Thursday Jan 07, 2016

Oracle’s UX strategy: See where it’s heading on the VoX blog


clip_image002Want a preview of what Jeremy Ashley, Oracle Applications User Experience (OAUX) Group Vice President, will say at Oracle OpenWorld 2015 in October? Three new posts on the Oracle UX strategy have been published on the Voice of User Experience, or VoX, blog to give you just that.

Going Beyond the Notification: Transitioning With the Evolving Enterprise

In the first article of our strategy series, we talk about the transition of the enterprise -- the changing workforce, the increasing mobility -- and decipher how the user experience of the Oracle Applications Cloud is transitioning with it. Wondering when the innovation will reach your company’s Oracle applications system and affect you, or how much it's all going to cost? Look no further. This transition doesn’t have to hurt.

Big-Picture Innovation on the Path to a Better User Experience

In our second strategy post, we focus on the theme of mobility alongside the theme of simplicity and discuss where we get our inspiration. All of Oracle’s user experience projects are based on innovation, understanding the most important aspect of a task, and helping improve efficiency and productivity. If you want to know how we're innovating and what we're researching, read on. Emerging technology is only the beginning.

Consistency, Context, Convenience, Participation? Check!

Our third strategy post digs into specifics and discusses the challenges and opportunities Oracle’s R&D team is facing in order to design that mobile user experience. You know that if users don't like the system, they won't use it, so what do we need to do to maximize participation? You won’t want to miss this.

New content for partners

The UX PaaS4SaaS: Enabling Oracle Applications Cloud Partner Confidence social story tells how partners and customers use Oracle PaaS to build SaaS integrations focused on a quality user experience, to innovate in the Cloud and benefit their businesses. Find out how the Oracle Applications User Experience team's Rapid Development Kit (RDK) lets partners differentiate and build modern, must-have user experiences for the Oracle Applications Cloud. And hear what industry thought leaders have to say about building modern apps in faster and smarter ways by using Oracle UX and the Cloud toolkit.

Visit Oracle University for a new webcast for partners, “Oracle Applications Cloud User Experience Innovations: Visualizations.” The webcast is also available via Customer Connect playback.

Check the UsableApps YouTube channel for a new playlist, "We recommend watching this ..." It has some new customer perspective videos and a new demo of Glance, an app we're developing for wearables based on the "Glance, Scan, Commit" design philosophy. To read more about what’s behind the Glance step, visit the AppsLab blog for a post called “A Framework for Wearables, Glance.”

Ultan O'Broin, with the OAUX Communications & Outreach team, writes on the Usable Apps blog that the ERP user experience is no longer just icing on the cake. It's central to user happiness and business productivity, satisfying that ever-ravenous appetite for consumerlike apps in the enterprise. Read his post, “From Cupcakes to the Cloud: Oracle ERP User Experience Bakes In Exceedingly Better Business*,” for more.

Finally, Gretchen Alarcon, Group Vice President, Product Strategy, takes a look at what’s coming for the Oracle HCM Cloud in Oracle Applications Release 10 Spotlight on HCM Cloud, a new video on YouTube.

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Wednesday Nov 25, 2015

On wearables, IoT, and how they fit into Oracle’s UX strategy

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There’s a lot to be excited about on the emerging technology front right now, especially around wearables. Oracle's investment in user experience around emerging technology -- what we're researching, how we think wearables and other new technology like the Internet of Things (IoT) could fit into the enterprise world, and defining Oracle's strategy in user experience going forward -- is a major focus for us now and in coming months.

You may have seen The AppsLab’s post on the Apple Watch, The Apple Watch Arrives, in this space last month. We also talked about how the Oracle Applications User Experience (OAUX) design philosophy of “Glance, Scan, Commit” fits the wearables model on the Usable Apps blog. We’ve had some more time to sit with it all. Take a look at these new posts on -- of course -- the Apple Watch, as well as other devices that can activate the Internet of Things.

We also have a free ebook, in which you can get a strategic look at the roadmap for the Oracle Applications Cloud. Download your copy today.

