Wednesday Apr 06, 2016

Upgrading to 12.2.5.1? There is a mandatory Patch Required 21959406. See below.

Hello Please see MOS Note: Demantra Demand Management Release 12.2.5.1. This is a mandatory Patch Required 21959406 AFTER applying Demantra 12.2.5.1 Patch 21951481

Of course this is also available at the VCP Information Center (IC), MOS note 2007934.2.   Click on the DM tab, Install - Upgrade tab.

Jeff

Monday Mar 21, 2016

Demantra 12.2.5.1 Upgrade Workflow Security Enhancements Callouts UTL_HTTP, URL and EBS

Hello Demantra Customers!  Upgrading to 12.2.5.1?  There are changes in the workflow.  There is a new alert white paper that describes some of the new security measures implemented in Oracle Demantra 12.2.5.1 as part of Oracle’s continuous security assertion.  This focuses on 3 types of workflow callouts: UTL_HTTP, URL and EBS.  For more information, see MOS note Calling Demantra Workflow using HTTP POST method in Oracle Demantra 12.2.5.1 and up. New enhanced security measures. ACL permission error. (Doc ID 2118871.1)

Friday Mar 18, 2016

Oracle Cloud IaaS is now available and has support for PRODUCTION Issues

Oracle's Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) enables you to create new instances of Oracle Value Chain Planning in Oracle Cloud, or clone your on-premises Oracle Value Chain Planning environments to Oracle Cloud.

Hosting Oracle Value Chain Planning environments in the cloud can benefit your organization in multiple ways, including:

  • Reducing infrastructure costs.
  • Providing the capability to allocate infrastructure temporarily for short-term projects such as proof of concept testing, functional and technical training and testing, and customization development.
  • Providing the capability to use Oracle Application Management Suite for Oracle Value Chain Planning to monitor on-premises and cloud environments simultaneously, and to automate the deployment of patches and customizations.

Note: Oracle Value Chain Planning Cloud support is limited to release 12.2 and 12.1.3-based environments on Oracle Linux, and currently excludes configurations with Oracle RAC, DMZ, and external integrations.

See MOS Note: Getting Started with Oracle Value Chain Planning in the Oracle Cloud (Doc ID 2095953.1)

Friday Mar 04, 2016

Premier support for Oracle Demantra 7.3.1.5 has been extended from September 2016 to December 2019!

We are pleased to announce that the Premier support for Oracle Demantra 7.3.1.5 has been extended from September 2016 to December 2019.
This aligns with the support lifecycle of VCP 12.1.3.9.

Note that to receive support for this version you will need to be on latest cumulative patch set of 7.3.1.5.
All other versions of 7.3.1 will end their Premier support after September 2016.

For additional information regarding Oracle Applications support timelines please see http://www.oracle.com/us/support/library/lifetime-support-applications-069216.pdf

Tuesday Feb 09, 2016

Demantra In The Cloud? You Bet! Take a look at MOS Note 2095953.1

Oracle's Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) enables you to create new instances of Oracle Value Chain Planning in Oracle Cloud, or clone your on-premises Oracle Value Chain Planning environments to Oracle Cloud.

Hosting Oracle Value Chain Planning environments in the cloud can benefit your organization in multiple ways, including:

  • Reducing infrastructure costs.
  • Providing the capability to allocate infrastructure temporarily for short-term projects such as proof of concept testing, functional and technical training and testing, and customization development.
  • Providing the capability to use Oracle Application Management Suite for Oracle Value Chain Planning to monitor on-premises and cloud environments simultaneously, and to automate the deployment of patches and customizations.

Take a look! 

Thursday Jan 21, 2016

Announcing availability of 12.2.5 Mandatory Consolidated Patch 2 | Also: Windows 10 and MS IE 11 support

Hello All!

Value Chain Planning is announcing the availability of 22493520:R12.SCP_PF.C - VCP CONSOLIDATED PATCH 2 FOR R12.SCP_PF.C.DELTA.6.

This is a mandatory patch that replaces Consolidated Patch 1 for all 12.2.5 VCP customers.  Any customers on 12.2.5.1, new 12.2.5 customers, or customers that are upgrading to 12.2.5 need to apply this patch.

