Tuesday Sep 24, 2013

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2013 Oracle Excellence Awards for
Fusion Middleware Innovation

We joined together on Monday afternoon at Oracle OpenWorld in the beautiful Lam Research Theater at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco to celebrate the winners of Fusion Middleware Innovation.

Our relationship with our customers and partners is a relationship whereby we provide ongoing technology innovation and our customers and partners take that technology and teach us new ways to innovate.

Striving for success is what drives Oracle and its customers and partners to continually discover innovative uses for Oracle technology and to deploy successful and groundbreaking solutions and best practices.

This program started 7 years ago with the intent of recognizing customers for achieving significant business value through innovative uses of Oracle Fusion Middleware. When we first held the awards in 2007, we received 68 submissions across just a few categories and products. 

For the last 7 years we have recognized and honored close to 150 award winners spanning multiple categories across Fusion Middleware. This year, we received over 260+ nominations from Oracle Fusion Middleware customers across 8 categories. This year we selected 18 winners. The award is global and every year, we are grateful to receive submissions from around the world.

The success of the Oracle Excellence Awards for Fusion Middleware Innovation program is due to the support of our Oracle leads, product teams, sales teams, marketing, senior management, judges, partners and user group communities. However, the true success of the award program has always been our customers that have taken the time to submit their nominations and compete intensely for the chance to become a recognized leader of Innovation.

Congratulations to all our Fusion Middleware Innovation Winners for 2013!

Oracle Excellence Awards Fusion Middleware Innovation


ORACLE FUSION MIDDLEWARE INNOVATION:
ORACLE APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK AND FUSION DEVELOPMENT

Infotech
  • Mobile system includes 7/24 tracking, management, messaging & reporting services. Back tracking up to 6 months. More productive – less fuel expense and faster service delivery
  • 5,000 tps with multilingual solution supporting more than 50,000 mobile devices tracked. Number of vehicles in the system increased 3X in 6 months
  • Sales revenue has doubled while maintenance cost per mobile unit dropped by 50% with over 800 customers worldwide. Full Oracle technology stack implementation


Schneider National Inc
  • Decreased number of vendors that are part of the technology platform resulting in a complete Oracle Technology Stack
  • Lowered the cost of ownership to build and maintain their custom applications with 3X improvement in how applications were previously built
  • Met all user requirements across many applications and services with rich UI functionality leveraging ADF as the base for mobile development


ORACLE FUSION MIDDLEWARE INNOVATION:
SERVICE-ORIENTED ARCHITECTURE AND BUSINESS PROCESS MANAGEMENT

Telefonica Movistar Mexico and their partner S&P Solutions
  • Offered a Mobile Virtual Network Enabler (MVNE) platform to their business partners leveraging Oracle SOA Suite and Oracle Enterprise Repository on Exalogic integration with Tuxedo based applications
  • Supports both JSON/REST services for a self-service mobile (iOS, Android) application and SOAP services for other client applications
  • Achieved a 20% annual ROI and a 40% reduction in Time to Market


Wyndham Exchange and Rentals
  • Provides a 360-degree experience  for WER customers leveraging e-commerce, mobile commerce, social and cloud offerings on a SOA platform
  • Replaced  all heavyweight point-to-point WebMethods integrations to legacy mainframe API’s  with 100’s of stateless web services and orchestrations implemented with Oracle SOA Suite and hosted on Oracle Service Bus
  • Achieved 30% annual ROI, reduce time to market from 12 Months to 12 Weeks, and launched a mobile version of the site which contributes 6% of the overall traffic


Sicredi
  • Corporate portal based on Oracle WebCenter & BPM, unifying all tools and processes such as Loans Approval, running on Exalogic
  • Used Siebel CRM as front-end, connecting it with back-end core banking systems, and using BPM for process automation, WebCenter Content for content management, BAM for monitoring of Business KPI’s
  • All Sicredi employees (around 15,000) in more than 1,100 branches spread across Brazilian territory use this portal. Employees can now vote and approve a loan in less than one day; 300% improvement.

