Wednesday Sep 26, 2012

Oracle OpenWorld Preview: Oracle Social Network Developer Challenge

Originally posted by Jake Kuramoto on The Apps Lab blog.

Noel (@noelportugal) and I have been working on something new for OpenWorld (@oracleopenworld) for quite some time, and today, I got the final approvals to go ahead with the Oracle Social Network Developer Challenge.

The skinny.

The Challenge is a modified hackathon, designed to run during OpenWorld and JavaOne (@javaoneconf), and attendees of both conferences are welcome to join and compete for the single prize of $500 in Amazon gift cards.

There’s only one prize, so bring your A-game.

The Challenge begins Sunday, September 30 at 7 PM and ends Wednesday, October 3 at 4 PM.

You can and should register now, but we won’t begin approving  registrations until Sunday at 7 PM. For legal reasons, you’ll need to register with a corporate email address, not a free webmail one, e.g. Gmail, Hotmail, Outlook, Yahoo Mail, ISP-provided mail, etc. If you work for a competitor of Oracle, sorry but you’re not eligible.

Everything you need is in the cloud, including support, but if you need help or have questions, visit office hours in the OTN Lounge in the Howard Street tent Monday, October 1 and Tuesday, October 2 4-8 PM to get help from the product team.

The judging begins Wednesday, October 3 at 4 PM. To be considered for the prize, you’ll need to attend to demo your working code to the judges.

Attendees with badges from either OpenWorld or JavaOne are welcome in the OTN Lounge, so you’ll need one of those too.

Did I mention, register now?

Be sure to check out Jake's original post for the long-winded explanations.

WebCenter Customer Spotlight: Regency Centers Corporation

Author: Peter Reiser - Social Business Evangelist, Oracle WebCenter

 Solution Summary

Regency Centers Corporation, based in Jacksonville, FL, is a leading national owner, operator, and developer of grocery-anchored and community shopping centers.

Regency grew rapidly over much of the last decade. To keep up with the monthly and yearly administrative processes required to manage thousands of tenants, including reconciling yearly pass-through expenses, the customer upgraded to Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Version 9.0 and deployed Oracle WebCenter Imaging, Process Management and Oracle BI Publisher, to streamline invoice processing and reporting.

Using Oracle WebCenter Imaging - Regency accelerated and improved vendor invoice accuracy  which increases process integrity by identifying potential duplicate bills while enabling rapid approval of electronic invoice documents.

Company Overview
Regency Centers Corporation, based in Jacksonville, FL,  is a leading national owner, operator, and developer of grocery-anchored and community shopping centers. The company owns 367 centers, totaling nearly 50 million square feet, located in top markets throughout the United States. Founded in 1963 and operating as a fully integrated real estate company, Regency is a qualified real estate investment trust that is self-administered and self-managed, operating from 17 regional offices around the country. 

Business Challenges

  • Ensure continued support of vital business applications that drive the real estate developer’s key business processes, including property management and tenant payment processing
  • Streamline year-end expense recognition and calculation, enabling faster tenant billing
  • Move to a Web-based platform to deliver greater mobility and convenience to employees
  • Minimize system customizations to reduce IT management costs and burden moving forward
Solution Deployed
Recency Centers Corporation worked with the  Oracle Partner ICS to upgrade to Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Version 9.0, migrating to a more user-friendly, Web-based platform and realizing numerous new efficiencies in property management and tenant payment processing. They accelerated and improved vendor invoice accuracy with Oracle WebCenter Imaging, which increases process integrity by identifying potential duplicate bills while enabling rapid approval of electronic invoice documents.

Business Results

  • Enabled faster and more accurate tenant billing for year-end expenses, accelerating collections of millions of dollars in revenue
  • Gained full audit and drill-down capabilities that facilitate understanding various aspects of calculations for expense participation generation
  • Increases process integrity by identifying potential duplicate bills while enabling rapid approval of electronic invoice documents
  • Helped to ensure on-time payments to hundreds of vendors, including contractors and utilities

"We have realized numerous efficiencies with Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.0, particularly around tenant billings. It accelerates our year-end expense reconciliation process and enables us to create and process billings more quickly.”

James Chiang, Vice President of Real Estate Accounting Regency Centers Corporation

Additional Information

Oracle OpenWorld Preview: JavaOne Social Developer Program

Originally posted by Jake Kuramoto on The Apps Lab blog.

If you’re heading to San Francisco later this month for JavaOne and are interested in learning about building social applications for your enterprise, you should plan to check out the Social Developer Program, organized and hosted by Roland Smart who recently joined Oracle after the Involver acquisition.

The program runs from 10 AM to 3:30 PM on Tuesday, October 2 at the San Francisco Hilton and features speakers from Oracle,, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Sociable Labs. The focus is on the emergence of social within the enterprise and ends with a hackathon.

