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.”

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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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Building Integrated Mobile Apps using Oracle Mobile Cloud Service (MCS)

The evolution of enterprise mobile applications has exploded over the last few years; mobility and cloud computing is also transforming the way of working with bring your own device (BYOD). Most mobile applications need to connect with a backend systems to provide employees with the most up-to-date information anytime from anywhere. When you connect with these backend systems it requires sensitive and confidential data to be transferred between mobile app and multiple backend systems for different operations such as user authentication and integration with ERP system. Keeping this in mind enterprises need to consider mobile solutions with complete management capabilities such as analytics, uniform integration platform for various cross-platform products, user management, and push notifications ensuring all security compliance.

Oracle Mobile Cloud Service (MCS) is a cloud based MBaaS platform that can provide these capabilities with easy to adopt SDKs and utility classes. They can easily be integrated with any mobile client which support RESTful APIs. It comes with several built in APIs such as Push Notifications, Data Offline / Sync, Mobile User Management, Analytics, Mobile Storage, and Device Management.  To integrate with backend systems, it comes with connector API which can connect with any backend systems using SOAP/REST APIs.

Sofbang has used Oracle MCS services with our recent mobile applications developed on Oracle Mobile Application Framework (MAF). With Oracle MCS we are able integrate with Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) using REST connectors for creating and managing service request and work orders. With Oracle MAF we have used Java utility classes to connect with the Mobile Backend that we have created with MCS. Personally, I like the Mobile Backends concept because:

  • We can configure and manage the API that will be used by the mobile applications, and can define what API should be used by which mobile backend and which mobile application.
  • We can easily monitor and diagnose API calls and other activities within a single console. Sending and monitoring notifications is one of the great features of the mobile backend.
  • Deploying to production and staging is very easy, we can create different version of backend for development.
  • We can define user management for that mobile backend etc.
  • Utilize built-in security features such as Basic Auth, SAML 2.0, and UserName Token profiles.

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