Oracle Mobility Spotlight: Join Us At ODTUG Mobile Day!

qsdglxnwNow that the chaos of Oracle OpenWorld and the craziness of Kscope15 abstract submissions are behind us, it’s time to get into the nitty gritty of where your Enterprise systems are headed. Mobile development plans are at the forefront of everyone’s minds right now, and if it’s not on your agenda then it’s time to get to work!

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Your employees are going mobile, is your business ready?

The statistics of mobile adoption are STAGGERING; Gartner says that 40% of the workforce will be mobile by 2016 with 2/3s using their own personal smartphone. Additionally, Oracle conducted a global study, “Oracle Mobile. Simply Connected” that unearthed some very interesting statistics about mobile in the work place; just because your company has not gone mobile doesn’t mean your employees aren’t using it. The that 67% of employees are using personal mobile devices for work purposes. You can read about the full study here. Is your enterprise ready for the technological challenges this revolution will pose to your business?

To stay at the cutting edge of the Oracle development innovations, ODTUG has decided to bring together the world’s leading Oracle ACE’s, ACE Directors and strategists for a full-day, FREE mobile event. The event is titled: “Going Mobile? Where is Oracle Taking You?” and will take place in Reston, VA on December 2, 2014. This event is the first of its kind for ODTUG, being a FREE one day event for members. This is a formula we hope to replicate with other hot topic areas, such as cloud development, in the future. For those of you who may be worried that you don’t have a mobile strategy yet, don’t panic. I encourage anyone who is planing to introduce mobile systems within the next two years to come and learn how to start planning your next steps. And if that’s you, I suggest registering ASAP because registration is limited to 100 people and is filling up fast.

This event was designed to bring together ALL of the communities, ADF, APEX, BI, and Developers, together under one roof and really drill down into the new products and features that were announced at OOW. The conference will be a full-day packed with sessions dedicated to helping the developer community GO MOBILE. The goal is to help everyone understand the Oracle mobile landscape as a whole, instead of just focusing on individual technologies. We want to help you navigate the mobile jungle, including all of the new product releases (Oracle Mobile Cloud Services [MCS], Mobile Application Framework [MAF], Alta UI, Mobile Application Accelerator [MAX], APEX RESTful Services, BI Mobile App Designer, Oracle Mobile Suite, etc.).

ODTUG has pulled together an all-star lineup (including me for two sessions :) ) of the top experts in each community. Speakers include: Shay Shmeltzer, John King, Edward Roske, Scott Spendolini, Indus Khaitan, Kris Rice and Kevin McGinley. One of the most exciting parts of this event is that Suhas Uliyar, Oracle’s VP of Mobile Strategy and Product Management, is presenting the opening keynote. The day’s closing keynote is being presented by the Oracle A-Team and will feature an end-to-end demo that should be very exciting. And of course the real fun happens after the sessions at a happy hour and networking event :)

You can register for the Mobile Day here and do it soon because space is limited!

Stay tuned, ODTUG is hoping to do a mobile road show with events in Europe. The next event is planned to be hosted in Benelux in April 21, 2015.

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Oracle OpenWorld 2014 Summary: Oracle Lifted Us Up To The Cloud !

The AuraPlayer Team at OOW

The AuraPlayer Team Selfie at OOW

Another Oracle OpenWorld is behind us (when did it become October?) and as usual, it was fun to catch up with the members of my Oracle developer community, my ODTUG buddies and fellow ACEs. Cloud was definitely the hot topic on everyone’s mind this year, especially because Oracle announced their upcoming Oracle Mobile Cloud Services and released their Oracle Developer Cloud Service to production a few weeks before the conference.

