Sofbang Receives 2017 ODTUG Innovation Award Honorable Mention

Sofbang and Oracle joined forces to help Rogers Group (RGI) pave the way to more profitable highway construction by combining AuraPlayer and Oracle Mobile Cloud Service into a platform for mobile app development and also solving a longstanding EBS issue.  Our innovative, exceptional and ahead-of-the-curve application for Oracle development tools that “stood out as an example of the next big thing in Oracle technology” earned RGI an Honorable Mention from the ODTUG at this years Innovation Awards.

The ODTUG Innovation Award honors excellence in creative, effective, innovative use of Oracle development tools within ODTUG’s supported communities (ADF, APEX, BI, Database, and EPM). The goal of the award is to honor developers – individuals or teams – whose passion and creativity shines through in their application of Oracle technology to address real-world problems.

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How the Cordova Plugin Simplifies Development in Oracle MAF

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Java is one of the most commonly used programming languages. It has a lot of components that are specifically used by Cordova DatePicker, one such component allows you to select date and time in the mobile application.

Recently, I had the opportunity to work on Oracle MAF technology where I met a time-consuming task of having to select each date individually in the application. With the use of the Cordova DatePicker plugin, the task was completed in very little time.

 

What is Cordova?

Cordova is a platform which allows developers to add different native functionality to their applications such as camera, maps, email using HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript.

Apache Cordova allows wrapping up of CSS, HTML, and JavaScript code and extends the application across multiple platforms, avoiding each mobile platform native development language.

Cordova offers plugins to access the device functionalities such as email, calendar, camera etc.

 

The Use of Cordova Plugins in Oracle Mobile Application Framework

Oracle Mobile Application Framework (MAF) is a framework that allows developers to develop a single application which can run on different platforms such as Google Android, Apple iOS, and Microsoft Windows.

MAF enables the application to interact with the device on which you deploy the application. It offers default plugins knows as Core plugins and allow you to register other plugins to meet the requirements.

MAF includes the following versions of Apache Cordova for applications that use plugins:

  • Apache Cordova 3.6.3 for MAF applications on the Android platform
  • Apache Cordova 3.7.0 for MAF applications on the iOS platform

 

Implementing Cordova DatePicker Plugin:

You can also use the following to select time only by replacing the word mode to ‘time’.

To implement this, we need to install Cordova plugin from the following link:

  • Local development workflow using Cordova CLI
    Cordova plugin add Cordova-plugin-DatePicker
  • Local development workflow using Phone Gap CLI
    Phone gap local plugin add Cordova-plugin datepicker

The example of the Cordova DatePicker makes it more convenient in addressing the process of selecting the date and time within the application.

Including DatePicker, there are many other Cordova plugins that make application development easier such as:

  • Barcode Scanner allows extracting data from a QR code or barcode from a device.
    Cordova plugin add Cordova-plugin-barcode scanner
  • Beacon allows the app to displays the nearest ranged beacon and a list of region enter/exit events
    Cordova plugin add Cordova-plugin-beacon
  • Geolocation gives device location
    Cordova plugin add Cordova-plugin-geolocation
  • FingerPrint helps scan the fingerprint of your user with the TouchID sensor
    Cordova plugin add Cordova-plugin-android-fingerprint-auth

 

In my next post, I will discuss how these plugins make application development easier.

 

The Growing Popularity of the Hybrid Cloud

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Cloud is one of the trends that reflects IT evolution. “The cloud” delivers anything as a service at low-cost and is revolutionizing technology and changing the game for IT departments by driving innovation, experimentation, and new business models. Cloud computing offers three deployment models: private, public and hybrid.

Figure 1

 

The public cloud is where the service provider makes resources such as storage and applications available to the public via the Internet at much lower cost than that of having actual physical servers. However, the public cloud does not address security concerns and companies are not always be comfortable in transferring sensitive private data onto a public cloud. This issue led to a private cloud solution that allowed businesses to store confidential information to their own private servers.

 

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So what is the Hybrid Cloud?

Depending on who you ask, there are several definitions of hybrid cloud.

