Tuesday Apr 15, 2014

Ricoh Americas Delivers on Anytime, Anywhere Promise with Cloud and On-Premise Integration

 Cloud.  On-Premise.  Mobile.  Integration.  Not just buzz words in the IT industry, but real ways that organizations are deploying and implementing software in the enterprise to drive business value.  Join us on this webcast with the CIO of Ricoh Americas Corporation - Balaji Rangaswamy to hear how they are leveraging Oracle AppAdvantage powered by Oracle Fusion Middleware.  In this webcast you will learn how Ricoh provided value-added mobile services to their customers and how they developed a services-oriented integration architecture designed to be flexible and drive innovation.  To register for this webcast click on the link below.

Webcast: Ricoh Differentiatest Business with Unified Cloud and On-Premises Business Integration

Date: April 29, 2014

Time: 10 AM PT/1 PM ET

Monday Apr 14, 2014

How not to repeat past mistakes in the mobile world

Author: Shay Shmeltzer, Director of Product Management and Strategy

When talking to customers about their mobile development plan, I can't help but feel a slight flashback feeling to the type of discussion we had when people got serious about Web development 10-15 years ago. While mobile is definitelly a new technology, there is no reason to repeat the mistakes of the past and not to learn from the experience we gathered in the application development community. Here are three things that I noticed were solved in the past, and where the approach to the solution can be applied in the new mobile paradigm.

Cross Platform Development

Back in the 90s there was no single OS that controled the server world. Windows, Linux, and various flavors of Unix were mixed together in various IT shops. Today this is the situation on the mobile client side - there is no single mobile OS that rules the market. There are two clear front runner - iOS and Android - but others are in the mix too, and any organization who adopts the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) approach will need to target more than a single platform.

So how do you solve the need to develop with a single language and run on multiple platforms?
In the 90s we solved this with Java, a language that ran inside a container that was available for each platform. Today we take a similar approach for mobile apps - using an approach called hybrid mobile - relying on a container that runs your mobile application on the mobile OS. With Oracle's Mobile development framework, we are providing a container that runs a single mobile app on multiple platforms. By the way, one part of our container is a mobile-flavored JVM that runs your business logic on the mobile device. This concept of a container that runs your code, is also extended to the UI layer where our framework uses the Webview component to render cross device UI layers.
By picking up this approach you are able to reduce your development effort to building just a single application and running it on multiple devices.

A fear we sometime hear is that this type of in-container apps will be slow because of the container overhead. Again this is a flashback to the early days of Java, when there was a fear that because of its architecture it won't be able to handle the performance load required from enterprise apps. This fear has completely passed now, and Java powers every type of system. This is the same thing we are seeing in the mobile space. While it is true that there is a slight edge to native apps in terms of performance - the difference compared to the hybrid approach is so negligible that you'll only notice it if you were trying to build a real-time gaming system. For enterprise style applications the hybrid approach is performing great. In fact if we encounter slow hybrid apps - the problem is almost always in the way that the app talks to the backend, rather than at the client side.

Architecture and Modularity

In the first several iterations of web development architecture developers mixed UI and logic into the same file (think of CGI, Servlets, JSP). While technically this worked - it became a nightmare to maintain and change applications built this way. This gave rise to the adoption of MVC architecture for web apps - a strict separation between the UI layer and the logic and data layers. However today, when you look at many of the Hybrid applications that are being built, you can see a regression back to the old way of coding, with developers mixing HTML5 (UI) and JavaScript (Logic) in the same file.

With our mobile framework, we incorporated the Model-View-Controller (MVC) design pattern into the way we build mobile applications. User interfaces are defined in one file, business logic and data access in another. Making your application easier to maintain. In addition we put a lot of effort into enabling reusability with the ability to package functionality you build as "features", and then integrating various features into a single application, or reusing features in other applications.

