Friday Apr 27, 2012

Collaborate 12: The Week That Was

Today's guest post comes from Jake Kuramoto (@theappslab). Jake is Product Strategy Director on the WebCenter Evangelism Team and spent the week out in Vegas for Collaborate. Thanks for sharing your reflections Jake!

Collaborate 12 (#C12LV) has wrapped, and overall, I really enjoyed the event.

I’ll lead off with a big thanks to all the organizers from OAUG (@oaug1), IOUG (@ioug) and Quest (@questusergroup), with a special mention for the IOUG WebCenter Special Interest Group (SIG) who made sure we found the right sessions and networked with the right folks. This is a definitely a special group, e.g. they rocked togas at the 80s Party on Wednesday night. Legit.

Also, big thanks to our WebCenter Marketing maven, Kellsey Ruppel, who worked so hard to make the conference run smoothly for us.

I got a lot more out of Collaborate 12 than I did Collaborate 08 in Denver, which is entirely my own fault, largely thanks to help of these people, and I’m already planning for a Denver do-over at Collaborate 13.

Day 0

The show got started early for me with the WebCenter Customer Advisory Board (CAB) meeting on Sunday.  This wasn’t technically a Collaborate event, but since many of the CAB members were in Las Vegas for the big show, it made sense to have it before the events really got going.

The CAB is enormously valuable to our PM organization, since these customers provide real use cases and feedback, and I spent the day meeting meeting, greeting and listening to real users of the product.

One of the highlights for all the customers attending the CAB was a chance to touch and feel Oracle Social Network for the first time. The OSN PM team provided an overview of the product, and then collected feedback through the tool. The commentary I heard was overwhelmingly positive, and after spending a week with the product, everyone is excited for release.

Another highlight was Christian (@cfinn) and his flying monkeys. I won’t give away the specifics, but if you find him speaking at an event you’re attending, make an effort to go.

Last but definitely not least, thanks to TekStream for sponsoring the cocktail reception.

I had planned to attend the WebCenter Deep Dive, but unfortunately, the two events conflicted. I did manage to sneak away briefly to catch up with longtime Friend of the ‘Lab, Bex Huff (@bex), whose company Bezzotech sponsored that event.

Day 1

Monday kicked off the event in earnest. I spent most of the day preparing the WebCenter Sites demo booth, but I did manage to sneak away for a meeting with the IOUG Board of Directors and the IOUG WebCenter SIG.

This was a treat for our entire team. As a team of WebCenter evangelists (or advocates, take your pick), we rely on communication and collaboration with organizations like the IOUG. They tell us what their members want, and ideally, we deliver.

So, this type of interaction is invaluable to what we do. Thanks to the Board and SIG for taking time out of their hectic schedules to chat with us.

I ended the day of events with the opening of the Exhibit Hall, and got a chance to watch the WebCenter Sites experts we have from the FatWire acquisition in action showing their product. I’ve spent a lot of time recently working with Sites, the Web Experience Management pillar of the WebCenter Suite of products, and it was great to see the real experts in action.

Although I didn’t get to any sessions on Monday, the day was very productive.

Day 2

Tuesday began for me with Bex’s session, “A Crash Course In WebCenter Sites (FatWire) for Site Studio Customers.” As a longtime Stellent guru, Bex knows a thing or two about Site Studio. His session mapped functions from Site Studio to Sites, and it introduced me to several customers who are interested in learning more about Sites. So, Tuesday began with a win.

I then spent several hours working the Sites demo booth. Booth duty always seems like a chore until I get into it. I enjoy talking to people and listening to what they have to say, and once the traffic starts to flow, the time flies.

We got a nice flow of people to our booth. Most of them had questions about the Content and Portal pillars of WebCenter, but they were impressed when they saw what Sites has to offer.

After a long day of booth duty, I mixed and mingled at the evening reception on the exhibit hall floor, then gave my feet a rest.

This was the day I started to lose my voice though, which always happens to me at conferences, since I talk so much. Note to self, listen more.

Day 3

On Wednesday, I stopped by “Build an iPhone app using WebCenter Portal REST APIs” presented by  Chris Bales (@cbales) and Rodrigo Lima (@rodrigo_lima) before heading back to the demo booth. The session attracted a nice crowd, especially for a morning session. I didn’t get to stay, but I heard good things.

