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The Evolution of Oracle Forms Survey: Results are In!

Back in January, we conducted an “Evolution of Oracle Forms” customer survey. The aim of this poll was to determine the current needs and trends of  the Forms community in terms of features, content, and how you’re looking to move forward. The survey also asked about what technologies you have begun to integrate with or new platforms you are deploying to. Especially exciting was having Oracle Forms Product Manager, Michael Ferrante, on board to help us conduct the survey.

With almost 400 responses, the results of the survey helped give us great insight into how Forms’ users are evolving. The responses inspired me to get more involved by conducting a webinar with Michael Ferrante at the end of April to further discuss how Forms is changing and where it’s going. Together he and I examined the survey results and gave a sneak peak into the new Forms features that will be offered in the future version. If you would like to watch the full Evolution Webinar please email us at info@auraplayer.com for a copy.

The Results

What Version of Forms are You Running?

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Client Server 4.5 – 2.56%

Client Server 6 – 17.61%

Web Oracle Forms 6i – 14.49%

Web Oracle Forms 9i – 5.40%

Oracle Forms 10g – 49.72%

Oracle Forms 11g – 54.83%

To begin our survey we started with the basics, what versions are our community running. What was interesting to see was the statistic that almost 50% of respondents are running Oracle Forms 10g. This was surprising because upgrading from 10g to 11g is such a relatively simple migration as it is usually just a quick recompile. The main issue with this migration is the appearance of a new infrastructure based on Weblogic. The fact is we consider it a huge benefit because you get better performance and stability as a result. This statistic was very upsetting to Michael because if people don’t upgrade to the newer versions it’s will be very hard for him to justify continuing to create them.  If anyone needs guidance to start the upgrade process we would be happy to help, feel free to contact me a support@auraplayer.com or comment below. Also if anyone can think of any reason why so many customers have not yet made the jump to 11g yet let us know by commenting below.

What Other Technologies are You Using?

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APEX – 37.50%

ADF – 26.42%

.Net – 26.99%

Java/J2EE/Eclipse – 49.15%

Webservices – 40.91%

Mobile Development – 25.28%

Something that was interesting to learn about the other technologies being used by Forms shops is how many people are using Java and Webservices. Often when I speak to Forms customers I hear that APEX is their future development environment of choice. But I was pleasantly surprised to see Java and Webservices making their mark. I was also saddened to see how low a percent are using ADF from Forms, this was a bit upsetting to see that users do not seem to be adopting the newest Oracle development technology so quickly. Again if anyone has any ideas as to why I’d be happy to hear them in your comments below.

What is the Future of Your Oracle Forms System?

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Don’t Have One – 16.76%

Upgrading/Modernizing the UI – 46.31%

Integration with New Systems Developed – 32.39%

Migration to APEX – 16.19%

Migration to ADF/Java – 30.40%

Migration to .Net – 5.68%

Mobile/Cloud – 10.80%

The most interesting thing about the responses to this question was that 17% of respondents don’t have a modernization strategy for their Forms system yet. I feel like Michael and I have been talking your ears off about modernizing Forms, but I guess many of you are still undecided. We would be happy to hear topics you feel we should cover in our future presentations/Webinars that would be helpful to make your decisions easier. Or I f anyone feels they’d like to have a personal discussion about their Oracle Forms challenges we’d be happy to help, just let us know.  

Also surprising was that it doesn’t seem like a lot of people are doing migrations. What we are seeing is quite a large percentage of people upgrading and modernizing their existing systems by integrating with newer systems. I was happy to see users are really following the strategy of protecting their existing investments by updating.

Oracle Forms New Feature Wish List

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New Features in the Builder – 59.66%

Mobile Support – 55.68%

Webservice Deployment – 46.02%

New Runtime Features – 45.74%

Cloning – 11.36%

Improved Diagnostics/Monitoring Features – 37.78%

New Installation Options – 23.58%

Cloud Support – 27.84%

What was great to see with this question is that so many respondents would like to see Mobility as a new feature for Oracle Forms, almost 66%! It’s exciting to us at AuraPlayer to see that so many people looking for Mobile and Cloud support since this is the solution we have created. We were happy to see validation for our strategy and to hear that there is a demand for our offering. 