ORACLE FUSION MIDDLEWARE INNOVATION:
ORACLE DATA INTEGRATION

Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Oracle GoldenGate solves timeliness, quality and consistency challenges between critical Customer Grading operational systems and its analytics counterpart
  • Oracle Data Integrator makes changes available in analytics systems the same day they are deployed on the operational system with 100% data quality guarantee
  • Reduced time to market for solutions by 3 to 6 months, 100% data consistency between source and target systems, real-time availability of data, material reduction in Business Risk Weighted Assets


The Yalumba Wine Company and their partner Bristlecone
  • Drove rapid growth modernization requirements for existing manufacturing processes to meet globalization demands, overall time-to-market, and better operational efficiency objectives of product development
  • Oracle Data Integrator is leveraged to pull data from Salesforce.com and JD Edwards and other source systems for consumption by data warehouse
  • Provides better visibility for the business users, shorter data loading and transformation performance to their data warehouse with rapid incorporation of new data sources, and a solid future-proof foundation for their organization


ORACLE FUSION MIDDLEWARE INNOVATION:
ORACLE IDENTITY MANAGEMENT

Putnam Investments and their partner APTEC
  • Migrated 80 core applications from Sun Access Manager to Oracle Access Manager in a year’s time
  • Replaced a competitive Identity Management solution with Oracle Identity Manager to automate access requests and approval workflows
  • Allows Putnam to grow and expand into new market areas like mobile  through a common converged security infrastructure


ANZ Bank and their partner Oracle Consulting
  • Migrated their award winning mobile banking application from an Identity Silo over to the Oracle IDM Platform to provide device registration, authentication, authorizations and application SSO
  • Provides a consistent customer experience regardless of how they access the system (Mobile, Web, ATM…)
  • Using a single security layer resulted in extremely high levels of code reuse and 60% reduction of interfaces needed internally


ORACLE FUSION MIDDLEWARE INNOVATION:
BUSINESS ANALYTICS(ORACLE BI, ORACLE EPM, AND ORACLE EXALYTICS)

WellPoint and their partner InterRel
  • Largest Health Insurer in America and 1st company in the world live on Oracle EPM 11.1.2.3 on Exalytics
  • In response to the Affordable Care Act (2010), their implementation actually reduced the total cost of ownership by 50% with a simpler environment that is faster and easier to maintain
  • Increased performance by up to 4-fold while saving hundreds of thousands of dollars


Sita and their partner Infosys
  • Transformed finance & procurement for a complete end to end integrated reporting and analysis solution
  • Finance shared services center unification powered by Oracle BI Applications, EPM Applications, Essbase, SOA, DRM, Data Integration, E-Business Suite, Oracle Database
  • Just in time analysis of spending delivered to executives and business managers


ORACLE FUSION MIDDLEWARE INNOVATION:
ORACLE CLOUD APPLICATION FOUNDATION

Pegasus Solutions
  • Connects ~100,000 hotels globally to all global distribution systems (Sabre, Galileo, Wordspan, Amadeus) and major online distributors (Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity, Hotwire, etc.)
  • Used sophisticated caching abilities of Coherence to provide excellent user experience, and decrease load to systems
  • Reduced time to complete transactions by 98% ; 25% increase in throughput; increased availability in event of partner service outage


NTT Docomo, Inc.
  • Implemented real time sales and contract management system enabling all services requested by customers for immediate activations before customer leaves the DOCOMO store
  • Business drivers: more robust DR strategy, room to grow the business, and ability to move custom Java development to a platform with built in standards - WebLogic Suite and JRockit
  • Results: better performance; better reliability; better stability: <100msec GC pause time; smooth migration


