Sunday Dec 07, 2014

Rethink Mobile: Beyond Mobile First with Oracle

Get.Ready.

December 17, 2014 - Mark your calendars to get an update on Oracle's mobile strategy: Rethink Mobile: Beyond Mobile First with Oracle. We will be available to answer your questions via live chats. The Oracle guest lineup includes: Suhas Uliyar, Vice President, Mobile Strategy, Product Management, Laurent Pacalin, Group Vice President, Product Management, Jeanne Lowell, Vice President, E-Business Suite, and Rimi Bewtra, Sr. Director of Product Marketing.

And if you happen to be at Gartner AADI this week (Las Vegas!) stop by and say hello.  I'll give you a mobile tour at no extra charge and perhaps some free poker lessons. ;-) 

Here's a great trailer for the main event you do not want to miss.


Monday Jun 23, 2014

A Mobile-First Strategy and Beyond...

Did you watch Messi's goal? On your Mobile device or live? Okay so even I will admit, organizers of 2014 FIFA World Cup may not have had mobile FIRST on their priority list, yet, I am certain they had a Mobile-First strategy as a top priority.

Did you know the Mobile traffic, during the opening match at the World Cup2014 exceeded 1 million connections? So far 2014 FIFA World Cup appears to be the most high-tech football event ever, the opening match at the Arena Corinthians in São Paulo has seen more than one million mobile data communications and 135,000 mobile phone calls. Organizers are already expecting data traffic during the World Cup final next month will reach about 12.6 terabytes - so the organizers definitely had Mobile on their minds when planning out their events. 

Recently Oracle’s CIO, Mark Sunday had a candid discussion with Oracle Vice President of Mobile Strategy, Suhas Uliyar, around the trends, opportunities and challenges when it comes to enterprise mobility. “I encourage CIOs to develop a mobile-first strategy and then look beyond. Mobile apps set expectations for usability, appearance, and behavior… It is important to have a multichannel and multi-device strategy, “ Suhas explained. CIOs and IT have an opportunity to sit in the drivers seat in defining the corporate enterprise mobility strategy.

Companies and industries alike are going through what Suhas refers to as, “mobile transformations.” He continues, “Consuming data and being able to act upon events and alerts from these devices will become progressively more important. We are seeing a classic convergence of mobile, IoT, cloud, and big data analytics in healthcare.” Be sure to read more in this two part interview: CIO Drives Innovation: A Mobile-First Strategy  and Mobile and Internet of Things.

Now I hope you catch a bit of World Cup fever!! Stay connected to FIFA 2014 World Cup, perhaps download their much acclaimed Mobile App! And of course visit www.oracle.com/mobile!

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.

Wednesday Apr 23, 2014

Oracle Mobile Platform Breakfast Seminar Series - Australia

Written By: Juliana Button, Director - Fusion Middleware 

With the escalating usage of smart phones, we are already seeing mobile phones replacing cameras, cash, maps, remote controls, boarding passes and more.  Smartphone and tablet sales continue to accelerate. IT has a clear opportunity to work with line-of-business leaders to establish enterprise, cross-channel mobile strategies

With keen interest in Mobility from the Australian market, we recently hosted Breakfast Seminars in Sydney and Melbourne with 60+ attendees in each location, to provide an update on the Oracle Mobile Platform, and showcase some of the mobile innovations from local Australian customers and partners.


With a highly engaged and interactive audience in both Sydney and Melbourne, Chris Muir, Senior Principal Mobile Product Manager at Oracle, and Ruben Garcia Mohedano, ‏Business Integration & Mobility Advisor at Oracle provided an excellent overview of the Oracle Mobile Platform – Keynote Presentation, addressing many questions on Mobile Security.

The Oracle Mobile Platform delivers one single platform for our customer’s multi channel needs, supporting any device, any application, any data and secured with the leading enterprise security solution. The mobile platform has all the components and tools required to build cross platform device-resident hybrid apps that share the same code base across mobile OS and form factors, tools to integrate with backend data and services, comply with existing enterprise security policies and extend for mobile specific security requirements and provide enterprise grade deployment. 


Oracle Gold Partner Colab Managing Director, James Stocks and Echo Entertainment Portfolio Manager Hospitality, Sarah Robinson discussed Cel+ Mobile implemented at Echo Entertainment.  Colab was tasked to mobilize key Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) processes and integrate third party applications through the provision of a single access point and enterprise mobility platform. Colab delivered the Cel+ Mobile application which provided key business processes via smartphones, tablets and desktop with seamless integration to their Virtual Roster application.

The key challenge faced at Echo was to architect a solution that allowed data and services from highly restricted and secured internal systems, that were currently available only to those connected within the corporate network, by either being onsite or connected through a VPN. Oracle WebLogic Server was utilized with a standards-based security approach. Web Services were written using the REST protocol to expose E-Business Suite functionality which provided the performance required for the mobile application. Oracle E-Business  Suite SDK for JAAS authentication was used to authenticate and authorize users. 

