Sunday Feb 16, 2014

It's Not How You Wink, It's How You Work

What might wearable technology user experience guidance look like? Well, we're sharpening up the guidelines and trying them out them out at wearables design jams, internally to Oracle for now.

The first Oracle UX design jam was held in January. This was a pilot event to try out some ideas for delivering wearables design enablement to a wider audience. It was a very successful event that showed off our own innovations and harnessed the smarts of a diverse audience drawn from across Oracle, worldwide.


Wearables design jam idea
Creative wearables design for enterprise problem. Design jam teams had to a) solve an enterprise problem with a wearables solution, and b) do it by integrating the device with Oracle technology.


Ultan demonstrating Necomimi Brainwave Ears Cat Ears
Ultan demonstrating Necomimi Brainwave Cat Ears. A must-have for all wearables evangelists.

Customers and partners stay tuned. Follow along on the VOX blog and the Usable Apps website for news of outreach events. Follow along with @usableapps on Twitter too.

Saturday Dec 28, 2013

Copy is Interface Design

A superb blog in form and content, outlining why "Copy is Interface" by Daniel Burka. Every developer of user interfaces should memorize the list of best practices. If you haven't got writing skills, then find someone who has, or hire someone, if possible, and and apply any available guidelines, carefully.

Language (tone, style, and terminology) in the user interface (UI) is a critical part of an application's user experience. Getting the language right from the beginning of the development process ensures that it stays right. Of course, language must be tested iteratively, too. But, getting language wrong at the beginning, or adopting the Lorem Ipsum approach, well... the Swiss cheese model of language defects tells it all...






Swiss Cheese Model of Language Defects. Source: Des Traynor's User Interface Engineering "Microcopy" presentation.


Oracle partners and customers are working closely with the Oracle Applications User Experience team to identify the optimal toolkit to ensure that when they need to tailor the language in the user interface of their applications, they can do so simply and without the need for a major IT project or budget catastrophe. And, for enterprise applications developers who need guidance and practical resources on key UI terminology and their context so that they can build their own optimized Cloud UIs (be they desktop, simplified, or mobile) well, that kind of guidance is being discussed and readied too.

At the recent Oracle Applications User Experience communications and outreach team's Oracle Partner Advisory Board inaugural meeting in the UK, the importance of language quality in the UX was underscored. Not just in English, but in other natural languages too.

37 Signals' Getting Real gets the importance contribution that language makes to UX with the chapter called "Copywriting is Interface Design", and the Translation is UX website reminds us that UX is global and language excellence must reflect that, too.

For those interested in how language needs to be nuanced for the enterprise UX, and some of the approaches that can be taken, check out the Blogos article, "Working Out Context in the Enterprise: Localize That!".

Stay tuned for more on language as UX enablement from the outreach and communications team in 2014.

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.

Thursday Oct 03, 2013

Simple to Use, Simple to Design, Simple to Build at UKOUG Apps 13

Come to the UK Oracle User Group's Applications Conference 2013 in London and see Kristin Desmond and myself deliver a powerful message about Tailoring Your Applications User Experiences in the Cloud.


Simplified UI: Simple to Use, Simple to Design, Simple to Build


Simplified UI: Simple to Use, Simple to Design, Simple to Build


Featuring the Release 7 Simplified User Interface experience for our cloud applications, we'll show you how to enable your business to take charge of tailoring your own modern and compelling UI that delivers on usability without needing the IT department, how you can design a new great user experience and partner integrations using UX design patterns, and how you won't have to write a line of code to build any of this. And all in the cloud. A must for partners and customers alike!

See you there!

And there's more from the Applications User Experience team at that event too. Check out the other UX sessions too. Don't miss 'em!

PeopleSoft UX Design Principles and Guidelines Available

The enablement of Oracle's applications customers, partners and development community continues! The PeopleSoft UX team have shared their insight and innovation by releasing a rocking set of easily read and applied PeopleSoft UX Guidelines and Design Principles.


PeopleSoft UX Guidelines Landing Page


PeopleSoft UX Guidelines Landing Page

These guidelines are ideal enablement for PeopleSoft Tools and Oracle partner development teams to create usable and consistent applications and integrations that meet those usability efficiency, effectiveness and satisfaction goals that deliver on continued ROI for applications customers.

Bookmark the page and make it part of your design and development process. The sharing of the PeopleSoft UX guidance will continue, so watch for more information. If you have feedback or thoughts about the UX PeopleSoft Guidelines, find the comments.

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.

Wednesday Aug 28, 2013

Shout-out for ADF EMG Sunday at Oracle OpenWorld 2013

Developers of enterprise apps using Oracle ADF and UX design patterns and expertise take note. One that should not be missed: This year's ADF EMG (Application Development Framework Enterprise Methodology Group) day at Oracle OpenWorld 2013 is on Sunday 22-September-2013, organized in conjunction with the folks from ODTUG (full announcement). More on Chris Muir's (@chrismuir) One Size Doesn't Fit All blog too.

Chris Muir at ADF Architecture Class


Chris Muir of Oracle ADF team. Get the latest on ADF on his One Size Doesn't Fit All blog.

Always a great learning, sharing and relationship-building event, preceded by a social event the day before (Saturday), here's this year's line up (all listed in the OOW13 content catalog):


  • 8:00 AM: Oracle ADF Task Flows Beyond the 10-Minute Demo [UGF7001]: Eugene Fedorenko and John King
  • 9:15 AM: Oracle on Your Browser or Phone: Design Patterns for Web and Mobile Oracle ADF Applications [UGF9898]: Floyd Teter and Lonneke Dikmans (Floyd and Lonneke are both Fusion User Experience Advocates [FXAs.])
  • 10:30 AM: ADF Performance Tuning War Stories [UGF2737]: Stephen Johnson and Frank Houweling
  • 11:45 AM: Top 10 Web App Vulnerabilities, and Securing Them with ADF [UGF9900]: Brian Huff (also an FXA)
  • 2:15 PM: Worst Practices When Developing an ADF Application [UGF9860]: Paco van der Linden and Wilfred van der Deijl
  • 3:30 PM: WebCenter and ADF - Responsive and Adaptive Design for Desktop, Mobile & Tablet [UGF9908]: John Sim (a total tech rockstar)

I will be there too, happy to answer any questions and to champion the cause of UX design patterns and guidance used to build great enterprise cloud apps for the desktop or mobile devices with ADF. Seek me out!

Don't forget, these sessions are just part of a great Oracle ADF presence at Oracle OpenWorld 2013. Needless to say, I encourage you to hit all those Apps UX sessions and our usability lab sessions onsite too!

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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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