Mix is Live

November 11th, 2007 28 Comments

MixToday is a big day for Oracle and our team. We have been cranking pretty hard for the last 6 weeks to get here. Where are we you ask? We’ll, I like to think of it as camp. Y’know in those everest trips how the teams have to reach a series of camps before their ultimate dream of conquering the highest peak on this planet? Today, was the first stop on our way to having the applications community we have all dreamed about. We have officially launched our Beta of Oracle Mix. Mix is our combination social network, idea sharing site, group collaboration tool, and answers forum.  Oh yeah, and it’s all running on the red stack, Oracle Linux, Oracle Fusion Middleware, and Oracle DB.

The really cool thing is that we built the whole thing in about 6 weeks, from start to finish. That includes the very brief design sessions we had to flush out requirements, wireframes, etc. If you ask Jake nicely he might post a few of our really fancy whiteboard wireframes that he captured on his iphone (can you say Agile development?) The other cool thing was that as a part of this project we were lucky enough to connect with a fantastic team from ThoughtWorks. It was collaborative from start to finish. We each brought a few necessary components to the table along with a mutual desire to do something not only different, but special. I can tell you that without their professionalism and expertise, we would not be where we are today.

It should also be noted that launching anything as ambitious as a community for such a large group of people is not done in a vacuum. There were unsung heroes throughout Oracle in groups like legal, hr, operations, marketing, customer programs, and more that really made this happen. There are challenges in any project, but the people we ran into always seemed to find the answer, happily. To them we simply say thank you.

So here we are, day 1. Now the real fun begins. Seeing how everyone who cares about Oracle applications uses this new tool. We are excited to see what works and what doesn’t. There will without question be issues as we figure out what this new world means to our community. So pardon our dust if you see it, and thanks for coming along for the ride!


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28 Responses to “Mix is Live”

  1. Rich Manalang - FriendFeed Says:

    postedMix is Liveon Oracle AppsLab

  2. Mac De Oracle Says:

    」と、Martin Fowlerが所属していることでも有名なThoughtWorksが協力して開発したサービスです。なんて事もあり興味を持ったとうのもあるんですけどね。 ところで、Oracle AppsLabといえば・・・以前私のエントリがPingback(かな?)でAppsLabのエントリにトラックバックされていたっけ。。。(^^;;; ちなみに、Oracle Mixに登録しちゃってます。。:)

  3. S/N Ratio (by SATO Naoki) Says:

    AppsLab」と、Martin Fowlerが所属していることでも有名なThoughtWorksが協力して開発したサービスです。 Oracle AppsLab http://theappslab.com/ Oracle AppsLab > Mix is Live (2007/11/11)http://theappslab.com/2007/11/11/mix-is-live/Oracle AppsLab > Let’s Mix (2007/11/12) http://theappslab.com/2007/11/12/lets-mix/ ThoughtWorks http://www.thoughtworks.com/ ThoughtWorks > Oracle Mix http://www.thoughtworks.com/our-clients/oraclemix.html

  4. Om Malik | Phil Cooke and The Change Revolution Says:

    create and share content (as well as rate and comment on it). The wiki may overlap somewhat with another social web tool rollout from the company: Oracle Mix, a social networking site for customers with idea voting, groups, user profiles, and Q&A.According to Oracle Apps Lab blogger Paul Pedrazzi, Mix was built in six weeks with the help of ThoughtWorks. Oracle’s been experimenting with internal social networking too, in the form of their Connect tool, a sort of Facebook for the enterprise. Oracle

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  6. Dan Norris Says:

    Where do we post technical issues with the mix site itself? I tried to “want” one of the ideas, but I got an error saying “You must have a confirmed Oracle customer email address to perform that action.” I don’t understand how to get on the A-list…help?

  7. Dan Norris Says:

    Where do we post technical issues with the mix site itself? I tried to “want” one of the ideas, but I got an error saying “You must have a confirmed Oracle customer email address to perform that action.” I don’t understand how to get on the A-list…help?

  8. Jake Says:

    Dan: Lulz, as if I would know about the A-List. You’ll want to register with your work/customer email, and then confirm. After that, you’re golden. Catch up with me at 21st Amendment this evening, and we’ll chat.

  9. Jake Says:

    Dan: Lulz, as if I would know about the A-List. You’ll want to register with your work/customer email, and then confirm. After that, you’re golden. Catch up with me at 21st Amendment this evening, and we’ll chat.

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  11. Steve Says:

    Mix doesn’t work for me. I log in and wherever I try to go it takes me to the profile page. I’ve tried to complete that but it doesn’t save any responses. Doesn’t matter what browser I use (I use Firefox but tried IE) or how many times I empty my cache.

