By Ultan O'Broin Oracle UX-Oracle Paas4SaaS-Oracle on Jun 15, 2016
We were invited. We just had to go. It would be rude not to. Okay, okay, it was business!
I’m talking about the Oracle Applications User Experience Cloud User Experience Rapid Development Kit outbound crew (yours truly and Senior User Experience Architect, Lancy Silveira [@lancys]) taking our PaaS4SaaS enablement story live to the AMIS Beyond the Horizon Oracle Conference in the Netherlands in June 2016.
RDK Runway Approaches
The conference was an immersive Oracle experience. On the occasion of AMIS’s 25th anniversary, the event was a fitting showcase of AMIS’s expertise and experience and a great platform for the entire Oracle community to share a wide range of technology topics: user experience (UX) and UI development, SOA, integrations and APIs, database platform and development, business and IT agility, continuous delivery, DevOps, and, of course, all things Oracle Cloud.
And, what an awesome location for the conference: Hangaar 2 on the former naval military air base at Valkenburg in Katwijk, in the Netherlands.
They weren’t kidding! Vintage scenes from the old Valkenburg naval air base. AMIS started out as Aircraft Maintenance Information System so the location of the conference was quite apt.
The Oracle Applications User Experience (OAUX) presence also included a general session by OAUX Group Vice President Jeremy Ashley (@jrwashley) on Oracle Applications User Experience: Trends and Strategy and other team contributions and demos on the Smart Office, Developer Experience, and Virtual Reality research. The OAUX turnout represented a powerful commitment to this important event.
RDK Roadsters and Rockstars
Our Cloud UX RDK was demoed over two days at AMIS 25 and generated lively interaction and interesting exchanges around the demo station. We also delivered a deep-dive presentation to explain the RDK business proposition and how to use the RDK to accelerate the delivery of must-have simplified UIs for SaaS extensions and PaaS apps.
Lancy Silveira demos the Cloud UX RDK in our AMIS25 deep-dive session.
Our live dive explored the RDK’s UX design patterns eBook, the sketching tools, the AppsCloudUIKit software that includes exemplar SaaS flows and typical PaaS integrations. We pointed out how easy it is to integrate the richness of web services and relayed the success of our partners such as Profource and Knex Technology in using the RDK.
We also revealed our RDK roadmap for what is now an important part of OAUX strategy (suffice to say, there will be more enhancements and RDKs). I was also delighted that some of our OTN ACE Director friends even used our initial RDK in the OTN Developer Challenge at the event!
So, Why Go?
The RDK’s presence at the AMIS 25 event answers the question as to “why do we go to these events?”
Being there affords us a key opportunity to multiply our message by reaching influential ears and eyes that will spread the word about our PaaS4SaaS enablement. AMIS 25 packed a mighty punch in terms of audience caliber: key thought-leaders and C-level execs driving Oracle and partner business; innovators keen to be ahead of the competition; Oracle developer and technology community leaders, the business hungry and the technology savvy, all those the key movers and shakers who “get” why UX is now so critical in the cloud. The "big gun" multiplication factor was high at AMIS 25.
(L-r) OAUX Senior Director, Ultan O’Broin (@ultan) and Jeremy Ashley crunch those multiplier numbers in an onsite debrief.
Attending these kinds of events also gives you a chance to communicate real and honest feedback on the RDK to us, to advise us on opportunities, to get our answers to technical and UX issues, and to contribute insight that turns into enhancements for the RDK and shape our roadmap.
So, we were excited to spend quality time with global influencers from both sides of the firewall such as Timo Hahn (@tompeez), Sten Vesterli (@stenvesterli), Debra Lilley (@debralilley), Steven Davelaar (@stevendavelaar), Bruno Borges (@brunoborges), Luc Bors (@lucb_), Lonneke Dikmans (@lonnekedikmans), Plinio Arbizu (@oramexico), Lucas Jellema (@lucasjellema), and many more.
Explore and Enhance
In fact, our enablement program with partners resulted in the latest Cloud UX enhancement: a headless mode switch for Cloud UX RDK page templates that will especially appeal to PaaS custom UI app developers. It’s now available on GitHub and OTN.
Before and after: Headless mode home page switch in the Cloud UX RDK
If you have other RDK suggestions or want to meet us in person, then watch out for our next live hands-on appearance using the Usable Apps website events page, or stay in touch through the usual online channels.
Why not explore the latest RDK and how to use it on the Build a Simplified UI page on the Usable Apps website yourself? We’d love to hear from you and see a customer and partner success story emerge from it!
Many thanks to AMIS for a super event. The bar clearly has been raised – right over the horizon.
Over the horizon panoramic view of Hangaar 2. Phew!
- AMIS 25 Beyond the Horizon Conference
- Cloud UX Rapid Development Kit
- Tour the Cloud UX RDK Webinar (Customer Connect access required)