Monday Jan 07, 2013

All the Aces, All the Faces. Oracle ADF, UX PTS Workshop: Building Fusion Usable Apps & More

December 2012 saw the completion of a pilot for a two-day workshop event aimed at enabling the Oracle Application Development Framework (ADF) community of developers and partners to build great-looking usable apps using ADF and the Applications User Experience (UX) design patterns and other usability guidance.


Workshop logo

Read about the inspiration for this joint event between ADF, UX and the key role of the Platform Technology Solutions (PTS) team on Misha Vaughan’s Voice of User Experience (VoX) blog: "Building Great-Looking, Usable Apps: A two-day workshop applying Oracle’s best UX practices in ADF". Just check out the names and faces from that group of global attendees and see if you know anyone!


Misha Vaughan

Making it all happen in style: UX workshop rainmaker and communications maven, Misha Vaughan.

A train-the-trainer workshop, it brought together a broad set of key stakeholders (Oracle UX, ADF, PTS, partners) and focused on the transfer of Oracle Applications usability best practices to application developers toolkits so that they can easily build Fusion apps and solutions that satisfy users and benefit businesses.

The workshop agenda featured ADF building sessions on a couple of Fusion task flows, the background to the "Feng Shui" of UX, another engaging wireframing exercise, a very cool session on visual design, and more. An agenda informed by the best in Oracle UX science, consumer ICT trends and expectations, and leveraging the developer productivity enhancing capability of ADF and reflecting the realities of being part of the Oracle partner ecosystem providing solutions to customers now and in the future.

The feedback from the pilot attendees was overwhelmingly positive and the course content is being iterated (as all great UX is) presently to finetune it for further deliveries. Besides learning how to build some very cool and in-demand stuff with ADF, the workshop was also a super relationship-building opportunity, and a chance for Oracle and partners to showcase their latest and greatest capabilities and offerings. What a fun event too!

Best of all for the ADF community the workshop is going global in 2013. Stay tuned to the VoX blog, Usable Apps website and your usual ADF and partner enablement channels for announcements.

Friday Dec 14, 2012

How to Build Your Own Siri App In a Browser

This post from Applications User Experience team co-worker Mark Vilrokx (@mvilrokx) about building your own Siri-style voice app in a browser using Rails, Chrome, and WolframAlpha is so just good you've now got it thrice!


Input field with microphone icon

I love these kind of How To posts. They not only show off innovation but inspire others to try it out too. Love the sharing of the code snippets too. Hat tip to Jake at the AppsLab (and now on board with the Applications UX team too) for picking up the original All Things Rails blog post.




Oracle Voice and Nuance demo on the Oracle Applications User Experience Usable Apps YouTube channel.

Mark recently presented on Oracle Voice at the Oracle Usability Advisory Board on Oracle Voice and Oracle Fusion Applications and opened customers and partners eyes to how this technology can work for their users in the workplace and what's coming down the line!

Great job, Mark.

Tuesday Oct 30, 2012

Oracle Launches Mobile Applications User Experience Design Patterns

OK, you heard Joe Huang (@JoeHuang_Oracle) Product Manager for Oracle Application Development Framework (ADF) Mobile. If you're an ADF developer, or a Java (yeah, Java in iOS!) developer, well now you're a mobile developer as well. And, using the newly launched Applications User Experience (UX) team's Mobile UX Design Patterns, you're a UX developer rockstar too, offering users so much more than just cool functionality.


Mobile Design Pattern for Inline Actions

Mobile design requires a different way of thinking. Use Oracle’s mobile design patterns to design iPhone, Android, or browser-based smartphone apps. Oracle's sharing these cutting edge mobile design patterns and their baked-in, scientifically proven usability to enable Oracle customers and partners to build mobile apps quickly.

The design patterns are common solutions that developers can easily apply across all application suites. Crafted by the UX team's insight into Oracle Fusion Middleware, the patterns are designed to work with the mobile technology provided by the Oracle Application Development Framework.

Other great UX-related information on using ADF Mobile to design task flows and the development experience on offer are on the ADF EMG podcast series. Check out FXAer Brian 'Bex' Huff (@bex of Bezzotech talking about ADF Mobile in podcast number 6 and also number 8 which has great tips about getting going with Android and iOS mobile app development from Stephen Johnson (@sjintegretas).

Monday Oct 29, 2012

Can Simple & Modern UX Be Sexy? Fusion Apps in 100% Oracle ADF Shows How

YES! I love the sheer cut-to-the-chase instant beauty and usefulness of my Clear app on iOS. Dropbox really does simplify my ICT world, if not my life. I use those apps every day: on mobile, desktop or web.


