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The Next 2 Years …
What Should I Do Now With My Oracle Forms Systems
Mia Urman
miaurman@auraplayer.com
• Oracle Development Geek for 15 years.
• 6 years at Oracle as a senior support analyst ...
• Joined Oracle in 1999, spent over 13 years in various Oracle Forms roles
• Former Forms Global Technical Lead (GTL) for ...
About You
 What is your current Oracle Forms / Oracle EBS Version ?
 Are you interested in mobility , Webservices or bot...
Customer Pain Points
Where are we now?
 Systems were developed years ago: Look antiquated, lack functionality
 Businesse...
Where Are We Going?
4 Step Plan To Future
Step 1
Upgrade
• Upgrade to 11g & UI Modernization
• Weblogic Suite / Modernize / SSO
Step 2
Mobilit...
Our Game Plan:
Oracle Forms
9i/10g
IAS
Forms 11g
Weblogic Server
Forms
3.0
Oracle Forms
4.0 – 6i
Client Server
AuraPlayer
Oracle Forms Ev...
2005 2009 2011 20152013 201420122010 2016 . . .
Forms & Reports 10gR2 [Jan 2005 – Dec 2011]
Forms & Reports 11gR1 [Jun 200...
Our Game Plan:
Clean Up
Don’t Migrate / Upgrade What’s Not in Use
 Are any modules obsolete?
 Review usage of the system
 What forms a...
Our Game Plan:
Why Upgrade Your Forms?
• Ensure support (C/S de-supported 2004/10g Dec. 2011)
• Certification – New browsers, O/S, Java v...
Oracle Forms
9i/10g
IAS
Forms 11g
Weblogic
Server
Forms 3.0
Oracle Forms
4.0 – 6i
Client Server
Upgrade RoadMap
Suggested Work Plan
• Backup ALL related files !!
• Pilot Upgrade of application (50-100 forms)
• Clean up environment – u...
Our Game Plan:
Forms Look and Feel Modernization
• Toolbar and navigation
• Look and Feel Project
• Color / Font / Size
• Prompts / Title...
Yes - Java in Forms!
Java Beans
– Java Bean Area - layout object on canvas
– Use custom trigger to get and set properties
...
Java Beans & PJCs
Java Importer
Importing Java Classes into Forms
Webservices
Call External Services From Forms
package CurrencyConverter
/* currconv3.mypackage.CurrConv3Stub */ IS
functio...
JavaScript Integration
Two way client Side communication
JavaScript in Forms
Oracle Forms Events
Highly Available Asynchronous Communication
 Messages are pushed to
Forms from DB msg queue
› New event object in forms builder
attached to queue
› WHEN-EVENT-RAISED...
Using Events in Forms
Our Game Plan:
Hybrid Options
• Living Side By Side
Forms running alongside new technologies
• Visual Integration
Create a common UI –
Fo...
OracleForms
ADF
Other
Open
Source
APEX
Forms & External Apps
Living In Harmony
Form System External System
Security / Management
Web.show_document
Common Bus Log...
What is Visual Integration?
Portal  Unified Desktop  Dashboards
Concept
• Integrating Oracle Forms and Other Technologies ...
Process / Service Integration
Share Forms Business Logic – SOA / BPM
Concept
• Reuse the business logic locked inside your...
Our Game Plan:
How Do We Get Forms Users Here?
Understand Your Business Needs
 Observe real end users doing real work:
Can we make them more productive?
 Watch surroun...
Analyze Your Mobile Needs
Mobile Requirements
• What OS: iOS / Android / Windows / BYOD?
• Type of Applications – Browser ...
Create a Service Layer
Oracle Forms & AuraPlayer
The gateway to Next Generation Technologies
Any UI Mobile CloudWebServices Service Bus / SOA
The Process : Oracle Forms to Mobile/Cloud
1. Enable the Oracle Forms process 
2. Create a Webservice (AuraPlayer Wizard ...
Migration
Innovation By Migration
Things to Consider
• This is a PROJECT. No silver bullet
• Need a business reason to redevelop
• N...
Migration Statistics
 How long did it take for total redevelopment?
– Average of 2-5 years depending on number of Forms a...
