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Our Top 10 Sessions for Oracle OpenWorld 2017 – Forms 12c, Chatbots, Lift & Shift and More …

As the summer winds down, and fall begins to set in, at AuraPlayer it can mean just one thing ….Oracle OpenWorld preparations!

Here at AuraPlayer, we are feverishly planning for our participation with features in several sessions, events and of course our booth.  But we still wanted to take time to make sure all the Forms community (the needles in the OracleWorld haystack ) would know where to find the Forms content if they intend to participate. We  have prepared our top 10 sessions for Forms developers looking to learn whats now and whats next in the Oracle world for Forms developers.

In addition, as always, we love to meet you guys and we are available for free consultations on your upgrade, modernization, mobilization, look and feel, migration, lift and shift to the cloud or any other Forms concerns. We would be happy to schedule time with you so just drop us a note here. Or pop by for a visit at Moscone Center West Exhibition Hall – Level 1 Booth#5229 right near the Exchange Theater West.

So here we go top 10 Oracle development sessions ….

1) We of course must begin with our very own Mia Urman and her full of VERY cool demos session on Sunday. Start the week off right by seeing amazing innovations and customer stories of 2 decade old Forms systems extended to mobile apps and chatbots on facebook messanger in a matter of weeks!

Run Your Oracle Forms / Oracle EBS Applications from Mobile Apps and Bots

Sunday, Oct 01, 12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Moscone South – Room 154

Have you been running your Oracle Form apps with the same UI for years? Think you are stuck with no choice but to rewrite your Oracle Forms applications in order to reach the non-desktop users? With Oracle Mobile Cloud, you can now take these application to the 21st century and beyond, reaching mobile and messaging app users, without rewriting your Oracle Forms apps. In this session learn how to seamlessly extend Oracle Forms apps to apps optimized for mobile users/devices while leveraging mobile services such as push or offline sync. See how to build bots or chatbots that extend Oracle Forms applications to messaging apps such as Facebook Messenger, or through voice-enabled assistants such as Alexa or Siri.


SPEAKERS: Mia Urman, CEO, AuraPlayer , Geoff Poremba, Oracle


2) The next session is presented by Suhas Uliyar director of mobile strategy. So although it doesn’t look like it belongs on the list of top 10 Forms sessions. Since it features an amazing customer story of how MTA is innovating their legacy Forms using Chatbots and mobile apps to empower their workers, we put it at the top of the list! This is a must see for anyone looking how to bring their forms into the next generation.

The New Frontier: AI-Powered Chatbots

Monday, Oct 02, 2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Moscone West – Room 3024


The big four messaging apps have overtaken the big four social networks in usage. There are now 4.1 billion users on messaging apps. The phenomenal growth of messaging apps means that chatbots, which allow a computer to maintain a conversation with a person, have become the newest and most critical channel to engage employees and customers. In this session hear from Oracle product and customer executives about how AI will power the next generation of conversational apps through bots, and transform many industries. This is the marquee session for anyone interested in Oracle strategy and vision in this new frontier.


SPEAKERS:  Suhas Uliyar, Oracle, Carolyn Ortega, Chief Officer, Enterprise Applications, MTA, Ryan Klose, National Pharmacies


3) Next is the Oracle Forms community’s fearless leader and Oracle PM Michael Ferrante. In this years session, he will drill down into the modern Forms development environment and how it fits into today’s IT landscape.


Oracle Forms in The Modern IT Department – A Use Case Story

Wednesday, Oct 04, 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. | The [email protected] South – Collective Learning Room 4


Got Oracle Forms applications? Wondering how they fit into your IT future direction? Looking to integrate them with other apps? Are you running into technology limitation that Forms can’t meet? Learn from the experience of others! In this use case driven session we’ll have an open discussion about Oracle Forms modernization, when is the time to leverage other technologies, and how can Forms app fit into the architecture of modern IT departments.


SPEAKERS: Michael Ferrante, Oracle


4) Also top on the list is Oracle’s rising star in the world of desktop low code development tools VBCS –  Visual Builder Cloud Service. This is Oracle’s next generation solution for rapid desktop application development. A must see for Forms developers how to click, drag and drop their way to a web based cloud application in under 60 minutes!


