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

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.

 

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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My Favorite PeopleSoft Flavor: Vanilla

This post provides an overview of how Oracle BPM can be used with PeopleSoft to gain more out of your ERP. It also covers how to go about separating the process and personalization/customization layers from your ERP, to encourage leveraging more vanilla, out-of-the-box ERP functionality, rather than an over customized, costly to maintain version. Oracle BPM takes out the process inefficiencies associated with your ERP. It provides you with a range of different governance and workflow capabilities, which allows you to efficiently operate in your ERP with robust drill down features. This enables your process users and key stakeholders to uncover operational gaps that may be hindering your business from attaining efficiency gains or untapped revenue channels.

Accelerated Oracle Fusion Middleware Reference Architecture

Sofbang’s Accelerated Oracle Fusion Middleware Reference Architecture for PeopleSoft optimization

Integration Recommendations

Time after time, we have seen various lines of businesses come up with ad-hoc requirements needing to hook or connect other systems with PeopleSoft to push and/or pull information between those other systems. To accomplish this, there are some options available within PeopleSoft which allow you to make the successful connections to these external systems and make publications. Using the Integration Broker within PeopleTools, PeopleSoft Applications can integrate with other PeopleSoft modules or with other third-party applications using messages or web services. However, typical integrations built between PeopleSoft pillars are point-to-point, meaning that they are tailored to meet the needs of the two applications rather than a general interface or common integration layer available for many. Businesses today are required to adapt quickly to their customers’ challenges and are looking to IT for a differentiator. PeopleSoft applications with Integration Broker are great for point-to-point integrations and building reusable web services, but critical components that make up a more comprehensive enterprise integration platform are missing. Technology and application connector support is limited and there is no process automation layer that can span over several applications within your enterprise, including cloud-based applications. As depicted in the diagram above, a comprehensive solution such as Oracle SOA Suite can be the missing piece to an organization’s enterprise integration strategy. Oracle BPM runs on Oracle SOA Suite, creating business-driven process based integrations with PeopleSoft applications. Oracle BPM works with the Integration Broker to serve as a connector to PeopleSoft applications, creating seamless integrations and processes across your enterprise; not just within PeopleSoft.

Costly Customizations

Often times, we have seen enterprise customers over customize their PeopleSoft processes and screens to adjust to their organizational policies and procedures using Component Interfaces. It starts out by making one small field change or screen change and continues into a downward endless spiral. The end result is a hugely customized PeopleSoft ERP environment. On one hand, it definitely helps the users to use the system in the way they want to. However, on the other hand, enterprises do not realize that these over customizations drive up maintenance and upgrade costs exponentially. Due to the customizations tailored to the organization, it is difficult to map data elements and the metadata when upgrading to a new version. With each version, you have to go back and make those custom changes again, which can create an upgrade nightmare, especially if those changes were not appropriate documented in the first place. This is why Sofbang recommends a “sticking with vanilla” approach to PeopleSoft implementations. Stay vanilla as possible and externalize your business logic layer with Oracle BPM, where process and screen customizations can be created and managed. Let Oracle BPM help you in handling all personalization requirements, taking care of the actual dependencies. Moreover, the underlying integration layer (Oracle SOA Suite) can be used as a middleware platform to integrate with other on-premise and cloud based applications. Keeping your ERP as vanilla as possible can significantly reduce your overall total cost of ownership, making things simplified and a lot more manageable in the long run. You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream. PeopleSoft vanilla, sprinkled with Oracle BPM and Oracle SOA Suite for me please. Enjoy the rest of your summer!