Announcing Our Fall 2019 Product Updates

October 1, 2019 | 4 minute read
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By Chris Leone, SVP and GM, Oracle HCM Cloud

What a week we had in San Francisco at Oracle OpenWorld! From the dozens of engaging breakout sessions to the illuminating keynotes by Larry Ellison, Steve Miranda, and Safra Catz, I am pumped to see what lies ahead—especially for Oracle HCM Cloud. More than ever, it’s been a treat to see how our customers use our HCM solutions not just on their own, but also in conjunction with our ERP and CX solutions, allowing them to drive better employee and customer experiences. Given all the progress showcased at OpenWorld, I want to recap the product highlights that we’ve promised to deliver to our customers in the coming months as a part of the Fall 2019 Product Update. But first I get to share some great news.

Oracle HCM Cloud named a Leader again in the Gartner Magic Quadrant

For the fourth consecutive year, Oracle has been named a Leader in the 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud HCM Suites for 1,000+ Employee Enterprises. We believe Gartner’s decision to name us a Leader came down to:

  • A comprehensive HCM cloud solution with the broadest and deepest functionality that supports all aspects of HR on a common platform
  • Conversational user experiences with the first-ever voice-enabled digital assistant that integrate into popular applications such as Slack
  • HCM Experience Design Studio, a powerful tool for HR administrators to configure, manage, and personalize advanced business processes without requiring IT assistance
  • The ability to extend Oracle HCM Cloud and connect to other applications with Oracle Platform as a Service (PaaS)

You can read more about the recognition in a complimentary copy of the report, available here.

Conversational Experiences with the Oracle Digital Assistant


In the Spring, you’ll remember that we introduced the Oracle Digital Assistant. For our Fall iteration, we’ve added powerful new capabilities, which allow:

  • Employees to view enrolled benefit plans and dependents
  • New hires to gain an overview of all their onboarding tasks
  • Managers to view the status of team goals and performance evaluations

Best of all, every one of these features is natively built and unified within the Oracle HCM Cloud, so you never have to worry about troublesome integrations.

LinkedIn Profile Import and Recruiter System Connect

We’re particularly excited to announce a new partnership with LinkedIn, the professional social network with 590 million users and counting.

LinkedIn Profile Import is an industry-first feature that allows employees to import information directly from their LinkedIn profile into their talent profile in Oracle HCM Cloud. Employees directly benefit by gaining the capability to build their own brand within their company, while organizational leaders benefit by gaining a much clearer understanding of the makeup of their talent pool. The payoffs to both the organization and employee are substantial.

We are also solving the common recruiting challenge of toggling back and forth between different systems by integrating LinkedIn Recruiter with our own recruiting solutions. Recruiter System Connect increases recruiter efficiency and accelerates the talent acquisition process.


Employee engagement and collaboration are critical to facilitating workplace success. In response, we’ve developed Connections, a new solution to help employees build better relationships by combining a directory with an organization chart that showcases interests and skills. The platform serves as an internal social network where employees can also write on each other’s personal walls and continue their conversations, long after meetings have concluded.

Event-Based Processes


Change happens. People get married, move into a new home, or need to change tax withholdings. We’ve simplified what is generally a complicated operation with Event-Based Processes, which combines checklists and to-do lists between Oracle HCM Cloud and other systems. The end result accelerates:

  • Employee onboarding
  • Promotions and transfers
  • Requests for leaves of absence
  • And so much more

HCM Experience Design Studio 

We’ve expanded HCM Experience Design Studio, which now gives HR teams even more power to configure advanced HR processes without needing to involve IT. Use cases include:

  • The ability to create cross-entity validations—If a location is X, then a department must be Y
  • Conditional defaulting—Set employee status, whether full-time or part-time, based on the employee’s work hours
  • Complex, business rules-based defaulting—Develop salary rules based on regulatory requirements

Self-Service Tools for Position Management

Because HR can get increasingly complex, depending on the industry, we’ve created the tools to handle complex union contracts, time management, data privacy, and compliance requirements.

We address these challenges by deploying modern and intuitive self-service capabilities, letting HR managers and professionals configure and manage position-related details in one centralized place. These features span HR, compensation, benefits, and time and labor, fulfilling such use cases as onboarding rules, seniority rules, disciplinary actions, termination rules, and eligible jobs.

HCM That Works 

The innovations mentioned above are only a handful that we’ve delivered in the past six months. I’m very proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish, and look forward to reporting more exciting news when we deliver our next product update.

I invite you to learn more about the Fall 2019 Product Update here.

Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Cloud HCM Suites for 1,000+ Employee Enterprises, Melanie Lougee, Ranadip Chandra, Jason Cerrato, Chris Pang, Ron Hanscome, Jeff Freyermuth, Sam Grinter, Helen Poitevin, 23 September 2019

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