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Sunday Aug 02, 2015

PaaS4SaaS UX Enablement with Certus Solutions: Valid Business Proposition by Ultan O’Broin

clip_image002Oracle’s Platform as a Service (PaaS) is a huge opportunity for Oracle partners. Using PaaS4SaaS  for extending the Oracle Applications Cloud and building simplified UI solutions are powerful differentiators combined. Add in user experience (UX), and it's a competitive must-have move for business. The Oracle Applications User Experience (OAUX) communications and outreach team has been on the road enabling partners to make this competitive potential real.

Our first PaaS4SaaS enablement in 2015 was a three-day, hands-on design and development event with Certus Solutions, which was held at the Oracle London City office in the UK.

An awesome range of UX and technology skills from OAUX and partners was brought to bear on realizing a Cloud solution with attendees self-organizing and working seamlessly together in small agile teams.

All the stakeholders. Certus Solutions, eProseed and OAUX developers and designers collaborate. (L-R) Caroline Moloney (Certus Solutions), Lancy Silveira (OAUX), Mascha van Oosterhout (eProseed), and Julian Orr (OAUX). In the background are Debra Lilley (Certus Solutions) and Amit Kumar Bhowmick (OAUX).

Certus Solutions has partnered with eProseed to accelerate its PaaS offerings for extending the Oracle HCM Cloud and Oracle ERP Cloud, and participants from both companies were at the event*. Facilitated by the OAUX design and development chops, this powerhouse of a team wireframed a great business solution for the Oracle Applications Cloud, built it using the simplified UI RDK, and deployed the result using the Oracle Java Cloud Service SaaS-Extension (JCS-SX) PaaS offering. Read the complete article here.

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Saturday Jun 20, 2015

UX WHAT’S COMING IN 2015?

clip_image002Catch up with the Oracle Applications User Experience (OAUX) team in Santa Fe, Mexico, next. Register now for one of our executive briefings for select partners and customers, where you'll see the strategy and roadmap for the Oracle user experience. Read the Voice of User Experience, or VoX, blog for more information, or go to the registration page directly.

The VoX blog also has a post on what’s next for the Oracle Applications Cloud user experiences, and the Usable Apps Events pages shows where our team members will be in 2015.

RELEASE 9: Head to the VoX blog for new posts with screenshots of Oracle HCM Cloud and Oracle ERP Cloud.

AT UKOUG APPS14 IN DECEMBER: The Oracle Applications User Experience team held several very focused events in the United Kingdom, timed to coincide with the UKOUG Apps14 conference. Visit the Usable Apps Storify channel for an overview in tweets and images called “In the U.K.: Special Events and Apps14 with UKOUG.”

Debra Lilley, OAUX Speaker and longtime friend of the team, also wrote an article on user experience for UKOUG’s current issue of Oracle Scene online magazine.

UX DIRECT: The Oracle Applications User Experience team continues to take the pulse of our customers and obtain feedback on making usability a priority. The UX Direct site has been updated to include new design tools to help Oracle customers move toward cloud applications and understand how to simplify solutions. We have created simple checklists for UX Readiness for Cloud and Design Best Practices.

Whether you are deploying our applications as-is or customizing, extending, or building solutions to fit to your business needs, you will find our simple, user-centered process useful for increasing adoption. Download our best practices for introducing user-centered design thinking into your IT enterprise deployments. For Oracle partners moving toward cloud applications, we also have other new resources available online:

Members of the AppsLab team, part of the Oracle Applications User Experience group, headed to Las Vegas for the 2015 AT&T Developer Summit Hackathon in early January. Anthony Lai and Raymond Xie won the Accelerator entry with their project, Sensus. Read more about their project and other entries on the AppsLab blog. ORACLE VOICE: A new press release went live in the last month on Oracle Voice for the Oracle Sales Cloud. The news was published quickly on CNN’s Money page, by the Computer Business Review, and on Market Wired.

ON RELEASE 9: Head to the Usable Apps YouTube channel for a new play list on Oracle Applications Cloud Release 9 demos. You’ll see demos that focus on user experience highlights in the Oracle Sales Cloud.

The Voice of User Experience, or VoX blog, also recently published “More Power to the IT User: Release 9 Applications Cloud Customization and Extensibility.” This post gives an overview of new extensibility features in Release 9. For a more technical post on extensibility in the cloud, visit the AppsLab blog for a post called “Mash up Oracle Cloud Application Web Services with Web APIs and HTML5 APIs.”

