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Unlocking High Performance: Take the Next Step in Your Talent Journey

Unlocking High Performance: Take the Next Step in Your Talent Journey
In partnership with Jason Lauritsen, industry-renowned employee engagement thought leader, we’re bringing you the expert insights you need to design a performance management process that improves the employee experience, helps your people reach their full potential, and ultimately delivers exceptional business results.
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Let's Stop Trying to Measure Learning

Let's Stop Trying to Measure Learning
When we’re trying to figure out how to measure learning, we can let go of trying to assess learning itself, and instead turn our attention squarely toward performance, behavior and action.
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HR Metrics That Speak the Language of Business

HR Metrics That Speak the Language of Business
It’s past time for HR pros to offer up HR metrics that matter to the rest of the organization. Why? Because this is what you need to do to demonstrate success and get organizational buy-in to prove HR’s value to the C-suite.
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How To Improve Work-Life Balance for Your Employees

How To Improve Work-Life Balance for Your Employees
It’s time to improve work-life balance for employees. Employees are overwhelmed and slog through their days lurching from task to task and meeting to meeting. Technology that was supposed to help us be more productive has instead made us beholden to a constant stream of emails, texts and notifications.
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How Personalized Learning Boosts Employee Performance

How Personalized Learning Boosts Employee Performance
As people work and collaborate in new ways, they need engaging, accessible, impactful, scalable and relevant learning environments. That’s why it’s critical that your organization continues to invest in your people with personalized learning to help them upskill in their roles over time. Personalized learning is employee-centric while staying aligned to the goals and needs of the organization.
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Let Employee Engagement Be Your Digital Innovation Lab

Let Employee Engagement Be Your Digital Innovation Lab

Written by: Babak Ghoreyshi, director of product marketing, Oracle HCM Cloud

Augmented reality, natural language processing, machine learning—yes, this is the world of human capital management (HCM) that we’re talking about.

In the Let Employee Engagement Be Your Digital Innovation Lab podcast, Emily He, SVP product marketing for HCM, and Jon Huang, senior director of product management, discuss the growing importance of emerging technologies in today’s human resources organizations. Their discussion includes:

  • Digital transformation’s role in driving continuous innovation to help HR better serve customers, employees, and partners
  • Why now is the ideal time for HR leaders to look into emerging technologies as a key sources of productivity increases, and employee engagement

Technology is central to the employee experience, as all generations of employees—not just millennials—expect the tools they use at home and as consumers to gain wider acceptance in the workplace. Capitalizing on this can pay huge dividends in job satisfaction, employee retention, and career development.

Conversational interfaces such as chatbots and digital assistants are already making interactions with HR solutions simpler and far more pleasing. Recruiting chatbots are proving to enhance the quality of candidate pools and positively impact the brand experience. Artificial intelligence (AI) introduces quality and efficiency improvements that include “best candidate” recommendations, personalized learning experiences, and employee flight risk prediction.

Organizations are exploring new technologies like a combination of augmented and virtual reality and we expect a huge growth of their use cases as more and more companies will be deploying them in the next few years. Integrating many of these emerging technologies with your HCM solution requires a platform that’s modern, easy to use, SaaS upgradeable, and future-proofed. Oracle thought leaders agree that HR is moving toward an “AI platform for the enterprise” model that will eventually underpin all HR enterprise operations.

Listen to the podcast to learn more.

Interested in hearing more about blockchain, how to integrate your data with Oracle’s Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud, adopting chatbots into your enterprise? Subscribe to the Oracle Cloud Café podcast series today to stay up-to-date with Oracle’s cutting technology.
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7 Things HR Leaders Should Know About Emerging Technologies

7 Things HR Leaders Should Know About Emerging Technologies

Written by: Emily He, SVP product marketing, Oracle HCM Cloud

Oracle has just launched a new video series featuring a handful of chats between technology analyst, and Constellation Research co-founder, Ray Wang and Steve Miranda, Oracle’s EVP of applications product development. Future Talks explores Oracle’s recent innovations in user interfaces (UI) and emerging technologies, details new measures of customer and cloud success, and IDs the emerging technologies all of us will be using within the next five years.

The intersection of technology and people is growing

While the videos are focused on technology and human resources is focused primarily on people, the areas of intersection between people and technology continue growing. Employees now expect to see the consumer products they use in their personal lives—SMS, Siri, Alexa, and more—available in the workplace. Oracle’s job as a partner to our customers is to help bridge the gaps between expectations, opportunities, and emerging technologies. The future-forward technologies addressed in Future Talks are excellent examples of the types of efficient and user-friendly technologies HR should always be championing.

Through voice UI the future is already talking to us, informing us of actions we should take and job candidates that belong on our short list. Experts Miranda and Wang address these and many other important technology developments, Oracle’s evolution from a product to a service delivery company, and the degree to which user feedback continuously informs and influences Oracle product designers and developers. Following are just a few of their insights.                                                           

7 things you'll learn from the new video series

1. Consumer-grade UX in an enterprise software platform increases engagement. Whether you choose to use Siri, Alexa, SMS, or another front-end technology doesn’t matter to Oracle. Steve Miranda explains that you can use any digital assistant to connect with Oracle’s digital assistant and easily manage almost any self-service transaction within HR. Voice and text queries are quickly becoming the new normal.

