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ADVISOR WEBCAST: Troubleshooting Oracle WebCenter Content 12c

Wed, 2017-01-18 08:22

Advisor Webcast

Troubleshooting Oracle WebCenter Content 12c

February 8th, 2017

Schedule:

  • Wednesday, February 08, 2017 07:00 AM (US Pacific Time)
  • Wednesday, February 08, 2017 10:00 AM (US Eastern Time)
  • Wednesday, February 08, 2017 04:00 PM (Central European Time)
  • Wednesday, February 08, 2017 08:30 PM (India Standard Time)

Abstract:

This one-hour Advisor Webcast will help administrators of WebCenter Content gather and analyze information that can be used to help resolve issues.

Topics Include:

  • Configuration files: what are they for, where are they located
  • Configuration page: what can that tell me about my system
  • Log files: how can they help me and where are they located
  • System Audit Information page: what information if found there
  • Tracing sections: which ones are most useful
  • Steps to open a service request including My Oracle Support Automated Flows
  • What is Remote Diagnostic Agent and how to use it
  • Patches: where to find them and how to apply them

Duration: 1 hr

WebEx Conference Details

Topic: Troubleshooting Oracle WebCenter Content 12c
Event Number: 593 140 306
Event Passcode: 909090

Register here: https://oracleaw.webex.com/oracleaw/onstage/g.php?d=593140306&t=a

Once the host approves your request, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the meeting.

InterCall Audio Instructions

A list of Toll-Free Numbers can be found below.

  • Participant US/Canada Dial-in #: 800-932-0511    
  • International Toll-Free Numbers
  • Alternate International Dial-In #: 706-634-4860
  • Conference ID: 55877947

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Current Schedule and Archived Downloads for Oracle Fusion Middleware products can be found in Advisor Webcasts for Oracle Fusion Middleware.

The 5 Best Use Cases for HelloSign for Oracle Documents Cloud

Mon, 2017-01-16 09:00

Authored by: Sarah Gabot, Demand Generation Manager, HelloSign  

When people think about eSignatures, it can be tricky to think of the different ways they can be used. The truth is, most departments can benefit from easier online signing.

Coupled with Oracle Documents Cloud, HelloSign can be used for an endless number of business cases. We’ve listed the 5 best use cases for this product pairing. 

#1 Onboarding Employees
It’s the norm for a new employee to receive a stack of papers on their first day of work. It can get really tedious to get through all the basic onboarding documents. If you upload all your documents to Oracle Documents Cloud and use HelloSign, you eliminate the papers, giving your new employee a better onboarding the experience. You in turn benefit from an organized way to track and securely store completed onboarding documents.

Some common onboarding documents to digitize are: 
  • I-9
  • W-4
  • Insurance forms
  • NDAs
  • Employee handbooks

#2 Procurement Processes
You need to manage lots of documents in the world of procurement and supply. When procurement departments work with paper contracts, they’re at risk for getting lost or damaged. Digitizing these documents can help streamline the vendor and contract processes. You’ll keep your documents safe and secure to boot.

When you use HelloSign for Oracle Documents Cloud, not only will your documents be safely stored in the cloud, they’ll also include a court permissible audit trail

Consider bringing the following procurement documents into the cloud: 
  • Form of Offer and Acceptance
  • Service Agreements
  • Terminations
  • Bidding Forms
#3 Sales Contracts
Slowing down your Sales team means slowing down revenue for your business. Can you imagine if you lost a deal to a competitor because they sent their contract digitally while you were still stuck printing and faxing it? 

HelloSign and Oracle Documents Cloud removes the friction in signing sales contracts, because it becomes fast and easy to sign and send back. That means sales teams spend less time sitting and waiting for their contracts to return. HelloSign for Oracle Documents Cloud also shows the status of the document, stating whether the document is signed or not, so your Sales team can follow up appropriately. 

Use Oracle Documents Cloud and HelloSign to manage: 
  • Statements of work
  • Sales proposals
  • Purchase and sales agreements
  • Demo NDAs
#4 Real Estate Agreements
When you’re closing a deal in the real estate industry – regardless of whether you’re in sales or rentals – paperwork is inevitable. Rather than having to print these documents or bring a folder full of copies with you, simply add these files to your Oracle Documents Cloud and use HelloSign to get them signed. 

You can use HelloSign and Oracle Documents Cloud for: 
  • Purchasing agreements
  • Mortgage forms
  • Deed forms
  • Lease agreements
  • Rental applications
#5 Back Office Paperwork
The back office is always managing a wide variety of documents that help a company run smoothly. Often times, they’re managing crucial documents that keep records of the company’s sales and purchases. 