INTERNET OF THINGS: Check out a new post on the Storify Usable Apps channel that explores Oracle’s user experience perspective on the Internet of Things, “The Internet of Things and the Oracle user experience.” John Cartan also posts about the Internet of Things in “Dowsing for Smarties,” a new post from The AppsLab. And if you’re interested in reading a more on the gadgets that enable the Internet of Things, stay with The AppsLab for Julia Blyumen’s post, “An Interaction Designer’s Perspective: Samsung Gear vs. Samsung Gear Live.”

FOR ORACLE PARTNERS: Visit the Usable Apps website for new information directed at Oracle partners. Find links to the new OAUX strategy ebook, the UX Specialist Role, and upcoming partner events. Learn how you can be more connected and be among the first to see our latest demos.

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Tuesday May 12, 2015

See the Oracle Cloud UX roadmap in action at our lab


clip_image002The new Oracle Cloud User Experience (UX) lab is officially open for business! Located on the bottom floor of the 200 building at Oracle headquarters in Redwood Shores, Calif., it hosted its first tour during Oracle OpenWorld 2014. We can’t stop talking about it though. The Oracle Applications User Experience (OAUX) team has written about it on the Voice of User Experience, or VoX blog, and again on the AppsLab blog.

Can’t come to HQ to see the Oracle Applications user experience for yourself? Learn about the UX roadmap in a new, free eBook from the Oracle Applications User Experience team. Find the download link on the VoX blog.

Oracle Applications User Experience Vice President Jeremy Ashley in the new Oracle Cloud UX lab.
Onsite labs:
Head to YouTube for a new video that shows what happens in the OAUX onsite labs, held at user group conferences near you! The video has also been posted on the Oracle Media Network.
Oracle Voice: Also on YouTube is a series of videos that show Oracle Voice, a new voice-activated application, in action. Visit the Usable Apps YouTube channel for a playlist  that collects up all the latest demos.
Simplified UI in PeopleSoft, EBS: The simplified UI is continuing to enhance the user experience in recent versions of PeopleSoft and E-Business Suite. Visit Oracle blogs to see the PeopleSoft Fluid UI  and new user interface features in E-Business Suite.
Oracle Partner Network (OPN): Misha Vaughan, director of the OAUX Communications & Outreach team, takes part in a discussion on the Oracle Applications User Experience in this video for Oracle partners.
UX Direct website: The Advanced Research and Tools (ART) team has rolled out a newly redesigned UX Direct site for customers and partners. Among the resources on the site are:

•    A simple user-centered design process
•    Oracle user experience design patterns and guidelines
•    Oracle templates, tools, and examples
•    A user-experience readiness checklist

Wearables: The AppsLab team has been digging into discussions on wearable technology on their blog. Wearables have been part of the OAUX team’s research and development for some time now. Head over for a post on “Google Glass, Android Wear, and Apple Watch.” Also posted in the last month: “Pseudo-Philosophical Observations on Wearables, Part 1,” and you’ll find a bit about wearables from Samsung, among other things, in this post as well: “Musings on Samsung Developer Conference 2014.”
Hack space; save the planet: In case you didn’t hear about the very cool asteroid hackathon in which members of the OAUX team participated -- or if you want to know more about what happened there – here are a few new blog posts:

· Asteroid Hackathon, from co-host EchoUser

· Asteroid Hackathon, from Oracle's The Apps Lab

· Asteroid Hackathon – The Winning Team

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Tuesday Jan 27, 2015

Applications Cloud Release 8 User Experience Rapid Development Kit

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If you’re building or integrating the Oracle Applications Cloud or building SaaS through PaaS, use the User Experience Rapid Development Kit laid out here to get the guidance you need and point you to the right tools to use.

The Oracle Applications User Experience team has released a User Experience Rapid Development Kit on simplified user interface (UI), the same user experience design in Oracle Applications Cloud release 8. The kit is designed to help Oracle ADF developers get up to speed quickly so they can start designing and building the Oracle Applications Cloud simplified UIs, which are the tablet-friendly UIs for Oracle Sales Cloud and Oracle HCM Cloud, in a matter of hours.

The User Experience Rapid Development Kit contains the following tools:

  • Coded ADF page templates.
  • Coding tips from Oracle’s developers.
  • ADF screen overlays showing the use of components in the simplified UI.
  • An eBook on user experience (UX) design patterns and guidelines(right), and example wireframe stencils of page types and components in Microsoft Visio and Balsamiq Mockups formats.
  • Sample wireframe of a simplified UI page flow.