Introduction to Oracle’s Visual Low-Code Development Platform

Monday, Oct 02, 12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Moscone West – Room 3001


Are you running into a shortage of skills and having trouble finding developers who can address all your business needs? In this session get an overview of the visual development platform offered by Oracle Cloud. See how quickly you can create applications and automate processes leveraging an intuitive, browser-based development platform. This is a demo-focused session where attendees see the real-time experience of building an end-to-end application.


SPEAKERS:  Shay Shmeltzer, Director of Product Management, Oracle

5) So I wanted to be objective here although you all know what I feel about the NEED to “let go of Forms”.  Alex is a great speaker and an ever better technologist.


Life After Oracle Forms: The Move to Oracle Application Express

Sunday, Oct 01, 2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Marriott Marquis – Salon 4-6

Companies struggle with the question of whether to move to Oracle Application Express when the time comes to let go of Oracle Forms. This session explores the story of a migration project in which the Oracle Forms application needed to be replaced with an Oracle Application Express application. What might have been done better? What were the lessons learned? What was the best choice made during this project? Learn not from the books, but from experience.

SPEAKERS: Alex Nuijten, Director, allAPEX


6) So here we have yet another session on migration to APEX but VERY impressed of David’s abstract where he says “no reason to move off of Forms” so he get a plug from me. I’m easily to win over 😉


Migrating Oracle Forms to the Cloud Using Oracle Application Express

Wednesday, Oct 04, 4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. | Moscone West – Room 3004


Oracle Forms is still being developed, and for those whose requirements are being fully met and are up on a supported release, there is no reason to move off Oracle Forms. However, if you are on an older release of Oracle Forms, or need to deliver new  modern, intuitive, self-service, or mobile applications then Oracle Application Express is an excellent option.


SPEAKERS: David Peake, Oracle


7) I always love these sessions where we get the PM’s on the hot seat and can ask ANYTHING we want 😉


An Open Chat with Oracle’s Cloud Development Tools Product Management Team

Wednesday, Oct 04, 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. | Oracle Cloud Plaza – Collective Learning Room 2


8) Come see what the hype is all about. Learn how Oracle is developing tools to bring even traditional Oracle developers into the next generation of AI and conversation apps.


Create Your First ChatBot with Oracle’s Intelligent Bots

Wednesday, Oct 04, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Hilton Union Square (Lobby Level) – Plaza Room B


Chatbot or bots are computer programs that can maintain a conversation with a person. They enable end users to interact with data or a service in the most natural way possible: through natural languages and a conversational UI. By using messaging apps such as Facebook Messenger, Slack, WeChat, or voice assistant such as Alexa, users can interact with chatbots to perform virtually any task.

SPEAKERS: Geoff Poremba, Oracle, Dan Nguyen, Oracle


9) Any session where both Suhas and Siddhartha are talking about their vision for building next generation modern application is one that I don’t want to miss. I’m sure they will pack about 3 hours of content in this 45 minute slot and we will get an overview of what we have to look forward to (or look out for) in the next 2 years in the IT world.


General Session: Building Modern Applications Using Microservices, Containers, APIs, and Chatbots

Monday, Oct 02, 3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Marriott Marquis (Golden Gate Level) – Golden Gate A


Today’s developers are deploying multiple releases per day, sometimes per hour. Architectural designs are changing from monolithic applications to microservices using containers and events. Developers are modernizing existing applications or building new modern applications leveraging APIs, and engaging customers over multiple channels via mobile/chatbots.


SPEAKERS: Siddhartha Agarwal, VP, PM and Strategy, Oracle, Diby Malakar, Oracle, Suhas Uliyar, Oracle


10)  And last but not least, I always like to attend one “vision” session where we can see the big picture of where Oracle is going with their development and cloud strategy. And there is no one better to hear it from then the SVP himself, Amit Zavery.


General Session: Oracle Cloud Platform Strategy and Roadmap

Monday, Oct 02, 1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) Theater


This session outlines strategy and vision for Oracle Cloud Platform’s comprehensive, open, integrated, and hybrid PaaS offerings. Join Oracle Senior Vice President Amit Zavery as he discusses the journeys that customers are taking to the cloud, and how Oracle Cloud Platform is enabling and simplifying the move to the cloud. In addition, this session demonstrates some of the new, innovative solutions from Oracle including artificial intelligence, chatbots, big data, Blockchain, cloud-native application development, microservices/containers, API management, intelligent integration, cloud security, and more.

