Well we had quite a day today at Oracle Open World. We had 2 great sessions and we were able to get together a panel of some of the greatest minds in Oracle Forms from AMIS, PITSS, iAdvise, OraPlayer and of course Oracle. Here is my sunnary of the lessons learned and the future game plan for our Forms systems moving forward.
The main messages of the Future of Forms were :
- Oracle Forms is NOT dead. Oracle has no plans to desupport it and still has quite a large investment in Forms itself in Oracle EBS.
- Oracle Reports is slowly heading for retirement. It looks like Reports maybe retiring after version 12c. it maybe time to start looking into new reporting options to not get stuck.
- Start decoupling your Forms, prepare the ground work for future – Although we do not need to migrate to new technologies in the short term it is a good time to start getting your system ready. Start moving code to the database if possible. Remove unwanted unused code either manually or with the help of 3rd party tools.
- Its time to get started learning Java/ADF. The fact that Forms has no imminent death does NOT mean its time to go back into hibernation for the next 10 years till Oracle threatens to desupport Forms again. We must understand that the nature of IT systems are changing. Even though Forms system are currently meeting our needs or to expensive to replace in the short term does NOT mean we do not need to start looking to new development technologies for new systems. Oracle has done a great job making java more accessible to Forms developers via ADF 11g and we owe it to ourselves to start getting our feet wet. Oracle is pushing ADF hard
As for our current Oracle Forms investment the game plan is:
1) Clean up your systems: Get rid of unused or unwanted Forms or code blocks. Start cleaning out the system from garbage thats been coming along in every upgrade since Forms 3.0. Begin decoupling the system code by looking at the code in the Forms system and determining what code can be moved to the DB.
Slides can be downloaded here:
CON5639 – Give Your Forms a Face-lift: Tips and Tricks for Oracle Forms GUI Modernization – Presented by Mia Urman of OraPlayer.
- Demo: Oracle Look and Feel Project
- Demo: Oracle Forms to Mobile
- Demo: Oracle Forms running from ADF
CON4827 – The Future of Forms Is … Oracle Forms (and Friends) – Presented by Lucas Jellma of AMIS