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AuraPlayer takes Barcelona by Storm at the Mobile World Congress

AuraPlayer was thrilled to attend Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. It was our first time attending this epic conference, and we can assure you it lived up to all the hype.

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Suhas Uliyar, Oracle’s VP Mobile Strategy, visits the AuraPlayer Booth

The conference emphasized the mobile revolution occurring throughout all industries and how organizations need to mobilize their business practices or they’ll be left behind. This further reinforces what Grant Ronald always says, “If you don’t have a mobile strategy, you have a strategy.”

At MWC we continued our partnership with Oracle and Samsung; as a member of Oracle’s Mobile Cloud  Ecosystem and Samsung’s Enterprise Alliance Program. We have been joining force since October to help companies mobilize their legacy systems and modernize their IT infrastructure without redevelopment or migration. Our collaboration with Oracle and Samsung has also been featured in Forbes and ZDNet.

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In Barcelona, we were stationed at Samsung’s booth, demoing mobile applications created for two of our customers: Jubilee Life and New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority.

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Mia Urman, AuraPlayer’s CEO, demoed our cutting edge solution to Samsung’s CEO and President.

Grant Ronald’s summed it up best when he said, “not only does it [Oracle Forms] continue to underpin the business of tens of thousands of corporations and many of our government offices, it [Oracle Forms] still finds to time to reinvent itself in new and innovative ways”. Check out his whole post about Oracle Forms here.

We are looking forward to continuing our work with Samsung and Oracle and are already preparing for upcoming conferences. In April, we’ll be attending Collaborate in Las Vegas and Oracle Forms to Oracle MCS at UKOUG Development SIG in London.

Follow us on twitter to stay updated on all Oracle Forms and mobile news and don’t hesitate to contact us to set up a quick call to discuss your mobile strategy for your legacy applications.

 

 

 

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Repository Database License Cost for Oracle Forms 12c Explained

Michael Ferrante, the Oracle Form Product Manager, has been asked to clarify the database repository licensing for Forms 12c. He was generous enough to share his response with the Oracle Forms Community as the second post in our Oracle Forms 12c guest series.  If you’re a Forms guru and want to contribute click here for more information.

Be sure not to miss our webinar with Michael on 2/29 at 1pm EST: Oracle Forms 12c: New Features Unveiled and Explained. Register now; space is limited!

Please contact Oracle to get the latest and most accurate information and don’t solely rely on a blog posting like this to make final decisions on how to leverage their licensing. But the answer to this FAQ is as follows:

 How can users who want to upgrade to 12c buy a new Database License for their Weblogic repository?

The current licensing doc (URL below) states that if you have an iAS-Enterprise or WLS Suite license you are entitled to run RCU against its own (separate) database.  Currently, this does not apply to customers with “Forms and Reports” licenses.  Additional DB licensing may be required for user with “Forms and Reports” licenses.

 This means that if you use the Forms and/or Reports products under an iAS-EE or WLS-Suite license, you are entitled to install the Repository in a separate database or your existing database at no additional charge and under certain restrictions (refer to doc mentioned below).

For customers with only a “Forms and Reports” license, they have the option of using their existing database or purchasing additional licensing if they choose to use an alternative database.  I have illustrated this in the table below for clarification.

For customers working in design-time (with an “Internet Developer Suite”), they can install the Repository into the restricted use database that is entitled as part of their iDS license.

RCU in separate DB requires additional DB Licensing
Internet Developer Suite No
Forms and Reports Yes
Internet Application Server – Enterprise Edition No
WebLogic Server Suite No

Refer to Section 2.3.3 of the latest Licensing documentation.

This information is subject to change.  You should contact your Oracle Account Manager to ensure that your licensing is appropriate for your use-case.  Also, be sure to carefully review the official documentation for more guidance.

 

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Oracle Forms 12c: Run Oracle Forms WITHOUT a Browser! New Runtime Options for More Flexibility Without a Browser

We are excited to post the first in our Oracle Forms 12c guest series and introduce our first contributor and a loyal member of the Oracle Forms Community, Holger Lehmann.  If you’re a Forms guru and want to contribute click here  for more information

We also have an awesome upcoming Oracle Forms 12c webinar with Michael :WEBINAR: ORACLE FORMS 12C: NEW FEATURES UNVEILED AND EXPLAINED – Register here!

