Forms Modernization, Part 1: Motivation for change

In the first part of our seminar we discussed some topics that forms customers want to change today.

These changes are mostly focussed on the island most forms applications and teams are working on today, such as:

    1) Internal services that are provided within the enterprise that could uplift the provided functionality to the end users.

    E.g. Order-information that is provided via a webservice of the existing legacy application. This information can be provided to the back-end and forms interface to have real time information provided to the accountancy-department that is using the forms app.

    2) External services that are provided by partners that could uplift the provided functionality to the customers and the business users.

    E.g. a good example of the ROI is explained in the ZLM Case Study.

    3) Existing pl/sql functionality that can be offered as a service to enterprise applications or external partners.

    E.g. the forms application handles the allocation of consultants of iAdvise. To be able to provide customers a better service we could offer the business unit managers, pre-sales and sales a real-time view on the whereabouts (no we don’t play tennis ;o) ) of the consultants. In other words, a customer is facing production problems and needs support asap, the sales person looks up which consultants are nereby the customers with the needed skills. Given the coordinates the sales-person can then call the consultant and give the customer a much better service without needing to cross to many channels to get the necessary information.

    4) Get on the fusion track and let your forms application talk to you jee, adf, apex, custom made application.

    You want to integrate new functionality which is provided through ajax, java server faces, event driven architecture, … to improve look and feel and to let end users profit from the added value such as asynchronous event handling, JavaScript integration, …

In other words when you start thinking about improvements you could make to your existing forms application, the ROI mostly is very obvious.

The investments made in human capital, architecture and infrastructure are protected whilst enabling integration of new technologies and improving your existing skill set and investments.

What I would like to know from other customers, developers, end-users, …:
Is anybody facing integration/modernization issues today within their Forms Apps that can’t be addressed using one of the following scenario’s: modernization, integration, upgrade to 10g/11g?

If so, please provide us this information so we can discuss the different scenario’s, aspects that are applicable to your specific case.

Oracle Forms … alive and kicking

Yesterday Gert Poel, Yves Van Looy and myself organised a Forms Modernization seminar for customers, developers, partners … everyone that was interested.

The seminar was a huge succes and the customers were reassured that Forms is still alive and kicking.

First we discussed the improvements customers want to make to their existing forms applications, why would you want to change. Afterwards we discussed the how, which different scenario’s are applicable when you want to modernize your Forms Application. Most customers are indeed looking to improve their UI, open up the forms application’s services and integrate them within the enterprise, service-enable the existing pl/sql functionalities.

After the theoritical approach we showed some of our succesfull case studies, such as the ZLM Case that’s published on the Forms Modernization URL. These cases showed the customers how to achieve integration of forms with a soa architecture, how to implement a document workflow within forms and how to modernize your UI using LAF, thanks to François Degrelle’s resources.

In other words the first part of the seminar hit the nail on the head ;o)

In the second part we demonstrated the Forms 11g release and discussed the migration path towards 11g. This was very interesting for the customers as well because they were reassured that Forms will be part of the fusion ages. Most of all, Forms is one of the players within Event Driven Architecture using the AQ-mechanisme, thus using the scalability and performance of the Oracle Database.

The attendees’ feedback was great and they were eager to start modernizing … in other words: Forms will no longer be an island within the organisation but will definitly become an important player within the fusion strategy.

I would like to thank the attendees, Gert & Yves for the great experience !

Let’s start modernizing !!!

Oracle Forms Modernization seminar

iAdvise organises a seminar on Forms modernization.

During this seminar we will show you how you can modernize your Oracle Forms applications, give it a rich look and feel, and adopt the latest technologies without throwing away years of investment in Oracle Forms.
We will show you how you can combine the power of an Oracle Forms application with functionality from external application (javabeans, pluggable java components, webservices,…) and how you can give a Forms application a modern “look and feel”.

Also part of this seminar is an overview of the new features in the latest Oracle Forms release(11g)

When: June 1, 2010
Where: iAdvise office, Kontich
Language: Dutch

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What new features would you want to see in Oracle Forms?

A few months ago I wrote a blogpost about forms titled  “Forms isn’t dead!”

Since then I went to Oracle Open World and gave a presentation on how to modernize your existing Oracle Forms application.
So you don’t have to throw away years of investment in Oracle forms.

I’m working at a customer that created a new application in Forms 10g and it was put in production last year.

And now there’s a thread on the OTN Forms forum started by Grant Ronald(Product Manager at Oracle):
What new features would you want to see in Oracle Forms?

So, if you want a cool new feature or an improvement in Oracle Forms…you know what to do!

Still not convinced that “Forms isn’t dead”?

Forms Modernization at OOW 2009

Oracle OpenWorld 2009 is rapidly approaching, only a few weeks from now, San Francisco will turn into the mekka for the developer community around the world to share experience, knowledge and of course to network and learn from eachother.

At OOW 2008 we gave 2 presentations regarding Forms Modernization and Data Warehousing, and the audience was great. A lot of people were facing the same questions and problems we discussed during the sessions.

At ODTUG 2009 we saw that the audience was very pleased with the Fusion Middleware 11g, because more and more questions regarding Oracle and BEA infrastructure were getting answered.

But what to do next, how to get started?

That’s why we’ve decided to give another presentation regarding Forms modernization:
“Integrate Bleeding-Edge Technologies in Your Existing Oracle Forms Application”!

We will talk about the different issues customers are facing today with their existing Forms Applications. After identifying some cases, we will dive in to some Forms cases we’ve worked on were you will see it’s no rocket science to integrate with bleeding edge technologies and of course about modernization.

Do you also want to modernize your existing Oracle Forms applications, give it a rich look and feel, adopt bleeding edge technologies without throwing away years of investments in Oracle Forms?

During this session we will show you how you can achieve this!

More details regarding the presentation:
ID#: S308194
Date: 11-OCT-09
Time: 13:15 – 14:15
Venue: Hilton Hotel
Room: Yosemite C

Hope to see you all there !

Case at Oracle SOA Partner Community Forum

On August 26th and 27th, the Oracle SOA Partner Community forum will be held in Utrecht, The Netherlands. During this event, technical sessions as well as partner success stories are presented throughout the community forum. We were invited to bring our customer case study of Forms modernization using web services and ESB.
The story: Empowering Oracle Forms within a SOA Architecture: The case of ZLM.

During this forum you can learn from success stories of partners, join different breakout sessions, gain information from other SOA partners and listen to a vibrate panel discussion.

Additionally to the SOA Partner Community Forum, you can participate in technical hands-on workshops for BPA, SOA and J2EE Infrastructure, on August 28th and 29th. The goal of these workshops is to prepare you for customer implementations.

You can find the paper, case itself on the following locations:
http://otn.oracle.com/products/forms
http://otn.oracle.com/goto/formsmodernize
http://otn.oracle.com/formsdesignerj2ee