Monday, 30 March 2015

Oracle HCM World 2015

Last week I attended the Oracle HCM World conference at the Gaylord National Convention Center in Washington DC.  Here are a few of my thoughts and observations on the event.

Cloud and Social.  Those were the key messages coming out from Oracle.  Mark Hurd gave a keynote in which the main theme was 'embrace the Cloud'.  Almost every session I attended brough Social into the mix in some form or another.

Certus Solutions was well publicised and I was pleased to see a number of tweets about our implementation successes appear on the main screen during keynotes!

One of the big surprise announcements was the introduction of the new Oracle Learning module in HCM Cloud.  Learning will be very integrated with social and the demonstrations we saw were primarily based on embedding YouTube videos into the application.
The tag lines for Learning were "Contextual, Intelligent, Scalable, Secure".  The contextual part means that  we can embed learning materials into a process.  If, for example, you are going to perform the annual compensation review but there is some mandatory training you must have taken before you are allowed to change salaries or give bonuses, then Oracle Learning will intercept your transaction and ensure you do complete the training before continuing with the transaction.

You can also showcase learning based on factors that are relevant ot the user.  This is the "Intelligence" part.  There is an algorithm based on over 100 objects in the system and the algorithm identifies what is most relevant to you and presents that learing to you.