Friday Feb 07, 2014

"It’s All About People,” says Larry Ellison at San Francisco CloudWorld

Larry Ellison delighted the audience at CloudWorld in San Francisco with an unexpected appearance to talk about How HR Leaders are Embracing the Cloud. We’ve pulled out a few of the more quotable responses to questions from the audience, such as, “Why did you choose to talk only about HCM?” Who is Oracle's competition?” “Is Oracle early or late to the cloud?” “Does the cloud make Oracle more applicable to more companies?” Ellison was entertaining and provocative, as always.

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Thursday Apr 25, 2013

If You Missed COLLABORATE 13 ...

A guest post by Amrita Mehrok, Senior Director, Financials Product Strategy, Oracle Applications

Oracle has more than half a million customers who belong to user groups all over the world. At COLLABORATE 13 in Denver, CO, Mark Hurd called them “our most valuable company asset,” especially those who attended the conference this month. This post is a recap of the event from Oracle attendee and speaker Amrita Mehrok. She also includes a link to a video that captures lots of smiles and thoughtful reactions from attendees, plus a link to a blog post by Dan Power from Hub Design summarizing Mark’s speech and his Q&A.[Read More]

Wednesday Aug 22, 2012

Drinking Our Own Champagne: Fusion Accounting Hub at Oracle

Good things are happening in Oracle Finance these days. Corey West, SVP, Oracle's Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer, blogs about the impact that Fusion Accounting Hub is having on his processes and people. It’s another "dogfooding at Oracle" story that is a powerful testament to the usability and functionality of Fusion Applications. [Read More]

Thursday Aug 09, 2012

We need you! Sign Up Now To Give Oracle Your Feedback on Future Product Design Trends at OpenWorld 2012

Get the most from your Oracle OpenWorld 2012 experience and participate in a usability feedback session, where your expertise will help Oracle develop unbeatable products and solutions. Sign up to attend a one-hour session during Oracle OpenWorld. You’ll learn about Oracle’s future design trends ─ including mobile applications and social networking ─ and how these trends will affect your users down the road. 
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Wednesday Jun 13, 2012

The Healthy Tension That Mobility Creates

In my previous post, I talked about the value of the mobile revolution on businesses and workers. Now let me put on a different hat and view the world from the IT department and the IT leader’s viewpoint. The IT leader has different concerns – around privacy, potential liability of information leakage, and intellectual property protection. These concerns and the leader’s goals create a healthy tension with the users.[Read More]

Wednesday Apr 11, 2012

Financial Management: Why Move to the Cloud?

Terrance Wampler, Vice President, Financials Product Strategy, Oracle, talks about the benefits and risks that financial executives are weighing as they make the decision to move to the cloud.

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Wednesday Jun 01, 2011

ERP – A Big Topic, A Big Webcast Planned

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is a big topic. In terms of technical footprint, implementation complexity and strategic importance it’s one of the bigger ones in the enterprise computing space.

But once you have it implemented there’s not a lot more to say about it, right? It’s there and it keeps on working. Maybe…but only if your business model, geographic footprint, processes, workforce and customer-base are the same today as they were in 1999 or the early/mid 2000’s…and if they were that probably wouldn’t be a good thing.

Understanding Your Options and Roadmap Choices

Understanding your options and what’s next from Oracle in the ERP space is the topic of our upcoming webcast on Wednesday June 8 at 11am Pacific. Join Oracle and Infosys for Inside Oracle Fusion Applications: Next-Generation Enterprise Resource Planning. Whether you’re considering Oracle Fusion Applications now or just looking to stay up-to-speed on Oracle’s vision for the new standard for business the time to understand Oracle Fusion Applications is now.

By many indications the entrance of Oracle Fusion Applications—focusing for the moment on Financials, Project Portfolio Management and Human Capital Management—is giving many businesses a reason to re-examine the topic of ERP. Even organizations well satisfied with their investments in Oracle E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft and JD Edwards are taking a look today to consider the what’s, when’s & why’s behind Fusion Applications. And while we’ve only got a little less than an hour to address the topic—this webcast will be worth watching.

Reason 1) Oracle has been speaking broadly and publicly about Fusion Applications since Oracle OpenWorld 2010—but this webcast brings a 3rd party perspective, that of Infosys—with insider access to the Fusion Applications development process. Though you don't have to be an Infosys client to benefit from their experiences.

