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  • January 24, 2014

ACE Director Ponders on "Which Way Do I Go?"

Author: Debra Lilley, ACE Director

I live in Northern Ireland about 20 miles from Belfast and just today I asked a friend for directions. You see I don’t know Belfast very well, which was fine when I first moved here but now it is embarrassing, but I don’t have a need to go very often and didn’t need to learn and whenever I do need to go. I rely on friends who do know the city to give me advice.

Interestingly, cities where I need to go often or have lived in, I know very well such as London and Berlin; still it gives my Northern Ireland friends something to giggle about.

Asking for directions is also valid with Applications, they are also a journey. And like many a journeys there are so many options that you turn to those who know for advice and guidance. To me there is no better place to start than to go to a User Group for an idea on those options.

During our UKOUG Applications Conference, Oracle’s Karen Clarke VP Applications Cluster Lead talked about the journey, the journey that takes your organization to new productivity, efficiency and success and how that journey is not the same for all organizations.

In her keynote, Karen shared a video link that her team had made to set the scene for this journey.

Within UKOUG we launched the Applications Transformation Community last summer and many members declared an interest because what to do next is something that they’re interested in. I talked more about this in an earlier post.

One of the things we worked with Oracle on was AppNav the working title for a GPS concept, identifying ‘Points of Interest’ for different pillars of Applications; what may be useful for Financial, Human Capital Management and Supply Chain Customers. A few of these sites were explored during our Apps13 conference but now we’re ready to drill further and are holding a dedicated event on 18th March in London.

We hope that we will then be able to share the AppNav content wider and I will talk more about it in my March post here.

The Oracle AppAdvantage initative is showcasing many of the technology paths that you can take on this journey, extending your applications footprint using the same development tools and solutions that Oracle themselves use. If you are new to this blog then I recommend you back over previous articles and look at what people are doing and how they are transforming their businesses with Oracle technology.

About the Author:

Debra Lilley, Fusion Champion, UKOUG Board Member, Fusion User Experience Advocate and ACE Director.

Lilley has 18 years experience with Oracle Applications, with E Business Suite since 9.4.1, moving to Business Intelligence Team Lead and Oracle Alliance Director. She has spoken at over 100 conferences worldwide and posts at debrasoraclethoughts.

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