Future of Oracle Forms AUSOUG 2013

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(This slidedeck was presented at the AUSOUG Perth 2013 conference)

Most Oracle Forms applications contain hundreds of man-years of investment. So what do you do with that investment? Squeeze an extra few years out of your investment by getting on the latest version? Modernize your technologies? Or dump it and migrate to Java, Oracle Application Development Framework (Oracle ADF), Oracle Application Express, or even .NET? Come to this session to discuss some of the options; costs; risks; and fear, uncertainty, and doubt about Oracle Forms.

Thanks to Grant Ronald from Oracle Corporation for the original slidedeck.

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  • Most Oracle Forms applications contain hundreds of man-years of investment. So what do you do with that investment? Squeeze an extra few years out of your investment by getting on the latest version? Modernize your technologies? Or dump it and migrate to Java, Oracle Application Development Framework (Oracle ADF), Oracle Application Express, or even .NET? Come to this session to meet with some of the leading Oracle Forms experts for an open discussion on the options; costs; risks; and fear, uncertainty, and doubt about Oracle Forms.
  • Future of Oracle Forms AUSOUG 2013

    1. 1. 1 Copyright © 2013, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
    2. 2. The Future of Oracle Forms: Upgrade, Modernize, or Migrate? Chris Muir Principal ADF Product Management, Application Development Tools 2 Copyright © 2013, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
    3. 3. Safe Harbor The following is intended to outline our general product direction. It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract. It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions. The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle’s products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle. 3 Copyright © 2013, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
    4. 4. "Oracle has no plan to discontinue support of Oracle Forms" Oracle Application Development Tools Statement of Direction: Oracle Forms, Oracle Reports and Oracle Designer March 2012 - http://bit.ly/oracleFormsSod201203 4 Copyright © 2013, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
    5. 5. Oracle’s Vision for Forms  12c release is due 12.1.4 FMW release  Features? – Ah, I'll tell you when it arrives ;-) 5 Copyright © 2013, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
    6. 6. Please raise your hand if you work with or have Oracle Forms? 6 Copyright © 2013, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
    7. 7. What about Oracle Forms 11g? 7 Copyright © 2013, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
    8. 8. Oracle’s Vision for Forms  Key feature of 11g – Provide integration points to integrate your other technologies  Open up JEE/standards development to “traditional” Oracle implementers 8 Copyright © 2013, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
    9. 9. Our Recommendations for Forms Customers Protect: Upgrade Modernize Evolve: Migrate 9 Copyright © 2013, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
    10. 10. Program Agenda  Oracle’s vision, strategy and roadmap  Upgrade, modernize or migrate?  New strategic technologies  More information 10 Copyright © 2013, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
    11. 11. The Changing Nature of Business 1985 11 1980s Copyright © 2013, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. 1940s 2000 2007 2013+
    12. 12. GLOBAL MOBILE 3G SUBSCRIBERS 12 Copyright © 2013, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. 2012,
    13. 13. Mobility Is a Priority and Challenge for I.T. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Practices in 2011 By 2015, Mobile usage will surpass pc’s and other wired devices. 74% 10% Forbes: Mobile Business Statistics For 2012 13 Copyright © 2013, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. 74% Allow some sort of BYOD usage. Less than 10% “FULLY AWARE” of the devices accessing their network Top Mobility Challenges for CIOs Securing corporate information 41% Integrating with other systems 31% Supporting multiple devices 28% CIO Insight: Top Challenges of Enterprise Mobility, 2012
    14. 14. "But how do we modernize this?" 14 Copyright © 2013, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
    15. 15. Paths to Modernization  Upgrade  Exploit new features  Integrate technologies  UI modernization  Complete rewrite 15 Copyright © 2013, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
    16. 16. Paths to Modernization  Oracle Forms 11gR1 and 11gR2 are the  Upgrade  Exploit new features  Integrate technologies  UI modernization  Complete rewrite current releases (12c coming soon)  10g to 11g is a smooth upgrade  Well trodden path from C/S to web – Most code upgrades without change – Other changes are well understood – Exploit new features of centrally managed application 16 Copyright © 2013, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
    17. 17. Paths to Modernization  Primary reason to upgrade:  Stay supported, certified and secure  Upgrade  Exploit new features  Integrate technologies  UI modernization  Complete rewrite 17 Copyright © 2013, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
    18. 18. Paths to Modernization  11gR1 - External events  Upgrade  Exploit new features  Integrate technologies  UI modernization  Complete rewrite (AQ), JavaScript integration, database proxy user support, new EM integration, runtime and diagnostic features  11gR2 - Integration with OAM, RUEI, reduced footprint, additional certifications – OVAB 11.1.1.6 + patch #15492477  WLS features - EM, logging, diagnostics, web services, mobile, ADF, OAM, Web Center 18 Copyright © 2013, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
