By Misha Vaughan, Oracle Applications User Experience
This was my first time attending the UK Oracle User Group conference,
or UKOUG, and I
was thrilled, frankly, to meet a whole new constituency for Oracle.
Attending the conference presented a chance to meet with a whole new
raft of customers face-to-face, hear their issues, and connect with a bevy of
Oracle folks I otherwise would only know as voices on the phone.
Circus near Birmingham International Convention Center
ADF and Fusion Apps
Special thanks goes to Debra Lilley, UKOUG president, for being such an
awesome host and inviting the UX team to attend the ACE Directors dinner.
As luck would have it, I met Grant Ronald,
Senior Group Product Manager for ADF (Application Development Framework) at
Oracle, at this same dinner. He told me that customers were starting to tell
him: “I want to build an application, and I want it to look like Fusion.”
As a user experience professional who has labored under secrecy around
Oracle Fusion Applications for many long years, it was outstanding to hear. Fusion
Applications was just announced as generally
available at Oracle OpenWorld 2011 in October. Now, suddenly, our work is going before
I learned about Grant’s Oracle Technology Network Channel on Application
Development Framework, as well as his new book, “Quick
Start Guide to Fusion Development: Oracle JDeveloper and Oracle ADF.”
Grant Ronald signs his book for me.
Fusion Learning Paths
Lilley and Sten Vesterli, who are both ACE Directors and Fusion UX Advocates for the Oracle Applications User Experience team, announced the release
of the Oracle user groups’ collective effort to help provide customers with a third-party
perspective on Oracle Fusion Applications – called Fusion Learning Paths. Oracle
can’t cover all of the nuances and every question customers will have, so
having an organization that partners with us to provide another avenue of
information is a good thing.
Their information is pretty thorough already.
If you want to stay abreast of updates, register at: http://www.tinyurl.com/fusionapps.
Another hidden gem was the Oracle support story, as told by Richard
Bingham, Senior Principal Support Engineer for Oracle Fusion Applications at Oracle. In choosing to redesign what it means to
deliver an “enterprise user experience,” I did not realize how even the support
experience was transformed for customers. He was kind enough to point me to his
new book, “Managing
Oracle Fusion Applications.” Look for more to come on this.
Once again, Oracle brought its usability labs to UKOUG. Special thanks go
to Teena Singh, Angela Johnston, and Gozel Aamoth from the Oracle Applications
User Experience team for their consistently hard work at pulling this off. If
you were not able to make it, this team has a LinkedIn Group
you might want to subscribe to in order to find out about future opportunities.
Other members of the Applications User Experience team did a stand-out
job, in a presentation by user experience architect Patanjali Venkatacharya on
what was coming next in the E-business Suite user experiences, as well as a
session on Fusion Middleware and the Oracle Fusion Applications User Experience.
Applications User Experience vice president Jeremy Ashley, Fusion User
Experience Director Katie Candland, and Debra Lilley also delivered a
presentation on the Fusion Applications User Experience; and Director of Global
User Experience, Ultan O’Broin gave an unorthodox presentation on applications messaging