With the HelloSign integration, you can cut out back office paperwork such as: 
  • NDAs 
  • Invoices
  • Purchase orders
Ready to get started? 
HelloSign with Oracle Documents Cloud can help nearly all industries or departments with their paper problem. Read more about how the integration works or email oracle-sales@hellosign.com for more information.

Ovum Analyst Report: SWOT Assessment: Oracle Web Experience Management (WebCenter Sites 12.2.1.1.0 and Sites Cloud Service)

Wed, 2017-01-11 09:20


The focus of web experience management (WEM) is generally on supporting the customer by offering relevant content and experiences through multiple channels. But that is only part of the story. WEM is also an important system that can be just as valuable when used internally to help employees fulfill their roles more effectively. Oracle offers an extensive WEM portfolio, which includes WebCenter Sites and Sites Cloud Service and combines experience management, mobile collaboration, and process automation to help organizations build compelling experiences for customers and employees. WebCenter Sites can be deployed on-premise or hosted in cloud. Sites Cloud Service is a pure cloud offering. Thus, flexible deployment options are available, making it suitable for a wide range of organizations. This SWOT analysis by Ovum provides recommendations for enterprises considering Web Experience Management, and specifically Oracle's WEM portfolio.

TekStream Blog: Waterfall vs. Agile Process for PaaS Projects

Fri, 2017-01-06 09:28
Waterfall vs Agile Waterfall vs. Agile Process for PaaS Projects

By: Matt Chumley | Project Manager/Solutions Analyst, TekStream Solutions

In order to attempt to choose between Waterfall and Agile approaches to a project implementing a cloud solution, it’s important to have a clear understanding of the benefits and drawbacks of each methodology. In a technological world that is increasingly becoming more and more demanding, aspects of Agile are being used to facilitate projects to successful completion.

The push towards a full Agile approach to cloud solutions, such as PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) projects, could potentially post major concerns and problems to your project. This is why the best approach should ideally be some type of hybrid, with the user/manager’s choice of how many Agile aspects are actually used while keeping some of the structure of Waterfall processes.

Read the full article on TekStream's blog here!

Cloud Helps EMO Trans Compete with New Online Contenders

Tue, 2017-01-03 11:14

EMO Trans began operations in the 1960s, shipping German textile machines to the US. The company now maintains offices in 17 countries on 5 continents, including 30 offices in the US alone. As it grew, EMO Trans built separate IT systems tuned to local realities. “We have 17 separate IT silos,” says Andy Richardson, EMO’s executive director of IT. Each country has its own servers and software in its own language and caters to the needs of that particular country. “Because of these local nuances, we need to globalize our systems without affecting the silos,” he says.

Richardson thought a cloud-based solution might work. “If you think of all the 17 silos being upright, then the cloud is the umbrella over the top of them and everybody’s feeding into it and taking it back out again,” he says. “The customer is hitting the cloud to see anything and everything that relates to them and their shipment.” It doesn’t matter which country it’s from or to which country it’s going, he adds: “It simplifies our world. Before, we’ve had 17 paths to maintain. We’ve moved to one.”

Read this Forbes article and view the video below to learn how EMO Trans is using Oracle Documents Cloud Service and Oracle Process Cloud service to find a way to match potential disrupters' slick apps and interfaces, without giving up the nuanced local knowledge and relationships that earned its reputation for hustle and one-on-one service.

Season's Greetings!

Tue, 2016-12-20 09:24

We want to wish you Season's Greetings and thank you for your continued support and partnership! We'll be back in 2017 with new assets, programs and education on Oracle Digital Experience, Oracle WebCenter and Oracle Cloud Solutions. 

Happy Holidays! - The DX Team

HelloSign and Oracle Documents Cloud for the Rentals Industry

Thu, 2016-12-15 13:36

Authored by: Sarah Gabot, Demand Generation Manager, HelloSign

Landlords and property managers have to deal with a lot of paperwork. With residents moving in and out of units, the papers that each tenant signs can quickly stack up for anyone managing multiple renters. 

The great news is that ever since the ESIGN Act of 2000, electronically signed documents now have the same legal weight of a handwritten signature

For anyone managing rentals, coupling Oracle Documents Cloud Service with HelloSign can be the perfect alternative to managing stacks of paperwork for your rental properties. Simply upload the documents into Oracle Documents Cloud. When you want to send it out to a tenant for a signature, you can do it straight from Oracle Documents Cloud using the HelloSign for Oracle Documents Cloud. 

Using Oracle Documents Cloud with HelloSign is perfect for: 
  • Rental leases
  • Renewals
  • Rental applications
  • Maintenance records
  • Guarantor agreements
Benefits of Moving to Oracle Documents Cloud and HelloSign

As a property manager or landlord, you’ll experience less clutter around your office space once you cut back the amount of paper you use. 

