This is the first of a series of posts I am planning leading up to Oracle OpenWorld which starts in less than a week. I have a few different focus areas this year, so I’ll write a little about each of them.
I’ve been talking about collaboration in ERP for quite some time and was also very flattered to have TheAppsLab and Ulan for the UX team cover what we have done in their blogs too. I call it Socializing the Finance Department, it isn’t about more Pot Luck Lunches and after work drinks, it is about using social tools in a secure and efficient manner, embedded in your ERP system, tied to your transactions and business flows to make you more productive.
The Oracle Social Network(OSN) is part of the infrastructure we build our cloud applications on, so it is pervasive in our cloud apps. There are a lot of good sessions, see here for the complete OSN list. I will be on a panel discussing the best use cases for social in enterprise applications, Tuesday September 30th 5pm – 5:45pm - Moscone West – 3022, full details here.
We won’t be doing a demo, but here is one video to give you a taste of what we will discuss, or check out my post Can chatting make us more productive? for another video. TO be honest, if you catch during the #oow week, I’m usually happy to show this off, so feel free to ask me.
According to the CEB Corporate Leadership Council High Performance Survey, 2012, the average worker collaborates with 10 or more people to accomplish day to day tasks. That is a lot of chatting. We think that this chatting needs to be be tied to the business transaction you are working with and the best way to do that is by having the collaboration tool as part of your ERP application. This is what you get with Oracle ERP Cloud. I have discussed what social is in the ERP Cloud world in my earlier post Socializing the Finance Department that you can review to get a background. The key message here is that the collaboration must be tied to a transaction. Take a look at the video below to illustrate the point and see it in action.
I think you will agree this type of chatting, or as Alan Leposfsky (@alanlepo) of Constellation Research would call it, purposeful collaboration, clearly does make you and your organization more productive.
Tomorrow Oracle is hosting a Bay Area Heart Walk at it’s HQ campus and it should be a huge event, not only raising valuable funds but also raising awareness of the importance of a heart healthy lifestyle. Since the beginning of this year I have been doing regular walking meetings and have enjoyed the benefits to both my health and my productivity. I also found many other people already doing walking meetings and others who have been inspired to start them. I’ve really enjoyed the overwhelmingly positive responses and encouragement.
Highlights of the event include the Semi Official Oracle house band, Scope Creep, check out this YouTube clip, you may recognize some of the faces including my boss on drums, who I can confirm does not appreciate my joke – what do you call somebody with no talent who hangs with musicians? – answers in the comment section please.
I will be walking with ‘Team Erb’ led by the energetic and enthusiastic (except when it comes to twitter) Janine Erb, who is one of the singers in the YouTube clip above. We have close to 100 people in the team and I’m looking forward to walking with and talking to people I have known and worked with for a long time and also making some new friends. If you are there tomorrow, come and say hi. I’ll take some pictures and probably tweet during the event.