Blown Away

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Irwin Lazar, Vice President & Service Director, Nemertes Research

June 12, 2008

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It has been a long while since I've seen a new product that has completely blown me away, but tonight I saw just such a beast.  At the Oracle booth here at Enterprise 2.0 I had a chance to get a short look at Oracle's "Social CRM" applications built on top of Oracle Fusion Middleware.  IMHO the "killer-app" among the three they demonstrated was something called "Oracle Sales Library."   The idea behind OSL is to enable organizations to create a repository for their PowerPoint presentations, and enable individuals to use social computing capabilities to support creation of new presentations.

Users upload their presentations to OSL, which then splits the file into individual slides.  Any user can tag, rate, or annotate the individual slides.  Those looking to create presentations scroll through the existing slide base via a user interface that looks a lot like Apple's "Cover Flow".   To build a new presentation, you simply drag the slides you want into a folder, OSL does the rest.  (See:

For those of us who live in PowerPoint and who spend countless hours looking through old presentations (both ones we create as well as ones created by our colleagues) to create new presentations, this is a godsend.  Oracle expects the application to be available later this year.

About the Author(s)

Irwin Lazar

Vice President & Service Director, Nemertes Research

Irwin Lazar is the Vice President and Service Director at Nemertes Research, where he manages research operations, develops and manages research projects, conducts and analyzes primary research, and advises numerous enterprise and vendor clients. Irwin is responsible for benchmarking the adoption and use of emerging technologies in areas including VOIP, UC, video conferencing, social computing, collaboration, contact center and customer engagement.

A Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and sought-after speaker and author, Irwin is a blogger for No Jitter and frequent author for He is a frequent resource for the business and trade press and is regular speaker at events such as Enterprise Connect and Interop. Irwin's earlier background was in IP network architecture, design and engineering.

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