Oracle Forms & APEX

Upgrade, modernize and add productivity to your Forms-based legacy system

– check our fixed price offers below:

Mobilize with APEX-based templates for enterprise level deployment,

– setup workflows across Forms and APEX, and replace Reports

Forms Pure-upgrade

The Pure-upgrade from version 10 / 11 to version is automated and maintain the original source code without any change to the User Interface –  and the users will benefit from:

  • the usage of CLIENTDPI as a runtime parameter
  • option to apply custom color schemes.
  • no JRE, using javaws or FSAL (recommended)

This upgrade is included in our Forms Value-upgrade, with the UI, look & feel modernization. The upgrade from version 6i is partly manual, follows the steps as documented in the manual  ”Upgrading Oracle Forms6i to Oracle Forms 12c”.


APEX 18.1 templates

We have chosen to apply APEX for several reasons,  a)  it is an Oracle product and part of the Database   b) no new license is required  and c)  there is a large community and a packaged Apps market – and further support from Open Source / Shareware.

PLPDF print

Create PDF, DOCX and XLSX documents and reports from your Oracle database – with the full PL/SQL support and MS Word template engine.

Development setup

For all Forms and APEX related projects a shared development resource is setup at the Softbase hosting center.  This service is included free of charge and combined with Skype-sessions this secures high productivity – the background for fixed cost projects.

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Forms Value-upgrade

Look & Feel derived from APEX, consenting with the general GUI’s in a Web 2.0 environment and fit for large screens, High Definition – and zoom level set per user.

All GUI, look & feel, components are built using Native Forms Components – no Pluggable Java Components. This secures that your legacy application remains compatible with announced future releases and upgrades from Oracle.

Forms-APEX workflow

Basic linking from any Forms page to APEX plus integration, data from Forms are automatically transferred to APEX and opens up for APEX-based reporting. Knowing that Oracle Reports not will be developed any further, it makes sense to start migration. Gradual transfer of BI-like analysis / reports to APEX will do most of the job – leaving pdf-type reports to be migrated to another new tool.

This integration is available directly for Forms version 12c – just after the Forms Pure-upgrade, or as an addon for the Forms Value-upgrade.

Digital Transformation

All above is about Forms upgrade and modernization – hereafter Forms will become less visible; just one technology out of a mix of Oracle, Google ++ and Open source. Terminology changes but substance remains – in this case the definition for Web-Mashup:  info from more than one source displayed in an unified way. The classic example is Google Maps integrated with data for sales/service locations – but have an open mind; any image integrated with any data!

Development & Hosting

For our own SaaS business, Logistics / ERP, we handle hosting on a component basis – renting physical facilities from the hosting center, but designing and handling the software setup ourselves. This provides the backbone also for the Forms-services: a) we can easily “clone” a development environment – to be shared with a customer – and b) the customer may have a copy of our hosting setup, a ready-made production setup.

Development communities

Related to the large User-group organizations, there are active communities for the major tools, like Database, Forms and Reports, APEX etc. We participate here to check trends with colleagues and end-users.