Monday Jan 05, 2015

New Version of Mobile App for Oracle E-Business Suite

Cross-posting from Vijay Shanmugam

What's New?

A new version (1.1.0) of Approvals for EBS smartphone app is available on Apple App Store. This new version provides following updates:

  •  Improvements to login and configuration flow
  • Ability to change server URL without reinstalling the app.
  • *Diagnostics improvements.
  • After updating to version 1.1.0, you are required to reconfigure the app to implement the configuration and login improvements included in this version.
Note: The latest app version will work with earlier server-side patches. However, the latest server-side patches must be applied to enable new features and fixes that require those patches, marked by an asterisk (*).

For more information on these updates, see My Oracle Support Note 1641772.1 at

Support for Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)

If your mobile users need to access the Oracle E-Business Suite mobile apps over the Internet, your Oracle E-Business Suite environment must be set up in a DMZ configuration.

  • For DMZ configuration instructions on Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1, see Document 380490.1.

  • For DMZ configuration instructions on Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2, see Document 1375670.1.

Additionally, when setting up the configuration file for your mobile app as described in Section 2.2.1, ensure that the service endpoint (or server host URL in Oracle E-Business Suite Mobile Foundation releases earlier than Release 2.1) is set to your external web entry point.

Tuesday Dec 30, 2014

'Tis The Season To Look at Middleware Highlights From 2014

2014 was all this and so much more. For a complete listing you can visit, Oracle newsroom or subscribe to our bi-monthly Oracle Fusion Middleware newsletter. We thank you for engaging with us - listening to us and talking to us. Wishing you and yours a very Happy 2015. Looking forward to an even more fulfilling 2015 with all of you.

Peace and joy to the world.

Monday Dec 29, 2014

Northumbrian Water Increases Efficiency by Going Mobile

Tis the season. Enjoy this interview by Grant Ronald with the folks at Northumbrian Water. More videos like this are available at the Oracle Media Network.

Wednesday Dec 24, 2014

Partner Column: It's All About the Cloud

Author: Debra Lilley, ACE Director

If you attended Oracle Open World, the talk was all about Cloud. Now Oracle have published their Q2 figures and analysts are talking about Oracle’s Cloud strategy being the reason behind the increase in share prices.

So do we really understand Cloud? When the term first came up, every session on cloud was about ‘what is cloud’, thankfully we have moved beyond that. Each vendor has there own subtly different definition but to me it is a disruptive technology that changes the way we consume the IT, not worrying about the infrastructure, and paying for it by use. At a recent Oracle event I heard an even better way of explaining this. Cloud is about having access to software, not owning it.

But do we really understand Cloud? Oracle’s cloud is actually a lot of different moving parts and different components. How do you visualise this? I found this video Cloud Periodic Table: Chemistry of Cloud Computing and it is a fantastic way to understand and see what is in Oracle’s Cloud.

If you look at there is a comprehensive list of announced cloud modules, some of which are ‘coming soon’. I need to use at least two of these in my day job, Process and Integration Cloud, and need to learn quickly.

I spoke in July about how I find communities the best way to learn. Partners need to learn first, they are the ones who role out this technology to end users. I talked about the Partner SOA community run by Jurgen Kress and I have to give him credit for the video information, it was in his last newsletter. Every year this community holds a Community Forum where they update and teach, two days of presentations and two days of hands on workshops, and this year they have a dedicated AppAdvantage track.

Why is Cloud important to AppAdvantage? Well its very simple - cloud means you can adopt middleware quickly, with fixed costs and get a return on your investment much quicker, which ultimately is what we all want. Better, Quicker, Cheaper. With Cloud availability the components of Oracle Fusion Middleware will be adopted on a much steeper curve. You don’t need to necessarily move your applications to get value from your investments. 

If you are a partner I hope you are doing the same as me, and if you are an end user, talk to your implementation partner and make sure they are keeping you up to date with the exciting, fast moving world of Oracle Cloud.

About the Author:

Debra Lilley, VP Certus Cloud Services, Fusion Champion, UKOUG Board Member, Fusion User Experience Advocate and ACE Director.