The patch addresses performance and other issues that could not be included in CP1, which was released on “day 1” for 12.2.5, but which we deem critical to mandate.


Other recently asked questions on tech certifications:
- Will PS, SNO, and Demantra run on Windows 10 client?
Yes, we have done base certification and  have not found issues when running with IE 11.  (MS Edge browser is not supported for any of our products at this moment due to issues with Forms and Java applets).

- When can we expect 12.1.3 and 12.2.4 to support IE 11 browser for ADF based screens (ASCP, IO)? (12.2.5 supports IE 11 already)
To support IE 11, we need customers to upgrade to a later version of WLS (as we rely on an ADF version that supports IE 11 that is part of a newer WLS version than what we have certified).  
For 12.1.3 and 12.2.4 we are looking at forced upgrades for people that are using ADF as we cannot maintain dual code lines to support multiple ADF/WLS versions.  We are working with Oracle Support to send out Alert Notes to those customers that are on those releases ahead of time (2mo notice), so that they can plan WLS ADF upgrades as part of getting ADF UI bug fixes (that force the issue). While a large number of customers run IE, this also means that customers that use ADF that are not running IE will be impacted. It also means that 12.1.3.8 customers that use our early ADF screens and need IE 11 compatibility will have to move to 12.1.3.9 patch 3 when it becomes available. 12.2.4 customers would automatically be forced to uptake the newer versions, there will not be a separate cumulative patch (ie. 12.2.4.2) for this. 
We will confirm availability to this forum when the code is available.

Monday Jan 11, 2016

New! Available Demantra generic 12.2.x database platform patch that includes four new fixes

Hello! There is a new patch available, 18139794.

A generic 12.2.x database platform patch that includes new fixes. 

PLEASE NOTE: This patch is not to be installed on 12.2.5.x

This patch is accumulative and contains all the bugs fixes from previous builds of this patch.

Before applying the patch please ensure that the Apps server , Engine and Business Modeller are all closed / shutdown.

Summary of Latest Bug fixes added to the 12.2.x generic patch  (12.2.1 to 12.2.4.x)    BUT NOT 12.2.5.x

  • THE ROLLING GROUP FEATURE CAUSED THE DEMANTRA ENGINE INSERT_UNIT TO ERROR
    Fix: INSERT_UNITS calls EXECUTE_PROFILES (Rolling Updates) with the correct rolling group name.
  • ROLLING PROFILE DATA EXECUTION IS NOT GIVING THE REQUIRED OUTPUT
    Fix: EXECUTE_PROFILES (Rolling Updates) where EXTRA_FROM contains ITEMS or LOCATION
  • DEMANTRA DATA LOADING - TNS DATE FORMAT ISSUES
    Fix: EP_LOAD issues caused when changing the  TNS DATE FORMAT setting.

 

Monday Nov 23, 2015

Looking for 12.2.5.1 Install Guide, System Requirements, Implementation Guide and User Guides? See Below

Hello!  The guides can be found at the following URL.  They have been updated where required.

http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E26401_01/nav/vcp.htm

Doc 443969.1 will be updated as soon as possible.  

Regards!  Jeff

Wednesday Nov 18, 2015

Demantra Demant Planning Analyzer v200.2 is NOW Available!

Hello!  There is a new version of the Demantra Analyzer.  

See the latest in this MOS note: 1618885.1

See the overview doc here: 2079537.1

There are additional data points, a new format that is easier to review.  Additional comprehensive verification!  Give it a try!

Regards!   Jeff

Wednesday Oct 21, 2015

Demantra 12.2.5.1 is available!

Hello!  Demantra does not have version 12.2.5 available.  Demantra provides 12.2.5.1 with a mandatory patch 21959406.  

Please see MOS notes 2068456.1 and 2068458.1. 

It is best to keep ASCP and Demantra at the same level but not 100% required unless otherwise advised.  Regards!  Jeff

Monday Oct 19, 2015

New Demantra Information Center White Papers - Topical Essays

 See the Information Center Overview and Alerts: Oracle Demand Management (Demantra) (Doc ID 1400486.2)

 

From this link you can click into the VCP Information Center Master Index or drill into the Demant White Papers and Topical Essays.