From an organizational perspective, there were varied technical capabilities across the organization. Many users did not have English as their first language, and many users could not access or did not have smart phones or tablets and were unfamiliar with the general concepts, navigation and the user interface. This demanded that the Cel+ Mobile user experience be highly intuitive with an easy to use interface that adopts common design patterns found in consumer applications. Additionally, Cel+ Mobile was rendered for desktop so that those users that did not have a smartphone or tablet could still access the system from a home computer.

Oracle ADF, with its MVC architecture, was the framework selected for the web-based application and this made the transition to ADF Mobile a seamless process where the experienced developers were able to reuse their existing Oracle ADF skills and apply them to Oracle ADF Mobile development. Check out the presentation or read the full case-study here.

Oracle Gold Partner Intelligent Pathways Founder and Lead Architect, Gary Crosby, discussed Jetstream, implemented as application system “RED” at Qantas. Jetstream is a mobile solution that enables rapid guest recognition, fast customer recovery and electronic operational reporting in the air.  Jetstream has three applications, Cabin, Forms and Ground, which connect to the Jetstream Ground Server.

Jetstream Cabin integrates with reservation and departure systems, as well as CRM, operations and crewing systems to bring current data into the cabin. Jetstream Cabin enables electronic capture of passenger and operations data in the air, and sends this back to ground systems on completion of the flight. Jetstream Forms enables users to gather and share data via an electronic form on a mobile device. Completed forms are submitted back to the airline for operational reporting. Jetstream Ground is a mobile application used by staff within the airport. It provides users with real time flight and passenger information at the kerb side, lounge, check-in and gate.

The solution uses Oracle SOA Suite to implement the Jetstream services, running on Oracle WebLogic Server, and empowers cabin crew to deliver seamless one-on-one customer service. Check out the presentation or watch one of the Qantas customer testimonial videos – YouTube | YouTube.

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 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 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.

Thursday Dec 12, 2013

Going Mobile?...ORACLE is!

If you didn’t hear about it at Oracle Open World, if you didn’t read our Press Releases … if you didn’t see our homepage banner, OR EVEN IF YOU DID .... you definitely need to register for our Oracle Mobile Strategy Update - to get the latest on what Oracle's Mobile Strategy. Mobile is hot and it is here to stay … but today the complexity is no longer just about how to develop mobile apps, it is also about how to integrate, secure, deploy and manage with the backend systems.

In this video webcast, Gartner, leading industry analyst, will provide an overview of the current mobile landscape, the challenges and opportunities for enterprises, then our top Oracle executives will discuss how Oracle is simplifying enterprise mobility and demonstrate how you can easily develop, integrate, secure, deploy and manage .

Let’s chat  or tweet #OracleMobile during the webcast at Dec. 12, 2014 at 10:00AM (PT) and be sure to visit: www.oracle.com/mobile

Friday Dec 06, 2013

Exclusive Online Event: Oracle Mobile Strategy Update

Oracle Mobile Strategy Update - Simplifying Enterprise Mobility
Oracle Corporation
Oracle Mobile Strategy Update—Simplifying Enterprise Mobility

Oracle’s Mobile Platform Creates
New Opportunities and Innovation
for the Future

Oracle Mobile Platform enables organizations to develop, deploy, integrate, secure, and manage enterprise mobility. In this online event, you will hear directly from featured analyst firm Gartner about the current mobile trends and challenges. Oracle Mobile executives will also outline Oracle’s overall mobile strategy, and discuss how Oracle Mobile Platform leverages current platform investments to simplify enterprise mobility.

Join us for this exclusive event to learn more about:

  • Oracle’s complete mobile solution and strategy
  • Current enterprise mobility challenges and opportunities, as presented by featured analyst firm Gartner
  • How Oracle is addressing mobility challenges and simplifying enterprise mobility with Oracle Mobile Platform

By leveraging the right mobile technologies, IT has an opportunity to work with line-of-business leaders to establish cross-channel mobile strategy for the enterprise.

Register now.

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Thurs., December 12, 2013
10 a.m. PT/ 1 p.m. ET

Presented by:

Chris Tonas

Chris Tonas

Vice President, Mobility and Development Tools, Oracle

Suhas Uliyar

Suhas Uliyar

Vice President, Mobile Strategy Product Management, Oracle

Anne Thomas Manes

Anne Thomas Manes

Vice President, Distinguished Analyst, Gartner

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Wednesday Apr 10, 2013

Demystifying Data Integration for Cloud

Data Integration Product Marketing Team Blog

In our screencast on Tuesday, we presented how to use data integration products to move to cloud computing successfully. If you missed the screencast you can watch it here.

In this screencast, we explained 3 key ways Oracle’s data integration products can support and enhance your cloud computing architecture. These solution areas are:

(1) Consolidation/migration to cloud without downtime and enabling highly available data infrastructure

(2) Providing data services for data-layer application integration as part of platform-as-a-service

(3) Real-time application data synchronization within private cloud, and between non-cloud and private cloud systems

In our white paper “Demystifying Data Integration for Cloud” we explain these solutions in more detail. The white paper goes into specific uses such as loading bulk data into cloud, and integrating data between on-premise systems and public cloud, as well as how to meet availability and performance related SLAs.

You can download this white paper here along with other assets describing our cloud oriented solutions.

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