Oracle Forms 12: New Runtime Options for More Flexibility Without a Browser  BY Holger Lehmann, Opitz Consulting

Today I would like to highlight 2 new runtime options to start your application. Oracle definitely looked ahead towards the future with new operating system issues e.g. new browsers and their new behavior in Windows 10.
1. The default case (as a browser plugin)
The normal way Oracle provides to start the Forms application out of the browser. Here, the client browser must support the Java Plugin
sample URL:
http://w7x6412c-rdbms:9001/forms/frmservlet
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2. With Java Web Start
In the new version of Forms 12c Java Web is officially certified as a method for running your application. Java has to be installed on the client as well.
sample URL:http://w7x6412c-rdbms:9001/forms/frmservlet?config=webstart&form=lab_540&userid=user/passwort@db

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Here, certain restrictions are valid:
– No support Java Script, since not running in the browser
– no SSO, no SSO Logout

3. As a standalone client (Oracle Forms Standalone Application Launcher – FSAL) quote from the HTML page

http://w7x6412c-rdbms:9001/forms/html/fsal.htm

“Overview:
The Oracle Forms Stand-alone Application Launcher (FSAL) offers an alternative way for end-users to run Oracle Forms applications. FSAL offers a browser-less, more client/server-like interface. As a result of not using a browser, FSAL does not use the Java Plugin component of a Java Runtime Environment (JRE) or Java Developer Kit (JDK). All that is required to run FSAL on the end-user machine is a Java installation. This can be either the JDK or the JRE. To determine which Java versions are supported, please contact your administrator.”

Starting from the fsal.htm you can load the associated frmsal.jar to the client.

So quite simply, this method even works without a browser! But again with JDK or JRE on the client machine.

Sample Call in a command box: java -jar C:\Oracle\Middleware\Oracle_Home\forms\java\frmsal.jar -url “http://w7x6412c-rdbms:9001/forms/frmservlet?config=daylightstandaloneapp&form=lab_540&userid=

user/passwort@db

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Conclusion
We see that the classic way to start a Forms module still works. But with the discontinuation of java plug-in support in recent bowsers Oracle was forced to react and to break new ground. Keep it up!

In addition if you want to run Forms without an applet at all from HTML or mobile apps you can checkout AuraPlayer for more details.

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Calling all Forms Gurus…Oracle Forms 12c New Features Whitepaper needs you!

we-need-you-billboardIf you haven’t already heard (which we find very unlikely) Oracle Forms 12c came out in October. Download it here if you haven’t done so already.

We at the Oracle Forms Community blog, wanted to create an online Oracle Forms 12c White Paper / feature guide – For the users by the users.  This is your chance to showcase your Forms knowledge to the community and help out others as well.  It should help us build a library of content for Forms users since we all know we can use all the help we can get!

Here how to contribute and be featured in the Oracle Forms Community’s 12c White Paper:

  1. Choose your favorite Oracle Forms 12c tips and tricks, or new feature, and write how best to use it including step-by-step directions and screenshots if possible.
  1. Send your submissions and questions to us here or include it in the comments below.
  1. Wait for your work to be published in our White Paper!

Looking to learn more about Forms 12c?

Be sure to attend our free webinar, Oracle Forms 12c: New Features Unveiled and Exposed, hosted by Michael Ferrante, the Oracle Forms Project Manager.

Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!

 

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Oracle Forms is heading to the clouds and to UK!

As I have been preaching from my soapbox for years now, Oracle Forms will remain a constant, supported development tool to build on premise, enterprise level, data entry desktop applications. However this time, Oracle has joined me by declaring their commitment to Oracle Forms, as Oracle Forms 12c was released on the heels of OOW. Oracle Forms 12c can be downloaded here. Our customers and team have been anticipating Oracle Forms 12c, and it is great to finally have it available.

It’s a new dawn …It’s a new day….It’s a new life and we’re feeling good !

The excitement surrounding this will be especially evident at this year’s UKOUG conference Dec. 7 – 9 in Birmingham UK.

