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.

 

Graphic Mobile Backend Platform to Improved Digital Experience and Increased Productivity

 

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.

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.

 

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.

Continue reading…