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Enabling Enterprise Mobility with Oracle Fusion Middleware

Five guidelines to follow as you begin building and employing mobile applications

by Sri Ayyeppen, November 2013

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As a long-time Oracle Platinum Partner, we at Keste have many years of experience working with customers across the entire Oracle stack of applications, technology and hardware. Today, the one thing all of our customers are talking about is the best way to enable enterprise mobility. Enterprise mobility is not just about using a mobile phone or tablet, it is about providing access to enterprise data, information and processes—on demand, at any time, and on any device. Our focus is showing our customers how to leverage their existing investments with Oracle to solve their enterprise mobility issues.

Enterprise mobility has been around for a decade, but adoption by enterprises was not universal because the tools weren’t available. In addition, networks didn’t have the bandwidth and platforms were too slow. Fast-forward ten years, and it’s evident that the mobility market has evolved with widely available Apple and Android-based devices, expanded networks, and mature platforms.

The good news is that if you’re an existing Oracle customer and have purchased applications or invested in Oracle Fusion Middleware, you have an entire mobility platform available to
you.

Recent industry analysis substantiates the growth and adoption of enterprise mobility. A survey of CIOs by McKinsey and Co. found that nearly all respondents expect to deploy more than 25 mobile applications in their enterprises over the next two years. Providing mobile access to customer relationship management (CRM), enterprise resource planning (ERP) and executive dashboards are key initiatives because of the way the information improves employee productivity. Further, by 2015, mobile application development projects will outnumber native PC projects by a ratio of 4:1, largely driven by user demand for bring-your-own-device (BYOD) connectivity to the enterprise.

Although there is a growing demand, enabling enterprise mobility in the real world is still complicated. Mobile platforms have steep learning curves, and it’s not easy to determine the best way to manage the lifecycle of mobile projects or even how to address governance issues related to securing data and updates.

The good news is that if you’re an existing Oracle customer and have purchased applications or invested in Oracle Fusion Middleware, you have an entire mobility platform available to you. Here is a list of five guidelines that can help drive your decisions as you begin to build and employ mobile applications—along with the associated Oracle technologies and products that enable bringing mobility to your enterprise.

  1. Develop. You need to decide on what mobile frameworks to use and how to extend your existing websites and portals to mobile. The ideal Oracle tool? Oracle Fusion Middleware and Oracle ADF Mobile. Oracle has worked for years to develop Oracle ADF Mobile, and it is a mature and extremely solid tool to develop, deploy, and extend your applications out to the field.
  2. Secure. It is critical to secure and enable the right security model to provision applications for mobile access. It is also important to protect data on devices against loss of the devices. If you’ve already deployed Oracle Identity Management with identity governance and access management, you have the right platform to extend the exact same profile to your mobile processes.
  3. Thought Leader


    sayyeppen headshotSri Ayyeppen is Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder of Keste. As the 2013 Oracle Specialized Partner of the Year in Middleware, Keste has successfully created and deployed enterprise mobile solutions leveraging Oracle Fusion Middleware technologies for numerous customers. To learn more about Keste’s strategy using Oracle Oracle Fusion Middleware to enable enterprise mobility, watch this video from Oracle OpenWorld 2013.

  4. Connect. How do you want to connect your enterprise’s data and expose and integrate existing and back-end services? The optimal Oracle tools are Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle API Gateway and Oracle Service Bus. They give you the right platforms to extend and connect back-end applications with mobile applications.
  5. Deploy. It is important to determine how you want to deploy server-side services. Do you want to do it in network or outside? Tools such as Oracle Coherence allow you to deploy entire mobile applications with all these capabilities on Oracle Weblogic.
  6. Manage. You need to determine how to distribute applications to users and ensure end-to-end performance and high availability. You also need to have a plan to support applications upgrades. Oracle Enterprise Manager, along with the necessary management packs, will give you the requisite tools to manage the entire framework to deploy mobile applications.
If you’ve already made the investment in the right Oracle technologies, our experience shows that you can deploy mobile applications quickly to give your users what they want: True Enterprise Mobility.
 
 
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