Where does “PaaS” and “SaaS” Come From?

Where does “PaaS” and “SaaS” Come From?

Since enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications became commonplace around 20 years ago, enterprise businesses have learned that an organization can only be as agile, responsive, and innovative as its ERP allows. Many larger businesses began making major investments in building robust internal ERPs, but those systems continued to run into the challenges of administration and maintenance of on-premises and the costs and inefficiencies associated with ongoing support.

 

Those challenges led to the development of Software as a Service (SaaS), a subscription-based model in which solution providers design and deploy ERP software components for enterprise clients. SaaS eliminates the inconvenience and cost of on-premises ERP management while radically simplifying the processes of onboarding and offboarding users and providing increased reliability.

 

However, the standardized SaaS approach has left many clients longing for the days when their ERP was built especially for their employees and their work. Oftentimes, users find that, while individual SaaS tools are fantastic for their specific, original purpose, the fragmented nature of “one solution per department” or “one tool per application” makes sharing information and creating comprehensive, insightful and innovative customizations very difficult. That’s why the power of cloud computing was harnessed to create Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions.

 

PaaS and IaaS help extend, enhance, and integrate SaaS components to provide a customizable experience that consolidates all an organization’s crucial data and functionality, from project management to accounting and CRM to procurement. That means businesses finally get a truly integrated experience and custom-designed functionality alongside the power, dependability, and convenience of SaaS tools.

 

Sofbang PaaS4SaaS Solutions

Sofbang’s PaaS4SaaS Solutions leverage the Oracle Cloud Platform to provide enterprise clients with a personalized suite of accelerator extensions that offers a truly unified experience. With PaaS4SaaS, organizations can eradicate the struggles of siloed on-premises systems and standalone SaaS applications that require redundant data entry, export, import, and often lead to compromises or compatibility issues.

 

By integrating and extending Oracle ERP, Service Cloud, and Sales Cloud we provide both robust structure and an open-ended framework to ensure each of our clients get exactly what they need to succeed. Our PaaS4SaaS Solution accelerators have helped clients connect their ledgers, project management systems, and service automation SaaS products with bespoke customer portals and integrated mobile workforce management platforms to reflect changes in real time and build an innovative platform that improves both business agility and data integrity.

 

We begin with existing services, components and tools you already know work well and weave an integrated solution that connects and strengthens your SaaS apps. That means each PaaS4SaaS solution is specifically built with ease-of-adoption in mind, and any disruptions to the way users work will only be positive, productivity-boosting ones. On the other hand, if there’s functionality that you’ve been missing or aren’t sure even exists, we’ll help you find the PaaS tools you need to achieve your goals and leverage our expertise to connect those applications to your platform.

 

Sofbang’s two decades of experience as an Oracle system integrator and solutions provider means we have the experience to create extended, middleware-centric solutions that meet all of today’s needs while anticipating next week’s challenges as well. We’re proud to be innovating and pushing the limits of PaaS & IaaS functionality, helping our clients connect better with customers through portals, mobility, chatbots, and blockchain-centric solutions to accelerate more efficient, agile ways of doing work.

 

Why PaaS4SaaS?

  • Rapid build integration, which provides flexibility and functionality in addition to easy access to data
  • Build extensions and reporting capabilities while saving on reusability and extend existing applications by adding functionality to meet evolving needs.
  • Worry-free: There’s no need to think about cost and time associated with maintaining hardware or data centers
  • PaaS tools provide secure access to SaaS applications from any device, incorporating bespoke portals, chatbots, mobility and blockchain solutions

 

Why Sofbang?

 

Sofbang, LLC was presented the 2018 Oracle Excellence Awards for Specialized Partner of the Year for SaaS and PaaS – North America in SaaS and PaaS for demonstrating an outstanding and innovative solution based on Oracle products. Sofbang, LLC specializes in leveraging Oracle Cloud Platform services including Oracle Mobile Cloud Enterprise (OMCe), Oracle Integration Cloud, Oracle Content and Experience Cloud, Oracle Business Analytics Cloud and Oracle Java Cloud. Sofbang also uses SaaS extensions to provide customers with dynamic business process extensions, enterprise mobility, and cloud solutions; which extend, integrate and simplify enterprise business applications across the organization.

 

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

“Sofbang has demonstrated an outstanding level of innovation in delivering proven, Oracle-based SaaS and PaaS solutions that solve our joint customers’ most critical business challenges,” said Camillo Speroni, Vice President, Worldwide Strategic Alliances, Oracle. “We congratulate Sofbang, LLC in achieving the 2018 Oracle Excellence Award for Specialized Partner of the Year – North America in SaaS and PaaS. This achievement is a testament to their dedication to excellence and to providing customer solutions that drive real business value and results.”

About Sofbang, LLC

Founded in 2000, Sofbang is a leading system integrator, providing impactful and innovative solutions in the Integration, PaaS4SaaS, Mobile, AI, DevOps and Blockchain areas of focus. Sofbang creates, extends and automates agile solutions leveraging Oracle, Salesforce and MuleSoft technologies to accelerate business value and stretch the limits of what’s possible.

