Monday May 23, 2016

IFC Group & Oracle MCS Make Life Easy For Sales Reps

Last week we showed you how Manchester Airports Group is using Oracle Mobile Cloud Service to better engage with, and promote to, its customers.  Today, we have another example of how a company with a large, mobile user base has adopted Oracle MCS to provide relevant, real-time, information and services to its target audience: its own sales force!

IFC Group (Industrial Farmaceutica Cantabria) is one of Spain's leading skin care product developers and distributors.  With a large, constantly traveling, sales force, and with a small IT department, IFC historically has asked its sales reps to enter sales & procurement data into the company's systems after each pharmacy pickup, which was something that reps could not do until they returned to their offices.  Even then, the entry process took hours!  This method was extremely inefficient and reduced time in the field. 

When sales teams asked for a more flexible mobile solution that would increase efficiency and decrease frustration, IFC didn't have the time or the IT resources to build an entirely new system.  However, the company realized that it needed to create an attractive solution where reps could enter data in real-time from remote locations, as well as a solution that gave reps access to on-demand CRM and BI tools that were critical in the sales process.  A current Oracle customer, IFC added Oracle MCS to its product suite, and was able to use and convert its existing APIs, without changing any code, into mobile APIs.  What did that mean?  Through Oracle MCS, IFC was able to deliver exactly what its sales teams had asked for, and made their work much easier, without replacing the company's entire IT infrastructure!  To learn exactly how IFC accomplished this, read the full article HERE.

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Monday May 09, 2016

Oracle Mobile Cloud Service 2.0 is Here!

Authored by Suhas Uliyar, Oracle Vice President, Mobile Product Development

Blogging about the 2nd major release of Oracle Mobile Cloud Service is personally very exciting! Not too long ago a few of us with many years of mobile experience amongst us, sat in a room and drew up the plans for building – from the ground up – a cloud based enterprise mobile platform, Oracle’s Mobile Cloud Service (MCS).

Our goal was to simplify enterprise mobility and help mobile developer build Better Apps Faster. With these goals in mind, we released MCS in July 2015 and in a short 10 months, we are thrilled to see its success and momentum in the marketplace. Our design goals to be open, agnostic and built on open standards, are being adopted by customers of all sizes, across all industries from around the world. With Oracle MCS, organizations deliver modern experiences to their employees and drive modern engagement with their customers. One of our fundamental principles was to be open and agnostic to mobile client development tools so that developers could develop in their tool of choice and make it simple to consume enterprise services from a Mobile API catalog without requiring them to understand the complexities of enterprise data and security policies. We have customers using native tools from Apple, Google, Xamarin, Sencha, Ionic along with Oracle client development tools, Mobile Application Framework (MAF) & JET, to build engaging experiences integrated with a variety of backend systems.

We have continued to innovate with quick and agile releases of MCS and today I am very excited to share with you the big strides we have BETTER apps with MCS Location Based Services and help enterprises build apps FASTER with Oracle’s Rapid Mobile Application Development (RMAD) capabilities, called Mobile Application Accelerator (MAX). These capabilities are targeted at what Gartner refers to as “citizen developers.”

Before I tell you more about MAX, let’s first take a look at what we’ve delivered with Location Based Services..

About Oracle MCS and Location Based Services

Many enterprises like retailers, event organizers, transit systems, financial services, hospitality and educational institutions are engaging with consumers and have invested significantly in enabling seamless user experiences across mobile applications and the online world. They are able to get insights related to app downloads and in some cases user behavior across multiple channels. However, many of them have neglected a key value that mobile provides that the online world does not - the consumer’s physical location! When you consider that 93% of US retail sales still occur in store, enterprises are missing a key connection between the physical and online world.

The challenge with GPS is that indoor spaces often block cell signals and make it difficult to get an accurate location. This is where Beacons become a viable solution. Beacons, a low-cost piece of hardware — small enough to attach to a wall or countertop, use battery-friendly, low-energy Bluetooth connections to transmit or prompt directly to mobile devices. Companies like Estimote are poised to transform and reinvent a contextually rich mobile experience.

“It’s a no-brainer. Beacons increase the granularity of information that Oracle MCS can use to help businesses provide a contextually rich experience to their customers”  Steve Cheney Co-Founder of Estimote.

