By Mala Ramakrishnan on Feb 25, 2014
Looking to capitalize on the mobile wave could mean many improvements from an existing business strategy. Today, everyone is constantly connected and wants to engage with businesses when and where they choose, whether on the web or via mobile or social channels. For customers and partners, mobility could mean improved user experience with value added services. Mobility increases productivity for employees with availability of timely information to make informed decisions as well as streamlining of business processes. It could reduce support costs and streamline customer support. Adding mobile channels can also result in innovation and new sources of revenue.
There are several approaches to solutions for mobile integration of which we will consider two.
· Mobile Service Enablement Organizations looking to control the end-to-end user experience from the enterprise application all the way to the mobile front-end, pick this approach.
· API Management This solution allows organizations to expose existing business assets as application programming interfaces or APIs for consumption by external third parties.
There are two ways to developing an enterprise mobile strategy with SOA -- controlling the end-to-end integration experience from the enterprise to the hand held, or exposing enterprise assets through APIs for third parties to build out mobile solutions. Oracle SOA Suite has offerings for mobile-enablement and API management that address both strategies. An integral part of Oracle Mobile Platform, Oracle SOA Suite can address the myriad of mobile integration challenges, whether they reside on premise or in the Cloud.
Security, management, runtime enablement are all key aspects of service integration that serve as the solution for mobile service enablement. API Management on the other hand leverages service integration to manage APIs internally, but it involves a bit more to actually manage the APIs externally as assets that are available for consumption – it involves managing the external lifecycle of the APIs ensuring adoption and fostering a developer community among third parties.
In this three part blog series, we will delve into the details of Mobile Service Enablement and API Management so you can consider your strategy for enterprise mobile enablement. Meanwhile, you can explore more on the new Oracle Mobile Suite which can aid you with either strategy by visiting oracle.com/mobile. And here's where you can find more or Oracle SOA Suite: oracle.com/soa