That last bit got your attention? Thought it might. Here’s the skinny:

In this session the staff of the Oracle Social Developer Lab will present some social development tools that make integrating social functionality into your apps easier to achieve. This session kicks off a week-long hack to build an application using OSDL code. A winner will be selected and profiled in Java Magazine.

I don’t have any more details on the prize, which is sure to be epic, so you’ll just have to attend the program. In the meantime, check out their Facebook page for more information.

See you in San Francisco.

Oracle OpenWorld Preview: Real World Perspectives from Oracle WebCenter Customers

If you frequent the Oracle WebCenter blog you’ve probably read a lot about the customer experience revolution over the last few months.  An important aspect of the customer experience revolution is the increasing role that peers play in influencing how others perceive a product, brand or solution, simply by sharing their own, real-world experiences.  Think about it, who do you trust more -- marketers and sales people pitching polished messages or peers with similar roles and similar challenges to the ones you face in your business every day?

With this spirit in mind, this polished marketer personally invites you to hear directly from Oracle WebCenter customers about their real-life experiences during our customer panel sessions at Oracle OpenWorld next week.  If you’re currently using WebCenter, thinking about it, or just want to find out more about best practices in social business, next-generation portals, enterprise content management or web experience management, be sure to attend these sessions:

CON8899 - Becoming a Social Business: Stories from the Front Lines of Change
Wednesday, Oct 3, 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM - Moscone West - 3000
Priscilla Hancock - Vice President/CIO, University of Louisville
Kellie Christensen - Director of Information Technology, Banner Engineering

What does it really mean to be a social business? How can you change your organization to embrace social approaches? What pitfalls do you need to avoid? In this lively panel discussion, customer and industry thought leaders in social business explore these topics and more as they share their stories of the good, the bad, and the ugly that can happen when embracing social methods and technologies to improve business success. Using moderated questions and open Q&A from the audience, the panel discusses vital topics such as the critical factors for success, the major issues to avoid, how to gain senior executive support for social efforts, how to handle undesired behavior, and how to measure business impact. This session will take a thought-provoking look at becoming a social business from the inside.

CON8900 - Building Next-Generation Portals: An Interactive Customer Panel Discussion
Wednesday, Oct 3, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Moscone West - 3000
Roberts Wayne - Director, IT, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer
Mike Beattie - VP Application Development, Aramark Uniform Services
John Chen - Utilities Services Manager 6, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
Jörg Modlmayr - Head of Product Managment, Siemens AG

Social and collaborative technologies have changed how people interact, learn, and collaborate, and providing a modern, social Web presence is imperative to remain competitive in today’s market. Can your business benefit from a more collaborative and interactive portal environment for employees, customers, and partners? Attend this session to hear from Oracle WebCenter Portal customers as they share their strategies and best practices for providing users with a modern experience that adapts to their needs and includes personalized access to content in context. The panel also addresses how customers have benefited from creating next-generation portals by migrating from older portal technologies to Oracle WebCenter Portal.

CON8898 - Land Mines, Potholes, and Dirt Roads: Navigating the Way to ECM Nirvana
Thursday, Oct 4, 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM - Moscone West - 3001
Stephen Madsen - Senior Management Consultant, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development
Himanshu Parikh - Sr. Director, Enterprise Architecture & Middleware, Ross Stores, Inc.

Ten years ago, people were predicting that by this time in history, we’d be some kind of utopian paperless society. As we all know, we're not there yet, but are we getting closer? What is keeping companies from driving down the road to enterprise content management bliss? Most people understand that using ECM as a central platform enables organizations to expedite document-centric processes, but most business processes in organizations are still heavily paper-based. Many of these processes could be automated and improved with an ECM platform infrastructure. In this panel discussion, you’ll hear from Oracle WebCenter customers that have already solved some of these challenges as they share their strategies for success and roads to avoid along your journey.

CON8897 - Using Web Experience Management to Drive Online Marketing Success
Thursday, Oct 4, 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM - Moscone West - 3001
Blane Nelson - Chief Architect,
Mike Remedios - CIO, Arbonne
Caitlin Scanlon - Product Manager,

Every year, the online channel becomes more imperative for driving organizational top-line revenue, but for many companies, mastering how to best market their products and services in a fast-evolving online world with high customer expectations for personalized experiences can be a complex proposition. Come to this panel discussion, and hear directly from customers on how they are succeeding today by using Web experience management to drive marketing success, using capabilities such as targeting and optimization, user-generated content, mobile site publishing, and site visitor personalization to deliver engaging online experiences.

Your Handy Guide to WebCenter at Oracle OpenWorld

Want a quick and easy guide to all the keynotes, demos, hands-on labs and WebCenter sessions you definitely don't want to miss at Oracle OpenWorld? Download this handy guide, Focus on WebCenter. More helpful links:

* Oracle OpenWorld
* Oracle Customer Experience Summit @ OpenWorld
* Oracle OpenWorld on Facebook
* Oracle OpenWorld on Twitter
* Oracle OpenWorld on LinkedIn
* Oracle OpenWorld Blog


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