Oracle and Mobile – an overview by Luc Gorissen


This article had the working title ‘blurred lines’ because I felt that people might be confused about what Oracle offers in the mobile space. However, putting it on the internet with that title is not a good idea, because it would attract lots of people that are looking for that song… So anyone who’s looking for music: you’re in the wrong place! This article is more suited for people who need an overview of what Oracle in doing with Mobile. Let’s move on.

Recently, OOW2015 made more clear than ever that Oracle is really dedicated to offer a complete portfolio of Cloud Services, covering virtually anything that an enterprise would require for moving its IT business into the cloud. As a result, Oracle is also (more) active in areas where historically they had less presence, e.g. in Mobile. The many new developments in both the client and server sides are at such a high pace, that one might feel that Oracle has had some kind of wake-up call. Simultaneously, that makes it easy to lose track: the Oracle strategy may seem like blurred lines. Let’s try to put that into some more perspective.

Client side

Oracle currently has a lot of technologies that ‘have mobile capabilities’. Next to the obvious Oracle Mobile Application Framework (MAF), also Oracle JET is positioned as ‘mobile first’ with its new Masonry layout. A good example that supports this claim very well is the Oracle JET WorkBetter example application.


The figure above shows how the application adjusts itself very nicely to the device. Just spend some time to check it out yourself. It’s surprising!

Newest additions in client technologies will be the Application Builder AB and Mobile Application Accelerator MAX. Both are services in the Oracle Cloud that can be used for ‘Business users that will build their application without assistance from the IT department’. The Application Builder generates a web application that can be used on a mobile device. The Mobile Application Accelerator generates an Oracle MAF application – which is obviously focused on mobile devices. Read the complete article here.

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