The Back-Pocket Enterprise: Oracle Application Development Framework Mobile Client extends IT to users on the go.
by Alison Weiss
A recent survey of 768 IT professionals by Dimensional Research reveals that 89 percent of respondents have mobile devices connecting to corporate networks. But how can business and IT leaders support their developers, helping them extend existing enterprise applications onto multiple devices, different operating systems, and multiple access points?
The new Oracle Application Development Framework Mobile Client (Oracle ADF Mobile Client) is one way to achieve these goals. This extension of Oracle Application Development Framework allows Oracle JDeveloper users to quickly build Java-based applications for use on multiple mobile platforms.
“Rather than starting from scratch and learning a whole new framework, infrastructure, and deployment platform, Oracle ADF Mobile Client lets developers access the same services, security model, and declarative framework used with desktop applications and extend the applications for mobile use,” says Ted Farrell, chief architect for tools and middleware at Oracle.
If a developer uses Oracle ADF to create a user interface (UI) for a desktop-based browser, Oracle ADF Mobile Client automatically adapts the function and look of that interface for mobile devices. For example, where an application requires a mouse on the desktop, Oracle ADF Mobile Client automatically accommodates for the touchscreen technology common on smartphones and tablets.
Security features of Oracle ADF Mobile Client minimize risks associated with enterprise mobile computing. The framework supports basic Web authentication, and a new security application for iPhone or Android will soon include Oracle Identity Management functionality. This will ensure that remote applications can manage single sign-on, providing the same high level of security in mobile environments already available on desktop systems.
The better interactivity is and the better presentation of data there is, the more things people will be able to do with their phones or tablets.
Farrell says two areas where enterprise mobile has gained traction are customer relationship management (CRM) and human capital management (HCM). Developers for Oracle Field Service are using Oracle ADF Mobile Client to create a mobile field service application, and Oracle Fusion Tap (currently in development) brings CRM and HCM functionality to the iPad. Other early adopters of Oracle ADF Mobile Client are finding intriguing ways to extend enterprise applications, including creating a cafeteria meal ordering application for factory workers and a time entry and employment form for entertainment industry firms.
Farrell believes Oracle ADF Mobile Client will help encourage mobile for enterprise by supporting full-featured, interactive, and secure mobile applications that are reusable across different platforms. “Mobile for enterprise is really bound only by what you can do on devices,” he says. “The better interactivity is and the better presentation of data there is, the more things people will be able to do with their phones or tablets.”
Alison Weiss is a frequent contributor to Profit.