How would you like to get started?

Tell me more about the simplified user interface for Oracle Applications Cloud.

Show me demos of simplified UI in the Oracle Applications Cloud.

What’s coming next in the Oracle Applications Cloud user experience?

Start Designing and Building a Simplified User Interface

Learn more

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Saturday Nov 22, 2014

HCM Cloud & UX news

ORACLE HCM CLOUD: So, how is the Oracle HCM Cloud User Experience? In a word, smokin’! Misha Vaughan of the Oracle Applications User Experience (UX) team writes about the Oracle HCM Cloud user experience and its light-weight interactions, tailored to the task you are trying to accomplish, on the device you are comfortable working with. http://bit.ly/1sotpkv

NEW PODCASTS FROM ORACLE UNIVERSITY:

USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN PATTERNS: The Simplified User Interface Design Patterns for the Oracle Applications Cloud eBook is now easily accessible from the Usable Apps website, as well as the Usable Apps blog. Use it to learn about the user experience design patterns and guidelines used to build the simplified UIs for the Oracle Applications Cloud. If you are looking to understand how to leverage user experience in PaaS4SaaS – start here. This free eBook comes from the Oracle Applications User Experience team and McGraw-Hill. Easy-to-follow patterns and color examples from the Oracle Sales Cloud and Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud will have you building your own simplified UIs quickly. Foreword by Oracle UX champions Floyd Teter and Sten Vesterli. tinyurl.com/SimplifiedUI

MORE ON EXTENSIBILITY: Ultan O’Broin also writes about the extensibility in Release 8 in his blog post, Oracle Applications Cloud Release 8 Customization: Your User Interface, Your Text.

OTN LATINAMERICA: Oracle UX champion Plinio Arbizu writes about how Oracle can help companies excel in providing efficient, productive, and highly satisfying experiences to their users in a series of articles (in Spanish) about user experience with Application Development Framework (ADF). He points to the Oracle Fusion Applications User Experience Patterns and Guidelines and provides a step-by-step tutorial to using UX concepts in ADF programs. For more, start with his first article, “Experiencia de Usuario (UX), la siguiente etapa en la innovación de sus soluciones empresariales.” Links to other articles in the series are located at the bottom of the page.

PROFIT MAGAZINE: Oracle Applications User Experience Vice President Jeremy Ashley talks with Profit magazine about one of the driving forces behind the evolving Oracle user experience – simplicity. http://bit.ly/1oC4kBn

MAKER MOVEMENT: Want to know what people were talking about at the Bay Area MakerCon and Maker Faire in May? Watch this video, which features a prominent appearance by Jeremy Ashley, Vice President of the Oracle Applications User Experience team. http://bit.ly/1mspdis

JAVA AND THE INTERNET OF THINGS: Read more about MakerCon and the Internet of Things. http://bit.ly/1oucQRw

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Thursday Oct 16, 2014

Strategic design philosophy pushes Oracle cloud user experience to lofty new heights

STRATEGY AND ROADMAP: Visit the Usable Apps website to read a new article about a more focused, strategic design philosophy from the Oracle Applications User Experience (UX) team, which Vice President Jeremy Ashley calls “glance, scan, commit,” that is pushing the Oracle user experience forward in “Strategic design philosophy pushes Oracle cloud user experience to lofty new heights.” Ashley points to the first examples of that philosophy taking shape in the simplified user interface (UI) of Oracle Applications Cloud Release 8. http://bit.ly/1k1i3MX
UX SPECIALIST ROLE: Since the UX specialist role was created for the Oracle Partner Network this spring, more than 100 individuals from Oracle’s various partners have passed and been awarded the recognition. Read what Duncan Davies, CTO for Oracle partner Succeed Consultancy in the U.K., said about the program in the post "Becoming a Fusion UX Specialist."
ORACLE MOBILE APPS: Nuance Communications, Inc. has announced that Oracle has selected Nuance voice and language offerings for a broad set of Oracle mobile apps. Under the worldwide and multi-year agreement, Oracle will use Nuance Cloud Services to add speech recognition and synthesis to certain mobile apps that support Oracle Applications for ERP, SCM, CRM, and HCM, Oracle Eloqua Marketing Cloud Service, Oracle RightNow Cloud Service, and Oracle Taleo Cloud Service, among others.
NEW ORACLE BLOG: New blog just for #oraclecustomers by #oracle's Chief Customer Officer @jdasteel - read it now! #CCO http://add.vc/s0Vi
BUYING INTO THE CLOUD: How do you decide on a modern #SaaS #cloud provider? Start by asking these 3 key questions: http://bit.ly/Q7ggOB
EXPLORING TECHNOLOGY AT THE APPS LAB: Check in with the AppsLab for reactions to presentations by the Applications User Experience (UX) team at the Bay Area MakerCon, as well as a post about our team members at Maker Faire, held just a few days later. That’s not all that’s up with the AppsLab team – keep scrolling for posts about Google Glass and iBeacons, Amazon Fire TV, wearables, and more on new technology that Oracle is exploring.