Telefonica
  • Delivers consolidation, performance, scalability, reduced complexity and OPEX with better monitoring and diagnostics
  • Running over 40,000 Tuxedo services, all fronted by WebLogic Server, managing over 250 M transactions per day; consolidated 26 servers onto 3 Exalogic half racks
  • Resulting in ZERO downtime, 10x performance increase; more than 6,500 million business services executed per month with peaks close to 10 billion


ORACLE FUSION MIDDLEWARE INNOVATION:
ORACLE WEBCENTER

Choice Hotels and their partner Thought-Matrix
  • Supporting $6B worth of Reservation Activity to 6000+ franchisees.  Over 6M website visits annually. Over 27M page views annually. 6 languages supported
  • Consolidated four different CMS platforms with WebCenter Sites and created a Content Center of Excellence. Local Teams around the world can now easily manage their content
  • Standardized on a platform thus reducing their Total Cost of Ownership and decreasing Time to Market


Statoil Fuel & Retail and their partner L&T Infotech
  • Integrated a single end-to-end solution catering to customers across 8 different countries and languages and multiple profiles (with DB driven translations) to offer fuel and lubricants
  • Solution utilizing the best in class products: WebCenter Portal, WebCenter Content, IDM, SOA, JDE and CRM On-Demand to deliver a fast, secure, robust and scalable solution
  • Consolidated more than 10 existing SAP portals into a common personalized portal for Partners, Station Managers and Support Staff exposing JDE Enterprise One portlets for quick JDE access and integrated enterprise portal


ORACLE FUSION MIDDLEWARE INNOVATION:
ORACLE EXALOGIC ELASTIC CLOUD

University of Melbourne
  • Business transformation including platform refresh and new data center rollout
  • High performance Oracle Exalogic & Exadata platform provides an integrated infrastructure – Currently runs E-Business Suite, Student Portal, Integration & Identity Management
  • The Oracle Exalogic & Exadata solution has enabled 3 Million+ logins in 3 months, 5 seconds maximum response time for all transactions in Student Portal, 20% savings by reusing data services when building new applications


NTT Communications Corporation
  • Ranked No.1 in telecom industry in the Fortune Global 500 and going through business transformation from landline to mobile
  • Improved user experience, capacity, operational workload and provides competitive services and sales tools to support proactive sales activities
  • Oracle Exalogic and Oracle Exadata solution achieved performance requirement of 84M transactions per minute for real time traffic monitoring without packet loss

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There were also 8 Partners recognized across Fusion Middleware as part of these winning nominations and so many others who worked hard to submit nominations that weren’t winning awards this year but certainly deserved one.

Congratulations to these Innovative Oracle Partners!

Oracle Excellence Awards Fusion Middleware Innovation Partners


Monday Sep 09, 2013

Coming to Oracle OpenWorld? Don't Miss This Session!

You Are Invited: Oracle Excellence Awards for Fusion Middleware Innovation 

If you are planning on attending Oracle OpenWorld in just a few short weeks, don't miss this session to meet the winners of the Oracle Excellence Awards for Fusion Middleware Innovation.

Join us at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts - Lam Research TheaterThese awards honor customers for their most innovative and cutting-edge solutions using Oracle Fusion Middleware including Oracle WebCenter of course! This was a highly competitive year with record numbers of nominations. This is their opportunity to be recognized for this great achievement and be honored by their industry peers. You are invited to attend and join in the celebration at the beautiful Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Lam Research Theater. 

If you live in the area or are an Oracle Partner with only an Expo pass - Register via our RSVP below and we will provide a complementary code for a Discovery Pass that will allow you to attend the Award Ceremony. Oracle OpenWorld Badges are required for admittance.


Thursday Apr 11, 2013

Visions of Innovation - Oracle's Winners

As one of our 2012 Oracle Excellence Award Winners in the Fusion Middleware Innovation category for Oracle WebCenter, News Limited Dominates Online News Publishing with Oracle. The spread of brands across the news landscape could not be managed effectively without the innovative use of Oracle WebCenter Sites.


