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Oracle WebCenter and Mobility

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Oracle WebCenter and Mobility

August 2013

Guest post provided by: Christina (Gibb) Kolotouros | Director, Product
Management, Oracle WebCenter

Smartphones and tablets are
proliferating throughout the consumer market. Sales of smartphones
are finally overtaking feature phone sales (according to IDC) this year. In
addition, tablet shipments continue to grow, increasing 142% year over year as
of Q1 2013 (according to IDC). This enables a mobile, always-connected
workforce for many companies with B.Y.O.D. (bring-your-own-device) policies.
Many of our customers are looking for ways to provide mobile solutions to enable
employees to check email, progress issues, respond to alerts, make and
communicate decisions, and download and work on documents - all while on the go
without having to get to their laptop and log in to the corporate network.
Let's take a look at how Oracle WebCenter provides solutions for a mobile

Oracle WebCenter
Sites enables marketers to engage, guide, and convert customers with
media rich online experiences for web and mobile.
As mobile usage has
grown, a rich and engaging mobile experience has become a necessary component
of an organization’s digital strategy. The challenge, however, is in creating
and managing mobile experiences that are optimized for delivery to the thousands
of different devices that exist today and for those to come in the future.

Organizations may choose to enable a uniform browser
experience across PC’s, tablets and mobile phones by utilizing the same Web
content, templates, site plans, and navigation for traditional and mobile
sites. Or, organizations can opt to create experiences that are tailored for
specific device types by designing customized templates and site plans for
mobile specific pages. WebCenter Sites also supports HTML-5 and responsive design
for organizations that choose to design responsive templates that render an
automatically optimized experience across device types. Users can quickly
create and edit mobile pages using visual drag-and-drop and rich text editing
tools in the WebCenter Sites authoring interface. Then, in that same interface,
they can preview and interact with that content directly in the context of
different mobile devices, even preview different devices side-by-side.

WebCenter Sites’ mobile option enables organizations to
easily extend their traditional Web presence to the mobile channel and to
deliver highly personalized and relevant multichannel marketing initiatives,
while also saving significant time and effort in managing mobile sites. See
this datasheet
for more information on WebCenter Sites' Mobility Option (new on the price

Oracle WebCenter
Portal is a web platform for creating and managing role-based intranets,
extranets, composite applications, and self-service portals for desktops,
tablets, and mobile devices.
Like WebCenter Sites, WebCenter Portal introduced new tooling for the application specialists to create and
manage mobile experiences. Users can
leverage existing portals with mobile device compliant markup for mobile
devices, or they can opt to create portals that are tailored for specific
device types by creating page variants for specific devices like 10 inch
tablets or iPhones. WebCenter Portal provides
responsive design components out-of-the-box to be used for both web and mobile.
These components will adjust their layout depending on the real estate given by
the device. Like WebCenter Sites, WebCenter Portal creators can preview page
rendering and interact with their portals directly in the context of different
mobile devices within the main interface, including changing landscape or
portrait orientation.

Both WebCenter Portal and WebCenter Sites simplify
development of mobile applications with support for seeded devices and device
groups, creation of new devices and device groups, and creation of device

Portal developers gain HTML5 support with this latest
release, as well as support for mobile devices and touch gestures in both iOS and Android. Portal
developers can also create custom mobile applications leveraging the ADF Mobile
Framework, WebCenter Portal Services exposed via the REST
API, and can use developer documentation and samples provided. In addition, any
optimized web pages can be embedded into this mobile application and shown in
the embedded browser for a consistent user experience.

In addition to mobile-enabling portals, or building custom
mobile applications to interact with the portal server, WebCenter Portal also
has an iPhone/iPad
application for end users to access and interact with their portals.

Oracle WebCenter
Content users can share information efficiently on their choice of device and
in process-centric business applications. Like WebCenter Portal, WebCenter
Content provides end users with mobile applications to access and interact with
their content. The application is optimized for both smartphones
and tablets, and supports iOS and Android. Users can search, browse, view, favorite,
email, and download content, allowing them to take important documents offline.

Oracle WebCenter enables companies with a mobile,
always-connected workforce to provide their employees with the ability to access
business documents, access and interact with their portals, and to provide
their customers with rich mobile experiences.

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Comments ( 1 )
  • DeanGarry Friday, July 24, 2015

    Oracle is doing a great job for employees to access their applications on the go for browsing, emailing and downloading docs by offline which will be a good mobile experience for users, thanks for bringing this blog to us.

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