Gartner Report: “Modernization and Migration Strategies for Oracle Forms”

Grant Ronald brought this Gartner Report to attention on his blog: “Modernization and Migration Strategies for Oracle Forms“.

It’s great to see that our message brought to our customers and at our presentations is confirmed by this Gartner analysis

  • Upgrade to the latest version – At the moment this is Oracle Forms 11gR2
  • Modernize and integrate
  • Migrate(ADF, APEX, Open Source, …)

If you want more information on this topic, you can read my article on All Things Oracle: “What’s Your Choice for Oracle Forms?“.

Oracle Forms: upgrade…modernize…integrate

iAdvise already did several presentations and seminars about Forms and Forms Modernization.
And it’s good to see that companies get the messages we are talking about.

We’ve visited a customer who still had some questions on the future of Forms.
They received complaints of users that the UI isn’t “sexy” enough, but besides that there’s nothing “wrong” with the application.

That’s why we told them there’s no need to migrate to another technology.
The demos we did about upgrading, modernizing and integration and of course the statement of direction of Oracle(Oracle Forms will not desupported) showed that we are right.

Now they’re planning the upgrade from Forms 10g to 11g.
After that they’ll take a look at how they can modernize the application(look&feel) and how they can integrate with their other applications.
That’s the way to go!

If you want to read more about our view on Oracle Forms, check out the article “What’s your choice for Oracle Forms” on All Things Oracle.

All Things Oracle article: “What’s your choice for Oracle Forms?”

Last week on Oracle Open World we(iAdvise together with Grant Ronald) did a presentation on Oracle Forms Modernization.
We presented the possible options for an Oracle Forms application: modernize, upgrade, integrate or migrate.

In case you couldn’t attend the session or just want to know more about those options, you can read the following article on All Things Oracle: “What’s Your Choice for Oracle Forms?”

Oracle Forms File drag and drop javaBean

I created a JavaBean that implements a “dropbox” in Oracle Forms.
It can be downoaded from the PJC/JavaBean library of Francois Degrelle.

When dropping one or more files on it, Forms receives the path and filename of it.
In the following example video the JavaBean is used to upload a file to the database.
For the uploading part I used Webutil.

 

 

Seminar: “What’s your choice for Oracle Forms” – recap

A great turnout for the seminar: more than 40 interested attendees, a mix audience of IT managers, project managers and developers.
Hof ter Delft was a nice location!

Grant Ronald, Oracle Senior Group Product Manager for the development tools division, opened the seminar with a keynote presentation.
He started with the Oracle Statement of Direction: Oracle has no plans to desupport Forms and Reports.
After this he gave an high level overview of what is possible with an Oracle Forms application: modernize, upgrade, integrate and migrate.
Grant ended with an overview of ADF.

My session was next, same subject as Grant, but a bit deeper into detail with demos and customer cases.
I showed how you could modernize an application using Pluggable Java Components and JavaBeans.
Upgrade will bring you some nice features, eg. javascript integration and external events in 11g.
Those new features were shown in the integration demo, together with web service calls from Forms.
I ended with migration:  reasons to migrate, strategy(eg. a customer case of  redesign/rebuild in Apex), tools that  can be used(eg. JHeadstart ), …
One lesson: migration is not an easy path…

The following session walked this path of migration, the one of a phased migration.
Wilfred van er Deijl(Commit Consulting)presented OraFormsFaces.
A presentation about where OraFormsFaces can fit in and how it works.
When you choose for a migration and you don’t want a big bang, OraFormsFaces can help you in doing new development in a new technology(eg. Oracle ADF) and keep your Forms investment.
OraFormsFaces let you integrate a form in a webapplication and passes info between those two technologies.

To show that OraFormsFaces works with other technologies, Tom Bauwens(SmartApps) showed the integration of Oracle Forms with Eclipse RCP using OraFormsFaces.

After a nice lunch Grant Ronald gave an introduction training to ADF:

  • Building ADF Business Components
  • Business validation
  • Shaping your data
  • Application Flow
  • Building UI pages

This really showed the power of ADF to Forms developers.


iAdvise Seminar: What’s your choice for Oracle Forms?

There are a lot of questions about the future of Oracle Forms and applications that were built in Oracle Forms.
During this seminar we will answer these questions and give an overview of the (possible) future of such applications.

The seminar will kick off with a keynote by Grant Ronald, about the Oracle Forms strategy.
Next we show the following possibilities: modernize, upgrade, integrate and migrate.

To end the morning session we will show how change can go nice and smooth.

After lunch Grant Ronald will give an introduction to Oracle ADF Development:

  • Building ADF Business Components
  • Business Validation
  • Shaping your data
  • Application Flow
  • Building UI pages

Attendees of the afternoon session “Introduction to Oracle ADF” will receive a copy of the book “The Quick Start Guide to Fusion Development” by Grant Ronald!

When: Monday, June 6 2011
Where: http://www.hofterdelft.be (Ekeren – Antwerp)
More info

Oracle Forms Modernization Webinar on January 20, 2011

Do you want to know about the future of Oracle Forms?
And you want to know the official view of Oracle?

Check the webinar on this topic, hosted by Grant Ronald, Oracle Product Manager responsible for Forms.
More details and registration on Grant Ronald’s blog.