Jason Brock of News Limited talks about how Oracle WebCenter Sites empowers hundreds of non-technical editorial staff to publish over 60% of Australia’s online news in record time. Improved online engagement fuels News Ltd sales and brand loyalty.

One of our other winners in 2012 in the Oracle WebCenter Category for Fusion Middleware Innovation was LADWP

LADWP Transformed Customer Experience with Oracle WebCenter

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, serving 1.6 million residential and commercial customers, mobile-enabled a customer service portal using Oracle WebCenter and Oracle Identity Management.


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LAST CALL: Oracle OpenWorld 2013: Call for Proposals

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!


Oracle Excellence Defined

Striving for success is what drives Oracle and its customers and partners to continually discover innovative uses for Oracle technology and to deploy successful and groundbreaking solutions and best practices. The Oracle Excellence Awards for Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation recognizes customers and partners that have excelled in driving business value together with Oracle in eight award categories. Nominations for 2013 Awards are now open. Details and nomination forms can be found here.

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


Wednesday Oct 24, 2012

Life Technologies: Making Life Easier to Manage

When we’re thinking about customer engagement, we’re acutely aware of all the forces at play competing for our customer’s attention. Solutions that make life easier for our customers draw attention to themselves. We tend to engage more when there is a distinct benefit and we can take a deep breath and accept that there is hope in the world and everything isn’t designed to frustrate us and make our lives miserable. (sigh…) When products are designed to automate processes that were consuming hours of our time with no relief in sight, they deserve to be recognized.

One of our recent Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation Award Winners in the WebCenter category, Life Technologies, has recently posted a video promoting their “award winning” solution. The Oracle Innovation Awards are part of the overall Oracle Excellence awards given to customers for innovation with Oracle products. More info here.

Their award nomination included this description:

Life Technologies delivered the My Life Service Portal as part of a larger Digital Hub strategy. This Portal is the first of its kind in the biotechnology service providing industry. The Portal provides access to Life Technologies cloud based service monitoring system where all customer deployed instruments can be remotely monitored and proactively repaired. The portal provides alerts from these cloud based monitoring services directly to the customer and to Life Technologies Field Engineers. The Portal provides insight into the instruments and services customers purchased for the purpose of analyzing and anticipating future customer needs and creating targeted sales and service programs. This portal not only provides benefits for Life Technologies internal sales and service teams but provides customers a central place to track all pertinent instrument information including:

      • instrument service history
      • instrument status and previous activities
      • instrument performance analytics
      • planned service visits
      • warranty/contract information
      • discussion forums
      • social networks for lab management and collaboration
      • alerts and notifications on all of the above
      • team scheduling for instrument usage
      • promote optional reagents required to keep instruments performing

From their website

The Life Technologies Instruments & Services Portal Helps You Save Time and Gain Peace of Mind

Introducing the new, award-winning, free online tool that enables easier management of your instrument use and care, faster response to requests for service or service quotes, and instant sharing of key instrument and service information with your colleagues.

Now – this unto itself is obviously beneficial for their customers who were previously burdened with having to do all of these tasks separately, manually and inconsistently by nature. Now – all in one place and free to their customers – a portal that ties it all together. They now have built the platform to give their customers yet another reason to do business with them – Their headline on their product page says it all: Life is now easier to manage - All your instrument use and care in one place – the no-cost, no-hassle Instruments and Services Portal.” Of course – it’s very convenient that the company name includes “Life” and now can also promote to their clients and prospects that doing business with them is easy and their sophisticated lab equipment is easy to manage. In an industry full of PhD’s – “Easy” isn’t usually the first word that comes to mind, but Life Technologies has now tied the word to their brand in a very eloquent way.