SPEAKERS: Amit Zavery, Senior Vice President, Fusion Middleware and PaaS Development, Oracle




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UKOUG Business Transformation Partner of the Year Award

UKOUG Partner of the Year Awards Auraplayer

We are excited to announce AuraPlayer has been shortlisted for UKOUG Business Transformation Partner of the Year Award 2017/18

This award provides recognition to Oracle Partners for their contributions to Oracle users by promoting digital transformation and transformations of their customers.

It has been such an incredible year watching our customer’s applications change from gray screens nailed onto a desktop to cutting-edge mobile applications and even ChatBots!. Digital transformations have been occurring in all industries including field service, public-sector and retail. We are so honoured that our customers have entrusted us with their prized enterprise applications and are allowing us to lead them on their very own digital transformation. We are even more honoured to be awarded for doing what we love and are passionate about.

Let your voice be heard, every vote counts!! Voting is now open and will close on at midday September 12th.

Why not vote and get the chance to win one of the following prizes: 2 seats at the awards ceremony, 1 years Silver UKOUG membership, or 1 Conference day ticket.

Help us go for GOLDVote for us here


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Oracle EBS User Experience Makeover Contest

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As is our tradition, when Spring begins and rebirth is in the air, we like to offer our customers a renewal of their own. Its time for the Oracle EBS Modernization / Mobile Contest!  You may recall last years winner Rogers Group whose successful digital transformation you can already read about in Forbes Magazine here.  

So now its your turn we want your pain points!

We are asking all you Oracle EBS customers out there to find the most cumbersome business processes, the most unproductive modules,  the ugliest looking screens that are in dire need of being modernized or mobilized. And we will revolutionize them to a mobile app / web page or chatbot, in a matter of days  with the exact same functionality ON US! All without a rip and replace or messy, risky, costly redevelopment project. 

Just pick any EBS use case such as field service, warehouse management, or even just freshen up the back-office look and feel .

And the cherry on top? The top three winning looks will be presented as part of a case study presentation at Oracle Open World this year, including a free entry pass! What have you got to lose? Register for the FREE app now

You can checkout an example of one such modernization of iExepense here



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FRM-93658 on Windows 2012 at runtime on Forms 12c Server

I don’t know about you guys but as we’ve doing more and more upgrades to 12c we’ve been seeing some bugs creeping up. So in hopes to assist in how to manage these bugs, we will be producing more posts to try to help you guys out. Thanks to Jan-Peter AuraPlayer’s Form’s Rockstar for leading the charge!

One thing we saw today in a few customers, was a strange crash that happened sometimes at runtime only, in some specific Forms. When we would choose something from an LOV, the screen would crash with the strange error FRM-93658. We couldn’t find anything really specific on it, and again it would only happen on specific Forms, randomly and we couldn’t seem to find a specific reason why. We did see that the problem would not reproduce on Linux. So if it’s an option for you guys to port everything onto Linux that could make everything more stable.

Luckily, we also found a magic work around for this issue. That we wanted to share, if convert  the Form to an XML file and then convert it back and then compile it, the bug should stop happening and it will no longer crash.

You can convert it to XML file simply in the Forms builder by following the instructions below or you can use the script from this blog post.

To correct the error simply go into the Forms builder and in the top menu choose File => Convert > binary to xml > browse for the form you wish to convert

Then do the same process for the reverse

File => convert > xml to binary > browse and check overwrite !

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If you guys have further questions or want to work with one of our AuraPlayer experts feel free to contact us here: [email protected]


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Oracle Forms on Firefox 52 desupported NPAPI plugin

Today everyone got the very scary news that Firefox will no longer support Java applets. Well guess? It’s not news at all!

It’s just another attempt to scare poor Form’s users into to getting them to do a million dollar multi year migration project. Well have no fear, because we have found not one BUT two very simple ways for you to continue to work with Forms for the year to come without worry.

