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.

The sequence of steps are highlighted below - 

The demo highlights the following key pieces -

  • Connectivity, Orchestration & Common enterprise services – The ability to automate and manage cross enterprise business process shares services across multiple channels using Oracle SOA suite and Service Bus
  • Develop and deploy applications across multiple channels - The ability to access information and applications intuitively and securely through self service portals for customers, employees and partners using Oracle Mobile Suite and WebCenter Portal
  • Secure infrastructure for users – Authentication and authorization and governance and management using Oracle Identity Management