In-store retail and offline payments are in the first wave of beacon applications. Retail outlets are adopting beacons to provide customers with product information, flash sales or deals, and speed up the checkout process with a completely contactless payments system. Consumers seem receptive to beacons as a way to enhance their in-store shopping experience. Half of American adults already utilize their mobile devices in stores. Consumers could also use them to inexpensively automate their homes. For example, beacons could turn on lights in a room as soon as someone with a smartphone has entered them, or open doors or window shades.

Mobile represents the bridge between the digital and physical world and is becoming the most valuable tool yet for marketers, allowing them to be contextual, relevant and useful. To help build BETTER apps that take advantage of location services, we made it easy by providing a 360 degree view of contextual location information for the app developer to enable better decision support and engagement on the mobile app. MCS 2.0 provides a declarative framework with an easy to use  Admin UI, for the definition of Places, Devices such as Beacons, and Assets as first class entities along with the ability to query interesting information about these entities and the association between them from the mobile app via Platform API’s.

MCS 2.0 can help drive B2C & B2E use cases like:

  • Obtaining contextual information for Places & Things of interest (to drive mobile app logic):
    • Return all Places with the label ‘Parts_Warehouse’ that are within a specified GPS circle, and route me to the nearest one with parts in stock for Acme washers.
    • Return all active iBeacon devices where the device's name or description contains the text ‘LAX_Terminal1’. Set my app to range for the Beacon ID’s that were returned since I checked in for my flight.
  • Personalized mobile user targeting based on geofence or beacon proximity
    • Send Ana a complementary Molly Moon’s ice-cream voucher when she checks in at the new Forever21 store in the Uvillage Mall (where Uvillage Mall is denoted by a GPS and has ‘child’ Places within it for Stores id’d by Beacons associated with their location)
    • When a Platinum Member enters the Delta lounge (id’d by a Beacon), send them a NewCo promotion.
  • High-value Asset Tracking
    • Update the last known location of a fork-lift (id’d by a Beacon) to be ‘North Yard’
    • Give me the last known location of a hospital bed (id’d by a beacon). If it’s not in the quarantine area of the hospital (also id’d by a beacon), send an SMS alert to the floor nurse on duty.

About Oracle MAX

Investment in mobility solutions is expected to continue to grow through 2016. But the increased investment in mobility solutions is promising amid growing concern that demand for mobile app development services is happening much faster than organizations are able to deliver. Businesses are finding it challenging and costly to develop, deploy, and maintain mobile apps as rapidly as demand dictates, according to Gartner. Gartner says using rapid mobile app development (RMAD) tools that can produce apps quickly, are crucial for enterprises to help bridge the gap between mobile app demand and supply. Significant innovation is driving this market and replacing traditional coding approaches, such as native development tools, with more effective RMAD tools. MCS 2.0 introduces the notion of no code rapid mobile application development (RMAD) with Mobile Application Accelerator (MAX). MAX is key to helping build better mobile apps FASTER allowing professionals with no programming background, to rapidly assemble mobile apps and continuously iterate on their designs. MAX is a highly visual tool and seeing is believing. To get a great overview, watch the following video recording of Oracle MAX in action.

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For more information and to test drive Oracle MCS 2.0 at cloud.oracle.com/mobile

Hungry for more? Watch Suhas Uliyar and Chris Marsh (451 Research) discuss the New Imperatives in Enterprise Mobility. And don't forget to follow the latest @OracleMobile.

Monday Jan 25, 2016

New York MTA, Mobile + Cloud

Given the recent weather, made me consider how important it is for critical government services to embrace modern tech like mobilizing their workforce to help them be more efficient, and provide richer data in a timely manner.  They had an Oracle Forms based environment that worked fine for the office. So what'd they do? Rewrite? Start from scratch? That could prove expensive (not with my tax dollars!)  and take longer than desired (need it now).  Any of this sound familiar? 

They worked smarter - not harder.  Instead they turned to Oracle, Samsung and Oracle partner AuraPlayer.  Together, with some clever mobile technology, and a foundation with Oracle Mobile Cloud Service, they are mobilizing their systems in record time. How'd you like them apples?  You can read the whole story here at Forbes.

