November 13 there has been an announcement that the Oracle Unified Method version 5.3 has been released. As explained in a previous posting, we do offer OUM to our customers.
Although the increase in version number (from 5.2 to 5.3) seems to suggest this to be a minor upgrade, some of us will receive as a major upgrade.
For example, this version includes an initial support for Business Intelligence (BI) and Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) implementation. We also added a view for Software Upgrades, which will help in in quickly determining which tasks to consider for an upgrade of Oracle software products, including middleware, database, enterprise application products and Business Intelligence solutions.
Regarding the other, existing views, a lot of improvements have been applied. Especially Envision (the focus area of OUM covering enterprise / business level aspects) has been upgraded, and is rapidly reaching a "mature" state. Two of the topics that I would like to point out are IT Governance and IT Portfolio Planning, mainly because I have been personally involved in that (sorry, too hard to resist)!
Perhaps even more important than having a comprehensive method, is being able to provide training on that, and assist in applying the method. In the last year The Oracle Methods Team therefore has put considerable effort in creating various training modules, from high-level overviews that make you understand what OUM is all about, to more task-oriented modules around requirements gathering or analysis and design.
Customers won't find them in the curriculum of the Oracle University (yet) but don't let this keep from for asking for it, as we can deliver customer training.
See you in class!