Today 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!