After my final demo booth stint, I caught a couple afternoon sessions, “Surfacing Oracle Social Network into Your Business Applications” given by Andy Kershaw, OSN PM lead and  ”WebCenter User Experience and Interaction – From iPads to Xbox” by Friend of the ‘Lab, John Sim (@jrsim_uix) of Fishbowl Solutions.

Andy’s session was unfortunately timed to overlap with lunch. Had it been a smidge later, I suspect he would have drawn ten times more people, given the content. Andy showed several key features of OSN, including how to connect it to other business applications.

John’s session showcased the exciting possibilities for enhancing enterprise data surfaced through REST APIs with new interface paradigms like touch and natural motion capture, specifically Xbox Kinect. It was great to meet John IRL for the first time after stalking him virtually for a couple years.

By the end of Wednesday, I was sounding like a lifetime smoker.

Day 4

Although Thursday was only yesterday, Vegas seems like a nostalgic memory now. There wasn’t much on the agenda, as the conference wrapped at noon, so Noel (@noelportugal) and I spent some quite time debriefing and comparing notes from the week.

By the end of the conference, I left Vegas feeling like I had put in a good week. I had the pleasure of meeting dozens of new people and reconnecting with people I’ve know for years.

It was a great week, and thanks to everyone for making Collaborate 12 a personal success for me.

Now, to rest my voice.

Thoughts on the conference? Find the comments.

Monday Apr 23, 2012

Oracle Social Network in Action @ Collaborate 12

By Peter Reiser

With more than 70 out of about 800 individual sessions, Oracle WebCenter is a major focus of COLLABORATE 12, this year's Independent Oracle User Group (IOUG) conference, taking place this week in Las Vegas, Nevada.

I had the pleasure to attend the WebCenter Customer Advisory Board meeting yesterday, where Oracle WebCenter customers shared their experiences and best practices of their WebCenter implementations and provided valuable input and feedback to the WebCenter product management team.

Oracle Social Network  was used for real-time Conversations during the various presentations and to capture customer feedback.

It was a fascinating experience. During the presentation, customers were very active and  provided real-time feedback, asked questions and made valuable suggestions. 

One topic surfaced consistently across multiple conversations was the concerns about Security (strong authentication, access control, data retention and archiving policies) when deploying social tools. 

We were happy to address their concerns as all WebCenter products including, Oracle Social Network provide out-of-the-box enterprise level security, which allows you to implement SECURE Social Networks within your organizations. Are any of you attending Collaborate this week? We encourage you to sit in on any of the sessions to hear from WebCenter customers, partners and product management experts. If you are looking to see Oracle Social Network or Oracle WebCenter in action, be sure to stop by the demogrounds for a live demonstration! I'll be back later in the week to report on how the conference is going and share my reflections. Be sure to follow #webcenter and #c12lv on Twitter to be in the know of the latest happenings. Here's to a great Collaborate 12!

Monday Apr 11, 2011

Culture Change at St. John's River Water Management District

I happened to see Peggy White, CIO of the St. John's River Water Management District present on their ECM project here at the Collborate Conference in Orlando this week. Peggy and her team did some very smart things. First she engaged Oracle with an Insight. The Oracle Insight process helped her chart a roadmap that has served the team well. Coming out of the Insight her team started off with a phased approach. Phase one was to take the low hanging fruit - electronic routing of invoices, publishing handbooks and rules, and handling travel reimbursements. With these successes under her belt, the team was then able to take on other projects. They have now taken on Site Studio, and created a board members website, where they can share documents and lookup information. And with a digital signatures integration with Arx Cosign, they are able to offer digital signatures on documents.

Toward the end of her presentation, Peggy brought up a slide on Culture Change - How ECM brought about culture change at St. John's River Water Management District.

First, she had to get the buy-in of the team that moving to an electronic process would be worth the effort. About a third of the team was game to try it, so they got new dual monitors so they could view images in Oracle Content Managment, and records in their financial system, at the same time. As they became successful, and were able to process invoices faster and with fewer errors, the rest of the team became curious and wanted to give it a try. (And I should mention that they are using Fujitsu scanners to digitize their paper documents to get them into these electronic processes).