Reason 2) Business and IT trends—ranging from an increased need for business analysis at the point of decision and the adoption of social networks for work to Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). The trends that are changing the way enterprises work and how they consider new technology for business advantage.

Reason 3) By the numbers Infosys is in a unique position. In a recent webcast preparation call with Infosys’ Mukesh Nakra, Senior Program Manager and Go-to-Market Director Oracle Fusion Applications, he shared details about the firm’s investment in Oracle Fusion Applications.

  • 1,500+ person months of Oracle Fusion Applications Co-Development Effort
  • 500+ Infosys team members are being trained on Fusion Applications every quarter
  • Infosys’ work across the Fusion Applications Suite, including specific work on integrations and migration methodologies with other Oracle Applications such as Oracle E-Business Suite to facilitate co-existence of Fusion Applications with existing investments
  • Work with Oracle Fusion Applications Early Adopter Program customers across the suite

Hot Topics

Many of these points, including more specific details around customer engagements with Fusion Applications today are the basis for Mukesh’s presentation. In addition, we spoke in detail about some of the Infosys service offerings that have been developed using their experiences with Oracle Fusion Applications. This should be a particularly hot topic as questions around set-up and migration tools are frequently asked in Oracle events and online forums like Facebook and LinkedIn that cover Oracle Fusion Applications.

Join Oracle for the entire Inside Oracle Fusion Applications webcast series, including replays of past events, or select the topic that interests you—such as Enterprise Resource Planning with our co-hosts Infosys. We hope to see you online.

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Thursday May 26, 2011

June 1st Webcast Preview: Fusion CRM, Cognizant and an Email from a Friend

Yesterday I received the below email invitation from a friend and former co-worker who has moved on from Oracle to lead IT for a good-sized health sciences company in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Attached to the invitation was a very brief note: “Is this your handiwork?”

I was happy to see the note for two reasons:

  1. I’m always glad to hear from my buddy…and he usually has a humorous spin to any interaction
  2. I was glad to see that the word is getting out about the next webcast in the Inside Fusion Applications series

My friend’s company is a Cognizant client, so the Cognizant folks are working hard to make sure everyone knows about the upcoming webcast on June 1st. However, this is a great opportunity even if you’re not a Cognizant client. To prepare for the webcast we met recently with Philip Philippides, Director and Practice Leader, Customer Solution Practice, Cognizant Technology Solutions and Timothy Blank, Director – Oracle CRM Practice Lead, Cognizant Technology Solutions.

Hot Topics

Philip and Timothy, who complement one another with a combination of strategy experience and technical detail, have graciously volunteered to sit down and walk us through their experiences as a Fusion Applications Co-Development partner. This includes not only their perspective on what Cognizant has done in helping create Fusion Applications solutions (including their work with Fusion CRM set-up and migration, sure to be a hot topic on June 1 with the IT crowd) but also the trends that are forcing organizations, like my friend’s, to re-consider strategic topics such as:

  • Changing user dynamics and demands—including sales people and end-customers
  • A re-definition of value creation—a focus on doing what you do best, and partnering for the rest
  • Increasing mobility requirements and how to harness social computing
  • And more…

 We’re very happy with how this series has come together. If the preparation calls we have had with Cognizant are any indication of how the webcast on will turn out on June 1st I think you’ll be pleased.

3rd Party Perspective + Insider Access + A Hot Topic

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Wednesday, June 1st 10am Pacific

A Tip on Registration

Do register today. If you’re unable to attend I do recommend you register anyway. You’ll miss the chance to participate in the live Q&A session but you’ll automatically receive a follow-up email providing you with access to the on demand version.

We hope to see you there.

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Thursday May 19, 2011

A Busy Monday Morning – Prep for Inside Oracle Fusion Applications: Next-Generation HCM Webcast

The first day back from vacation is always busy. This past Monday, after a week off for yours truly, our team had a call with Gurucharana S. of Wipro Technologies in preparation for the first installment of our Inside Oracle Fusion Applications: Partner Insights on Oracle’s Next-Generation Applications webcast series. It was a great way to get back into the swing of things on the work front.


