2017 ODTUG Innovation Award

ODTUG is excited to announce the 2nd annual ODTUG Innovation Award. The ODTUG Innovation Award honors excellence in creative, effective, and innovative use of Oracle development tools within ODTUG's supported communities (ADF, APEX, BI, Database, EPM and Career). The goal is to honor developers – individuals or teams – whose passion and creativity shine through in their application of Oracle technology to address real-world problems. 

We are looking for innovative, exceptional, ahead-of-the-curve applications of Oracle development tools that stand out as examples of “the next big thing” in Oracle technology or as unusually creative applications of new and emerging Oracle tools.

To make a nomination for the award, you must be an ODTUG member (Associate or Full). If you are not a member, join now.

Nomination Criteria

  • Nominees may be individuals or teams.
  • Nominees need not be ODTUG members, but they must work with a tool that supports at least one of our communities (ADF, APEX, BI, Database, EPM and Career).
  • Open-source and/or collaborative efforts are eligible.

Nomination Deadline

  • Nominations open: May 1, 9:00 AM EDT.
  • Nominations close: June 2, 11:59 PM EDT.

Innovation Examples

An excellent example of an Innovation Award nomination is our 2016 Innovation Award Winner: Mia Urman, AuraPlayer 

AuraPlayer and Oracle joined forces to mobilize the Oracle Forms based collision reporting system for the New York MTA to a new Oracle Mobile Cloud based application without redevelopment. In the past, MTA’s officers had to manually fill out accident reports in the field and then deliver it to a data entry clerk who would then enter the information into MTA’s legacy system.  Using AuraPlayer and Oracle’s Mobile cloud they were able to create a “mobile-ready” version of the application without the need for redevelopment or migration of the underlying Oracle Forms system. To enable this modernization, REST services were automatically generated from the Oracle Forms business processes using AuraPlayer. The REST services communicate with the Oracle Mobile Cloud Service, enabling authentication and push notifications, as well as application monitoring and analytics.

Using this application, MTA employees are now able to gather collision information and in addition, now capture photos of the accidents and documents on their tablets.  This data is automatically updated by AuraPlayer into MTA’s Oracle Forms system.  The mobile app also works offline, even without cell or Wi-Fi coverage, this is especially important when an officer is working in a tunnel or on the middle of a bridge. With the real-time submission of traffic accident reports, MTA can assess damages much quicker, determine if a crew is needed to repair damage, and clear the scene in much shorter time—in some cases minutes, instead of hours. The need to manually type collision reports after the fact was eliminated, and the efficiency, accuracy, and timeliness of the data were improved.

See more about AuraPlayer here.

More innovation examples:

  • Integration of Oracle Forms and Java ADF (years ago)
  • HTML DB, when it first came out – and the first practical applications of HTML DB (years ago)
  • Our first look at Node.js integrated with (extending) an APEX application (a few years back)
  • Oracle applications of Google Glass
  • The work of Peter Koletzke and Paul Dorsey deciphering and promoting JDeveloper when it first launched

Member Voting

New for 2017 – member voting!  We want YOU to help decide the 2017 Innovation Award winner. Member voting will be combined with judges scoring to determine an overall Innovation Award winner.

Member voting will open when nominations close and will remain open for one week.  To vote, you must be an ODTUG member (Associate or Full). If you are not a member, join now.

At the close of Innovation Award nominations, members will be emailed voting instructions. One vote per member, please.

Judging

The 2017 ODTUG Innovation Award Award winner will be selected by a team of ODTUG experts who will review all of the nominations and grade them according to these general topics:

  • Innovation – The "wow" factor: acknowledges the exceptional and innovative
  • Quality – Not only does it have to be "wow," but it has to work
  • Applicability – Evaluates subject matter importance, completeness, effectiveness, and accuracy
  • Topic merit – Treatment of a cutting-edge topic, technical complexity, or new and unique approach to a common problem

Nomination Form

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