Wednesday May 22, 2013

WebCenter News, Best Practices & Resources: Check Out the Latest Oracle WebCenter Newsletter

Check out the latest edition of the Oracle Information InDepth Newsletter featuring the latest Oracle WebCenter news, best practices and resources.

In this issue, you’ll find:

  • Five best practices for embracing responsive design from Oracle expert, John Brunswick
  • The smartest journey to connected, multichannel customer experiences
  • The latest webcasts and events on how to engage your customers and empower your business with Oracle WebCenter

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Monday Apr 08, 2013

Innovate & Collaborate


This week on your favorite WebCenter Blog, our theme will be “Innovate and Collaborate”. It’s a very timely topic since we have just kicked off the Oracle Excellence Awards for Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation and our ace reporter and WebCenter team member, Lance Shaw will be reporting LIVE from the Collaborate Conference in Denver, CO this week. We should be seeing some street level views of the activity in Denver and highlights of anything that Lance finds scintillating during his time there.

Oracle OpenWorld 2013: Call for Proposals

We’re excited to announce the opening of the Oracle OpenWorld 2013 call for proposals! If you have something interesting to present to the world’s largest gathering of Oracle technologists and business leaders, submit your presentation proposal today. This call for presentation proposals closes on Friday, April 12. Submit your nominations today!



Calling all Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovators

Submit your Nominations for the 2013 Oracle Excellence Awards: Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation        

Click here, to submit your nomination today
http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/awards/middleware/index.html

Oracle Excellence Awards

Call for Nominations: Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation 2013

Is your organization using Oracle Fusion Middleware to deliver unique business value? If so, let the world know and submit a nomination today for the 2013 Oracle Excellence Awards for Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation. These highly coveted awards honor customers for their cutting-edge solutions using Oracle Fusion Middleware. Winners are selected based on the uniqueness of their business case, business benefits, level of impact relative to the size of the organization, complexity and magnitude of implementation, and the originality of architecture. Winners receive a free pass to Oracle OpenWorld 2013 in San Francisco (September 22-26) and will be honored during a special event at OpenWorld.

Categories include:

To be considered for this award, complete the Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation nomination form for your specific category and send to Innovation-Middleware_us@oracle.com

NOTE: The deadline to submit all nominations is 5pm Pacific on June 18, 2013

Here's a collection of 2011 Winners talking about the importance of the awards to their companies


Thursday Nov 29, 2012

WebCenter News, Best Practices & Resources: Check Out the Latest Oracle WebCenter Newsletter

Check out the latest edition of the Oracle Information InDepth Newsletter featuring the latest Oracle WebCenter news, best practices and resources.

In this issue, you’ll find:

  • Five best practices for application integration from Oracle expert, John Brunswick
  • A video demonstrating how to employ the advanced segmentation and targeting features in Oracle WebCenter Sites
  • The latest webcasts and events on how to engage your customers and empower your business with Oracle WebCenter

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Tuesday Nov 13, 2012

Three Principles to Fix Your Broken Organization

Credit due to the best site on the web to make fun of ourselves: http://www.despair.com/

Everyone's organization is broken in some capacity. For some this is painfully visible both inside and outside their organization. For others, there are cracks noticed by only the keenest trained eyes used to looking for problems in the midst of perfection. We all know that there is often incredible hope in the despair of chaos and recognition of your problems is the first step on the road to recovery. Let us help you in your path to recovery. Join our very own, Christian Finn,  this Thursday (11/15), as he guides you through three important principles you can take back to the office to start the mending process.

Credit due to the best site on the web to make fun of ourselves: http://www.despair.com/

Image Credits: the BEST site on the web to make fun of our organizations and ourselves: http://www.despair.com/

(Above Image Credits: the BEST site on the web to make fun of our organizations and ourselves: http://www.despair.com/ )


His three principles are NOT "TeamWork", "Ignorance" and "Tradition", but - before jumping lower on this blog post to click and register for the upcoming webcast - I thought it would be a good opportunity to give you a little taste of what we have to offer beyond the array of our fabulous On-Demand webcasts from our Social Business Thought Leader Webcast Series featuring Christian as the host. Instead, here's a snippet from our marketing team friends across the pond in Europe, where they hosted a Social Business Forum recently and featured Christian in a segment. 