Some lesser known benefits of moving to cloud storage with eSignatures include: 
  • Signing can happen remotely. This can be great for anyone who has a cosigner or is trying to sign an agreement from afar. 
  • Better applicant experience. By allowing your renters to sign their documents electronically instead of having to shuffle through papers or sign in-person, you’re providing them a better experience overall. It makes you look more professional and modern as well. 
  • Faster turn around. When you let your tenants sign their rental documents online, filling out the paperwork becomes faster and easier. 
  • Increased paperwork accuracy. Isn’t it frustrating when someone accidentally misses a field on a form? HelloSign allows document preparers to create “required fields” that prevent signers from sending back the document without the field filled out. This prevents you from receiving incomplete paperwork. 
  • Save money. Every time you print copies of your agreements, applications, and records, you’re spending money on materials: paper, paper clips, folders, staples, etc. When you move to the cloud, you don’t have to worry about buying any of these items. 
Start Using HelloSign for Oracle Documents Cloud 

Want to start using HelloSign and Oracle Documents Cloud to help manage your rental properties? Learn more about how it works in our recent blog post or email us at oracle-sales@hellosign.com for more info. 

VASSIT Drives Business Transformation with Oracle Cloud Platform

Wed, 2016-12-14 12:32

VASSIT is a software integration company specialized in solving complex enterprise challenges associated with customer experience, enterprise content management, systems integration and big data and offers a range of services including customer journey mapping, technology evaluations, technology deployments, custom application development, bespoke integrations and application hosting and support. Clients typically come to VASSIT to enable digital transformation and improve customer experience and efficiency. 

Watch this video to learn how VASSIT enables business transformation for its clients by leveraging Oracle's Cloud Platform including: Oracle Mobile Cloud Service, Oracle Documents Cloud Service, Oracle Process Cloud Service, and Oracle Sites Cloud Service and learn how Oracle’s enterprise-scalable technology platform provides secure solutions wherever and whenever needed.

Enabling the Mobile Workforce with Cloud Content and Experience - Part 4

Tue, 2016-12-06 10:21
Author: Mark Paterson, Director, Oracle Documents Cloud Service Product Management

Continuing my series on quick tips on how to use key features of Oracle Documents Cloud Service’ mobile app to drive effective mobile collaboration (part 1, part 2 and part 3 available), I’d like to introduce you to a brand new feature that helps bridge the gap between Oracle Documents Cloud Service (our content and social collaboration platform) and Oracle Sites Cloud Service (visual site and community builder solution).

Have trouble remembering where the latest product micro sites that the marketing team deployed are? Let me guess, you forgot to bookmark those. Well, now there is no need to remember. Oracle Documents Cloud Service’s mobile app has been enhanced to make it easy to access sites deployed using Oracle Sites Cloud Service. Now you can access all your documents, conversations and sites from the same mobile app.

  1. Install the Oracle Documents app on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device, log on to Oracle Documents Cloud Service, and you’re ready to go. Use it anywhere. It’s designed to be familiar, swiping to navigate and tapping to open folders and files. The app guides you through what to do.

  2. Sites are now only a couple of taps away on your mobile device. Open the navigation bar and tap on the new “My Sites” link at the bottom.

  3. All your sites can be accessed from this handy list.

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It isn’t just about ease of access though. We’ve also optimized the browsing experience so that you can take advantage of features in the Oracle Documents mobile app directly from your sites. For example, if you tap on the link to a file, you can preview it directly within the mobile app which makes it easy not only to share the link to the file with others but even open it and make edits. Direct download links like the “File Download” icon will give you the option to save the file directly into one of your own Oracle Documents folders for easy, anytime, anywhere and any device access.

Check out our latest how-to video to see it in action:

You can always find Oracle Documents Cloud Service mobile app in both the AppStore and Google play store.

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Short and sweet this time round! Next time we’ll explore changes we’ve made that make it super simple to message your colleagues using Oracle Documents.

Don’t have Oracle Documents Cloud Service yet? You can start a free trial immediately. Visit cloud.oracle.com/documents to get started on your free trial today.

Previous posts in this series:

Enabling the Mobile Workforce with Cloud Content and Experience - Part 1 (Mobile editing files)

Enabling the Mobile Workforce with Cloud Content and Experience - Part 2 (Simplifying mobile file uploads)

Enabling the Mobile Workforce with Cloud Content and Experience - Part 3 (Reviewing and approving files on-the-go)


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Fishbowl Solutions Webinar: Quality, Safety, and Knowledge Management with Oracle WebCenter Content and ControlCenter

Wed, 2016-11-30 08:32
Topic:
Quality, Safety, and Knowledge Management with Oracle WebCenter Content and ControlCenter
Description:
Join Ryan Companies Vice President of Construction Operations, Mike Ernst, and Fishbowl Solutions Product Manager, Kim Negaard, to learn how Ryan Companies, a leading national construction firm, found knowledge management success with ControlCenter for Oracle WebCenter Content.