Lilley has 18 years experience with Oracle Applications, with E Business Suite since 9.4.1, moving to Business Intelligence Team Lead and Oracle Alliance Director. She has spoken at over 100 conferences worldwide and posts at debrasoraclethoughts  

Monday Dec 22, 2014

Accessing an IBM Mainframe from a Oracle Mobile Application Framework App

It's not common that I'd refer to IBM in a a blog post, but it's the holidays, so there you go - a present for all of us.

It seems Lloyds Register was trying to mobilize some big iron (mainframes) to the 21st century and needed some help. So it happens that Oracle Mobile Application Framework was deemed best suited for the needs. ;-)  A few key points:

  • iOS and Android
  • Local data caching to reduce the number of times you have to go to the network 
  • On demand query
  • Speed. Any click an wait for a network to respond was equivalent to death. (e.g. uninstall) 

Apparently, soup to nuts, it only took a couple of months and voila! Old iron is was now mobile iron, thanks to Oracle MAF.

You can read the article on Computer Business Review.  

Follow us on Twitter @OracleMobile and be sure to check out

Tuesday Dec 16, 2014

Standards Corner: IETF SCIM Working Group Reaches Consensus

Today in the Standards Corner, Phil Hunt blogs about the recent consensus call for SCIM (System for Cross-domain Identity Management). What is new about it? Why SCIM in relation to LDAP?[Read More]

Monday Dec 15, 2014

Catching Up on Mobile

There's a few things we should probably catch up on regarding Oracle Mobile Application Framework (MAF) that you may have missed or should revisit...

1. There's a new version of Oracle MAF. Version 2.0.1 has support for iOS 8, enterprise management and security enhancements, component enhancements and enhanced tooling support.  Joe Huang covers it in detail in here. Speaking of enhance tooling support, leads to #2.

2. If you haven't heard about Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse (OEPE), well, OEPE <3 MAF and isn't afraid to show it. The new release supports Eclipse Luna, Oracle Developer Cloud Service, and of course MAF 2.0.1.  Greg Stachnick covers it well here.

3. So now you have JDeveloper and Eclipse to choose from. Good! Time to put step up to the challenge. The Oracle Mobile Application challenge. Sign up of right challenge and potentially win some cash. Click here for details.  

4. Want a bit of extra help? This article on mobile design patterns might help.  

Wednesday Dec 10, 2014

Oracle at Gartner Business Process Management Summit 2014

(From the Oracle BPM Blog

Oracle is Proud to be a Platinum Sponsor at Gartner Business Process Managament Summit 2014

Business processes are at the heart of what makes or breaks a business and in today’s digital age, capitalizing on disruptive technologies like mobile, social, big data, cloud and internet of things (IOT) to transform your business and drive innovation will be the key to differentiating yourself from the competition. Oracle BPM is leading this transformation in the new digital era with a unified, business focused platform that accelerates time-to-value of structured and unstructured business processes. This forms the foundation of your business, automating turnkey business processes across systems, humans, decisions, documents, and events to deliver across multi-channels.

Oracle Booth
Meet with Oracle experts and discuss how Oracle Business Process Management enables you to make impactful changes.

Oracle Demos will Showcase:

Oracle Process Cloud Service: Hit the Ground Running with BPM on the Cloud
Get a peak into Oracle Process Cloud Service – faster time to market, lowered startup costs, quick return on investment, and reduced maintenance costs on your next BPM project. Full lifecycle BPM environment including development, testing, and production – from process design, execution, monitoring, and optimization with BPM on the cloud.

Oracle Adaptive Case Management:
Enable Unstructured Processes, Empower Knowledge Workers
Explore Oracle’s unique and comprehensive case management solution that is seamlessly integrated with a full BPM stack. Now handle unstructured ad-hoc processes that are flexible and data-intensive. Focus on knowledge workers and automation irrespective of structure of the business processes.

Oracle Session

Intelligent Adaptive Processes for a New Digital Era
The world has undergone a digital transformation with cloud, mobile, social, and the internet of things. Businesses that don’t capitalize on this wave of innovation will soon be left behind. Adaptive case management, real-time analytics, strategic business architecture, mobile and SaaS connectivity are a requirement of the new BPM foundation. Join Oracle and customer in traveling this renewed path to process excellence by scaling BPM across the organization for a new digital age.


