that UX is a strategic initiative at Oracle.

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