forms_flowBy releasing PITSS.CON 16.1, we are opening up further doors for developing your Oracle database applications. The focus of the new version is Oracle APEX and Oracle ADF.

One major strength of PITSS.CON is its technology independency. With a granularity and speed unmatched in the market, PITSS.CON analyzes the well-known Oracle platforms. Complex applications, e.g., in Oracle APEX, can be broken down in depth in a matter of minutes, including all dependencies, with subsequent recommendations for optimization.

With PITSS.CON, established platforms like Oracle Forms can master new technical and visual requirements and thereby become fit for the future. However, change can strategically make sense as well: our tool can extract your application’s business logic and, thus, it enables migration to modern platforms like Oracle ADF or Oracle APEX without losing the investment you have made.

apex_flowAPEX under control

In release 16.1, our developers expanded PITSS.CON’s concept of integrated analysis of Oracle database applications to APEX. With the analysis and reengineering processes, innovative features like APEX dependency flows are now possible. With these you can detect dependencies within an entire Oracle APEX application landscape. Moreover, searching and replacing APEX objects and properties can also be done across all applications. Another highlight is the Compare feature. Different versions of an APEX application or a single page can now be compared. And the icing on the cake: the new APEX user interface! PITSS.CON’s core functions now have an attractive user-friendly APEX interface.

pitsscon_apexMigration support

To handle the increasing number of migration projects, we equipped PITSS.CON 16.1 with a new management module. This makes it possible to assess cost and effort, measure progress on an agile points-based methodology, and print burn-down charts. To support migrations to Oracle ADF, we also built a new JDeveloper plug-in, helping ADF developers manage their migration process better.

 

Read about the preparations for PITSS.CON 16 in “Finding the right path in the Oracle technology jungle” by Magdalena Serban, Head of R&D at PITSS.

Get more information on the big array of possibilities with PITSS.CON.

With PITSS.CON 16.1, the doors to your platform of the future are now wide open. Please don’t hesitate to contact us to talk about your next steps.

Interview with PITSS Consulting Manager Patrick Walther about the new release of Oracle Forms 12c and his recommendations

Oracle launched the latest release of Oracle Forms 12c shortly before last year’s Oracle OpenWorld. The Oracle Community welcomed Oracle Forms 12c. This new release shows Oracle’s commitment to the future of Forms, enabling customers to continue with Forms whilst at the same time they may integrate and coexist with newer technologies. We talk to the Oracle Forms modernization expert Patrick Walther, Consulting Manager from PITSS about the new release of Oracle Forms 12c.

PITSS.News: Oracle Forms Principal Product Manager Michael Ferrante announced on Friday, October 23rd, 2015 before Oracle OpenWorld 2015 in San Francisco, that Oracle Forms 12c has been launched. How did you learn of the release? Did this come as surprise for you?

Patrick Walther: We immediately received the information via a tweet from Michael Ferrante. We made an educated guess that the new Forms 12c would be released at Oracle OpenWorld. Oracle published the release a few days earlier. That was the small surprise. The rush for the Forms 12c presentation of Michael Ferrante, held at Oracle OpenWorld was correspondingly large. Forms are still very widespread. If a new release is published, the interest is huge.

PITSS.News: What is your first impression of Oracle Forms 12c?

Patrick Walther: Forms 12c offers some valuable improvements versus the previous version 11g. There were no problems during the installation. Our intensive tests run well thus far. Our first impression is that the performance of 12c is better than the performance of 11g.

“Valuable innovations, better performance”

PITSS.News: What are the top features of the new Oracle Forms 12c release and how does it perform?

Patrick Walther: A major added value is the support of Java Web Start. The client configuration in Forms 12c provides a supported alternative for new browsers which do not support the Forms plug-in. Forms 12c is browser independent. Customers who want to bring their Forms into a single sign-on environment will be delighted. By using the Oracle Platform Security Services (OPSS), the deployment of OID is no longer necessary, this saves an extensive installation and administration. Also, existing LDAP server can be integrated directly. Another highlight is the integration of Oracle BI Publisher. It is the reporting tool of the future that will supersede Oracle Reports. Under Forms 11g the BI Publisher could only be integrated programmatically via the JAVA Wrapper – with Forms 12c the BI Publisher is now declaratively called. Usability of Forms 12c is improved with the use of Customizable Color Schemes, by which the Forms User are no longer restricted to seven predefined colors. A further simplification enhances the WebUtil Library without OLE support, for customer projects without a MS Office connection, Jacob libraries and further third-party products are no longer necessary under Forms 12c. I should also mention the introduction of the new system events like Client Idle, DB Idle, Single Sign-on/-off and notification. Forms 12c now has far greater support for security, exit strategy, availability and notifications.