Clear App

Clear app


Dropbox Web UI

Dropbox web UI

In the enterprise apps world, you'll love what Oracle Applications User Experience team is doing with our roadmap to simple and modern user experience with Oracle Fusion Applications built with 100% Oracle Application Development Framework (ADF).


Simple and modern. A compelling UX for Fusion Apps on any device

Simple and modern. A compelling and easily personalized UX for Fusion Apps on your device of choice.

Beautiful. Simplicity, it's all part of the BYOD and COIT phenomenon that enterprises need to embrace rather than tolerate or ignore.

So, introduce yourself to the new face of Oracle Fusion Applications. More on the Voice of User Experience for Oracle Applications blog.

Friday Sep 07, 2012

ADF EMG at Oracle Open World 2012: Forms to FMW

A super menu of sessions from the Oracle Application Development Framework Enterprise Methodology Group (that's ADF EMG to the rest of you) folks is now lined up for Oracle Open World 2012 (OOW12).


ADF EMG at Oracle Open World 2012

These sessions fall under the category of "The Year After the Year of the ADF Developer" and cover everything for developers of enterprise apps with the Oracle toolkits, be they coming from an Oracle Forms background or on Oracle Fusion Middleware (FMW). Sessions also explain the architecture, building and deployment of Oracle Application Development Framework (ADF) apps.

Anyone interested in developing enterprise applications with ADF should be beating a path to these now. Guaranteed rock star developer (and wannabe) stuff! A great return on investment for your attendance at OOW12.

See you there!

Thursday Jul 19, 2012

Great Looking Apps and Websites with Oracle ADF: My Oracle Support

With Oracle Application Development Framework (ADF) you can make not only cool-looking and performing apps for the desktop and mobile, but websites, internets, intranets, and portals too!

Check out the My Oracle Support portal, now built with ADF!


My Oracle Support

Here're some more cool ADF-based websites too!

And, there's more coming...

Oracle Applications User Experience is working hard with the ADF and Platform Technology Services to deliver usability guidance based on our user experience design patterns and usability best practices implemented through ADF. More information about this, and more, is on the Voice of User Experience for Applications blog.

Developers--everywhere--stay tuned!

Tuesday Jul 10, 2012

Tom Cruise: Meet Fusion Apps UX and Feel the Speed

Unfortunately, I am old enough to remember, and now to admit that I really loved, the movie Top Gun. You know the one - Tom Cruise, US Navy F-14 ace pilot, Mr Maverick, crisis of confidence, meets woman, etc., etc.

Anyway, one of more memorable lines (there were a few) was: "I feel the need, the need for speed."



I was reminded of Tom Cruise recently. Paraphrasing a certain Senior Vice President talking about Oracle Fusion Applications and user experience at an all-hands meeting, I heard that:


Applications can never be too easy to use. Performance can never be too fast. Developers, assume that your code is always "on".

Perfect. You cannot overstate the user experience importance of application speed to users, or at least their perception of speed. We all want that super speed of execution and performance, and increasingly so as enterprise users bring the expectations of consumer IT into the work environment.

Sten Vesterli (@stenvesterli), an Oracle Fusion Applications User Experience Advocate, also addressed the speed point artfully at an Oracle Usability Advisory Board meeting in Geneva.

Sten asked us that when we next Googled something, to think about the message we see that Google has found hundreds of thousands or millions of results for us in a split second (for example, About 8,340,000 results (0.23 seconds)). Now, how many results can we see and how many can we use immediately (10)? Yet, this simple message communicating the total results available to us works a special magic about speed, delight, and excitement that Google has made its own in the search space.

And, guess what? The Oracle Application Development Framework table component relies on a similar "virtual performance boost", says Sten, when it displays the first 50 records in a table, and uses a scrollbar indicating the total size of the data record set. The user scrolls and the application automatically retrieves more records as needed. Depending on the data model setup, developers can also supply paging control status text similar to Google. Naturally, displaying more information can have performance implications, another important variable in UX, so bear that constraint in mind.

Application speed and its perception by users is worth bearing in mind the next time you're at a customer site and the IT Department demands that you retrieve every record from the database. Just think of... Dave Ensor:


I'll give you all the (database) rows you ask for in one second. If you promise to use them.

(Again, hat tip to Sten.)

And then maybe think of... Tom Cruise.

And if you want to read about the speed of Oracle Fusion Applications, and what that really means in terms of user productivity for your entire business, then check out the Oracle Applications User Experience Oracle Fusion Applications white papers on the usable apps website.

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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), user centered design, design patterns, tailoring, BYOD, dev relations, language quality, mobile apps, Oracle FMW and ADF, and a lot more.

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