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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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ODTUG Kscope15 Review: It was the best of times, it was the best of times!

Last week AuraPlayer headed south to attend ODTUG’s annual KScope conference in Hollywood, Florida. It was very exciting to play many pivotal roles; serving as an ODTUG Board member, an Exhibitor, a 2 time speaker and an Oracle ACE Director. The event was definitely a highlight – I truly learned a lot and, of course, had a lot of fun.

With that being said, so much happened that it would be nearly impossible to provide an in-depth account of the entire conference. Instead, I’m going to focus on what I felt were KScope’s top events, including the top tech moment, the top fun moment, my top personal moment, and the top AuraPlayer moment of the conference. That way, you guys can hear about all of the highlights and I won’t be writing all week. :-)

Let’s get to it!

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Bright and early on Tuesday morning (despite the urge to take advantage of a golden opportunity to sleep in being without my 3 kids for the week) I attended the “Build Something! IoT = Internet + Oracle + Things” hands-on training session put on by C2 Consulting’s Anton Nielson, at 8:30 am.  Now that’s commitment to technology!

It proved to be well worth the wakeup, as it went on to win the conference’s award for Best Session. Anton was certainly very deserving of the honor; his premise was very cool. To put it simply, they had us hook up resistors, a thermostat and LEDsPhoto Jun 23, 09 25 46 on a wifi-enabled circuit board – then interact with it through a simple Oracle Application Express (APEX) application we built. The high and low temperature set points were controlled via the application, meaning, A hot temperature would trigger a red light, medium temperatures elicited a yellow light, and cool temperatures prompted a green light. In the APEX app, the

After

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users could change the values for hot, medium and cold. It was especially interesting because we had to build the electronic circuit, which involved connecting the LEDs and the chip. It was fun to put together the electronic portion and actually build the device as well as connect it to the Apex and ORDS back end.

What was especially nice about the “concept to completion” was that Anton made it a family affair. His son was walking around helping people, while his daughter did the welding. Several people from the Apex PM team as well as his own consulting team were also on hand. I was really impressed by the company and the amount of effort they put into this hands on session. We’re actually going to meet up with them in Boston to do some cool Oracle Forms IoT using AuraPlayer so stay tuned ….. should be interesting.

Top AuraPlayer Moment

20150622_222608The best part of the conference for AuraPlayer as a company was the re-occurring theme of meeting with customers that we had spoken to in the past who were finally ready to begin their mobile journey. Many of them had been speaking to us for the past 2-3 Kscopes about the possibility of mobilizing and modernizing their forms systems, but just didn’t have the budget or weren’t prepared to take that initial step. It was great to see that this year, many were finally ready and energized to move for20150623_184304ward and modernize their user interfaces and mobilize their back office EBS applications. It seems the world of retail have finally grown tired of managing inventory using post-it notes. It was especially exciting for us to have our new Implementation manager, Andrew Keating, on board to take the lead on getting these customers on the right track for their modernization and mobilization projects. If you want to get basics on how you can use Oracle Mobile Framework to Modernize Oracle Forms you can check out the slides from my session “Using Oracle Mobile Application Framework (MAF) to Enhance Your Legacy Applications” here. I’ll never stop being surprised that I need to convince people that systems that are over a decade old need to be refreshed / modernized but if you need convincing you can checkout the slides!

 Top Personal Moment

The Oracle Forms Community Team

The Oracle Forms Community Team

My personal highlight of the conference was being awarded the Best Speaker for the ADF  Track. This was the first year that Kscope awarded best speaker by content type; typically, the best speakers come from EPM or APEX track, since most of the conference participants are in those sessions. However, since they divided it by track this year, I had a shot and to sneak in a win for Best Speaker for my presentation, “What’s in a Word: Mobile/Cloud Terminology For Dummies.” I’m happy to see that that session was liked by all the participants; especially since I showed up a few minutes late after being held up moderating my Lunch and Learn session with the ADF community. A big thank you to the community for voting for me for Best Speaker – Photo Jun 22, 17 46 35even-though time was against me. 😉 You can download the slides for my session “What’s in a Word: Mobile/Cloud Terminology For Dummies” here.

