Friday Nov 22, 2013

The World’s Gone Mobile. What Does that Mean for HR?

 written by: Stephanie Lepow

Today’s employees are accustomed to a new consumer-driven culture where they have a voice, are connected and can get things done when and where they want. Everywhere you look, people are tapping away on smartphones and tablets. And it’s not just about texting friends or posting Facebook status updates. Consumers today shop in their pajamas, and in the airport terminal and on their way to work. They pay bills while standing in line at the grocery store. They answer emails while waiting for their latte. Mobile technology—both the accessibility and the attention paid to delivering a simple and user-centric experience—has changed the way we communicate. This has spilled over into the workplace. In the 2013 Avanade “Work Redesigned” study of 600 executives, business leaders and IT leaders worldwide, 61% of companies report that most employees use personal computing devices at work. While most are still using phones and tablets for basic tasks such as reading email and managing their calendars, more than a third of companies say employees use the devices for advanced tasks such as customer relationship management (CRM), project management, content creation, and data analysis. The 2013-2014 CedarCrestone HR Systems Survey echoes this trend, noting that mobile-enabled process adoption grew 67% since 2012 with the most use in payroll, recruiting and performance management. CedarCrestone predicts that mobile-enabled processes will almost double by 2014.

Modern HR leaders are tapping into this trend, enabling their employees to access HR applications on their smartphones and tablets for everything from basic self-service tasks that used to require assistance from HR—such as updating personal data or reviewing benefits—to more complex tasks such as analyzing headcount reports and reviewing employee performance data.

As this video from Newfield Exploration shows, mobile applications can also play a huge role in keeping managers and employees aligned on objectives and performance goals, providing staff with real-time access to critical information, and connecting colleagues when they are spread out among offices.

Watch the video:

http://player.vimeo.com/video/74857035

Learn more about the role mobile can play in delivering an engaging and productive employee experience to your modern workforce. Join us at Oracle CloudWorld events happening worldwide, from now through April. At these free, day-long events, you’ll hear insightful keynotes and real-world case studies, have the opportunity to participate in hands-on demos, and get the chance to engage in honest dialogue with your peers. There’s an entire track devoted to modern HR so you won’t want to miss it.

See event locations and register now: http://www.oracle.com/events/global/en/cloudworld/index.html

Friday Nov 15, 2013

Cloud Odyssey and the Value of Shared Experience

When many people have shared an experience like a movie or a book, they have an immediate way of communicating, at the gut level, a difficult concept or a theme. Man’s relationship to nature, Avatar. A child’s ability to see the good in others, E.T. The thin line between good and evil, Batman: The Dark Knight.

This ability for a story to convey concepts is, in part, the driver behind the movie Cloud Odyssey: A Hero’s Quest (trailer).

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Friday Nov 08, 2013

Oracle celebrates a successful Oracle CloudWorld in Bogotá

written by: Diana Tamayo Tovar

Oracle CloudWorld Bogotá began with scattered showers, rain and strong winds, inviting Colombians to spend a whole day in the social, mobile and complete world of Oracle Cloud. The event took place on November 6th with 807 attendees, 15 media representatives and 65 partners, who gathered to share the business value of Cloud along with Oracle executives and Colombian market leaders.

Line-of-business leaders in sales and marketing, customer service and support, HR and talent management, and finance and operations, shared their ideas with Colombian customers, giving them a chance to learn, discover and engage with the tools, trends and concepts of Cloud.

The highlights of the event included the presence of keynote speakers such as Bob Evans, Chief Communications Officer, and a customer testimonial session with top business leaders from insurance, finances, retail, communications and health Colombian industries, who shared their innovation experiences and success stories on workforce empowerment, talent management, cloud security, social engagement and productivity, providing best case scenarios on how Oracle has helped them transform their business with technologies like cloud, social collaboration and mobile applications.

The keynote session was preceded by a customer success story from one of the largest virtual network operator in the country, providing an interesting case study of mobile banking innovation and a great customer testimonial of the importance of cross industry strategies and cloud technology.

The event provided five different tracks on the main trends of how companies communicate and engage with different audiences, providing a different perspective on the importance of empowering brands through their customers, trusting and investing in technology for growth, while Oracle University shared their knowledge with “Oracle Cloud Fundamentals” a training lesson regarding Java Cloud, Database Cloud and other Oracle Cloud product technologies and solutions.

The rainy day scenario included sideshows of aerial acrobatics and speed painting performances to recreate the environment of modern and flexible Cloud Solutions in a colorful and creative way.

Oracle CloudWorld Bogotá was a great opportunity to expose invalid cloud Myths and the main concerns of the Colombian customers towards cloud, considering IDC Latin America studies stating that 93% of Colombian business leaders are interested in cloud but only 47% understand its business value.

Spending a day in the cloud with 6 demogrounds stations, conference sessions, interesting case studies and customer testimonials will surely widen the endless market opportunities for Colombian customers, leaving them amazed with how Oracle Cloud works towards integration with other environments, non oracle applications, social media and mobile devices with bulletproof security infrastructure.

Friday Nov 01, 2013

Oracle Cloud Solutions at Cloud Expo West

Oracle is proud to be the Platinum Sponsor at next week's Cloud Expo West in Santa Clara (Nov 4-7).  This is the third consecutive year that Oracle has been sponsoring Cloud Expo and each year our involvement and presence at the conference has grown. This year, we have a great lineup of sessions which I've listed below. If you’re attending Cloud Expo West, we'd love to have you attend our sessions that will show our thought leadership and leading solutions in the cloud. You should also swing by Booth #130 to see some of our latest cloud offerings firsthand.

Date  Time  Session Title  Track  Room
 Monday, Nov 4  3:00 pm - 3:45 pm Ten Myths of Cloud Computing - General Session All Tracks Ballroom A-H
 Monday, Nov 4  5:10 pm - 5:55 pm Driving Recurring Revenue Streams Through Cloud Billing Cloud Computing and Big Data M1
 Monday, Nov 4  5:10 pm - 5:55 pm An Introduction to Oracle's Cloud Application Marketplace Cloud Bootcamp Great America Room J
 Tuesday, Nov 5  6:25 pm - 7:05 pm Delivering Database as a Service with Oracle Database 12c Deploying the Cloud Great America Room 2
 Wednesday, Nov 6  5:35 pm - 6:20 pm Accelerating Your Journey to Self-Service IT Enterprise Cloud Computing B2
 Thursday, Nov 7  1:35 pm - 2:20 pm Oracle's Strategy for Public Cloud Platform and Infrastructure Services Infrastructure Management | Virtualization M2

At Cloud Expo West, you'll get to learn about and experience the latest in Cloud and Big Data. If you're in Silicon Valley or the Bay Area and don't have a pass to Cloud Expo, no problem. Oracle is giving away FREE VIP Gold Passes! We would love to have you be our VIP guest. Just go to Oracle's Cloud Expo 2013 event registration page and follow the instructions to get your complimentary pass.

Stay tuned to this blog and follow us on Twitter (@OracleCloudZone) during and after Cloud Expo for more of our insight and observations about this year's conference.

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