Another great thing to see was how high the demand is for new features in the builder. It really shows that users want a future with Forms including furthering developing the tool. This gives us hope that the Forms product will continue to be used as it is developed and that people won’t be migrating away any time soon. Or is it wishful thinking? 

We’d be really happy to hear your thoughts on the results share with us below 

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Call to Women in Technology: Step Forward!

Being a woman in technology, the effort to get more females involved is one very close to my heart. The goal is to help entice more women to join this sector and encourage the ones who are in it to step up and speak out. There are a lot of amazing ways women can get involved and promote themselves in IT.

One way to connect and support other women is to join the UKOUG Women in IT Initiative Mentoring Program. This program connects experienced IT women with the new, less experienced, generation to help the number of women in technology grow. If you are interested you can sign up here to inspire someone who is just starting out. Or if you are a member of that newer generation you can sign up here to get matched with a fantastic mentor who can help grow your career and offer great advice.

If you are looking for more inspiration about women in IT check out UKOUG’s case studies that spotlight the important and integral roles women play in the world of technology.

One of the best ways to get involved is to sign up to speak at conferences to increase female representation at these events. As a seasoned conference attendee and speaker I can assure you that it is so much fun to travel and meet all of these amazing and accomplished people, other women especially! One of my personal favorites is UKOUG’s annual Tech conference. You can check out my past blog post about Tech13 to read all about the fun. Call for papers for Tech14 has already begun and while they already have over 120 submissions, they are still looking for more. UKOUG especially wants to encourage first time speakers to get involved. Sessions can cover a wide array of topics, click here to see the full list. Even if you aren’t ready for the responsibility of speaking at a conference yet, come check it out so that my session audience is more than 5% women like last year! We women have to stick together; girl power!

Resources

Oracle’s WIT Page

http://www.rmoug.org/sigs/rmoug_wit/

 

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The Future of Oracle Forms: The Survey Results

Last month AuraPlayer created and distributed the “Evolution of Forms” survey in conjunction with Oracle product management and PITSS.  The responses about how people use Forms now and their plans for the future gave us great insight into how Forms and its users are evolving. Based on the responses AuraPlayer wants to share some new content.  AuraPlayer CEO, Mia Urman, and Oracle Forms Product Manager, Michael Ferrante, have collaborated to host this webinar at the end of April.  Together they will discuss the survey results and give a sneak peak at the new feature that will be offered in future for Forms.

The Evolution of Oracle Forms: The Results

April 25, 2014, 1:00pm-2:00pm

Click here to register for this webinar.

 

 

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Free webcast: Improve Oracle Forms Performance – The 5 Pillars

As more companies upgrade to 11g, improving performance and stability of the Forms systems becomes even more challenging. Since your Forms applications are the key to your business, so how can you make them live up their potential?

Join me on Tuesday, April 1st at 1pm for a FREE webcast on the Five Pillars of Performance of Oracle Forms. Alongside with Bill Blundon, CMO of Correlsense, I will be presenting on how to take charge of your Forms systems to promote stability, improve performance and increase availability. Attendees will learn how to maximize both actual and perceived performance, identify bottlenecks, optimize server resource requirements, minimize network round trips, and quickly identify and resolve performance issues.

This webinar will help you lift your Oracle Forms systems to their full potential. It cannot be missed!

Click here to register.

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Bug of the week: Deployment Stuck at “Copying security related files to the ADF Mobile Framework application…” Stage

We recently received this question in our inbox and I thought it would be pretty valuable post as our bug of the week!

I wanted to deploy a simple application to iOS Simulator and the deployment got stuck on the line:  “Copying security related files to the ADF Mobile Framework application.” I tried to perform “Clean all” but it was taking forever! Help! What do I do?

