What is most valuable?
There are a few features we've found very valuable in Oracle Forms. First, it's a very flexible solution. It also gives us the ability to provide a front end for the customer to access their data. Additionally, we can update our database through the application.
How has it helped my organization?
We've automated a lot of the daily administrative tasks through our applications. I go back to the old COBOL days as I originally programmed in COBOL. Forms is kind of like that in that it provides a standard method for us to provide those solutions to the customer again.
In other words, we can tailor the interface, the GUI, so that when users go from one application to another application and to yet another application, it gives us the capability to standardize that front end for the customer so it isn't something totally new when they go in there. It gives them a comfort.
For our bosses, it's a good thing that they aren't getting hammered by functional users saying, "Hey, what are you guys doing?" It's basically good customer service to have a product like Forms.
What needs improvement?
In the form itself building it, you can set up selected update functions in the properties. There are times where that gets disconnected. Essentially, what it's doing is it's pointing to a package in the database to go do its work. The functionality of that piece, occasionally, doesn't know what it is. The form no longer compiles, and you have to go back and redo those. That's the biggest shortcoming that I've come across.
What was my experience with deployment of the solution?
It's been able to deploy without any huge issues.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
Everything's been solid. We've had no big stability issues.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
It's been scaleable for our needs.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?
We were using COBOL when I got there, then we migrated to Oracle. Forms provided a much better, higher-quality GUI for the customer.
How was the initial setup?
I think the initial setup was fairly easy. Coming from the display-accept world in COBOL on a VAX-11/780, the biggest challenge was learning the tool. Aside from that, it was fairly simple to use. We had some training, and we took off and ran with it.
What about the implementation team?
We implemented it ourselves with our in-house team.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?
Every Oracle product is expensive. Forms is no exception.
What other advice do I have?
I would recommend training for your developers on the tool.