  12. Steve Says:

    Mix doesn’t work for me. I log in and wherever I try to go it takes me to the profile page. I’ve tried to complete that but it doesn’t save any responses. Doesn’t matter what browser I use (I use Firefox but tried IE) or how many times I empty my cache.

  13. Jake Says:

    Steve: Send a note with some more details to oraclemix underscore ww at oracle dot com.

  14. Jake Says:

    Steve: Send a note with some more details to oraclemix underscore ww at oracle dot com.

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    Rejoining the Oracle Social Mix…

    [..] To the AppsLab team – a big thank you! As I mentioned in my last post, I’m now ex-Oracle, and one of the transition pains was cutting myself off from the internal Oracle Connect social networking site. But no sooner do I leave, and they gracious….

  17. Srinivas Says:

    You mention that the site was done in 6 weeks. How many people worked on the project and the composition of the team (including Thoughtworks)? How many hours? What pieces you developed versus what libraries you leveraged? All these bits of information is helpful in determining what it took to get the site up in 6 weeks.

  18. Srinivas Says:

    You mention that the site was done in 6 weeks. How many people worked on the project and the composition of the team (including Thoughtworks)? How many hours? What pieces you developed versus what libraries you leveraged? All these bits of information is helpful in determining what it took to get the site up in 6 weeks.

  19. Rich Manalang Says:

    Srinivas,

    I’ll save all the details for another blog post, but basically, the team was comprised of me (Rich) and 4 ruby guys from ThoughtWorks. It was a fabulous team. One guy, Ola, works on jRuby core… so that helped a ton. The actual dev time actually only took about 3.5-4 weeks. The project started 6 weeks ago, but dev was compressed to a shorter time period. Development was done in an agile fashion (ThoughtWorks, defines agile).

    Anyway, I’ll post more details on this before the week is over.

    Rich

  20. Rich Manalang Says:

    Srinivas,

    I’ll save all the details for another blog post, but basically, the team was comprised of me (Rich) and 4 ruby guys from ThoughtWorks. It was a fabulous team. One guy, Ola, works on jRuby core… so that helped a ton. The actual dev time actually only took about 3.5-4 weeks. The project started 6 weeks ago, but dev was compressed to a shorter time period. Development was done in an agile fashion (ThoughtWorks, defines agile).

    Anyway, I’ll post more details on this before the week is over.

    Rich

  21. Chris Muir Says:

    Hi

    I attempted to send the following message to the Mix email address published above, but it bounced. The gist of my email was as follows (apologies for the cut n paste):

    Hi Oracle Mix team

    Well done on the new site. This has huge amounts of potential.

    Regards the email confirmation process, this is currently failing for myself and as such I can’t create ideas.

    I’ve registered as Chris Muir, and have received the confirmation email asking me to click on one of the 2 confirm links. However on navigating back to the Oracle Mix website after clicking on either link, then selecting the Confirm button, my profile page still shows the following message:

    “We haven’t validated your email address yet, or your email is not an Oracle customer email address. Please check your email and confirm your address.”

    In turn I can’t create ideas for the same reason.

    Could you please look into this issue? I notice others are lodging the same complaint under the Messages for the Oracle Mix group within the site.

    Thanks & regards,

    Chris Muir

  22. Chris Muir Says:

    Hi

    I attempted to send the following message to the Mix email address published above, but it bounced. The gist of my email was as follows (apologies for the cut n paste):

    Hi Oracle Mix team

    Well done on the new site. This has huge amounts of potential.

    Regards the email confirmation process, this is currently failing for myself and as such I can’t create ideas.

    I’ve registered as Chris Muir, and have received the confirmation email asking me to click on one of the 2 confirm links. However on navigating back to the Oracle Mix website after clicking on either link, then selecting the Confirm button, my profile page still shows the following message:

    “We haven’t validated your email address yet, or your email is not an Oracle customer email address. Please check your email and confirm your address.”

    In turn I can’t create ideas for the same reason.

    Could you please look into this issue? I notice others are lodging the same complaint under the Messages for the Oracle Mix group within the site.

    Thanks & regards,

    Chris Muir

  23. Jake Says:

    Chris: Thanks for noticing the email isn’t working. I’m working on that. As for the confirmation issues, are you using your “work” address, i.e. not a yahoo or gmail one? Feel free to mail me with the details: jake dot kuramoto at oracle dot com.

  24. Jake Says:

    Chris: Thanks for noticing the email isn’t working. I’m working on that. As for the confirmation issues, are you using your “work” address, i.e. not a yahoo or gmail one? Feel free to mail me with the details: jake dot kuramoto at oracle dot com.

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