Gangadhar Konduri
VP of Product Management, BPM and Webcenter

Rakesh Gujjarlapudi
Enterprise Architect

Oracle Session Schedule
Thursday, December 11, 2014
9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Augustus III

For additional information about Oracle BPM Suite 12c click here.

Tuesday Dec 09, 2014

REDISA Drives Sustainability Industry in South Africa

This is a story that needs to be told and re-told.

The Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (REDISA) is a non-profit organization driving to develop a sustainable South African tire recycling industry to manage responsibly and fiscally the full lifecycle of tires. From creating jobs to driving a viable and environmentally sustainable industry for waste management, REDISA has delivered tremendous social and economic value to the region.

From adoption of could and mobile to leveraging GPS technology and more, REDISA is also a gold standard for use of technology to driving value. Recently, REDISA was awarded the 2014 Oracle Sustainability Innovation Award. The award recognizes the innovative use of Oracle technology to address the global sustainability challenge. And the use of Oracle Fusion Middleware and Oracle Applications to power their initiative makes this  a wonderful Oracle AppAdvantage story. We hope to bring you a lot more on REDISA over the next few months but for now, here's a brief video interview of REDISA executives on using Oracle technology to drive the organization.

Sunday Dec 07, 2014

Rethink Mobile: Beyond Mobile First with Oracle


December 17, 2014 - Mark your calendars to get an update on Oracle's mobile strategy: Rethink Mobile: Beyond Mobile First with Oracle. We will be available to answer your questions via live chats. The Oracle guest lineup includes: Suhas Uliyar, Vice President, Mobile Strategy, Product Management, Laurent Pacalin, Group Vice President, Product Management, Jeanne Lowell, Vice President, E-Business Suite, and Rimi Bewtra, Sr. Director of Product Marketing.

And if you happen to be at Gartner AADI this week (Las Vegas!) stop by and say hello.  I'll give you a mobile tour at no extra charge and perhaps some free poker lessons. ;-) 

Here's a great trailer for the main event you do not want to miss.

Wednesday Dec 03, 2014

Partner Column: The Journey to PaaS, Part One

Author: Debra Lilley, ACE Director

I have been writing a monthly column on this blog discussing AppAdvantage and totally random thoughts but now I am going to add to that a monthly update on the road to PaaS.

As customers adopt SaaS (Software as a Service) either as a replacement system or to co-exist with their existing applications they are looking for ways to extend them to add additional value to their investment with extensions.  The design principles of Fusion mean this is possible without the old problems of customisations, but Cloud means you can’t get to the development layer of your applications, so how do you extend?

PaaS, Platform as a Service gives you and your partners the development layer needed, and allows the extensions to be hosted and sold just like SaaS and use the same integrations utilised for coexistence. 

The first step is to understand PaaS, and what is available today.

For simple extensions that have a set process and simple integration you can use the Java Cloud Service and APEX in the Database Cloud Service

Ultimately every extension you create should look and feel like Fusion,  the same user experience (UX) Oracle has delivered. So this means you need to use the same tools. This means Oracle SOA Suite for both configuration for different needs as well as integration.

Where do you start? Well again, Oracle can help. The UX team have developed the Rapid Development Kit and you should consider using this as a blueprint.

This is an exciting journey and one I hope you will follow with me.

About the Author:

Debra Lilley, VP Certus Cloud Services, Fusion Champion, UKOUG Board Member, Fusion User Experience Advocate and ACE Director.

Lilley has 18 years experience with Oracle Applications, with E Business Suite since 9.4.1, moving to Business Intelligence Team Lead and Oracle Alliance Director. She has spoken at over 100 conferences worldwide and posts at debrasoraclethoughts 

Tuesday Dec 02, 2014

OOW Recap: Mobilize E-Business Suite with Oracle Mobile Platform

Mobile phones are everywhere and are already well on their way to replacing cameras, cash, maps, remote controls, handheld gaming systems, boarding passes, tickets, cash registers, calculators, notepads, and much more! For enterprises, the ubiquity of mobile devices is transforming businesses by providing new channels for end user interaction, leading to dramatic process improvements and faster decision-making.

These trends mean that IT departments are under increasing pressure to deliver mobile enabled solutions to employees and customers. These mobile solutions must be developed, deployed, secured, connected to existing business processes/applications and managed -- all of which bring about a unique set of challenges. While (front end) mobile application development  is getting easier, the complexity to integrate with one or more cloud (or on-premise) based backend systems and complying with IT security policies continues to increase.

