HCM Cloud at the V1 Oracle Apps Day

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We held our annual Oracle Apps day in London earlier this month so I thought I’d share a little about the event for those that couldn’t make it.

The acquisition by Version 1 has allowed us to expand our traditional annual Cedar event significantly, to the point where we have 7 concurrent streams of content and around 250 customer attendees.

There have been a couple of recaps of the event from a general perspective, however this one focuses on the HCM Cloud stream.

Paddy’s Welcome

The day kicked off with a welcome from Paddy Meany, Version 1’s Practice Operations Director. This was the point we realised it was a full event as the Version 1/Cedar and Oracle attendees were ushered into a separate room to watch the welcome via a TV link as the main room was so full of attendees.

01 - Paddy Welcome

OpenWorld Announcements: Roadmap & Strategy – Tracy Martin

The first session in the HCM Cloud stream was from Tracy Martin – VP of HCM Cloud Strategy.

Tracy highlighted the themes from OpenWorld around the innovation that Oracle continues to bring to HCM Cloud across all fronts, including areas such as Chatbots, Machine Learning, AI, Blockchain, User Experience or further depth and breadth within HR functionality.

Oracle Recruiting & Learning Clouds

Next up were Tom Stewart and Rickesh Patel who demoed some highlights of the Learning and Recruiting Cloud products and how they fit in with a company’s Talent Management strategy.

04 - Tom and Rikesh

Experience Design Studio & Conversational UI

Following straight on, Rickesh then showed us the functionality that is imminent in upcoming releases for Experience Design Studio and then spoke about the Digital Assistant capabilities that can be enabled within HCM Cloud.

05 - Rikesh.jpg

What has Star Trek Taught us About the Cloud & Other Universes?

Leading up to lunch we had probably the most intriguing session of the day as our own Graham Varley shared 5 lessons for Cloud implementation success, by drawing parallels from Star Trek episodes.

06 - Graham and Star Trek

Cloud Deployments – What Do the “Great Ones” Do?

Straight after lunch Tracy Martin took the stage again to share some key characteristics of the most successful Cloud deployments and also some of the bear traps to avoid.

07 - Tracy 2

Reducing Costs in HR Service Delivery

Jules Peters and Divya Singh ran a session on how HCM Cloud can support an organisation’s HR transformation program – Jules rarely stops moving so apologies for the poor photo.

08 - Jules and Divya

Managing the Fusion Update Cycle

I had the final session of the day and shared some strategies for getting the maximum value from the Quarterly Releases while keeping the effort for each update to a minimum.

The Social

Finally, all the attendees came back together for a social.

09 - Social

It was a great day, and I’m sure it’ll be even bigger next year.

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