PITSS.News: Your tool PITSS.CON is known worldwide for the migration of obsolete Oracle Forms versions to the current Forms version. Is PITSS.CON ready for the migration to Oracle Forms 12c?

Patrick Walther: Yes. We immediately installed Forms 12c, we tested it and migrated PITSS.CON to Forms 12c. The test phase will be completed shortly.

PITSS.News: What about Oracle Forms 11g or older versions? What risk do you see, if older versions are used at the customer?

Patrick Walther: Forms Applications, where the support has run out or has limited life, are a risk. Browser-based applications, for example, are no longer executable on new browsers because the needed plug-in is no longer supported. What is the security rick of running old browsers? No IT manager wants to be responsible for business critical applications running on an unsupported stack. Moreover, the new Forms 12c offers some valuable security features like Single Sign-on/-off and as already mentioned, better performance. Modernization is essential in IT. Now it only depends on which way you go and which options are suitable.

“IT departments with unsupported Forms versions should act quickly”

PITSS.News: Is an upgrade to Oracle Forms 12c immediately necessary?

Patrick Walther: IT departments running de-supported Forms versions, should act quickly. The premier support of Forms 11g ends 2016 – there is still some time left to face a forms 12c upgrade in a planned and organised manner. Users should ask themselves whether they are satisfied with their applications, whether they fulfill the business requirements. Depending on the situation a rapid upgrade or migration is advisable.

PITSS.News: What method would you recommend for the Forms 12c Upgrade?

Patrick Walther: Customer situations are individually so different. We start with our established Forms Upgrade Analysis as a general rule. In the course of this, we analyze the complete Forms Application with our tool PITSS.CON, examining it to understand the smallest detail. In so doing, we can clearly illustrate, document and evaluate many years’ development of overlapping and complex applications. On this basis, we develop with our customers their individual upgrade strategy. Those who already know that they will upgrade to Forms 12c can start with our workshop 1step2cloud. Furthermore, we also offer Forms 12c trainings.

PITSS.News: How expensive is an upgrade to Oracle Forms 12c and how long does it take?

Patrick Walther:
That depends on the size of the project – the number of Forms, the development history, the current version level and the complexity of the application. From our experience, smaller and average upgrade projects start at 10 days – bigger projects take longer. As a result, we recommend starting with an analysis to exactly estimate the project volume and to keep the costs as low as possible.

“A tool-based modernization process provides a fast, convenient and accurate result”

PITSS.News: What benefits does the use of a tool within an upgrade project like to Forms 12c have?

Patrick Walther: We know from our numerous projects that the analysis phase at the beginning of a project, the procedure model and the project support determine project success. Only a tool supported analysis can immediately perform an accurate estimation. A tool supported modernization process, during an upgrade, ensures a fast and bug free result. Manual upgrade projects cannot compare. Frequently, we are consulted to advise on projects that don’t show the desired progress over months, sometimes years. When our tool is used, our customers are delighted with the rapid progress and regret that they did not use PITSS.CON sooner. Upgrade projects achieve an enormous acceleration in progress and as a result, a higher acceptance to using the tool. The new Forms 12c features are already analyzed in PITSS.CON e.g. the conversion from Reports to BI Publisher.

PITSS.News: When do you start the first Oracle Forms 12c Upgrade project?

Patrick Walther: Our own tool PITSS.CON has successfully migrated to Forms 12c. We are ready! The first requests for Forms 12c upgrades have already arrived.

PITSS.News: Is a migration to Oracle Forms 12c enough if you wish to be technologically innovative? Are ADF or APEX not superior to the new Oracle Forms Release 12c?

Patrick Walther: This depends again on which requirements the customer has. If the latest web functionalities are required or necessary like J-Slider, Drag-and-Drop, picture slider, HTML5, Mobile then a partial migration to ADF or APEX is recommended. For data entry and data output Forms can indeed be superior. Those who need a modern web application will probably focus on newer technologies that come with enhanced features and effects. Nevertheless, it can be shown that Forms can be very innovative using Java Integration. However, this very much depends on the application.

“The coexistence of ADF and Forms will prevail more and more”

PITSS.News: How do you evaluate the future of Oracle Forms and Forms 12c and how do you plan to accommodate them?