Simplifying UI Development

Hybrid applications are mostly using HTML5 and JavaScript to achieve the native like UI on devices. However another lesson we learned from the past is that coding at this level is both tedious and dangerous. There is a faster and safer way to construct your UI - use components instead of low-level coding.
This approach is faster because it reduced coding drastically. With a rich set of components - like the set of over 60 components provided by Oracle's mobile framework - developers can simply pick and arrange components on the page to create advanced UIs.

In addition, UI technology has a tendency to change and evolve rapidly. For example in the world of web development Flash was the "de-facto" standard for rich internet application just 5 years ago - but today it is rarely used anymore for these type of application and HTML5 is replacing it.
The nice thing about working with components that generate markup language is that the markup that is being generated can be changed or evolved over time. We already did this in our ADF Faces components - components that started by generating PNG files evolved to generate Flash and today are generating HTML5 markup. All through those changes there was no need to re-write the application that were created with those components.
Basically using components can provide protection from technology changes down the road - and this is true for mobile apps too.

Summary

A wise man is the one who learns from others mistakes. Make sure that when you consider your mobile development approach you are wise. Learn the lessons of the past and apply them to the new world - choose your development framework wisely. 

More Mobile? Checkout the mobile dedicated blog at blogs.oracle.com/mobile

Monday Apr 07, 2014

Is Enterprise Mobility Revolutionizing the Way that Business is done in China?

Author: Winston Yuen Hung Lin, VP, Product Management, OFM

What is changing the IT landscape in China? How do local CIOs react towards the change? Have you dreamed of working anytime anywhere?

As one of the most important mobile device markets in the world, China has been booming rapidly driven by ever-higher-performing smart phones, tablets, and other devices enabled by 3G and 4G networks. With more and more different mobile devices like tablets and smart phones being used widely, it is inevitable that workers want to bring their own devices into their workspaces and conduct their business anytime, anywhere.

Enterprise mobility has been triggered along with the shift in business practices. With the support of enterprise mobility, a doctor can get access to a patient’s files from his tablet; a manager can prepare his presentation from his mobile device while travelling; employees can work outside the office and become more and more productive by using their own devices.

Now the multi channel era has come, the request has arisen. It’s time for CIOs to embrace the change and adjust their strategies and infrastructures to support the mobility revolution. According to a recent survey from the famous research website IT168, more than 90% of Chinese companies have implemented their mobility plans or started to think about their mobility strategy, especially in the financial, government and retail industry. These companies are usually large or medium-sized, and require high levels of integration to interact with companies’ data frequently. There are still 5% local companies that do not need enterprise mobility. These companies are mostly traditional businesses that do not need to cover their business via the internet or mobile.

Why do most companies start to implement enterprise mobility? According to recent research, in China, 56% corporations aim at satisfying business requirements, and then increasing operation efficiency directly; 43% aim at increasing work efficiency. Take the financial industry as an example, most customers want to process a variety of financial business anytime, anywhere. To meet business requirements, the four major national banks in China (ICBC, ABC,BOC, CCB) have provided their own mobile banking services. They bring convenience, efficiency, meeting their mobility strategy and also provide customers traditional and creative services.

Undoubtedly, mobility has become a critical part of the IT environment, with more and more companies regarding BYOD (Bring your own device) as the new mobile business trend. According to a recent survey from IT168, it has become a worldwide phenomenon as well: 74% of worldwide corporations allow BYOD usage according to Forbes: Mobile Business Statistics . BYOD brings many advantages, but what CIOs care about is the security issue that BYOD causes. According to a business value report, 68% local companies worry about BYOD security and it has become the primary barrier to broad mobile deployments within the enterprise.

In the next blog, we will continue to explore the mobility’s world with you, we will discuss the following questions in depth.

What are the advantages that mobility will bring? Also what disadvantages will it cause? What can we do accordingly?