Ed Anderson, Research Vice President at Gartner, says hybrid is “an on-premises private cloud combined with an off-premises public cloud” is a “limited definition” and “is only a subset of a broader, cross-vendor hybrid cloud definition that is more aligned with the way most organizations are constructing hybrid clouds.” Where Dave Bartoletti, the Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, says the definition of hybrid cloud is “very direct” and involves a situation where a public cloud service is connected to any other type of system or service.

In laymens terms, the hybrid cloud is a cloud computing model which uses a mix of on-premise, private cloud, and third-party public cloud services to perform distinct functions within an organization.

What is the Hybrid Clouds impact on Business?

The hybrid cloud makes it easier for companies to balance between the ground and cloud. It combines them all – public cloud, private cloud, and dedicated servers – and is the best approach to benefit from cloud’s scalability. According to RightScale 2016 State of Cloud Report, the demand for hybrid cloud has increased to 71% among companies.

A few of the benefits the hybrid cloud offers are:

  • By implementing a hybrid approach businesses have more agility, scalability and easy access to resources
  • Allows businesses to meet compliance requirements, with proper network security, a hybrid solution combining cloud and dedicated hardware can satisfy auditor requirements
  • Solves cloud capacity problem and eliminates the need to buy servers for backup
  • Provides efficient planning of private and public cloud infrastructure, thereby reducing cost
  • Improves time to market, quickly launch new products or services and drive revenue growth

Other major benefits of the hybrid cloud include:

  • Ability to split the workload into two separate environments
  • Flexibility to include right cloud technologies
  • Increased security of shared data

Where the private cloud provides security, but increases costs and the public cloud offers great technology at a reasonable price,  it has security constraints.  A hybrid cloud solution provides a solution that can meet both needs. It will enhance your business and solve complex business problems.

It is worth mentioning that while the hybrid cloud has many advantages, building it can come with its own challenges. Before adopting the hybrid cloud approach, it’s necessary to have a complete understanding of hybrid cloud as well as having an IT team with the appropriate skill set.

Understanding the drift in technology and demand for hybrid cloud is something we specialize in. For strategic insights or implementation expertise on how to build and/or evolve your hybrid cloud contact us at info@sofbang.com or 312.279.0430.

 

Fig 2: Source rightscale.com

Simplify Building Content-Rich Portals – A “Knockout” Cloud Journey with Oracle PaaS

Oracle Content and Experience Cloud service

Transform the customer engagement and digital experience using Oracle Content and Experience Cloud service with content workflow, collaboration using Oracle Process Cloud and seamlessly surface the data from various enterprise applications including SaaS, On-Premise ERP.

Introduction

Heather, as a marketing team lead, works daily on creating lot of collateral and content for upcoming campaigns, workshops. She would start with a draft version of all digital assets like images, view-lets, teasers (quick two minute videos), branding, slide decks etc. Day-to-day she makes lots of changes (edits/revisions) to the collateral and would like to share/review with her supervisor before she finalizes them. Additionally, she wants to be able check how those assets appear on various devices like mobile, tablets and web browsers.

Laura an HR executive would like to announce and quickly get word out to all internal employees about upcoming Holiday Party. With some examples from last year (images, videos etc.). Also as part of recruitment process, she would like to post the current openings (with referral bonus) on an internal portal/website.

The question is, is there a comprehensive, enterprise-wide digital content and experience management platform which can help both Heather and Laura to manage their day-to-day activities efficiently, with easy configurations, controlled access, integrated, and, of course, zero-coding. Can that system be accessed from anywhere through any channel with no disruption? Can that system be available on a need-based subscription model which is flexible enough to turn on/off?

There is. With the Oracle Content and Experience Cloud service, which provides omni-channel digital content management and creating engagement portals with one click of a button right from web browsers.

In this whitepaper we will take you deep into Oracle Content and Experience Cloud features and how easily we can integrate other PaaS offerings like Process Cloud Service (PCS), Integration Cloud Service (ICS) to surface the data from back-end systems and SaaS applications.

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