Oracle specialist Gerd Volberg shared the results of his 2011 Oracle Forms Poll on his blog Talk2Gerd. Nearly 1000 customers in Germany and the German-speaking countries completed the survey. You can read the full details on his blog (German version is available too).
The results are interesting and lead to some surprising conclusions:
- almost 40% of the respondents are (still) using Forms 6i. Although his survey didn’t differentiate between 6i webforms and 6i client/server, I guess they haven’t upgraded to a new version because they run in client/server mode;
- around 90% of the respondents have over 10 years experience working with Forms. The average was 15 years. This is an incredible amount of experience and it is most likely a main reason for the perceived “unrivaled” productivity of Forms.
- most site will upgrade their Forms environment in the (near) future, however over 60% is not considering to replace Forms.
- of all respondents that are considering to replace Forms, only a very small percentage will move to another Oracle toolset. Actually, 40% of the customers indicate they’ll more to .NET. Oracle’s ADF ranked third.
- Apex is not considered much as a next step after Forms.
I guess these answers could worry Oracle. 60% of the Oracle Forms customers are not going to replace Oracle Forms with something new. It is hard for developers to move from Forms, a tool they have many years of experience with to something entirely new and (at least in the beginning) much less productive. Not replacing Form is not a problem on itself. Forms customer are loyal database customers. If they however do replace, they apparently choose platforms like .NET or Java, with less ties to the Oracle database. Over time, this could cost Oracle also lot of database customers.
I did not expect these results and I’esponses, but it would be great to see what the results are in other countries. Please fill out our own Oracle Forms Usage Survey if you are currently using Orahttp://blog.whitehorses.nl/wp-admin/plugins.phpcle Forms for a production system. We’ll share the results on this blog.Interesting finds in Oracle Forms survey,