Oracle Forms Agenda for Oracle OpenWorld 2014

Somehow it is already almost time for Oracle OpenWorld; boy time flies when you’re talking about modernizing Oracle Forms to mobile and cloud :)

I hope by now you have all registered for my session with Michael Ferrante, “Oracle Forms Sneak Peak.” Our session offers a preview of what Oracle has planned for the future of Oracle Forms. Come and learn how these new features can improve your application and learn the benefits of upgrading and modernizing to Oracle Mobile Cloud Services. Attending gives you the opportunity to ask questions and share ideas directly with the Oracle Forms Product Manager. Register soon because seating is limited.

This year the Forms community is kicking off Oracle OpenWorld with a bang.  I would like to invite everyone to the Oracle Forms community Happy Hour meet-up sponsored by ODTUG. Stop by to see some friendly faces, enjoy on Mexican appetizer and free beer at Chevy’s Fresh Mex (201 3rd Street) on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 from 4:30pm to 7:00pm. You can register for this event here.

A new mini event this year are the mini-sessions being presented at the Oracle Forms demo ground booth. Each day Oracle PMs and support consultants will be on hand to discuss all of your Oracle Forms challenges. Come for some one-on-one time and to learn tips and tricks from the “Oracle Forms Gods” themselves.  Click here for more information.

To find out more about this year’s Oracle OpenWorld and to register, click here.

I’m really looking forward to catching up with old friends and making new acquaintances this year. If you’re interested in meeting up with me at OpenWorld then give me a shout at info@auraplayer.com.

ADF 12c Courses Now Online 

Once again the ADF PMs have been hard at work to provide us all with great training content. This time in the form of a full online course.

Oracle University has begun the First Global Teach of the Oracle Middleware 12c: Build Rich Client Applications with ADF course online.

This course covers all the useful features of ADF Business Components including  how to build and test reusable business services. After creating the application they drill down into developing the user interface using ADF Faces. The class also teaches how to build complex navigation between pages, define validation logic and secure applications. It even has a handson section with a chance to deploy your application to an Integrated Weblogic Server.

Date: September 8, 2014
Duration: 5 days
Hours: 7.00 AM – 3.00 PM PST
Location:  Online
Click here for more information and to register.

Thanks ADF Team

Oracle Forms Migration Survey: Oracle Forms to APEX / Oracle Forms to .Net / Oracle Forms to ADF / Oracle Forms to Mobile ?

This year at the Kscope conference we started hearing more and more customers saying they were migrating away from Oracle Forms. Many had not started planning or even thought about what such a project entails but the declarations were loud and clear: “We are migrating our Forms system to ______<plug in development tool of choice… ADF…Java…HTML…Net>”.  It was as if they were following some trend of what they thought they were supposed to be saying but no one had thought about what it would really mean to migrate .

Despite the fact that Oracle keeps insisting Forms isn’t dead, people continue to think these risky and expensive migration projects are their only option for moving forward. For me, migration raises a lot of questions about the business value and commitment necessary to complete such a venture. Ever a consultant, I started thinking about how I can help the community truly understand the decision they have chosen to make. I asked myself, “how can we help Form users understand what goes into a migration project and the risk and rewards of such an endeavor?”

With these questions in mind, the Oracle Forms community blog decided to go directly to the people to get to the bottom of the Forms migration riddle. Only by asking you about your past experiences can we better understand who is migrating, to which technology, using what development resources and what budget. To find the answers we created the “Oracle Forms Migration Survey.” This short survey takes about five minutes to complete but will help us all understand the process of migration and the effort that goes into it. After the results are in we are going to create a cost-benefit analysis whitepaper so future Forms users who are thinking of migration can better understand if it’s worth it.

All responses will be confidential and kept anonymous. However, if you are willing to share details about your migration project please respond accordingly to the survey’s last question. We would love to hear more details directly from you.

Take the “Oracle Forms Migration Survey” here.

 

 

Kscope 2014 Summary – It’s time to talk Cloud and Mobile!


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So as always we begin with the basics, be sure to checkout the AuraPlayer family photo album of all of you who joined us for a toast throughout Kscope14. My Kscope in pictures.

You can revisit the slides from my sessions here:

Bring Your Legacy Applications to the Mobile World : Tips and tricks on how to begin your Mobile journey.
Experts Panel: Should I Migrate My Oracle Forms Applications? Experts Panel that addressed the future options, costs, risks and benefits of upgrade versus migration.
If possible, this year at Kscope was even better than last year. One of the most exciting things for me was the buzz around Oracle Mobile Cloud Services and the Mobile Application Framework announcements, they were definitely the hot topics. It is nice to know that AuraPlayer, overtime is only becoming more and more relevant as Oracles’ future vision of mobile cloud take shape. It was great once again that we had our booth so we got to talk in person to members of the Forms community all about the modernization of Oracle Forms, and of course toasting to the future with a few Washington Apple shots. Having the chance to meet with customers who have real business problems and seeing that we can help is always a nice bonus to the conference agenda.