Most Fun

Photo Jun 24, 21 59 23 (1)The conference’s most fun moment was easily the Wednesday night WHITE party – wow, does ODTUG know how to throw an event! YCC and the conference committee – especially my girl Natalie – thought of EVERYTHING! I mean champagne was being poured from the ceiling literally!  I don’t think I had fun like that since my freshman year in college! It was nice to mix some pleasure in with the business; after such a grueling week full of so many community and technical events. Photo Jun 24, 21 08 04There was great music, games, fire throwers, and more – all of the ingredients to make for an incredible time! And what could be more fun than watching fellow board members Cameron, Monty and Dave ROCK IT OUT!

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Photo Jun 21, 18 40 32Our Conference Techy MVP

Before I wrap this post up, I have to mention how great it was to have Michael Ferrante, the Oracle Forms Project Manager, on location with us and to be able to listen to his conversations with customers about their challenges and fears going forward. Michael as always our fearless leader (checkout the alligator wrestle <-) had his work cut out for him with disgruntled Forms users coming at him, most of which ended up leaving looking relieved and with a smile. It was particularly great hearing how he has been able to take Forms into the next generation with Forms 12c, and plans for versions beyond that. He certainly calmed many fears about the future of Forms,and it is great to see this type of leadership looking ahead with Oracle Forms. A big Thank you to Michael for his support of the Forms community – we really appreciate all that you’re doing!

Our Conference MVP

20150623_215304Photo Jun 18, 22 21 31My MVP overall had to be the amazing YCC staff (My Ladies, you know who you are !) and conference committee who thought of EVERYTHING to make my days in Hollywood the best they could be. From airport pickups to tuxedo wearing strawberries I was treated like royalty. Although being on the board of ODTUG is a labor … of love ….you guys make it so much fun. Especially the HUGE boxes of kosher food for lunches 😉

Between building my own electric circuit and reuniting with familiar faces, another great Kscope has come to an end, and I’m looking forward to next year. Although I’m told the hotel is already sold out! So I may be out in the cold unless you guy vote me back onto the board (Yes subtle hint)

The ADF / Mobile Community

Photo Jun 22, 12 50 05Regrading next year, we got some incredible feedback about the ADF track and what types of things developers are looking for. Currently, Oracle and the content committee was under the impression that people were interested in learning about all the future Cloud/mobile development stuff and therefore have been focusing their efforts and sessions on that. However, in our ADF ACE director panel, we heard from you – the real users – that you actually want more technical drill-down into ADF with use cases, input from experts about what they’re up to, and deep dive development based sessions, as opposed to Oracle vision or marketing based material. This was definitely some amazing feedback, and we will be taking it to heart as we plan next year’s conference and approach Oracle Open World.

If there’s anything else that you guys feel like you’d like to see in future conferences, or any suggestions regarding what we, the ODTUG Board or the KScope Conference committee, can do better, please let us know in the comments below. If not, we hope to see you all at Oracle Open World in a couple of months! And if you want to chat with anyone from the Oracle Forms community or the AuraPlayer team you can reach out at info@auraplayer.com.

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Our Top 10 ODTUG #Kscope15 Sessions for Mobile / ADF/ Cloud / Forms Developers

It’s that time of year again; Kscope time, and I’m sure you are as excited as we are. You are most likely spending every moment of your free time reading the never-ending list of sessions tryinaurakscopeg to decide which ones to attend. Although there are over 300 to choose from, it’s time to bite the bullet and make decisions, because schedules must be made. To help you on your way, Mia, AuraPlayer’s CEO, has compiled a list of her Must-See Sessions.