Gurucharana is the Global HCM Competency Head of Wipro Technologies an Oracle Fusion Applications Co-Development Partner. The speaker, timing and topic of the live broadcast, May 24th at 8am Pacific, is perfect:

  • There is a lot of news (and some noise) in the HCM space right now—so getting a number of different perspectives is important
  • This webcast follows Oracle’s announcement last month, supported by 2 additional webcasts, about Oracle Fusion HCM and SaaS from both a business and IT perspective, with the IT session focused on clarifying some key topics around Cloud and SaaS.
  • In total, the three webcasts—including Wipro, a 3rd party with insider access—provide a comprehensive view of this increasingly hot topic

Unique and Interesting

The role of a co-development partner is both unique and interesting.

  • Unique in that only a select number of organizations are distinguished as Oracle Fusion Applications Co-Development Partners. With that distinction come significant resource and inside access commitments on the part of both Oracle and the partner.
  • Interesting in that Wipro brings an outsider’s point-of-view to the Fusion Applications go-to-market process—working side-by-side with Oracle teams in Oracle development labs on various aspects of development, for example, functional validation and technical testing.

Beyond their perspective and opinions, this experience and insight helped Wipro develop offerings that can help you today. Find out more about how their methodologies, assessment and migration tools and more are being used in client engagements during the webcast.

Milestones and Fresh Perspectives

During the call we talked about various milestones in the Wipro Co-Development story and their perspective on Oracle Fusion Applications and industry trends including:

  • A commitment of more than 60,000+ person-hours to the project
  • The development of migration tools, in this case for Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise, to accelerate the adoption of and co-existence of Fusion Applications
  • A slightly different take on some of the key strategies behind and functions within Oracle Fusion Human Capital Management (which is refreshing when you’ve seen, heard or presented the same content countless times yourself)
  • Setting right-sized strategies for Cloud Computing (as recent news indicates, it’s increasingly not an all-or-nothing proposition)

As you consider your personalized strategies and roadmaps for Oracle Fusion Applications—where does Fusion HCM fit in, what’s the impact on existing projects, what are the migration strategies—it’s important to get different perspectives. Please take a look at this series and if Human Capital Management software and the business of HR is key to your success consider joining Wipro and Oracle at 8am on Tuesday, May 24th.

Wednesday May 18, 2011

Hear from Oracle Fusion Applications Insiders

Since Oracle OpenWorld 2010  a lot of information about Oracle Fusion Applications has been shared with Oracle customers, partners and the world at large. Given the stage of Oracle Fusion Applications in their lifecycle it makes sense that much of the perspective shared to-date has been from Oracle. As Oracle has been in a position to share more of the story with more people you’ll start to hear it from different places—and different perspectives, like the Oracle ACE Program.

Now, there’s an opportunity to hear from a set of people who have actually been working on Oracle Fusion Applications—and are technically “outsiders” with an outside-Oracle point-of-view. Enter the Inside Oracle Fusion Applications: Partner Insights on Oracle’s Next-Generation Applications Webcast Series. Oracle Fusion Applications co-development partners Infosys, Wipro and Cognizant have demonstrated the highest levels of business strategy, functional application domain knowledge and technical architecture expertise. Their involvement in the development and roll-out of Oracle Fusion Applications and participation in this webcast series promises to give you an insider's view into the future of business applications.

Hear About:

- How this select group of partners was involved in the development of Oracle’s Next-Generation Applications

- Their perspective on the overall strategy and key features of different Fusion Applications product families—from Human Capital Management to Customer Relationship Management and Financials

- Key business inflection points that are changing the marketplace today and how you can use Fusion Applications to address them

- Key resources, tools and technology solutions that have been developed to help you adopt Oracle Fusion Applications

- Recommendations for when and how to evaluate a transition to Oracle Fusion Applications

- Pointers to additional resources where you can learn more

Why This Is Relevant:

- Oracle Fusion Applications is a component of Oracle’s overall applications strategy, designed to work in concert with and add strategic value to your existing investments 

-  Beginning now, starting to develop your roadmap today will give you the most flexibility and options—whether you’re considering a move to Fusion Applications soon or in the future

- There are steps you can take today, without significant investment, to begin your preparation

Check for the session that best fits your interests—be it a drill-down on Human Capital Management or Customer Relationship Management or a broader perspective on ERP offerings.  

The series is coming up fast, starting on May 24th. Take a look and register today.

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