Let's Roll

Allow me to dip back 10 years, and remind you with some interesting inside-Oracle folklore.  Did you see United 93?  That is a documentary movie that will get to your heart.  Oracle annually sponsors an employee award, per this message by our SVP Matt Mills:


 


“On September 11, 2001, Todd Beamer and the other passengers and crew members aboard United Flight 93 proved that everyday people can make extraordinary heroes. Todd will long be remembered as the American hero who said "Let's roll" as he and others attempted to take down their hijacked plane, preventing it from becoming another weapon.


But what many may not realize is that Todd Beamer was a hero even before the terrorist attacks. Every day he made choices to better himself, his family and those whose lives he touched at work and in the community.  Todd's colleagues at Oracle recall him as a man of integrity, passion and focus; one who strove for the mutual success of the customer and his Oracle team. It is in this spirit that the Todd Beamer award was created.


I encourage you to nominate an individual within your team who exemplifies the life of Todd Beamer and is deserving of the prestige and honor with which this award is held. The winner will personify the qualities Todd lived on a daily basis including:




o    Leadership


o    Teamwork


o    Integrity


o    Professionalism”




I just thought that you would enjoy some insight into inner workings at Oracle that are quite unlike how the analysts and media usually portray the company.


Community Source


While on the subject of corporate persona, there is another interesting area in the evolution of Oracle and our Higher Education customer community.  Oracle-PeopleSoft is now providing a web collaboration site for customer sharing of code and development objects.  Try a test visit to:


Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise and Oracle Campus Solutions
Code Sharing Home Page


One tenet of “community source” has been that there is not a board providing oversight to ensure that content is applicable to all.  Instead, the community self-governs and through adoption and contribution massages content to general applicability. If you have ideas or feedback about this community approach, please communicate to me or one of the PeopleSoft Product Strategy team members.


This new capability is in addition to the many means for information sharing established over the years by the HEUG.  www.heug.org.  The HEUG list-serves are legendary, as the PeopleSoft customer community was ahead of its time for peer collaboration!  HEUG Online has added new landing pages for discussion groups, blogs, and has incorporated Facebook and Twitter.  I recommend the VP Products Blog to keep up with current management-level topics of interest (sign-in required).


More on social networking:  not to let HEUG out-do Oracle, and courtesy of our Higher Ed Marketing Director Karen Willett, please enjoy tracking Oracle H.E. via Facebook:


Oracle Higher Education now on Facebook! Like it!


http://www.facebook.com/pages/Oracle-Higher-Education/212876712066584



Mobility Trends


A final point about culture, communications, collaboration, and trying to keep up with very dynamic user preferences:  what about Mobility trends for the campus community?  We are receiving a lot of customer comments and questions about support for mobile applications and devices.  Not waiting around for the concrete to harden, read about Southeastern Louisiana University’s approach.  Oracle’s partner Highpoint Consulting worked with SELA to rollout “the initial launch this week, students are now able to access the status of their financial aid and other financials, grades and term details, class schedules and class details, a course catalog, and their individual planners. In addition, faculty will be able to lookup student information, review class rosters, teaching schedules, and grades.”


What's Next in User Engagement?


Oracle product direction on the latest Web 2.0 and mobility trends was the subject in a recent public webcast, now available as a recording.


Love it or not, you must admit:  information technology and applications for Higher Education keeps you on your toes and moving.


Have a great summer, and stay cool.

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