The most interesting topic for me was the upcoming Oracle Mobile Cloud Service. This solution includes everything a development team will need to build mobile backends from any datasource or enterprise system.  The Mobile Cloud Service can insulate Mobile Developers from complex infrastructure while allowing them to focus on creating killer apps. Oracle Mobile Cloud Service provides built-ins for push notifications, object storage, user management, analytics and an API designer and catalog. The Oracle Mobile Cloud Service was the topic of numerous sessions and hands-on labs and was  mentioned in some of the keynotes. We have been keeping a close eye on the Oracle Mobile Cloud product and we were honored to be able to demo an AuraPlayer connector to run Oracle Forms backends using the beta of the Oracle Mobile Cloud at the show. This cutting edge joint solution will allow Oracle Forms customers to get to mobile in record time and bring their back office systems to mobile. This solution is a perfect fit for AuraPlayer’s vision of having Oracle Forms as a back-end API for Mobile user interfaces. If anyone is interested in seeing the demo please let me know.

Full House for our Oracle Forms Sneak Peek Session -   Taking photos of Forms in the Mobile Cloud with AuraPlayer

Full House for our Oracle Forms Sneak Peek Session –   Taking photos of Forms in the Mobile Cloud with AuraPlayer

In the general session for Application Development Tools they announced my new friend MAX, the Mobile Application Accelerator, a new capability in Oracle Mobile Cloud Service. MAX is the answer to accelerating mobilization by giving business-side workers the chance to simply  create a mobile UI for any Cloud business processes at the touch of a few buttons. Ya! Finally wizard based development of mobile Forms for non-developers. I’m so excited because with this capability we will be able to go from Oracle Forms to a cool modern mobile UI with ZERO development! Oracle is planning to add this new cloud based development environment to both the Developer Cloud Service and the Mobile Cloud Service. MAX will allow professionals with little to no previous software development experience to have mobile app development capabilities. So it seems the future of Oracle development will be all cloud all the time.

Meeting Fellow Oracle Form Developer - Girl Power

Meeting Fellow Oracle Forms Developer – Girl Power

Speaking of the future, what about the future of Oracle Forms? The session I co-presented with Oracle Forms Product Manager, Michael Ferrante, “Oracle Forms Sneak Peek” talked specifically about that. The session was amazing to be a part of. We were shocked to see how many people still needed to hear us say that Oracle Forms is not dead. YES we promise it’s not dead! Michael was kind enough to share a roadmap of where Forms is headed and all the new features we can expect in the coming releases (YES new versions are on the way!). Cloud was a big topic here as well, because AuraPlayer made the dream of Forms on mobile and cloud a reality. We featured our Oracle Forms connector to the new Oracle Mobile Cloud Service, which is still in beta and had just been announced at a keynote. Seeing Forms running from the newest Oracle solution that has not even been released yet was a powerful message on how Oracle is planing to bring legacy customers forward with them into the cloud. This laid to rest any fears regarding the future of Oracle Forms and was very encouraging to Oracle Forms developers, some of who were rightfully surprised :)

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If you missed the session you can view our slides here.

Another cool thing released by Oracle was the Atla UI. These are a set of pre-built design patterns for building modern applications for multiple channels with a focus on user experience not only user interface. With mobile becoming everyone’s primary way of accessing information users are beginning to demand better user interfaces. In response to this, Oracle developed Alta UI to allow developers to create simple and modern UIs across web-based and mobile applications. Alta UI includes a new skin and samples to demonstrate how to make UIs like the ones Oracle has created for their own modern cloud based interfaces. You can see an example of the Oracle Atla UI style in this demo of Forms running on from an Oracle Mobile Framework with Alta UI Style:

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The ODTUG Women Toast to Women in IT-  We only hope Next year we have a larger table !

Even with all this cool technology, I think the highlight for me had to be the ADF EMG / MAF / Oracle Forms developers meet-up on Tuesday night sponsored by ODTUG. Initially we were a little doubtful about the success of this event, because often meet-ups only have about 30-50 people, but this year it was packed! (Chevy’s even had to open an additional area for the spill-over). With over 100 developers networking and sharing margaritas and Sangria, needless to say a great time was had by all. There were attendees from all over the world and it was amazing to see many new faces to connect with our ODTUG communities.

As always OOW did not leave much time to enjoy the sites of San Francisco but the sight of so many Forms customers energized and excited by what is to come was good enough for me. We had a revolving door of customer demos in the Oracle Partner Pavilion and the Oracle Forms booth.

