Friday Jan 09, 2015

Demantra 12.2.4.1. Are you upgrading or have upgraded? New Mandatory Patch is available.

Are you already at 12.2.4.1?  Demantra 12.2.4.1 has a 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.

Wednesday Dec 10, 2014

Hello Demantra Customers! Are you at version 12.2.4.1? A new cumulative patch will be released soon.

Hello Demantra Customers!  Are you at version 12.2.4.1?  A new cumulative patch will be released soon.  This 12.2.4.1 cumulative patch is different to the 12.2.x patch strategies in the respect
that it will only contain fixes that are new to 12.2.4.1.  This cumulative patch is scheduled to be released later this month, December 2014.  To monitor, see this note, 1952805.1 or visit the Oracle Demantra BLOG at https://blogs.oracle.com/demantra/

Wednesday Nov 26, 2014

Oracle Demantra Demand Planning Announcing New Release 12.2.4.1 is Now Available MOS Note 1948684.1

Announcing Oracle Demantra Demand Planning 12.2.4.1 Release

We are excited to announce Oracle Demantra Demand Planning 12.2.4.1 is now available for new and existing customers.

Oracle Demantra Demand Planning 12.2.4.1 includes several features in 12.2.4. Key features include:

  • Oracle In-Memory Consumption-Driven Planning
  • 64-bit Analytical Engine
  • User Access Control
  • Additional Demantra Hierarchies in APCC
  • Launch Management Extended to DM and PTP Components
  • APCC Support for Trade Hierarchies and Data
  • Streamlined Promotion Creation and Improved Method Usability
  • Promotion Calendar Enhancements
  • Printing Promotion Calendar
  • Streamlined Simulations
  • Enhanced Shipment and Consumption Planning Support
  • Demantra- Improved Worksheet Performance
  • VCP and Demantra- Support E1 Long Item Code
  • VCP and Demantra- Certified with Oracle 12.1.0.2 DB in Memory


Uptake of VCP 12.2.4.1 is mandatory for all VCP and Demantra 12.2.4 installations.

  • Demantra Patch Number is 19973580.
  • For E1 customers Long Item Code  Patch Number is 19608405.
  • Demantra 12.2.4.1 will only work with VCP 12.2.4.1.
  • Demantra 12.2.4.1 and VCP 12.2.4.1 will work with EBS 12.1.3 or EBS 12.2.4.


Questions?


If you would like additional information regarding Oracle Demantra 12.2.4.1 functionality, certification and deployment please refer to the Demanta Documentation Library on My Oracle Support (Document  443969.1).

Contact Jeffery.goulette@oracle.com with direct questions.   Regards!   Jeff

Monday Nov 24, 2014

UPDATED: Does Demantra support Edition Based Redefinition (EBR)? How do I address EBR in my EBS instance?

Hello Demantra Customers!  Do you know what Edition Based Redefinition (EBR) is or how it impacts Demantra?  EBS uses EBR for online patching.

There is a new update to the referenced MOS note below.  Demantra DOES NOT support Edition Based Redefinition. 

Edition-Based Redefinition enables you to upgrade an application's database objects while the application is in use, thus minimizing or eliminating down time. This is accomplished by changing (redefining) database objects in a private environment known as an edition.  Only when all changes have been made and tested do you make the new version of the application available to users.

Edition-based redefinition allows multiple versions of PL/SQL objects, views and synonyms in a single schema, which makes it possible to perform upgrades of database applications with zero down time.

Large, mission critical applications built on Oracle Database 11g Release 1 and earlier versions are often unavailable for tens of hours while the application’s database objects are patched or upgraded.  Oracle Database 11g Release 2 introduces edition-based redefinition, a revolutionary new capability that allows online application upgrades with uninterrupted availability of the application.  When the installation of the upgrade is complete, the pre-upgrade application and the post-upgrade application can be used at the same time.

EBS supports EBR from the 12.2 release onwards in the online patching feature.

To read about EBR and Demantra, see the new white paper, Oracle Demantra and RDBMS Edition-Based Redefinition (EBR) EBS schema - Processing and Patching (Doc ID 1932210.1)

Friday Oct 31, 2014

New White Papers in Development Sponsored White Paper Library!

Hello Demantra Customers!  There is a new Development sponsored Value Chain Planning and Demantra library!  This library is exclusive to Demantra Development and Oracle Proactive Support.  There are excellent white papers and more!  See Development and Proactive Services Document Library White Papers (Doc ID 1669052.1)

 As of today, we provide

    Value Chain Planning
    - ASCP Data Collections
    - Demantra Demand Planning  * see below
    - Strategic Network Optimization
    - Rapid Planning
    - Global Order Promising
    - Collaborative Planning
    - WebLogic
    - IO Inventory Optimization
    - SPP Service Parts Planning
    - DP Distribution Planning
    - Integration
    - Information Centers

    Specifically for Demantra
    - Architecture
    - Install and Upgrade
    - Integration, Data Loading and CTO
    - Workflow Issues
    - Worksheet Related
    - Engine Related
    - Performance
    - User Interface Use and Design
    - Diagnostic Tools
    - Weblogic Related

Demantra Development Sponsored White Paper Library, NEW ADDITIONS!

