UP FRONT: From the Editor

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  Oracle Magazine
July/August 2011


Portable Development for the Mobile Business

By Tom Haunert


Oracle software continues to support the latest cloud and mobile hardware.

It’s funny to look back at some of the very large PCs of the 1980s that were called portable—and at early mobile phones that were the size of bricks. Both portable computing and mobile communications devices have certainly evolved.

Portable business software has also evolved, and it continues to support a variety of platforms—for use on a variety of datacenter, desktop, and mobile devices. And the demand continues for portable business software that can run on each new mobile device.

Oracle has been developing portable software for more than 30 years, for a variety of hardware and software platforms that now live in the cloud and the datacenter and do business on the desktop, the laptop, and the newest mobile devices. And today’s mobile devices are just the latest stop for portable Oracle enterprise technology and solutions. 

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Oracle recently released Oracle Application Development Framework Mobile Client (Oracle ADF Mobile Client). With it, developers can define a device-independent representation of an application. They can build an application with Oracle ADF Mobile Client, deploy it to multiple devices, and extend it to new platforms without redevelopment. (For more information, see “Oracle Releases Oracle ADF Mobile Client”.) 

Oracle also recently announced Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition Release, which introduces support for Apple’s iPad and iPhone through the new Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile feature. Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition content is optimized for use with the iPad and iPhone—no design changes to existing reports and dashboards are required. 

Portable Oracle Content

The Oracle mobile application for iPhone and iPad collects and delivers the latest information about all things Oracle, including the latest news, Oracle Technology Network content, videos, events, blogs, and investor and press information. It also collects and links to the latest Oracle mobile applications available for that platform, including Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile and Oracle WebCenter Spaces 11g Release 1, as well as Oracle Magazine and Profit: The Executive’s Guide to Oracle Applications

For the record, the printed Oracle Magazine has been portable and mobile since its beginnings in 1986, and it has been available in HTML format since the 1990s. A browser-based digital subscription has been available since 2006, and Oracle Magazine has been packaged as an application for mobile devices since 2010. 

Portable Notes

Registration for Oracle OpenWorld 2011, October 2–6 in San Francisco, California, is now open at oracle.com/openworld. . . . Java Magazine is coming. Subscribe now at bit.ly/javamagsub. . . . The Oracle Magazine Editors’ Choice Awards program has been renamed the Technologist of the Year awards and is now part of the Oracle Excellence Awards program. Nominations for Technologist of the Year and all other Oracle Excellence Awards are now open at oracle.com/us/corporate/awards.  


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Tom Haunert, Editor in Chief




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