The excitement lasted the whole conference and everyone was thrilled to learn that Oracle has released a new Mobile Application Framework (MAF). MAF was released by Oracle as a faster and easier way to develop, build and deploy secure mobile applications. The upgrades available with MAF allow customers to use mobile applications with access to on-premise, cloud and other mobile services. It was this announcement more than anything else that brought the importance of Mobile into the spotlight at Kscope14.

Another great part of Kscope for me was working very closely with Oracle Product Manager, Michael Ferrante. Michael was kind enough to hold office hours at the AuraPlayer booth each day to meet wirth customers and reassure them that Oracle Forms is here to stay. At the booth he answered questions and concerns about Oracle Forms and discussed the future. He also expanded on the new features available in Oracle Forms 12c and beyond, and let me just say, there are exciting developments to come!

IMG_2309A big chance for me this year was being a member of the ODTUG Board. This position gave me an entirely new perspective on Kscope and all of the hard work that goes into planning and executing this amazing conference. I’m really looking forward to Kscope15 where I hope to play an even bigger role to help increase the ADF / Mobile /Cloud communities. My hope for next year is to bring the future of Cloud and Mobile into the spotlight. If you have any suggestions for content you’d like to hear about or others ways we can increase the communities at Kscope15 please let me know.

All of these experiences made Kscope14 such a memorable experience, but I think the cherry on top was of course being awarded an Oracle ACE Director. Boy was I in for a surprise when on Monday they pulled me up on stage to bestow this high honor upon me. I was pretty much speechless with my face bright red. It was so gratifying to see my work in the Oracle Forms and Mobile community recognized. I also would like to say a special thanks to all of YOU my readers of this blog; without your continued interest and support this award would never have become a reality.

I can’t wait to see where we are by Kscope15! Here’s to another great year with Oracle Forms / Mobile and cloud!

If you missed out on any of the fun at Kscope14, be sure to check out my Kscope experience in pictures.

Discuss Your Modernization Challenges with Oracle at Kscope14

With Kscope14 only a week away, I wanted to share a unique opportunity with my readers. This year Oracle Product Manager, Michael Ferrante, is going to be answering questions about modernizing with Oracle Forms at the AuraPlayer booth (#414). If you are concerned about the future of your Oracle Forms investment or if you are unsure how to update, modernize or go mobile, then you can start discussing these challenges directly with Oracle.

Michael will be available to meet at the AuraPlayer booth at the following times:

Monday 6/23: 9:45am-12:00pm

Tuesday 6/24: 9:30am-12:00pm

Wednesday 6/25: 12:15pm-1:45pm

If you are interested in meeting with him either in person or remotely please email us at info@auraplayer.com to set up a time.

We are also lucky to have a bunch of Oracle ADF product managers on hand to discuss your next generation development strategy if you’d like. Starting with the Sunday symposium where we will hear Oracle’s vision for mobility going forward and continuing with several sessions during the week. Be sure to check it out!

If you haven’t registered for Kscope14 yet but would like to attend, you can register here.

Also be sure to check out my 2 Kscope sessions:

Bring Your Legacy Applications to the Mobile World

Tuesday June 24, 2014, 11:15am-12:15pm

This session will take you through the entire development process and you will be given tips and tricks along the way; it will act as a guide on how to begin your Mobile journey.

Experts Panel: Should I Migrate My Oracle Forms Applications? 

Wednesday June 25, 2014, 11:15am-12:15pm

This Experts Panel co-presented by Michael Ferrante of Oracle is to help set the record straight on what the future of Oracle Forms entails. Styled as an open Q&A you should come prepared with questions for these leading Forms experts.  We will address future options, costs, risks and benefits of migration.

Don’t Miss Out: ADF Sessions at Kscope14!

APWith Kscope14 fast approaching next week it’s time to stat preparing your agendas so you don’t miss out on any of the amazing opportunities or the fun that’s available! Of course most of the fun will be at the AuraPlayer booth #414. I invite any of my readers to come on down for a toast and to get one of our one-of-a-kind shotglasses.

 

 

MY TOP 11 ADF KSCOPE 14 SESSIONS

Now back to business. The first thing to check out is the Sunday ADF Symposium: The Mobile Development Strategy . It’s no secret that Mobile is one of the fastest growing and most important areas of technology to focus on today; this introductory symposium will offer advice on how to address the special challenges of mobile apps and what you need to know before you start. Come learn from Oracle about  building mobile apps and get tips for before starting your own development projects. Also consider attending some of the hands-on training sessions like the Hands-On Training: Developing On-Device Mobile Applications with Oracle” being held by Joe Huang from Oracle.

The next big ADF event is Monday night when Oracle’s Mobility and Development Tools group is hosting ADF Open Mic Night Featuring Mobility.” This is an opportunity to come and share or just hear about triumphs, challenges and tips and tricks for ADF from others within the Oracle community.

With over 300 sessions to choose from and around 100 that just focus on ADF and Mobile, you will certainly be spoiled for choice at Kscope14. Since life already has too many choices to make, I’ve created a top ten sessions list to make your life a little easier. Of course my session Bring Your Legacy Applications to the Mobile World” is the one we most recommend, but there are a lot of other great looking sessions to attend. For all of you ADFers who still have large Forms investments, be sure to make time to attend the panel I am c0-hosting with Michael Ferrante: “Experts Panel: Should I Migrate My Oracle Forms Applications?.”