Regards!  Jeff

Wednesday Oct 07, 2015

Are you on 12.2.4.1? There is a mandatory patch that requires application.

Hello!   If you have upgraded to version 12.2.4.1 there is a mandatory patch:

Oracle Demantra Post Release 12.2.4.1 Mandatory Patch Application - Patch 19945449, patch 1960180.1.

 

Demantra 12.2.4.1, new required patch 19945449, ARU# 18420277, Demantra patch 12240066 - is now available.
It was discovered that the engine throws a segmentation fault while running CDP consumption profile.

Please see the additional information in the readme Notes:

Please refer to Oracle Support note 453127.1 if more then 1 instance of Demantra is installed on the same machine.

If you are using a WAR file to deploy the application to the web server, recreate and redeploy the WAR file after applying the patch on the centralized machine, in order to ensure the changes made by the patch are propagated to the web server.

It is necessary to clear the Java Plug-in cache on the client machine in order to ensure the changes made by this patch are loaded by the browser.
To clear the Java Plug-in cache click Start -> Control Panel -> Double-click the Java icon in the control panel.
Then Click Settings under Temporary Internet Files section -> Delete Files.

Monday Sep 21, 2015

New Demantra Log File Parser in PERL

Hello!  There is a new Demantra Log File Parser available.  This is written in PERL.  Take a look.  As always, comments are welcome.

MOS Note 2053982.1:  Demantra Demand Planning Log File Parser

Tuesday Jun 30, 2015

Upgrading Demantra 7.3.1.x to 12.2.x can produce duplicate rows. There are two ways to solve this issue.

Upgrading Demantra 7.3.1.x to 12.2.x can produce duplicate rows.  There are two ways to solve; apply 21089579 before your upgrade to 12.2.x or wait for 12.2.5.1.  The platform upgrade resolves this issue in 12.2.5.1.  Apply this patch before your upgrade from 7.3.1.x to 12.2.x.  After an application upgrade SITE_TYPE_CODE, SITE_TYPE_DESC, ACCT_TYPE_CODE, ACCT_TYPE_DESC columns do not have a default '0'.  Please note that this patch does not remove any existing "duplicate" rows in ITEMS, LOCATION, MDP_MATRIX or SALES_DATA.


Upgrading from Demantra 7.3.1.x to 12.2.x? This can produce duplicate rows. There are two ways to solve. See patch 21089579 and the details in this note. (Doc ID 2025954.1)

Thursday Jun 18, 2015

Demantra Certification Study Guides, Exam Preparation

Hello All!   We have the certification documents available!  They are located at

https://community.oracle.com/docs/DOC-916146

There you will find:

  • The PDF from May 2015 webcast, Demantra Certification.  Are you attempting to get certified?  Let's walk through the process!
  • Mfg_DEM_Advisor_Webcast_2015_0610.pdf
  • Mfg_DEM_Advisor_Webcast_Certification_2015_0610-Part-2.pdf
  • Demantra-Certification-Technical.pdf
    • This is still in draft however, plenty of technical points that will add to your understanding of Demantra troubleshooting and management
  • Demantra-Certification-Topics.pdf

Of course, there are plenty of webcasts, as noted in Demantra-Certification-Topics.pdf.  Remember, the test is based on 7.3.1.4.  I would advise that you stay with manuals that are available for 7.3.1.4 as made available at Oracle Demantra Documentation Library, DOCs, TOIs and Training Available(Doc ID 443969.1). 

There is one more site that will help you drill into specific topics.  This site has whitepapers from Demantra DEV and Support Proactive Services that will provide detailed analysis and direction to Demantra functional and technical topics.  The MOS note is:

Development and Proactive Services Document Library. CRITICAL Updates, Comprehensive, Impactful White Papers, Guides, Notes +! Oracle Value Chain Planning Suite ASCP GOP Demantra RP APCC SNO IO DSR PS SPP, Note 1669052.1

Additionally, the Demantra Information Center is being updated and integrated into the NEW Value Chain Planning (VCP) Information Center!  I will provide details as soon as they are available.

As always, feel free to contact me.   Best to you in your efforts!   Jeff

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