Mobile application development is getting competitive with many availability of new products and platforms. What makes it more competitive is that the client stresses on aggressive timelines. Most of the customers expect their mobile application to come live in weeks rather than months, as they know that delay of each day means their competitor will be catching up fast. So, the customers would prefer a rapid mobile application development, which, at same time, do not compromise on security and features. Hence, the mobile solution vendors and developers are looking for ways to accelerate the mobile application design and development to meet the aggressive timelines. Oracle Mobile Cloud Service is one of the technology solutions which can accelerate mobile application development.
What is Oracle Mobile Cloud Service (MCS)?
Oracle Mobile Cloud Service provides features and capabilities that make mobile application development simpler and faster. It focuses to do away with the technicalities of mobile app development, which means even a business functional user can develop basic mobile applications. What it means for a developer is that he can concentrate more on the coding part rather than the operational and deployment tasks. There are many platforms or solutions which enable this in the market by different names like Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS) or Mobile Enterprise Application Platform (MEAP). Oracle Mobile Cloud Service provides methods to simplify the enterprise mobile application development, using its strategic Mobile cloud components. Mobile Cloud Services provide an “Accelerator platform” which reduces the mobile application time frame by providing out of the box backend functionality (like Push Notification), provides enterprise scale API connectors for secure integration to backend systems and easy to deploy mobile security.
Siphon the Complex Backend Requirements and Functionality using Oracle MCS
If you ask an Oracle mobile application developer, they will say that almost 50% of their efforts are spent on developing and deploying backend functionality. An Oracle mobile developer will be coming across several back end requirements like Push Notifications, Offline data sync, User and Device Management, Enterprise integration etc. Oracle MCS comes up with various Mobile Application development accelerator features, listed below, in order to reduce the complexities of coding back end functions.
- Mobile services like Push Notifications and Messaging like email, SMS, Voice mail
- User Management and Device Management functionality
- Offline behavior and data sync
Simplify Enterprise Integration using Oracle MCS Connectors
Oracle Mobile Cloud Services provide an API catalog which consists of pre-built cloud API connectors for major enterprise systems like Oracle E-Business Suite, JD Edwards, Salesforce, SAP etc. It also facilitates simple generation of APIs, if pre built API’s do not exist. It provides a web interface for the API development team to configure and create API’s by providing cloud based connectors to access the enterprise back end system and expose the underlying business objects and tables for API creation. The API is then coupled with an OAuth security token. MCS also provides facility to test the APIs, using the MCS test screen and real-time data from the backend, or using mock up data, in case real API’s are not in production.
Simplified Security and Identity Management Services
Oracle MCS helps mobile developers to secure APIs and services using OAuth security tokens which are returned after successful authentications to a system. The security token is embedded in the APIs in the API calls and are secured. MCS also provides Identity Management (IDM) services on the cloud and it enables to extend the existing Identity management services and security policies to mobile applications.
Mobile Application Accelerator (MAX) – Power to Develop Mobile Apps for Functional Users
Oracle MCS comes with Mobile Application accelerator which accelerates the Mobile application developer. MAX is a cloud based service that provides mobile application development capabilities to business users and functional users, with no development experience. The UI designs are based on certain preset UI templates and are getting connected to enterprise backend systems using Oracle Mobile Cloud connectors. The mobile apps can be developed using any web browser, without the need to install any mobile development environments or IDEs. The developers can see an instant preview, without the need to deploy the application. It leverages several of features and functions of Oracle Mobile Application Framework (MAF) for mobile app development and any mobile application, developed using MAX, can be extended using Oracle MAF, for any enhancements.
Oracle Mobile Cloud Service and Mobile Application Accelerator will really empower the developers and business users to rapidly create mobile applications. It eliminates several complexities of backend functionality and the developer can concentrate more on client application development and coding. It provides enhanced security and enterprise integration by simplified Oracle Mobile Cloud Services. Using Oracle MCS the mobile application vendors can reduce the turnaround time and improve the productivity and customer satisfaction.
Abhijit R C
Product Manager & Senior Consultant – Enterprise Mobility, RapidValue