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Meet the Oracle WebCenter Team: Jon Huang, Director of Product Management
Oracle WebCenter is at the front lines of business transformation, bringing together leading-edge web, content, social, and collaboration technologies into a single, integrated portfolio. Given such rich terrain for innovation, Oracle WebCenter has attracted some of the best minds in the industry.
To help readers get to know the Oracle WebCenter team, each issue we turn the spotlight on one of its members. This month, we talk to Jon Huang. As director of product management, he and his team are responsible for business operations and go-to-market strategy across the Oracle WebCenter product line.
Q. How did you land your role with Oracle WebCenter?
A. After completing a master's degree in economics in 1998, I was recruited by Oracle to its Americas Sales Consulting team. Before I knew it, I spent nine years in the presales role with Oracle, initially as a sales consultant for Oracle Database, and I eventually ended up leading the presales effort for the then-emerging Oracle Fusion Middleware product.
Six years ago, an opportunity opened up in the Oracle Fusion Middleware outbound product management team, just as I was looking to expand into a more corporate role. I was really excited for the opportunity to get involved in the entire product development lifecycle. So I transitioned into this role and have remained on the team ever since.
Q. What is the thing you love most about your job?
A. As a product manager, nothing thrills me more than the opportunity to connect with our customers about the challenges they face—and to be part of the team that designs products that can tangibly improve our customers’ business. It is an absolute joy to see our customer base endorsing the value of our products. It helps validate that we are doing the right things for them and for the market.
Q. What are the best forums to meet you and other members of the Oracle WebCenter team?
A. You can always find us at key industry events such as the Oracle Independent User Group and Oracle Application Users Group's COLLABORATE conference, and of course at Oracle OpenWorld, which takes place this year in San Francisco September 22 to 26. The Oracle WebCenter team is hosting 30 sessions, four hands-on labs, and five demo pods, plus our semiannual Customer Advisory Board meeting. We also have a customer reception, which is sponsored by Oracle WebCenter partners, so there are many opportunities to meet with the Oracle WebCenter team.
It's a huge conference, so we put together the Oracle WebCenter Focus On guide to help people plan a tailored, personalized experience. I look forward to catching up with customers during sessions, customer meetings, and at the Oracle DEMOgrounds.
Q. What blogger, analyst, or other thought leader do you consider a “must-read” in order to stay on top of your field?
A. The Oracle WebCenter blog is a great resource. We frequently share customer success stories and information about new product releases. For Oracle WebCenter practitioners and architects, the Oracle WebCenter A-Team blog is also a must-read. The team blogs about its experiences with customer implementations and solutions. They even include sample code in the posts.
Q. What do you like to do when you’re not thinking about enterprise hardware and software?
A. I love taking photos in my spare time, more specifically approaching pictures like a photojournalist. That means to narratively observe and record events via a camera lens. This hobby has helped me become more curious, objective, and perceptive.
Visit the Oracle WebCenter booth in Moscone South at Oracle OpenWorld 2013 and meet Jon and other members of the team.