The first is a very simple workaround, while the second is even better just upgrade to Forms 12c and do away with the browsers for good. So here are our options:

  • First, you can migrate to Oracle Forms 12c. Oracle Forms 12c comes with a very easy way of running Forms without the need for a browser. You could simply run Forms 12c from a Java application without the need for browser at all. Problem solved! You can see more information on that here!
  • Second, is a simple workaround we found for you all by going into the Firefox browser and switching off the new feature that disables the NPAPI plugin support. To enable to support in Firefox 52, we just need to turn on NPAPI plugin support by using the about:config functionality. Here is how it can be done.

1. Open a new tab in Firefox and enter the following text in the address bar:


Confirm that you will be careful if a warning message appears for you.

Create a new boolean option and name it plugin.load_flash_only


2. Set the plugin.load_flash_only option to false.

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3. Set the plugin.load_flash_only option to false


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4. Restart Firefox.

Note: With Firefox 53, the ability to restore NPAPI plugin support will be removed completely.

So no fear at all!!

Shout out to Gerd and thank you for a very nice blog post in German! Check it out here!

But if you are looking an innovative way to run Forms without a Java Applet at all from a cool, new, tablet, mobile phone, or HTML Web page. Contact us and we will set you up with a free trial of our solution. Contact: [email protected]


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AuraPlayer for PeopleSoft / JD Edwards Beta Program

pple AuraPlayer has been pretty busy working on new groundbreaking  solutions and we can’t wait to show you!

We are looking for a few good men / women to test out a new version of our product that can create microservices from Peoplesoft and JD Edwards applications. If you’re challenged on how to mobilize your existing systems and want to try a breakthrough solution for fast mobilization, we’d be happy to have you see what we can do in our Beta testing program! All you would need to do is choose a business process from your PeopleSoft or JD Edwards application and we will show how quickly and easily we can enable it to mobile. The future waits for no one so apply here today.

Here’s how to become a beta tester:
To participate all we would need is:

  • Access to an existing test or dev environment application of either Peoplesoft / JD Edwards that is accessible over the internet. Meaning it should have a public URL or we could use a VPN
  • We would need a guest username /password.
  • One business process that you would like to see mobilized or running from a HTML front end for us to use as the beta trial

Time resources required are minimal :

  • 1 hour kick off session with the customer to show us their existing system and define business process to be used for the beta
  • 1 hour testing session after first webservices are defined for QA and functionality testing
  • 1 hour feedback session on the product and ease of use at the completion of the beta program

We’ll get back to 5 lucky applicants, with full instructions of how to kickstart the process. We will also be sending a small token of our appreciation to all participants, so if you like FREE GIFTS apply now.

Please feel free to spread the word!

Contact us to join the beta program TODAY!



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New Year, New Look – Get a New UI on Us!

Looks DO matter! Today’s users are fed up with the current look and feel of their Oracle Forms / EBS System, many of which were developed last century.  We know how hard it can be to take the first step towards modernization. As Forms administrators/DBAs, your management may not want to believe there is any life left in these applications and won’t want to move forward. They probably think it’s wiser to move on, but you know that you can’t just toss aside two decades of development work because of how much money and work it would take to redevelop these complex business processes.

Well now you can WOW everyone and begin modernization for FREE. Show them just how fast and easy it is to reface Oracle Forms and EBS to web and mobile for a fraction of the cost and time with zero risk – on us!

Let our experts give your tired looking “back-office” applications a much needed “facelift” into the digital world while avoiding extreme investments of time or money.

Simply choose any use case from your existing Oracle Forms/EBS system* and we will show you how you can achieve an easy, low-risk, digital-first user experience in days!


Hear from others who have already been successful in doing just this. It’s a new year and it’s time for a new look. Click here to begin your mobile transformation today.

For More Information:   

* AuraPlayer to approve the scope of use case prior to app development




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And the Winner of Digital Partner of the Year for UKOUG is ….

…AuraPlayer ! (well for Silver anyways)

Last night, we had the pleasure of attending the ninth annual UKOUG Partner of the Year awards ceremony at the Café de Paris in London where we were honored with the Award for Digital Transformation Partner of the Year- Silver!


Amid the fun at the ceremony, Gwen Edwards (AuraPlayer’s VP of Business Development) had the chance to meet and snap a selfie with incoming Executive Director of UKOUG, James Jeynes! We were so incredibly impressed by him and  can’t wait to see what he has in store for this fantastic organization!