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Thursday Aug 28, 2014

Customer Experience & SOA Integration Demo

At our SOA Community Workspace ( SOA Community membership required) you details about a great customer experience demo using SOA Integration technology:

5Red_CX_Boxes2.pngWith this release the number of viewlets (video’s) has grown from 21 to 37. Each viewlet can be shown individually or in conjunction with any others and can show either technical feature or business centric demo’s.  There is a matrix of options for using the demos, to help you select relevant materials  there is a ScenarioMatrix.xls spreadsheet, you can filter on any of the columns to reduce to the viewlets that interest you.
In this release feature enhancements have been made to:

  • RightNow – New business scenario’s.
  • RTD – Integrated into several front-ends, Composite Pagelet for RightNow, plus back-end viewlets.
  • WC-Sites – updated with latest MyBank demo with SCV MyProfile.
  • SCVLite VirtualBox VM (due to be uploaded to retriever mid-may).
  • Retail Banking Client-OnBoarding viewlets.
  • Documentation on Design Pattern and SCV Service.
  • New MDM / EDQ scenario viewlet.
  • Improvements to ATG, eBS.

Want to learn more about the cool CX demo? Contact Vince Keehan | SC Manager UK E-Mail: vince.keehan@oracle.com

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Saturday Jul 26, 2014

Simplified UI in Oracle Applications Cloud

The Simplified User Experience Design Patterns for the Oracle Applications Cloud Service eBook has been published recently. The free eBook provides the user experience design patterns that Oracle uses to build simplified user interfaces (UIs). Read more about it on the Usable Apps blog, or download it directly at tinyurl.com/SimplifiedUI.  You’ll also find a new article on the Usable Apps website about extensibility in the simplified UI: "Making the Complex Simple: Extensibility and Customization in the Oracle Applications Cloud." Read and learn more about how easy extensibility aligns with the overall Oracle Applications Cloud’s user experience strategy of simplification.
ABOUT RELEASE 8: Take a look at these recent blog posts to find out what analysts and others are saying about the usability they see in Release 8.

And several videos about the simplified UI in Release 8 are now available:

Oracle President Mark Hurd educates Baylor University students on the impact of big data in “Big Data in a Shrinking World.” bit.ly/1m33hJg
Oracle Platinum Partner AMIS Services BV, a friend of the Oracle Applications User Experience (UX) team, has been awarded the Oracle SOA Community Award and the SOA Partner Community Award 2014. Visit the SOA Community Blog for a post on “Fusion Middleware Partner Community Awards 2014” to read more.

  • Amis played host to the OAUX Expo in March, and posts about the Oracle Applications UX themes of simplicity, mobility, and extensibility continue. Dutch developer Richard Olrichs, who attended the expo, wrote “What I learned from the UX Event.” Tech author Chris Koenis also wrote a post in Dutch after the expo called “World travelers hunt futuristic interface.” A translated version is available.

“PeopleSoft Talk with Marc Weintraub: PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface featuring Willie Suh”: In this PeopleSoft Talk, PeopleSoft Senior Director Marc Weintraub talks with Willie Suh, Vice President of PeopleTools Development, about the PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface.
Oracle ACE Director Basheer Khan shares his thoughts on Oracle’s Cloud strategy in the April 2014 edition of Profit Magazine. The interview, “Clouds in Vegas,” focuses on Khan’s session at Collaborate 2014 and how he thinks organizations can benefit from moving to the cloud.


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