Friday Apr 04, 2014

It's All Systems Go: Fusion Middleware @ COLLABORATE14 Next Week

 Air travel reservations confirmed - CHECK.  Hotel reservations confirmed - CHECK.  Powerpoint presentation ready for COLLABORATE14 - CHECK.  Now, all you need to do is plan which sessions you don't want to miss.  The Fusion Middleware team is out in full force at this year's COLLABORATE and we want to make it easy for you to come, attend, learn and network at sessions.  Below is a short list of sessions you won't want  to miss and hear Edward Zou, Vice-President, Product Management speak about Oracle AppAdvantage, Mobility and Fusion Middleware's future objectives: 

  • AppAdvantage: Business Advantage through Fusion Middleware - Tuesday, April 8 from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

The session will discuss how Oracle EBusiness Suite, PeopleSoft, JDEdwards and Siebel customers are extending and enhancing their existing investments in applications with SOA, BPM, IDM, WebCenter, DI, Exa solutions and Mobile Platform technologies to achieve business results.

  • Build Mobile Apps, Extend Fusion Apps and Integrate Cloud Apps with Fusion Middleware - Tuesday, April 8 from 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

The focus of the session will be a discussion on where we are investing in Oracle Fusion Middleware. We’ll also be discussing the cloud, particularly how to leverage your current and planned investments in Oracle database, applications or other middleware technologies.

  • Simplify Enterprise Mobility: Extend Oracle Applications to Mobile - Tuesday, April 8 from 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Read up on Edward Zou's interview with IOUG's Dan McDonnel, right here, and learn what's coming up at the show and how AppAdvantage and Enteprise Mobility are key Middleware objectives you should know about. 

We have even more sessions at the show across other lines of Fusion Middleware that you shouldn't miss - here's a listing: 

  • Real World Cloud and On-Premise ERP Integration Simplified with Oracle SOA Suite - April 9 from 1:00-2:00 PM, Level 3 Murano 3206
  • Reducing Data Center Cost and Complexity with Oracle Exalogic - April 11 from 8:30-9:30 AM, Level 3 San Polo 3403
  • ADF Mobile with Oracle Java Cloud - April 9 from 12:15-12:45 PM, Level 3 Murano 3206
  • Oracle Exalogic Security Best Practices and PCI Compliance - April 8 from 8:30-9:30 AM, Level 1 Galileo 1005

Have a great week at COLLABORATE14 - See you at the show!

Monday Mar 31, 2014

Enterprise Apps - The Snowball

Author: Martin Cookson, EMEA Director for Mobility

The smartphone has really taken hold within the enterprise. With initiatives such as BYOD (bring your own device) and COPE (corporate owned, personally enabled) in typical knowledge worker industries every professional employee will have a smartphone and/or tablet.  The intelligence of these mobile devices comes down to apps. Currently most of the apps that people use are developed by third parties – and downloaded from public app stores.

Enterprise employees use their mail app, Evernote, LinkedIn, Twitter, Calendar and Contacts to name a few as business apps. Of course we have to get the security right for these dual-usage apps (watch out for future blog posts on this!) but there is immense amount of value from app such as these.

But what about apps developed by the enterprise for their own use? Here we see we have only just scratched the surface. In a survey done my MGI Research in 2012 they stated that 70% of enterprises had only 5 or less apps in development. Now in 2014 the number has probably increased slightly but the opportunity for custom built mobile apps is massive.

For B2C enterprises can provide apps for any customer contact point e.g. for eCommerce or self-service support. Any product or service that is sold could have a mobile app to go with it. Certainly your next new car or smart TV will likely have a mobile app to go with it.

For B2E and B2B, any interaction with a process or system could have a mobile app – allowing freedom in the way that employees work, improving efficiency and provide immediate access to enterprise data. Mobile apps can enhance the collaboration of mobile teams  - providing enterprise social networks and secure data and documentation sharing.


My experience working with customers on their mobile strategy is that they always have candidates for their first mobile apps – they are able to make the first snowball – if you will. Oracle helps them put these ideas into action using the Oracle Mobile Platform – a process we coin “App Fast.”

But if for some reason you can’t identify your first snowball here are some of the typical common first enterprises apps we have helped customers’ develop. They are not always large – remembering the preference for micro apps in mobile -  but they start the snowball rolling!