With this list by your side, you can spend more time mingling with other attendees and taking advantage of everything Kscope 2015 has to offer!
1. Before getting to Mia’s favorites, I will begin with the best. Though, I am bit biased.

a. Using Oracle Mobile Application Framework (MAF) to Enhance Your Legacy Applications, ADF and MAF Track
Monday: 9:45AM – 10:45AM

In this session, Mia will teach you how to utilize Oracle’s Mobile Framework to rejuvenate and modernize your Oracle Forms legacy or EBS applications. This includes a live demo, so be sure not to miss it!

 

b. What’s in a Word: Mobile/ Cloud Terminology For Dummies, ADF and MAF Track
​​Tuesday: 11:15AM – 12:15PM

Mia decided to do this session for all the people who are having trouble understanding the buzz word avalanche that is currently being thrown around by IT professionals. Attend this session and learn the lingo of the alphabet soup in the Mobile and Cloud realms. Hopefully, you’ll be ready to converse with the tech pros in no time!

After careful consideration, here are Mia’s Must-Attend Events:
Before choosing any individual sessions I want to remind everyone that they MUST attend the Sunday symposiums. This is a full day of Oracle PMs giving you sneak peaks into Oracle’s future vision for the tools of interest for your community. Not to be missed!

Now onto my list:
2. Choosing the Right Mobile Architecture, ADF and MAF Track
Wednesday : 8:30AM – 9:30 AM Lonneke Dikme, Proseed

As mobile slowly takes over our world we need to make sure that our backend systems and infrastructure will be able to handle it. I chose this session not only because Lonneke is a killer female techy, but also to get educated about the advantages of various Mobile Architectures, and to help you choose which Mobile Architecture would be most ideal for your business.

3. Oracle BI Mobile Strategy and Roadmap, Business Intelligence Symposium
Sunday: 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM Jacques Vigeant​​​​, Director of Product Management, Oracle Corporation

Matt Milella, Director of Development, Oracle Corporation

What could be better than learning about Oracle’s BI Mobile Strategy from two Oracle Directors? I’m interested to see where the BI tools are headed and what Oracle already has to offer in the BI mobile space.

4. Creating Hybrid Applications: With or Without APEX?, Application Express Track
Tuesday: 11:15AM-12:15PM Roel Hartman, Consulting

If you’re interested in anything APEX-related, then I highly suggest you check out a session by Roel. In this session, he will discuss Hybrid Applications that function with or without APEX. We at AuraPlayer know a lot about APEX hybrid systems after working with Roel to create an APEX demo to run Oracle Forms as a shared component of APEX using our solution. If you are curious and want to see more, check out our website and watch our demo!

5. What’s New and Coming in Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service, Planning Track
Wednesday: 1:45PM – 2:45PM Shankar Viswanathan, Oracle Corporation

No list about Kscope would be complete without one EPM session- considering they make up over 50% attendees. This session shows that no Oracle community is safe from the mobile cloud revolution, so they better just embrace it!

6. Build a Mobile App in 60 Minutes with MAF, ADF and MAF Track
Monday: 2:00PM – 3:00PM John King,​King Training Resources

This session is perfect for beginners looking to learn the process of creating their own Mobile Application; we can’t think of a better way to spend 60 minutes! Besides the fact that John King consistently beats me out for best speaker in the ADF track 😉

7. Oracle Forms Lives On: What Will You Do Now? Database Development Track
Wednesday: 1:45PM-2:45PM Michael Ferrante,​Oracle Corporation

This session is a MUST for any company with any investment in Oracle Forms. Michael Ferrante, the fearless leader of the Forms world, will dive into what we can expect for Forms going forward. Attend to learn how to future-proof Oracle Forms to meet the challenges of a next generation enterprise. If you’d like to meet with Michael 1-on-1 to discuss your own personal Oracle Forms challenges, he is actually open to meeting with customers at booth 109. Register here to reserve a timeslot.

