Second Oracle Usability Advisory Board (OUAB) Meeting Held in Burlington, MA: Business Intelligence & Data Visualization
Author: Alisa Hamai Usability Engineer and Co-Chair, Oracle Usability Advisory Board
The theme of this meeting was business intelligence (BI). During the morning session, presentations were given on "Enabling Fusion and Custom Web Applications with Oracle's Data Visualizations" by Henry van den Broek, Senior Development Manager – Oracle Application Development Framework (ADF) Data Visualization Tools; Katia Obradovic-Sarkic, Senior Product Manager – Oracle ADF Data Visualization Tools; and Florian Schouten, Development Director – Oracle Fusion Analytics (see Figure 1 and Figure 2 for ADF visualization screen shots).
In the Web 2.0 world and the era of rich Internet applications (for example, interactive Web pages, Flash/Flex, Adobe), modern Web applications are required to be visually pleasing, interactive, and easy-to-build. Oracle JDeveloper 11g ADF offers a powerful and productive environment for building rich Internet applications and is the foundation for Oracle Fusion Applications. Data visualizations that exist in the market today include:
With Oracle ADF Data Visualizations, you can build Web applications that are:
Oracle Fusion Applications will take advantage of both the ADF Data Visualization Components and Oracle’s Business Intelligence platform to provide unprecedented reporting and analysis capabilities out of the box. The ADF and BI toolsets have been designed to work together and will provide Fusion Applications customers with a solid, integrated platform that enables applications with embedded intelligence.
Jeremy Ashley, Vice President, Applications User Experience, gave a Fusion User Experience demonstration using prototype software. Following the demo, the board participated in three working group sessions: Consistency & Design, Integration & Performance, and Web 2.0 Technologies (including social networking, tagging, and uses of Web 2.0).
Jeremy Ashley led the Web 2.0 Technologies working group. Key discussions during this working group included: attracting and retaining the next generation (Gen Y) workforce, how to make adoption of these technologies easier for the boomer workforce, and the differences in company culture.
George Hackman, Jr., Senior Director of Applications User Experience, and Madhuri Kolhatkar, Director, Applications Unlimited & Industry Solutions User Experience, facilitated the Consistency & Design working group. They discussed topics such as mobile solutions, participating in usability activities, enhancements, and customer involvement in the design process.
Sherry Mead, Applications User Experience Architect, led the Integration & Performance working group. This group discussed: migration from Applications Unlimited (PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, Oracle E-Business Suite) to Fusion and Oracle Secure Enterprise Search.
Afterwards, Anna Wichansky talked about planning for future events and activities including working group webinars, Oracle OpenWorld activities, and proposed dates for our next board meeting in Denver, Colorado.
Things got pretty exciting at the end of the day when there was a power outage during Rally Pagulayan’s presentation on Field Data Collection for Business Intelligence. Rally, Principal Usability Engineer, continued with his presentation, as customers discussed and provided input on field data collection activities.
Meeting notes have been disseminated to the board, and working groups have action items to follow-up before the next meeting. The board meeting results include:
Our next board meeting is scheduled for December 9, 2008, at Oracle's Denver campus. The theme of the meeting is “Enterprise Applications for Mobile Devices.”