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Tuesday Jan 19, 2016

Oracle Mobile Application Accelerator (MAX)

You know, I was tempted to refer to the Mad Max, Fury Road (great movie btw) but figured that today, I'm going to color within the lines. :)  

Oracle MAX.  You probably want (or are being asked) more and more of your apps to be mobile - but there's a backlog and you're stuck somewhere in the queue. :(

Meanwhile, you're tethered to your desktop/laptop or having to deal with a less than optimal mobile experience as you navigate your website on a tiny mobile screen.  

What if, for the majority of the cases (80/20 rule) you could build some straight forward apps that look great, get the job done, quickly and easily, no coding required. Simple drag and drop. Use proven designs.  Tap into preconfigured data/app sources.  Drag, drop, connect, build, deploy and done.  What wizardry is this you say?   I'm glad you asked. 

Checkout the Oracle MAX webinar, hosted by Oracle's own Denis Tyrell, and see for yourself. 

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Monday Nov 09, 2015

Mobile: The Heart of Your Digital Transformation


By 2020 over 80% of the world’s population will own a smartphone. As an enterprise, are you ready to embrace this digital revolution? Digital transformations are happening all around us; some are disrupting entire industries, others are impacting their enterprises and all are revolutionizing how we engage with customers, partners and employees.

Hear Rimi Bewtra, Senior Director of Mobile, IoT and Digital Product Marketing at Oracle discuss in detail how:
  • Companies are leveraging mobile technology and making their own digital transformation
  • You can develop a complete, end-to-end enterprise mobile strategy
  • To increase your mobile ROI and drive improved personal engagements

Register now

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Friday Oct 23, 2015

Just in Time - Top Sessions: Oracle Cloud Platform at Oracle OpenWorld 2015

Originally published in Oracle Cloud Platform Newsletter, OOW Edition earlier this month.

Oracle OpenWorld 2015 takes place October 25 through 29, 2015, in San Francisco’s Moscone Center. This year, Oracle OpenWorld includes the Oracle Cloud Platform track, with dozens of sessions presented by Oracle experts to get you up to speed on the most comprehensive portfolio of cloud solutions for your business, IT infrastructure, and development needs. No matter what cutting-edge technology you’re interested in, you’ll come away from Oracle OpenWorld with the connections, information, and knowledge that you need to support your journey to the cloud.

Must-See Sessions
A complete list of sessions and activities devoted to cloud topics is available on the Oracle OpenWorld website, and the teams involved have nominated the following as must-see sessions dedicated to Oracle Cloud Platform.

  • General Session: Mobile—the Heart of Digital Transformation (GEN10178)
    By the end of 2015, half the world’s population will have a powerful computer in its pocket—the mobile phone. Studies reveal the mobile app market is now influencing more than US$500 billion in sales and daring to be an even bigger revolution than the internet. Digital leaders have quickly realized that mobile, if used effectively, can change the game in their industry. The key to success is having a comprehensive, secure, flexible, and open mobile strategy that drives mobile ROI. Mobile is the primary screen and at the core of any digital strategy—in this session, gain insights and learn how you can develop an end-to-end enterprise mobile strategy, increase your mobile ROI, and build your competitive advantage.

  • Oracle Cloud Platform—Transform Your Tomorrow (GEN5878)
    Today, Oracle’s cloud technology is disrupting the status quo with modern techniques for application development, data management, collaboration, big data and analytics, mobile, and integration in the cloud. Oracle Senior Vice President of the PaaS, BI, and EPM Business Groups Steve Daheb and Oracle Senior Principal Product Marketing Director Sandra Cheevers show you how Oracle Cloud Platform enables developers, IT professionals, and line-of-business (LOB) users to innovate faster, improve time to market, and gain a competitive advantage.

  • Oracle Cloud Platform and Oracle Fusion Middleware: Accelerating Digital Transformation (GEN10761)
    Today’s unprecedented digital transformation is driving the need for a new IT platform—one that is comprehensive, integrated, and helps organizations develop modern applications in the cloud. Oracle Executive Vice President, Oracle Fusion Middleware Development Inderjeet Singh presents details about new capabilities in Oracle Cloud Platform and Oracle Fusion Middleware for mobile and web experience management, the Internet of Things, application programming interface management, big data enrichment, cloud computing, and on-premises portability.

