Oliver Marks is reporting that Oracle has released five new CRM Gadgets built using Adobe AIR and Flex! At Oracle OpenWorld 2008 I had the chance to record a video of these new gadgets. Check it out: This is a great innovation in the usually boring CRM software space. Great job Oracle!
This week I’ve been at Oracle OpenWorld checking out all of the new applications Oracle has been building with Flex. Some of these seem to be integrating Flex and ADF which is a great combination of technologies! I’ve recorded videos of some of these applications which I hope to edit and publish here soon. One of those videos will feature the new Oracle MetaLink, which is a fantastic Flex application (details on Edwin Biemond’s blog).
I had the great pleasure of being invited to be a guest speaker on the second RIA Weekly podcast with Coté from RedMonk and Ryan Stewart. In the podcast we discuss Oracle’s recent move to Flex and RIA as well as Java and Flex. Let me know what you think.
At Oracle OpenWorld on Tuesday and then on Wednesday at Larry Ellison’s keynote the seventh Flex application announced at OpenWorld was demonstrated. Like Sales Prospector and Sales Library this application, Sales Campaign, is part of the larger Oracle CRM OnDemand suite that is scheduled to go live in the first half of 2008. The Sales Campaign application allows sales people to easily create and track the success of their campaigns. Like all the other Flex applications Oracle showed over the past few days the interface is simple, clean, and effective.
The second Flex application which Oracle demonstrated at Ed Abbo’s keynote on Tuesday was Sales Library. The Sales Library helps sales people organize and share their sales content. The interface is very clean and elegant. The transitions are smooth and useful. Very impressive stuff! Here is a photo of the Sales Library demo from Oracle OpenWorld (courtesy of Todd Ruhl): Still one more Oracle Flex application left to announce. Stay tuned.
In Ed Abbo’s keynote at Oracle OpenWorld on Tuesday, Oracle announced two new products that are built with Flex. The first, Sales Prospector, will go live in the first half of 2008. The Sales Prospector helps companies make better sales forecasts and in the words of Larry Ellison the software will “help the salesperson sell” instead of just forecast. The demo looked great! I can’t wait to try it out! Here is a photo from the keynote (courtesy of Todd Ruhl):
Yesterday at Oracle OpenWorld I co-presented a session with Dipock Das on Siebel CRM and Rich Internet Applications. Dipock and I talked about how Rich Internet Applications are transforming the user experience in Enterprise Software. We also presented a proof-of-concept I built with Flex in about two days. Dipock and I were able to move from his paper-based mock-up and Siebel data file to a working application with only two short conversations and two days of coding.
At Oracle OpenWorld yesterday the Oracle Enterprise Manager team introduced their new Flex based interface for doing database query reporting. I am very excited to see this new use of Flex within an Oracle product! The audience was very enthusistic about features like rich data grids with tree interfaces and custom chart item renderers. These types of interfaces make DBAs lives much easier when they need to quickly find where there are bottlenecks and problems with their Oracle database clusters.
At Oracle OpenWorld yesterday there were Flex applications EVERYWHERE! There are even more to come today but before that I need to show off a few others from yesterday that we were able to grab pictures of. These days how can you do data visualization without Flex? With the number of BI companies now using Flex it seems you can’t. I’m glad to see Oracle’s BI team using Flex and I’m looking forward to seeing more sexy dashboard goodness from them soon.
Today I’m at Oracle OpenWorld watching a number of keynotes and sessions and I’m seeing Flex EVERYWHERE! First up was the Monday Keynote with Charles Phillips where Oracle demonstrated a new Flex based MetaLink. Back when I was a DBA/SysAdmin/Programmer I had to use MetaLink to get support from Oracle. Working with the interface was like a trip to dentist. Not fun. Well, today Oracle demonstrated the new version of MetaLink built with Flex.