Oracle Applications User Experience Simplicity, Mobiblity, Extensibility
March 2014
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We enjoyed meeting many of you at the Oracle Usability Labs, Oracle OpenWorld, user group conferences and partner events in 2013, 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 (Applications 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.

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Upcoming Events
In 2014, our team is delivering several presentations, demos, usability activities, and partner events focusing on the innovative user experience and the simplified user interface of Oracle Applications. Check the Usable Apps Events page for more information about our events.
Exclusive Partner Event: Oracle Applications User Experience Expo
This month, the Oracle Applications UX team is in The Netherlands for an Oracle Applications User Experience (OAUX) Expo hosted by Oracle partner AMIS. Visit the AMIS Technology Blog to read more about the event. Oracle’s Ultan O’Broin also writes about the event on the Usable Apps blog.

Date: March 18, 2014
Location: AMIS offices, Nieuwegein, The Netherlands

COLLABORATE 14: April 7-11, 2014, Venetian and Sands Expo Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Each year, the COLLABORATE conference delivers a full spectrum of Oracle applications and technology education.  Hosted by three independent user groups—IOUG, OAUG, and QuestCOLLABORATE 14 welcomes Oracle database, technology, and applications users, such as users of Oracle Fusion Applications, Stellent, Hyperion, Oracle E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft Enterprise, Primavera, JD Edwards, and Siebel.  Don’t miss out on the following events hosted by the Oracle Applications UX team.
  • Onsite Usability Lab: Sign Up to Participate in a Usability Feedback Session
    If you’re attending COLLABORATE 14, don’t miss the opportunity to participate in a usability feedback session where you can contribute to and influence application design and direction through feedback or suggestions while test-driving Oracle next-generation applications. Your feedback will directly impact the existing and future usability of Oracle applications, helping us develop applications that are intuitive and easy to use.

    Dates:  April 8-9, 2014
    Location: Sands Expo Center, Meeting Room 401

    Advance sign-up is required.

  • Demo Station: Cloud Applications User Experience: The Future of What Your Employees
    Will Touch, See and Hear

    The Oracle Cloud Applications User Experience strategy is based on three principles: simplicity, mobility, and extensibility—principles that are increasingly important to today’s enterprise applications users.

    These themes are emerging in all of our applications and innovations. But nowhere are they more apparent than in the streamlined, quick-access user experience that has become known as the simplified user interface—the new entry experience for Oracle Cloud Applications.

    Visit our demo station to see the simplified user interface in action, hear about a new way to interact with your enterprise by smartphone when you're on the go, and learn how to manipulate massive amounts of data elegantly through gestures on a tablet.

     Dates:  April 8-10, 2014
    Location: Sands Expo, Exhibit Hall A-C, Level 2: Kiosk 58

  • Applications UX  Presentation: Tailoring Fusion Applications User Experience in the Cloud
    Oracle Fusion Applications continues to innovate and improve. In this session, learn how easy it is to customize and extend your Oracle Fusion Applications user experience in the Cloud using some of the new additions to Oracle Fusion Applications technology. See how Oracle composers and other features allow for powerful customizations and extensions within the browser and with no coding. We'll look at the Oracle Fusion Applications desktop user interface as well as the simplicity of customizing and extending  the simplified user interface.

    Date: April 8, 2014
    Time: 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM PDT
    Location: Level 3, Murano - 3201
    Session ID: 14456

Call for Developers of Mobile Applications to Participate in Usability Study
The Oracle Fusion Middleware user experience team is looking for developers to evaluate the interfaces for new cloud-based services. In particular, we are looking for the individuals that work as a part of a team that develops mobile applications.  Whether you are involved in creating native or hybrid apps that run on Android and iOS devices, you work with mobile developers to create web-based apps, or you create the back-end services that web and mobile applications call upon, we want to hear from you.

