Have Fun out There

Published on March 25th, 2016 3 Comments

Yesterday, I talked, in part, about how we can, if we choose, work all the time, from the moment we open our eyes, until we close them for sleep. So today’s as good a Friday as any to remind you to balance all that work with some fun. We here at the AppsLab are big […]

How We Go Through Our Day

Published on March 24th, 2016 Leave a Comment

Earlier this month, our strategy and roadmap eBook was released. In it, you’ll find all the whys, wherefores, whats and hows that drive the Simplicity-Mobility-Extensibility design philosophy we follow for Oracle Cloud Applications. The eBook is free, as in beer, and it’s a great resource if you find yourself wondering why we do what we […]

New Content on Our Oracle.com Page

Published on March 21st, 2016 2 Comments

Back in September, our little team got a big boost when we launched official content under the official Oracle.com banner. I’ve been doing this job for various different organizations at Oracle for nine years now, and we’ve always existed on the fringe. So, having our own home for content within the Oracle.com world is a major […]

Is the Mi Band the Harbinger of Affordable #fashtech?

Published on March 1st, 2016 2 Comments

So, here’s a new thing I’ve noticed lately, customizable wearables, specifically the Xiaomi Mi Band (#MiBand), which is cheap and completely extensible. This happens to be Ultan’s (@ultan) new fitness band of choice, and coincidentally, Christina’s (@ChrisKolOrcl) as well. Although both are members of Oracle Applications User Experience (@usableapps), neither knew the other was wearing […]

A Wonderful Week in Australia

Published on February 23rd, 2016 5 Comments

2016 has been a whirlwind so far, and February kept up the pace. Here’s a quick rundown of what we’ve been doing. As we did last year, OAUX made a trip to APAC again this year to meet partners, customers and Oracle people, show our Expo of goodies and talk simplicity-mobility-extensibility, Glance, Scan, Commit and our […]

Put Glance on It

Published on February 5th, 2016 Leave a Comment

Because I live in Portland, I’m often asked if “Portlandia” is accurate. It is, mostly, and so it seems appropriate to channel an early episode to talk about Glance, our wearables framework. Actually, Glance has grown beyond wearables to support cars and other devices, the latest of which is Noel’s (@noelportugal) gadget du jour, the LaMetric Time (@smartatoms). […]

Come Visit the OAUX Gadget Lab

Published on February 4th, 2016 Leave a Comment

In September 2014, Oracle Applications User Experience (@usableapps) opened a brand new lab that showcases Oracle’s Cloud Applications, specifically the many innovations that our organization has made to and around Cloud Applications in the past handful of year. We call it the Cloud User Experience Lab, or affectionately, the Cloud Lab. Our team has several […]

My Joyful Consumption of Data

Published on January 21st, 2016 4 Comments

I love data, always have. To feed this love and to compile data sets for my quantified self research, I recently added the Netatmo Weather Station to the other nifty devices that monitor and quantify my everyday life, including Fitbit Aria, Automatic and Nest. I’ve been meaning to restart my fitness data collection too, after spending most of […]

The Time I Ran Out of Gas

Published on January 6th, 2016 Leave a Comment

Before Christmas, I ran out of gas for the first time. All things considered, I was very lucky. It was just me in the car, and the engine died in a covered parking structure, in a remote corner with few cars. Plus, it was the middle of the day, during the week before Christmas, so not […]

OpenWorld 2015 Highlights

Published on November 19th, 2015 1 Comment

It’s been nearly three weeks, and I’m finally getting around to sharing the highlights of our OpenWorld 2015. Enjoy. Keynotes Last year, Steve Miranda showed some of our project work in his keynote. This year, our Glance framework on the Apple Watch, made an appearance in Larry Ellison’s first keynote in a video showcasing the evolution […]