2. HR is turning from an “input-in” system into a “suggest-out” system. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are rewriting the script in HR and many job functions, including recruiting. Pervasive machine logic is getting very good at detecting patterns and anomalies. This is leading to exciting developments such as best-option and best-fit recommendations.

What's new in Oracle HCM Cloud Innovation? 

3. Basic tasks featuring high volumes are key candidates for automation. AI is the new user experience or UX, Ray Wang tells us. AI is making the applications we use so much smarter. The next big move is to make things easier. There’s so much repetition we can reduce or eliminate. Basic tasks that offer lots of volume and opportunities for mistakes should become candidates for automation.

4. Oracle uses three key metrics to better measure customer success. Customer satisfaction is one standard measure Oracle uses to gauge the value of your implementation. Learn about the weight Oracle places on utilization, time to go live, and time to adopt features in our effort to more accurately assess customer success and satisfaction.

5. Two emerging technologies get a “thumbs way up” from Steve Miranda. The list of candidates includes machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain, 5G, AI, and quantum technology. Steve Miranda says two of these emerging technologies are already fundamentally transforming the way Oracle applications work today.

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down: Emerging Technology 

6. Deciding to go with Oracle is an investment in your future. Oracle’s breadth of innovation and investment is supported by the vision to quickly adopt new technologies that include AI, machine learning, blockchain, and IoT. Steve Miranda talks about how well-positioned Oracle is throughout the technology stack and the complete suite of business products that can run any business in the cloud today.

7. Adaptability plus targeted investments in technology equals future-proofing.

Steve Miranda explains why any large enterprise not moving to the cloud today would have to believe that the laws of business and the effects of change don’t apply to them. And yet change isn’t waiting.

To follow the short discussions around each of these topics in context, and gain more insight into the implications for HR, watch the videos here.

If we were to expand the Future Talks series, what would you want to hear about? Who would you want to hear from? Comment below and we will get back to you! 

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Oracle HCM Cloud Fall Update Sharpens Focus on Simple, Smart, and Agile

Oracle HCM Cloud Fall Update Sharpens Focus on Simple, Smart, and Agile

Written by Emily He, SVP Product Marketing, Oracle HCM Cloud

Before autumn turns to winter and the year comes to a close, we owe it to ourselves to think about where the end of the year finds us. Much as we plan for cold weather by winterizing our homes, it’s important to consider the transformation taking place in the workplace and attempt to future-proof our business.

The changes enabled by technology are only accelerating. In just the last ten years we’ve seen the introduction of social media and handheld computers and can now work from nearly anywhere at any time. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are no longer pie-in-the-sky concepts but instead are being integrated into products we use daily.

Consider the fact that 70% of employees use AI in their personal lives—for things like ridesharing, personal finance, and entertainment—but only 24% use AI at work.1 Add to this the knowledge that 90% of employees would be comfortable taking directions from a robot and yet only 6% of HR professionals actively deploy AI in their organization, and we can see there’s a big disconnect.2 Our employees want the same tools and experiences they are accustomed to benefiting from in their personal lives to become customary within the workplace, and they’re waiting for employers to deliver on these expectations.

Make Work More Human

In response, Oracle has just released the Oracle HCM Cloud 2018 Fall Product Update. In delivering on Oracle’s promise to make work more human, this update includes many useful innovations and emerging technologies designed to make work simpler, smarter, and more agile. Let’s take a few minutes to look at several of these key innovations.


Make Work Simpler

To offer more convenience and increase engagement, Oracle’s goal was to provide users with the same familiar experience on every device when accessing HR transactions. The guiding principles included a mobile-responsive design, guided transactions, and rules-driven automation. Oracle has delivered on this promise with a single experience across multiple devices, simplified HR self-service and HR transactions, and powerful new integrations between LinkedIn and Oracle Recruiting. In doing so, we’ve simplified a number of complicated HR transactions for the HR professional, including complex worker processes such as adhering to collective bargaining agreements and union contracts.

A brief summary of the benefits of being simpler to use include:

  • Acting more quickly
  • Increasing HR efficiency
  • Strengthening mobile security and compliance
  • Improving recruiter productivity


Make Work Smarter

The intent here was to provide powerful AI-based tools and digital assistants to help people get the information they need to make smarter decisions. The design principles included infusing AI and machine learning throughout the solution, ensuring that HR processes remain pattern-driven and intelligent, and incorporating new human interfaces to deliver a familiar experience. The key innovations here include AI-enabled recommendations to find the best job candidates, self-learning risk management, and HR digital assistants. We think you’ll appreciate Oracle Advanced HCM Controls, designed to monitor your HCM transactions in order to find and eliminate any ghost employees, duplicate user records, and payroll errors. You’ll also notice our HR Digital Assistant is accessible on any device serving up a scalable HR concierge, and is voice-enabled for use with Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, and more.