Oracle Corporation
Time to Fix What's Broken: Engage Customers and Employees

Simple. Powerful. Proven.

Face it, your organization is broken. Customers are not the focus they should be. Processes are running amok. Your intranet is a ghost town. And colleagues wonder why it’s easier to get things done on the Web than at work. What’s the solution?

Join us for this Webcast. Christian Finn will talk about three simple, powerful, and proven principles for improving your organization through collaboration. Each principle will be illustrated by real-world examples.

Discover:

  • How to dramatically improve workplace collaboration
  • Why improved employee engagement creates better business results
  • What’s the value of a fully engaged customer

Time to Fix What’s Broken

Register now for this Webcast—the tenth in the Oracle Social Business Thought Leaders Series.

Thurs., Nov. 15, 2012
10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET
Presented by:

Christian Finn

Christian Finn
Senior Director, Product Management, Oracle



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Monday Oct 29, 2012

Fix Your Broken Organization

Oracle Social Business Thought Leaders Webcast Series

Simple. Powerful. Proven.

Face it, your organization is broken. Customers are not the focus they should be. Processes are running amok. Your intranet is a ghost town. And colleagues wonder why it’s easier to get things done on the Web than at work. What’s the solution?

Join us for this Webcast. Christian Finn will talk about three simple, powerful, and proven principles for improving your organization through collaboration. Each principle will be illustrated by real-world examples.

Discover:

  • How to dramatically improve workplace collaboration
  • Why improved employee engagement creates better business results
  • What’s the value of a fully engaged customer

Time to Fix What’s Broken

Register now for this Webcast—the tenth in the Oracle Social Business Thought Leaders Series.

Thursday Oct 04, 2012

Oracle Customer Experience Summit @ OpenWorld

This first-ever Oracle Customer Experience Summit @ OpenWorld kicked off yesterday, bringing together established thought leaders and practitioners in customer experience. The first day saw noted marketing and customer experience thought leader, Seth Godin, take the stage to discuss how rapidly accelerating change and adoption are driving new behaviors and higher expectations in a massively disruptive transformation in which the customer now holds the power. His presentation gave us in-depth insight into this always-connected, always-sharing experience revolution we are witnessing.

If you haven’t yet made it over to the Oracle Customer Experience Summit at The Westin St. Francis and the recently made over Oracle Square (aka Union Square), there’s still time today and tomorrow to network with industry peers and hear best practices from those who have steered their ventures through the disruptive trends of customer experience and have proven, successful strategies to share for driving strategic customer-centric initiatives.

Oracle Square


If you’re interested in learning how Oracle WebCenter helps businesses meet the demands of the customer experience revolution, be sure to check out these sessions at the Oracle Customer Experience Summit later today:

Using the Online Customer Experience to Drive Engagement and Marketing Success

Thursday, Oct 4, 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM - St. Francis - Georgian
Mariam Tariq - Senior Director Product Management, Oracle
Stephen Schleifer - Senior Principal Product Manager, Oracle
Richard Backx - Business IT Architect/Consultant, KPN NL Netco CE Channels Online

The online channel is a critical means of reaching and engaging customers. Online marketing efforts today must be targeted, interactive, and consistent to provide customers with a seamless experience. These efforts must include integrated management of Web, mobile, and social channels—supported by cross-channel customer data and campaigns—and integration with commerce to drive an engaging and differentiated online customer experience. Attend this session to learn how you can use the online channel to increase customer loyalty and drive the success of your marketing initiatives.

Empowering Your Frontline Employees: Sales and Service Enterprise Collaboration

Thursday, Oct 4, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM - St. Francis - Elizabethan AB
Stephen Fioretti - VP, Product Management, Oracle
Peter Doolan - Group Vice President, Sales Engineering, Oracle
Andrew Kershaw - Sr Director Business Development, Oracle
Marty Marcinczyk - VP Customer Experience Engineering, Comcast

A focus on the employee experience is critical, because it can make or break your customers’ experiences, directly or indirectly. Engaged and empowered frontline employees become your best advocates and inspire your brand champions. This session explores proven approaches and tools, including social collaboration tools, that can help you empower and enable your frontline teams to improve customer and employee experiences.

