Thursday, 30 January 2014 10:42

Oracle's mobile strategy

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Oracle VP Suhas Uliyar outlines Oracle's mobile strategy and makes some 2014 predictions.

Suhas Uliyar, vice president for mobile strategy and product management at Oracle, told iTWire that when Oracle noticed many of its customers were using Fusion Middleware to create their own mobile systems, it company developed a strategy to simplify mobility.

Oracle started by providing mobile apps that could be used 'out of the box' with Siebel, JD Edwards and other products, as well as Oracle Mobile Suite, which provides "everything an enterprise needs to develop mobile apps," he explained. Oracle Mobile Suite uses Java, HTML5 and JavaScript to allow the creation of apps that can be packaged for iOS and Android.

Last November, Oracle acquired mobile applications management specialist Bitzer Mobile. Like some other players, Bitzer had developed container technology to isolate business data from the rest of a BYOD phone or tablet, with the addition of single sign on to the container's contents and application-specific VPN tunnelling.

Oracle is the leader in the mobile identity space, Mr Uliyar claimed, and this capability is combined with the company's adaptive access management which delivers additional challenges in unusual circumstances (for example, if the combination of the user ID and device are familiar, but have not previously been used in that geographical location).

Identity is also used by Oracle's enterprise app store to mandate or blacklist particular apps on devices used by particular people, he noted.

When asked for his predictions for 2014 in the mobile arena, Mr Uliyar tipped an increase in corporate mobile apps compared with the number of web apps, and that mobile services will be increasingly deployed from the cloud rather than on-premises. Oracle is developing mobile cloud services - mobile device management, mobile security, and so on - within its broader cloud services strategy, he said.

The general adoption of wearables (watch-like devices for notifications, Google Glass style devices for augmented reality, etc) in the enterprise space is around 18 months away, he predicted, adding that in time, "the car becomes the ultimate mobile device," presenting a new set of challenges for user interface designers.


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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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