If you or someone who you work with fits this description and would be interested in providing feedback on our interface designs, please contact us today
Call for Sales Professionals to Participate in Usability Study
The Oracle Applications UX team is looking for sales professionals (sales reps and sales managers) to evaluate our next-generation user interface concepts over the next few months.  If you’re a sales professional and are interested in providing feedback on our application designs or want to learn more about this activity, please contact us today. 
Past Events
Exclusive Partner Training in Dubai
The Oracle Applications UX team conducted an Oracle HCM Presales Seminar in Dubai in early March. The seminar focused on Oracle HCM offerings and the Oracle user experience. In addition, the team taught a free, two-day workshop for developers with Application Development Framework (ADF) knowledge called "Building Great-Looking Usable Apps: Applying Oracle's Best UX Design Practices in ADF." Both workshops were open to selected Oracle partners. For more information about this event and other similar events in the future, contact Shannon Whiteman.
Oracle HCM World
Lulit Bezuayehu, Oracle User Experience architect, introduces an Oracle customer to our eye-tracking technology as part of our Meet the UX Experts session. Ben Bartels, Oracle Applications Sales Manager, observes the session.
Oracle held its first industry conference, Oracle HCM World, on February 4-6, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada. This forum for thought leadership was designed to foster networking and an enhanced understanding of the changing role of human resources (HR) in today’s business world. The Oracle Applications UX team hosted two user research activities at the onsite usability lab, where HR professionals provided feedback on HCM applications that use social tools and voice technology. Additionally, we hosted the “Meet the UX Experts” walk-in lab, where conference attendees were able to learn about Oracle user experience, see demos of Oracle HCM Cloud on the tablet using eye-tracking technology, try out Oracle Voice, a future mobile application that works like a voice-controlled virtual assistant for sales reps, and learn about user experience  enhancements in PeopleSoft 9.2.
Oracle Value Chain Summit
More than 1,000 Oracle professionals attended the second annual Oracle Value Chain Summit to learn how smart companies are transforming their supply chains into information-driven value chains. The conference was held in San Jose, California, February 3-5, 2014.  Members of Oracle Applications User Experience and Product Management teams joined forces to conduct several sessions to obtain customer feedback and showcase the latest user interface design trends for supply chain management products
IOUC Summit Usability Lab Tours
On January 21, 2014, the Oracle Applications UX team hosted usability lab tours for more than 20 Oracle user group leaders representing industry, product, and regional user groups from around the world.  Attendees learned about the Applications UX team and current applications that we are showcasing, as well as the ways that we are exploring new concepts as a part of our research.  Many attendees described the tour as “very cool and exciting.”
Update from the Oracle Usability Advisory Board
The Oracle Usability Advisory Board (OUAB) held its first board meeting in the Middle East on December 17, 2013, at the Oracle offices in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with 18 board members and guests. The meeting featured a welcome message by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, keynote customer presentations, and presentations on the following topics: Oracle Worldwide Product Translation, Oracle E-Business Suite User Experience Strategy, Oracle Mobile Ethnographic Research, Oracle Voice, and Icons Designed for Global Users.  To learn more about the Oracle Usability Advisory Board, please visit us on Usable Apps.
Atiq Juma Nasib of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry addresses the OUAB in the Middle East.
Learn More About the Simplified UI for Oracle Cloud Applications
Visit the Voice of User Experience, or VoX, blog for a new post about the strategy behind the Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud simplified user interface. Learn what’s new in Release 7 from the Oracle Applications UX team, and find links to new video demos on the simplified user interface for self-service users and managers.

Floyd Teter of EiS Technologies and an Oracle ACE Director also writes about the simplified user interface and Oracle Fusion Applications HCM in his recent blog post, “Oracle Fusion HCM -- The Kettle Is Beginning To Boil.”

There are also a few new posts about Oracle Sales Cloud, such as a post on the Oracle Applications Blog called “Wow Sales Managers and Reps with An Unmatched User Experience.” A separate post published on VoX last month about Oracle Sales Cloud focuses on what’s new in Release 7 with the simplified user interface.

Also on VoX, Oracle partner Anne Meyer of MIPRO Consulting LLC talks about seeing the direction of the Oracle user experience, including the simplified user interface, in “Partner Gives a Thumbs-Up to Insight on Oracle User Experience.” She says, “I’m anxious for these products to make it to the marketplace. Some may be game-changing for Oracle and how people view Oracle products.”
Exploring New User Experience Concepts
Oracle invests a great deal in creating a user experience for its applications that empowers customers to be more productive and efficient. One way that investment is made is by exploring new technologies and looking for ways to use them so that the Oracle user experience continues to evolve. Much of that research takes place among the ranks of the Oracle Applications UX team.

Recent posts on the Usable Apps blog and on TheAppsLab blog look at what and how members of the Applications UX team are exploring new concepts. We invite you to join the conversation! Tell us about your experiences with new technology and how you think the technology could be used in the enterprise space. To read more about what we’ve found, head over to the Usable Apps blog for new posts on Voice, social network integration, and Google Glass. Then check out Jake Kuramoto’s new post about exploring new concepts on TheAppsLab blog.

Support for Building Your Own Good Usability Practices
Visit the Voice of User Experience, or VoX, blog for a new post from Misha Vaughan, an Oracle Applications User Experience director, to see what she writes about “Six Things You Can Do Today to Jump-Start Your User Experience for Enterprise Applications.” Her post tells you how to build in good usability practices, even on a small budget.
Oracle Applications UX Now on Facebook
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