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Meet the Oracle WebCenter and Oracle Business Process Management (Oracle BPM) Team: Andy Kershaw, Senior Director of Oracle WebCenter, Oracle BPM, and Oracle Social Network Product Management
Integrating leading-edge web, content, social, and process management technologies to solve customer problems, Oracle WebCenter and Oracle Business Process Management (Oracle BPM) are at the forefront of the charge to enable the modern digital business. Given this rich terrain for innovation, it is not surprising that Oracle WebCenter and Oracle BPM have attracted some of the best minds in the industry.
To help readers get to know the Oracle WebCenter and Oracle BPM team, we turn the spotlight on one of its members in each issue. This time, we talk to Andy Kershaw, a 15-year veteran of the content and collaboration space.
Q. How did you land your current role with Oracle WebCenter?
A. Right after getting my master’s degree, I went to work for Oracle as a database and middleware delivery consultant. I loved the technology, but I was also even more interested in working with people to make technology perform in the real world. That eventually led to managerial roles, including leading a team charged with resolving some of our most important customers’ critical problems.
In 2010, I moved from England to the US, where I took on a new role leading outbound product management and business development for Oracle Social Network. Right now, we are increasingly integrating the Oracle WebCenter and Oracle BPM teams, so I recently expanded the role of leading business development for our Oracle WebCenter partners to include our Oracle BPM partners.
Q. Why are Oracle WebCenter and Oracle BPM merging their operations—and how is this changing your own role in the company?
A. Oracle WebCenter delivers great digital experiences, but those experiences increasingly depend on deep integration with back-end business processes. The ability to know what is occurring in the business, to increase efficiency by doing more with less through automation and reduced cycle times, and to be agile in response to the fast-changing business environment are all key to delivering on a great digital experience.
In terms of my role, I am currently focused on helping our Oracle WebCenter partners expand their Oracle BPM skills and vice versa. It takes work, but when it happens, so much innovation is possible.
Q. What is the most exciting part of your job?
A. I love discovering new partner solutions that have been under our radar. Our partners build their own solutions on top of Oracle technologies, and in the process they not only demonstrate the value of Oracle solutions but actually extend that value in innovative ways.
Q. What blogger, analyst, or other thought-leader do you consider a “must-read” in order to stay up to date with the latest trends?
A. I always like to read what Constellation Research has to say. First of all, I respect the quality of their work, but I also enjoy the way they present it. They manage to be both informative and informal, and that makes for a compelling combination.
Q. How do you spend your time when you’re not thinking about enterprise software?
A. In 2010 we moved to Boulder, Colorado, which has been fantastic because we get to spend lots and lots of time skiing and cycling. I also love coaching my sons’ little league teams, though of course being English, I had to learn all the rules of baseball from scratch.
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