Moving Forward
Considerations For Modernization Projects
• Asses Your Requirements
• What systems do we need to integrate ...
Summary
• Clean up Forms environment – unused, dead code
• Upgrade to Latest version – Forms 11gR2
• Modernize Look and Fe...
Questions?
Oracle Forms
Stay in touch with the family
• Oracle Forms on the Oracle Technology Network
• http://www.oracle.com/technet...
More Information
Mia Urman (Me )
miaurman@AuraPlayer.com
@miaurman
Forms Community Blog
www.oracleformsinfo.com
AuraPlaye...
Demos
• Demo: JavaScript in oracle Forms
• Demo: Oracle Look and Feel Project
• Demo: Oracle Forms on iPad
• Demo: Oracle ...
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Presented by Mia Urman, CEO of AuraPlayer- Dec 2014

AuraPlayer is a cutting edge technology company that provides unique solutions to integrate, modernize, extend, and mobilize Oracle Forms and EBS systems. AuraPlayer's patent pending technology "wraps" existing EBS and Oracle Forms systems as web services within hours without writing one line of code. The result is an open, agile, and accessible Forms business process.

For more information on AuraPlayer and on Oracle Forms:

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The Next 2 Years...What Should I Do Now With My Oracle Forms Systems - DOAG 2014

  1. 1. Mia Urman @miaurman miaurman@AuraPlayer.com The Next 2 Years … What Should I Do Now With My Oracle Forms Systems
  2. 2. Mia Urman miaurman@auraplayer.com • Oracle Development Geek for 15 years. • 6 years at Oracle as a senior support analyst and local product manager of Forms and ADF. • CEO and Founder of AuraPlayer - Addressing Oracle Forms modernization challenges encountered at blue chip customers • Board member of ODTUG, Leader of the ilOUG Oracle Developer Group and presenter of Oracle tools at international conferences OOW, Kscope, UKOUG …
  3. 3. • Joined Oracle in 1999, spent over 13 years in various Oracle Forms roles • Former Forms Global Technical Lead (GTL) for Oracle Support • Product Manager in Oracle’s Application Development Tools Division • Works with development teams at Oracle to bring the latest innovations to Forms
  4. 4. About You  What is your current Oracle Forms / Oracle EBS Version ?  Are you interested in mobility , Webservices or both?  Have you begun to think about future strategy?  Do you have ADF / APEX developers in house?  Have you begun to think about migration?
  5. 5. Customer Pain Points Where are we now?  Systems were developed years ago: Look antiquated, lack functionality  Businesses processes, trapped in Oracle Forms  Migration to a new technology challenging, risky and costly, not always possible  No documentation and original developers are no longer available  Oracle Forms does not support mobile devices  Customers lack clear vision from Oracle how to move forward
  6. 6. Where Are We Going?
  7. 7. 4 Step Plan To Future Step 1 Upgrade • Upgrade to 11g & UI Modernization • Weblogic Suite / Modernize / SSO Step 2 Mobility • Mobilize Existing Use Cases • Mobile Framework / SOA Suite / Security / Cloud Step 3 Hybrid • Hybrid Development • Oracle ADF / J2EE / APEX Step 4 Migrate • Phased Migration to New Technologies … Maybe
  8. 8. Our Game Plan:
  9. 9. Oracle Forms 9i/10g IAS Forms 11g Weblogic Server Forms 3.0 Oracle Forms 4.0 – 6i Client Server AuraPlayer Oracle Forms Evolution The world moves on…
  10. 10. 2005 2009 2011 20152013 201420122010 2016 . . . Forms & Reports 10gR2 [Jan 2005 – Dec 2011] Forms & Reports 11gR1 [Jun 2009 – Jun 2014] Forms & Reports 11gR2 [Oct 2011 – Oct 2016] Forms & Reports 12c [ TBD ] This roadmap represents the time between General Availability and the end of Premier Support. documentation for the latest dates.Oracle Lifetime Support PolicyRefer to the Road Map
  11. 11. Our Game Plan:
  12. 12. Clean Up Don’t Migrate / Upgrade What’s Not in Use  Are any modules obsolete?  Review usage of the system  What forms are now obsolete? What reports are not run? Do we use PLLs?  Remove dead code  Delete multiple copies of same sources  Merge forms that perform similar tasks  Systems replaced by packaged apps?  Can use 3rd party tools for assistance