Sincere thanks to everyone who voted and helped us achieve this amazing milestone. This award is a tremendous honor – especially knowing almost 5000 votes were cast!

For any of you who are wondering what is the source of these incredible digital transformations we are being  recognized for, come see for yourself! We are taking this show on the road at UKOUG Tech16. You can join Mia Urman and Grant Ronald to see live demos of incredible stories of customers who have done incredible legacy to modern transformations of their back-office to mobile in record time without breaking the bank or redeveloping their existing systems. By using the oldest and most stable of Oracle’s technologies with the newest most cutting edge – Oracle’s Mobile Cloud technology. We hope to see you there at the largest gathering of Oracle Technology professionals in the UK, from December 5th-7th. We’re getting excited to explore the latest in the Oracle world at the conference and hope to see you all there! For more information on our sessions check them out here.


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October Webinar Series: Digital Transformation, Forms and Mobile

This year’s Oracle Open World was an exciting experience for AuraPlayer, with many flocking to our booth for live demos and attending Mia’s sessions with clients like Rogers Group Inc. We were sad that many were unable to attend the conference, so we are bringing Oracle Open World to you in our October webinar series!

In the first installment of this series, “Digital Transformation: From Legacy to Enterprise Mobility,” we will demonstrate step-by-step how best to begin the mobile journey, including what factors to consider when going mobile, how to overcome challenges post by the migration to mobile, and how you can leverage your existing investments in the mobile sphere.

New Oracle solutions such as Oracle MAX, Oracle MAF, and Oracle Jet will be explored, in addition to the Oracle Mobile Cloud and how it can be leveraged to create composite applications merging data from your existing EBS systems and other data sources. Use cases and best practices for mobile development will be provided as well.

Unfortunately, we ran out of space in our last webinar series and spots are filling up quickly for the upcoming series so don’t let it happen to you this time around! We would love for you to participate so feel free to register for the webinar here.

Session One:  Thursday, Oct. 6 – 2:00 – 3:00 PM EDT

The second installment in the webinar series, titled “From Zero to Hero: Taking Oracle Forms from Back Office to Mobile,” we will hear from Grant Ronald, Oracle Mobile Product Manager and the best mobilization practices from OOW16!

Session Two: Wednesday, Oct. 261:00 – 2:00 PM EDT (Register here)

In the third and final session in this webinar series, titled “Oracle Forms 12c: New Features Unveiled and Explained,” will explore the latest version of Oracle Forms from Oracle Forms Product Manager Michael Ferrante! It will be a great opportunity for you to interact with Michael and personally ask your 12c questions, especially if you weren’t able to chat with him at OOW16!

Session Three: Thursday, Nov. 3 – 1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT (Register here)

To take a peek at some of OOW16, best moments check out our photo album here!

Stay tuned for more information about our upcoming “30 Days to Mobile” campaign!!


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Oracle OpenWorld 2016: Mobilizing San Fran was a blast

Oracle OpenWorld2016 was a giant success for AuraPlayer! The response to our solution was amazing. Flocks of people gathered at our booth for live demos, attended AuraPlayer CEO Mia Urman’s session on Digital Transformation, gathered at Grant Ronald’s talks on “Forms to Mobile without writing a single line of code,” and heard first hand from AuraPlayer customer Rogers Group Inc. how fast and easy it is to create apps from their EBS modules to deliver real-time data to their foreman for budgeting and reports. Not to mention our mobilizer, which was a huge hit!

The AuraPlayer team poses with the mobilizer!

Amy, AuraPlayer CEO Mia Urman and Yossi pose with the mobilizer

If you were one of the hundreds who came to join us, check out our photo experience at OOW16!

If you are interested in viewing our customer testimonials, such as Rogers Group Inc., you can find them here.

Roger Group after an unbeilievably successful first session!

Mia with Rogers Group Inc. after an unbelievably successful first session at OOW16!

In honor of our success at OOW16, AuraPlayer is excited to announce our “30 Days to Mobile” promotion. That’s all it takes to create an open, accessible Forms business process – an agile legacy Oracle Forms system. Stay tuned for more information!

We hope everyone attending the conference had as great of an experience as we did. Can’t wait for OOW17 — see you all there :)

Should you be interested in taking the mobile plunge with us, feel free to reach out here!


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