Enter the Oracle Forms Extreme Mobile Makeover Contest

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In a world where everything is at the tip of your fingers, why are your enterprise systems glued to your desktop?  Imagine if you could access and operate your Oracle Forms/EBS Systems from any location.  What if your Oracle Forms system was so agile and easy to adapt, that any business function performed in Oracle Forms could be included in a mobile application? What would you include in your mobile strategy?

How about …

  • Doing time reporting directly from your mobile device
  • Managing work orders and entering follow up actions in the field
  • Performing onsite inspections
  • Generating revenue with point of sale solutions

…all without redeveloping your Oracle Forms/EBS systems.

Now is the chance to see for yourself!

By using our solution, we can expose existing Forms applications to mobile without writing one line of code. That’s right!  No code and no need for redevelopment or migration of Oracle Forms.

Not possible?

It is.  And to prove how easy it is, we are hosting an extreme makeover mobile use case competition with our contest partner AuraPlayer.  Together we will select three companies to showcase a business case that is currently a legacy to mobile challenge.  This summer, we will develop a prototype mobile application for each of the three finalists free of charge (trial software licenses included).  The finalists’ applications will be presented at Oracle OpenWorld in San Fransisco in September 2016.  Find the full details here.

Want to enter the contest and see your Oracle Forms application on a mobile device? All you have to do is complete this application before Monday, June 20, 2016. Three finalist will be selected to get a prototype of their app developed, and exposure of their creative mobile vision at Oracle OpenWorld.

In addition, one winning finalist will be selected to receive: A free Samsung 6S Edge+ 

Sofbang Tech Team Tips Series: Configuring Database Cloud (DbaaS) with Java Cloud for Application Deployment

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In this post of Tech Team Tips Series, I am going to show how to migrate existing ADF web application deployed on-premise WebLogic 12c to Oracle Java Cloud Service.

I will use an existing WebLogic 12c ADF sample web application for migration. Before deploying the application, it is essential to configure these important steps:

Create Schema in Database Cloud (DbaaS)

Configure Data source in JCS

I encountered few slips while configuring these pre-requisites at first time. The following is what I encountered and how you can avoid and/or troubleshoot these slips:

1. Schema Creation through SQL Developer:

a. The “ORA–65096” error:

SQL Error: ORA–65096: invalid common user or role name

The Cause: An attempt was made to create a common user or role with a name that was not valid for common users or roles. In addition to the usual rules for user and role names, common user and role names must start with C## or c## and consist only of ASCII characters.

b. The “ORA–6048” error:

 SQL Error: ORA–65048: error encountered when processing the current DDL statement in pluggable database PDB1
 ORA–01955: DEFAULT ROLE ‘CONNECT’ not granted to user
 65048.00000 - “error encountered when processing the current DDL statement in pluggable database %s”

The Cause: An error was encountered when executing a statement in one of the pluggable databases.

2. JNDI Creation Error from JCS WebLogic console.
a. Connection test failed. Error ORA–01045.

Error ORA–01045: User C##TEST lacks CREATE SESSION privilege; logon denied
 oracle.jdbc.driver.T4CTTIoer.processError(T4CTTIoer.java:466)
 oracle.jdbc.driver.T4CTTIoer.processError(T4CTTIoer.java:399)
 oracle.jdbc.driver.T4CTTIoer.processError(T4CTTIoer.java:391)

b. Connection test failed. Error ORA–01017:

Error ORA–01017: invalid username/password; logon denied
 oracle.jdbc.driver.T4CTTIoer.processError(T4CTTIoer.java:466)
 oracle.jdbc.driver.T4CTTIoer.processError(T4CTTIoer.java:399)
 oracle.jdbc.driver.T4CTTIoer.processError(T4CTTIoer.java:391)

Don’t worry about these errors, just follow the steps below to configure your cloud environment properly for smooth running.

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State & Local: Licensing and Permitting – A Streamlined Solution in Oracle PaaS

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Licensing and permitting is a vital line of business to all state and local public sector entities throughout the world. Whether it is a business license, driver’s license, vehicle residential permit or any other license or permit, public sector departments have mastered the process of issuing, managing and tracking licenses specific to their domain. While the current processes may be down to a science, state and local organizations continue to deal with critical challenges of having to constantly do more with less.

Organizations are looking to modernize, consolidate or retire antiquated systems that are manual, paper intensive and require redundant, repetitive data entry. Our latest whitepaper dives deeper into the complexities associated with these challenges and provides a fresh perspective, along with best practices to streamline the licensing and permitting functions within an enterprise.

