What is the Future of Oracle Forms? Our Twitter Battle Weigh In

During the past few weeks, there seemed to be another fight about the future of Oracle Forms in the latest Twitter battle. 


On one side, we had the Forms diehards claiming that Oracle has been trying to kill off the product for years, and specifically accusing the Oracle ADF Project Managers to be behind it all. While on the other side, we had people like Grant Ronald spearheading the charge that the ADF Product Managers were not the ones spreading false panic about Oracle trying to kill off Forms, explaining that their philosophy has always been- until this day- that customers should choose the right tool for the right job. 


In all fairness, hundreds of times I have heard Grant Ronald explain that “people would not hammer in a nail with the back of a screwdriver”. And it is the same thing with your Oracle Forms toolset. 


I have worked with Grant for almost 2 decades, including when he was the ADF Product Manager. Together, we would do sessions all over the world about the future of Forms and the modernization of Forms. At no point did we claim that people should throw away their Forms investments, but instead we showed how they could leverage the existing forms with new ADF front ends using AuraPlayer. 

As you can see here, in this video series, he was a supreme champion of leveraging Oracle Forms into the next generation. Grant never claimed, at any point, that Forms was about to die, rather that we should figure out how to include Forms into the digital and cloud generation that was quickly becoming the new reality. 


Similar to Grant, Michael Ferrante has been our rock at Oracle, spearheading this same philosophy by investing a lot of energy and showing an incredible amount of perseverance. So much so that he ultimately got the powers that be at Oracle to invest money into supplying a version of Oracle Forms on Oracle Cloud infrastructure! This was really our dinosaur in space moment when we saw a whole new version of Forms, that allowed for the future of Oracle Forms as a cloud product. 


With all the heated discussion on Twitter, it was important for us to put our two cents in this in a blog for clarity and for posterity. And we couldn’t do the topic justice on Twitter with a 280 character limit, because it’s just too important.


In the past, the Apex team did claim that they were the next generation of Forms. And that the best option was, of course, to stop using Forms and to redevelop those investments in Apex, utilizing the wizard that Apex provides and then redeveloping the rest of the backend code. We also had Twitter fights about this for decades. 


We were honored and surprised when, about a year ago, Insum came to us and said that they wanted to begin a deep partnership with AuraPlayer. They saw that in the case of major Forms applications with hundreds of forms with very complex business, redevelopment of all forms might not be the best way. And they sought to partner with us in order to bring about a hybrid solution. You could read more about the partnership and our philosophy for how to bring Forms into the next generation in this whitepaper and see the incredible results of our partnership in this demo video.

What remains clear is that no matter what application we choose to develop in, in the future, a hybrid environment is the best way to preserve your return on investment, to ensure the stability of the system, and to leverage your existing investments going forward. Oracle has renewed their commitment to supporting Oracle Forms, as you can see here.


So there is no immediate need to rush off of Forms, no matter what an Oracle Sales Representative might be telling you while trying to sell you the newest Cloud product. 


In addition, you might choose to be developing in a next-generation technology, based with an HTML or JavaScript front end as your next-generation tool set. And there are many to choose from, whether it’s open source, Oracle’s Visual Builder, Oracle Apex or others- including AuraPlayer, that provides you with a Forms modernization wizard. So, whatever your choice may be, no one thinks that throwing away Oracle Forms is the way to go. 


In the meantime, if you’re at a crossroads trying to decide your way forward, we’d be happy to help you — as we’ve done for hundreds of others. Feel free to reach out for your free consultation.

David Buch
Senior Products Manager

David, our Senior Products Manager, is a highly experienced professional specializing in product definition, innovations, and development, with broad customer understanding, and skillful people management. He has over 20 years of R&D work experience, and continues to excel in his expertise. When he is not working, David enjoys spending his time as a professional tuba player joining symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles.

Elizabeth Pearl
Relationship Manager

Before joining AuraPlayer, Elizabeth completed a Masters degree in Education and worked as a teacher. Elizabeth’s role as Customer Relationship Manager combines both her passion for technology and her deep desire to educate  others. On a daily basis, Elizabeth takes the valuable insights she gained as a teacher and uses them to rise within the world of tech. She uses her skills of active listening, organization, preparation, and clear communication to enhance the wonderful relationships she has with both coworkers and customers.


Elizabeth is originally from the United States but currently resides in England. In her spare time, she loves exercising, spending time with her family and friends, and playing volleyball.

Nathalie Wasserman
CFO & Operations Manager

Natalie is proud to be AuraPlayer’s Operations and Chief Financial Officer. She takes pride in her work, and loves being a part of the AuraPlayer family. Prior to working at AuraPlayer, Nathalie worked at various companies as an accountant. She attended the University College London (UCL), where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in economics and business. She then went on to pursue a Master’s degree in Political Economies in Eastern Europe. 

Gwen Edwards
VP Business Development

An expert in helping businesses seize their potential and grow, Gwen is committed to take AuraPlayer to the next level. With over 30 years of experience in the high technology sector and working with Fortune 500 companies, she works as an advisor for growing businesses to help enhance their value and reach their business objectives. She’s a dynamic member of our team, leveraging her sales and marketing, and P&L experience to our current and future product suite.

Gwen also serves on a several private company boards in Silicon Valley, and is an active member of the angel investment network, Golden Seeds.

Yossi Nakash
CTO & Co-Founder

A true developer, Yossi has been developing and coding in Java / J2EE, C++, .Net, and C# for over 20 years, focusing mainly on the RD side of things. Entering the Oracle World about 10 years ago, Yossi immersed himself in the world of Oracle SOA, Weblogic, EBS and EBS Mobile, as well as the Java side of things.

Prior to joining Mia to found AuraPlayer, Yossi held the role of RD team leader at RadView and was a Java developer at Motorola.