In this webinar, you'll hear first-hand how ControlCenter has been implemented as part of Ryan’s Integrated Project Delivery Process helping them create a robust knowledge management system to promote consistent and effective operations across multiple regional offices. You’ll also learn how ControlCenter's intuitive, modern user experience enabled Ryan to easily find documents across devices, implement reoccurring review cycles, and control both company-wide and project-specific documents throughout their lifecycle.

Register today.

New to Zoom? Go to https://www.zoom.us/test to be sure you will be able to access the webinar.
Time:

Dec 8, 2016 12:00 PM in (GMT-6:00) Central Time (US and Canada)

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How to Style Built-In Sites Cloud Service Components

Tue, 2016-11-29 13:46
Authored by: Igor Polyakov, Senior Principal Product Manager, Oracle

In this blog post I will explain how you can style built-in components in Oracle Sites Cloud Service (SCS). Built-in SCS components get their visual styling from two places:
  • comp.css, a built-in CSS file that specifies the “base” look of each component
  • design.css, a CSS file that is part of the Theme that your site is using

In the design.css file, you can override and extend the built-in comp.css styles to create your own look and feel. In a Theme, the design.css file is in the designs/default directory.

I will start by describing classes in the comp.css file that are common to all built-in components, as well as a brief overview of defining a Theme. You can follow all of the steps in this tutorial here. Learn how to move image captions, change buttons and more!

Creating Simple Component Using HTML Templates

Mon, 2016-11-21 09:07

Authored by: Igor Polyakov, Senior Principal Product Manager, Oracle

In my previous post “Building a Simple H1 Component with Settings Pane” you learned how to develop simple H1 Component for Oracle Sites Cloud Service (SCS). In this tutorial, I will show you how to create SCS Component that HTML and CS together with tempting language to render view. In this example I will use Mustache JS templates. The Component also provides a Settings panel to enable edit content in the HTML that you wish to make editable in the Site Builder by other users.

Step 1: Create the HTML Component
You will start by creating new Local Component in SCS Components catalog which is a starting point for creating any new component. Repeat the steps described in my previous post, but this time call your new component “HTML Component”.

Once you've followed the steps in the tutorial, you'll add the new HTML Component to a page in your test site. In the Site Builder, you should see:

In Edit mode:

In Preview mode:

To read more, please click here for access to the entire tutorial.

Enabling the Mobile Workforce with Cloud Content and Experience - Part 3

Thu, 2016-11-17 08:41

Author: Mark Paterson, Director, Oracle Documents Cloud Service Product Management

Continuing my series on quick tips on how to use key features of our apps to drive effective mobile collaboration (part 1 and part 2 of the series noted), I’d like to quickly cover how easy it is to review videos and audio flies. For a quick refresher, Oracle Documents Cloud Service is an enterprise-grade content and social collaboration cloud solution that allows you to work and drive decisions with your content and your ecosystem anytime, anywhere and on any device.

Need to review or approve a new video on the move? Oracle Documents Cloud Service provides full support for videos right within our mobile app.

  1. Install the Oracle Documents apps on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device, log on to Oracle Documents Cloud Service, and you’re ready to go. Use it anywhere. It’s designed to be familiar, swiping to navigate and tapping to open folders and files. The app guides you through what to do.

  2. Watching a video stored in Oracle Documents is easy. Launch Oracle Documents, browse to the folder where your video is stored and tap on it, and then tap on Play. That’s it, your video will start playing immediately, no need to wait for it to fully download, everything is streamed.

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If you need to play an audio file you can follow the same steps, no 3rd party player required.

Check out our latest "how-to" video to see it in action.

You can always find the Oracle Documents mobile apps in the App stores.

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Short and sweet this time round, next time we’ll explore changes we’ve made that make it super simple to upload all the great assets you create on your mobile device into Oracle Documents Cloud. In the meantime, if you haven't already, simply get started on your free Oracle Documents Cloud Service trial today at https://cloud.oracle.com/documents.



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HelloSign for Oracle Documents Cloud for Employee Onboarding

Wed, 2016-11-16 10:59
Authored by: Sarah Gabot, Demand Generation Manager, HelloSign 

Employees starting a new job often need to review several documents when starting a new job: I-9, W-4s, employee handbooks, insurance forms, direct deposit forms, etc. 

All of this can be alleviated by moving your onboarding documents over to a cloud solution like Oracle Documents Cloud Service, coupled with an eSignature solution like HelloSign

Why should I move onboarding to the Cloud? 