  • Enterprise Mobility—the High, the Low, and Everything in Between (CON10170)
    Surveys reveal that consumers prefer to consume digital media through their mobile devices—mobile is the primary screen. Could it be that the television industry now needs a mobile-first strategy? We are living in a time when mobile technology is impacting every aspect of our lives—it is clear that we cannot live without it. In this session, hear from industry leaders as they share their experiences from the trenches. Gain insight as you hear the best practices from mobile development through to delivery of mobile apps.

  • Maximize the Value of Your SaaS Investments with Oracle Cloud Platform (CON8826)
    Software-as-a-service (SaaS) adoption is exploding. With Oracle Cloud, companies get not only the most comprehensive customer experience, ERP, HCM, and SCM functionality in the cloud but also the industry’s most innovative cloud platform with which to extend and integrate their applications. Oracle Senior Vice President of Integration Products Amit Zavery shows you how your peers are realizing the full power of SaaS.

  • Oracle Fusion Middleware: Meet This Year’s Most Impressive Innovators (CON10374)
    The Oracle Excellence Awards Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation recognizes customers across solutions, solution areas, and development efforts including Oracle Cloud Platform, Oracle Exalogic, Oracle Cloud Application Foundation, service-oriented architecture, business process management, Oracle WebCenter, Oracle Identity Management, Oracle Data Integration, Oracle Application Development Framework, Oracle Fusion Applications development, and business analytics (Oracle Business Intelligence, Oracle Enterprise Performance Management, and Oracle Exalytics). Attend this session to learn how leading Oracle customers are transforming their organizations with Oracle Fusion Middleware technology.

  • Oracle Cloud Platform to Empower LOB to Innovate in the Cloud Without IT Involvement (CON9864)
    The roles of the CIO and IT are rapidly evolving to enable LOB users to adopt cloud solutions directly, while ensuring that the solutions are fully integrated with the rest of the enterprise without compromising business and IT standards. Join this session, led by Oracle Vice President of Product Management and Strategy Siddhartha Agarwal and Oracle Director of Product Management Jon Huang, to learn how Oracle Cloud Platform empowers LOB users to build web and mobile mashups, compose and monitor custom workflows, securely sync and share files, and get rich insights with business analytics—and how it can happen in the cloud without IT involvement while still ensuring proper enterprise governance and compliance.

In addition to the key sessions described above, Oracle OpenWorld attendees should plan to visit the Oracle Cloud Platform and Infrastructure Showcase and the Mobile Showcase, located in Moscone South, to see demonstrations of different Oracle Cloud Platform services.

Sessions quickly fill to capacity—learn more and register now for Oracle OpenWorld 2015.

Can’t attend? Follow Oracle Cloud excitement on Twitter and Facebook, watch keynote and session highlights on demand, and visit cloud.oracle.com today to watch a demo or to sign up for a trial.

Thursday Oct 22, 2015

Steve Daheb - Innovate Faster, Spend Less, and Connect People with the Right Information

Taken from Q&A Interview with Steve Daheb, Senior Vice President, Oracle that was published in Oracle Cloud Platform Newsletter, OOW Edition

The cloud is disrupting how businesses operate, and changing the way people work and access information. Whether you’re just beginning your journey to cloud computing or you’ve adopted it throughout your business, the platform that supports your strategy deserves thoughtful consideration. Oracle Senior Vice President, PaaS, BI, and EPM Business Groups Steve Daheb talks about the pivotal role platform as a service (PaaS) has in helping businesses innovate faster, spend less, and connect people with the right information.

Q. How can customers rationalize their existing on-premises investments with newer cloud investments?
A. Achieving digital transformation is not a question of choosing between cloud and on-premises offerings. The foundation of all information technology is managing information. It’s about mobilizing, securing, and visualizing information. It’s about sharing the information that fuels our applications, and it’s about connecting people and businesses to information. That’s what Oracle has always done better than anybody else. As Larry Ellison says, “Don’t assemble the information, take advantage of it.”