Read the whitepaper(PDF): State & Local: Licensing and Permitting

Samsung and Oracle Providing the Engine for Enterprises to Mobilize their Business in the Cloud

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Two leaders in enterprise technology are providing customers the tools that accelerate development and delivery of mobile solutions

Samsung and Oracle are making it easier for enterprises to embrace today’s modern work setting and take their business to the cloud. The two innovation leaders are partnering to give developers and solution providers the advanced tools to create and deliver mobile apps and enterprise solutions. The collaborative effort will let professionals gain a new level of mobile functionality for ultimate engagement and productivity.

Samsung and Oracle are working closely with select systems integrators, like Sofbang to help customers across all industries leverage their existing legacy systems and take advantage of the benefits of mobile and cloud, modernizing their IT infrastructure, empowering users and realizing greater cost efficiencies. The companies are also working together on an expanded set of Apache Cordova plug-ins and code samples to help customers modernize their enterprise applications with rich mobile user experiences. This brings together the market-leading strength of each company – Oracle’s exceptional enterprise software and Samsung’s elite device features.

Samsung and Oracle have worked with a number of systems integrators to foster creation of innovative mobile and Internet of Things enterprise solutions. Sofbang’s contracts management solution, which was developed to allow comprehensive management and approval of contracts through rich notifications on Samsung Gear S wearables and secured by Samsung’s KNOX mobile security platform will be showcased at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, February 22-26th.

“In today’s mobile environment, it is critical that businesses deploy a mobile-first strategy to maintain success and accomplish growth,” said Young Kim, Vice President, Enterprise Business Team at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung and Oracle are not only helping customers through mobility but also enabling developers and solution providers to create next generation mobile applications and services that are driving a new frontier of productivity.”

Sofbang’s Contracts Management Mobile App that leverages the Oracle Mobile Cloud Service will also be on display at Mobile World Congress, including industry-specific solutions from both Oracle and Samsung. Samsung will be located at Booth 6A30 in Hall 6, with Oracle at Booth 3B20 Hall 3.

Mobile Backend Platform to Improved Digital Experience and Increased Productivity

Recently, I attended a digital government summit and was particularly interested in the strategy being planned for moving the government information technology into the future. These were the key points that impacted me:

  • Mobility first
  • Reusability
  • Integration
  • Results in 75 days

This fits so well with Sofbang’s capabilities and experience. Use mobile backend platform to extend existing or new enterprise applications to improve user digital experience and work force productivity. By using a cloud platform as a service and Sofbang solution accelerators one can stand up a simple mobile solution in a short time frame and in a cost effective manner. The mobility platform provides a basis to achieve enhanced digital experience even for legacy systems and set the base for staged migration of the legacy systems in a least disruptive manner to the end user.

These are the key components of the mobile backend platform that can make that happen:

  • Use Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) concepts for data governance
  • Reusable interfaces to legacy and new enterprise applications
  • Easy to use work flow management (Business Process Management)
  • State of the art data security
  • Mobile synchronization for offline work activities
  • Uses native capabilities of mobile devices (Camera, GPS, etc.)
  • Push/Pull notification process (Alerts, etc.)

The Big Picture: The concept is to use a collection of cloud based platform services whether on premise or in the cloud such as Oracle’s PaaS offering. The platform has a variety of services that can be configured to provide end user applications that enhance the user experience. These services include but are not limited to security, database, integration, mobility, process, and analytics. Using the platform as an integrated set of services, that mobilized applications can be quickly developed to modernize and improve the end users digital experience.

 

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How it Works: There needs to be a mobile strategy. The idea for this strategy is to have a robust mobile backend platform where information can be exchanged, simple work flows implemented, user experience customized, security in place, and analytics available for analysis. Once an enterprise application interface using web services is in place, it can be reused by many smaller, user enhanced, mobilized applications. Interfaces between multiple enterprise applications can be combined to create seamless, simplified work flows with single sign on authentication. Work flows can be customized to specific users, designed to do the work in a manner that works best for them. Small, quickly developed and deployed, mobilized applications can be put in place with incremental improved functionality being released in an agile manner. By keeping customization in this mobile backend platform, new version releases of enterprise applications or migration to different enterprise applications can be done more quickly at a lower cost with minimal disruption to the end users.

Advantages: By implementing a mobile strategy utilizing a mobile backend platform, many business advantages can be achieved.