Before you write off using eSignatures for onboarding, consider the benefits: 
  • Save money. When you make paper copies of your onboarding documents, it costs money to use these materials--not to mention you also spare administrative costs and storage costs. When you use cloud storage and eSignatures, you eliminate the costs associated with them
  • More accurate paperwork. Having to sift through paperwork with a lot of fine print isn’t an easy task. Not to mention, employees also need to make sure they initial or sign off on nearly everything. It can be easy to miss something. When using an eSignature solution, employers can make certain fields on the document required to fill out so that it can’t be submitted incomplete. The end result: Fewer mistakes!
  • Better candidate experience. New employees will overall have a better experience when you use cloud storage and eSignatures for onboarding. They’ll appreciate that you’re not handing them a stack of paperwork on their first day and that they’ll be able to sail through their onboarding documents online. 
  • Cut the paperwork clutter. This one is an obvious one. When you move to online document storage like Oracle Documents Cloud Service, you don’t have to worry about filing and managing paper copies of employee paperwork. 
  • It’s greener. When you run copies of paperwork for onboarding, you use a lot of materials to put these together: paper, paper clips, staples, folders, etc. Using cloud documents will prevent you from having to use these materials, and deleting documents is done in a few clicks. 
Suggested Onboarding Documents

Here are a few suggested documents you can move over to Oracle Documents Cloud: 
  • Employee handbook
  • W-4
  • I-9
  • Insurance paperwork
  • Direct Deposit
  • NDA
Companies like Instacart, a same-day grocery delivery service, use HelloSign’s eSignatures as part of their contractor onboarding flow. Companies who are looking to move their onboarding documents into the cloud, consider coupling Oracle Documents Cloud with HelloSign. For more information, contact your Oracle Sales rep. 

Building a Simple H1 Component with Settings Panel

Tue, 2016-11-15 13:30
Authored by: Igor Polyakov, Senior Principal Product Manager, Oracle

In this 5 step tutorial, you will learn how to create a minimal Oracle Sites Cloud Service (SCS) component that has a simple HTML template and CSS. Component that you create will have a simple Settings Panel and an entry for the theme design.json to allow other SCS users to pick from 3 built-in styles when using H1 Component in the Site Builder.

When you create new component in SCS, you get a set of seeded files that will work-out-of-the-box. The seeded code covers most of the functionality of a component within the product and the "Tutorial: Developing Components with Knockout" section in the SCS documentation explains how all the pieces of the components fit together.

In this tutorial, I will explain how to change the seeded code to create your own component that will require only a small subset of seeded code to achieve the end result.

Step 1: Create New Component 
After this step you will have created your component with the Sites Cloud Service that you can immediately drop onto the page. This is the starting point for creating any new component.

To create a local component: 
1. Navigate to Sites -> Components 
2. Select option Create -> Create Local Component 
3. Enter a name, for example “BasicTextEditor” and optionally, description 
4. Click "Create" to create new component 

Checkpoint 1 
Now that you have successfully created a component, you should see this component in the Component catalog as well as in the Add > Custom component palette for any site you create. Use the following steps to validate your component creation: 
1. Create a new site using any seeded Template, for example create a site called “ComponentTest” using the “StarterTemplate" template. 
2. Select Edit option and create an update for the site to open it in the Site Builder 
3. Edit a page within the site that you created
4. Click on the Add ( "+" ) button on the left bar and select "Custom" for the list of custom components
5. Select the "H1_Component" from the custom component Palette and drop it onto the page.

You should now see a default rendering for the local component you created 

6. Select the context menu in the banner for the component you dropped
7. Select "Settings" from the drop-down menu. You can change setting to see how seeded component rendering will change. 

In the following 2-5 steps I will describe how you can modify seeded files to create a new custom component and how to modify it for your own purposes. You can read on here.

Employee Enablement with Oracle PaaS for SaaS – Human Resources

Thu, 2016-11-10 09:05

Authored by: Mitchell Palski, Fusion Middlware Specialist

The employee experience of your organization is more transparent than ever. If Public Sector agencies are expected to compete with Commercial employers, they have to make strong first impressions on their new-hires. By improving the employee’s initial experience, your Human Resources department can have an immediate influence on employee productivity and retention.

What do employees care about?

I wrote a blog post back in April 2016 called “Recruit Millennials with Innovative Oracle Cloud Projects” highlighting the fact that the younger generations of the American workforce are attracted to innovative projects that give them the chance to get visibility for their achievements. In a 2015 NY Times article, Swarthmore Professor Barry Schwartz writes:

“But most important, we need to emphasize the ways in which an employee’s work makes other people’s lives at least a little bit better (and, of course, to make sure that it actually does make people’s lives a little bit better).”

More so than commercial industries, the social impact of a Government job has to be evident and visible in the outcomes of every day responsibility. The perennial value of our work is that it supposed to be a dedication to the citizen. The more often your employees are reminded of the imperishable effects they are having on your organization’s beneficiaries, the more motivated they will be to succeed.

