A public sector organization from the US faced a problem with an outdated Oracle Forms-based solution. They had thousands of users but couldn’t keep the existing system running at an...
Why migrate your Oracle Forms solutions?
Organizations using older versions of Oracle Forms are often overwhelmed by increasing efforts to keep applications on older hardware and software platforms. In addition, older client-server architectures used by Oracle Forms are not suitable for moving applications to a web-based architecture. This is due to the high frequency of internal database calls that Oracle Forms makes to the Oracle Database engine.
Many of our customers want to get rid of Oracle Forms because the solution fails to meet the usability, scalability, and performance expectations of today’s users. But as time goes by, differences between modern web technologies and the slow-moving Oracle Forms constantly increase. While the development gap is widening, it is becoming more difficult to hire qualified developers to support your Oracle Forms as few want to work with this legacy technology.
Now is the time to take action and make an informed decision on the future of your Oracle Forms to stay abreast of the competition. DB Best has developed a platform to help organizations migrate Oracle Forms to modern web-based architecture.
The specialized Web API that DB Best created optimizes communication between web pages and database servers resulting in high-performance applications which scale with your needs.
Additionally, we change the architecture of the solution in the following way by extracting the SQL code from Oracle Forms and adding it to the database metadata in the form of stored procedures. Now, these procedures can be called from any application.
Why take the risk of going to Oracle’s Application Express, which is a closed-architecture system, when you can have an open code web application?
DB Best’s unique migration platform now automates up to 100% of Oracle Forms code to provide:
- Shorter conversion times
- An advanced migration algorithm
- Resulting code that looks the same
- A full test automation framework
- Completely open code
- Flexible three-tier architecture
Typical challenges we see with Oracle Forms
Outdated technologies and environment
How can I avoid running Oracle Forms on old PCs and legacy software?
The first obstacle you encounter is that your forms can run only on outdated versions of software, e.g. Java. Also, these legacy versions of the software are not secure and require a complex environment for proper performance and qualified developers for maintenance.
We offer you a solution to allow your system to operate on the web. We will modernize and optimize your outdated environment, and convert your forms to SPAs.
How can I grow my Oracle Forms data storage?
With all the limitations from a desktop-running Oracle Forms solution, you can only opt for horizontal scaling. This means buying new servers to support the growth of your data, an outdated and expensive approach.
To take advantage of the vertical scaling approach that proves to be less expensive yet more efficient, you need to upgrade your system to a modern environment. What we offer is o modernize your solution, and scale it in the smartest and the most cost-effective way.
How can I access my forms from all over the world?
Oracle Form utilizes Java Applets. This technology is far outdated, and modern browsers don’t support it. To keep up with the times, and with clients’ expectations, you need an up-to-date solution running on modern rails.
DB Best can help you reimagine the architecture of your current system. We will rebuild your Oracle Forms leveraging modern technologies and optimize your workloads. Even more, you will have a chance to create new forms inside the new solution and not be dependent on the Oracle Forms technology.
How can I save time for my Oracle Forms solution upgrade?
Oracle Forms solutions are difficult to deploy, run, and maintain. The support of your outdated system takes time and extra effort of your development team. And you still might hesitate on whether to migrate and modernize your system due to timing reasons.
With our exclusive Oracle Forms Converter, you can jump start your legacy Oracle Forms within a short period of time. The DB Best migration platform now reaches near 100% accuracy in automation conversion, allowing for a quick and smart solution upgrade.
How can I keep control over my budget?
Oracle Forms solutions are expensive to support, maintain and scale.
With the Oracle Forms migration platform from DB Best, you can upgrade your legacy Oracle Forms solution to meet your budget. Within the OFs upgrade process, we have developed an ROI model to justify the migration. This way, you get the evaluation of the migration efficiency and the savings it brings.
The best way to get started with your Oracle Forms migration project is through our future-state architectural design engagement. This is typically a 5 to 10 business day engagement where we:
- Evaluate your existing solution — We make precise checks of your Oracle Forms solution and find the most beneficial path for migration, depending on the operating environment of your system. We determine the optimal data storage option, evaluating the existing database.
- Understand your specific challenges — When the current system has been diagnosed, we determine the most critical migration points that may require additional time and effort. For example, your existing Oracle Forms-based solution may refer to files stored on the desktop and we will migrate them to another storage accordingly.
- Develop an ROI model to justify the migration — You will get an evaluation of the migration efficiency. This means you will know exactly what your investment will be for the switch and how beneficial it is in perspective.
- Create a project plan to future-proof your Oracle Forms applications — You will delve into the migration steps and the details on the way your solution will operate in a new environment, scalability options, etc.
Everyone is talking about the need for a digital transformation, but how do you get there? See how our future-state architecture design can use cutting edge technology to meet your organization’s needs.
How does the Oracle Forms migration platform work?
Recently, we released the latest version of our Oracle Forms Converter tool that allowed for faster and more accurate automatic migration. This solution converts up to 100% of Oracle Forms code automatically, which minimizes migration duration for our clients. What is more, we came up with an advanced technology algorithm capable of faultless database schemas recognition and data type conversion.
Due to switching to React.js and the refactoring of our tool, we run Unit tests to get the most precise results possible. Also, developed the GUI to make the migration more convenient and obvious for the whole team.
Finally, within your Oracle Forms migration project, you will appreciate the high level of code transparency reached by the system refactoring. Now, the converted code looks quite similar to the source code in Oracle Forms which allows you to manage the strings easily.
The following diagram demonstrates the flow of the Oracle Forms conversion:
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