Oracle Applications User Experience
Customer Participation Program Newsletter
February 2013
In This Newsletter

We enjoyed meeting many of you at the Oracle Usability Labs, Oracle OpenWorld, and user group conferences in 2012, and we thank you for your interest in our upcoming activities and newsletters. If you are receiving your first newsletter, welcome! As someone who is actively involved with the Oracle Applications User Experience (UX) team or as a member of an industry or product-based customer advisory board or council, you automatically receive this newsletter. You can access archived newsletters on the Usable Apps website.
Where Will the Oracle Applications User Experience Team Be in 2013?

The Oracle Applications UX team will be at several conferences in 2013 and planning and preparation for these events is already in the works.
See User Experience Presentations at the Following Oracle User Group Conferences

The Oracle Applications UX team plans to deliver several presentations, demos, and usability activities focusing on the innovative user experience in Oracle Fusion Applications. Check the Usable Apps Events page for more information about the activities. The Oracle Applications UX team plans to present at these upcoming conferences:
Usability Lab: Sign Up for User Feedback Sessions

The Oracle Applications UX team works closely with Oracle product management and strategy teams to conduct usability research at Oracle user group conferences. Sign up for one of our onsite product usability testing sessions to get a peek at next-generation enterprise applications and learn about Oracle’s pioneering user-centered design process. Get the most from your conference experience by participating in a usability feedback session, where your feedback will help Oracle develop unbeatable products and solutions.

Oracle customers or partners located near the Oracle user group conferences in Indianapolis, IN; Denver, CO; or Antwerp, Belgium are especially invited to get involved. If you have not planned to attend these Oracle user group conferences, you are still eligible to be a part of the onsite user experience usability lab. Contact the Oracle Applications UX team for more details.
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User Group Leaders’ Summit Lab Tours

Oracle recently hosted the annual User Group Leaders’ Summit in Redwood Shores, CA, and we invited the leaders who attended to tour our usability labs. The tour included demos of the new face of Oracle Fusion Applications, an eye-tracking demo, and a voice demo.  More than 30 participants from the International Oracle User Group Community attended the tour, including leaders representing North America and countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and the Asia Pacific region.

Whether you are local to the San Francisco Bay Area or traveling to Oracle headquarters, you are invited to tour our usability labs.  For more information, or to contact us, please visit the Usability Labs page on Usable Apps.
Oracle Launches Mobile User Experience Design Patterns

Use Oracle’s mobile design patterns to design iPhone, Android, or browser-based smartphone applications, because mobile design requires a different way of thinking.  The Applications User Experience team is sharing Oracle’s mobile design patterns and their baked-in, scientifically proven usability to enable applications developers to build mobile apps quickly.

These design patterns are common solutions that applications developers can easily apply across all application suite products. They are crafted using the user experience team’s insight into Oracle Fusion Middleware, and the patterns are designed to work with the mobile technology provided by the Oracle Application Development Framework.

Read more about the patterns on VoX, the Voice of User Experience blog. Keep reading about design patterns here:
  • A blog post on mobile design patterns from Ultan O’Broin, a frequent speaker on user experience design patterns from Oracle and a member of the Applications UX team.
  • Ultan also recently completed a podcast on Fusion Applications design patterns and what they can do for developers.
  • More links for developers.
  • Who else is talking about the release of design patterns from the Apps UX team? Read Floyd Teter’s blog to see what this ACE Director is saying.
Oracle UX Team Adds Brainstorming Sessions to Tool Kit
Who knew Oracle’s visual components could start an ongoing, open-ended conversation? That’s what Oracle’s Human Capital Management (HCM) User Experience (UX) team was hoping for when they started conducting brainstorming sessions with customers at user group conferences. Customers are encouraged to discuss ideas, no matter how wild, and express how they envision components being used in current and future HCM applications. This creative, energetic method provides a great opportunity for the HCM UX team to gather requirements for the next phase of iterative product design on the Oracle applications user experience. Read more about it at Usable Apps.
Testing the New Face of Oracle Fusion Applications

Jake Kuramoto, a member of the Oracle Applications User Experience team and author at blog, is testing the new entry experience to Oracle Fusion Applications by taking it for a spin on different devices. The new entry experience was introduced at Oracle Openworld 2012 in San Francisco in October, and will be generally available soon. Check out the results of his experiment to see what happened when he put the new face of Fusion on a Chromebook, a Google TV, and on Android devices.
Measuring Usability in Oracle Products

Oracle Applications UX team member Sean Rice talks about measuring usability and describes some of the methods that the team is using in the latest post from the Usable Apps blog.
Update from the Oracle Usability Advisory Board (OUAB)

The OUAB had its last meeting of 2012 on December 7 in Oracle Reading, Thames Valley Park, UK. Twenty-one board members and guests attended the meeting hosted by Ultan O’Broin, Director of Global User Experience. Companies attending included:

  • AWE plc
  • Cedar Consulting (UK) Ltd.
  • Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC)
  • Deutsche Bahn AG
  • Fujitsu Services Limited
  • Hitachi Consulting UK Limited
  • John Lewis Partnership
  • Lafarge Global S.A.
  • McKesson UK
Highlights of the meeting were the keynote presentation, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), presented by John Pringle of AWE plc and Francis Cripps of Fujitsu Services Limited. Additional featured presentations included Oracle Mobile Design Patterns; Enterprise Applications as Interactive Book Apps; Cross-Cultural Icon Survey Results; Oracle Voice; Oracle’s Roadmap to a Simple, Modern User Experience; and UX Direct. During the afternoon, customers participated in an exercise in gamification (see the photo on the right side). It was a great way to wrap-up the year for OUAB.

The following companies joined the OUAB:
  • Emerson Electric Co.
  • Qwest, Inc.
Brian Carlson (Lafarge Global S.A.), Ian Leath (McKesson), Ivy Leung (Oracle), Janette Nieder (John Lewis Partnership), and Julian Ford (Hitachi Consulting UK Limited) participated in the gamification design session at the OUAB meeting in Reading, Thames Valley Park, UK on December 7, 2012.
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