There is an important accompaniment to “visibility”, which is of course recognition and reward. Tony Scwartz – Chief Executive of The Energy Project – worked with The Harvard Business Review to conduct a study of +20,000 employees across the globe to inspect which components contribute to a retentive workplace (among other things:

“Feeling treated with respect made employees feel 55 percent more engaged and 110 percent more likely to stay at the company. Employees who felt the most recognized and appreciated were 100 percent more likely to stay with their organizations.”

Think about how you manage your employees today – as “Human Capital”. Sounds more like an allocation of your investment portfolio than an actual person, doesn’t it? Well, it goes two ways. You are invested in your employees and they are invested in you. In this article, I hope to expose some technology-driven strategies to strengthen and lengthen these integral connections.

What can we do?

Natively delivered out-of-the-box, Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud Service delivers HR functionality such as:
  • Prospective talent management
  • Workforce management
  • Workforce compensation and payroll
  • Time and Labor, absence management
  • Employee benefits and wellness
  • Social media monitoring
  • Real-time and predictive analytics
All of these capabilities are critical to your business, but software has an inborn influence on how employees are viewed. To effectively manage our staff, we use Employee ID numbers; we refer to employees as “resources”; we quantify, track and analyze performance. My intent isn’t to discount the importance of these practices, but rather to supplement them with intangibles.
  • Formalize innovation project review processes
  • Provide customized training paths
  • Establish leadership development plans
  • Start an Employee of the Month program
  • Encourage social collaboration

Oracle HCM is a wonderful foundation for managing the business of managing your people and has a wealth of data that can be extremely helpful in structuring innovative programs for employees. 

How do we do it?

Oracle’s Platform as a Service (PaaS) is a comprehensive, integrated portfolio of platform services that allow your organization to innovate new services faster and more productively at a lower cost. Using the Oracle PaaS services, technical users can create extensions of Oracle HCM.

HCM1 exposes business objects and processes to other applications through the use open standards-based technologies, including:
  • Extensible Markup Language (XML)
  • Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP)
  • Business Process Execution Language (BPEL)
  • Web Services Description Language (WSDL)
  • XML schema definitions (XSD)

Take a look through the documentation and you will see how Oracle’s Fusion Applications are built with the purpose of being extended into your greater Enterprise. Oracle PaaS is making the development of application extensions increasingly easier, so it’s actually more important to understand the functional components of HCM than to have a highly technical staff. Platform tools allow your organization to focus on the processes, rules, and data model that you’ve constructed in your HCM system, rather than the technical underpinnings that will ultimately be relied on by your new services.

When it’s time to get technical and start building add-ons to your HCM, you can start by referencing the REST API that is available in the Fusion Application Documentation. The documentation even includes sample payloads to help speed up your development. From this point, you have the flexibility to either:
A) Leverage that REST API or
B) Transform that REST API into a SOAP service to be consumed by other applications

In cases like these, you can use the REST API to start developing right away:

  • Use Oracle Java Cloud Service (JCS) to build office-specific “microsites” that help deliver your users’ need-to-know updates and information
  • Connect to Mobile Cloud Service (MCS) to build a mobile app for traveling employees to submit Travel requests and Expense Reports
  • Leverage Process Cloud Service (PCS) for a custom application that handles HR policy management and approvals
  • Oracle Document Cloud Service (ODCS) includes Sites Cloud Service (SCS) for document collaboration workspaces
I don’t have the word count to go into all of the possibilities that Oracle PaaS can afford your organization, but I hope you walk away from this article with a kernel of knowledge. You are not limited to what comes out-of-the-box with any Oracle Fusion Application, including Oracle’s HCM Cloud. Your organization can enable seamless content delivery, social collaboration, and personalized LOB applications, without ever customizing your Oracle SaaS application.
Remember, there is a purpose to all of this. HCM tools are perfect for managing your personnel and resources but you manage people. Inculcate your people with the virtues of your public service and build an interface that highlights their alignment to those virtues. Oracle Cloud Services will allow you to easily and inexpensively build the interfaces to do exactly that.

1Access Oracle Enterprise Repository for Oracle Fusion Applications to find detailed information about integration assets, such as web services.

Creating A New Theme in Oracle Sites Cloud Service

Tue, 2016-11-08 08:32

Authored by: Igor Polyakov, Senior Principal Product Manager, Oracle

Creating a new site template in Oracle Sites Cloud Service (SCS) 16.3.5 is easy – you can simply select an existing site in the Manager UI and then save it as a new template. However, what if you want to create a template that will be based on a site created using a brand new theme that you want to develop at the same time. This 9 step process will provide you with step-by-step instructions how to achieve that.

Step 1: Get a Bootstrap Theme
You can develop a new theme using HTML cut that you received from a web design agency or a Bootstrap theme that your found on the Web. To follow instructions in this document you will use Bootstrap theme Modern Business as an example to create new SCS theme.