Between our work lives and family or personal lives, getting any mono-focused minutes of dedicated attention has become such a rare occurrence in our current era of multi-tasking that those moments of focus are highly prized. So – when something is done really well – so well that it becomes captivating and urges sharing impulses – I take notice and dig deeper and most of the time I discover other gems not so hidden below the surface. And then I share with those I know would enjoy and understand.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I must admit here that the first person I shared the videos below with was my daughter. She’s in her senior year of high school in the midst of her college search. She’s passionate about her academics and has already decided that she wants to study Neuroscience in college and like her mother will be in for the long haul to a PhD eventually. In a summer science program at Smith College 2 summers ago – she sent the family famous text to me – “I just dissected a sheep’s brain – wicked cool!” – This was followed by an equally memorable text this past summer in a research mentorship in Neuroscience at UConn – “Just sliced up some rat brain. Reminded me of a deli slicer at the supermarket… sorry I forgot to call last night…

So… needless to say – I knew I had an audience that would enjoy and understand these videos below and are now being shared among her science classmates and faculty. And evidently - so does Life Technologies! They’ve done a great job on these making them fun and something that will easily be shared among their customers social networks. They’ve created a neuro-archetypal character, “Ph.Diddy” and know that their world of clients in academics, research, and other institutions would understand and enjoy the “edutainment” value in this series of videos on their YouTube channel that pokes fun at the stereotypes while also promoting their products at the same time. They use their Facebook page for additional engagement with their clients and as another venue to promote these videos.

Enjoy this one as well! More to be found here: http://www.youtube.com/lifetechnologies

Stay tuned to this Oracle WebCenter blog channel. Tomorrow we'll be taking a look at another winner of the Innovation Awards, LADWP - helping to keep the citizens of Los Angeles engaged with their Water and Power provider.

Thursday Jun 14, 2012

Are You a WebCenter Innovator?

Calling all Oracle WebCenter Innovators:

Submit your Nomination for the 2012 Innovation Awards


Click here, to submit your nomination today

Call for Nominations:

Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation Awards 2012

Are you doing something unique and innovative with Oracle Fusion Middleware? Submit a nomination today for the Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation Awards. Winners receive
a free pass to Oracle OpenWorld 2012 in San Francisco (September 30 - October 4th) and will be honored during a special event at OpenWorld.

Categories include:


To be considered for this award, complete the Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation Awards nomination form and send to Innovation-Middleware_us@oracle.com. The deadline to submit a nomination is 5pm Pacific on July 17, 2012. DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 07/25!!


Tuesday Oct 25, 2011

Webinar Tomorrow - Stop Maintaining Documentum and Start Innovating With Oracle WebCenter

Join us tomorrow for our webinar - Stop Maintaining Documentum and Start Innovating With Oracle WebCenter. We will cover a number of the reasons customers are looking to move off Documentum including:

Strategic Direction – most of the leaders that made Documentum great in its day have left and the product appears directionless – there have been no major releases for years and there are none in sight

Cost – we will review a number of the factors that make Documentum costly, from administration labor to integration and upgrades to per seat costs. We will examine an example customer and show the comparison of their Documentum costs to their costs using WebCenter

Limited Use Cases – we will review a number of use cases that companies would like to address but they can’t with Documentum – use cases like web publishing, search, application integration and collaboration.

We will also discuss how Oracle WebCenter addresses these issues, and how you can trade-in your licenses, migrate their content, and start cutting costs, raising productivity, and fostering innovation at your organization.

With Oracle WebCenter, you get a single content management infrastructure that is integrated with enterprise applications such as PeopleSoft, E-Business Suite, Siebel and JD Edwards. From this one strategic infrastructure, you can create content driven applications quickly and easily, driving content into your business processes and making them more efficient and collaborative. One cohesive content infrastructure breaks down content silos, and lowers costs by reducing the amount of administrative specialization required to run multiple content management systems. The end result is your organization will be more efficient, more engaged, and a more information driven organization.