  1. Approvals - Allow managers to be alerted, review, and quickly take action on: people  moves, expenses, requisition requests, decisions etc.. Often the approvals span multiple back end-systems.
  2. Inspection App - Allows field workers to check status of sites, following set inspection processes including data. This is very popular with examples in: port inspections, restaurants, building sites, retails spaces etc.  The apps can use location and camera to improve the information capture.
  3. Requisitions - Many utility and field engineer applications. For example checking availability of spare parts, scanning component details, ordering parts from the field.
  4. Citizen Self-Serv - There is many examples of this in the public sector as municipal and regional governing bodies look to provide more contact to citizens and service them better. These apps allow reports of potholes in the road, street lighting not working. They provide location of local amenities and provide real time information from transport networking and parking.
  5. I am sick today - For workers operating shifts for example in manufacturing or retail shop workers providing a slick process for informing others when a worker is not able to come to work. The HR sickness reporting is incorporated into the process but then the person responsible for rescheduling rotas as well as the colleagues of the worker is also informed. The app can also capture the location of where the ill worker is when they report the illness … just as a check that the absence is valid.

For each of the apps customers have to have the technology to develop the apps securely but perhaps most importantly it is getting the organization to think mobile and to realist the incredible enterprise mobile opportunity.

Monday Mar 24, 2014

Building an On Device Mobile App w/ Local DB that Syncs to a Server

How about building an on-device mobile app that retrieves data from a server, through a Web service, stores the data locally, and keep the source and client data in sync? And get that done today, for both iOS and Android.  :-)

Wait, what?  :-\

Here’s a great video by Steven Davelaar (Oracle A-Team) doing exactly that - a mobile app, storing data locally (SQLite database) and sync’ing to the server via SOAP. (REST/JSON also do-able) It uses a wizard style extension that they developed to quickly build such an ap. For iOS and Android, same code base using Java and HTML5.



This extension is currently available for JDeveloper, but it’s also being considered for an upcoming release of Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse.

After your done with the video, you can check out Steven's detailed blog on this topic here.

More mobile?  Please follow us on twitter @oraclemobile  and check out oracle.com/mobile as well as blogs.oracle.com/mobile

Friday Mar 21, 2014

AppAdvantage Webcast Series Rolls On with Mobility and Oracle Applications

Missed our first kickoff Oracle AppAdvantage webcast?  Not a problem -- tune in to the next webcast now available - all about how to innovate and extend Oracle Applications to Mobile. IT needs a consistent way to meet requests to develop new mobile applications quickly and make existing applications, mobile applications.  Oracle AppAdvantage is a program powered by Oracle Fusion Middleware technologies that helps customers strengthen their investments in Oracle Applications. An important part of this program is Oracle Mobile Platform, an integrated set of technologies that enables enterprises to rapidly build, deploy, secure, and integrate mobile applications with Oracle Applications and third-party applications for any device and any data source.  Transforming existing applications (JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, EBS or non Oracle ones) into mobile applications helps take investments further and makes them more accessible anywhere and at anytime.  Register for this webcast and learn how you can Innovate and Extend Oracle Applications to Mobile. 


Monday Mar 17, 2014

Your Enterprise Mobile Strategy

Posting on behalf of Martin Jarvis, Senior Director, Fusion Middleware Market Development

For many enterprises Mobility is rapidly becoming a strategic issue. The way in which you interact with both your customers and you employees via their smart phone or tablet can have dramatic impact on the business. Much has been written about the importance of developing a Mobile Strategy unique to your organizations needs and aspirations, but what exactly does a mobile strategy look like?

Oracle has worked with many customers to help them maximize the benefits from deploying Enterprise Mobile solutions. Through this experience we have developed an 8 point domain model to ensure the customer’s mobile strategy covers the key subject areas: 



Alongside the Mobile Strategy it’s important to plan a roadmap that will take you from where you are now to a point where you are fully exploiting the benefits of enterprise mobility.  We divide the roadmap into three distinct phases, starting at “App Fast” getting the quickest possible returns from implementing the strategy, through being “Mobile Ready” to finally becoming a true “Connected Enterprise”.