8. Mobile Cloud Service Overview for Mobile Developers, ADF and MAF Symposium
Sunday: 1:00PM – 2:00PM Lynn Munsinger, Oracle Corporation

If you haven’t noticed, Mobile and Cloud are two common themes of this year’s conference and in today’s technological culture. This session combines the two and will provide an overview of Oracle’s Mobile Cloud Service. This is especially of interest to me, as I was part of the Oracle Mobile Cloud beta program back in October. I am so excited to see the progress that has been made. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to play around and create my own AuraPlayer API to plug Oracle Forms into the mobile cloud. We even created a cool video demo of it, so if anyone is interested in seeing it with their own eyes, just let me know in the comments below!

9. APEX, Node.js, and HTML5: Magic!, Application Express Track
​Tuesday: 2:00PM- 3:00 PM Alan Arentsen, Ordina
This session sounds really exciting; it merges the worlds of rapid application development using APEX alongside the power of Node.js. It will be interesting to see how this works.

10. Real-Life Oracle MAF: The Things You Don’t Learn from Oracle’s Developer’s Guide, ADF and MAF Track
Tuesday: 11:15AM – 12:15PM Luc Bors, eProseed

This session is not for the faint of heart. Luc Bors, author of Oracle Mobile Application Framework Developer Guide, will discuss everything you need to know about Oracle MAF that is not included in the Oracle’s Developers Guide. You’ll leave this session with a more complete and comprehensive understanding of Oracle’s Mobile Framework. And I’m sure you’ll see some cool demos too.

In addition to the previously mentioned sessions, it is beneficial for everyone to attend at least one Hands- On Training session led by the A++ Oracle Team. Here you are guaranteed to not only learn WHAT Oracle is doing in the Cloud and Mobile space but also see HOW the Cloud/Mobile platforms operate.

a. Hands-On Training: Team Development and Collaboration in the Cloud
Monday: 9:45AM – 10:45AM   Bryan Fry, Oracle Corporation

b. Hands-On Training: Developing On-Device Mobile Apps with Oracle MAF
​Tuesday: 11:45AM – 12:45PM  Lynn Munsinger, Oracle Corporation

In addition to these awesome events, be sure to come visit me at booth #109, to have a drink, talk tech, and hear about bringing Oracle Forms to the Mobile / Cloud Platforms. And if these aren’t reason enough, we also have awesome give-aways!

Visit our Website  and the Kscope15 site  or email info@auraplayer.com for more information.

See everyone in the Sunshine State!

Mia Urman
CEO
Mobile: (973)518-0271
Website: www.AuraPlayer.com
Oracle Blog: www.OracleFormsInfo.com
Twitter: @miaurman

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Oracle Forms at KScope 2015

Hi everyone! Mia has been hustling to prepare for her upcoming events and, as a result, struggling to keep the blog as updated as she would like. So, this is Jackie, Auraplayer’s Marketing Manager, serving as her stand-in blogger for the time being. Let’s hope I can do her justice :-)

It’s that time of year again; ODTUG’s 2015 KScope Conference is less than a month away. This year’s conference will be held from June 21-25 in Hollywood, Florida, at the Westin Diplomat Resort. If you haven’t registered yet, what are you waiting for? Click here, and come join us for some fun in the Sunshine State!

Before you pack your agenda with tons of content be sure you reserve a time to come by the Auraplayer booth and meet 1-on-1 with Michael Ferrante, the Oracle Forms Project Manager. He will be hosting office hours at select times on Monday and Tuesday to speak with customers and offer them exclusive attention on their Oracle Forms challenges. Space is limited, so don’t miss out. Book your time ASAP by clicking here! If you have any further questions or concerns about scheduling a meeting with Michael at KScope, contact us.

Now for the fun stuff: Kscope 2015 is anticipated to be of record-breaking capacity, offering hundreds of presentations for its attendees to choose from, with something for everyone from inexperienced beginners to the most adept Forms veterans.

If you’re anything like us, you’ll be running around like crazy trying to squeeze in as many of these events as possible each day; we practically have to schedule time for Mia to breathe between all of her bouncing around. Whether it’s from the Oracle Ace Director’s Panel to the Women in Technology round table, or from a Lunch-and-Learn session to one of her own presentations, you’ll be able to find Mia in the epicenter of all the excitement. If you’d like to catch up with her between breaths, send us an e-mail at info@auraplayer.com.