Monday Oct 10, 2011

Oracle OpenWorld and WebCenter Momentum

Reflecting on Oracle OpenWorld last week, we are even more excited about the direction and momentum of Oracle WebCenter. It was a great chance to share more with customers about how Oracle WebCenter positioning and new functionality which has folks even more enthusiastic.

We also got the opportunity to see some of our customers at the CAB and hear about their successes and future plans with our products. At lunch I got to speak with the College of American Pathology, Eaton, Rolls Royce, Chick-Fil-A, J.M. Smucker Company, and Jacobs Engineering. CAP has done a great accounts payable integration, and is starting to expand their implementation to cover employee onboarding. Chick-Fil-A, with their partner Team Informatics, has been working to incorporate a highly complex security and authentication scheme across all sites and related content. This is to ensure both employees and related departments, as well as franchisees, are able to access and update content while limiting access and rights to restricted information. It’s a very creative security solution that is entirely role-based, simplifying the security model and eliminating the need to define and manage accounts.

Thank you to the customers who joined us in presentations and provided video testimonials. McAfee provided some great insights in our panel on implementing a social business. And Chick-Fil-A and University of Texas A&M provided very different perspectives on implementing content management. Medtronic, Chicago Public Schools, McAfee, Agilent, and BDO were all able to record some great videos – we’ll see those rolling out on the Oracle website in the next few weeks. You can see an on-the-fly video we did with Agilent here.

Everyone was very engaged with Oracle WebCenter and the User Engagement Platform. We also had a great announcement of The Oracle Social Network by Larry Ellison. Larry enjoys the product so much he did the demonstration himself, showing all the ways people can connect and collaborate using this new and innovative solution.


Four Oracle WebCenter customers won Innovation Awards

Agilent is delivering significant volume of new customers that can be leveraged for proactive customer engagement, by providing a clear and compelling value proposition that customers will exchange information for. With Oracle WebCenter, more functionality can be added to the site using portlet design, providing a shorter development lifecycle of 3-4 months vs. the traditional 8-10 month lifecycle. Their site has been performing well while receiving more than 2 million hits in the first 24 hours.

Medtronic, with their partner Fishbowl Solutions, is delivering product information to their field sales team via web and mobile devices. Their predominant platform for sharing this information with their customers in office visits has become the iPad. Not only is their content more up-to-date, but it is more compelling, incorporating video as well as high resolution graphics. Medtronic has become the largest corporate implementation of the iPad, with over 10,000 units in use.


The Medtronic iPad application, created by Fishbowl Solutions, provides content from Oracle WebCenter.

Openbaar Ministerie is the Public Prosecution Office for The Netherlands. With their partner Deloitte Consulting and WebCenter partner Onior they have streamlined the process in order to bring cases digitally to the Judiciary Courts. Oracle WebCenter is the core solution for the storage providing a 360˚overview of all case related files, and resulting in a better end-user experience, better performance, more stability and enhanced storage capabilities. Openbaar Ministerie has replaced all content related legacy systems and migrated all functionality successfully to the Oracle WebCenter. This year there will be a migration of the current infrastructure to Atos Origin, including using a dedicated Exadata machine for the storage of metadata of the filed Case content.

Schneider National Schneider National won Honorable Mention for this WebCenter project, which is part of a much larger program that transforms Schneider’s business processes and end to end technology platform, providing consistency and simplicity of architecture, reduction in long term costs, and improved usability of the solutions for both internal and external users. Schenider provides two separate WebCenter Portal solutions, one for Drivers and another shared by both Customers and Service providers. The drivers portal provides content updates and driver feedback through forms and polls. Business leaders are able to make changes and updates to the content on a daily basis without IT involvement.

We will provide more in-depth customer profiles on the Innovation Awards winners in the next few weeks. Overall, from the announcement to the customer conversations to the sessions, we enjoyed the incredible momentum we are feeling around Oracle WebCenter.