Since developing this approach to Mobile Strategy we have worked with a number of customers to help them get started on their own mobile strategy using this model. We generally start the process with a half-day Mobile Strategy Workshop involving the key stakeholders from the customer’s IT, enterprise architects and lines of business management. Together we go through the elements of the strategy, facilitating discussion and capturing key points. We also present Oracle’s Mobile Strategy and look to align it to the customer’s requirements.   Feedback from customers who have been through the workshop has been very positive and all have found it a worthwhile and valuable experience. After the workshop we consolidate all the points captured into a report, which is provided to the customer.

If you are interested in learning more about how we can help you develop your own mobile strategy please get in touch through your usual Oracle sales contact.

Monday Mar 10, 2014

Don't Leave Home Without It ...

Author: Rimi Bewtra, Sr. Director Mobile Product Marketing

Last week I attended the 2014 Mobile World Congress, the industry-defining event hosted in Barcelona, Spain, with over 85,000 attendees from over 200 countries, there was a wealth of learning and networking opportunities, product showcases and announcements, inspiration and innovation to be seen everywhere.

Today there is so much information at our fingertips, accessible anywhere, any time on many different "smart" devices. Being at the world’s largest mobile conference, I spend the entire first day being "mobile" (without opening up my wallet) – instead I used only my smartphone. I used the Hailo App to get my taxi from my hotel to the conference, I used the Mobile World Congress App to figure out my day’s schedule, to navigate from one location to the next and pre-order my food during the day, I used PayPal App to pay And  I used Twitter, text and email to communicate with colleagues and contacts before returning back to my hotel to make a few phone calls back home.

My smartphone has easily become my most valuable tool for both personal and professional use – it holds a great deal of information and is integrated to so many different aspects of my life. During the conference I saw many new devices that will continue to transform the way I live, work and communicate but one thing is also clear that the integration and security for all of this information is more important than ever before. From the enterprises perspective, my smartphone is both a benefit and a liability. It certainly is an important productivity tool, however, if I were to loose it or it gets stolen then what happens to the corporate data.

Mobile not only represents new opportunities but has also introduced new set of challenges – for enterprises this is around corporate governance, integration, security and management just to name a few areas. And this was exactly the point that Oracle’s Mobile Strategy Vice President, Suhas Uliyar spent time discussing with customers, partners, and press. Read the article to learn more.

Oracle’s strategy is to simplify enterprise mobility -- offering a complete offering that includes out-of-the-box mobile apps, a mobile platform that you can use to develop, connect, and secure your own mobile apps, and mobile security that is integrated with the Oracle Mobile Platform and can also be leveraged separately as part of your overall enterprise security architecture. At Mobile World Congress there was a great deal of buzz around Oracle’s mobile offering, we’re certainly going to hear a lot more in 2014.

Stay connected (while integrated & secure) … and of course don’t leave without your smartphone!


Visit www.oracle.com/mobile

Monday Mar 03, 2014

The Bus is Here! Let's Go!

Ok. You read my last blog post and built your first your mobile app for iOS and Android.  You’re happy. Happy as a clam. You leveraged your Java expertise, didn’t have to learn a new OS specific language and deployed your mobile app to iOS and Android.  It’s not $WhatsApp that FB just paid $19B for, but cheers for you!

Now your manager comes in, tells you what a great job you did on that app. Folks really like it… but now he wants you to expand it further.  He wants new mobile apps that reach the main servers – where the mission critical apps live.  Can you do that?  We’ll need it to:
  • Build an app to access the existing enterprise applications like PeopleSoft, Siebel, etc. We can’t afford a rewrite, but the execs want to mobile enable them to the field
  • It has to be secure. Enterprise grade. Proven. No compromises here.
  • SLAs (service level agreements). It needs to perform, and the apps performance needs to be measured, with reporting so we can see how the app is being used
  • Caching.  We don’t want to keep hitting our infrastructure unnecessarily.  For the static data, there’s really no need to keep retrieving the same data over and over again when we can simply cache it, right?



