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Meet the Oracle WebCenter Team: Kumar Vora, Senior Vice President

The Oracle WebCenter team includes some of the best minds in the industry. This is the first in a series of articles that introduce some of the team's key players and the portal, content management, and collaboration issues that are on their minds.

In this edition, we turn the spotlight on Kumar Vora. As senior vice president of the Oracle WebCenter family of products, Vora is responsible for every stage of the product lifecycle, from product vision and strategy to successful customer adoptions.

Q. Tell us about the professional journey that brought you to your current role.
A. After stints at Apple, HP, and SGI, I became a cofoundedr of Oblix in 1996. I oversaw all aspects of product development for Oblix’s enterprise-class identity management solutions. Then in 2001, I moved to Adobe, where I helped grow LiveCycle from its inception into a several multi-hundred million dollar business, eventually becoming general manager of the Adobe LiveCycle business.

After having achieved significant success at Adobe, I was ready for my next challenge, and in February, 2011, I joined the Oracle WebCenter team. So far, it's been an incredible opportunity. Oracle offers an unparalleled depth and breadth when it comes to customer experience technology. At the same time, I have been able to help forge a unified vision that brings all the pieces together with a comprehensive, cohesive strategy.

Q. What do you love most about your job?
A. There are three things I really love. First, Oracle has the most complete vision for the customer experience, and brings together all the pieces to turn that vision into a reality. That is truly exciting.

Also, there's such great talent on this team, including people with deep experience building Oracle’s core portal, content management, and collaboration products, and who are passionate about moving forward and succeeding.

Finally, I really love working directly with customers. It is so satisfying to see the impact of our products on real-life business problems.

Q. What does a typical day on the job look like for you?
A. I don't have a typical day, which is part of the excitement about my job. It might include helping establish strategic vision, or it might involve tracking down a solution for a nitty-gritty challenge that a large customer is facing while implementing one of our solutions.

Q. What is the most exciting transformation you've seen among Oracle WebCenter customers you've worked with?
A. In addition to individual customer successes, it's been very satisfying to take all the various parts of Oracle WebCenter and present a clear, unified vision for the products. We are already finding that, as a result of this work, customers can relate much better to the value Oracle offers and how we can solve their particular business challenges.

At the same time, we've begun to measure our team's success according to the success of our customers. This is exciting because I think this is going to help create a truly loyal customer community.

Q. What keeps you up at night?
A. Fortunately, I'm a very sound sleeper. But if anything kept me up, it would be the challenges we have in executing on a very large vision with lots of moving parts, which means a number of potential failure points. We've got to be relentless in our performance and execution.

Q. What is the key differentiator of Oracle Social Network from competitor offerings?
A. I believe Oracle is uniquely able to bring social technology to the enterprise environment, including enterprise-level security, workflow, etc.

Just as important, we bring the value of Oracle applications into the equation. By embedding social technologies deep into business processes, we can drive real business value rather than off-topic conversations.

Finally, we have really invested in building an excellent customer experience from the ground up, based on how people really work.

Q. What do you like to do when you're not thinking about enterprise hardware and software? A. The most important thing to me is my family: my two kids, my wife, and our two dogs. I am also a big movie fan, especially the Godfather movies. Right now I'm in the process of watching the Blu-ray versions of all the Star Wars movies.

I also love hiking and trekking. Climbing to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite with my son was an unforgettable experience.

Hear more from Kumar Vora as he discusses the transformation enterprise information technology is undergoing.


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