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Team Spotlight: Chris Tonas, Vice President, Mobility and Development Tools

Oracle Fusion Middleware drives a lot of excitement and innovation, and there are some pretty innovative people behind the technology, too. For this edition of Team Spotlight, we chat with Chris Tonas, vice president, mobility and development tools, Oracle.

Q. Tell us about the professional journey that brought you to your current role.
A. I've spent my career enabling developers to be more productive at building enterprise software, working on both platforms and tools along the way. So the experience I've gathered supporting customers that are building mission-critical systems is invaluable. For Oracle Fusion Middleware, it made sense to expand the platform offerings to include mobile and to create a focal point in my team for all mobile products and initiatives. A lot of companies look to Oracle for guidance on how to architect their enterprise systems—and today, mobility is a critical piece of that effort. We aren't looking, however, just to offer a mobile architecture, but intend to help companies innovate in mobile.

Q. Tell us something about your product area that might not be general knowledge.
A. At Oracle OpenWorld 2013, we introduced Oracle Mobile Platform. It contains everything an enterprise needs to mobilize its existing enterprise systems with bespoke application development and on-premises deployment. We developed this solution in response to requests from the field for an integrated, end-to-end mobilization solution at an attractive price. It delivers in a single-purchase transaction an integrated solution, rather than just the pieces and parts, that enable customers to repurpose their existing applications for mobile devices.

Readers should join our webcast, "Oracle Mobile Strategy Update—Simplifying Enterprise Mobility", in which we discuss Oracle's mobile strategy and show the capabilities of Oracle Mobile Platform.

Readers might also want to check out a new video tutorial we've recently created. It is a great introduction to Oracle ADF Mobile, a key component of Oracle Mobile Platform. It explores the capabilities of our mobile application framework and how it can be used to develop once and deploy across multiple operating systems, providing complete access to device features and simplifying development with modular and reusable application components.

Q. What customer use case has surprised you the most this year?
A. What's surprising is how quickly customers are going from zero to a deployed mobile application using Oracle Mobile Platform. Northumbrian Water, which serves 4.5 million people across England, is a great example.

To expedite its ability to respond to incidents, Northumbrian needed a mobile application that would help its managers take action on requisition requests on the go. The rapid application development capabilities provided by Oracle Mobile Platform allowed Northumbrian Water to create its entire solution in only eight weeks and with a small budget. The solution delivers quick, secure access into Northumbrian Water's Oracle iProcurement application, allowing its senior managers to react quickly to requests from the workforce and making them more efficient in their daily activities. Read the full case study for details on the solution and its architecture.

Q. As we close 2013 and head to 2014, can you share any predictions on mobile trends?
A. For the coming year, I expect mobile applications to follow the same explosive growth path that web technologies took in the late '90s. Some statistics that I've read lately indicate that 90 percent of enterprises expect to deploy more than 25 applications next year for employees, customers, and partners, and that by 2015, mobile application development will outnumber desktop application projects by a ratio of four to one. As companies evolve their mobile strategy, they will look to simplify all the hard work that happens on the back end, where many customers struggle to get their data in a mobile-friendly way, and to build out mobile-specific services such as notifications and alerts, and provide integration with cloud storage. 

At Oracle OpenWorld, we announced how Oracle Mobile Cloud Service leverages Oracle Mobile Platform to further simplify enterprise mobility, allowing organizations to easily build applications, securely extend any application to any device, and connect to any data source whether it's custom, a packaged application, or a cloud service. The next frontier will put the spotlight on mobile backend as a service, and you will hear a lot more from Oracle. Mobile is here to stay and the connected enterprise will become the new normal.

Learn more about Oracle Mobile Platform.

Register for the webcast, "Oracle Mobile Strategy Update—Simplifying Enterprise Mobility."

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