Have no fear! There is a very simple and easy solution to this issue. If you ever end up in a situation where deployment is taking an extended amount of time, all you have to do is …
 
1) In the Windows explorer or file explorer
2) Go to your project’s directory (In the below example: OPStore)
3) Go to deploy directory
4) Delete the relevant deployment folder (In the example below, the directory is called “IOS2″)
 
 
 
Once you have deleted the directory, attempt to deploy the application again. You’ll be amazed at how fast it now deploys!! :)
If you have any issues that you think would make a good bug of the week send them to us at support@ auraplayer.com
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Oracle Forms on iPad using ADF Mobile: ODTUG Webinar

After the success of the APEX Mobile Webinar I was really excited to conduct the second part of the ODTUG series: Strategies for Running Oracle Forms on Mobile Devices and Tablets.  This webinar, presented with Oracle’s Product Manager Denis Tyrell, was also a big success; we were so glad to see many participants who are running legacy applications that are ready to modernize!

In the webinar, we be explored strategies for mobilizing legacy applications with ADF Mobile. Denis and provided an in-depth view about the challenges of going mobile with legacy applications and gave strategies on how to plan and design for mobilizing your applications.

In case you missed it, you can view the webinar slides by clicking here. In the Webinar, we explored subjects such as:

  • Designing and planning for Enterprise Mobility
  • Mobile and Cloud Computing Oracle’s Vision Moving Forward
  • Challenges and Benefits of Going Mobile
  • AuraPlayer’s Unique Solution

Feel feel to catch our demos below. If you want more information about how to get started or to participate in a free trail contact us.

Create Oracle Forms Webservice Using AuraPlayer

 

Running Oracle Forms on iPad using ADF Mobile UI

 

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How can I change my existing ADF Mobile application skin to mobileAlta ?

Now that iOS7 has a cool new look and feel, you’re probably looking at the old ADF Mobile projects in Jdeveloper created in previous versions and thinking it looks a little dated; not as ‘fresh’ in comparison to iOS7. So we felt this week that it was time for you all to do an update. In this post, I’ll explain how you can easily upgrade your ADF Mobile application skin to the fresh new mobileAlta skin to match the iOS7 style.
 
To begin …
1. First, you must update to the new ADF Mobile patch, version 11.2.1.4.39.64.62:

In order to use the new ADF Mobile release you must install xcode 5 on your Mac, install it from the AppStore, just be aware that the installation requires a restart your Mac. Note, that you do not have to upgrade to Mavericks OS, you can remain on Mountain Lion for the mean time (which I have). We are not ones for drastic change :)

 
Once you have installed xcode 5.02, you must update ADF Mobile to the new release.  This is pretty simple just go to Help->Check For Updates->Official Oracle Extension and Updates, and select ADF Mobile.  It should have version number 11.1.2.4.39.64.62.
After all the updates and restarts, are done, and you open Jdeveloper, you will have to set the iOS simulator SDK directory. You will now set it to  /iPhoneSimulator7.0.sdk
 
2. Once the patch is in place you are all set. In your existing project, go to Application Resources > Description > ADF META-INF > adfmf-config.xml.   There, you’ll replace the skin-family from mobileFusionFx to mobileAlta.
 
3. Now that you’ve upgraded your skin, you’ll notice a change in color schemes. Now be sure to go through your application to see if you need to make any adjustments in font or object colors. We had a few places where we ended up with white text on a white background so don’t say we didn’t warn you. Below you’ll see an example of our old system vs. the new skins as seen from an iPad.

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Voila! There you have it. Now you have a fresh looking skin for you application and it only took a couple clicks!

If you want to see a live demo of our cool new app using mobileAlta skin checkout our free ODTUG webinar on Thursday Feb. 27 . We will be doing the session with Oracle Director Denis Tyrell so it is a must attend. Register here for free!

 
 
For a more information on Xcode 5 support and more examples of the old vs. new skins, check out this post from the Oracle ADF Mobile Product Management Team.
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Strategies for Moving Legacy Systems to Mobile Devices: ODTUG Webinar

On Thursday, February 27th, I will be hosting part two of the “Mobile for Forms” ODTUG Webinar Series! Last week we did the Forms to APEX Mobile session and it was a great success. If you missed it, check out yesterday’s post. Definitely worth checking out.