Besides all the great Oracle Forms content, Oracle will be introducing 2 cloud based development tools especially for business users. Oracle MAX and Oracle Application Builder. These tools will be optimal for Forms users because they DO NOT REQUIRE CODING. This will revolutionize the way Oracle Forms developers navigate the mobile world. So we hope to meet some of you in raining UK where Oracle Forms and mobility will finally be getting the attention they deserves  at UKOUG15. (more…)

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Oracle OpenWorld 2015: The Developer’s Overview

Last week was Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco, California, and a huge week for me and our whole team at AuraPlayer.  Our week began on Sunday when I presented my “Mobile / Cloud Buzz Words for Dummies” to over 120 people eager learn how to start their mobile journey. But in fact they weren’t! I was shocked to find out, by a show of hands, that only 3 people in a room of over a hundred had even begun to think about their mobile strategy. It once again reminds me that although the world is going and talking about mobility, but the enterprise has not yet caught up. Guys it’s time to wake up (or wake up your managers)!  We even offer free sessions on how to begin your mobile journey, so if you would like to know how and when to get started, let us know here.

Some of the AuraPlayer team

Some of the AuraPlayer team

Suhas and Mia Session

Monday was the opening of the exhibition hall.  Where we were in full force with both a booth in the Oracle Mobile Pavilion as well as showcasing 4 solutions in the areas of retail, healthcare, field service and shop room floor applications (e.g. inventory management) at the Samsung booth. Our highlighted solution was our joint project for New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA). Prior to the AuraPlayer/Oracle/Samsung solution, officers would report on accidents using pen and paper in the field and then a clerk would enter the data into a Forms back office application. The challenge was to modernize the system while leveraging the Oracle Forms legacy backend system-WITHOUT REDEVELOPMENT. The customer wanted a low maintenance solution and to be mobile without a costly and risky migration project. Now in the modernized collision reporting system, MTA uses AuraPlayer, Oracle Mobile Cloud Service and Samsung tablets to work on location and even offline. Officers using the S Pen on the Samsung tablet write as though they are writing on a notepad, but the handwriting is then translated into text for a seamless user experience. In addition, the features of data capture have been enhanced to allow capturing of photos as well as annotation and notes on the photos, then all is stored directly into Oracle mobile cloud service.

#OOW15 MTA Team

#OOW15 MTA Team

MTA was also featured in Oracle’s mobile keynote presentation, given by Suhas Uliyar’s (Oracle’s VP of Mobile strategy). Here we also did a demo of the app on a Samsung tablet LIVE.

During the regular Oracle OpenWorld sessions, the main excitement for developers was the introduction of several new tools that will allow business users to develop rapid applications based on Oracle Mobile / Cloud features. The first one, MAX, will be included as part of the Oracle Mobile Cloud Service and will allow business users to develop mobile apps using a wizard based, drag and drop development tool. This will help non-developers build cutting edge apps that can include graphs, list, maps and other advanced features of mobile applications, then deploy in a matter of seconds with a QR code. The second tool, the Oracle Application Builder will allow business users to create webpages through Oracle’s next generation developer cloud. This is again a wizard based development environment where using drag and drop, a JavaScript website is generated by any business user without any technical knowledge.

At the conference, many were worried about the fact that there seem to be tool confusion with the abundance of developer tools being offered in all different programming languages from PLSQL to Java.

Chris Tonas, Oracle’s VP of Development, in his Keynote on development technologies, presented an incredible slide to clarify the Oracle Development Map(below). He showed how JavaScript and Java are the top 2 development languages, and as such, Oracle wanted to provide development environments for both within the Oracle landscape.IMG_6883

To sum it up, to build Java based applications, developers can use Oracle ADF for enterprise applications accessible through a browser. For mobile apps, Oracle Mobile Framework is used to develop in Java to create on device apps for both IOS and Android (soon to be Windows 10).  Next we have the JavaScript developers. For them, Oracle released Oracle JET (JavaScript Extension Tool kit). This will allow JavaScript developers to build web based applications within Oracle’s Cloud based development environment.

And of course, we still have the PLSQL development tools. Here, we have Oracle Apex to build rapid webpages based on dynamic PLSQL and JavaScript. And last but definitely not least! Oracle Forms will remain a constant, supported development tool to build on premise, enterprise level, data entry desktop applications. Once again Oracle declared their commitment to continue to support Oracle Forms, and this could not have been more evident as Oracle Forms 12 C was released on the heels of OOW. It can be downloaded here. We have been doing a lot of sneak peeks of Oracle Forms 12 C, but it is great to finally have it ready for general release. We will be showing a Forms 12 C new features webinar shortly.  Click here to register.