Today, Oracle technology is allowing people to easily collect, access, and share information, and connect their applications with the information that is the lifeblood of those applications. Oracle Cloud solutions coexist with your current investments and allow you to extend their functionality to the cloud.

Q. What is the significance of the hybrid cloud?
A. An information strategy needs to span both on-premises and cloud-based environments because information lives in both places. Information flows through all things, all applications, all devices, and you have to be able to address all of these together. A hybrid cloud strategy enables you to tackle both sides, like a bridge, and allows you to go back and forth between your legacy and future on-premises investments with the cloud. It also allows you to migrate workloads between on premises and the cloud to suit business needs and to not be limited by what technology dictates. It’s a strategy that gives you choice, whether that choice is a private cloud, software as a service (SaaS), or any combination that suits your specific business and industry needs.

Oracle’s integrated portfolio of cloud platform services delivers complete capabilities for application development, integration, content sharing and collaboration, business analytics, mobile technology, enterprise management, and data management. Only Oracle offers this full technology continuum that can enable customers regardless of where they might be on their journey to the cloud.

Q. Mobile is a key trend and many organizations have made significant strides in mobile operations. How do Oracle’s solutions aid with SaaS mobile extensions, rapid application development, and mobile innovation?
A. Mobile innovation is really part of the overall conversation about getting users the information they need, in the context in which they need it. For that to work, you need to manage mobility from a centralized platform that gives mobile developers easy access to everything they need, including services such as user management, offline data, push notification, and storage. You also need a way to cut application development time and ensure consistency. Again, the platform is the key to success. Built-in components such as rapid application development kits and UX templates enable easy mobile extensions for applications.

Q. How do Oracle Cloud solutions offer specific benefits to app developers, IT architects, and line-of-business users?
A. In order to have a platform that meets the needs of all of your stakeholders, you’ve got to understand who the stakeholders are, and speak their language.

For corporate IT and DBAs, it’s about having the same database technology on premises and in the cloud. It’s about speed of provisioning, ease of administration, and ease of ongoing maintenance.

For developers it’s about building rich, high-performance apps. It’s about mobilizing the apps in the back end to support that, and giving them familiar tools to build robust, engaging, and secure apps.

For architects it’s about sandboxing and development testing and managing cloud offerings, on-premises offerings, and mobile technology together.

For line-of-business (LOB) managers, it’s about the information—how can business users easily access and consume information within the context of their business process using innovative tools such as visual analytics, regardless of where they are?

And for business analysts, it’s about giving them information that is connected across disparate sources along with the tools they need to shorten the time it takes to build analytics dashboards, helping them uncover patterns faster, and enabling them to collaborate on that analysis with LOB stakeholders.

Q. What is unique about Oracle’s value proposition?
A. Oracle’s approach is about building an information platform upon which you can run your business; one that spans infrastructure, services, databases, and applications. A hybrid cloud strategy enables you to address both cloud and on-premises needs and allows you to go back and forth, protecting both your legacy and your future technology investments. As a result, you can choose any combination of deployment model based on your business needs. Only Oracle offers the choice of both public and private cloud services. And unlike its competitors, Oracle gives its customers the flexibility to change their deployment model from private to public, or perhaps to bring a public cloud application back in-house.

Come to Oracle OpenWorld 2015 to learn more about Oracle Cloud Platform. Read the Focus On session listings and descriptions to learn more about key sessions:

Can’t attend? Follow Oracle Cloud excitement on Twitter and Facebook, watch keynote and session highlights on demand, and visit cloud.oracle.com today to watch a demo or to sign up for a trial.

Also, don’t miss the global Oracle Cloud Day: Transforming Your Tomorrow series of events. Attend an event to explore a range of industry-leading cloud solutions suited to the specific needs of your job role, and discover why Oracle is the leading cloud company.

Wednesday Oct 14, 2015

Mobilize Enterprise Applications using Oracle Mobile Cloud Service

Enterprise mobility can transform businesses by providing new channels for end user interaction, leading to dramatic process improvements and faster decision-making. But most enterprise services are built for content-heavy, bandwidth-rich web applications, not mobile ones. Wiring up services to mobile apps and managing the accompanying infrastructure (notifications and storage) is cumbersome.