What do you think? Can you do it?

Check out this post by Jeff Davies covering mobile apps and Oracle Service Bus, part of the new Oracle Mobile Suite – and get happy! 

To learn more about Oracle Mobile Platform, click here.

Monday Feb 24, 2014

Join us @Mobile World Congress 2014!

... "Creating What’s Next?"


Flights to Barcelona were full, the airports were bustling, weeks leading up to this weekend, everyone was planning and prepping for the largest mobile event in the year. Over the course of the next four days, 24-27 February 2014, Mobile World Congress, Barcelona will host one of the world’s biggest mobile events. It is no wonder that Oracle, the #1 technology leader is also here in full force, ready to show off our capabilities across Mobile Platform and Mobile Security, Internet of Things, Communications, and much more. At this event Oracle will be speaking to customers, partners, press and analysts about many things including, Oracle’s Mobile Strategy.

I arrived this evening and before I left the airport I noticed at least 10 diferent kiosks for registration – all you needed was your ID and QR code, and there were teams of people excited to network and learn about the trends in their industry. As the mobile industry continues to diversify, how will the roles of the traditional and emerging members evolve and with what impact?  In 2014, the Mobile World Congress Conference will examine the present and debate the future of this industry with in-depth analysis of the trends that are shaping it. From the Exhibition Hall to the Keynotes and in-depth sessions, there will be a lot to learn!

I am eager to  meet with customers, partners, and learn as much as I can over this next week - and I will be sure to  share with you on  "what's coming next". Come join us at Mobile World Congress 2014 (Oracle Booth 3B20 (Hall 3)and learn more about Oracle Mobile @www.oracle.com/mobile

Friday Feb 21, 2014

Thought Leader or Thought Provoker? An ACE Director Weighs in

Author: Debra Lilley, ACE Director

I guess the term thought leader means I share my thoughts with you, but actually I believe we are more successful if after reading my post you are the one doing the thinking, more of a Thought Provoker than leader.

The social world in which we now all reside, makes thought more visible and so much easier to share. Communities share, and all the areas they touch overlap and create the outreach we all feed from. In this post I want to share a story about one small outreach, the chain of events behind it, and what that teaches us.

In my bio I am introduced as an Oracle ACE Director and so I thought I start my story with a little bit more about it, because these are people you should follow.

The ACE program is run by the Oracle Technology Network OTN and recognises people in the community to have Oracle skills and more importantly share them with the community.

For those who are recognised subject leaders and who are very active advocates, speakers, authors, bloggers there is the ACE Director designation, which I am very proud to be part of.

This community of ACE Directors has spawned a few initiatives one of which I am very honoured to have been a catalyst for, the Applications UX Advocate program. Here a group of us in the Middleware area have been working with Oracle Development looking at the User Experience and the discipline and research invested in by Oracle. We have learned through workshops and collaborative projects and in turn present in usergroup events to share back to the wider community. The value to Oracle above us simply being advocates is the feedback from a wide range of experts about the applications and approach.

One of my peers here is Sten Vesterli, a quiet Dane who likes in his spare time to compete in Triathlons, Sten is a thought leader in the development world and his latest book ADF Enterprise Application Development - Made Simple has been very well received. As part of the UX advocates group when we were looking at the design patterns used by the Fusion Applications development teams, Sten sked if these could be shared with the wider development community. Not long after they were. Sten has recently started a newsletter series called Technology that Fits which I recommend to all Oracle AppAdvantage followers. Sign up now.

Last year Oracle released ADF mobile, and the adoption is widespread. Mobile has taken over the way we work, in fact I am typing this on my iPad mini as I fly to a diving holiday in the Philippines! In business we see mobile or the need for mobile everywhere. If you are using or thinking of ADF mobile look no further than OTN for the design patterns created after 1,000s of hours research by the UX team, allowing you to adopt industry standard, proven designs quickly and make your mobile applications efficient and easy to adopt.

