New color, same passion
By Peter Korn on Mar 30, 2010
As is very old news by now, Oracle purchased Sun at the end of January. Life has been pretty busy these past few weeks - meeting all of my new colleagues, meeting the various Directors and VPs whose teams I'll be working with, and otherwise learning the ropes and IT systems here at Oracle. Hence the break in blogging (other things were always higher priority).
At Sun, the Accessibility Program Office was part of the "xDesign" organization - a group focused on the user experience of our products - and also focused expressly on our software's visual appearance. Soon after it was announced that Oracle would be acquiring Sun, our Director began an all-hands meeting with the hex code: "0xFF0000". This was both a metaphor about the change that was coming (Oracle purchasing us, not "Big Blue"), and also a statement about Oracle's color scheme. Oracle red is 100% red -> 255 for red (or 0xFF), and 0 for green and blue. Among the visual designers, this led to a spirited discussion about how one can make use of that color in a larger color scheme...
In the 9 weeks since Oracle completed its acquisition of Sun, I've found a few other things (besides the corporate color) that are different here at Oracle. But one thing is absolutely the same: the passion that the accessibility folks have for their work. At Oracle, I'm privileged to be working with a core group that is intensely focused on and passionate about ensuring that all of Oracle's products are accessible - so that the many folks with disabilities who are our customers are able to efficiently and productively get their jobs done.
And that intensity and passion - and belief in the importance of accessibility - isn't limited to my immediate colleagues. Like Sun, Oracle has accessibility experts scattered throughout the company. Embedded in the various product teams, these folks likewise care passionately about ensuring the Oracle products and technologies they are working on are accessible - if for no other reason than the very products we sell are the ones we use internally: for filing our expenses and for ordering new computers and for getting our salary information. And these employees would very much like those apps to work with their screen readers and screen magnifiers!
Further, going beyond Oracle's accessibility engineers & QA staff, Oracle has made powerful commitments to accessibility from its very senior leadership. Two quotes - from Oracle President & CEO Safra Catz, and from Chief Corporate Architect Edward Screven - state this commitment clearly and unambiguously:
—Safra Catz, President and CFO, Oracle
—Edward Screven, Chief Corporate Architect, Oracle
These quotes, and a ton of information about accessibility at Oracle, can be found at the home of Oracle's Accessibility Program.
Welcome to the new color!