In addition, enterprises building a portfolio of mobile apps face significant challenges: integrating with myriad back-end systems both on premises and with software-as-a-service (SaaS), dealing with multiple security policies across B2E and B2C apps, and increasing the velocity of mobile app delivery.

The cloud is a perfect match for mobile application needs. Oracle Mobile Cloud Service goes beyond simple mobile-first mobile-backend-as-a-service (MBaaS) solutions to provide a robust, enterprise-grade cloud infrastructure to achieve all this and more.


Attend these three sessions to hear more about how you can use Oracle Mobile Cloud Service to mobilize enterprise applications.

  • Mobilize Oracle E-Business Suite Using Oracle Mobile Cloud Service: Monday, Oct 26, 2:45 p.m. | Moscone South—270
  • Extend SaaS Applications to Mobile Using Mobile Cloud Service: Monday, Oct 26, 4:00 p.m. | Moscone West—3020
  • Go Mobile with JD Edwards EnterpriseOne: Tuesday, Oct 27, 12:15 p.m. | Moscone West—3024

There's also a  hands-on workshop (Wednesday, Oct 28, 8:45 a.m. | Hotel Nikko—Mendocino I/II) to learn how to build the next generation of enterprise mobile apps. Discover how back-end developers can easily collect and format information from their vast enterprise infrastructure -- on-premises packaged applications, cloud data, or custom applications -- and present it to mobile developers. 

For more information on other Mobile sessions at Open World 2015, refer to Mobile Central.

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Monday Oct 12, 2015

OpenWorld Mobile Showcase

OpenWorld Mobile Showcase

If you’re coming to OpenWorld, make sure you stop by the Mobile Showcase in Moscone South. 

Samsung is the lead sponsor for the showcase. This year the showcase is a blend of mobile partners and Oracle teams representing their mobile solutions.  

Samsung will be bringing showcasing their mobile solutions and additionally will be showing off their latest mobile devices in the Mobile Showcase lounge.  Stop by, charge up your device and check out the latest phones and tablets from Samsung.  I’m still holding out hope they decide to bring their Gear VR headsets, but since they don’t launch until November, it doesn’t look like they’re likely to steal their own thunder. Oh,well, they will still be showing off some beautiful hardware to checkout.



Other partners include:

Xamarin: They’ll be demoing their build, test, monitoring tools for building native apps for various mobile platforms including iOS and Android. These are 100% native apps with the performance and native experience you’d expect from a native app.  Plus, checkout their demo building mobile apps connecting to Oracle Mobile Cloud Service (MCS) with the Xamarin SDK for Oracle Mobile Cloud Service.  If you’re a C# developer, you’ve pretty much have a great tool for enterprise mobility.

If you’re a mobile HTML5 developer, you should be interested in checking out Sencha, which has a large and established HTML5 community building cross platform apps on their hybrid-mobile framework.

Who else? We’ve got Nokia, AuraPlayer, Sofbang, AirWatch, Syniverse and more.   In addition to the demo kiosk, there will be theatre sessions showing longer, more in-depth demos throughout the day.

Oracle will be showing off Oracle Mobile Cloud Service, Oracle Mobile App Framework, Oracle Mobile Security Suite, mobile development with Oracle JDeveloper and Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse, mobile applications and more. 

It’s going to be a great showcase that you won’t want to miss.


Monday Sep 28, 2015

Samsung is in the house!

When it comes to making a presence, Samsung knows how to go big. In addition a sizable dedicated booth presence, we're excited to announce that Samsung will be the lead sponsor for the Oracle Mobile Showcase in Moscone South!


Welcome Samsung!  We're looking forward to checking out all the cool mobile phones and tablets - and dare I wonder, will they also bring their recently announced Gear VR (virtual reality headset recently announced, using Oculus software ala Facebook)?  I know it's not out until November, but given how close we are, maybe some early models perhaps?  OpenWorld is an ideal techie community and offers up a perfect audience.

A quick link for mobile - check out the Focus on Mobile list which will help guide you to some key mobile related sessions and events at Oracle OpenWorld 2015.

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Monday Sep 21, 2015

Oracle Mobile@Oracle OpenWorld 2015

About a month to go and we're set for another ginormous event - Oracle OpenWorld 2015!

