Why is Monitoring Oracle Forms So Important?
Monitoring how applications are performing is essential for business success. While applications used to be standalone or server-side, business processes are now far more complex, and include client-server applications, cloud-hosted applications, and a number of hybrid elements, too. Application Performance Management tools give you the granular detail you need across your entire technology stack to see where problems are coming from, and keep your business running smoothly.
Unfortunately, most APM solutions have gaps, and Oracle forms-based applications are a big one. Oracle Forms is widely used to design and build enterprise applications and is known for its ease of use and efficiency. It’s a great example of how applications have changed over the years, originally designed to run server side, and then ported to other platforms such as Windows to run in a client-server environment. Later versions were ported to Java, where it can now integrate with web services. While your APM might be able to monitor basic performance data, (keeping track of CPU usage, database response time or SQL activity for example) businesses often lack monitoring tools with real-time data to give them full visibility of Oracle-forms based applications.
In response to this specific need, SharePath is the first transaction management solution which provides the real-user experience data for Oracle Forms-based applications.
What Kind of Benefits Could I See from Monitoring Oracle Forms?
SharePath can be deployed in a matter of hours, without any prior knowledge of application internals or manual mappings needed. Once it’s up and running, the software can detect, track and meter all user requests through the whole application stack. This starts from the end-user Forms applet, and includes the Apache, OC4J, Forms runtime, and Oracle Database.
The data you glean is proactive, which means that you can spot problems before they happen, reaching out and fixing any issues before your end user experiences them. As your dashboard shows you the actual experience of your end user in real-time, and compares this to historical trends and stats, it’s simple to see when something isn’t right.
Rather than solving problems for your customers once they are complaining, you can swoop in and proactively remove them before they become an issue, establishing the best escalation path where it’s needed. This all-encompassing visibility allows businesses to create an environment of customer experience excellence.
Behind the scenes, you have unparalleled visibility into the source of application bottlenecks. Whether it’s coming from end-user requests, or issues with desktop and application logic, or even if there is an error with a specific SQL statement, you have all the facts in granular detail.
You’ll never have to solve issues in crisis mode, as you’re always steps ahead of any challenge. Use SharePath to analyse stress-tests, isolating any bugs and resolving scalability struggles before they become a reality for your end users.
What Features Should I Expect for Monitoring Oracle Forms?
Transaction-level insight is essential if you want to isolate problems in real-time. You can’t afford to be grasping in the dark. With SharePath you can see the name of the Forms window, as well as the action performed, and the item label that was used by the specific end-user. Right alongside, you can see the response time.
You can also track each transaction, showing the path and metering of each user request. This follows transactions through the entire technology stack. You can trace the path from the end-user applet, through Apache, OC4J, and Forms runtime, all the way down to the database and SQLs. For application owners, this means you have at your disposal the usage statistics for all transactions. This in turn allows you to manage service-level agreements and generate reports to prove performance to key stakeholders.
Your APM should also be a powerful tool for Engineers, Developers and Support staff, offering quick isolation and resolution of bottlenecks, outages or other issues. SharePath does this with cross-tier application performance analysis and change impact analysis, all on the backdrop of user-based context in real-time. Developers can see how change is impacting the actual user experience, ensuring application scalability and stability. As well as real-time problem solving, this also helps QA Engineers and Stress Testers plan ahead, reducing the time it takes to roll out new features without adding risk.
Of course, your data is only as good as what you can do with it. Reports and graphics need to be simple to read and share and include historical data and statistics for comparison. This supports faster and more accurate decision making and smart business practice, allowing your data to become actionable analytics for change.
Being able to monitor Oracle Forms-based applications is a unique selling point for SharePath, one that sets us apart from other application performance management tools on the market. With SharePath, you can enjoy granular visibility from end to end, improve customer service for your end-users, and architect your business practices to stand out from the competition.
About the author: Jeff Westenhaver is the Sales Director at Correlsense.