    19. 19. Paths to Modernization  Forms 11g runs on WLS  Upgrade  Exploit new features  Integrate technologies  UI modernization  Complete rewrite  Integrate with external web services – SMS, email, credit check, file system  Integration with other applications – CRM, HR, Siebel, Peoplesoft  A way of adopting new technologies – Web services, SOA, BPM, Java, ADF 19 Copyright © 2013, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
    20. 20. Paths to Modernization  Call out to web services from Forms – Java importer wraps web service client proxy  Upgrade  Exploit new features  Integrate technologies  UI modernization  React to 3rd party events – When-Event-Raised trigger – Listens for events from a queue Oracle Forms  Complete rewrite External event 20 Copyright © 2013, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Web service
    21. 21. Paths to Modernization  JavaScript can call into Forms – When-Customer-Javascript-Event  Upgrade  Exploit new features  Integrate technologies  UI modernization  Complete rewrite 21 Copyright © 2013, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.  Call JavaScript from Forms – Web.JavaScript_Eval()
    22. 22. Paths to Modernization  Upgrade  Users are now  Exploit new features driven by their experiences with the web and mobile  They just expect more!  Integrate technologies  UI modernization  Complete rewrite 22 Copyright © 2013, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
    23. 23. Paths to Modernization  60min Forms Makeover  Upgrade  Exploit new features  Integrate technologies  UI modernization  Complete rewrite 23 Copyright © 2013, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.  Java Beans - Introduce non-native UI elements into Forms  PJC - Extend existing Forms UI components  JavaScript - Integrate with JavaScript features
    24. 24. 24 Copyright © 2013, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
    25. 25. Paths to Modernization  Upgrade  Exploit new features  Integrate technologies  UI modernization  Complete rewrite 25 Copyright © 2013, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
    26. 26. Migration or Rewrite Leaving Forms behind  Questions you must be asking – What are the business drivers? – What is this REALLY going to cost? – Am I fully aware of my options? – Are my staff skilled up for change? – Am I aware of architecture changes? – Will the change suit my end users? – Am I building for the future or to past? – A hundred other questions! 26 Copyright © 2013, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
    27. 27. Migration or Rewrite Different approaches to change  Big bang – Throw away everything and start again – “Automagic/one button” migration – Reached end of life anyway  Phased – Hybrid co-existence – Exploit common code (where it make sense!) – New technologies to become a common touch point – Manual redevelopment 27 Copyright © 2013, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
    28. 28. Program Agenda  Oracle’s vision, strategy and roadmap  Upgrade, modernize or update?  New strategic technologies  More information 28 Copyright © 2013, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
    29. 29. Oracle Application Express (Oracle APEX) • No cost option of the Oracle database • Develop web data driven applications • Distributed with all versions of Oracle RDBMS • Simple 2-Tier Architecture • Pages dynamically rendered using database metadata • Runs everywhere Oracle Database runs • Leverages existing SQL/PLSQL skills 29 Copyright © 2013, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
    30. 30. Oracle’s Strategic Technologies IDM / BI ExaLogic ERP HCM, CRM BPEL, BPMN, BAM  Opening up JEE technologies – Java developers, Forms developers, database developers, mobile application developers, SOA developers, Web 2.0 developers...  Our history with Oracle business applications  Oracle ADF underpins Fusion Applications and Middleware  ADF Mobile allows cross platform iOS & Android development 30 Copyright © 2013, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Content Data Integration Business Intelligence Collaboration Blog - Tag Social Activity
    31. 31. New Strategic Technologies IDM / BI ExaLogic ERP HCM, CRM Content Data Integration Business Intelligence 31 Copyright © 2013, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. BPEL, BPMN, BAM Collaboration Blog - Tag Social Activity
    32. 32. ADF Mobile  Cross iOS & Android development  Native-hybrid mobile applications  Thin localized JVM 32 Copyright © 2013, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
    33. 33. Program Agenda  Oracle’s vision, strategy and roadmap  Modernize, upgrade or migrate?  New strategic technologies  More information 33 Copyright © 2013, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
    34. 34. More Information  Online content on Forms OTN Page (Google Oracle Forms) – Statement of direction – Oracle Forms 10 Years Younger (Oracle Forms Makeover) – Oracle Forms webcasts – Migration from Forms to Java or Apex 34 Copyright © 2013, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
    35. 35. Key Points to Take Away  Oracle has no plans to desupport Oracle Forms  You have many options to modernize your investment  Allow the business and customers drive the change, not IT – Protect, modernize, evolve  ADF underpins our Fusion Applications and Middleware strategy 35 Copyright © 2013, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
    36. 36. Join the JDeveloper/ADF Community Twitter twitter.com/JDeveloper Facebook facebook.com/JDeveloper Oracle’s JDeveloper PM blog blogs.oracle.com/JDeveloperpm oracle.com/jdev 36 Copyright © 2013, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
    37. 37. For More Information  www.oracle.com/jdev  Tutorials  Demos  Software  Discussions  Blogs  And more… 37 Copyright © 2013, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
    38. 38. Q&A 38 Copyright © 2013, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
    39. 39. 39 Copyright © 2013, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
    40. 40. 40 Copyright © 2013, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.

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