At the center of the tech universe is mobile of course. I mean, what else is transforming our lives more than mobile? What is the one thing you can't leave home without? The first thing you look at in the morning? Do you still use an old fashioned alarm clock to wake you up? Do you check the news, stocks, email, weather, traffic in when you wake up? The last thing you look at in the evening? Did you know the mobile screen has overtaken television? 

We've got a lot of Mobile going on at OpenWorld 2015.  In particular, a few highlights from our Focus on Mobile page

You may notice that last one is with Benedict Evans from Andreessen Horowitz. (Andreessen as in Marc Andreessen, the Mozilla, Netscape, World Wide Web - yeah, that guy).  Benedict is a partner with Andreessen Horowitz covering mobile tech in particular. I've been following the A16Z podcasts and his ideas are pretty insightful. Check out Benedict's Mobile Eating the World presentation and his recent blog asserting that the smartphone is the new sun

Anywhoo - lot's interesting mobile sessions, labs and expert meetings going on.  Definitely checkout the Focus on Mobile and Mobile Central pages.  Oh, and stop by the Mobile Showcase at Moscone South to see mobile demos from Oracle and Partners.

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Monday Sep 14, 2015

Cloud And Mobile Services Help Robo Silicon Enter New Market And Crush It

There's a great article on how Cloud and Mobile are helping to transform regular brick/mortar industries to become more efficient in serving their customers.  Specific excerpt relating to Oracle Mobile Cloud Services: 

To sustain its first-mover advantage, Robo Silicon also implemented Oracle Mobile Cloud Service, which lets the company’s tablet-equipped salespeople access customer information, enter orders, and manage approvals—all while working in the field.

“We can now analyze lead quality, rep productivity, and deal-conversion rates for each rep by territory and customer segment,” says CFO Ganesh Kamath.

 You can read the full article at Forbes.

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Monday Sep 07, 2015

Eclipse support for Oracle Mobile Cloud Service

Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse 12.1.3.8 is now available on OTN Downloads for both Eclipse Luna and Mars. Whether you are developing mobile backend APIs or the mobile client applications themselves, OEPE provides the tools for the full mobile development life cycle.

New Tools for Mobile Cloud Service

Oracle Mobile Cloud Service (MCS) provides robust tool suite to design, manage, monitor, and secure the back end services required for an enterprise mobile strategy. OEPE 12.1.3.8 users can connect to Mobile Cloud Service through the Oracle Cloud view to develop their mobile backends and use them to create mobile applications. MCS tools within OEPE include:

  • Connect to MCS through Oracle Cloud View
  • Browse and analyze API assets including; Mobile Backend Definitions, Mobile APIs, and Connectors
  • Download and analyze RAML API definitions
  • Model and Test mobile service endpoints in the REST Service Editor
  • Create REST Clients from Mobile Backends for use in mobile client applications
  • Build Oracle MAF applications which consume APIs from Mobile Cloud Service

Oracle Mobile Application Framework 2.1.3 Update


OEPE MAF design-time and runtime tools have been updated to support Oracle MAF 2.1.3. All existing mobile development tools have been updated to support the new Oracle MAF release while still continuing to support past Oracle MAF versions.

Monday Aug 31, 2015

New Features : Oracle Mobile Security Suite Integration in Oracle MAF 2.1.3

Originally posted by Kundan Vyas-Oracle

Introduction 

MAF 2.1.3 provides a tighter integration with Oracle Mobile Security Suite (OMSS) 11.1.2.3.1.This integration offers capabilities like, Android Containerization, Data Leak Protection, Data Encryption, Application Tunneling, Container Authentication and Single Sign-On. Features like Containerization, Data Leak Protection and Data Encryption are already supported on iOS from previous MAF releases.

New Features

1. Support for Android Containerization

Mobile app containerization allows customers to add a standardized security layer to native mobile apps. 

The containerization process is simple, and developers do not need to change a line of code. MAF developers just need to deploy the application to OMSS, in JDeveloper or Eclipse. During the deployment, the app is first compiled and an unsigned version of the app is generated that is intended to be signed with an enterprise distribution certificate for distribution within the company. After deployment, a wrapped APK file is generated which is signed with the signing certificates which are configured in the MAF JDeveloper / Eclipse Preferences, in the Android platform section.


