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: http://bit.ly/UXEXTUK13

If you have questions, then send them along right away to misha.vaughan@oracle.com.

Deadline: Please RSVP by November 8, 2013.

Saturday Aug 31, 2013

Design Patterns as Grand Theft AUX? Come See Us At OOW13 and Find Out!

"Good artists borrow, great artists steal" so the saying goes. Smart artists have to do neither, and builders of great-looking usable apps with the Oracle Application Development Framework don't either. Using the freely available Oracle Applications User Experience design patterns and guidelines to develop and tailor your own applications and integrations in the cloud is guilt free. Yes, we have given them away! We want you to have them so you can use those ADF resources to focus on harder things!

Tailoring at Henry Poole and Co., London, England

Tailoring at Henry Poole and Co., London, England (Image from Wikipedia Commons)

UX design patterns are all about developer productivity in the cloud. Developers don't have to think about usability when developing apps, and the users of the apps won't need to think when it comes to using them either. Usability is baked into the ADF components and templates that patterns are based on and we've also proven how the organization of those components (or patterns) can solve common enterprise usability problems in a reusable way for developers. Yes, we've tested how the developer productivity with UX design patterns is realized as return on investment by built apps used by real workers doing real tasks in real situations, office and street, so we know they work!

Patterns are part of an overall tailoring solution for the cloud that Oracle Applications User Experience (AUX) provides to customers, partners, and the ADF build community represented by our friends in the ADF EMG and ODTUG. At Oracle OpenWorld 2013 we've got a great panel that will explain the approach and what it means for apps user experience, applications ROI, and customer and partner development productivity. Come along and learn more from myself, Tim Dubois, Killian Evers, and the irrepressible Floyd Teter as we show and tell about Oracle Fusion Applications: Tailoring Your User Experience in the Cloud.

And don't forget the other UX presentations and opportunities to input to future applications and find out more about our usability labs too! Full details are on the Usable Apps website.

Sunday May 12, 2013

Building Oracle Partner Fusion Apps UI Integrations in the Cloud with UX Patterns & Guidelines

Oracle has a powerful and rich partner ecosystem that offer many value-add solutions for users of our applications. To get the most of integrating these solutions with Fusion and other applications, ISV developers need to go beyond functionality and provide a great UX too. The basis of this UX is a consistent and streamlined navigation and a productivity-based task completion user interface (UI) between applications; one that is as seamless and transparent to the users as possible. This means much more than "look and feel".

By using the Oracle Fusion Applications User Experience Design Patterns and Guidelines developers can now easily provide the same elegant navigation 'touch points' that Fusion applications. No need to sweat over designing new usability solutions! Here is a quick overview of a couple of UI options when integrating Fusion applications and other applications.

Remember to read up on the best toolkit to apply these touchpoints and what your preferred deployment can support, but for Desktop UIs you can get going right away applying these integrations using the Application Composer. Check out the information on extensibility on the Fusion Applications Developer Relations blog.

So, let's assume our UI use case is to integrate a Fusion CRM opportunity with a quote or price configuration solution, and see how we might use the UX design patterns and guidelines when designing UI integrations.

The simplest integration point afford no context for users, so is really a quick solution or one used when there is no context needed, no requirement to exchange data, and there is no specified object being configured. To implement, add a link from the relevant functional area in the global Navigator to the solution concerned. In this case, we have added a link called Quotes under the Sales area.


Global Area Navigator


Fusion Application UI Global Area Navigator

Your key design resource here is the guidance we provide about the applications Navigation Model.

A much better, contextual and object-specific integration would be to leverage a task-based flow and exchange data between Fusion and the other application. You can do this using the tasks area in the UI Shell to create and manage tasks, a page-level button to inititate an action without navigating away, and a tab with an iFramed UI mashup of data showing the results of the data exchange with the other application. In the following screen mockups you can see the Create Quote and Manage Quotes links in the Tasks Pane, the Quote page-level action button and then a tab with Quotes illustrating this kind of UI.


Tasks Pane with Create and Manage Actions


Fusion Application UI Tasks Pane with Manage and Create Links


Page Actions Button and Tab


Fusion Application UI Page Actions Quote Button and Quotes Tab with UI Mashup of Table Data

The key design resources for this higher-level integration are the UX guidelines on the Navigation model, UI Shell template, Tasks Pane, Page Actions, and Work Areas information on tabs.

Typically with such integrations, you can then take this much further and also use saved search and collaboration guidelines too to provide a richer UX. You can find design information about those interactions, and more, on the Oracle Fusion Applications User Experience Design Patterns and Guidelines website.

The Applications UX team is working closely with our ADF and Platform Technology Solutions colleagues to enable partners and customers to build great-looking usable partner integrations for the Desktop and Simplified UIs on-premise and in the cloud, so stay tuned for news and coverage of our outreach workshops and more resources.

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Oracle applications user experience (UX) assistance. UX and development outreach of all sorts to the apps community, helping to design and deliver usable apps.

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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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