And before you go, you'll also want to explore the Innovation Tents in Oracle Square which feature leading-edge customer experience demonstrations; attend our customer journey mapping workshop; and learn at sessions focused on innovating differentiated experiences that drive cross-functional alignment.

Friday Sep 28, 2012

Oracle OpenWorld Preview: Let's Get Social and Interactive

On this blog, we often write about getting social and interactive.  Usually, we’re talking about how to create a social business or how to make the customer experience more social and interactive.  Today’s topic is about getting social and interactive as well. But this time we’re talking about getting social and interactive the old fashioned way, face-to-face at Oracle OpenWorld with fellow Oracle WebCenter customers, partners and experts and the broader Oracle community.  Here are some great ways to get social at OpenWorld outside of the exhibition halls and meeting rooms:


Oracle OpenWorld Welcome Reception - Sponsored by Fujitsu
Sunday, September 30, 7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Yerba Buena Gardens & Howard Street Tent

You’ll definitely want to attend the Opening Ceremonies for Oracle OpenWorld 2012 on Sunday, September 30. Centered in Yerba Buena Gardens (YBG) and shimmying out to other venues, the Opening Ceremonies are not to be missed. Join other attendees for great food and drink, energizing music, networking opportunities, and more. While you’re at YBG (home of ORACLE TEAM USA’s America’s Cup Pavilion), be sure to meet the sailors who will be defending the 34th America’s Cup in 2013. Get a good look at the 161-year old Trophy itself—the oldest trophy still being contested in international sport. And at the AC72 boat display, view a model of the largest wingsail ever built.

Oracle WebCenter Customer Appreciation Reception
Tuesday, October 2, 6:30 p.m.—9:30 p.m.
The Palace Hotel, Rallston Ballroom

Those Oracle WebCenter customers who’ve RSVP’d to attend the Oracle WebCenter Customer Appreciation Reception shouldn’t miss this private cocktail reception at one of San Francisco’s finest hotels. Sponsored by Oracle WebCenter partners Fishbowl Solutions, Fujitsu, Keste, Mythics, Redstone Content Solutions, TEAM Informatics, and TekStream, this evening will provide plenty of time to interact with other WebCenter customers, partners and employees over hors d'oeuvres and cocktails.


Oracle Appreciation Event – Sponsored by CSC, Fujitsu and Intel

Wednesday, October 3, 7:30 p.m.—1:00 a.m.
Treasure Island, San Francisco

On Wednesday night October 3, Treasure Island will be engineered to rock as the Oracle Appreciation Event gets revved up and attendees get rolling. As always at the Oracle Appreciation Event, there will be unlimited refreshments, fun and games, the most awesome views of San Francisco from just about anywhere, and top notch entertainment.  Past performers read like a veritable who’s who of the rock and roll elite. Join us—it's our way of saying thanks to you for supporting Oracle and our flagship conference. Complimentary shuttle service to and from Treasure Island will be provided, so all you have to worry about is having a rocking night of your own.


Oracle OpenWorld Music Festival

September 30-October 4, Check schedule for venues and times.

Oracle presents the first annual Oracle OpenWorld Musical Festival, featuring some of today’s breakthrough musicians from around the country and the world including Macy Gray, Joss Stone, Jimmy Cliff and The Hives. It’s five nights of back-to-back performances in the heart of San Francisco. Registered Oracle conference attendees get free admission, so remember your badge when you head to a show. With limited space at some venues, these concerts are first-come, first-served. So mark your calendars and get ready for the music to begin. See you there!

I hope this give you an idea of the many opportunities to socialize and interact with the Oracle community at OpenWorld, and if you’re a music lover like me, you’re in for a special treat as we debut our first annual Oracle OpenWorld Music Festival.  Check out the links below for more information on these events and the many featured performers:

Looking forward to seeing you at OpenWorld!

