Partner Webcast – Oracle Forms Modernization Practices - 12 Dec 2013
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Partner Webcast – Oracle Forms Modernization Practices - 12 Dec 2013

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Oracle Forms & Reports, a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware, is Oracle's long-established technology to design and build enterprise applications quickly and efficiently. It has proved to be ...

Oracle Forms & Reports, a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware, is Oracle's long-established technology to design and build enterprise applications quickly and efficiently. It has proved to be extremely successful, both among third party ISVs as well as at Oracle itself – Oracle’s E-Business Suite is an example. Although this technology is now 20 years old, Oracle remains committed to the development of Forms and Reports, and to the ongoing release as components of the Oracle Fusion Middleware platform. This continuing commitment to Forms technology enables you to leverage your existing investment by easily upgrading and integrating existing Oracle Forms applications to take advantage of the latest web technologies like ADF, Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), Business Process Management (BPM) and others.
Many organizations run enterprise Oracle Forms applications created in the 90s. If you’ve done investments in Oracle Forms and you are looking for a way to modernize your solution you should be aware of the modernization strategies that exist for your Oracle Forms applications.
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Partner Webcast – Oracle Forms Modernization Practices - 12 Dec 2013 Partner Webcast – Oracle Forms Modernization Practices - 12 Dec 2013 Presentation Transcript

  • Oracle Forms Modernization Practices Lukasz Romaszewski ISV Migration Consultant
  • ISV Migration Center Team • Who we Are: team of senior technical consultants based in Eastern and Central Europe and represents Oracle's technical investment for partners. • Mission Statement : Enable partners to rapidly and successfully adopt and implement Oracle latest technology • How can we assist: We offer a wide range of free services for partners such as one2one assistance, webinars, seminars and hands-on workshops. ISV Migration Center blog: http://blogs.oracle.com/imc Contacts: Thanos Terentes Printzios, ISV Migration Center Manager, EE&CIS partner.imc@beehiveonline.oracle.com
  • Agenda • Oracle’s Vision and Strategy • Upgrade, Modernize or Migrate? • New Strategic Technologies • Partner ISV Guidelines • Summary - Q&A
  • Agenda • Oracle’s Vision and Strategy • Upgrade, Modernize or Migrate? • New Strategic Technologies • Partner ISV Guidelines • Summary - Q&A
  • Oracle’s Vision and Strategy Success story of Oracle Forms • • • • • Simple, self-contained development environment Seamless integration with Oracle database Powerful PL/SQL programming language Extremely easy to learn and quickly get productive Used in small projects as well as huge enterprise-wide deployments
  • Oracle’s Vision and Strategy Oracle has no plans to de-support Forms • • • • Forms 12c is on the way You should not expect break-through changes Platform stability and better integration is a priority See the latest Statement Of Direction March 2012 http://bit.ly/oracleFormsSod201203
  • Oracle’s Vision and Strategy Your investment in Forms is safe • You are not forced to change the technology! • If you are considering migration... • ...make it a business-, not technology-driven decision • If you want to stay with Forms keep up with the most recent version • Database compatibility • OS certification (e.g. Windows 8) • Browser / Java certification
  • Oracle’s Vision and Strategy Oracle's Three Step Strategy proposition Protect Extend Evolve ... your investment ... the value of your investment ... to the next generation (not version)!
  • Agenda • Oracle’s Vision and Strategy • Upgrade, Modernize or Migrate? • New Strategic Technologies • Partner ISV Guidelines • Summary - Q&A
  • Upgrade, Modernize or Migrate? Upgrade to the Web Stay supported, certified and secure
  • Upgrade, Modernize or Migrate? Upgrade to the Web • First and easiest modernization effort • Well defined upgrade process • A lot of experience on the market • Last call for all Forms 6i users • Windows XP de-supported by Microsoft • Oracle DB 10g already out of support • Opens up a lot of modernization options!
