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Meet the Oracle WebCenter Team: Ashish Agrawal, Senior Director of Product Management, Oracle WebCenter Portal

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 Oracle WebCenter Portal Senior Director of Product Management, Ashish Agrawal. Since receiving his master’s degree in software engineering from Imperial College London in 1994, Agrawal has demonstrated deep technical expertise and entrepreneurial passion. Currently, he is using his talents to lead strategy and product management for the Oracle WebCenter Portal team.

Q. How did you land your current role with Oracle WebCenter?
A. As an intern, I worked on an early product that was demonstrated by Bill Gates at the launch of Windows NT. That initial experience has guided my career and passion for developing products, and specifically enterprise software. I went on to develop digital publishing platforms for the world’s largest scientific journal and a British television network. I also became deeply involved in developing groundbreaking business process management software. After seven years at Adobe as group product manager of their enterprise suite, I joined Oracle in my current role.

Q. What is the Oracle WebCenter customer story you most like to tell?
A. I was really pleased to have been involved in winning a major deal with one of the world's largest telecom providers. It is the largest deal of its kind that we've been involved in, with the potential to grow even larger given the company's international subsidiaries.

I was also excited about the implementation of our solution by one of the largest food distributors in the US. They are using Oracle WebCenter Portal to manage the very heart of their business: how their trucks are loaded and off-loaded in a way that minimizes time in warehouses. The portal is also driven by key integration with back-end systems of record as well as the salesforce system.

Q. What are you looking forward to accomplishing in 2014?
A. My team is working with a number of large customers as they deploy Oracle WebCenter Portal. I am looking forward to these deployments going live and talking about them at Oracle OpenWorld this year. In addition, we are readying our offering to be available on the Oracle Cloud platform. We want to make deployment as easy as possible, so customers can quickly gain value from their investment.

Q. Is there an upcoming program or event that is a “must-attend” for Oracle WebCenter customers?
A. I definitely recommend attending the Oracle WebCenter Content Strategy and Vision session at this year's COLLABORATE 14 conference. You can get a big-picture view of Oracle WebCenter, including a sneak peak at plans for upcoming releases.

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. To follow the portals and user experience market and trends, I definitely recommend Gartner reports. They really provide insight into enterprise-grade, next-generation solutions.

Q. How do you spend your time when you’re not thinking about enterprise software?
A. Much of it revolves around my two sons, who are 11 and 3. My elder son plays competitive tennis, so that means a lot of time practicing and going to tournaments—especially in the summer. I also love to travel and have visited more than 80 countries. I’ve been to Cape Agulhas, the southernmost point in Africa, scuba dived Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, and most recently had the chance to walk along the Great Wall of China.

Learn more and register now for the COLLABORATE 14 conference.

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