Thursday Sep 27, 2012

Oracle OpenWorld Preview: Get Your Hands Dirty with Oracle WebCenter

Feel like getting your hands dirty with Oracle WebCenter during Oracle OpenWorld next week?  Roll up your sleeves and sharpen you skills sets by mastering Oracle WebCenter technology in one of our Hand-On Labs.  These labs are self-paced, practical learning sessions where you’re guaranteed to discover new ways to derive maximum benefits from Oracle WebCenter.  Experts will be available in person to answer questions and guide you through each lab.



HOL10208 - Add Social Capabilities to Your Enterprise Applications

Monday, Oct 1, 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM - Marriott Marquis - Salon 1/2

Oracle Social Network enables you to add real-time collaboration capabilities into your enterprise applications, so that conversations can happen directly within your business systems. In this hands-on lab, you will try out the Oracle Social Network product to collaborate with other attendees, using real-time conversations with document sharing capabilities. Next you will embed social capabilities into a sample Web-based enterprise application, using embedded UI components. Experts will also write simple REST-based integrations, using the Oracle Social Network API to programmatically create social interactions.

HOL10194 - Enterprise Content Management Simplified: Oracle WebCenter Content’s Next-Generation UI
Tuesday, Oct 2, 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM - Marriott Marquis - Salon 1/2

Regardless of the nature of your business, unstructured content underpins many of its daily functions. Whether you are working with traditional presentations, spreadsheets, or text documents—or even with digital assets such as images and multimedia files—your content needs to be accessible and manageable in convenient and intuitive ways to make working with the content easier. Additionally, you need the ability to easily share documents with coworkers to facilitate a collaborative working environment. Come to this session to see how Oracle WebCenter Content’s next-generation user interface helps modern knowledge workers easily manage personal and enterprise documents in a collaborative environment.

HOL10207 - Build an Intranet Portal with Oracle WebCenter
Tuesday, Oct 2, 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM - Marriott Marquis - Salon 1/2
Wednesday, Oct 3, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM - Marriott Marquis - Salon 1/2


In this hands-on lab, you’ll work with Oracle WebCenter Portal and Oracle WebCenter Content to build out an enterprise portal that maximizes the productivity of teams and individual contributors. Using browser-based tools, you’ll manage site resources such as page styles, templates, and navigation. You’ll edit content stored in Oracle WebCenter Content directly from your portal. You’ll also experience the latest features that promote collaboration, social networking, and personal productivity.

HOL10206 - Oracle WebCenter Sites 11g: Transforming the Content Contributor Experience
Wednesday, Oct 3, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Marriott Marquis - Salon 1/2

Oracle WebCenter Sites 11g makes it easy for marketers and business users to contribute to and manage Websites with the new visual, contextual, and intuitive Web authoring interface. In this hands-on lab, you will create and manage content for a sports-themed Website, using many of the new and enhanced features of the 11g release.


See Your Favorite WebCenter Products in Action

Visit us in the exhibition hall to see demonstrations of WebCenter products.  Demo pod locations are in Moscone South, Right:

  • Oracle Social Network: S-244
  • Oracle WebCenter Content: S-246, S245
  • Oracle WebCenter Sites: S-247
  • Oracle WebCenter Portal: S-249
More Info:


Wednesday Sep 26, 2012

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, Ancestry.com
Mike Remedios - CIO, Arbonne
Caitlin Scanlon - Product Manager, Military.com

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


Tuesday Sep 25, 2012

Oracle OpenWorld Preview: Oracle WebCenter Sessions You Won’t Want to Miss

The beginning of Oracle OpenWorld is only a few short days away. This week on the WebCenter blog, we’ll focus in on the sessions you definitely don’t want to miss while you’re in San Francisco next week.  Monday, October 1 will be a day focused on strategy.  Here are the sessions you want to add to your calendar:

CON8268 - Oracle WebCenter Strategy: Engaging Your Customers. Empowering Your Business

Monday, Oct 1, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM - Moscone West – 3001

Start things off with Oracle WebCenter’s Christian Finn, Senior Director of Evangelism and Roel Stalman, VP of Product Management to learn more about the Oracle WebCenter strategy, and to understand where Oracle is taking the platform to help companies engage, customers, empower employees, and enable partners. This session will also feature Richard Backx, Business IT Architect/Consultant, for the Dutch telecom, KPN. Richard has played a key role in the roll-out of WebCenter products for KPN’s multibrand portals with a specific focus on creating the best customer journey platform for all the company’s digital channels. Business success starts with ensuring that everyone is engaged with the right people and the right information and can access what they need through the channel of their choice—web, mobile, or social. Are you giving customers, employees, and partners the best-possible experience? Come learn how you can!