For this next webinar, we’ll be exploring strategies for mobilizing legacy applications with ADF Mobile. We will be discussing the challenges of going mobile with legacy applications and give you strategies how to plan for mobilizing your applications.

Below is a prime example of mobilizing a legacy application. Here we we see the legacy application and the new application  that you can create as it appears on an iPad, with interesting and graphical features:

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We will be discussing topics such as how to think mobile, designing for mobility and running Oracle Forms from ADF Mobile on mobile devices and tablets without redevelopment. Joining me will be Oracle Product Management Director, Denis Tyrell. We will do cool demos so you can see how easy it is to build iOS and Android applications from one code base while leveraging existing Forms systems and extending them to include device services, such as phone, SMS, camera, GPS!

Join us on Thursday, February 27, 2014: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST  the webinar is FREE but you must to register here.

We are looking to get more than the 184 participates from APEX webinar last week! :) Interested in seeing which webinar gets more participation.

So register NOW! 

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Running Oracle Forms From APEX: February ODTUG Webinar Series

As part of our effort to mobilize Oracle Forms customers, last week we did a new spin on things by presenting running Oracle Forms from APEX mobile. The webinar, presented with the APEX rockstar Roel Hartman, was a huge success! We had over a 184 people register and were pleased to see such positive responses from viewers.

APEX Evangelist and Oracle ACE Director, Roel Hartman shared his experience developing a modernized APEX application on an Oracle Form webservice generate by AuraPlayer. We also did a step by step demo on how to build the hybrid system that exposed the  trapped business logic from the Oracle Forms system to run it from an APEX application!

In case you missed it, you can view the webinar slides by clicking here. In the Webinar, we explored subjects such as:

  • The future of Oracle Forms Systems
  • APEX Integration
  • Forms Migration to APEX
  • Running Oracle Forms from APEX Mobile

You can see the webinar demos below

Creating Oracle Forms Webservice using AuraPlayer Wizard

APEX Mobile application running Oracle Forms Webservice by Roel Hartman

If anyone would like to have us do a live trial, running one of their Forms from APEX, just let us know by registering here.

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First Look at New Enhancement Patch for ADF Mobile – iOS7 and Support for Xcode 5

This week Oracle ADF Mobile Team has released a new patch.

What can I say? They keep this team BUSY. It  seems they release a new patch or enhancement, about every couple of months. And every release is a step forward for a more usable, reliable and cutting edge development environment. In this release, the new look and feel for iOS7 – is GREAT!, and the new look and feel for Android – again, nice.
Here is our first look into installing and working with the new release:
In order to use the new ADF Mobile release you have to install xcode 5 on your Mac, install it from the AppStore, just be aware that the installation requires a restart your Mac. Note, that you do not have to upgrade to Mavericks OS, you can remain on Mountain Lion for the mean time (which I have). We are not ones for drastic change :)
Once you have installed xcode 5.02, you must update ADF Mobile to the new release.  This is pretty simple just go to Help->Check For Updates->Official Oracle Extension and Updates, and select ADF Mobile.  It should have version number 11.1.2.4.39.64.62.
After all the updates and restarts, are done, and you open Jdeveloper, you will have to set the iOS simulator SDK directory. You will now set it to  <xcode path>/iPhoneSimulator7.0.sdk
I was pleasantly surprised to see that my existing applications written in previous versions of ADF Mobile, worked fine after the patch installation. That was a big relief. It just means everyone should feel free to upgrade and get a MUCH cooler UI without much pain in the upgrade process. Truth be told, in only one application I had a few UI glitches, that looked like the css went nuts but it was easily solved by cleaning the project, re-building it, and re-deploying :-)
For the full list of new features you can checkout the official OTN page HERE
For the blog post by the ADF Mobile PM team click HERE
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