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.

 

The Evolution Mobility: From Bricks to Brains

On Sunday, we were awarded the Oracle Excellence Award for Specialized Partner of the Year – North America in Mobility. To be recognized by Oracle for our achievements in mobility is a huge accomplishment and highlights our strong focus on  Oracle Mobile Cloud Service, we are honored to be recognized for our expertise and knowledge of Oracle technologies.

Sofbang team with 2015 Oracle Excellence Award for Specialized Partner of the Year

Sofbang team with 2015 Oracle Excellence Award for Specialized Partner of the Year

Research shows that mobile apps are growing at a rate of 29.8% a year and the number of mobile users currently using apps will climb to 4.4 billion by 2017, with that growth users are expecting to be able to switch among desktops, tablets and smartphones anywhere anytime. In order to understand how we got to where we are today, lets take a look at just how far the mobile technology has come over the last 50 years. Continue reading…

Sofbang Wins Prestigious 2015 Oracle Excellence Award for Specialized Partner of the Year: Mobility Solution – North America

Sofbang team with 2015 Oracle Excellence Award for Specialized Partner of the Year:

Oracle Recognizes Sofbang’s Expertise in Delivering Specialized Solutions

Oracle OpenWorld, San Francisco, CA, October 25, 2015 – Oracle today awarded Sofbang with its 2015 Oracle Excellence Award for Specialized Partner of the Year: Mobility Solution – North America. The award recognizes Sofbang for their commitment to deliver innovative, Specialized solutions and services based on Oracle software and hardware.

Oracle Specialized Partner Award 2015Sofbang was presented the 2015 Oracle Excellence Award for Specialized Partner of the Year: Mobility Solution – North America for demonstrating an outstanding and innovative solution based on Oracle products.

The Oracle Excellence Awards for Specialized Partner of the Year encourage innovation by Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) members, who use Oracle’s products and technology to create value for customers and generate new business potential.

“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.”

“Sofbang has demonstrated an outstanding level of innovation in delivering proven, Oracle-based Mobility solutions that can solve our joint customers’ most critical business challenges,” said Bill Swales, Group Vice President, North America Alliances and Channels Sales, Oracle. “We congratulate Sofbang in achieving the 2015 Oracle Excellence Award for Specialized Partner of the Year: Mobility Solution – North America. This achievement is a testament to their dedication to excellence and to providing customers mobile applications and a mobile approach that drives real business value and results.”

To learn more about our Mobile Solutions please visit http://mobility.sofbang.com

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The Oracle Cloud Platform: Truly Fast & Furious

2Fast2Believe it or not, there is an actual definition in the dictionary for the phrase Fast and Furious (F&F). It means, “Used about situations in which a lot of different things happen very fast, one after the other”.  While the Fast and the Furious movie franchise is full of action, the phrase is also appropriately suited for a day in the life of a Line of Business (LOB) Manager. In their line of work, a lot of different things happen very fast, one after the other. As we work with LOB Managers across industries, the common denominator is the need for more agility. They are often faced with factors that serve as a catalyst, changing the business needs and priorities of the LOB.

For example, let’s look at a COO of a large utility. He faces three regulatory changes, which will have a direct impact on his operations and customer base within a short span of four months. He is required to report on how he is addressing these changes, while ensuring that he is adhering to specific service level agreements (SLAs). A slip on SLAs and specific response to service requests will have a direct cost impact credited back to customers via his operational groups and subsidiaries. He initially looks to his CIO on how technology can help him address these regulatory changes. They review his needs and come up two process centric mobile applications extending and integrating to their backend ERP, billing, and customer applications. Incorporating these solutions will help the COO meet and track progress towards these regulatory changes.

However, the IT department is already at 115% capacity, based on current projects, resources and technology utilization. He’s given a lead-time of eight weeks for IT to begin work on his initiative, with an additional four weeks to setup the infrastructure. This timeline is not going to work for the COO, since he needs to be up and running within four months. The COO engages with Sofbang for a two-day health check, which defines a clear roadmap of how he can address his needs, leveraging the Oracle Cloud Platform. Sofbang then works with him to standup the two mobile applications, leveraging the Oracle Cloud Platform (specifically the Oracle Mobile Cloud Service, Process Cloud Service and Integration Cloud Service) to tie this to his enterprise backend applications. Let’s see how this happens.

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Mobile backend as a Service (MBaaS) – Why do we need it?

Today we live in a society that is dominated by mobile devices and is shaping the way people interact with the world around them. Mobility is creating new challenges for enterprises while opening new doors to engage with employees and customers. In 2014, mobile phones outnumbered people. If we add tablets and the growing number of smart wearable’s to the number, it becomes obvious why business are struggling to develop applications to meet the growing demand of their employees and customers. People are interacting with applications like never before, accessing them via web, desktop, tablet, smartphones and smart watches and creating engaging user experiences across hundreds of different devices is no easy task.

MBaaS significantly reduces the amount of time and energy required to launch enterprise mobile initiatives by simplifying the process of backend integration. With MBaaS, developers can easily connect to multiple data sources and focus more on front-end creativity, giving them a flexibility that allows for true innovation. Also known as Mobile Backend as a Service, BaaS or MBaaS, Backend as a Service is a way for developers to link to back-end cloud-based storage, most often for push notifications, data storage, file storage, messaging queues, monitoring and configuration, and social integration. BaaS as an alternative to traditional development, bringing more services to your customers in a quick mobile format.

MBaaS

 

Key Considerations

  • Enterprise Integration – Mobile strategy requires you to develop “composite” apps that are connected to several existing IT systems, databases and other enterprise applications.
  • Push Notifications – Also there are needs to augment the apps with service capabilities such as Push Notifications, SMS, or perhaps trigger a custom web service, MBaaS platform should provide a powerful extension framework that can optionally be added to your app and configured for multi-channel notifications.
  • Social Integration – A platform to integrate with Social communication channels like Twitter, Google and LinkedIn.
  • Mobile Analytics – Mobile analytics to provide an insights app performance metrics and everything your users are doing. It helps track your user behavior campaigns and tie them back to analytics to maximize ROI.
  • Management – A mobile administrator to provide a way to manage and administer the mobile apps. It focusses on which focus on device activation, enrollment and provisioning, mobile application managers focus on software delivery, licensing, configuration, maintenance, usage tracking and policy enforcement.
  • Mobile Security – It is a must have requirement these days considering the enterprise data and apps gets used. You need a way to leverage the same identity of the employee on the provision identity of the user on the mobile app platform. MBaaS platform should allow the way to control and protect the identity of users and mobile devices, apps, and data, locate the devices in case if it’s stolen. It also provides the capability to wipe the secure data / apps in case of theft.

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