Dig deeper into WebCenter’s strategy for its ECM, portal, web experience management and social collaboration in the following sessions:

CON8270 - Oracle WebCenter Content Strategy and Vision

Monday, Oct 1, 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM - Moscone West – 3001

Oracle WebCenter Content provides a strategic content infrastructure for managing documents, images, e-mails, and rich media files. With a single repository, organizations can address any content use case, such as accounts payable, HR onboarding, document management, compliance, records management, digital asset management, or Website management. In this session, learn about future plans for how Oracle WebCenter will address new use cases as well as new integrations with Oracle Fusion Middleware and Oracle Applications, leveraging your investments by making your users more productive and error-free.

CON8269 - Oracle WebCenter Sites Strategy and Vision

Monday, Oct 1, 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM - Moscone West - 3009

Oracle’s Web experience management solution, Oracle WebCenter Sites, enables organizations to use the online channel to drive customer acquisition and brand loyalty. It helps marketers and business users easily create and manage contextually relevant, social, interactive online experiences across multiple channels on a global scale. In this session, learn about future plans for how Oracle WebCenter Sites will provide you with the tools, capabilities, and integrations you need in order to continue to address your customers’ evolving requirements for engaging online experiences and keep moving your business forward.

CON8271 - Oracle WebCenter Portal Strategy and Vision

Monday, Oct 1, 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM - Moscone West - 3001

To innovate and keep a competitive edge, organizations need to leverage the power of agile and responsive Web applications. Oracle WebCenter Portal enables you to do just that, by delivering intuitive user experiences for enterprise applications to drive innovation with composite applications and mashups. Attend this session to learn firsthand from Oracle WebCenter Portal customers like the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, extend the value of existing enterprise applications, business processes, and content; delivers a superior business user experience; and maximizes limited IT resources.

CON8272 - Oracle Social Network Strategy and Vision

Monday, Oct 1, 4:45 PM - 5:45 PM - Moscone West - 3001

One key way of increasing employee productivity is by bringing people, processes, and information together—providing new social capabilities to enable business users to quickly correspond and collaborate on business activities. Oracle WebCenter provides a user engagement platform with social and collaborative technologies to empower business users to focus on their key business processes, applications, and content in the context of their role and process. Attend this session to hear how the latest social capabilities in Oracle Social Network are enabling organizations to transform themselves into social businesses.


Attention WebCenter Customers: Last Day to RSVP for WebCenter Customer Appreciation Reception

Oracle WebCenter partners Fishbowl Solutions, Fujitsu, Keste, Mythics, Redstone Content Solutions, TEAM Informatics, and TekStream invite Oracle WebCenter customers to a private cocktail reception at one of San Francisco's finest hotels. Please join us and fellow Oracle WebCenter customers for hors d'oeuvres and cocktails at this exclusive reception. Don't miss this opportunity to meet and talk with executives from Oracle WebCenter product management and product marketing, and premier Oracle WebCenter partners. We look forward to seeing you! RSVP today.

    Monday Sep 24, 2012

    Oracle OpenWorld Preview: Oracle WebCenter Customer Appreciation Reception

    Attention Oracle WebCenter Customers!  Don't Miss the Oracle WebCenter Customer Appreciation Reception

    Oracle WebCenter partners Fishbowl Solutions, Fujitsu, Keste, Mythics, Redstone Content Solutions, TEAM Informatics, and TekStream invite you to a private cocktail reception at one of San Francisco's finest hotels. Please join us and other Oracle WebCenter customers for hors d'oeuvres and cocktails at this exclusive reception.

    Don't miss this opportunity to meet and talk with executives from Oracle WebCenter product management and product marketing, and premier Oracle WebCenter partners. We look forward to seeing you!

