Thursday Jun 26, 2014

Disruptive Innovation: Using Oracle Technology

Written By: Debra Lilley - ACE Director, Fusion Applications 

I love the term ‘disruptive technology’ – disruptive appeals to the rebel within me, but it actually refers to technology that changes what we do http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disruptive_innovation

Mobile and social are two examples of disruptive technology, you may not think it but remember my first blog posting https://blogs.oracle.com/fusionmiddleware/entry/global_perspective_ace_director_from 6 years ago we didn’t even have these in the mainstream, and they have so changed the way we live and do business.

If you are looking to bring these new technologies to your enterprise, they have to be disruptive, don’t simply use Fusion Middleware to do what you have always been doing, there will be little or no business benefit.

When you implemented your existing applications you probably did a lot of process mapping and gap analysis with your processes against the application. When implementing Fusion Applications best practice is not to do that initially, look at what Oracle offers as a process and then see if it works for you. Unless it is a mission critical or so unique it is your business differentiator there is probably not much to change, and you will be amazed at how the technology allows you to work. A great example is reporting in Financials, today we typically have many reports and yet in Fusion there are very few ‘printed’ reports because you don’t need them, the specialized analytics gives you all the information you need at your fingertips.

And my favourite but very simple disruptive technology in Fusion Apps (which uses webcentre) is the simple way to interact with a person or customer every time you come across them in a transaction. A simple over the field exposes their name, a direct link to email, the ability to phone if you have VOIP, etc etc. Simple, yet changes the way we do business, disruptive technology.

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 

Thursday Mar 20, 2014

In the News: CFO as a Technology Evangelist?

What comes to mind when you hear the word CFO?  Historically, CFOs have often been thought of as individuals who deeply involved in battling costs, economic volatility and economic complexity in their company.  However, there is a shift underway in the role of the CFO.  Oracle and Accenture co-sponsored a global study with Longitude Research entitled, "Empowering Modern Finance: The CFO as Technology" which involved 1,275 CFOs, senior finance executives and line of business executives from organizations around the world across multiple industries.  In a nutshell, the conclusion is that the modern CFO is not just battling The Street, grappling with internal organizational challenges but is also a technology evangelist who recognizes the value of digital and cloud technologies for the finance function.  Don't take this the wrong way -- there is still a gap between ambition and reality.  However, finance departments are recognizing the need for cloud capabilities to do a better job of budgeting, planning and forecasting.  To read more about this interesting study and its findings click here

Monday Feb 03, 2014

The Next Frontier: Oracle Mobile

  

Oracle Cloudworld was a rousing success supported by insightful keynotes, hands-on-demos, real world case studies and not to mention ample opportunities to network and make new connections.  The Mobile keynote preceded CEO, Larry Ellison's much awaited keynote and the audience was all ears to hear Oracle's story around this hot space.  Rimi Bewtra, Senior Director-Product Marketing, Mobile and Fusion  Middleware explained Oracle's mobile strategy as having two aspects to it: enabling people to build their own applications or leverge Oracle's mobile applications, all supported by a robust Mobile Platform with Mobile Security.   Oracle Mobile Solution is a complete offering with a choice of out-of-the-box mobile applications or a mobile platform that allows you the flexibility to develop your own mobile applications wrapped around mobile security. Oracle Mobile Solutions has three primary components: Mobile Applications, Mobile Platform and Mobile Security. Mobile Platform provides a common technology framework for building, integrating, securing and managing mobile applications on any device. 

The next frontier for mobile is about much  more, it is about the internet of things and mobile coming together and creating the Connected Enterprise. For more information on Oracle's Mobile offerings click here.

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