Cedar’s annual Oracle Day was held earlier this week in London. It had a good mix of content across 4 streams and we had about 80 people in attendance so some sessions were standing room only.
I was particularly pleased as this was our strongest year yet in terms of content and speakers for the Oracle Cloud stream.
Gender Pay & Robots, What Does the Future of HR Look Like?
We started with Andy Campbell’s session. In addition to the topics in the title he also talked about gig workers, diversity, millennials and we all played a game called “How likely is it that a robot will take my job?”
If I recall correctly, there’s a 77% chance that bartenders will be out of work when the robot revolution arrives.
Oracle Recruiting Cloud and HR HelpDesk Cloud
Mike Everitt followed up with two sessions, one focusing on the new Oracle Recruiting Cloud that Oracle have released which looks great and is very, very exciting – particularly for mid-size clients initially.
Mike also gave us a thorough demo of the HR Helpdesk Cloud. For those from the PeopleSoft HR world we always had to deploy CRM to get HR Helpdesk, now we can get it without having to set up lots of integration between pillars.
Lucy Group: Around the World in 30 Days
Bianca Shephard – the client-side Project Manager for the Lucy Group implementation – gave a really good session on how to implement HCM Cloud and end up with a company full of employees who love the system.
If you want to hear Bianca speak or more about the implementation there’s a 3 minute video here.
Keynote: What’s Now & Next for Oracle HCM Cloud
Excitingly we had two speakers for the HCM Cloud keynote – June Farmer and Sarah Henry.
June appeared via video link to give us a run through of the high-level themes and a bit about where AI fits into the applications (areas where we already have it, and areas that it will be added to). June did a great job, despite it being very early in her time zone and didn’t mind us beaming her face up on the 12 foot wide screen.
June was followed by Sarah who gave us great demo of how the newsfeed UI – that we’re expecting later this year – is going to dramatically improve the experience for our customers and their users. Not only is the homepage very different, but many of the application pages are being redesigned and streamlined too.
Sarah did an awesome job demoing across multiple gadgets to show how the UI adapts responsively to different device resolutions.
So, in summary, a great event with a lot to consider for customers – whether it’s future HR trends, potential new modules, how to make your users fans of the system or how the newsfeed UI will change the game.
Earlier this week Cedar held its Oracle Talent Acquisition Cloud event in Oracle’s London City office. We have a really strong team of UK-based Talent Acquisition specialists within our ranks:
Jo, Prachi, Marc and Mel are all experts in the various aspects of Oracle Talent Aquisition Cloud – Taleo Recruit, Sourcing and Onboarding – and Cedar has multiple implementations under our belt covering all of the above products, so we were able to put on a seminar with strong content.
I’ve put a post on the Cedar blog with lots of photos from the day here.
Last night we held Cedar’s annual HCM Cloud Executive Dinner in a lovely restaurant atop the Gherkin, London.
It’s a fantastic setting for an event such as this, and with the late sunset we were able to walk around the top of the building and look out across our wonderful city from all directions – both in daylight and then again once the city’s lights came on.
There were – of course – customers to talk to, but the headliners were quite a coup, an Oracle double-act of David Bowin (Senior Director, Product Strategy) and Tracy Martin (Sr. Director, HCM Cloud Strategy).
David and Tracy were able to share the ‘inside line’ on the history and future direction of the HCM Cloud and some stories for smoother implementations.
Cedar held its annual Oracle Day in Oracle’s City office last Thursday – it was actually our 6th year of running the event. The attendance was great – just short of 100 – and with 3 streams of content there was plenty to choose from. If you weren’t there, here’s the highlights of the sessions that I attended:
After the opening keynote from Dan Woolstone, Oracle’s James King and myself spoke to a full room on Top 10 Tips for a Successful HCM Cloud Implementation. There was a good mixture in the audience of clients already running in the Cloud and those at some stage of their journey, and we received some great questions.
Swiftly following on was Mike Everitt peeling back the curtains on HCM Cloud R11 and revealing some of the new functionality we can look forward to.
Next up was a customer success story from one of Cedar’s recent go-lives – Chubb Insurance. The team spoke about real business benefits from implementing Oracle HCM Recruit (formerly Taleo) and how Cedar and the in-house team worked together to deliver the project within the time-frame. We’re now working with them on a phase 2.
After networking lunch I went to the payroll stream to listen to Oracle’s Andy Spencer introduce the Oracle Payroll Cloud.
The final session I attended was Merrick Hartslief and the benefits of Oracle Social Sourcing (extending Taleo Recruiting functionality).
Before we all headed off to the pub for some well-earned refreshments and sharing of learnings we all got together for a prize-giving, including an iPad, some champagne, etc:
If you missed out and would like to attend next time, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Last week Cedar was one of the partners exhibiting at the Oracle Modern Business Summit. Naturally our focus was on the HCM Cloud and Simon, Greg – our new Taleo guru – and myself were on hand to demo the HCM and Talent Clouds to customers.
We also benefited from attending some of the sessions – by Oracle staff and end-user thought leaders.
The highlight for me was Stewart Monk’s session on the HR Technology choices facing us now and for the workplace in 2025. He had some great facts and figures on technology adoption and usage. What’s the World’s #2 search engine? (Clue: it’s not Bing!) …. highlight here for the answer >YouTube<. He also shared some hilarious videos, including one particularly memorable one about wearable computing and tracking of employees that was so invasive and creepy I’m convinced it must have been an April fools joke.
Other highlights included customer sessions from Elizabeth Arden and Macmillan, plus a panel with JT Group, Endeva, Cheshire Council and others.
Cedar will be at Oracle’s Modern Business Summit at the end of April. Come and see us if you want to learn about all things HCM Cloud.
It’s a 3 day event held at the Hotel Pullman in London, just a short 5 minute walk from our Kings Cross office. (We actually have some exciting news about a new office coming, but that’s for another entry.)
Cedar are Gold sponsors of the HCM day (there are also days for Financials and Marketing/Sales), we’ve got an exhibition stand and we will be discussing how our services can help you.
I attended last years’ event at the ExCeL convention centre in the London Docklands. It was really, really busy and there was a lot of great content to take in. This year is only going to be bigger. If you’d like to attend please get in touch and we’ll help you to register.