In this session, we discussed how Oracle Mobile Platform leverages Oracle Fusion Middleware infrastructure to expose enterprise applications and data as web services and RESTful API’s that allow easy integration between mobile apps and back-end systems.  The same platform that customers now use to develop and maintain enterprise applications can also extended to develop, integrate, secure, deploy, and manage their mobile applications.

A  key component of the Oracle Mobile Platform, the Oracle Mobile Suite provides support for the development of both the front end client as well as the back end integration layer of a mobile system. The suite includes Oracle’s mobile development framework for building on device mobile applications that run on a variety of devices and operating systems. In addition the suite includes an enterprise service bus - replacing complex point-to-point integrations with a single service virtualization connection – as well as adapters that simplify the task of interfacing with existing applications.

The session concluded with a live demo of a Mobile Shop Floor app that was built by Deloitte. Leveraging the Oracle Mobile Platform, Deloitte’s goal is to redefine the future of mobile shop floor activities with a preconfigured solution that :

  • Supports production lines and offices without traditional computer terminals, or the need to install Wi-Fi in every corner of the shop floor facility or yard
  • Offers 100% shop floor system up-time with zero interruptions
  • Eliminates the need to purchase expensive handheld bar code scanners

Key functionalities include:

  • View/filter list of jobs by department
  • Execute material transactions (including support for offline mode)
  • Complete tasks/move orders
  • View on-hand quantities
  • View item details (including Oracle Product Hub attributes)
  • Review material transactions

Next Steps:

Attend a no-cost Mobile Development Workshop (no prior Java or Xcode or Android experience is required) to learn how to  build your own mobile app using the Oracle Mobile Platform. See how you can rapidly develop native on-device mobile apps using a declarative development environment as well as efficiently and securely integrate this with a live backend enterprise application.

Monday Dec 01, 2014

CACI Bv Netherlands goes Mobile with Oracle

CACI's CEO Gert Simons discusses how CACI has been serving the higher education market for nearly 20 years, leveraging Oracle technology to meet the high demands and volumes in managing student records, its workflow and analysis.

From Web to mobile and social media, scalability with WebLogic and Oracle Service Bus, and using Oracle BI to better understand trends, CACI isn't waiting on the sidelines and considers it "critical to be innovative" by embracing the latest technology trends to gain a competitive edge against the competition.its  Check out the video for yourself.

Monday Nov 24, 2014

Oracle High Scores on GigaOm Research - Sector Roadmap: cross-platform mobile development

" Oracle is uniquely positioned to bring new developments to its MADP solution first and best — an advantage that could be profound in the months and years to come."  - Rich Morrow, GigaOm Analyst

GigaOm analysts Rich Morrow recently covered cross platform mobile development, a hot topic given the effort it takes to develop enterprise apps that fulfill  the needs in a BYOD world, and Oracle is helping to fulfill the needs end-to-end needs for enterprise mobile development. 

Areas covered include:

▪ Write once, deploy to several native codebases

▪ Tight integrations to back-ends or middleware

▪ A focus on specific use cases

▪ Consistent “app identity.” 

▪ Support for popular coding environments.

▪ Native device support

There's some great information covered in the report. Get the whole story here.  For instant news related to Oracle and mobile, follow us @OracleMobile 

Sunday Nov 23, 2014

Multi-channel Service Delivery Demo

Customers today constantly engage with companies across multiple channels. Companies need to be able to engage, sell to, and service customers across all channels: the web, in a store, over the phone, via a mobile device or through social channels. This demo showcases how customers can be quickly and efficiently serviced across multiple communication channels or touch points such as a mobile phone, tablet or a desktop over a secure infrastructure.


A fictional company PowerCo, which is an industrial manufacturer, wants its customers to be able to access the mobile application it provides, to conveniently research and resolve any issues they may have. Furthermore, the company wants to increase the productivity of its Service Reps and field technicians by providing them with a single unified view of all the issues its customers are facing. By delivering consistent, accurate and the most up-to-date information, regardless of who is handling the issue, PowerCo aims to provide a seamless experience to all its customers.

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