The Glance Framework on Android Auto

Published on October 20th, 2015 Leave a Comment

A while back, I told you about Glance, a framework for wearables and other devices. Quick history review, Glance was born out of our frustration with rebuilding basic Oracle Cloud Applications notification functionality each time a hot new wearable device dropped, e.g. Google Glass, Pebble, Android Wear, etc. So, by the time the Apple Watch launched, […]

See the IoT Nerf Gun at JavaOne

Published on October 14th, 2015 Leave a Comment

So, Mark (@mvilrokx) built a internet-connected Nerf gun, so that happened. If you read here, you’ll have seen the early stages of the build. Heading into JavaOne (@javaoneconf), where he’ll be giving a talk, Mark wanted to build something cool to show. Look for a technical post from him soon. The short version is that he […]

Go on a Quest at Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne

Published on October 13th, 2015 Leave a Comment

The Scavenger Hunt we ran at Kscope15 was a huge success. The players had fun, the game was mostly bug-free and our gracious hosts, ODTUG (@odtug), were happy. The Hunt went so well that we’ve been asked by the OTN (@oracleotn) to run a similar game at this year’s Oracle OpenWorld (@oracleopenworld) and JavaOne (@javaoneconf). I can’t […]

Another Home for Our Stuff

Published on September 29th, 2015 Leave a Comment

I’m very pleased to announce that our colleague and friend Kathy recently pushed live a page on oracle.com under the OAUX section, dedicated to our Emerging Technologies team and our work. Big moment for us. I feel like a made guy. Don’t worry. This little blog will continue to be our home and stream of consciousness, […]

Android Users, You Need Vysor

Published on September 18th, 2015 7 Comments

Despite the amount of iOS and Apple Watch chatter here lately, we still have a dedicated Android user base on the team, including me. If you read here, you’ll know that projecting an Android device screen to an audience has always been important for us, and usually we have more than one screen to project. Over […]

Celebrating 5 Years in Oracle’s Mexico Development Center

Published on September 17th, 2015 Leave a Comment

Editor’s note: If you read here, you might recall that we have dos hermanos en Guadalajara, Luis (@lsgaleana) y Osvaldo (@vaini11a). Last month, the Mexico Development Center (MDC) celebrated its fifth anniversary. Here’s to many more. Reposted from VoX. By Sarahi Mireles, (@sarahimireles), Oracle Applications User Experience (@usableapps) As you may know, Oracle has a couple […]

Reducing Friction with Amazon Prime Now

Published on September 9th, 2015 Leave a Comment

A couple days after Noel (@noelportugal) wrote about reducing user friction, I got a chance to try one of Amazon’s latest friction-reducing services, Amazon Prime Now. The likes of Webvan pioneered grocery delivery back in the dot com days, and fun fact, Amazon owns and continues to operate what is left of Webvan. In those halcyon […]

Four Weeks with the Garmin Vivosmart

Published on September 3rd, 2015 5 Comments

The Year of Data continues for me, and yesterday, I finished a four-week relationship with the Garmin Vivosmart. I use relationship purposefully here because if you use a wearable to track fitness and sleep, you’re wearing it a lot, and it actually becomes a little friend (or enemy) that’s almost always with you. Wearables are […]

OAUX Emerging Technologies in Profit Magazine

Published on September 1st, 2015 Leave a Comment

The August 2015 edition of Profit Magazine (@OracleProfit) includes a nice piece called “The Explorers” highlighting the work of our team and that of JD Edwards Labs. This article is nice companion piece to our strategic approach to emerging technologies and how we apply the “Glance, Scan, Commit” design philosophy to our work. I’m honored to be quoted in […]

Emerging Technologies and the ‘Glance, Scan, Commit’ Design Philosophy

Published on August 31st, 2015 Leave a Comment

Cross-posted from VoX. Behind the Oracle user experience goals of designing for simplicity, mobility, and extensibility is a core design philosophy guiding the Oracle Applications User Experience (OAUX) team’s work in emerging technologies: “Glance, Scan, Commit.” It nicely boils down a mountain of research and a design experience that shapes the concepts you can see from […]

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