    If you are an Oracle WebCenter customer, please RSVP to surveymonkey.com/s/OOW12 by September 26, 2012. You will receive an e-mail notification from oraclewebcentersuite@gmail.com confirming your attendance for this event.

    Sponsored by:

    If you are an employee or official of a government organization, please click here for important ethics information regarding this event.

    Monday Aug 13, 2012

    Upgrading Your Approach to Social Collaboration Success

    We're fortunate today to have a guest post by John Brunswick, PMP, Principal Solution Consultant, Oracle.

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    Upgrading Your Approach to Social Collaboration Success

    John BrunswickEngulfed in a sea of buzzwords and new technologies, it is easy to loose sight of the core goals that social collaboration tools support. The "cool" factor of these tools is undeniable, which can actually complicate our ability to zero in on making deployments objectively successful.

    Further adding to our challenges, our projects do not exist within a vacuum and are influenced by resource constraints, organizational politics and depth of strategic knowledge within our organization and partner teams.

    Seeing as how these factors may not change, how can we close the gap on success with socially collaborative deployments? Wouldn't it be great if we had a few tools to guide our decision making in and around social collaboration technologies?

    We inherently approach and judge projects with our own perspective - our "Lens" into the world of social collaboration. If we can enrich our lens to become conscious of new senses for measuring aspects of social collaboration - like Friction and Subtraction, we are better able to critically evaluate our projects.

    In Six Counterintuitive Best Practices for Social Collaboration, we introduce with 6 new vantage points to help enable success with your projects. Our session omits buzzwords and discusses objective findings, experience, anecdotes - even daring to suggest you should “Throw Out Your Intranet Home Page” and why.

    To prime ourselves for this week's webcast, let's consider the following as we start down a path of upgrading our lens onto social collaboration

    Social Collaboration is a Spice - Not the Main Dish

    Just as a spice, social collaboration enriches a solution, but does not in and of itself offer the complete solution. We would never eat a tablespoon of cinnamon by itself, but it can make a high value food like oatmeal much more accessible to people interested in having it for breakfast.

    In the whitepaper "Three Key Tenets of Optimal Social Collaboration" I propose that the most powerful social collaboration is always ultimately tied to a business entity - the oatmeal in our analogy.

    Consider the efforts placed into a new marketing initiative. Social collaboration capabilities can enable participants involved with the new marketing campaign to share in a seamless, collective dialogue and exchange materials related to the initiative. This ultimately offers an accessible means for people to more naturally work around the marking initiative entity that would otherwise span a variety of traditional systems like email, document management and discussion forums.

    When thinking about where social collaboration can "spice" up existing process in a line of business, look for the following or similar key words within the process "coordinate, resolve, facilitate, discuss, determine" to gauge the level of applicability.

    As Mike Fauscette from IDC pointed out on Monday, many organizations undertake social business initiatives as a grass roots effort, namely because they occur in a place that will make a difference. Social collaboration applied to a problem - because it objectively helps, not just for the sake of using social collaboration, is where the technology shines.

    Cataloging process challenges within a given line of business is an excellent starting point for understanding if and where social collaboration can add value.

    Become Aware of Social Ergonomics

    Perhaps your organization already has social collaboration tools targeted toward a business process like the one highlighted above, but adoption is slow at best. How are your Social Ergonomics?

    Software packages are constantly striving to deliver innovation through a myriad of features and functions. If the features and functions are on target with the business needs - what could possibly hinder adoption?

    Let's consider our physical world for a moment. What if throughout the course of your work day you needed to correlate information from sources that resided in various buildings in your office space and within each building a ladder was required to access boxes containing the information you required to complete your tasks? In the physical world we instantly rationalize that this does not make sense. We would demand that it be rearranged, as it drastically hinders our ability to work within the environment.

    Unfortunately, it is often difficult to recognize where hurdles in our virtual world exist and they often go unrecognized. After all, our organization implemented social collaboration tools, right?