Or, catch her at one of her sessions:

Using Oracle Mobile Application Framework (MAF) to Enhance Your Legacy Applications

Monday, June 22 – Session 2  @ 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM

In this session we will show you step-by-step how to begin your mobile journey if you are a Forms user, including what factors to consider when going mobile, how to overcome mobile challenges and how to leverage existing investments in the mobile world.

What’s in a Word: Mobile/Cloud Terminology for Dummies

Tuesday, June 23 – Session 7 @ 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

MAF, Alta UI, MAX, PaaS, SaaS, MBaas oh my! Does it seem like the world of technology has been taken over by 4 letter words?  Come to this session if you want help navigating the mobile / cloud world and see how we can turn these words into a future vision for your enterprise applications.

If you’ve been a loyal follower of our blog, or caught up with us at KScope over the past years, you know that we like to have some fun at our booth; our one-of-a-kind Auraplayer shot glasses have become staples of our Kscope packing lists. It will definitely be hard to compete with all the good times we’ve had in the past, but we promise not to disappoint 😉

For more details and the official conference agenda, take a look at the Kscope website– and keep checking our blog for more on what to expect at this year’s conference!

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Finally Some Oracle Forms Answers! Open Q&A with Michael Ferrante Oracle Forms PM

  • When is Forms 12c coming out?
  • Is Forms dead?
  • Will Forms ever run without a Java applet?
  • Will we be able to run Forms on Chrome?
  • How can I deploy my form to mobile devices?

The list of pressing questions about Oracle Forms seems endless, but we will finally get you some answers!

ODTUG and the Oracle Forms community have coordinated a free Q&A webinar hosted by Michael Ferrante, the Oracle Forms project manager himself. He has dedicated an hour of his time to put our fears to rest about the future of Forms and all of our pressing modernization issues. Be sure to register early; since only the first 100 people will be able to ask questions. If you would like to pre-ask your questions feel free to list them here.

Don’t miss out, register for this one of a kind event here NOW!

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Unable to Run Oracle Forms on Chrome: getting error: This plug-in is not supported

Our phones here at AuraPlayer have been ringing off the hook by stressed customers worried what they will do with their Oracle Forms environments now that Chrome has announced it will no longer support Java Applets. You may have noticed, since the latest Chrome update, Java applets do not run by default in the Chrome browser.

This is caused by Chrome support of NPAPI plug-ins being disabled by default; a java applet is an example of these plug-ins.

In order to solve this issue, you must enable NPAPI support in Chrome by completing the following instructions:

Enabling NPAPI in Chrome Version 42 and later

As of Chrome Version 42, an additional configuration step is required to continue using NPAPI plugins.

  1. In your URL bar, enter:
    chrome://flags/#enable-npapi
  2. Click the Enable link for the Enable NPAPI configuration option.
  3. Click the Relaunch button that now appears at the bottom of the configuration page.

You can check out this link as a reference: https://java.com/en/download/faq/chrome.xml

Or check out the Oracle Forms home page news section here to hear Oracle’s official position on the news.
To join our community and stay on top of all development in the Oracle Forms world, click here!
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Oracle Legacy to Mobile Winter Roadshow (If I’m not snowed in by then)!

I have to kick off this post with a huge apoIMG_4807logy to my dedicated readers for not posting recently. As I am sure you are all aware, the Northeast has been experiencing some crazy snow storms, and Boston has turned completely white. The almost constant snowfall has made my life incredibly hectic because school keeps getting canceled and chasing my 3 little ones (under the age of 6) it makes it hard to stay on top it. But the silver lining is that we have some amazing events on the horizon. So lets try and keep in better touch!

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One of my sons helping dig out our car (yet again)!

