Monday Apr 20, 2015

Mobile Cloud Service - Avoiding Apphazard Mobile Delivery

By Ian Wallis, Moble Technical Director, Oracle EMEA

IT organizations are reporting that their traditional three tier architectures are straining to support the needs of mobile users both for customers and employees. And why is this you ask? Well I believe there are many factors causing mobile to stretch and stress traditional IT, a few are listed below:

  • Change – the rate of change in mobile is high with a continuous stream of new devices, features, form factors, operating systems and updates.
  • Innovation – mobile devices can do unique activities such as measure, hear, smell, respond to movement, touch and gesture and many more
  • Connection –the need to handle less reliable connections such as 3G, Edge, GPRS and public WIFI networks
  • Personalisation – mobile devices are personal and apps need the right info at the right place at the right time to avoid being highly intrusive
  • Communication – a trend towards smart endpoints and simple messaging rather than centralized systems and orchestration models
  • Speed of continuous delivery – with the move to Agile development and DevOps, picking the right tool and technology for the job is crucial to be able to work quickly and effectively
  • Processing and battery life - mobile applications work best with simple REST based services rather than more heavy weight XML Web Services which are processor intensive
  • Scale – successful mobile apps can scale very quickly to a global audience of billions of smartphone users
  • Security – a completely new security model with different operating systems and devices, as well as controlling access to data and systems

This struggle has heralded the emergence of new IT delivery models to address the need for scalable mobile services. Services that can support a fragmented set of web and enterprise systems and technologies. Services that can be mashed up to form great mobile apps. One new category of technology is Mobile Backend as a Service (mBaaS). Not an ideal name, as an analyst recently pointed out at an event in Stockholm, asking: “Mobile Backend as a Service, is that even legal?”

Personally I prefer the term Mobile Cloud Services, which combines cloud and service integration with mobile-specific services such as offline functionality, data synchronization, push notifications, location and many others. These Services typically are built with cloud and mobile first in mind, and they leverage node.js infrastructure to provide mobile friendly services sometimes referred to as micro services or micro APIs.

Mobile Cloud Services need to cater for the diverse set of personas involved in developing mobile applications. New roles like Mobile Experience Designer, Producer, Mobile App Developer, Micro Service DeveloperData Scientist and DevOps Engineer have emerged, and these roles need to collaborate, working in parallel rather than sequentially. This includes the ability to create re-usable libraries of mobile services to fast track app development.

Over time I predict that the capabilities supported by  Mobile Cloud Services expanding to include a range of devices an "things" that are well beyond our current understanding of mobile.

Start considering Mobile Cloud Services to avoid the risk of haphazard mobile delivery. To download our eBook on Oracle Mobile Cloud Service, click here.

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Monday Mar 09, 2015

Barcelona, Mobile World Congress, and 93,000

93,000+

That’s how many visitors came to this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week. With 8.1 halls, each of which was the size of Moscone South's usual exhibit hall - that’s a big show! And Barcelona, what a gorgeous city. It’s no wonder Picasso spent so much time between Barcelona and Paris.


While I didn’t get a chance to see Zuck chat up internet.org, I did get a chance to meet customers excited to hear about Oracle Mobile Platform. In particular, the upcoming release of Oracle Mobile Cloud Service was a highlight of our demos. Not to say that Oracle Mobile Security Suite and Oracle Mobile Application Framework didn’t also stand out - they held their own in terms of interest, but the upcoming cloud service is a mobile game changer.

If you’re unfamiliar, Oracle Mobile Cloud Service is an enterprise Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS) that makes it easy to rapidly build mobile apps that access backend systems. As a cloud based platform  client and server side developers can easily collaborate. MCS offers built in mobile analytics so managers can fine tune access and gain insight of all their mobile deployments. Common mobile services such as security, data storage, sync and push notifications are standard making mobile development and deployment easier than ever. 


I just wish we could have shown it to all 93,000 attendees. Maybe next year. But if you can't wait, catch the upcoming Oracle Cloud Day in San Jose on April 30th.

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 

Monday Jun 09, 2014

Game of Phones

Game 

of 

Phones

There’s an excellent DZone article titled: 2014 Guide to Mobile Development. It’s loaded with excellent information including some results from a mobile related survey to more than 1000 IT professionals. Without giving away too much, these highlights should convince you to read the entire article. 


Web and Hybrid apps are gaining tons of traction particularly in the enterprise. If you want to better understand the differences between Web, Native and Hybrid, this article has you covered.

Enterprise developers are increasingly more interested in cross platform tools. Makes sense right?  I mean, unless you have infinite resources (e.g. Facebook) and can afford to write native apps to every platform, finding something that can meet your needs for iOS and Android makes sense.  And toss in the possibility of Windows Phone …and oh, just to be current, the addition of Apple’s new mobile language, Swift, to add to Objective C.. and oh boy.  Why not check out cross platform tools? BTW, don’t  forget testing on each platform, and maintenance and the next versions of the app. It’s not one and done. If you’re successful, you’re never done.

Various mobile vendors are represented and many provide some great information.  Oracle's own Suhas Uliyar, VP of Mobile Strategy, represented with some great insights into the challenges of mobile back end integration (SOA, mBaaS, etc.) and moving from "mobile first" to a "mobile plus" world. BTW, Suhas was recently named Top 100 Wireless Technology Experts for 2014 by Today's Wireless World magazine. 

And if your not yet convinced, DZone did a very nice job with their mobile infographic stylized after the insanely popular series, Game of Thrones.  Even though there were no dragons illustrated, worth the price of admission just for that.  

Check it out here.

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