    To better understand this critical, but difficult to understand disconnect, let's examine the opposite end of the social ergonomic spectrum. Which systems can we use as examples of excellent social ergonomics? They are the ones that people flock to using - because they are easy and add value to the process that they are supporting. They are not social collaboration for the sake of social collaboration.

    If a system has excellent social ergonomics, the technology becomes transparent to the end user.

    Getting Your Social Collaboration Critical Tools

    Through a series of atypical subject matter, anecdotes and statistics in Six Counterintuitive Best Practices for Social Collaboration, you will become equipped with new tools to critically evaluate and shape your social collaboration experiences to get the most value from your investment.

    I look forward to sharing and receiving questions and comments and hope to see you on the webcast.


    If you enjoyed John’s thoughts above, you’ll love the upcoming next webcast in the Oracle Social Business Thought Leader Webcast Series this week: Join me for this upcoming webcast6 Counterintuitive Best Practices for Social Collaboration Adoption featuring John Brunswick. 

    Looking to implement social and collaboration technologies in your workplace? Sometimes the best tips are the not so obvious ones. Join John Brunswick as he analyzes a series of counterintuitive ways to help increase the return on your social collaboration investments by sharing a series of best practices that may seem counterintuitive. Reviewing practices like "Why Five Users are Better than Five Hundred" and "Throw out your Intranet Home Page", will help shed light on some common misconceptions around how and where intranets and collaboration provide value, to help organizations to grow, manage these systems and ultimately maximize return on their efforts.


    John Brunswick is a WebCenter Solution Consultant at Oracle Corporation, specializing in enterprise portal and content management solutions. Prior to this he was a Consulting Practice Manager within BEA System’s Business Interaction Division Professional Services Group. He managed their Enterprise Portal and Business Process Management practices in Canada and New England, helping Fortune 500 companies create solutions to a wide range of business challenges.

    He actively contributes to the enterprise software business community and has authored a series of articles about optimal business involvement in portal, business process management and SOA development, examining ways of helping organizations move away from monolithic application development. Brunswick served as an affiliate at Harvard University’s Berkman Center in 2009, focusing on educational Web strategies.

    In 2006, he developed ServiceMountain, a commercial software package to help manage small service businesses, which was acquired by a medium-sized software vendor.

    John actively leads the Boston Computing Review user group which he founded in 2005, educating members about emerging technologies and industry trends. Prior to working at BEA Systems John was an Implementation Manager at Plumtree Software. Before working at Plumtree Software, John directed Jniche Technology Associates, a small web application development and networking group. John graduated from Boston University with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems, is a PMP and holds various technical certification credentials.


    Tuesday Jul 17, 2012

    Creating a Culture of Collaboration

    Michael Fauscette

    Today's guest post provided by:
    Michael Fauscette, GVP, Software Business Solutions, IDC

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    Creating a Culture of Collaboration

    In almost every business journal you read or business conference you attend, there will be some discussion around the need to build a collaborative business. I guess it’s not surprising really; it’s the realization and changing expectations that employees are bringing into the workplace from their personal experiences on the social Web. It ties directly to the “hot topic” of consumerization of IT that’s been discussed to death over the last five years or so.

    It would be hard to argue that collaboration is a bad thing, so many companies are throwing the word around a lot, but what does it really mean to be a collaborative enterprise?

    The definition of collaboration, I think, has shifted over the last 5 years. This shift, to me, is a good thing, and is starting to be reflected in a new generation of collaboration tools that are now available. In the past, collaboration often was tied to file management and file sharing more than anything, which was unfortunate. Don’t get me wrong, managing files is important, but it is not collaboration. In fact, many of the old “collaboration” systems were the opposite of collaborative, as they really tracked documents and document versions, and restricted the open sharing of information.

    The new definition of collaboration is focused on people-centric collaboration. Many of you are probably laughing at me now; I mean, shouldn’t collaboration always have been about connecting people to people? Absolutely. But think about the technology that was offered under the umbrella of collaboration. Did it help people connect?

    Collaboration is about more than technology, of course — it’s really about business culture. So how do you build a collaborative culture? Here are a few things a business can do to start the change ball rolling:

      • Ensure that executives set the tone and lead by participating in collaborative efforts. “Do what you say and say what you do.”