I’d like to give an especially huge THANKS to Michael Ferrante and the Oracle Forms team for all thier help and support and another huge THANKS to Deb Ayers and the whole Oracle Mobile Cloud team for taking time from their extremely busy development schedules to create a really cool Oracle Forms to Mobile cloud demo with us. And last but not least a big THANK YOU to the Oracle ACE program for hosting me. This was my first year attending OOW as an Oracle ACE Director and I was treated like royalty all the way.

We hope everyone enjoyed the conference as much as we did. Feel free to comment on what you enjoyed most at this years OOW and see you all at Kscope 15!!

Top 10 Oracle Forms Sessions at Oracle OpenWorld 2014

With dozens of ADF/Forms/Mobile/Cloud sessions planned for Oracle OpenWorld 2014, choosing which to attend can easily become an overwhelming task. Since I can relate to the chaos that occurs leading up to OOW each year, I thought I would make your lives a little easier by sharing my top ten picks of sessions to attend this year. (And to be frank it took me almost 4 days).  Life requires too many decisions as it is, so let me lighten the load a little. Also, as I am a techie, I did not include any of the keynotes, but be sure to check them out because Oracle has lined up some great speakers for this year.

But of course, before we get to the work we should start with the play. Don’t get so wrapped up in the technology that you forget to join in some of the fun! I would love for all of you to come join us and the Oracle Forms community at the ADF EMG event that ODTUG is hosting to kick off OOW14. Join us at Chevy’s Fresh Mex for some networking fun, drinks and apps (both types :) ). You can register for the event here.

Now of course the best session to attend is Michael Ferrante’s “Oracle Forms Sneak Peek” that I am co-presenting. Get a first look at new features of Oracle Forms including cloud and mobile support. Space is limited, so register now! In addition to the main session, we will be conducting mini-sessions at the Oracle Forms demo ground booth (SLM-151 in Moscone South) to discuss all of your Oracle Forms challenges. Click here for more information. Even if other sessions can’t quite compare to ours, there are still some great ones to check out!

The Top 10 in no particular order are….

  1. Accelerate Enterprise Mobility with Oracle Mobile Cloud Services
    Session #: 7024 

    Deb Ayers, Oracle Product Strategy Director
    Munazza Bukhari, Oracle Director of Product Management

Learn how Oracle Mobile Cloud Service empowers developers with rapid delivery of enterprise-grade mobile applications and see a demo of the Oracle Mobile Cloud in action. I, for one, am intrigued!

  1. Customer Stories: From Oracle Forms to Oracle ADF and Oracle Mobile
    Session #: 9224
     

    Markus Lohn, Esentri AG Head of Technology Consulting
    Martin Disterheft, President of PITSS America LLC

This session will teach you some best practices for transitioning to newer technologies by taking an in-depth look at two projects: Forms to Mobile and Forms to ADF/SOA. Also Martin from PITSS might put a shout out to AuraPlayer in his session, so we are fans :)

  1. Enhance Your Mobile Experience with Oracle’s Mobile Apps and Oracle Mobile Platform 
    Session #: 7806
     

    Suhas Uliyar, Oracle VP Mobile Strategy & Product Management
    Rimi Bewtra, Oracle Senior Director
    Lyle Ekdahl, Oracle Senior VP General Manager JD Edwards

This session in Mobility is being delivered by the big guns themselves. The session will offer tips on how to leverage existing tools to extend your enterprise apps and how to harness your skills to build new mobile apps and it’s delivered by the head of mobile strategy no less!

  1.  Why Developers Need Mobile Back End as a Service (MBaaS)
    Session #: 7025
     

    Munazza Bukhari, Oracle Director, Product Management

What is MBaaS you ask? Go to this session to learn all about Mobile Back End as a Service (MBaaS). Without MBaaS developers must dedicate time to building  mobile infrastructure; MBaaS solves this problem by offering built-ins for push notifications, object storage, user management, and analytics, an API designer and an API catalog.

