PaaS

Oracle Partner PaaS Workshop (day 2 – part 3) – VBCS

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Last week I attended a two-day PaaS workshop run by Oracle for its partners. We’ve been doing SaaS for a while – that is the applications such as HCM and ERP that users access in order to perform their daily tasks – however there is another stable of applications called Platform as a Service (PaaS) which either add functionality to the SaaS apps or help ‘glue them together’. These applications were the focus of this workshop – and very interesting it was too. Here’s what I learnt on day 2:

Oracle VBCS (Visual Builder Cloud Service) – renamed from ABCS

Although I’d seen some really cool new functionality up until this point, VBCS was the highlight of the workshop for me. The use-case for PaaS that I’m expecting to see the most is custom application pages within the Cloud Apps.

We were able to pick the UI theme, then start building our custom page using the drag’n’drop interface – as the sales spiel goes, it’s a no-code interface that’s ideal for the ‘citizen developer’.

VBCS

It was certainly really quick to build a couple of quick pages in a responsive layout and a number of types (text, date picker, table, buttons). Some of the data we got from the application and some data was stored within VBCS itself.

I can’t wait to try it out with some real customer use-cases.

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Oracle Partner PaaS Workshop (day 2 – part 2) – Chatbots!

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Last week I attended a two-day PaaS workshop run by Oracle for its partners. We’ve been doing SaaS for a while – that is the applications such as HCM and ERP that users access in order to perform their daily tasks – however there is another stable of applications called Platform as a Service (PaaS) which either add functionality to the SaaS apps or help ‘glue them together’. These applications were the focus of this workshop – and very interesting it was too. Here’s what I learnt on day 2:

Oracle IBCS (Intelligent Bot Cloud Service)

IBCS

Yes! We wrote our own Chat-bots! This was a surprise session as it wasn’t on the agenda leading up to the event, but it was great fun to try. Some of the config was already done for us, but we were able to change the setup so that we amended the conversation flow and the chatbot responded differently to our prompts.

In this picture you can see that we used our bot to query ERP Cloud for information on a Purchase Order.

Learn more about it here.

Oracle Partner PaaS Workshop (day 2 – part 1) – MCS and MAX

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Last week I attended a two-day PaaS workshop run by Oracle for its partners. We’ve been doing SaaS for a while – that is the applications such as HCM and ERP that users access in order to perform their daily tasks – however there is another stable of applications called Platform as a Service (PaaS) which either add functionality to the SaaS apps or help ‘glue them together’. These applications were the focus of this workshop – and very interesting it was too. Here’s what I learnt on day 2:

Oracle MCS (Mobile Cloud Service)

On day 1 we’d exposed a web service from an application and added some logic, notifications and a data form in front of it using ICS and PCS. Next we used Mobile Cloud Service to mobile-enable the form. MCS exposed the form as a mobile API which we could then consume.

Oracle MAX (Mobile Application Accelerator)

A reasonably new feature of Oracle MCS is the Mobile Application Accelerator. Most of those in the workshop were techies, but there wasn’t the time to code a proper front-end for our new mobile API. The solution was to use MAX. It’s a tool built to assist a non-technical staff to create cross-platform mobile applications using only a drag’n’drop web
interface:

MAX

Within a couple of minutes, the application that we’d created was available and working on our mobile phones. We could enter the data for a new purchase order and within moments the data appeared in ERP Cloud.