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Joel Kallman’s Legacy and the future of Oracle Forms

As we mark another Joel Kallman Day and reflect back on this past year, it’s really incredible to see the continued developments within the APEX community and even within the Oracle Forms world. 


Just a couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to partner with Michael Ferrante, the Oracle Forms Product Manager, on a webinar called “Oracle Forms: What’s Now and What’s Next”. (And no, APEX was not the result of what’s next 😀). The session offered many insights into new and upcoming enhancements and next-gen functionality for existing Forms applications. It was fantastic to see so many people turn out for the event, which proved what we knew all along –  the Forms community is growing, innovating, and leveraging their Forms investments.


Our webinar was hosted through ODTUG and run under the APEX community track. Historically, the APEX community at ODTUG was a small one until Joel Kallman decided to take it under his wing. Under his direction, the community grew from being one of the smallest to one of the largest, while in tandem, he also embraced hybrid environments and Oracle Forms developers. That was Joel’s essence. He could be so passionate about APEX as the future of development at Oracle, yet not leave behind the hundreds of thousands of Forms developers still utilizing the mature technology. He stood up to those in the APEX community who preached that it was time to get rid of Forms and migrate away from it – those who wanted to throw out the baby with the bathwater. Instead, he was enthusiastic about hybrid environments, insisting that each job has the right tool. 


Joel taught us to grow and thrive while cultivating a sense of connection and community with one another. During his extensive travels, he always maintained a keen sense of his audience and embraced all people of every technological background. Many will recall that one of his favorite things to do was to take a photo of everybody waving at his sessions around the world. I fondly recall him introducing himself in Hebrew at a session in the Israeli user group. To him, connection, community, and innovation were equally important and went hand-in-hand. 


Joel’s legacy is that APEX continues to grow by leaps and bounds, and his passion and determination endure in the community. Oracle is committed to innovation. It’s wonderful that even Oracle Forms is now in a state of renewal and innovation, with Forms 14c version set to arrive shortly. AuraPlayer is privileged to be part of these amazing communities, and Joel’s legacy continues to inspire us as we build and move forward.


For more information on Oracle Forms developments and innovation, feel free to download the webinar with Michael Ferrante, “Oracle Forms: What’s Now and What’s Next”.

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.