Our company was founded with the passion that comes from seeing clients achieve strategic success. We design solutions with Scalability, Flexibility and Extendibility in mind. We call this philosophy “Designed for Change”, based on our agile, yet unique Steel Thread methodology that’s built to grow and evolve with your organization – not a static solution that is set-in stone at rollout. Our solutions help organizations reduce costs, increase revenue, enhance user experience and improve productivity. Sofbang is headquartered in Westmont, Illinois and is minority owned.

Contact:
Gayle Parker
Sofbang, LLC
312.279.0430
gayle.parker@sofbang.com

Sofbang, transforming customer productivity

WESTMONT, ILLINOIS; January 2, 2019 – Sofbang has been recognized in the Wall Street Journal as the IT partner that worked with Solairus Aviation to put together a customer portal that has turned Solairus’ finance function into a marketing and business development tool.  “clients can slice and dice the information and pull up records similar to the way they might use a banking website,” says Mark Dennen Chief Financial Officer for Solairus Aviation.

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Awards & Recognition

Sofbang, LLC was presented the 2018 Oracle Excellence Awards for Specialized Partner of the Year for SaaS and PaaS – North America for demonstrating an outstanding and innovative solution based on Oracle products for Solairus Aviation.

Sofbang PaaS4SaaS Solutions

Sofbang’s PaaS4SaaS Solutions leverage the Oracle Cloud Platform to provide enterprise clients with a personalized suite of accelerator extensions that offers a truly unified experience. With PaaS4SaaS, organizations can eradicate the struggles of siloed on-premises systems and standalone SaaS applications that require redundant data entry, export, import, and often lead to compromises or compatibility issues.

By integrating and extending Oracle ERP, Service Cloud, and Sales Cloud alongside industry favorites like Salesforce and SAP, we provide both robust structure and an open-ended framework to ensure each of our clients get exactly what they need to succeed. Our PaaS4SaaS Solution Accelerators have helped clients connect their ledgers, project management systems, and service automation SaaS products with bespoke customer portals and integrated mobile workforce management platforms to reflect changes in real time and build an innovative platform that improves both business agility and data integrity.

We begin with existing services, components and tools you already know work well and weave an integrated solution that connects and strengthens your SaaS apps. That means each PaaS4SaaS solution is specifically built with ease-of-adoption in mind, and any disruptions to the way users work will only be positive, productivity-boosting ones. On the other hand, if there’s functionality that you’ve been missing or aren’t sure even exists, we’ll help you find the PaaS tools you need to achieve your goals and leverage our expertise to connect those applications to your platform.

Sofbang’s two decades of experience as an Oracle system integrator and solutions provider means we have the experience to create extended, middleware-centric solutions that meet all of today’s needs while anticipating next week’s challenges as well. We’re proud to be innovating and pushing the limits of PaaS & IaaS functionality, helping our clients connect better with customers through portals, mobility, chatbots, and blockchain-centric solutions to accelerate more efficient, agile ways of doing work.

Why PaaS4SaaS?

  • Rapid build integration, which provides flexibility and functionality in addition to easy access to data
  • Build extensions and reporting capabilities while saving on reusability and extend existing applications by adding functionality to meet evolving needs.
  • Worry-free: There’s no need to think about cost and time associated with maintaining hardware or data centers

PaaS tools provide secure access to SaaS applications from any device, incorporating bespoke portals, chatbots, mobility and blockchain solutions.

Sofbang Win Two Prestigious Oracle Excellence Awards for Specialized Partner of the Year for SaaS and PaaS – North America

WESTMONT, ILLINOIS; November 26, 2018 – Oracle awarded Sofbang, LLC, a Platinum level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), two Oracle Partner of the Year awards for Specialized Cloud Platform for SaaS and Specialized PaaS – North America. The awards recognize Sofbang, LLC for their commitment to deliver innovative, specialized solutions and services based on Oracle software and hardware.

 

Sofbang, LLC was presented the 2018 Oracle Excellence Awards for Specialized Partner of the Year for SaaS and PaaS – North America in SaaS and PaaS for demonstrating an outstanding and innovative solution based on Oracle products. Sofbang, LLC specializes in leveraging Oracle Cloud Platform services including Oracle Mobile Cloud Enterprise (OMCe), Oracle Integration Cloud, Oracle Content and Experience Cloud, Oracle Business Analytics Cloud and Oracle Java Cloud. Sofbang also uses SaaS extensions to provide customers with dynamic business process extensions, enterprise mobility, and cloud solutions; which extend, integrate and simplify enterprise business applications across the organization.