This is a very practical example of the benefits of using social in business. Oracle through their flagship OTN community, initiated the ACE program which reaches out to all users of Oracle technology and spawned from that was the UX program and then Sten, an individual component set off the chain of events that led to a valuable resource being made available free to that community.

Social could be an enabler for your business, and the Oracle social tools may be your Oracle AppAdvantage entry point.

About the Author:

Debra Lilley, 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 Feb 17, 2014

Show Me the (Mobile) Money!

Author: Carlos Chang, Sr. Principal Product Marketing Director

Have you sat through one too many slide presentations? Watched one too many technology videos?  And now you’re thinking to yourself – just show me a working app. Something I can play around with myself…something out in the wild and readily available.

To borrow a line from Jerry Maguire – "SHOW ME THE MONEY!"

Enter BalaVenkataraman ... Chief Architect for Texas Industries(TXI), the largest supplier of cement in Texas, whom I had the pleasure to meet last December at the Gartner Application Architecture, Development and Integration (AADI) Summit in Las Vegas. Bala led TXI’s efforts to help their customers track their cement shipments with real-time data and tools on their mobile devices by using Oracle ADF Mobile to build mobile applications for iOS and Android.

I saw Bala’s demo, who was the guest presenter for Suhas Uliyar’s (Oracle VP for Mobile Strategy) presentation discussing Oracle’s mobile strategy. Sure there were informative slides, and at the end of the day, Bala got to show off his company’s deployed mobile app that was available on both Apple’s App Store and Google Play. It was a live demonstration, using real, live data. The audience loved it!

As Bala noted, time was of the essence. The mobile apps were delivered to iOS and Android in a matter of weeks. And just as I learned from Bala, when you see those cement trucks on the road – they have to deliver within 90 minutes, or that load of cement goes bad – so they deliver on time – just like Bala did with ADF Mobile for TXI. ;-)

Where’s the money? Search Apple’s App Store or Google Play for “ReadyTrac”

You can read the full case study here. For other customer success stories, go here. To track Oracle’s latest mobile endeavors, start by bookmarking blogs.oracle.com/mobile and www.oracle.com/mobile.

Monday Feb 10, 2014

Mobile, Mobile and Mobile...it Just Gets Better!

Many of you already know about Oracle ADF Mobile and it’s ability to give Java developers the ability to develop mobile applications for the iOS and Android from one code base. (write once, deploy to many)

Guess what? It continues to get better with the latest support for the iOS 7 and Android native look and feel. (before/after screenshots below) That’s a nice bonus for those of you yearning for the latest and greatest look and feel. Your apps can now be freshened up and blend in with the your existing native applications on your device. You’re welcome! ;-)

To learn more, read Joe Huang’s full post on this topic, click here. To stay on top of Oracle’s latest news and mobile offering, I recommend you bookmark blogs.oracle.com/mobile.

Monday Feb 03, 2014

The Next Frontier: Oracle Mobile

  

Oracle Cloudworld was a rousing success supported by insightful keynotes, hands-on-demos, real world case studies and not to mention ample opportunities to network and make new connections.  The Mobile keynote preceded CEO, Larry Ellison's much awaited keynote and the audience was all ears to hear Oracle's story around this hot space.  Rimi Bewtra, Senior Director-Product Marketing, Mobile and Fusion  Middleware explained Oracle's mobile strategy as having two aspects to it: enabling people to build their own applications or leverge Oracle's mobile applications, all supported by a robust Mobile Platform with Mobile Security.   Oracle Mobile Solution is a complete offering with a choice of out-of-the-box mobile applications or a mobile platform that allows you the flexibility to develop your own mobile applications wrapped around mobile security. Oracle Mobile Solutions has three primary components: Mobile Applications, Mobile Platform and Mobile Security. Mobile Platform provides a common technology framework for building, integrating, securing and managing mobile applications on any device. 

The next frontier for mobile is about much  more, it is about the internet of things and mobile coming together and creating the Connected Enterprise. For more information on Oracle's Mobile offerings click here.

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