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 More than 800 Oracle Forms Objects, more than 300 Oracle Reports, as well as numerous Libraries were outdated and not compatible nor interoperable with the current technology.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.