Patrick Walther: In the future Forms will remain significant in the Oracle Applications development environment. The reliable Forms technology is and remains in worldwide use. Within the next three to four years you can expect Forms 13. We will support every future Forms version. The coexistence of ADF and Forms will expand, in which the developer can benefit from both technologies, in particular, develop innovative elements with ADF and at the same time leave a master data management, in Forms. Therefore, we pursue a coexistence strategy for Forms 12c. The coexistence of the technologies finds an increasing approval at many customers and for us it is seen as a key strategy. Companies will continue to update their applications to take advantage of newer technologies whilst controlling the risks involved.

To hear more about our upgrade to Oracle Forms 12c register for our Webinar on 20th January 2016 https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9210593883851085058

Here’s what we have been waiting for: on October 23, 2015, just before Oracle OpenWorld 2015, Oracle Principal Product Manager Michael Ferrante announced release 12c (12.2.1.0) of Oracle Forms and Reports.

You can download Oracle Forms 12c on Oracle’s Web site.

Forms 12c installedPITSS consultant Daniel Kampf describes his installation experience and first impression in his blog.

What you need to do to get the new release installed, you will learn in our installation steps for Oracle Forms 12c.
And there are more hints for installing and configuring Oracle Reports 12c.

Another piece of useful information: integrating BI Publisher in the last Forms release.

All new features at a glance:

  • Oracle BI Publisher Integration
  • JVM Controller Improvements
  • Customizable Color Schemes
  • Applet Parameters
  • Environment Variables
  • SSO Integration Improvements
  • Client Deployment Options
  • Form Builder Only Installation Option

 

Stay tuned for the latest Oracle Forms 12c trends and the possibilities for tool-based upgrades with PITSS.CON. We keep you posted.

Forms 12c design

With key note “Why ADF? ADF as a cornerstone for mobile and cloud technology”
Duncan Mills, Senior Director of Product Management for Development Tools, Oracle

Is Oracle ADF the right option for your company? How can you get there?
We will show you.

During the free one-day “Orientation Day” event in London, UK, on 3 November 2015, PITSS will give answers to questions about Oracle ADF, e.g. what you can achieve with ADF, how to migrate to ADF in a structured way and what errors to avoid during the migration process.

IT managers and decision makers will get a strategic perspective on both the ADF technology and the PITSS Roadmap “Oracle Forms to ADF”. Based on the tool-based approach with PITSS, we will also demonstrate how to automate certain migration steps to meet quality aspects, Oracle best practices and your future architecture. You get the head free for important decisions and become more efficient. On top of this, our speakers share their experience from “real world“ ADF projects and give tips on preparing steps and migration execution.

We would be happy to welcome you in person and look forward to your participation.

Your PITSS Team UK

 

Please register here:
http://www.pitss.de/registration-oracle-pitss-orientation-day/

Please also see our Invitation for the UK Oracle ADF Orientation Day in London on 3 Nov 2015.

 

Location:
London, UK
Oracle City Office
Room Mayfair

Target groups:
IT managers, Oracle architects, Oracle developers

Contact & information:
Sacha Sander
VP Sales
+44 1908 440 016
ssander@pitss.com

 

Agenda

09:30 – 10:00 Registration
10:00 – 10:15 Welcome Mark Littlewood, Oracle Regional Sales Director, Alliances & Channels
10:15 – 10:45 Why ADF? ADF as a cornerstone for mobile and cloud technology Duncan Mills, Senior Director of Product Management for Development Tools, Oracle
10:45 – 11:30 FORMS2ADF integration and co-existence Install a decisive and controlled move to ADF Patrick Walther, Manager Consulting, PITSS
11:30 – 11:45 Coffee Break
11:45 – 12:30 Clean legacy code and prepare for a successful migration to ADF with PITSS.CON Learn how Unitask and YoTo leveraged the tool Alex Rabinovich, Executive Vice President, Unitask
Jonathan Toledano, Director, YoTo
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:15 Don’t fall in the ADF beginners trap 10 errors you should avoid Patrick Walther, Manager Consulting, PITSS
14:15 – 14:45 Teatime
14:45 – 15:15 Make sure that your decision sustains Put together company requirements and management demands in an ADF Orientation Day with PITSS Stuart Newmarch, Product Manager, Drive Software Solutions
15:15 – 15:30 Wrap up & summary Sacha Sander, VP Sales, PITSS
15:30 – 16:00 Interactive panel discussion
   

The one-day information event by Oracle modernisation expert PITSS offers companies in the UK a comprehensive overview of all possibilities for their future Oracle Forms development strategy. All questions relating to options, chances, risks and costs of a modernisation will be addressed by expert speakers. On top, Michael Ferrante, Oracle’s Principle Product Manager for Oracle Application Development Tools, will present the Oracle Forms road map for the next years. The Oracle Forms Orientation Day will take place at the Oracle City Office in London and is free of charge.