  13. 13. Our Game Plan:
  14. 14. Why Upgrade Your Forms? • Ensure support (C/S de-supported 2004/10g Dec. 2011) • Certification – New browsers, O/S, Java versions • New features - SOA, REUI, JavaScript • Strategic Middleware - Runs on WebLogic • Upgrade is Seamless from 10g to 11g • Platform for integration • Ensure the highest level of security
  15. 15. Oracle Forms 9i/10g IAS Forms 11g Weblogic Server Forms 3.0 Oracle Forms 4.0 – 6i Client Server Upgrade RoadMap
  16. 16. Suggested Work Plan • Backup ALL related files !! • Pilot Upgrade of application (50-100 forms) • Clean up environment – unused, dead code • Check forms for C/S or OS Specific features • Get an estimate of the work, time, cost • Freeze C/S - all new developments should be web • Modernize Look and Feel of the application • Do full upgrade in modules / Phases • Testing should be with each module! • Do Production Pilot (Phased rollout)
  17. 17. Our Game Plan:
  18. 18. Forms Look and Feel Modernization • Toolbar and navigation • Look and Feel Project • Color / Font / Size • Prompts / Titles • Images • Frames • OLB, templates for visual standards
  19. 19. Yes - Java in Forms! Java Beans – Java Bean Area - layout object on canvas – Use custom trigger to get and set properties PJC – Portable Java Component – Change default behavior/properties of objects Java Classes – Run Webservices – Run Java code in forms triggers – Java importer – PLSQL java wrapper JavaScript – Interact with objects in the browser page - Maps
  20. 20. Java Beans & PJCs
  21. 21. Java Importer Importing Java Classes into Forms
  22. 22. Webservices Call External Services From Forms package CurrencyConverter /* currconv3.mypackage.CurrConv3Stub */ IS function new return ora_java.jobject; function getrate( obj ora_java.jobject, a0 varchar2, a1 varchar2) return ora_java.jobject; end; Run external Webservices from within Oracle Forms triggers • Create a Web Service proxy in Jdeveloper • Call the WS client from the Forms application using the Java Importer
  23. 23. JavaScript Integration Two way client Side communication
  24. 24. JavaScript in Forms
  25. 25. Oracle Forms Events Highly Available Asynchronous Communication
  26. 26.  Messages are pushed to Forms from DB msg queue › New event object in forms builder attached to queue › WHEN-EVENT-RAISED trigger  Code that should be initiated when a message is received in the subscribed queue  Use DBMS_AQ package from within Forms triggers › DBMS_AQ.ENQUEUE( queue, enqopt, msgprop, payload, enq_msgid); Oracle Forms Events Highly Available Asynchronous Communication
  27. 27. Using Events in Forms
  28. 28. Our Game Plan:
  29. 29. Hybrid Options • Living Side By Side Forms running alongside new technologies • Visual Integration Create a common UI – Forms & ADF/APEX/Java • Process / Service Integration Run common business logic DB/Events • Innovation Run Forms business process from new environments - AuraPlayer
  30. 30. OracleForms ADF Other Open Source APEX
  31. 31. Forms & External Apps Living In Harmony Form System External System Security / Management Web.show_document Common Bus LogicAQ Messages web.javascript_eval_expr
  32. 32. What is Visual Integration? Portal Unified Desktop Dashboards Concept • Integrating Oracle Forms and Other Technologies Into a single user experience • One point of access - SSO • Customized based on users business needs Implementation • iFrames • Javascipt • guiMode – Remove menus • OraFormsFaces
  33. 33. Process / Service Integration Share Forms Business Logic – SOA / BPM Concept • Reuse the business logic locked inside your Forms – Separate GUI from business logic Implementation • Decoupling – Remove and Centralize bus logic to DB – 3rd party tools • Events – Use AQ events for messaging • JavaScript
  34. 34. Our Game Plan:
  35. 35. How Do We Get Forms Users Here?
