Oracle Redwood Design System


Oracle Redwood Design System

Oracle Design

At Oracle, we believe that people at work deserve software as polished, sophisticated, and state-of-the-art as any experience on the planet. To that end, Oracle has tripled its investment in Design – hiring new leadership, design, and user research to create a modern design system that works for enterprise customers and developers everywhere.

We call it Redwood, and it’s the foundation of our 400+ applications and our brand. We aspire to create the world’s most inclusive design system, making software accessible for all, and aesthetically representing a global perspective. And while we are still at the beginning of our journey, we are proud to have delivered dozens of next-generation user experiences to customers. We’re working to get our users to fall in love with Oracle one interaction at a time.

More than 400,000 customers trust Oracle to help run their business, including 98 of the top 100 global Fortune companies. These are companies we all know and rely upon, from Chipotle to Xerox, from Mastercard to Vodafone. In fact, Zoom decided to partner with Oracle to scale their service to meet the massive increase in demand from remote employees, teachers and students, and families trying to stay connected, and went from 10 million daily participants to 300 million on the Oracle platform.

Companies like these turned to Oracle because just like them, we’ve rebuilt our entire business for the cloud. We’ve developed the modern business applications that every company uses to “make work happen” from human resources to budgeting to marketing and run it on a brand-new cloud platform so customers don’t have to worry about hardware, security, networking – it’s all taken care of by Oracle. As the only vendor with both a complete suite of integrated cloud applications and a next-
generation cloud infrastructure platform, we’re in a unique position to deeply understand the challenges that enterprises face in moving to the cloud.

Oracle has spent the last several years making significant investments in the Redwood Design System. While these may seem like obvious investments for an applications company, the way that Oracle has defined and pursued these investments reflect a unique vision across the industry for the future of enterprise application development at Oracle, among our customers, and among enterprises in general. Understanding that vision will not only shed light on the roadmap and purpose for these investments but how they may shape Oracle’s own culture and the technology landscape. Through a combination of in-house development and acquisitions, Oracle has amassed a portfolio of first on-prem, and now cloud-based enterprise solutions that span both horizontal enterprise needs and vertical enterprise industries. And while some of these applications share a platform, some do not. Furthermore, even those that share a platform are often on Oracle’s prior generation application platform that was developed early in the days of cloud-based applications. As such the platform while powerful at the time, has had to accommodate many updates for developments not foreseen such as more sophisticated support for accessibility, responsiveness, chatbots, updatability, telemetry, and a modern level of polish that is expected from today’s applications.

Knowing that a new platform was necessary, over the past several years, Oracle made strategic investments in a new user interface runtime (JET), new tooling (Visual Builder), a chat platform (Oracle Digital Assistant), and much more. But a truly differentiated applications platform is more than just a collection of new technologies, libraries, services, and tools. We believe our applications platform should be more than just a collection of technologies with varying capabilities. The common thread that ties it all together is the user experience of these applications. Redwood is the name of Oracle’s new user experience design and system. In the first part of the last decade, employees in enterprises started truly embracing smart devices in their lives. The more they engaged with well-designed applications on their devices, the more they started to wonder why the same level of thought and care around the user experience wasn’t always present in the tools they use at work. While the ‘consumerization of IT’ is a hot topic, no enterprise has as of yet taken the lead and become synonymous with that trend. As a result of Oracle’s strategic shift, Redwood became the final piece of the platform. When used properly, every app built on this platform should by default have a state-of-the-art Redwood user experience. And our goal is nothing less than to create a unified design for enterprise applications that establishes a new benchmark to which other enterprise application experiences will be measured against. We believe there is tangible business merit of having a great user experience. It doesn’t just make people feel better, it contributes to higher productivity, and higher employee retention. Employees want to work at companies that give them the best and most comfortable tools with which to do their jobs.

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