Finally, we have the development tools geared towards the business users ie. NO CODING REQUIRED – Oracle MAX, and Oracle Application Builder. Oracle MAX will be a feature of Oracle’s Mobile Cloud Service. As we explained above, it is geared for business users to develop mobile apps using a wizard based, drag and drop development tool in a matter of hours. This functionality will revolutionize the way business users and especially Oracle Forms developers are able to navigate the mobile world.  Until MAX, Forms developers would need to learn HTML, Java Script, or Java, in order to build mobile front ends. But with AuraPlayer and MAX, Forms users can continue the wizard based development they are use to and extend their existing systems to mobile. Now, with a few clicks of a button the customers will be able to wrap their existing Forms systems as a REST service, using AuraPlayer’s cloud API, plug it into Oracle Mobile Cloud, and then with a few drag and drops, build a cutting edge user interface.  I am sure this will be a game changer for mobile development in the enterprise. We are looking forward to the release of MAX shortly, and we are happy to connect anyone who would like to see a demo of MAX, with the appropriate Oracle PM team. For more information on Oracle’s Mobile cloud, click here.

Then we have the website development tool for business users. As we mentioned earlier, with Oracle Application Builder Cloud Service, users with no previous programming experience are empowered to create and extend web and mobile apps on their own. If they are able to do a little programming, they can also write custom code for advanced use cases by using standard JavaScript, HTML5, and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) techniques. Find more information here.

Seeing Oracle’s vision from end to end, for JavaScript, PLSQL and Java developers, really was an eye opener – and they can now say they have “the right tool for the right job – for any developer”.

A further interesting point was the fact that Oracle’s development tools are no longer required to work with Oracle’s Mobile Cloud. Xamarin has just signed a partnership with Oracle where their developers can easily use Oracle’s Mobile Cloud service as their back end infrastructure. This will now open up Oracle’s Cloud based environment to the over 1.2 million mobile developers who are now using the Xamarin solution.

IMG_0869Seeing all these new cutting edge UI development environments that connect to Oracle’s Mobile Cloud Service was really exciting to us, especially since AuraPlayer can provide the back end API’s to expose Oracle Forms to any of these development  tools. So no matter what you choose to develop with for your front end UI, we have you covered on the back end.

All in all it was an incredible week of talking tech and meeting customers and friends. If anyone is interested in having an executive update on the Oracle developer landscape or the main messages from OOW, please let us know here. The next stops on our Oracle Forms modernization world tour will be next week at the DOAG conference in Germany followed by the UKOUG event in December. I will keep you guys updated.

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Its ALIVE …. Oracle Forms 12c is Here!

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After months of waiting and anticipation. Oracle Forms 12c was released today at the kick off of Oracle OpenWorld.  And if you don’t believe me download it HERE !

Join us at Oracle OpenWorld to see demo’s and learn more about 12c new features and Oracle Forms cloud support and mobility. Schedule your 1:1 meeting HERE.

 

 

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Oracle Open World 2015 – Must-See Sessions – Oracle Forms, Mobile, Cloud & ADF

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The weather is cooling down, it’s the season of pumpkins, football, and, most importantly, it’s time to get excited for Oracle Open World! There are so many amazing sessions and speakers this year. We wish we could see all of them. To help you narrow down the list of choices, Mia Urman, Oracle ACE Director and AuraPlayer CEO, complied a list her of Must-See Sessions.

Before I discuss Mia’s favorites, I will begin with ones I’m super eager to attend. I realize I’m a bit biased.

Sunday, Oct 25 | 2:30pm-3:15pm | Moscone South—274
Mia Urman, AuraPlayer

Am I the only one who is slightly overwhelmed and confused by the acronyms that have taken the technology world by storm? Paas, MAF, Alta UI, and more. Mia will define the terms and lingo needed to effectively converse in the mobile and cloud spheres. After this session, you will be prepared to talk to the pros and to attend other sessions at OOW. FYI, Mia won best speaker award for this session at Kscope 15!