 

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

 

“Sofbang has demonstrated an outstanding level of innovation in delivering proven, Oracle-based SaaS and PaaS solutions that solve our joint customers’ most critical business challenges,” said Camillo Speroni, Vice President, Worldwide Strategic Alliances, Oracle. “We congratulate Sofbang, LLC in achieving the 2018 Oracle Excellence Award for Specialized Partner of the Year – North America in SaaS and PaaS. This achievement is a testament to their dedication to excellence and to providing customer solutions that drive real business value and results.”

 

 

About Sofbang, LLC

Founded in 2000, Sofbang is a leading solutions provider and system integrator of the Oracle Cloud Platform, Oracle Mobile and Oracle Fusion Middleware suite of products. As an Oracle Platinum partner and former BEA Systems, Inc. partner, Sofbang has over a decade of Oracle expertise. Sofbang specializes in providing enterprise customers with dynamic mobile, cloud and middleware solutions, enabling them to create, integrate and run agile, intelligent business applications leveraging the Oracle Cloud platform and Oracle Fusion Middleware stack

 

About Oracle PartnerNetwork

Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) is Oracle’s partner program that provides partners with a differentiated advantage to develop, sell and implement Oracle solutions. OPN offers resources to train and support specialized knowledge of Oracle’s products and solutions and has evolved to recognize Oracle’s growing product portfolio, partner base and

business opportunity. Key to the latest enhancements to OPN is the ability for partners to be recognized and rewarded for their investment in Oracle Cloud. Partners engaging with Oracle will be able to differentiate their Oracle Cloud expertise and success with customers through the OPN Cloud program — an innovative program that complements existing OPN program levels with tiers of recognition and progressive benefits for partners working with Oracle Cloud. To find out more visit: http://www.oracle.com/partners.

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Contact:
Gayle Parker
Sofbang, LLC
312.279.0430
gayle.parker@sofbang.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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PaaS for IoT

Internet of things concept image with technology icons and copyspace

Internet of Things (IoT) is becoming mainstream in business practices. Platform as a Service (PaaS) is a key technology for the movement since it offers several advantages when working with IoT. Gartner says that by 2020, more than half of new applications developed on PaaS will be IoT-centric. Some of the PaaS features that offer advantages for use with IoT-centric business applications are related to the following:

  • Storage – Keep the data in the Cloud for low cost storage
  • Filter – Use PaaS to filter out unnecessary data and anomaly detection
  • Integration – Control interfaces between IoT systems and Critical Applications
  • Security – Isolate IoT systems for critical applications with PaaS security

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Storage: As more and more information is pulled from the internet and smart sensors/devices are deployed that connect to the internet, they are creating  an explosion of data being generated. This data is being captured in databases for use with business applications. The sheer volume of data from these IoT resources is increasing the storage requirements exponentially. PaaS technology provides an economically sound solution for storing this data and can also readily expand as the data storage requirements expand without having to invest in new infrastructure.

Filter: Usually with IoT, more data than what is actually needed at the time is captured through the interfaces. Using the PaaS technology, filters can be created to sort out the data based on business parameters so that only the required information at the desired frequency of time is captured. This can minimize the data storage requirements and facilitate quicker analysis of the data being consumed by decision making applications. In addition, PaaS technology can be used to perform more intelligent filtering using anomaly detection where data is monitored and quickly analyzed at the IoT system level. By doing this, anomalies can be quickly detected and raised as alerts to higher level applications while passing on a limited set of data related to the anomaly minimizing Internet traffic.

Integration: The use of PaaS technology is an effective way to interface and integrate the IoT systems with the business critical applications. It’s at the integration layer that diverse interfaces can be managed to exchange data between the IoT system and those critical business applications. The PaaS technology can be utilized to normalize the format of the data from one type of format to another as data is share between various applications.

Security: One of the most critical features performed by the PaaS technology is that of security. More often than not, the IoT systems are external to the direct control of the end user. Devices such as smart sensors and IoT systems that run on their original equipment code often use embedded code with limited thought to security and could be readily compromised. Since the main transfer of data from these IoT systems is through the use of the Internet the security of the IoT system may introduce some vulnerabilities to the receiving business network allowing for intrusion by hackers. Using the PaaS technology to manage that security interface and provide a buffer between the IoT and critical applications is a major feature. Oracle PaaS technology has world class security technology that can manage such vulnerabilities to protect the critical applications.

The Oracle PaaS technology also offers other features that can be advantageous to an effective IoT strategy for any business. Some of these other features such as IoT system monitoring, simple work flows, and dashboard presentation of IoT data and is worth considering as a part of your future strategy for your business.

“IoT adoption will drive additional use of PaaS to implement IoT-centric business applications built around event-driven architecture and IoT data, instead of business applications built around traditional master data,” said Benoit Lheureux, research vice president at Gartner. “New IoT-centric business applications will drive a transformation in application design practices that focus on real-time contextually rich decisions, event-analysis, lightweight workflow, and broad access to Web-scale data.”

As an Oracle Platinum Partner Sofbang has a strong focus on Oracle’s PaaS technology. To learn more or for assistance with your IoT PaaS strategy, contact our team of experts at info@sofbang.com, www.sofbang.com