Monday Jun 01, 2015

On the Road with Apps UX: Oracle PaaS4SaaS Partner Enablement is Worldwide

Just back from a very successful outreach mission in Asia where I got to demo our PaaS4SaaS enablement at Oracle Applications User Experience expos and also deliver deep-dive PaaS4SaaS (that means using Oracle Platform as a Service to extend or build Oracle Applications Cloud [Software as a Service] solutions) workshops to an eager, enthusiastic, and energized Oracle Applications Cloud partner audience.

Ultan in Singapore

New headshot from Singapore. Looking forward to a return visit to deliver more enablement.

Lest you were in any doubt, the Oracle Applications User Experience (UX) events in Singapore and Beijing serve as a timely reminder that not only is our PaaS4SaaS UX enablement for Oracle Partners is global, and our toolkit is internationalized and supports localization requirements for different countries and regions worldwide.

Rapid Development Kit in Simplified Chinese

The Oracle Applications User Experience PaaS4SaaS enablement is based on simplified UI rapid development kit strategy. Partners in Beijing and Singapore saw the kit deployed live to an Oracle Java Cloud Service-SaaS Extension service. Try the kit yourself here.

Check out the Usable Apps blog post Deep-diving Oracle UX PaaS4SaaS Enablement in Asia and the VoX blog posts Showing the Oracle Applications User Experience Roadmap to Oracle's Asia Partners and Laying Out the Oracle Applications User Experience Strategy for Partners in Beijing for more details. 

The business propositions of PaaS4SaaS cannot be ignored by any Oracle Applications Cloud partner eager to get ahead. The blog posts contain the requirements and call to action details if you're interested in acting.

Monday Dec 08, 2014

ADF Devs: Your Maximum Mobile ERPness Is Here

I recently received a question from a boutique Oracle ADF development shop on the other side of the equator about how they could get started taking their ERP mobile apps' UI to the latest and greatest.

Oracle Alta UI: A modern mobile and browser application design system

Oracle Alta UI: A modern mobile and browser application design system.

No problem! Here's how: Check out the Oracle Alta UI website from the Oracle ADF team. It's a great developer solution for design and building of modern UIs on smartphone and tablet using ADF.

And, for support, leverage the ADF EMG forum, another community-based resource that shares awesome developer insights into productively building mobile apps for the enterprise.

Happy ERPing!

Tuesday Nov 25, 2014

Back to Basics. Helping You Phrase that Alta UI versus UX Question

I often get questions about the difference between UI (user interface) and UX (user experience). This video explains it:

Check it out. It's particularly important you understand the difference so that you can correctly frame any questions you have about the look and feel of a UI, skinning, using settings to change the themes of a simplified UI in the Oracle Applications Cloud, or about the Oracle Alta UI.

Difference between UI and UX. UX is more than flat icons and a new CSS

The difference between UI and UX is also the reason we don't include visual design as part of our wildly popular wireframing enablement.

Sunday Sep 21, 2014

Tchotchkes, Smchotchkes: Oracle Wearable Tech Meetup #OOW14

If you’ve got an Oracle OpenWorld or JavaOne 2014 pass of any sort, then drop into the OTN Lounge on Tuesday, September 30, for the Dress Code 2.0 - Wearables Meetup. Here’s more about the event:

Come along in your wearables best and share your wearables experiences, meet the UX team and friends, see some cool innovation, and find out how to do more with wearables using Oracle technology. You can also your hands on some “tchotchkes" (yes, I had to look it up too).

Read more about the event on the Usable Apps blog.

Thursday Nov 21, 2013

Dress Code 2.0: Wearables

It used to be that enterprises had this thing called a dress code to "inform" employees about what they could and couldn't wear in work. That's all changed these days, largely.

But now, enterprises need to react to what technology their employees will wear when working. Enterprises are about to take advantage of how the latest trend in technology, "wearables", will transform work and make workers smarter and enable them to complete their tasks more easily.

The term "wearables" itself, for me, is too broad. We also have the Quantified Self arrivistes, and talk of "little data" or "the personal API" to contend with, so I'd prefer to think of wearables, in the enterprise context, as another optimized UI, part of an overall user experience.

Wearable technology, this way, might be best analyzed as being for a certain set of users to do certain tasks using certain devices. Using cloud-based data as the source of truth, all can be exchanged between other users and devices, meeting business objectives by solving business problems in an efficient, effective, and satisfying way (that's called "usability", folks).

We are past the fad stage, and real business cases are being identified (as this Wall Street Journal article, "Wearable Gadgets Transform How Companies Do Business" points out). Putting together the opportunities for integration of applications at the consumer level and those business services appearing, we can see an emergent technology and user experience roadmap for workers to be even more productive.

