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Consultant
Sr. Oracle Developer at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
Jul 27 2016

What is most valuable?

It has been around for a long time and a lot of companies are using it. It's pretty flexible for it's age. Reports gives you a lot of possibilities to do multiple queries. It’s really good, robust tool.

What needs improvement?

We do consulting for companies that are already using it, and we do enhancements if they want to add a report or a form. It needs to stay up with the times a little bit more. Everyone wants to move into web services and applications.

What other advice do I have?

I would look into the next technology. 80% of the technology in the Chicago police department is still on Oracle forms and reports even though they want to move out. I would rate it an 8 out of 10, however.
Vendor
Programmer at a aerospace/defense firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 29 2016

What is most valuable?

The best feature we've found is the ability to capture and display exact values in the database. That's exactly what the end user wants to see, because if they store something in the database that they want to retrieve later on, Forms is on… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It's allows end users who don't have technical backgrounds to capture, edit, and later retrieve data in the database.

What needs improvement?

You can customize it way too much and it becomes confusing to control. You have different users who want to customize it for their purposes, so everybody is doing something different. Then you write a code, and somebody else has to maintain… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Let's say that we spend a lot of money, but it's useful. We're willing to pay for that.

What other advice do I have?

Spend time playing with it prior to purchasing it, and then make the decision.
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Vendor
Consultant at a aerospace/defense firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 29 2016

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… more »

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… more »

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… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Every Oracle product is expensive. Forms is no exception.

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.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend training for your developers on the tool.

What is Oracle Forms?

Oracle Forms, a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware, is Oracle's long-established technology to design and build enterprise applications quickly and efficiently. Using the latest version can easily integrate with nearly any modern or legacy technology application requires. Whether application needs to include authentication using Oracle Access Manager, or communicating with Web Services, or running reports in Oracle Reports or Oracle BI-Publisher, or even working with Microsoft Office tools, Oracle Forms can get the job done. Powerful desktop applications delivered with the easy and scalability of a web applications.

Oracle Forms customers

Cologne Data, Jubilee Life, Shikun Binui Group, DTE Energy