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Oracle Partner RapidValue Solutions just released a whitepaper that discusses how to create a “unified mobile app,” integrating Oracle E-Business Suite, Taleo, Salesforce, Microsoft Outlook, and Kofax applications into one mobile solution.  In this sample integration, RapidValue used Oracle Mobile Application Framework (MAF) and Oracle Mobile Cloud Service (MCS) to build, connect, and deploy a unified mobile app for Oracle customer Brocade.

Brocade, a data storage and networking products company, was running a customized version of Oracle’s E-Business Suite, making it difficult and untimely to run out-of-the-box EBS apps, and the company needed an integrated solution for its sales force, who relied on both Oracle and non-Oracle applications to perform in both the office and in the field.

RapidValue built this "unified mobile app" using MAF, and then used MCS to both integrate the app with Brocade’s backend systems, including non-Oracle applications, and to support the app with MCS’ Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS) features. Some of these features included creating custom REST APIs for webservice orchestration within MCS, using engagement features like push notifications to reach employees more effectively, and authenticating users through MCS’ SSO feature. Read the complete article here.

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I had the privilege today to interview Oracle’s mobile and Chatbot expert, Suhas Uliyar. In this video interview we discuss the four components of Chatbot development, how they utilize mobility platforms, sentiment analysis, APIs, personalization, decision-trees, AI and much more. Enjoy! Watch the video here.

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As an integration/backend developer, when starting a project using Mobile Cloud Service, it is important to have some understanding of what this MBaaS (Mobile Backend as a Service) has to offer in terms of security features. This is important in order to be able to configure and test MCS. In this blog I will give examples on how to configure and use the basic authentication and OAuth2 features which are provided to secure APIs. You can read the Oracle documentation (which is quite good for MCS!) on this topic here.

Introduction

Oracle Mobile Cloud Service offers platform APIs to offer specific features. You can create custom APIs by writing JavaScript code to run on Node.js. Connectors are used to access backend systems. This blogs focuses on authentication options for incoming requests.

The connectors are not directly available from the outside. MCS can secure custom and platform APIs. This functionality is taken care of by the Mobile Backend and the custom API configuration.

Getting started

The first thing to do when you want to expose an API is assign the API to a Mobile Backend. You can do this in the Mobile Backend configuration screen, APIs tab.

You can allow anonymous access, but generally you want to know who accesses your API. Also because MCS has a license option to pay for a specific number of API calls; you want to know who you are paying for. In order to require authentication on a per user basis, you first have to create a user and assign it to a group. You can also do this from the Mobile Backend configuration. Go to the Mobile Users Management tab to create users and groups. Read the complete article here.

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One of the key new capabilities introduced in the latest release of Oracle Application Builder Cloud Service (ABCS) is on-device mobile application creation.

ABCS has been able to create responsive mobile apps that run through the browser and adjust to your phone size and orientation for a while. Now it has the ability to create an app that is invoked and runs directly on your phone – providing a native android or iOS look and feel and connecting to the data you store in the ABCS database.

Below you can see an 8 minute demo showing you the end-to-end process. Read the complete article here.

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In this Oracle Mobile Cloud Service video we’re going to look at configuring an Oracle JET hybrid mobile app for push notifications using MCS, for both iOS & Android. Watch the video here.

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Chatbots employ a conversational interface that is both lean and smart, and if designed properly, is even charming. They can help people find the things they want and need, in real-time, without the hassle of searching online or navigating a complex customer service organization. Think about how much work it takes to book travel and check-in on an airline.  You have to search for flights, then compare prices, departure times and amenities, then enter your information, and finally choose which add-ons you would like. After that, there’s an entirely separate process for check-in!  What if you could accomplish all of this in one interactive experience by answering only a few questions?  Chatbots are the singularity that both “smart” and “mobile” devices have been waiting for.

But how easy (or difficult) is it actually to build a chatbot? Tamer Qumhieh, Principal Solutions Architect on Oracle’s A-Team, answers this question in a blog post that serves as a tutorial on how to create and deploy a chatbot on Facebook Messenger.

First, Tamer discusses how to create both a Facebook page and an actual Facebook app.  Then, he moves into how you can implement a chatbot in your Facebook app using Webhook and NodeJS.  Next, Tamer will show you how to set up your chatbot to receive Facebook messages, and how to test your bot using Facebook Messenger.  Finally, you’ll be able to deploy your chatbot to Oracle Application Container Cloud Service (ACCS). Read the complete article here.

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Chatbots are the fastest growing market in mobile application development and extends mobile opportunities to the conversational channel. Oracle Intelligent Bots is a new feature of our Mobile Cloud offering that will be targeted to release soon!

As an Oracle partner active in mobile and PaaS, you are invited to join the first Oracle Intelligent Bots training in EMEA. The 2 day session will be run by Oracle Mobile Product Management. By attending this training, you will be among the first in EMEA to get hands on with Oracle Intelligent Bots. You will learn how to create custom chatbots, how to design conversations, how to develop and add custom logic, connect to backend systems through MCS and how to make your chatbot available from Facebook and other messaging clients. Of course, the agenda allows enough time to ask questions and discuss any chatbot related topics.

Seats for this training are strictly limited as we want to ensure each participant receiving proper personal attention. We will accept up to two consultants per organization to ensure a fair chance that every partner we invite can attend. The training is free of charge for you, but Oracle will not cover your expenses for accommodation or the cost of travel.

We hope this training is of interest and you can make the date. Should you have any further questions on this training, please reply to this email.  We are looking forward to meeting you in Reading.

Sept 6-7, 2017
09:30 AM – 5:00 PM (UK Local Time)

Oracle, Building 510, Thames Valley Park, Reading, RG6 1RA

Please register here

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