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.
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.
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.