Oracle’s announcement of the end of its reporting tool Oracle Reports is driving many IT executives to explore new alternatives.
One of the most popular Oracle Forms alternatives so far is JasperReports from TIBCO. More than 50% of attendees in one of our webinars in September indicated that they’re interested in JasperReports migration for their Oracle Forms migration projects.
For this reason, we recently hosted another webinar focused on how to migrate Oracle Reports to JasperReports. Again, we asked our more than 120 participants several questions that shed light on how actively they are looking for solutions for the upcoming migration.
How should the reporting tool be used in the future?
In addition to the question of which reporting tool should be used at all, it is also of interest whether a use is provided internally or externally. For example, web-based reporting, improved APIs and interactive dashboards, especially for external use, are a plus.
However, as these features are not available in the free Community Edition of JasperReports but only in the Commercial Edition, you should carefully evaluate the requirements for using the in-house reporting tool prior to a migration project.
Will you use Jaspersoft as an internal facing tool or external facing tool?
- Internal 38% 38%
- External 8% 8%
- Both 56% 56%
Almost 40% of over 100 respondents think that it is likely that they will use the reporting tool exclusively for internal use within their organization, while the rest of the current Oracle Reports users either report primarily externally or both internally and externally.
What percentage of reports needs to be revised?
A technology change is often made out of necessity. But that does not mean that you can not take advantage of any new features, implement a more modern UI, and make other improvements.
What percentage of reports need to be revised (new features, layout, etc.)?
- Between 0 and 30 29% 29%
- Between 30 and 70 29% 29%
- Between 70 and 100 42% 42%
More than 40% of respondents see a need for revision in almost all of their reports. It is therefore all the more important that a project be set up and tackled in a timely manner so that all requirements for the new tool can be met and enough time can be spent successfully completing the project without pressure.
When do you plan to start your report migration project?
The closer a deadline comes, the more unpleasant it can be. In the case of Oracle Reports, the final support end of 2023 is supposedly far away.
However, if one considers that a migration has to be internally discussed, planned and prepared, and then enough time has to remain for the successful completion of the project, then five years can be much faster than many would like. For this reason, we were also interested in the urgency with which the Jasper migration project should be addressed.
When are you planning to start your migration project?
- 2017 14% 14%
- 2018 59% 59%
- 2019 or later 27% 27%
Surprisingly, 14% of the webinar participants responded with “2017” as the planned start of the project, and this certainly included those participants whose migration project is already underway. With almost 60%, the clear majority of IT executives want to get off the ground in the coming year and replace the outgoing Oracle Reports, while just under 30% would like to spend a little more time.
Not only is the interest in Oracle Forms alternatives great, but also the desire to migrate to JasperReports. Well over 100 participants confirm the popularity of TIBCO’s reporting tool.