  • General Session: Mobile—the Heart of Digital Transformation
    Monday, Oct 26| 11:00am-11:45am| Moscone South—102
    o RimiBewtra, Senior Director, Product Marketing – Fusion Middleware, Oracle
    o DyanGanepola, IT Director, NY MTA
    o SuhasUliyar, Vice President Mobile Strategy Product Management, Oracle
    o BalaVenkataraman, IT Director, Martin Marietta

Here at AuraPlayer, we are especially excited for this session. Suhas, the Vice President of Mobile Strategy, will be presenting our customer success story on our project with MTA (New York Bridges and Tunnels). He will be demoing MTA’s Oracle Forms Collision Reporting system running from Oracle Mobile Cloud and Oracle Mobile Framework. This is your chance to see AuraPlayer’s technology in action; Oracle Forms running from a Samsung tablet live on stage!

Now, here are Mia’s Must See Sessions in no particular order (they are all expected to be equally amazing):

1. Rapid Enterprise JavaScript Development with Oracle Application Builder Cloud Service
Wednesday, Oct 28 | 11:00am- 11:45am|Moscone South—304
Brian Fry, Oracle

Don’t miss the unveiling of Oracle’s newest development tool! HTML5 and JavaScript have become industry standards. We are excited to show how this  new development tool will allow you to quickly create these web applications without complex  Java development.

2. Meet the Experts: Oracle’s Development Tools and Frameworks
Tuesday, Oct 27 | 6:15pm-7:10pm |Moscone South—300
o Grant Ronald, Director of Product Management, Oracle
o Shay Shmeltzer, Director of Product Management, Oracle
o Denis Tyrell, Senior Director, Product Management, Oracle

Meet the Experts is always a great way to find out about new products in the works and visions for upcoming development tools. I’m especially excited to see they are planning on discussing Oracle Forms, meaning there will be two sessions on Forms this year at OOW!

3. Real-Life Oracle Mobile Application Framework: What’s Not in the Developer’s Guide
Monday, Oct 26 | 2:45pm – 3:30pm| Moscone South—304
Luc Bors, eProceed

Interested in learning about Oracle MAF? If yes, be sure not to miss this session with Oracle MAF guru, Luc Bors.  He is author of Oracle Mobile Application Framework Developer Guide. Luc will discuss everything you need to know about Oracle MAF that is not included in the Oracle’s Developer Guide.

4. Oracle Mobile Cloud Service: Mobile Interaction Platform for Digital Strategy
Monday, Oct 26| 1:30pm- 2:15pm| Moscone South—270
Deb Ayers&Kaj Van de loo, Oracle

Is your head in the clouds? If yes, this session is for you. If not, you must go to see what your missing! Kaj Van de loo is actually the Vice President of Oracle Mobile Cloud development so who better to hear about Oracle MCS from than the developers themselves?

5. An Introduction to Oracle Mobile Application Framework
Monday, Oct 26 | 12:15pm – 1:00pm|Moscone South—304
Grant Ronald, Oracle

This session is bound to be interesting for developers at the begining of their mobile journey. Attend to hear Grant, an Oracle Forms, ADF, and Mobile expert, go over the ins and outs of Oracle Mobile Application Framework. He used to be in charge of the oldest application framework, and now he will be explaining the newest one. A must for all newbies.

6. Systems on the Edge—Your Stepping Stones into Oracle Public Cloud and the PaaS Platform
Tuesday, Oct 27 | 11:00am – 11:45am |Moscone West—2022
Lucas Jellema, AMIS Holding B.V.

Lucas Jellema is literally the top guru in Middleware, so do not attend unless you are ready to learn tons. Lucas will go from top to bottom through the whole cloud PAAS stack with one massive demo. Not to be missed.

7. Oracle Forms 12c: The Beginning of a New Day
Monday, Oct 26 | 11:00am – 11:45am | Moscone South—306
Michael Ferrante, Oracle

The much-anticipated release of Oracle Forms 12c (12.2.1) is on its way! Michael Ferrante, Principal Product Manager will demo new features and discuss how these features can be used to make your legacy applications fresh again.
Here at AuraPlayer, we are excited to see the beta of Forms 12c as we specialize in Oracle Forms/EBS modernization and mobilization. Contact us to learn more!

