Oracle Usable Apps | Applications User Experience Simplicity, mobility, extensibility
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analytics Summary statistics, often presented graphically, that aggregate up large volumes of enterprise data, such as analytics on employee retention and training.
biometrics The measurement and analysis of unique physical or behavioral characteristics, such as fingerprints or voice patterns, especially as a means of verifying personal identity.
card-sorting A research technique that helps guide information architecture (such as tabs on a Web site), in which users sort words using actual cards. The final “sort” is a “tree” of concepts and their relationships.
CIF (Common Industry Format) A format for usability testing reporting.
CRM (Customer Relationship Management) A database to gather information and details about customers, including their needs and purchasing history, as well as information about employee sales and success rates, task lists, and sales completion.
customer feedback sessions Sessions, conducted by Oracle staff members at user conferences or in usability labs, in which end users of a particular software application work through a prototype and offer feedback on the software.
drill down To move from summary information to more detailed information on a computer screen.
drill-down pages Computer screens that contain more detailed information than the previous or initial screens.
EDC (Electronic Data Capture) A computerized system designed for the collection of clinical data in electronic format for use mainly in human clinical trials.
end user The ultimate consumer of a finished product such as a software application.
ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) An enterprise-wide information system designed to coordinate all the resources, information, and activities needed to complete business processes such as order fulfillment or billing.
FLOSS (Free Libre Open Source Software) Software that is licensed so that others have the right to change and further develop source code made freely available to them.
focus group A research technique where a small group of 10-12 participants brainstorm their ideas and reactions to a software product.
Fusion A new generation of enterprise software application designed by Oracle.
Fusion-edge Software applications that contain concepts and technology that are early precursors to Fusion.
GPS (Global Positioning System) A navigational system that uses satellite signals to fix the location of a radio receiver on or above the earth's surface.
GUI (Graphical User Interface) A type of user interface that enables people to interact with electronic devices such as computers.
handhelds Devices that are designed to be operated while being held in the hand.
HCM (Human Capital Management) A strategic and coherent approach to the management of an organization's most valued assets—the people.
high-fidelity prototypes A sequence of high-quality screens and images, somewhat but not fully functional,  used for the purpose of testing a particular work flow with end users of a software application.
interface The place at which independent and often unrelated systems meet and act on or communicate with each other, as in a user interface or a human/computer interface.
MMS (Multimedia Message Service) A messaging feature in some software applications, particularly applications for handheld devices, that enables the user to send images, audio, video, and text.
mobile device Refers to a handheld, such as an iPhone or a BlackBerry.
MSA (Mobile Sales Assistant) A software application that was designed by Oracle to aid sales people using mobile devices such as the BlackBerry or iPhone.
PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) A small handheld device equipped with a microprocessor that is used especially for storing and organizing personal information such as addresses, schedules, and notes.
PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) Enteprise software that supports and tracks the entire lifecycle of a physical product, from its creation to its design, manufacturing, distribution, service, and disposal.
porting The process of adapting software so that an executable program can be created for a computing environment that is different from the one for which it was originally designed.
prototype An early design built to test a user interface without too much coding effort. For example, prototypes can be built with paper, HTML, spreadsheet software, or even presentation software.
RDC (Remote Data Capture) Software created by Oracle that aids investigators in conducting clinical trials.
screen shot An image that shows the contents of a computer display.
screen flows The way in which the progression of steps toward completing a task in a software program happens.
SMS (Short Message Service) A messaging feature in software applications that enables the interchange of short text messages between mobile telephone devices.
UI (user interface) The visual component of an enterprise application that an end user sees, including the colors, buttons, terminology, and other screen design elements.
user experience buddy Someone from the same usability team who offers feedback on how a usability test is conducted.
user-centered design philosophy At Oracle, the way software design is conducted with the user offering constant feedback throughout the design process.
usability lab The site where the UX team collects feedback from customers, or users, of Oracle software applications.
UX (user experience) The total experience a user has with an enterprise application, including purchase, delivery, setup, personalization, integration with multiple work devices, and integration with business processes.
widget Portable code in a software application that appears to a user as a small graphical representation on the Desktop, enabling control of simple utility functions such as clocks, messaging services, and calendars.
workflows The progress or rate of progress in work being done with the use of a software application.
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