This week I’m headed to Denver for the RMOUG 2015 Training Days at the Colorado Convention Center. This event is hailed as the largest and best grass-roots regional Oracle User group conference. This is largely due to the high caliber of the people who present. This year they have revamped the first day of the conference into a half-day of two hour “deep-dive” presentations. I will be presenting two different sessions: “The Next Two Years: What Should I do NOW with My Oracle Forms?” and “From Legacy to Mobile in 45 Minutes!“. Looking forward to my first RMOUG but not excited that its not in Florida :)

At the beginning of March I’ll be heading back to the Oracle Headquarters in Reston, VA for the Digital Solutions Forum: Public Sector FMW. This is an all day event that Oracle and 3Di  are co-hosting to dive into the digital world and hear how other public sector companies have joined the mobile revolution with their back office IMG_4808systems. They have invited me to speak since as we all know AuraPlayer plays a key role in this legacy to mobile revolution. For this event I will be presenting one session: “Legacy to Modern: Leveraging your Oracle Forms in the Digital Age”. This is a great event to help you start thinking about your mobile strategy. You can get more information here.

Finally, in mid-April, we will be kicking off the conference season with Collaborate 15 in Las Vegas! This great conference hosted by IOUG and OAUG provides a program complete with hundreds of presentations and panels packed with latest information and practical tips on Oracle applications and industry trends. This is the first year that we will be hosting a booth #1418, so definitely add us to your show agenda and stop by to learn about taking your Oracle Forms or EBS workflows to mobile. Also, I will again be presenting two sessions: “Using Oracle Mobile Application Framework (MAF) to Enhance Your Oracle Forms Systems” and “Oracle’s Strategy for Moving from Legacy to Enterprise Mobility“.

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The snow just won’t stop!

All of this upcoming fun is a great distraction from the horrible winter we are having, and I can’t wait to get started this week in Colorado. If you are interested in meeting up at any of these events, please email me at miaurman@auraplayer.com.

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Oracle Mobile Day: It’s a Mobile Revolution and ODTUG’s Leading the Charge

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“The BIGGEST Fears of the Current Generation”

Dec. 2, 2014 marked the first ODTUG Oracle Mobile Day, hosted at Oracle Headquarters in Reston, VA. This is a format we hope to replicate in different cities across the US and in Europe in the future. We were really excited to have with us Suhas Uliyar, Oracle’s VP of Mobile Strategy and Product Management, and the visionary behind Oracle mobility. I had the honor of introducing him to the group for the opening keynote.

His keynote was very interesting as he spoke about the mobile disruption and how if everyone in the world was still trying to perfect the wheel, we wouldn’t have things like airplanes or soon to be rockets. His point with this was that a huge part of going mobile and getting connected is thinking out of the box. A great example Suhas gave was the London cab monopoly.

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Suhas gives the example of the London cab monopoly being bypassed by Uber.

London cab began with a horse and buggy system and it advanced to fancier and fancier cars and they thought they were being innovative in their methodologies. Then, all of a sudden, out pops Uber, which turned the cab system on its head and revolutionized it by using a simple mobile application and the existing technologies of online payment and GPS. The whole business plan was so simple and yet they are setting up all over the world and putting cab companies out of business. Suhas was saying if you are thinking about mobile you can be innovative like this but if you aren’t thinking about mobile then someone else is about to move into your business.

After the opening keynote the event, we split into three tracks: mobile for developers (which featured both ADF and APEX sessions), the infrastructure and security track, and a BI track, talking about things like BI Designer and Hyperion and it was really interesting to have such a diverse group of users in one event. But that is really what ODTUG is all about: bringing together various development communities under one event. And if you don’t believe me, you should join us at Kscope15!

My first session on legacy to mobile innovation was a full house of people who haven’t begun their mobile journey (I know I was surprised too). Of the group only two people had some sort of mobile development in their organization and when I asked what technology they were developing in they both said, “Oh we don’t know, we have a company that does it.” It just goes to show that even the companies that are starting to go mobile feel very out of their league and they outsource the whole project. I discussed the challenges of going mobile and showed a cool demo of mobilizing and Oracle Forms system using Webservices with AuraPlayer. You can download the full presentation here and view the demo here.