These are some of the key advantages:

  • Modernization of legacy systems
  • Cost savings when transitioning legacy systems are accepted with new systems
  • Rapid deployment of mobilized enhanced end user interfaces
  • Security as a practice built within the platform
  • Work flows bridging multiple enterprise applications customized to end user needs
  • Work performed on device of choice – desktop, laptop, tablet, or smart phone
  • Mobile synchronization for offline work activities
  • Use of native capabilities of mobile devices such as camera and GPS

For assistance with your mobile strategy and mobile backend platform, contact Sofbang LLC at info@sofbang.com, www.sofbang.com.

Accelerate Your Business – With Real Time Impact in the Field

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In the past, a combination of physical time clocks, telephone applications and even manual paper-based processes were used by employee’s located offsite and by staff working different shifts for logging time or accomplishing employee self-service activities. This increased complexity has given organizations a reason to find a solution that will help improve their workflow.

With the increasing use of mobile devices and mobile applications, there has been a demand of mobile workforce openings for small and medium-sized businesses as they rely more and more on their fieldworkers to help them meet the day-to-day challenges and their customer’s ever-changing needs. Mobile Workforce Management is no longer discretional or confined to a handful of employee groups or those who work remotely, it’s expected, and all employees can benefit. For these reasons, Mobile Workforce Management (MWM) gained significant traction.

Mobile Workforce Management solutions provide some of the quickest benefits like:

  • Organizational Productivity: Mobile Workforce Management allows organizations to gain visibility of their employees’ activities and workflow by improving efficiency with clocked time entry, time spent on labor distribution, timesheet reviews, edits and submissions. It provides highly flexible scheduling engine.
  • Employee Satisfaction: Employees expect to be compensated for the hours they worked, and expect that each figure characterized on their paycheck is correct. MWM offers transparency that elevates customer satisfaction.
  • Improved Service Offerings: MWM helps improve an organizations service offering and enables easy assignments to third-party contractors to exactly where and when they’re needed. It improves the ease of collaborating with them with the use of contractor management tools and enables faster turnaround on service requests.

Considering the changing needs of organization and its employees, Sofbang created a Mobile Workforce Management solution to mobilize, dispatch and collaborate in realtime. We have utilized the top technology stack from Oracle for the development of workforce management application for creating and managing work orders and service request. Continue reading…

Sofbang Recognized as One of the 100 Most Promising Oracle Solution Providers 2015 by CIO Review

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With Oracle intent on winning the race to the cloud and emerging as a dominant force in cloud computing—based on the completeness of its offerings across the stack—the Oracle partners will have a big role to play moving forward. A selection panel of distinguished CEO’s, CIO’s, VC’s, Analysts, and the Editorial Board of CIO Review evaluated companies that showcased in-depth expertise in delivering integrated and innovative technologies to the Oracle landscape.

Read the Review (PDF)

Learn more about our Oracle offerings

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Sofbang Recognized as One of the 20 Most Promising Cloud Providers 2015 by CIO Review

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Sofbang is excited to announce that we have been recognized by CIO Review as one of the Top 20 Most Promising Cloud Solution Providers.  In order to help CIOs to fully exploit the potential of cloud model and help them cater to their burning requirements, in the last few months, a distinguished panel comprising of CEOs, CIOs, VCs and analysts including CIO Review editorial boar reviewed top companies in the cloud domain, and shortlisted the ones that are at the forefront of tackling industry challenges. The selection panel looked at the vendor’s capability to fulfill needs of buyers with effective solutions that curb the challenges. Sofbang was recognized for their teams expertise and unique approach toward the Oracle Cloud Platform providing enterprises with scalable, flexible and extendable solutions.

Sofbang CIO Cloud Review Nov 2015

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Sofbang Oracle Specialized Partner of the Year: Mobility at OpenWorld

Recognized for our commitment to deliver innovative, specialized solutions and services based on Oracle software and Hardware, Sofbang is proud to be a recipient of the  2015 Oracle Excellence Award for Specialized Partner of the Year: Mobility Solution.

“To us, building a mobile app is not a complete mobile approach” says Danny Asnani, Principal “A complete mobile approach is much more – it is about simplifying the end-user experience, extending backend applications and integrating them with vital business processes across various lines of businesses and applications.”

See what  being recognized as a Specialized Partner of the year means to Sofbang and learn more about our mobile solutions from Danny Asnani and Vivek Ahuja.