By Carlos Chang-Oracle on Jul 19, 2015
By Ian Wallis, Director Mobile PaaS Business Development, Oracle EMEA
The first half of 2015 has seen big advances in mobile app, development, integration and mobile enterprise IT and these culminated for me at the Gartner AADI conference we took part in towards the end of May (see photo above).
There was a lot of talk about how IT is becoming a toxic brand inside the enterprise, holding back innovation and blocking progress in initiatives desperately needed by the business. Almost 40% of IT spend is now being decided on by teams outside of IT and according to Gartner this will rise to 50% by 2017.
We need to transform IT into an enabler rather than a blocker of change. This means layering IT with systems of innovation, which are fluid, adaptable and innovative on top of the core systems, which need to be safe and steady. These systems of innovation should allow the organization to take risk without jeopardising the core systems.
So when considering a mobile app integration strategy, two new considerations play out for CIOs and IT organizations:
- Executing Two Speed IT, which is part solid and part fluid delivery, referred to by Gartner as Bimodal IT and is key to allowing IT to work at business speed.
- Enabling DevOps, which is integral to allowing for a rapid innovation cycle, working at pace, embracing failure, but failing fast and iterating quickly.
Enterprises also need to evolve away from trying to enforce Mobile Device Management (MDM) through to managing Digital Risk. Given the low adoption of MDM of between 25% and 50%, enterprises need to start to trust the untrustworthy, as we move to more usage on personal mobile devices and “things”.
Businesses also need to expect unintended consequences as mobile throws up unexpected outcomes and need to be aware of amplification given the huge reach of mobile and social.
Businesses should look to surround themselves with digital assets and remove the physical constraints of doing business. This includes tapping in to Business Moments, where transient opportunities can be exploited dynamically. To do this we see more demand for Micro apps, where one app does one thing really well, most likely on a watch or mobile phone.
To support these business moments via micro apps, there are a number of key trends impacting how we use mobile app platforms. Richard Marshall outlined the following shifts happening in mobile application development:
- Growth of open source tools (e.g. node.js, Angular)
- Cross compilation tools delivering native binaries (e.g. Xamarin)
- Big suites evolving (e.g. Oracle, MSFT, IBM…)
- Rapid Mobile App Development (RMAD) tools emerging
It is very reassuring to see that Oracle’s Mobile Cloud Service aligns closely with these trends:
- Oracle’s embrace of open source tools such as Node.js, Ionic, Angular, Knockout, Cordova and other tools
- Oracle’s recent partnership with Xamarin and Oracle’s own Mobile Application Framework providing cross compilation tools
- The evolution of Mobile Cloud Service as part of a much broader Platform as a Service offering, supporting big Digital initiatives
- The incredible speed of implementation of mobile apps using the combination of tools mentioned above as well upcoming Mobile Cloud Service releases further adding to RMAD capability in the Oracle PaaS platform