Wednesday Oct 19, 2011

Oracle Social Network: Connect Your People, Applications, Processes & Customers

Are you experiencing disconnected and unengaged teams? Are you looking for a tool to easily connect expertise across the organization and provide visibility into all the relevant business processes and activities? Do you need a way to enhance & retain organizational knowledge? Oracle Social Network is the answer. Available in the Cloud and powered by Oracle WebCenter, Oracle Social Network enables business users to securely collaborate with each other using a broad range of collaboration tools and is seamlessly integrated with Oracle Fusion Applications, business intelligence, and business processes, allowing users to receive real-time information feeds from these systems.


Hear from Andy Kershaw, Senior Director of Product Management for Oracle Social Network as he talks live from Oracle OpenWorld 2011 after Larry Ellison announced Oracle Social Network - a secure collaboration tool for everyone you work with.

You also won't want to miss this webcast tomorrow to see Andy Kershaw give a demonstration of Oracle Social Network and learn how you can use Oracle Social Network to connect your people, your applications, your processes and your customers. 

Friday Oct 14, 2011

Webcast: Oracle Social Network -- Social Networking Without the Noise

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Oracle Social Network -- Social Networking Without the Noise

Date: Thursday, October 20, 2011
Time: 11:00 AM PDT


Join us for this Webcast and learn why Oracle Social Network is the secure collaboration tool for everyone
you work with. Learn how Oracle Social Network:
  • Drives enterprise collaboration through natural conversations
  • Enables purposeful social networking without the noise
  • Builds cross-enterprise knowledge by integrating conversations with CRM, HCM and other
    business applications

Presented by:
Andrew Kershaw

Senior Director, Oracle Social Network Product Management

Tara Roberts
Vice President, Oracle Fusion CRM Product Management

We hope you'll join us!

Tuesday Oct 11, 2011

Oracle Social Network: Collaboration in the Cloud

Are your sales teams disconnected and unengaged? Do you need a tool that can easily engage expertise across the organization and provide visibility into all the relevant business processes and activities? Do you want to work more efficiently with your partners and know your customers better? Oracle Social Network is the answer.


“The biggest change over the past few years is social networking,” said Oracle CEO Larry Ellison.  “Today, organizations want to connect their people, their applications, their processes and their customers. Oracle Social Network provides that; all the tools are integrated and employees can work from anywhere in the world with the devices best suited to their job.”


Oracle Social Network is a secure, social networking and enterprise collaboration solution with a broad range of social tools designed to capture information from people, Enterprise Applications, and business processes to facilitate collaboration between individual users and teams of people both within and across Enterprises. It drives business through natural Conversations and jump-starts productivity with more-purposeful social networking and contextual enterprise collaboration without the noise.

Oracle Social Network includes stream-based Conversations that consolidate IM, e-mail, applications, content, editing tools, and telephony into a single context. Unlike other collaboration tools that simply generate a lot of noise, Oracle Social Network enables Conversations that are context-based and tied to business activities and processes to help users collaborate more effectively.

Learn how Oracle Social Network can help your company collaborate more intelligently and effectively on Thursday, October 20 at 11:00am PT / 2:00pm ET in this upcoming webcast.

Wednesday Jul 27, 2011

Oracle WebCenter Connect and Siebel CRM Service Integration

Social media has changed the game of customer service beyond recognition. We all know about the growing importance of social media and its emergence as another crucial customer contact channel for both sales and service. How organizations incorporate these new channels into their customer experience strategy will determine its success. Are your customers equipped with the right tools that enable them to find knowledge that is not easily searchable or documented? Does your organization have a social media strategy in place that enables you to respond in real-time, have rich agent-agent conversation to drive interactive idea generation and quickly access history of conversations from CRM?


We invite you to view this demonstration as we show how Oracle WebCenter connect Conversations can integrate with Oracle Siebel CRM and together provide exception levels of customer service. Many companies have chosen social media strategies that strive to place the customer at the center of each of their interactions…has yours?

Monday Jul 25, 2011

Oracle WebCenter Connect: Engage the Social Enterprise

We recently announced the new Oracle WebCenter, the user engagement platform for social business, connecting people and information. With this announcement the WebCenter brand covers portal, web experience management, content, and social and collaboration technologies into a single product suite that can be easily integrated with enterprise applications.  You can see the announcement webcast now on-demand. Last week we talked about the content pillar of WebCenter, and this week will we focus on the connect pillar.

I had the opportunity to speak with Andy Kershaw, Senior Director of business development for Oracle WebCenter connect. Here is a recap of our conversation.

Q: What is Oracle WebCenter connect?
A: Oracle WebCenter connect is a collaboration solution designed specifically for knowledge workers—including sales and service professionals—to work more effectively together. Oracle WebCenter connect includes stream-based Conversations that consolidate IM, e-mail, applications, content, editing tools, and telephony into a single context, so users can quickly and easily get up-to-speed and collaborate more effectively, as well as speed decision-making. Users can upload, share, and annotate snapshots and documents, all within the context of a Conversation.

Figure 1: Oracle WebCenter connect is based on stream-based Conversations that tie together a range of disparate applications and business activities that enable richer interactive participation with employees and/or external participants.

Q: How is Oracle WebCenter connect different from other collaboration tools out there?
A: Some collaboration tools are built around a team site, which can be limiting in scope and flexibility. Others operate more like a social networking stream to broadcast updates, generating a lot of noise that is difficult to filter and to focus on the right information. It’s very difficult to understand the context of these updates and track the streams for review at a later point in time.

Oracle WebCenter connect, on the other hand, has a much more purposeful approach to the way users collaborate. Interactions are based on Conversations that are context-based and tied to a CRM record, such as an opportunity, account, or service request. 

 Figure 2: Users can collaborate in context of a CRM record to bring more purpose to collaboration.

Rather than broadcasting updates to a wide audience or limiting communications to users on a site, Oracle WebCenter connect can intelligently add users associated with a CRM object, (such as team members engaged in an opportunity,) extend participation to nontypical CRM users (such as the legal team,) or subset user groups, (such as sales representatives and sales consultants.) And because Conversations are tracked in context, users can gain insight into what and how decisions were actually made.

Q: How does Oracle WebCenter connect work?
A: A Conversation may start as an instant message or e-mail. Suddenly you realize that to make a decision, you need to go the next step—escalate—by talking live by phone, or perhaps by reaching out to new participants who have key insights. Oracle WebCenter connect allows you to integrate channels to add new members into a Conversation without leaving the current context—and also without losing a record of this new transaction. It is all there for review in a single place.

We have actually embedded the solution within applications such as Oracle CRM On Demand and Oracle’s Siebel CRM, so you can initiate a Conversation right where you're working. This enables instant action, and also drives adoption of Oracle WebCenter connect Conversations, since participants can access them from whatever context they are working, whether in e-mail or within an application, at their desk, or on their smart phone or iPad.


Figure 3: WebCenter connect mobile clients provide access to enrich purposeful collaboration through form factors specific to each client and device such as the Apple iPad.

Learn more about Oracle WebCenter connect.

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