Authored by Alana Johnson, TeamCain
Did you know that among today’s enterprises, 87% have a formal mobility strategy at the unit level, yet 7 in 10 are struggling to keep pace with new mobile devices and systems? The mobile landscape has evolved rapidly over the past 10 years. At first, it was just smartphones but now tablets have come into play. It’s no longer just a connected world but a connected enterprise. And with the advancements in wearable devices – smart watches and glasses – mobility is all around.
In the Oracle webcast, “Oracle Mobile Update: Rethink Mobile, Beyond Mobile First,” Oracle’s top executives across Oracle Sales cloud, Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle Mobile discussed Oracle’s mobile strategy and how organizations can rethink mobility to transform their business.
What stood out for me were the 10 things that mobile has taught us in the last 10 years.
#10: Mobile has disrupted everything
Some might think that it’s unbelievable that the average person spends 12 hours a day in front of a screen. But, it really isn’t that strange - are you reading this off your computer, tablet or smartphone? With mobile, people have access to information at the tap of a finger whenever and wherever.
#09: User convenience
There may be an app for everything but are those apps convenient for users? Is the UI easy to understand? Will novice users be able to pick it up quickly? Because people can access data in the palm of their hand, apps need to be easy to use. This saves time and energy not just for the user but the developers too.
#08: Quality of user experience
It can’t just be about a beautiful user interface; the app needs to benefit the user’s experience. Along similar lines as convenience, if the user has access to a quality app that they can understand then everybody will be happier.
#07: Integration delivering relevant and related information
This is a necessity. The point of mobile is to have access to data anywhere and if the relevant and related information is slow to appear in the app, then what’s the point?
#06: Mobile is about continuous delivery
Have you checked your phone today and saw that you have a couple of apps that need to update? It is never done! This is important for developers to keep in mind. Your app is not going to be 100% finished the first time around. You will be need to update it based on user adoption, experience and even external factors such as changes in technology. What’s on the horizon for the future of mobile?
#05: APIs, APIs, APIs
The set of routines, protocols and tools for building software applications will need to be more agile and constantly developing in this ever-evolving mobile world.
#04: Balancing security and user experience
IT security compliance is the #1 concern when it comes to mobility. The pro of going mobile is that anybody can access information anywhere. The con of going mobile is that ANYBODY can access information anywhere! So there needs to be a balance with user experience when it comes to security. You don’t want too much security as that makes the user experience terrible.
#03: Cloud and mobile are converging
The cloud is a tool that can be used for business transformation. It can empower you and your business to move faster, be more productive and achieve results that you never really thought were possible. It goes hand in hand with mobile and connecting the enterprise.
#02: Mobile and IOT are dynamic
The Internet of Things (or IOT) provides you with the opportunity to enable and extend your digital business scenarios. With mobility and IOT, you’re able to better connect people, processes, and devices to better harness the data across your operations.
And the number one thing that we have learned in the last 10 years about mobile is…
#01: Not JUST Mobile-First, it is NOW Mobile Plus!
This is a big trend in mobility. Mobile Plus means that you’re rethinking your mobile strategy. It’s no longer about just building an app. It’s about the interaction between various channels: client, content, context and the cloud. Mobile interaction is everywhere so clients need access to relevant and related information anywhere, anytime. However, at the same time, you need to consider securing the data as opposed to the device as well as being able to perform an analysis at any time.
How Has Oracle Addressed These Trends?
With those 10 trends in mind, Oracle has developed hundreds of apps for their Oracle Sales Cloud, E-Business Suite Field Service, PeopleSoft Campus Solution, Fusion TAP (Android), JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, and BI Mobile App Designer. Oracle wants to make sure that it’s simple for the mobile developer to worry about what they do best: build nice applications and integrate the client UI. Oracle wants to make it easier for enterprises to go mobile.
Announced and previewed at Oracle Open World 2014 the Mobile Application Accelerator (MAX) is a browser-based, business user friendly mobile app composition in the cloud. It’s the next generation of tooling that enables user empowerment. There is no coding required and it’s easy to map to business services. With MAX, users can edit, test and publish apps from their browser.
Also helping Oracle customers go mobile easier is Oracle’s Mobile Security Suite. This is great for an enterprise that has to share devices, like at a hospital or retail location. The self-service device registration addresses device level security as well as monitoring, actions and notifications. It extends the mobile security suite by supporting Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) but augments that with shared devices or Corporate Owned Personal Expanding (COPE).
You can watch the on-demand webcast here in order to learn more.