Welcome to the Oracle Mix blog

With only a few hours of 2008 left (at least here on the West Coast), we wanted to get this out real quick and make sure we still get to launch our new blog in the old year.

Oracle Mix has been around for a little over a year now, during which time it has grown to over 30,000 members. In the run-up to Oracle OpenWorld 2008, we saw a number of new feature additions and a couple of interesting programs (Suggest a Session and Participate). Accordingly, there has been quite a bit of activity over the past year: hundreds of ideas have been shared, hundreds of questions asked and answered, and hundreds of groups have helped people connect around all kinds of (mainly Oracle-related) topics.

As Jake mentioned earlier, the AppsLab -- the team that launched Mix in 2007 -- recently passed on the baton, and now Marketing has full ownership of it (meaning we're in charge of all aspects of the site -- from maintenance, community management, new features etc. to integration and overall strategy).

Over the past few weeks, we've spent a good deal of time reviewing the many feature ideas and enhancement requests we've received in 2008 (plus the occasional bug report that we haven't gotten around to fixing yet). We're also talking to various business organizations inside Oracle that want to increase their engagement on Mix. Our roadmap for 2009 isn't quite finalized yet, but it's safe to say that there will be plenty of opportunities for us to make Oracle Mix better and more useful for our members.

We're very excited to help grow Mix further. This blog will be our main watering hole when it comes to floating ideas, discussing features and requirements or simply keeping everyone in the loop about what we're up to.

With that, have a Happy New Year everyone! See you in 2009!

Comments:

Excellent. I can't wait to read your plans for 2009. Count me in. I am usually pretty good about keeping my Mix profile up to date.

Posted by Ted Simpson on January 01, 2009 at 09:29 AM PST #

Thanks, Ted! A lot of ideas we've received center around the group functionality on Mix. Groups are still pretty basic right now, but adding things like embedding presentations and videos or coming up with better ways for group owners to communicate with their group members are high on our list (by popular demand). Another big chunk will concern making the things that are already there more meaningful and easier to use. For example, a lot of feedback came in regarding our "ideas" section on Mix: easier navigation, better search, exposing whether or not an idea is moving torwards implementation etc. are all things that people have been asking for, so that's definitely something we want to deliver. Thirdly, since Oracle does a lot of events all over the world year-round, there has been some initial thinking around how Mix might support that. Anyway, just a quick glimpse. We'll start to share more details shortly.

Posted by Tim on January 01, 2009 at 10:55 AM PST #

Manual trackback: http://theappslab.com/2009/01/03/the-oracle-mix-blog/

Posted by Tim on January 03, 2009 at 06:08 AM PST #

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