  36. 36. Understand Your Business Needs  Observe real end users doing real work: Can we make them more productive?  Watch surrounding and environmental challenges: Can we improve employees user experience.  Are users missing data to do their jobs?  Enhance data gathering: cameras, SMS, social media, personal , location, voice  Types of Users – Occasional, Internal/external
  37. 37. Analyze Your Mobile Needs Mobile Requirements • What OS: iOS / Android / Windows / BYOD? • Type of Applications – Browser Based / Hybrid • Device type, Screen size • New Hardware / Software needed? • New development tools and environments • Mobile developers Challenges to Consider • Slower network – Disconnects - Offline / Connected • No mouse, Function keys - Gestures • Smaller screen / Less screens • Difficult to touch small elements - Harder to type • Mobile Infrastructure – Security, Load
  38. 38. Create a Service Layer
  39. 39. Oracle Forms & AuraPlayer The gateway to Next Generation Technologies Any UI Mobile CloudWebServices Service Bus / SOA
  40. 40. The Process : Oracle Forms to Mobile/Cloud 1. Enable the Oracle Forms process  2. Create a Webservice (AuraPlayer Wizard / Redevelopment)  3. Connect WS to Oracle Mobile Cloud or SOA Suite or Weblogic  4. Create new UI in MAF or APEX 
  41. 41. Migration
  42. 42. Innovation By Migration Things to Consider • This is a PROJECT. No silver bullet • Need a business reason to redevelop • Need thorough understanding of the Forms application • No tool can re-write your business logic • Need deep knowledge of the new technologies • UI implications – HTML vs Applet • Investigate 3rd party tools for migration assistance Benefits of Migration • No Oracle Forms maintenance/licenses • Fully portable system • No applet, full HTML client • Larger pool of Java developers
  43. 43. Migration Statistics  How long did it take for total redevelopment? – Average of 2-5 years depending on number of Forms and new development language  What was your biggest challenge during redevelopment? – Lack of knowledge about the original Oracle Forms system, huge QA initiative – Lack of knowledge in the new technology stack – Hard to train employees requires new implementation partners on new technologies  How long did it take to train the Forms staff to the new technology? – 1 year for experienced developer to understand the ADF stack and experts in the new technology – Hard to find ADF experts easier to find Java developers. – Hard to find Forms experts
  44. 44. Moving Forward Considerations For Modernization Projects • Asses Your Requirements • What systems do we need to integrate with? UI requirements? • What platforms do we need to deploy to? • Understand Your Existing System • Where does the business logic sit today? • What functionality is duplicated in other systems? • Do we have documentation? Developer resources? • Define Modernization Goals • Timeline and Budget • Decide on Implementation Method • Integrate, Migrate, 3rd party solution
  45. 45. Summary • Clean up Forms environment – unused, dead code • Upgrade to Latest version – Forms 11gR2 • Modernize Look and Feel - Incorporate Java elements • Chose right tool for the job • Refactor code to the DB • Systems on common infrastructure Weblogic – SSO • Slowly evolve teams and systems • Start thinking about system INNOVATION – ADF Mobile • Use AuraPlayer to move systems to the next generation platforms / environments without migration
  46. 46. Questions?
  47. 47. Oracle Forms Stay in touch with the family • Oracle Forms on the Oracle Technology Network • http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/developer-tools/forms • Oracle Technology Network Forms Forum • https://community.oracle.com/community/development_tools/forms • Oracle Communities (My-Oracle-Support) • https://community.oracle.com/community/support/middleware/oracle_forms • Follow us on Twitter @OracleFormsPM
  48. 48. More Information Mia Urman (Me ) miaurman@AuraPlayer.com @miaurman Forms Community Blog www.oracleformsinfo.com AuraPlayer www.AuraPlayer.com PJC Master site http://forms.pjc.bean.over-blog.com/ Forms Look and Feel Project http://fdtool.free.fr/LAF/doc/Oracle_Forms_Look_and_Feel_project.htm
  49. 49. Demos • Demo: JavaScript in oracle Forms • Demo: Oracle Look and Feel Project • Demo: Oracle Forms on iPad • Demo: Oracle Forms running from ADF

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