      • Incentives and rewards must be aligned to support collaboration, not individual achievement. You will get the behavior you incent.

      • “What’s in it for me?” If you want participation, you must show employees what they’ll get out of expending the effort and learning new tools, or they won’t support and adopt the changes.

      • Technology is important as a facilitator of the culture shift, and that technology needs to provide the ability to connect people to people, data, information, and to other systems. The technology enables the company to deploy an enterprise social network, and provides the benefits to the company and to the employees that they get from being connected and operating in a more open, engaged environment.

      • Change is hard, and to be effective, you should approach this like any project. Use employee champions to drive use and engagement; train employees on new tools; put important company information into the new tool exclusively so employees get used to using it; and demonstrate that collaboration is rewarded over individual achievement.


    With the right executive focus, the right incentives, the right tools, and a real effort to encourage knowledge-sharing over knowledge-hording, a business can  become a collaborative enterprise. Collaborative businesses leverage all their resources more effectively; they use the collective knowledge of customers,  employees, and partners to gain competitive advantage. And they make more effective business decisions that leverage facts over myths. It’s not an easy transition, but the journey is well worth it.


    Organic Business Networks - featuring Michael Fauscette, GVP, Software Business Solutions, IDC




    To hear more with featured guest speaker, Michael Fauscette, GVP, Software Business Solutions, IDC -  Watch the On-Demand webcast of the Oracle Social Business Thought Leader Webcast Series - “Organic Business Networks: Doing Business in a Hyper-Connected World”




    Monday May 14, 2012

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    Friday May 11, 2012

    Enterprise Social Networks: The Heart of Any Social Business

    As we wrap up this week on social collaboration and engagement, today’s guest post comes from David Christopher. David heads up Oracle’s EMEA Social Networking & Business Collaboration (SNBC) programme along with leading one of the executive programmes and Content / Portal Management. This post was originally featured on David’s StopThinkSocial site.


    Social Networks in our personal lives have become so embedded in our culture that signs like "Follow me on Twitter" or "Like my Facebook Page" are becoming the norm. I even saw one on the side of a local bus recently requesting to follow the bus company on Twitter.

    So if we have embraced social networks in our personal lives so readily to be better connected to our friends, why is it taking so long to do the same inside a company to better connect our employees?

    A company that is socially connected is not just going to be more effective and more efficient, but it's going to have a knowledge reach spanning the entire company that any employee can tap into and make use of. This is the Power of the Enterprise Social Network and the heart of any Social Business.

    "It's not important for you to know all the answers, but it's key that you know someone in your employee network that does"

    Many of the presentations I now give uses this tag line because it's time we put more focus and attention on building employee social relationships. By doing so we build up employee trust and an expansive knowledge network which we can then utilise.

    Let's take the following scenario:

    Your CEO is tired of the scatter gun like approach to internal communications and wants something done about it. As your companies Head of Communications your CEO assigns you to deal with it quickly.

    However, you already have a PR nightmare on your hands which is taking up all of your time...

    So what do you do...

    • bluff your CEO and drag out the project with high level strategy stuff that talks a good project but delivers nothing (oh yeah, you know what I'm talking about!) ?
    • put in a lot of over-time?
    • assign someone in your team to take on the project and re-prioritise their priorities?

    None of these responses are ideal and are unlikely to deliver a good solution.

    However, for a company that has embraced Enterprise Social Networks, there is another way....put a "Shout Out" to your employees asking for active participants (volunteers to be part of the project team) and passive contributors (volunteers to contribute from the sidelines).

    This "Shout Out" approach provides some great business benefits:

    • avoids duplication of time, money and effort if someone is already working on something similar in your organisation (in large enterprises duplication is often a common occurrence)
    • delivers a better solution as the volunteers are interested in the subject matter
    • allows you access to a large knowledge network to minimise risks and issues
    • provides a better chance of adoption as the employees themselves have been involved in the delivery of the project

    I call this Open Collaboration (yes, I avoided using the term social) and have been trialing it now for a while with some great success.

    This is just one example of what you can do once your company's employees are better socially connected which couldn't be possible without first developing your Enterprise Social Network.

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