Download to your desktop and explode ModernBusiness.zip archive attached to this document.

Step 2: Create a New Site using Starter Template

Login on SCS, navigate to Sites > Templates and then create new Site using StarterTemplate. When prompted, enter ‘ModernBusiness’ as the name for the new site.

Note: If StarterTemplate is not available in the catalog, upload the StarterTemplate.zip template package to a folder in DOCS and then in the Template catalog, select Create > Import a Template Package option. When prompted select StarterTemplate.zip file that you uploaded and click OK to import the template. After site creation is completed, you will see new site ModernBusiness on the list of sites. This site is created using StarterTheme that was installed with the StarterTemplate. Under Themes in the Manager UI, select StarterTheme and copy it to a new theme ModernBusinessTheme.

Open ModernBusiness site in the Site Builder, select Edit mode and then select Design option on the left bar to open Design palette. On the palette select Themes. When prompted select ModernBusinessTheme as the them for the ModernBusiness site.

Note: In the October release of Sites Cloud Service, every time you use StarterTemplate to create a new site both <New_Site> and <New_Site>Theme will be created for you. This is different from using a standard template – all sites created from a non-starter template share the same theme.

To continue reading and see steps 3-9, please click here

Oracle Named in the Constellation Research ShortList for Digital Experience (DX) Integrated Platforms

Mon, 2016-11-07 08:46

The Constellation ShortListTM presents vendors in different categories of the market relevant to early adopters. In addition, products included meet the threshold criteria for this category as determined by Constellation Research.

Constellation evaluates over 50 solutions categorized in this particular market. This Constellation ShortList is determined by client inquiries, partner conversations, customer references, vendor selection projects, market share and internal research.

About the Digital Experience (DX) Integrated Platforms Constellation ShortListTM
Digital experience (DX) integrated platforms unite digital and analog customer-facing disciplines. With the rise of the cloud and the consolidation of vendor offerings, these platforms meet a growing demand for offerings that unite customer-facing analog and digital services. Moreover, the growing need to support digital transformation efforts has led to a confluence of ad tech, artificial intelligence, commerce, content management, customer experience solutions, data management platforms, internet of things (IoT), marketing automation, mass personalization at scale, and portals—all of which must be managed alongside analog systems.

While no complete solution exists today, this Constellation ShortList represents Constellation’s attempt to catalogue DX integrated platforms as they emerge and become business model platforms for brands and organizations. 

“Source:  Constellation Research, Inc., "Constellation Research ShortListTM for Digital Experience (DX) Integrated Platforms", R “Ray” Wang, October 2016".

Oracle was included in the Constellation Research ShortListTM for Digital Experience (DX) Integrated Platforms.

The digital age has unleashed limitless potential. Skyrocketing connections are forever transforming how we work, play and live - offering businesses unprecedented opportunities for innovation, growth and value creation. To realize these opportunities, however, it is vital that today's enterprises not only develop digital tools but also put digital experience at the center of their business - empowering every aspect of process, customer experience and innovation. 

Squeezing maximum advantage from the accelerating connections between organizations, people and things is crucial to success. Within today's digital connections hide the solutions to your most urgent business challenges and the potential to build seamless, interconnected digital experiences that empower employees and amaze customers.

To thrive in this emerging world, you need to go beyond bolting on new digital tools. Instead, put digital connections and platforms at the heart of your enterprise to develop new ways of working, drive innovation and maximize value in every interaction. Oracle provides an integrated digital experience platform that connects every aspect of your processes, customer interactions and innovation with Content and Experience Management. Content and Experience Management is about driving the complete digital experience from mobile and social collaboration for content creation, reviews and decision making on content, to publication of the content across multiple channels – web, social and mobile. With Content and Experience Management, Oracle is providing a digital experience platform to enable organizations to meet demands, engage stakeholders and move business forward.

Oracle and was pleased to be included in the Constellation Research ShortListTM for Digital Experience (DX) Integrated Platforms. You can read the full report here.

Oracle Positioned as a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portals, 2016

Tue, 2016-11-01 11:44

Summary

Consumerization, convergence, continuously evolving technology and a shift toward business influence are changing the horizontal portal market profoundly. Leaders of portal and other digital experience initiatives face more complex and more consequential decisions.

Market Definition/Description

Gartner defines "portal" as a personalized point of access to relevant information, business processes and other people. Portals address various audiences, including employees, customers, partners and citizens, and support a wide range of vertical markets and business activities. As a product, a horizontal portal is a software application or service used to create and manage portals for a wide range of purposes.

The requirements of digital business are driving waves of innovation and drawing new vendors into the portal market. The evolved landscape is increasingly populated by vendors eschewing traditional portal standards and practices in favor of more flexible, leaner and lighter-weight technology. Vendors with roots in areas adjacent to the portal market, especially web content management (WCM), increasingly offer capability suitable for portal use cases.