  • Upgrade, Modernize or Migrate? Modernization of Forms Make it cool again
  • Upgrade, Modernize or Migrate? Modernization of Forms • User Interface • Use new look&feel: swan • Pluggable Java Components • Hybrid approach • JavaScript integration built-in • OraFormFaces when you can't spend too much time on integrating ADF & Forms UI • ADF DVT components for new screens
  • Upgrade, Modernize or Migrate? Modernization of Forms • Integration with other systems (SOA) • Asynchronous events • Calling web services • OAM support
  • Upgrade, Modernize or Migrate? Migration to ADF Accelerate for the future
  • Upgrade, Modernize or Migrate? Migrating to ADF – why? • Should be considered a long term goal • Fusion Middleware is Oracle's strategic platform • Huge R&D budget allocated to enhance the technology • Mature and future proof • Unlimited potential for growth
  • Upgrade, Modernize or Migrate? Migrating to ADF – when? • Forms no longer meet the requirements • True HTML interface is a must • Modern look&feel no longer nice to have • Service oriented development approach • Full power of Fusion Middleware needed
  • Upgrade, Modernize or Migrate? Migrating to ADF - challanges Migration is non-trivial!
  • Upgrade, Modernize or Migrate? Migrating to ADF - change your mindset! • Completely different technology stack • PL/SQL vs Java • 2-tier vs 3-tier architecture Java EE SOA Web 2.0 • Completely different approach to develop applications • Forms black box vs ADF white box • Single vs layered technology • Monolith vs SOA • Completely different ALM • Replace-Single-FMX vs Rebuild-Everything-And-Redeploy
  • Upgrade, Modernize or Migrate? Migrating to ADF • Oracle does not provide automatic migration tool • We do however support you through our migration services • Third party solutions exist • More on automatic migration in next slides... • Some ADF experience needed before kicking off the migration project • Migrate your skills first, then your application!
  • Agenda • Oracle’s Vision and Strategy • Upgrade, Modernize or Migrate? • New Strategic Technologies • Partner ISV Guidelines • Summary - Q&A
  • New Strategic Technologies Cloud • Forms 11g+ are ready for cloud • OVM templates • OVAB assemblies
  • New Strategic Technologies Cloud Private Public Hybrid SaaS PaaS IaaS Complete Choice Flexible Adoption
  • New Strategic Technologies ADF Mobile • Develop once & deploy to multiple platforms: iOS , Android, … • Reuse existing Java & ADF skills • Protect against mobile platform shifts – framework adapts for you • Secure with Authentication, Access Control and Encryption
  • New Strategic Technologies Social Enterprise • Make it easier to collaborate • Leverage the collective wisdom • Make better decisions more quickly
  • New Strategic Technologies Analytics • Fact-based Decision Making • Empower Sophisticated Users • Enterprise-wide Use • Embedded in your solution
  • Agenda • Oracle’s Vision and Strategy • Upgrade, Modernize or Migrate? • New Strategic Technologies • Partner ISV Guidelines • Summary - Q&A
  • Partner ISV Guidelines Planning migration / modernization Plan your actions
  • Partner ISV Guidelines Planning migration / modernization • Let us repeat the motto: • make it a business-driven project • Don't rush for change just for sake of change itself • Start with your strategy and long-term business plans • Where do you want to be in 5 years from now? • Does the current technology satisfy your or your customer's business requirements? • If not identify any gaps and prepare transition plans
  • Partner ISV Guidelines Planning migration / modernization • Is migration urgent? • New regulations • Customer demand • Competition threat • Losing business opportunities
  • Partner ISV Guidelines Planning migration / modernization • Identify any markets and areas where you want to grow • How does it change the requirements? • How does it change the priorities? Q3 FY11 Q4 FY11 Q1 FY12 Q2 FY12 Q3 FY12 Q4 FY12 Q1 FY13 Q2 FY13 Q3 FY13 Q4 FY13 Q1 FY14
  • Partner ISV Guidelines Planning migration / modernization • Count your resources • Team • • • • Size Skills Experience Know-how of your business
  • Partner ISV Guidelines Planning migration / modernization • Count your resources • Budget • • • • Licenses Trainings New staff Capex vs Opex
  • Partner ISV Guidelines Planning migration / modernization • Count your resources • Time • Revolution vs Evolution