London (UK) / Stuttgart (DE), 21 April 2015 – Companies being faced with the question how to innovate their Oracle Forms applications can now get all the information they need for a well-considered decision – at the Oracle Forms Orientation Day in London on 6 May 2015. The high-quality event addresses IT managers, Oracle developers and Oracle architects from companies and organisations across all sectors. Expert speakers from PITSS, the Yorkshire Building Society, Inoapps and Oracle will contribute, among them Michael Ferrante. Their presentations will cover investment protection of Oracle Forms applications, Oracle Forms modernisation, SOA and Web services, ADF and APEX, and the Oracle Forms road map.

The Orientation Day will be held at the Oracle City Office in London, Room Kensington, from 9:30 to 16:00. For more information, a detailed agenda and registration, please visit: Registration for this event is closed.

About PITSS

PITSS is the leading provider of Software & Services for modernising and effectively managing Oracle applications. The PITSS Group was established in 1999 and has gained international recognition with over 1,000 customers and a multitude of successful Oracle projects. PITSS is an Oracle Gold partner and, as a member of the Oracle Modernization Alliance (OMA), is the only Oracle Forms Migration partner for automated migrations. With sites in Stuttgart (HQ), Wolfratshausen near Munich, Bielefeld (Germany), Milton Keynes (UK) and Troy (USA) as well as certified international partners, the company successfully provides support for IT projects of medium sized companies, large enterprises and public contractors across the globe.

Press Contact:
PITSS GmbH
Cathrin Cambensi
Industriestr. 3
70565 Stuttgart
Germany
Tel. +49 8171 21 62-07
ccambensi@pitss.de

The new Oracle APEX Release 5.0 is now available on the market

The popular development environment that is based on database for Web Applications Oracle Application Express briefly APEX presents itself now in the new Release APEX 5.0. PITSS accompanies the new Release APEX 5.0 with precisely fitting products and services.

The completely revised Page Designer as well as the use of Modal Dialogues count to the highlights of Oracle APEX 5.0. Many clients have also demanded frequently for the integration of several Interactive Reports on one page. The numerous new features of Oracle APEX 5.0 are rounded by the new Universal Theme as well as the Theme Roller that supplies a modern and simple adaptable design for Web Applications.

PITSS is Oracle Modernization Expert and offers many solutions for supporting APEX potential buyers and APEX customers referring to the access and the use of the new APEX features. Therefore, the new PITSS.CON Release 15.0 contains valuable features like e.g. the PITSS.CON APEX Repository that are designed for the new Oracle APEX 5.0. Everyone that has decided for a modernization according to Oracle APEX, benefits from the fast and safe application with the PITSS.CON module Oracle Forms 2 APEX. But also companies that are making themselves familiar with APEX, PITSS helps them out with precisely fitting consulting services like e.g. APEX Migration Analysis. Furthermore, PITSS also lends potential buyers and customers its support in frequently asked questions like the license advice and trainings.

All the new and revised features of Oracle APEX 5.0 you can find in the New Features Guide

Further information & solutions of PITSS referring to the new Release Oracle APEX 5.0:

>> PITSS.CON Oracle Forms to APEX
>> APEX Migrationsanalyse
>> PITSS Case Study Oracle Forms nach Oracle APEX

If you have any questions relating to the new Release APEX 5.0, do not hesitate to contact us:

Dorin Schewe
PITSS Customer Service
+49 711 914012-28
dschewe@pitss.de

Technological Leap Forward in Record Time. Make new from old: This phrase best summarizes the VW’s migration of a business critical application from Oracle Forms version 3 to version 11g, Oracle ADF and MS .NET. And thanks to PITSS.CON, at a price lower than anybody expected.

“ATLAS Dezentral is now a state-of-the-art solution. We are finally able to once again use Oracle’s current standard technology and will be able to easily implement future version
updates. All the project goals were achieved in what I consider to be record time.“
David Christmann, Head of Project Delivery Systems ATLAS Dezentral at VW

You will find these “treasures” in more businesses than you think. Applications that were developed in the 90’s and since then have been consistently expanded until they are virtually perfectly suited for the respective company processes. Is that a mistake? Actually, for years now it has not been an issue. No one wants to work without these stable applications, even if in many respects they are no longer state-of-the-art.