Vendor revenue in the portal and digital engagement technologies market declined more than 5% between 2014 and 2015, when estimated revenue was at about $1.64 billion. But Gartner expects a revenue resurgence as organizations see the need to expand and improve portal capabilities as an essential part of broader digital experience initiatives. As a result, Gartner expects the market for portal and digital engagement technologies to grow at a 2.83% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between 2015 and 2016, then to rebound to a healthier growth rate of about 5% over the next five years (see "Forecast: Enterprise Software Markets Worldwide, 2013-2020, 3Q16 Update" ).

Figure 1. Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portals

Source: Gartner (2016)

Oracle was positioned as a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portals for its Oracle WebCenter Portal offering. 

Oracle WebCenter Portal is a portal and composite applications solution that delivers intuitive user experiences for the enterprise that are seamlessly integrated with enterprise applications. Oracle WebCenter Portal optimizes the connections between people, information and applications, provides business activity streams so users can navigate, discover and access content in context, and offers dynamic personalization of applications, portals and sites so users have a customized experience.

With social, mobile and analytics driving the next wave of digital innovation, businesses require that portals provide intuitive yet personalized user experiences with integrated social, collaboration and content management capabilities. Oracle WebCenter Portal is the complete, open and integrated enterprise portal and composite applications solution that enables the development and deployment of internal and external portals and websites, composite applications, self-service portals and mash-ups with integrated social and collaboration services and enterprise content management capabilities.

With Oracle WebCenter Portal, organizations can:

  • Improve business productivity by providing employees, customers and partners with a modern user experience to access contextual information in a rich, personalized and collaborative environment.
  • Speed development by providing developers with a comprehensive and flexible user experience platform that includes an extensive library of reusable components.
  • Increase business agility by extending and integrating their existing SaaS and on-premise applications such as Oracle Marketing Cloud, Oracle Sales Cloud, Oracle E-Business Suite; Siebel, PeopleSoft, and JD Edwards; and SAP seamlessly.

Oracle is pleased to be named a Leader in the 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portals. You can access the full report here.

Source: "Gartner Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portals", Jim Murphy, Gene Phifer, Gavin Tay, Magnus Revang, 17 October 2016.

This graphic was published by Gartner, Inc. as part of a larger research document and should be evaluated in the context of the entire document. The Gartner document is available upon request from Oracle.

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

More Information

The full report can be found here: http://www.gartner.com/doc/reprints?id=1-3KSXYZ1&ct=161027&st=sb 

Introducing HelloSign for Oracle Documents Cloud Service

Mon, 2016-10-31 08:56

Authored by: Sarah Gabot, Demand Generation Manager, HelloSign 

A few months ago, HelloSign was excited to announce our solution for Oracle Documents Cloud Service. It’s now possible for Oracle Documents Cloud Service customers to easily upload, populate, send, and track important business documents. 

The most exciting part of this partnership is that the possibilities are endless. Paper workflows exist everywhere; they’re in every industry and almost every department. This integration will help any company eliminate costly and redundant paperwork tasks.

How it Works
Open Oracle Documents Cloud Service and select the document you’d like to request a signature from and select it. 

In the menu bar, select “Gather Approval Signatures.” A HelloSign iframe will appear prompting you to indicate who you’d like to sign the document. Type in the names and email addresses of the signers. 


After you set up your signers, you can drag the text fields you want to use onto the document. You can choose a sign date (which will be automatically populated when the document is signed), checkbox, textbox, initials, or signature box. 

Quick tip: If you want to use data validation, choose a textbox field and select the type of validation. This will help you prevent incorrectly formatted from being submitted to you. For example, if you want to collect a zip code, it would give an error if a letter is entered instead of a number. 


Once you’ve added all the appropriate fields onto your document, click “Continue.” You’ll be prompted with a message box, allowing you to customize a message that’ll be sent to the designated signer. 

Your signer will receive an email from HelloSign, and he or she will be able to sign the document in a few clicks. When your document is signed, click “Get Signed File” in the menu to retrieve the signed document. And just like that, you’ve successfully requested for a document to be signed without printing a thing. 

Moving to a Paperless Future
When you use HelloSign for Oracle Documents Cloud Service, you’re taking one step closer to a paperless future. Now Oracle users can access their important documents and agreements without having to print or scan anything. 

Because signees will spend less time fussing with paper, you’ll be able to get your contracts and documents returned faster. When customers use HelloSign, we’ve seen companies increase their sales conversion rates by up to 23 percent simply by implementing eSignatures! 

Want to Learn More? 
Want to see our integration in action? Check out our video below. 

To learn how to get started, email our sales team at oracle-sales@hellosign.com or speak to your Oracle Account rep. 

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