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Using the Oracle Applications Cloud UX ADF Rapid Development Kit to Design Smartly and Build Simply

Karen Scipi
Principal User Experience Engineer, Oracle Applications User Experience

We did it! We hosted our very first Oracle Applications Cloud Workshop: Building Simplified UIs with PaaS4SaaS in Sydney, Australia.

The Oracle Applications User Experience (OAUX) team, with the help of our onsite Oracle Australia team, hosted Oracle Platinum Partner DXCRed Rock (@DXC_RedRock) at the Oracle Australia Sydney offices for two days of an intensive design and build workshop. And the DXC Red Rock (formerly UXC Red Rock) team hosted us on the third day of the workshop in their Sydney offices too!

Our Combined Goal

Using a real-world DXC Red Rock use case, the OAUX team goal was to guide the DXC Red Rock team of seven through our proven design and build practices using our Oracle Application Development Framework (ADF)-based Oracle Applications Cloud User Experience (UX) Rapid Development Kit (RDK). OAUX worked hands-on with the DXC Red Rock team to help them build an app with a SaaS and PaaS entry experience to Oracle ERP, integrated with Oracle Sales Cloud.

Oracle Applications Cloud UX ADF RDK: Wireframe template overlaying the sample app

Out of the Oracle Applications Cloud UX ADF RDK: Wireframe template overlaying the sample app (photo: Karen Scipi @KarenScipi)

Our Path to Success

At the start of the workshop, OAUX Senior Director Ultan O’Broin (@ultan) shared insights into the OAUX design strategy, practices, and the Oracle Applications Cloud UX ADF RDK.

Ultan O’Broin shows off his trump card

Ultan O’Broin shows off his trump card (photo: Karen Scipi)

Then the team of seven DXC Red Rock participants split up into two groups based on their roles: functional and technical.

UXC Red Rock and Oracle Applications User Experience participants

A meeting of functional and technical minds: Discussing attributes requirements (photo: Karen Scipi)

Three Steps to Proven Success

So how did we move from use case to app in three days with two groups of participants? Easily. In three proven, repeatable, simple steps.

1. Choose a use case.

Before the start of the workshop, the OAUX team worked with the DXC Red Rock team to refine and solidify the use case we’d help them design and build during the workshop.

John Lavery of UXC Red Rock sharing the UXC Red Rock use case

The functional group would spend their time focused on the design aspect of their their use case, while the technical group would spend their time focused on the build aspect of their use case.

2. Wireframe the design using the Microsoft PowerPoint template and design patterns.

With the guidance of OAUX Principal UX Engineer Julian Orr (@Orr_UX) and OAUX Director Scott Robinson (@scottrobinson), the functional group focused their energies on defining the list of functional requirements, and then using the wireframe template in the Oracle Applications Cloud UX ADF RDK and the Oracle Applications Simplified User Experience Design Patterns to lay out, iterate, and validate their individual page designs and workflows.

Resources in the Oracle Applications Cloud UX ADF RDK: Design patterns eBook, coded sample, technical eBook, wireframe template

Resources in the Oracle Applications Cloud UX ADF RDK: Design patterns eBook, coded sample, technical eBook, wireframe template

Functional requirements discussion: Scott Robinson with Sook-Yin Pang Wireframe design discussion: Ahmed Arif and Julian Orr

3. Build the app.

With the guidance of OAUX Senior User Experience Architect Lancy Silveira (@LancyS), the technical group took advantage of the reusable code in the Oracle Applications Cloud UX ADF RDK to build page shells and then build actual pages and workflows based on the functional group's wireframe designs.

Building the app: UXC Red Rock with Lancy Silveira

The End of Our Path

At the end of the workshop, the DXC Red Rock team walked away with a set of reusable page and workflow designs and an early build that they'll be able to iterate and refine according to their design requirements. Plus, they now have first-hand knowledge and experience with how quick and easy it is to bring an app to life using the Oracle Applications Cloud UX ADF RDK to help them design smartly and build simply.

And we call that success! Congratulations to the DXC Red Rock team on their extraordinary work.

While we can’t share the app that the DXC Red Rock team designed and built during our workshop, we can share their thoughts on their experience with us:

  • On our OAUX streamlined, no-death-by-PowerPoint teaching approach: “Some of the guys who went said they learnt more in the 3 days than they would have in 20 days of the previous styles of training.”
  • On the practice of using the Oracle Applications UX ADF RDK to drive the design and development work: “It’s really imprinted on me, getting everyone in a room to iterate rather than send one person off for one week. On the technical, there’s more to explore/learn.” (John Lavery, DXC Red Rock Solution Director – Digital Platforms)
  • On the overall user experience of the event:
    • "It was pretty much like we were conducting a real project in a compressed timeframe.  We had to work through all the issues, discuss strategy, debate designs, etc., so it really got people thinking and learning in a simulated real world environment.”
    • It’s given us confidence. After two days, our confidence has gone from 10% up to 80%. We know what’s possible, what we can do, and what it takes.” (John Lavery, DXC Red Rock Solution Director – Digital Platforms)

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