Tuesday Jul 19, 2011

Oracle Innovation Awards Extended

 

The Oracle Innovation awards nomination deadline has been extended to July 29, 2011. This is a great opportunity to get a free pass to Oracle OpenWorld 2011, October 2-6 in San Francisco. You can find out more about the nomination process on the Innovation Awards page on Oracle.com.

Some of the other benefits include:

  • Award presented to winners during Oracle OpenWorld by a senior Oracle executive
  • An Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation trophy
  • Placement in an Oracle press release
  • Placement in Profit magazine and/or Oracle Magazine
  • Oracle Excellence Award Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation logo for inclusion on your own Website and/or press release
  • Oracle Fusion Middleware podcast opportunity

Friday Jun 17, 2011

Innovation and the Role of Social Media

A very interesting post by Andy Mulholland of CAP Gemini this week – “The CIO is trapped between the CEO wanting innovation and the CFO needing compliance” – had many interesting points:

“A successful move in one area won’t be recognized and rapidly implemented in other areas to multiply the benefits, or worse unsuccessful ideas will get repeated adding to the cost and time wasted. That’s where the need to really address the combination of social networking, collaboration, knowledge management and business information is required.”

Without communicating what works and what doesn’t, the innovations of our organization may be lost, and the failures repeated. That makes sense.

If you liked Andy Mulholland’s blog post, you need to hear Howard Beader’s presentation at Enterprise 2.0 Conference on innovation and the role of social media. (Howard will be speaking in the Market Leaders Session at 1 PM on Wednesday June 22nd). Some of the thoughts Howard will share include:

• Innovation is more than just ideas, it’s getting ideas to market, and removing the obstacles that stand in the way
• Innovation is about parallel processing – you can’t remove the obstacles one by one because you will get to market too late
• Innovation can be about product innovation, but it can also be about process innovation

This brings us to Andy’s second issue he raises:

"..the need for integration with, and visibility of, processes to understand exactly how the enterprise functions and delivers on its policies…"

Andy goes on to talk about this from the perspective of compliance and the CFO’s concerns. And it’s true: innovation can come both in product innovation, but also internal process innovation. And process innovation can have as much impact as product innovation.  New supply chain models can disrupt an industry overnight. Many people ignore process innovation as a benefit of social business, because it is perceived as a bottom line rather than top line impact. But it can actually impact your top line by changing your entire business model.

Oracle WebCenter sits at this crossroads between product innovation and process innovation, enabling you to drive go-to-market innovations through internal social media tools, removing obstacles in parallel, and also providing you deep insight into your processes so you can identify bottlenecks and realize whole new ways of doing business. Learn more about how at the Enterprise 2.0 Conference, where Oracle will be in booth #213 showing Oracle WebCenter and Oracle Fusion Applications.

Wednesday Jun 15, 2011

New Look's Award Winning Social Enterprise

Organizations are always looking for ways to engage their employees. A sense of community within an organization can be an incredible morale builder. But more than that, an internal community can foster sharing of best practices and new ideas that drive profitability. New Look, a fashion retailer based in the UK, has engaged its 27,000 employees with online workspaces and social networking tools that it calls iLook. With blogs, wikis, and other social tools, New Look has fostered innovation by enabling teams to communicate and collaborate.

New Look’s iLook enterprise social network was recognized with the International Solution Award at the BT Expedite Retail Week Technology Awards. The iLook workspace provides New Look employees with access to company intelligence including corporate news, company videos, comprehensive staff directory and policy information, along with an online calendar and a cohesive marketing toolkit held as a central, shared resource for all marketing materials.

Marie Tysall-Blay, Head of Group Communications & Social Responsibility at New Look, said the underlying  Oracle technology was “a critical enabler of our transformation from a United Kindom-centric business to a rapidly expanding international retail community with global brand values, strategies, and goals.”

Congratulations to New Look on their award. For more on this implementation, you can read the New Look press release or the New Look customer snapshot.

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