Among the benefits of being smarter are the following:

  • Improving recruiter productivity and quality of hire with AI-driven sourcing and matching tools
  • Incorporating self-learning risk management to prevent fraudulent payments
  • Getting quick answers through digital assistants
  • Strengthening compliance


Make Work Agile

Our focus here is to help HR professionals adapt to business changes quickly, and to give employees the tools they need to advance their careers. Our guiding principles included connecting HR teams’ tools and information, creating adaptable processes to allow you to tailor functionality as needed, and taking a talent-centric approach to employee development. The key innovations include strategic workforce planning, Oracle’s Experience Design Studio and My Brand, and integrations with LinkedIn geared toward employee learning. We know it’s critical for you to plan and execute your people strategy in line with your changing business priorities, so we’ve made it easier to align the people strategy with the business strategy, identify gaps, and conduct what-if scenarios to see the predicted impact.

By being more agile, you’ll be in a better position to:

  • Anticipate and predict workforce needs
  • Improve operational efficiency
  • Drive cultural changes faster
  • Help employees build their best career through branding and learning


Change Waits for No One

A recent McKinsey study on the future of work says that 47% of current jobs will vanish in the near future and that 400–800 million jobs will be replaced by automation.3 More encouraging is Gartner’s assessment that we’ll see an overall net gain of two million jobs by 2025.4 What no one disputes is that we’re in a sustained period of rapid change in the workplace and the end is nowhere in sight. In preparing your company and your most valuable assets—your people—for the turbulence ahead, Oracle can help. 

Are you ready to learn more about what's new in Oracle HCM Cloud?

1 “Tomorrow’s HR, Today: Exploring the Role of Human Resources in Digital Transformation,” research study conducted for Oracle by Research Now SSI, involving interviews with 373 HR directors, VPs, and CHROs around the world, April 2018

2 Ibid.

3 McKinsey Global Institute November 2017 Report, “Jobs lost, jobs gained: What the future of work will mean for jobs, skills and wages”

4 Angus Loten, “AI-powered Tools Cutting Tasks, Not Jobs: Survey,” Wall Street Journal, January 2018 


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Esterline Fuels Innovation with Oracle HCM Cloud

Esterline Fuels Innovation with Oracle HCM Cloud

Esterline is a specialized manufacturing company principally serving aerospace and defense markets. Headquartered in Bellevue, WA—They have innovative products that help save lives, start Formula One race cars, revolutionize air travel, and change the face of how humans and machines interact.

Oracle Senior Writer, Linda Currey Post, sat down with Shahbaz Alibaig, Esterline’s senior HR operations, HR technology, and global talent acquisition director, to discuss their CEO’s global vision to become “One HR, One Esterline” by leveraging Oracle HCM and ERP Cloud.

Excerpt from the original Forbes article:

Esterline’s HR team chose Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud to serve as the foundation of its new, global “One HR” strategy.

“As a team, you can come up with a vision, you can come up with strategies, but you’ve got to have something that brings everything together. Vision without execution is hallucination,” Alibaig says. “That’s where Oracle HCM Cloud has been beneficial for us. It has enabled us to function as one HR enterprise, and it has made all of us realize, ‘Hey, we need to move to one standard—globally.’”

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Oracle HCM Cloud is gearing up for the 2019 Rubies Awards. If you know another superstar customer, like Esterline, nominations are open through December 21, 2018 and will be announced at next year's Modern Business Experience.

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The City of Memphis Strengthens its Citizen Service with Oracle HCM Cloud

The City of Memphis Strengthens its Citizen Service with Oracle HCM Cloud

We’re currently living and working in one of the most challenging, but exciting business environments there’s ever been.


Heightened levels of public scrutiny and fiscal responsibility mean public sector authorities must deliver more efficiently and effectively than in the past. Technology is causing unprecedented disruption, and changing the world of work as we know it.


Public sector authorities are innovating to embrace new business and services models with the cloud, forcing employees to rethink customer and citizen experience, and prompting digital transformation, including investing in emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, internet of things (IoT), and Blockchain, to stay ahead.


Oracle Senior Writer, Linda Currey Post, interviewed Alexandria Smith, the City of Memphis’ new chief human resources, and discussed how the Home of the Blues is rethinking its digital strategy by partnering with Oracle HCM Cloud.


Excerpt from the original Forbes article:

After several years of budget austerity and hiring freezes, morale was low and frustration was high among Memphis city employees. But when Jim Strickland was elected mayor in 2016, he promised to revitalize the city’s workforce and improve the delivery of city services to more than 652,000 residents.

Looking to bring corporate HR practices to the city, Strickland named private-sector veteran Alexandria Smith as the city’s new chief HR officer. The mayor also organized town hall meetings across Memphis to learn firsthand what residents want from city services. At the top of their list: faster responses to 911 calls and a stronger firefighter and police presence.

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Oracle HCM Cloud has opened up nominations for the 2019 Rubies Awards. If you know another HR trailblazer, like the City of Memphis, nominations are open through December 21, 2018 and will be announced at next year's Modern Business Experience.



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