8. Enterprise Mobile Persistence and Security Using Oracle Mobile Application Framework
Thursday, Oct 29| 10:45am – 11:30am| Moscone South—270
SriniIndla&Denis Tyrell, Oracle

Although it’s fun to see the development stages, it’s even more critical to know what to do once the app is created. How do we need to secure the app? Attend this session to get your  questions answered and more. This is a great chance for experts to really drill down into the  world or mobile security.

9. Oracle Mobile Cloud Service: The One Thing Apple iOS and Android Developers Agree On
Thursday, Oct 29| 9:30 am- 10:15am| Moscone South—270
Frederic Desbiens, Oracle

This session is perfect for Oracle Mobile Cloud Service beginners (similar to Grant’s session for MAF beginners, which we discussed above).  Even if you’re not interested in the Cloud, it is really important to get an end-to-end view of what’s going on. This is Oracle vision for the future, so be sure to attend!

10. General Session: Revolutionizing Application Development with Oracle Cloud
Tuesday, Oct 27 | 11:00am – 11:45am| Moscone South—103
Chris Tonas, Oracle

Chris Tonas is the Vice President of Development  at Oracle. Yes, this session is high level, but we assure you it should be enlightening for everyone! It’s interesting to see a high level overview of Oracle’s vision and where they are planning to go next from a business prospective as oppose to a technical/tool prospective. Attend to get a global vision of what’s going on at Oracle.

We are excited to be attending OOW this year with a big team. You can find us at our kiosk in the mobile pavilion #009, and in our Premier partners, Samsung booth where we will be demoing 4 solutions on very cool Samsung devices. Request a meeting here.

As usual Mia will be a whirlwind, presenting and preforming her Oracle ACE director duties, and  as always, representing the ODTUG board. It’s safe to say we’ll have little down time, but we are very excited to represent these various groups!
Our Vice President of R&D will also be flying in from Tel Aviv, so be sure to schedule a technical demo with him here. Or if you’re interested in partnering, make sure to make an appointment with our VP of Business Development – Gwen Edwards.
And if you want to meet little old me to learn more about our full suite of Oracle Forms modernization, mobile, testing and monitoring solutions, request a meeting here.
Can’t wait to meet everyone in the golden state!
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The Real Future of Oracle Forms – Not the Demise of Forms! Response to LinkedIn Thread

There is quite a debate going around based on Simon’s linkedin post regarding the future of Forms; but when you read it you’ll see, he doesn’t actually talk about the future of Forms – he talks about the demise of Forms and its replacement: Oracle APEX. As someone who does believe in the future of forms, there are several things  I wanted to clarify.

Firstly, it mentions that despite the release of Oracle Forms 12c, Oracle has “failed to persuade him that Forms has a real future past 11g.” It’s strange that with a new version coming out imminently, and one after that already in the works, he is not convinced that Oracle is devoted to the progression of Forms. If you want to learn more about Forms 12c and beyond you can register for our webinar next month here.

Next, Simon addresses Oracle Forms mobilization, by stating, “If you want to access your Forms application or a cut down version of, on a mobile device – you can’t.” Truth be told, Oracle Forms is very easily, very rapidly able to be extended to mobile. We do it on a daily basis here at AuraPlayer. As Grant Ronald, Director of Product Management at Oracle, mentioned in the LinkedIn thred, “Today, there are several ways to mobilize Forms; and we have been very successful in mobilizing Oracle Forms customers to any user interface.” You can watch it in action here.

The difference is, where we are able to run Forms without redevelopment, the process of reverse engineering a Forms system to APEX, as Simon suggests, is an extremely risky and demanding project. Migration can require several years and millions of dollars, depending on the complexity of the system; migrating around 500 forms could require anywhere between 2 and 5 years and upwards of 2 million dollars. This is exactly the type of service that Simon supports (and sells): the utilization of APEX to replace existing Forms systems. While the same result can be achieved by using an enablement tool (such as AuraPlayer) which allows users to wrap their existing systems as a REST or SOAP services without the risk and at a fraction of the investment of time and money. In our opinion, migration is a tremendous drain on capital and waste of resources when the same end product can be achieved by leveraging the existing systems on new platforms. To learn more about strategies for mobilizing your Oracle Forms systems you can register for our webinar next month here.

