January 17, 2014
Issue #26 – 17th January 2014
A Happy and Healthy 2014 from Succeed!
News and Latest Developments
The inaugural HCM World takes place in Las Vegas from the 4th to the 6th of February 2014. The keynote is by Mark Hurd and there are other interesting speakers from both within Oracle and outside, plus Fusion success stories from clients like Elizabeth Arden and Siemens.
It seems that Larry’s Christmas tradition is to buy himself a marketing cloud! 12 months to the day since Oracle purchased Eloqua, Larry has dipped into the coffers again and purchased Responsys for $1.5 billion.
Oft-featured Constellation Research VP and analyst Holger Mueller has published a white paper on the adoption of Fusion by several clients. He walks through each client in turn, details which parts ofFusion were purchased, how it was deployed, but most interestingly of all here reveals why Fusion was chosen over the competition.
Oracle’s David Haimes reveals that the Oracle Social Network isn’t just for CRM and HCM, but it’s actually useful in Financials too. He says “it is such a game changer in the way people use ERP applications and get their job done.”
This article was spotted by Sue Good, these are the Top 10 Resolutions that HR Departments should adopt for 2014.
Chris Muir has written a blog entry on ADF Architecture TV. There are two bonus episodes with a focus on designing solutions with accessibility in mind.
‘Tushar’ on the ORA Training blog has updated his post on Fusion Apps Architecture for the latest versions.
Floyd Teter has 14 predictions for 2014. Whilst many other industry watchers have done the same, we’ve picked Floyd’s because he’s been quite specific (rather than just saying ‘mobile is important in 2014’ etc) and has given the reasons for his selections.
A really well written article by Phil Wainewright about the distinctions between multi-tenant and multi-instance, and how those who promote multi-tenancy as a panacea may be mistaken.
CNet magazine runs down the 10 Techies (although many of these are now ex-Tech) who could shape the news and product announcements during the coming 12 months.
A 4 minute video in which Meg Bear – Oracle’s Group VP Social – talks about Oracle’s social efforts, why the company is ‘cool’ and answers some pretty pointed questions.
and One More Thing
highlighted the remarkable story of a brave woman who was hit by a drunken driver who’d run a red light. The impact was so hard that her body basically exploded, but she was revived and reassembled in the first of what would be more than 100 operations. Amazingly, she’s now the CEO of a Silicon Valley company.
December 20, 2013
Issue #25 – 20th December 2013
Succeed would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year!
News and Latest Developments
After a disappointing run, Oracle’s 2014Q2 results exceeded expectations. Most of Larry’s focus however, was on the Cloud.
‘Planned maintenance’ cripples nearly half of all Salesforce instances in Europe and the US. This outage is Salesforce’s second crash this year, coming three months after data corruption took down servers in Europe for nine hours.
Two private Higher Education institutions have selected Oracle HCM Cloud. They’ve selected both Core HR and the Talent Management Cloud.
The City of Rotterdam has chosen Fusion Core HCM for its 10,000 employees. It had previously rolled-out Oracle’s Talent Management Cloud and has now chosen to transition its core HR function also.
eVerge’s Robert Moser talks about their own Fusion HCM implementation, and the 10 key learnings that might help other companies going through the same process.
Oracle’s Muthuvel Arumugam introduces auditing within Fusion – including what’s new in Release 7. The post also contains several links to training on the subject.
Oracle’s Grant Ronald has a piece in the recent Oracle Scene magazine about learning the technology stack that underpins Fusion. Do you need to know PL/SQL, how about Java, or ADF, or JSF? Grant gives the answers.
Jani Rautiainen has written a blog entry on communicating with Fusion App via web services using the PLSQL package UTL_HTTP.
Oracle’s John Foley reveals 10 points that wouldn’t have been discussed at Salesforce’s recent conference. Some are straight-forward point-scoring against Oracle’s rival, but some are genuinely interesting. It’s also the first time we’ve heard the phrase ‘digital body language’.
Oracle ACE Floyd Teter thinks that there is starting to be an upswing in the client take-up of Fusion Applications. He cites several new client go-lives and recent hard-fought sales wins as evidence, and it’s something that we’re starting to see on this side of the Atlantic too.
Dennis Howlett ponders Oracle’s recent proclamation that they’ll compete with Amazon, Azure and Rackspace in the IaaS marketplace (Infrastructure as a Service), and asks if this is anything more than a defensive play on Oracle’s behalf – as taking on Amazon on price is risky – but concludes that customers should still consider Oracle’s offering.
Masdar is an Abu Dhabi based energy company that has selected Oracle HCM Cloud. They’re a fairly young company so potentially had a lot less legacy concerns than more mature companies, but to get live in 40 days is quite an achievement.
From the NextDraft newsletter, it seems Bill Gates participated in Reddit’s Secret Santa program. One lucky Reddit user got quite a surprise when she received her gift.
October 4, 2013
Issue #22 – 4th October 2013
News and Latest Developments
Global electronics giant Siemens has chosen Fusion HCM in the Cloud for its North American operations.
Oracle Open World
Thomas Kurian gave an overview of the new features of FusionMiddleware during his keynote at OOW. His session has been summarised by the Fusion Middleware blog, but you can watch his full keynote online here.
Top analyst Holger Mueller summarises his findings from OpenWorld and tries to predict what the future holds for Oracle.
Fusion Apps had star billing for two OOWs running, however this time they had to take a back seat as other products took centre stage. Here’s Chris Kanaracus’ summary of what we learnt about Fusion adoption.
The Profource team have implemented Fusion internally and have been posting blog entries on their experience. This time the topic is security.
Industry analyst Bill Kutik takes a magnifying glass to Lexy Martin’s “CedarCrestone HR Systems Survey”. Using a horse racing analogy, which of the major HCM horses should we back?
When you look around the office, do you wonder about the people who seem to be happy all the time? This article claims that there are things that you can do to improve your feeling of happiness. Worth a read.
David Linthicum looks at the Cloud offerings that Oracle announced at OpenWorld and assesses whether they turn Oracle into a genuine Cloud contender.
We often feature blog posts from Holger Mueller in this newsletter, so it’s a change to hear him speak. As a key member of the analyst community (which has a chequered relationship with Oracle) it’s pleasing to hear him so positive about Fusion.
A fun little video in which Hawking shows off his – typically genius – idea for seeing whether time travel is real. There’s even a humorous punchline at the end.
There are many things that one might do by mistake, however winning a marathon is unlikely to be anywhere near the top!
Taking pictures of fireworks can be tricky, however this photographer has a novel technique, and some really beautiful results.