Next, Oracle Application Express was taken into consideration due to the reusability of the existing PL/SQL business logic and its rapid development capability, however they soon found out that it was missing some of the key Oracle Forms features, which could not be easily recreated.
In their search for sustainable alternatives, Sogema’s team of developers were recommended to test and evaluate the FOEX Plugin Framework by a former manager. Being already familiar with Oracle APEX, the introduction to the FOEX Plugin Framework required little adjustments and a lean learning curve. The framework included many similar rich components, high performance UI elements and a user experience comparable to Oracle Forms.
The team found that working with FOEX was as easy as requesting a workspace on the website and going through the 2-day developer guide. Within the documentation application, developers found working demos of all the FOEX plugins and the team was quickly able to see how the technology is actually used behind each demo.
With a successful proof of concept delivered within their time constraints and budget, Sogema moved from the evaluation phase into fully redeveloping their entire suite of Oracle Forms applications using the FOEX Plugin Framework.
Today, SIGTAS - the application redeveloped using a combination of APEX and FOEX, is used by 12.5 million taxpayers from 26 countries, leading to a 75% productivity improvement for the employees of the government agencies who work with it.