  1. Bulletproof the Oracle Mobile Platform with Integrated Security
    Session #: 6983
     

    Joe Huang, Oracle Sr Principal Product Manager, MAF, Oracle Mobile Platform
    Geoff Poremba, Oracle Director of Mobile Strategy

This is a new topic for me and one I must learn more about, so I’m especially looking forward to it. This session will cover how Oracle Mobile Suite and Oracle Mobile Security Suite can be integrated with Oracle Fusion Middleware and Oracle Identity Management applications to protect your enterprise while undertaking mobile projects. While Mobile implementations tend to be a security weak spot, you can learn how to avoid common pitfalls and safeguard your investment.

  1. Gauging Oracle ADF Application Performance: Instrumenting Your Oracle ADF Code
    Session #: 4039
     

    John King, King Training Resources Partner

John King is a top notch speaker and all around guru. This session explores the different options for tunning your Oracle ADF application as well as how they can improve your application experience.

  1. Mobile Best Practices in Enterprise App Development 
    Session #: 7799
     

    Jordan Olin, Sunera Technologies Inc. Vice President MMP, Chief Solution Architect
    Greg Opie, ECS Team Director, Solutions Architecture
    Kyle Smith, Keste LLC Sr. Director
    Carlos Chang, Oracle Senior Principal Product Marketing Director — Fusion Middleware

This session should be interesting as you’ll get to hear tales from the trenches from 3 mobile project implementors. The session will begin with a short overview of Oracle’s mobile offering before Oracle partners each share their unique experiences in developing and deploying mobile apps for customers.

  1.  Real-Life Oracle Mobile Application Framework: Things you Don’t Learn from the Developer’s Guide
    Session #: 4161 

    Luc Bors, AMIS Holding B.V. Principal Consultant

When you are building your first app with Oracle MAF you will run into challenges you can’t solve simply by reading the developer’s guide (which Luc Bors wrote for MAF by the way :) ). This session will give you tips, tricks and practical solutions from real-life examples.

  1. Introduction to Oracle Mobile Application Framework
    Session #: 7166
     

    Shay Shmeltzer, Oracle Director of Product Management
    Simon Canil, Colab Director

Shay’s a master presenter and usually focuses on live demos with next to no slides. Come learn how to build mobile applications faster with Oracle MAF. This is a good intro for those of you beginners.

 

In this session you will learn how to go beyond the drag and drop and see how to think like a programmer to begin writing code in Oracle ADF. Grant Ronald wrote the book on on ADF, so you’re guaranteed a great presentation.

Bonus Sessions

There are so many great sessions happening this year at OpenWorld that I simply could not limit myself to only the top ten. As a special bonus I’ve decided to include two extra sessions.

  1. General Session: Next-Generation Application Development—The Mobile and Cloud Effect
    Session #: 7309

    Chris Tonas, Oracle Vice President, Mobile and App Dev Tools

Cloud and mobile are taking over the development world, which means some old problems are disappearing but new ones are popping up. General sessions are great because you hear from the executives who are actually shaping the vision for Oracle development going forward. See how these new environments impact the way you build enterprise applications and get a sneak peek into the tools, frameworks, and services Oracle is offering.

  1. Simplify Enterprise Mobile Connectivity by Using Oracle Mobile Cloud Service
    Session #: 9908
     

    Deb Ayers, Oracle Product Strategy Director
    Diby Malakar, Oracle Director Product Management

Hands-on labs are a great way to learn about Oracle products and experience first hand what the presentations have been talking about. By the end of the lab you should have a full understanding of how Oracle Mobile Cloud Service can be used to insulate mobile developers from back-end infrastructures.

At OOW 2014 – Talk to the AuraPlayer experts about modernizing your Oracle Forms:

- Tips and tricks for upgrading to Forms 11g
– Plug your Forms into the Oracle Mobile Cloud
– Create web services automatically from Forms use cases

To discuss any of your Oracle Forms challenges at OOW14 email us at info@auraplayer.com to schedule a time or stop by the ADF EMG Meet-up on Tuesday night to talk with us and grab a beer.

 

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.

 

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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?

forms

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?

techs

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?

understanding

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

new features

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