Introducing digital signatures also required a culture change. The view of the employees was "if it's not on paper, it's not real." It took time to affect a cultural shift that enabled people to accept digital signatures.Peggy's team has also enabled Mobile/iPad access to ECM, which was another round of culture change.

Peggy will join me and Robert Esquivel in our session at Collaborate 11, Transform Your Company Culture By Taking Your Processes Paperless. This session takes place in room 308C at 4 PM EDT on Wednesday April 13.

We have two tracks of ECM sessions and a ton of WebCenter sessions going on at Collaborate. If you are an Oracle applications user attending Collaborate as part of the OAUG or Quest, make sure to take a look at the schedule of sessions - especially Tuesday's events on application integration and transactional content. And be sure to stop by and say hi.

Wednesday Dec 15, 2010

2011 Conference Participation

With the new year approaching, we wanted to take a moment to highlight Oracle's upcoming user group and conference participation. Next year, Oracle will have a presence at these three leading shows and we hope to see you there!

AIIM Conference (Washington, DC) - March 22-24, 2011

The AIIM International Conference & Expo @ info360 is where content and information come to life. Make your business more productive and more profitable with the technologies at info360.

Gartner Portals, Content & Collaboration Summit (Los Angeles) - March 28-30, 2011

Evolution in Real Time is this year's must-attend PCC event on Gen4 collaboration, cloud-based portal and content services, social networking, Web 2.0 and Enterprise 2.0, consumerization and more. Learn how to bring your workplace, information, and processes up to real-time speed for greater efficiency.

Collaborate 2011 (Orlando) - April 10-14, 2011

The Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), along with the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) and Quest International Users Group (Quest), annually host the premier event for Oracle users - COLLABORATE - which brings 5,000+ Oracle technology and applications professionals to one venue for Oracle education, customer exchange and networking.

Thursday Apr 08, 2010

Collaborate 2010: Spotlight on Oracle Content Management

Excitement is building for the Collaborate conference April 18th through the 22nd. Outside of the event being in Las Vegas, which for me often seems to add to the excitement, there will be a great lineup of Oracle Content Management focused sessions. In fact, there are currently over 30 content management sessions scheduled, and attendees will get to hear from customers, partners, as well as Oracle experts.

Attendees should expect to hear a lot about Oracle Content Management 11g at Collaborate 2010. Roel Stalman and Andy MacMillan will kick off these discussions on Monday, April 19th as they present Oracle Content Management's product strategy and roadmap (10:45 - 11:45). Monday's lineup also includes sessions on Oracle Imaging and Process Management (I/PM) 11g and Oracle Forms Recognition (2:30 - 3:30), which were both released in January. For those customers using older versions of I/PM or Stellent IBPM, be sure not to miss the "migrating to I/PM 11g" session on Monday as well (1:15 - 2:15) as this should give you some insight into the migration process.

Check out the entire list of Oracle Content Management sessions here.

Another focus at Collaborate this year is to discuss the benefits of using Oracle Content Management with Oracle Applications - Oracle E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, and Siebel - so be sure to check out these sessions too:

  • Accelerating Accounts Payable Processes with Integrated Document Imaging
    (Monday, April 19th, 3:45 - 4:45)

  • Supercharge Your Siebel Sales and Marketing with Integrated Document Management
    (Tuesday, April 20th, 2:00 - 3:00)

  • Oracle Enterprise 2.0 for Oracle Applications: The Value of an Integrated E2.0 Platform
    (Tuesday, April 20th, 3:15 - 4:15)

  • Comprehensive Human Resources Automation with Oracle Content Management
    (Wednesday, April 21st, 1:00 - 2:00)

Collaborate is also the perfect opportunity to meet Oracle executives and product experts. Attendees can sign up for 1 on 1 meetings at the event, and there will be someone representing each Oracle Content Management product. These meetings are probably the best way to get your product questions answered in a face-to-face manner.

It seems more and more to me that Oracle Content Management customers are viewing Collaborate as "the" conference to attend each year. I hope you have plans to attend and I will see you there.

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