Time and again there are discussions about whether the old system should be modernized, newly implemented or simply replaced by standard solutions. Since all of these options are costly and at the same time the users are highly satisfied with the existing solution, these discussions come to an end very quickly. However, the risks associated with these applications should not to be underestimated.

The base technology is no longer supported by the manufacturer, the hardware by far no longer corresponds to today‘s technological possibilities, spare parts are almost impossible to obtain. From the perspective of responsible risk management, this is not a sustainable situation.

…more

 

PITSS delivers a swift, economically advantageous solution for Oracle migration in record time.

“With thanks to PITSS.CON, we have made a large step on our way to a modern IT architecture and I am confident that the tools on the way will also be of use to others.“
Paul J. MacKenzie, Lieutenant Colonel (RCAF), Chief of the IT Wing A6 Staff, NAEW&CF E-3A Component

NATO is a very special organization, but no different than any other when it comes to having a tight IT budget and scarce resources for software development. An organization financed by the budgets of the 28 participating nations, NATO is particularly obliged to make the most of the funds entrusted to it by the coalition members. Decisions regarding IT solutions must reflect not only the best solution, but also cost-effectiveness.

The E3A Component, host to NATO‘s Fleet of 17 AWACS aircraft, and NATO‘s first integrated, multi-national flying unit, was in dire need of an upgrade from Oracle Forms 5 and Oracle Forms 9i to Oracle Forms 11g. The offer by the PITSS group of companies, Oracle Gold Partner and the only Oracle Forms Migration Partner for automated migrations worldwide, not only offered considerable cost savings compared with other solutions, the upgrade of 26 applications was performed within a record time of two months and was virtually problem-free.

The initial position for the planned Architecture-Redesign was problematic. The base technology for the applications – Oracle Forms 5 and mainly Oracle Forms 9i – was no longer supported by the manufacturer. More than 800 Oracle Forms Objects, more than 300 Oracle Reports, as well as numerous Libraries were outdated and not compatible nor interoperable with the current technology. Various development tools, initially Oracle Designer 2, Oracle Forms 5 and finally Oracle Designer 9i, were put into use but there was no universal, relevant and technology oriented documentation. The upgrade to Oracle Forms 11g was a vital first step in order to successfully approach Redesign.

…more

 

 

At UKOUG Application Server & Middleware SIG Meeting on 5th March 2014 in Solihull UK, PITSS Pre Sales Consultant Erik de Linde presented PITSS.CON – 360° of your Forms Application.

The UK Oracle User Group UKOUG invited PITSS to introduce PITSS.CON. Erik de Linde gave a presentation on the capability of PITSS.CON including Migration, Analytics and ADF/Apex Support. The feedback was great and most participants were interested in further information and took an opportunity to talk to PITSS about their individual Oracle Forms modernization projects. Above good discussion with representative of several companies, there was much interest in the laid out PITSS.CON documentation.

The event was well attended with about 40 people in the audience. The main focus was based to questions like: Is Oracle Forms still here and is Forms 12c on the way? How do we cope with Oracle Forms from a middleware perspective? What about License and Support issues? Are there tools out for migration and deployment? Which development techniques are right to follow Forms?

In the end PITSS comes to the result that Oracle Forms is still an important theme in the British market, but evaluation processes for succeeding platforms are in full operation.

For further information about PITSS in UK, please contact: Bernhard Hoeh, Senior Account Manager, bhoeh@pitss.com, +44 (1908) 440 016

A case study on an Oracle ADF Mobile Application Project by Oracle, PITSS and Power South Energy

Power South Energy Cooperative, headquartered in Andalusia, Ala., is an electricity generation and transmission (G&T) cooperative. Power South’s field inspectors needed a way to take photographs, collect GPS coordinates, and fill out reports in the field without a laptop.

This project was an Oracle Forms modernization effort that would provide support for offline work and data synchronization. Power South chose Oracle ADF Mobile as the development platform for the project because it offered simplified mobile development and easy integration with native device features providing field inspectors with all the functionality required on a mobile tablet.

Not only does the application collect rich coordinate and photographic data, it ensures high data quality through an excellent user interface built with an iterative design approach. Power South’s inspectors now do their work faster and with higher data integrity, leading to more reliable reporting and business intelligence. Power South’s internal team is better prepared to support tablet (iOS) technology going forward.

Oracle PITSS Power South Case Study

PITSS presentation about the Oracle ADF Mobile Project at Power South on youtube