The Top 10

1. BEST ALL AROUND SESSION – The Oracle Mobile Platform: An Overview

Shay Shmeltzer, Oracle Corporation, When: June 23, 2014, Session 3, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

This session is perfect for beginners who are considering developing for mobile and teaches you how the Oracle platform can help. Who better to hear about the future of Oracle Mobility then the VP product Management and Mobility himself Bill Pataky.

2. BEST ADF BEGINNER SESSION – The Quick-Start Guide to ADF: The Why and the How

Frederic Desbiens, Oracle Corporation, When: June 25, 2014, Session 12, 9:45 am – 10:45 am

Another great session for beginners, it will cover why ADF might be important for you by explaining what it is and how to develop with it.

3. BEST PERFORMANCE SESSION – Gauging ADF Application Performance: Instrumenting Your Code

John King, King Training Resources, When: June 24, 2014, Session 5, 8:30 am – 9:30 am

This session will explain Oracle ADF’s mechanisms for instrumenting and tracking performance and demonstrate how these tools can lead to better application production. And of course who can resist a John King presentation he’s one of the best there is!

4. BEST DESIGN SESSION – Mobile First Design for Web Applications with Oracle ADF Faces

Shay Shmeltzer, Oracle Corporation, When: June 24, 2014, Session 8, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This session will focus on going “mobile first” and how this impacts designing interfaces. For those of you who have yet to see a Shay demo this is a must. He is a Jdev magician.

5. BEST MOBILE SESSION – Reaching Out from ADF Mobile

Luc Bors, AMIS Services, When: June 25, 2014, Session 11, 8:30 am – 9:30 am

In this session you will learn about how ADF Mobile enables you to interact with the world surrounding the mobile device. In a world where the phone is the center of our universe this will help teach us how to develop our apps to take advantage of it.

6. BEST PEACE OF MIND SESSION – Applying Security to Your Mobile App

 Joe Huang, Oracle Corporation, When: Jun 25, 2014, Session 16, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

This session explores what the security architecture needed when developing and ADF Mobile app. A must attend presentation for any organization that is serious about its mobile environment.

7. BEST SAFEGAURD SESSION – Top Ten Web Application Vulnerabilities and Using ADF to Avoid Them

Bex Huff, Bezzotech, When: Jun 23, 2014, Session 2, 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

This session will cover the 10 security vulnerabilities common to all web applications, regardless of platform. A must for any organization serious about development.

8. BEST MOVING FORWARD SESSION – Oracle Mobile Cloud Service

Doug Clarke, Oracle Corporation, When: June 24, 2014, Session 10, 4:45 pm – 5:45 pm

This presentation provides an introduction to the Oracle Mobile Cloud Service from the Oracle experts themselves. This is a sneak peek into the newest of cloud offering from Oracle and the one I’m most excited about hearing about.

9. BEST PRACTICES SESSION – Hidden Rocks in Oracle ADF: Sailing Directions

Eugene Fedorenko, CS Integra, When: June 24, 2014, Session 9, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

This session will cover the most common mistakes with developing ADF applications and give live examples of how to escape.

10. BEST DEEP DIVE SESSION – THURSDAY DEEP DIVE: Real-Life ADF Mobile: Things You Don’t Learn from the Developer’s Guide

Luc Bors, AMIS Services, When: June 26, 2014, Session 17 – Deep Dive, 9:00 am – 11:00 am

This is an invaluable session from an expert who is literally writing the book on ADF Mobile that explains issues and challenges that he has come across in his many ADF Mobile travels.

11. BEST VENDOR SESSION - Best Practices to manage a successful Oracle Forms to ADF migration – Lessons Learned from a large scale project

Martin Disterheft , PITSS, When: June 24, 2014, Session 6, 9:45 am – 10:45 am

This session presented by our good friends PITSS will be a great customer story with tips on how do do a big bang migration away from Forms but also strategies on how to create hybrid environments if thats more your style.

BONUS ROUND! 

And now for a bonus round! Although I am an ADF loyalist, I have to give kudos to my APEX partner Roel Hartman. He is giving two great sessions about going Mobile with APEX, so be sure to check them out!

1. Introduction to APEX Mobile Development

Roel Hartman, APEX Consulting, When: June 24, 2014, Session 7, 11:15am-12:15pm

This session with cover mobile development in APEX 5; you will learn how to develop a mobile application that looks amazing and is fully functional. Maybe he will even give you all a bonus treat and show how he can put an APEX UI on Oracle Forms back-end.

2. The Best of Both Worlds: Going Hybrid with Your Mobile APEX Application

Roel Hartman, APEX Consulting, When: June 24, 2014, Session 10, 4:45pm-5:45pm

This session will cover how you can use Oracle Application Express and PhoneGap/Cordova to create great looking and functional near-native applications. You will learn how to do it and what you need to know before starting and will show some helpful demos.

 

Hopefully this guide has offered some useful advice of how to spend your time at Kscope14. If you haven’t registered yet, click here.

 

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 

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/

 

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.

 

 

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.