  • Partner ISV Guidelines Planning migration / modernization • Ask Oracle for help! • We have gone through this process as well • EBS, PS, JDE, SIEB into Fusion Applications • We are helping many partners and customers in their migration projects • Or engage a local Oracle partner
  • Partner ISV Guidelines Migrating Migration phase
  • Partner ISV Guidelines Migrating - pick your approach Big-Bang Migration Hybrid „Forms + ADF” Solution Automated migration
  • Partner ISV Guidelines Migrating - pick your approach Big-bang migration project
  • Partner ISV Guidelines Migrating option : Big-Bang migration project • Pro’s • Shortest time-to-market • Full power of Fusion Middleware • No need to buy additional licenses besides those required by final architecture
  • Partner ISV Guidelines Migrating option : Big-Bang migration project • Cons • Sound architecture is a must! • Bigger development costs • Hire/train experienced ADF developers • Need to de-allocate resources from supporting existing solution into developing a new one • Bigger risk
  • Partner ISV Guidelines Migrating - pick your approach Hybrid „Forms + ADF” Solution
  • Partner ISV Guidelines Migrating option : Hybrid Forms + ADF Solution • Pros • Lowest development costs • Leverage existing staff and skills • Learn by simple extension projects • Immediate additional value for a customer • Mobile/social extensions • Deployment in cloud • Modern UI
  • Partner ISV Guidelines Migrating option : Hybrid Forms + ADF Solution • Pros cont. • Less risk • Core functionality still in Forms • Evolution over revolution
  • Partner ISV Guidelines Migrating option : Hybrid Forms + ADF Solution • Cons • Potentially more expensive from the license point of view • Additional licenses needed • Forms & Reports (required) • OAM (for SSO, optional) • OraFormsFaces or similar (for UI integration, optional) • Needs to be balanced by extra value!
  • Partner ISV Guidelines Migrating option : Hybrid Forms + ADF Solution • Cons cont. • Longer migration time • Lost opportunities • Increasing costs of integration • Hybrid approach works best with minimal integration • Forms applet in an iframe • Simple SSO • No interaction between Forms and ADF at the UI level
  • Partner ISV Guidelines Migrating - pick your approach Automatic migration
  • Partner ISV Guidelines Migrating option : Automatic migration • Oracle JHeadstart • Handles tedious tasks of recreating the data model and UI • Does not migrate business logic from Forms triggers! • Oracle Consulting Service, not really a price list product • Trial version available
  • Partner ISV Guidelines Migrating option : Automatic migration • Third party tools • Many products available • Some of them offer 100% migration • Need to assess them on case-by-case basis • Don’t forget to check if it works for you!
  • Partner ISV Guidelines Migrating option : Automatic migration • A few more thoughts on automatic migration... • You get exactly the same functionality and almost same UI • Must be careful about the overall architecture • You will have to maintain resulting application • Suitable for specific use cases • Dual platform phase • „Keep your customer” campaign
  • Partner ISV Guidelines Build your team People and skills you will need
  • Partner ISV Guidelines Build your team • You will need at least... • Two experienced ADF developers • One Fusion Middleware Architect • One GUI designer
  • Partner ISV Guidelines Build your team • • • • Use the power of reusability and modularization in ADF Divide the whole solution in smaller modules Assign different teams / developers to different modules Use ALM/CI tools • • • • • SVN Maven Hudson ADF Team Productivity Center Oracle Developer Cloud
  • Partner ISV Guidelines Summary • Planning modernization / migration • Migration • Big-Bang approach • Hybrid „Forms + ADF” co-existence • Automated migration • Build your team and skills • IMC Migration Center to help you!
  • Agenda • Oracle’s Vision and Strategy • Upgrade, Modernize or Migrate? • New Strategic Technologies • Partner ISV Guidelines • Summary - Q&A
  • Summary Key Points to Take Away • No plans to de-support Oracle Forms • Many options to modernize your investment • Allow the business to drive change • Protect, Extend, Evolve • ADF underpins our Fusion Applications and Middleware strategy
  • Q&A Lukasz Romaszewski Oracle ISV Migration Center FMW Consultant lukasz.romaszewski@oracle.com ISV Migration Center blog: http://blogs.oracle.com/imc
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