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Another happy and surprising development was the number of ADF developers I had in the room. There were not many Forms developers but over half of the participants in the room were doing development in ADF. I was happy to learn this because finally I’m seeing a trend where more and more people are beginning to develop in Java and it’s a very easy entry to go from developing in ADF to get to Oracle Mobile Framework – MAF. I felt like the group was very committed to going mobile and ripe with the necessary skills to do so easily.

There were several really interesting sessions throughout the day that I wish I could have partaken in more, but I guess one of the drawbacks to managing an event is that it’s difficult to squeeze everything in.

My final session presented some customer stories of different enterprises who have begun their mobile journey. The session highlighted two different types of  mobile journeys. The first was a hybrid example where the customer wanted to deploy their Oracle Forms based system to an Android app to run their surgery scheduling system to mobile devices. They needed a fast time to market and had a fixed budget for the project. They were not looking to rip and replace the existing system but to have the same system available from mobile devices. AuraPlayer helped them deploy their Oracle Forms as Webservices as the backend for a Mobile Framework front end. The full app took only 7 days to develop and goes to show that mobile projects don’t have to take months or be risky and costly endeavors. You can read the full customer story here.

IMG_4113The second customer story, presented by 3Di Systems highlighted  an end-to-end mobilization of the City of LA’s services. You can view the details here. These two customer experiences showed two different ways to go mobile and prove that you don’t have to revolutionize your whole system to get to mobile quickly and that you can start small and leverage existing investment with new user experiences and interfaces followed by a longer term strategy to conduct a full system revolution if desired. You can download the presentation here.

The closing session was given by Oracle’s best kept secret, the Oracle A-Team. These experts work on the front lines of Oracle development and had some interesting insights to share. It was very interesting to see them present a full end-to-end demo and was a great way to wrap up the day.
Finally, I’d like to say a huge thanks to ODTUG for sponsoring the event and all the hard work they did to make it happen. Another huge thank you to all of the speakers who came out in the rain to make this event such a success. I hope this is just the first of many ODTUG Mobile Days to come!
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The Future of Oracle Forms Straight From the Source’s Mouth

At Kscope14 ODTUG had a “Social Media Lounge” where they interviewed leaders and visionaries in various technology fields. They have just released a great one where John King, a renowned Oracle ACE Director for middleware and Oracle development tools,  interviewed Michael Ferrante, the Oracle Forms Product Manager. Of course the hot topic was the future of Forms. When asked about this Michael responded:

“I’m smiling because I hear that [Forms is dead] a lot as well. I don’t know where that rumor started from. Some time ago when we [Oracle] made the decision years ago to start developing with ADF, I think at that point ADF became so popular that Forms seemed to fade away, when really we were still hard at work at it [Forms]. We have a really big community and hopefully we get to continue for years to come. Right now we’ve got the current release, which is 11, release 2 and it’s supported through 2016. And we’re working on the next version, which hopefully will be out sometime in 2015.”

Michael explained that the next release will be supported for the following 5 years (like all Oracle products) with an option to extend for an additional 3 years. This means that Forms is pretty much set until 2023. Once again I will shout it, Forms is NOT dead.

This time its not me who’s saying it. Its a promise straight from the Oracle Forms PM himself. I hope this will finally prove to you all that Oracle has no plans to abandon their Forms legacy customers. They are continuing to work on new releases with new features to satisfy their customers.

When asked what customers can do to prepare for the latest version Michael mentioned that many customers are still running very old versions of Forms. In order to take advantage of the new version that will be released in 2015 these customers need to update to 11. If you make the move to version 11 today it will make updating to 12, when it is released, very easy.

Hearing all of this promising news directly from Michael should be music to any Oracle Forms user’s ears. You can watch the full video here.

If you need assistance in upgrading your Oracle Forms system or would like to discuss your personal Forms challenges email us at info@auraplayer.com.

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