Enable OMSS deployment in JDeveloper 

Enable OMSS deployment in Eclipse 


2. Data Leak Protection on Android

Once a MAF app is containerized with OMSS, IT administrators can apply various data leak protection policies and restrict how and if users can share data within the app

  • Email allowed can restrict the ability to send email from an app.

  • Instant Message allowed can restrict the ability to send Instant Message from an app.

  • Video chat allowed restricts the ability to share information via services such as FaceTime.

  • Social Share allowed restricts the ability to share information via services such as Facebook or Twitter.

  • Print allowed restricts the ability of the user to print.

  • Restrict file sharing restricts the ability of the user to share files outside the secure enterprise workspace.

  • Restrict copy/paste allows copy/paste inside the secure container, containerized apps or between containerized apps, but not to apps outside the secure enterprise workspace.

  • Redirects to container allowed prevents any app outside the Mobile Security Container workspace from redirecting a URL into the container.

  • Save to media gallery allowed prevents images, videos and audio files from being saved to media gallery and photo stores.

  • Save to local contacts allowed prevents contacts inside secure enterprise workspace apps from being saved down to native device contacts app.

  • Redirects from container allowed prevents any vApp from the Mobile Security Container workspace or containerized app from redirecting a URL outside the Mobile Security Container workspace or containerized app.

3. Data Encryption on Android

OMSS Containerization provides the ability to encrypt the data stored offline within MAF android applications. Starting with 2.1.3 this functionality is available for MAF applications as well. Encrypted data storage includes application data, including files, databases, application cache, and user preferences. Developers can use MAF encryption with OMSS containerization without having to worry about double encryption. Within a containerized application, MAF frameworks delegates encryption to the container this ensures that there are no code changes needed based on whether an app is Containerized or not. 

4. Application Tunneling

MAF 2.1.3 release provides support for application tunneling through Oracle Mobile Security Suite on both Android & iOS. Application tunneling provides a secure way to access the corporate resources behind the firewall, within a mobile client, without the need of device level VPN. Tunneling functionality allows administrators to intercept, and manage, all the requests coming from a specific MAF application. Administrators can configure the requests coming from a specific URL to go through a proxy on MSAS server. They can also either completely block the requests, or redirect the requests directly to the internet.You can find more details on how to configure application tunneling in the Web Settings section of Administrative Console Guide for Oracle Mobile Security Suite.

5. Container Authentication & Single Sign-On

When Web SSO authentication type is used in MAF apps with Oracle Access Manager and Oracle WebGate used in the back-end for authentication, the end user is not challenged for credentials in the application after Container authentication. The user identity from the Container is propagated to the App and the back-end services. SSO across multiple apps in the Container is also supported, i.e. user can login once to the Container and access all the apps in the Container with out additional authentication challenges. 

Demo

Here is a quick demo which shows all three features (Android Containerization, Data Leak Protection, and File Encryption) 

Monday Aug 10, 2015

Oracle Mobile & PaaS @ Gartner Catalyst, San Diego

Even by Silicon Valley standards, the weather down here in San Diego is always amazing. If you're fortunate to be here attending Gartner Catalyst, and thinking about your cloud & mobile strategy, you should attend Oracle's presentation noted below, presented by Oracle VP, Siddartha Agarwal on Tues, Aug 11 @ 10:05AM, Seaport A, Second Level. 

And during the break around noon, stop by our booth where you can learn more about Oracle's lasted offering where cloud meets mobile, Oracle Mobile Cloud Service

Accelerate Your Digital Transformation with Oracle Mobile & Platform as a Service

Siddartha Agarwal on Tues, Aug 11 @ 10:05AM, Seaport A, Second Level.  

By year-end 2015, half the world’s population will have a powerful computer in their pockets - their mobile phone. To engage with these always-on consumers, organizations must deliver efficiencies that include scalable development & deployment, fast delivery of enterprise class cloud & mobile apps with seamless integration and rapid workload portability of cloud & on premise investments. Start your digital journey with the Oracle Cloud Platform and achieve eye-popping results in record time.

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