The next claim goes on to assert that Oracle does not see a future in Forms because it does not see cloud as a priority. I, for one, as a Oracle Forms-Mobile Cloud partner, can speak to the inaccuracy of this claim. I was invited to be part of the Oracle Mobile Cloud beta. In fact, we have already developed a Forms plugin to the Oracle Mobile that we presented last year’s at Oracle Open World and are in the process of creating an additional demos as we speak. As Grant Ronald, Director of Product Management at Oracle explained, the exact development details of the integration’s precise breadth and depth are not released yet. However, I can testify  that it is 100% on Oracle’s roadmap and priority scheme to supply an Oracle Forms API for the Oracle Mobile Cloud solution.  In fact, you can see it for yourself, Oracle Forms running from the Oracle Mobile Cloud solution here.

As you can see, although Oracle themselves have not generated these tools, based on their intentions with their partnership and the development resources they’ve invested in working together with AuraPlayer, we can definitely tell you that there is a focus and priority on bringing Oracle Forms customers into the mobile cloud generation with their existing solutions. Furthermore, users will also be able to connect their systems to next generation Oracle tools, by using ORDS (Oracle Rest Data Services) to connect to APEX, or using things like the Oracle Mobile Cloud Service to connect to the Mobile Application Framework, and using Web services to connect to ADF front ends. We would be happy to talk to anyone who wants to see Forms running from an Apex, Mobile Framework, .Net or ADF UI. You can request a demo here.

Therefore, with the capability to move forward with any of these technologies, there is no reason why customers cannot leverage their existing investments in Oracle Forms. This is why I feel that the way Simon approached this as an all-or-nothing, black and white way of addressing the issue is very unfortunate in its potential to make Forms users feel like their only reasonable option is to migrate away from  Forms. When that could not be more false. Today Forms users have more options for redevelopment free modernization than ever before!

In summary, I cannot stress enough the  commitment that Oracle has shown to Oracle Forms customers moving forward, both in the way that they work together with us to progress towards the enablement of Oracle Mobile Cloud Service strategies as well as in their development of new versions/features of the existing Forms products. This dedication can also be seen in the way Oracle and its Forms partners have continued to evangelize and speak with Forms customers in conferences both in the United States and internationally.

We welcome anyone to come to Oracle Open World, DOAG, or UKOUG to see these demos in action, where AuraPlayer will be presenting Oracle Forms from Oracle MCS and on mobile devices. Michael Ferrante, the Oracle Forms product manager will also be on hand at the following shows and would be happy to answer any questions people have on the actual future of Oracle Forms.  Of course if you’d like to talk about your personal Forms challenges, I’d be happy to give you a free consultation. Just get in touch with me here or ask your questions in the comments below.

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Modernizing New Jersey: One Forms System at a Time

Last week we had the pleasure of presenting at the New Jersey Government Oracle User Group (NJOUG).

It was incredible to see such a dedicated group of people; over 40 people came out to hear all different types of topics with regards to database, middleware, etc.

Mia was asked to speak on a range of topics from Forms, Reports, Mobile, Cloud and basically map out what she sees as the future of Oracle development from today as we move into the cloud generation. They gave her an hour and a half to do it; somehow she was still pressed for time 😉 and racing thru her demo of “How to Move Oracle Forms into the Oracle Mobile Cloud” in the last three minutes.

We were surprised to learn how many systems were still running in forms 6i. They explained that 5 years ago oracle was saying “forms is dead,” leaving them under the impression that they would have to migrate away from forms, so they didn’t upgrade, because they were going to migrate and needed to decide what technology to migrate to. Some systems attempted to redevelop with java, and stuck with it for over a year before getting so deep in the weeds that they ultimately abandoned the project and haven’t done anything on the Forms systems since. I hope after seeing the session and learning about all the ways to modernize without redevelopment they are happy to move forward and feel confident that an upgrade to 11g is the way to go.

We hope to do a lot more of these road shows with local user groups to show them how easy it can be to upgrade and modernize their Oracle Forms. It’s important that more people start to recognize that Oracle is committed to forms and that it is not going anywhere, that upgrades are possible, and they can modernize. If you want to invite Mia Urman to talk for your group please contact us at info@auraplayer.com. For more info, the slides from our NJOUG session are available on our website here; or, you can read more about our modernization options from our Facelift page here. Of course, if you have any specific questions about your own Forms challenges, you can contact us directly at info@auraplayer.

– Jackie Sullivan

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