This is a fascinating area, and ironically IMO, again it seems that the enterprise offers more potential for realistic value-adds and faster adoption for wearables than the personal space does. Admittedly, it can be as hard to separate personal and work technologies from each other these days as it is to separate your work clothes from leisure wear, but does that really matter?

Talk of wearables is still dominated by a narrow range of devices, namely Google Glass and various smart watches, and most usage we see and hear about is of a healthcare, sporting, fitness, or just exploratory and fun nature.

However, thinking about wearables from a problem-solving perspective and taking in disparate technologies and use cases from the personal, enterprise, startup and open-source world is a more fruitful exploration, I think. And, we need to think beyond glasses and watches too, and think about what services, APIs, sensors, OpenCV (Open Source Computer Vision), voice, and more, can offer with integration and interconnectivity in the cloud.

The Oracle Applications User Experience team is up on the wearables technology and enterprise potential, so stay tuned. We've already shown off some early use cases in the CRM space for Google Glass, but there is a lot more coming.

We will bring a whole new dimension to the notion of "dress code" in work. Your participation and insight as Oracle customers and partners, and as users of our applications, has an open invitation, as always, to inform our innovations.

Exciting times.

Read more about wearables and the Applications User Experience team on Misha Vaughan's (@mishavaughan) VOX Blog.

Thursday Oct 31, 2013

UK Pilot Event: Fusion Applications Release 8 Simplified UI: Extensibility & Customization of User Experience

Oracle partner with the credentials to go? Interested? Of course you are! But read on to understand the what, why, where, and the who of this event to ensure that this great opportunity is the right fit for you before signing up. There will be some demand for this one, so hurry!

What: A one-day workshop where Applications User Experience will preview the proposed content for communicating the user experience (UX) tool kit intended for the next release of Oracle's Cloud Applications. We will walk through the content, explain our approach and tell you about our activities for communicating to partners and customers how to customize and extend their Release 8 user experiences for Oracle's Sales and HCM Cloud Applications with composers and the Oracle Application Development Framework toolkit.

When and Where: Dec. 11, 2013 @ Oracle UK in Thames Valley Park. Again: This event is held in person in the UK. So ensure you can travel if you sign up!

Why: We are responding to Oracle partner interest about extending and customizing Simplified UIs for Release 7, and we will be use the upcoming release as our springboard for getting a powerful productivity and satisfaction message out to the Oracle ADF enterprise methodology development community, Fusion customer implementation and tailoring teams and to our Oracle partner ecosystem.

This event will also be an opportunity for attendees to give Oracle feedback on the approach too, ensuring our messaging and resources meets your business needs or if there is something else needed to get up and running fast!

Who: The ideal participants for this workshop are those involved in system implementation roles for HCM and Sales Cloud Applications Release 8, as well as seasoned ADF developers who have been developing, tailoring and integrating solutions for Oracle Fusion Applications generally. But hey, if you have more "niche" applications use cases in these areas, we're listening to you too (but contact us first - details below). And yes, yes, yes Cloud is part of the discussion!

How to Register: Use this URL:

If you have questions, then send them along right away to

Deadline: Please RSVP by November 8, 2013.

Thursday Oct 03, 2013

Why Be Shy About Applications User Experience? Be Shameless like @ultan

Utterly shameless piece of self-promotion by way of a great video made by the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) team: Me talking about the how's and why's of user experience and my work in Oracle, hopefully communicated in a way that developers and builders of great-looking usable apps will relate to!

I was honored to be part of this tour and being asked spread the development and technical aspects of using UX Design Pattern and Guidelines message in person to customers, partners and developers in six countries.

Ultan Ó Broin - User Experience - Oracle OTN TOUR America Latina

The video was made during the Mexican part of the OTN Latinoamérica Tour of 2013.

A complete gallery of great videos from the different countries visited on the tour; featuring members of the local user groups and OTN rockstars is available too. Check them out! Looking at the gallery alone really conveys a tremendous sense of range, depth, diversity, as well as the flexibility of Oracle technology users worldwide. Plus there are some real characters in there. Some of them even speaking English (next year I promise to deliver in Spanish)!

Kudos to the OTN team for the production work and to all the local user groups.


Oracle Apps Cloud UX assistance. UX and development outreach of all sorts to the apps dev community, helping them to design and deliver usable apps using PaaS4SaaS.


Ultan Ó Broin. Director, Global Applications User Experience, Oracle Corporation. On Twitter: @ultan

See my other Oracle blog about product globalization too: Not Lost in Translation

Interests: User experience (UX), PaaS,SaaS, design patterns, tailoring, Cloud, dev productivity, language quality, mobile apps, Oracle FMW and ADF, and a lot more.


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