Hello Demantra Customers!  As you know we a Development and Proactive Services document library.  These are hand picked, powerful notes.  Two new notes have been added;

Custom Hierarcies and Demantra SSO using Oracle Access Manager (OAM) 11g - synchronization between Demantra and Oracle Identity Management / Oracle Virtual Directory (OID/OVD).

Look under Demantra Worksheets and Demantra Integration.  See My Oracle Support note 1669052.1.

New Development Sponsored White Paper Single Sign On Using OAM OID and OVD

Hello Demantra Customers!   There is a new Development sponsored white paper! Single Sign-on Setup for Demantra Using the Oracle Access Manager (OAM) 11g - synchronization between Demantra and Oracle Identity Management / Oracle Virtual Directory (OID/OVD) (Doc ID 1940438.1).  This doc will guide you through the steps to achieve integration.  

 

This white paper covers the following topics and much more.   Complete with references and guides.

  • Prerequisites
  • Configuring Single Sign-on
  • Configure a new Oracle HTTP Server (OHS) instance specifically to protect the Demantra WebLogic server
  • Install the new Oracle Access Manager Webgate 11g
  • Ensure that the global logout work properly
  • Configuring Demantra application server(weblogic) to setup OAMIdentityAsserter security provider
  • Authentication in the web.xml file of the Demantra Application
  • Modifying security realm of the weblogic server to setup Identity asserter provider
  • Create a new Authentication Schemes (DemAuthScheme)
  • Resolve the issue of java applets that are not loading in OAM 11g or 10g
  • Demantra with OAM supports the following links
  • Test that you have successfully configured SSO for Demantra

Thursday Oct 23, 2014

Oracle Demantra 12.2.4 RDBMS 12C Important Updates to Consider

Hello Demantra Customer!   Are you considering an upgrade to you Oracle Demantra software?  Are you implementing Oracle RDBMS 12C with Demantra?  There are critical MOS notes that you may want to review.

  • 12.2.1, 12.2.2, 12.2.3 and 12.2.4 Install Upgrade ADVISOR: Demantra (Doc ID 1664177.2)
  • DEMANTRA WARNING Have you OR are you Planning to Upgrade to Release 12.2.2? Upgrade from 12.2.2 to 12.2.3 or 12.2.4 Collections EP Load is Failing ORA-20002, ORA-00001, ORA-06512 (Doc ID 1917715.1)
  • Upgrading to Demantra 12.2.4? Here are current known issues from Demantra Development, Proactive Services and Oracle Support (Doc ID 1928367.1)
  • Demantra Startup Times can be Longer When Running Demantra on Oracle 12c RDBMS due to RDBMS Defects (Doc ID 1937616.1).

Monday Oct 06, 2014

Does Demantra support Edition-Based Redefinition (EBR)? How do I address EBR in my EBS instance?

Hello Demantra Customers!  Do you know what Edition-Based Redefinition (EBR) is or how it impacts Demantra?  EBS uses EBR for online patching.

Edition-Based Redefinition enables you to upgrade an application's database objects while the application is in use, thus minimizing or eliminating down time. This is accomplished by changing (redefining) database objects in a private environment known as an edition.  Only when all changes have been made and tested do you make the new version of the application available to users.

Edition-based redefinition allows multiple versions of PL/SQL objects, views and synonyms in a single schema, which makes it possible to perform upgrades of database applications with zero down time.

Large, mission critical applications built on Oracle Database 11g Release 1 and earlier versions are often unavailable for tens of hours while the application’s database objects are patched or upgraded.  Oracle Database 11g Release 2 introduces edition-based redefinition, a revolutionary new capability that allows online application upgrades with uninterrupted availability of the application. When the     installation of the upgrade is complete, the pre-upgrade application and the post-upgrade application can be used at the same time.

EBS supports EBR from the 12.2 release onwards in the online patching feature.

To read about EBR and Demantra, see the new white paper, Oracle Demantra and RDBMS Edition-Based Redefinition (EBR) EBS schema - Processing and Patching (Doc ID 1932210.1)

Thursday Sep 25, 2014

Demantra Performance and Setup News

Hello!   Sorry for being away so long!  I have been preparing version 2 of the Demantra Performance and Setup Analyzer.  More on that soon.


Have you seen the latest 12.2.1, 12.2.2, 12.2.3 and 12.2.4 Install Upgrade ADVISOR: Demantra (Doc ID 1664177.2)?  This is an excellent store
of hand picked notes and white papers.  Including White Papers, How To +! Documents from Development.  Check it out and let me know what you think.
Regards!  Jeffv

Thursday Jul 24, 2014

Demantra 12.2.x Focusing on 12.2.3 Install, Upgrade, Operation Bug Fixes and Best Practices

Hello Demantra Customers! 

There is a new r12, focusing on r12.2.3, MOS note that summarizes all known issues as of 24-Jul-2014.  Quickly review the
problems and solutions to help you save time!

See Demantra 12.2.x Focusing on 12.2.3 Install, Upgrade, Operation Bug Fixes and Best Practices.  Known Issue Summary (Doc ID 1910650.1).

Tuesday Jul 08, 2014

Linux Engine Crashes When Receiving Simulation Request After Configuring Calendar Month

Linux Engine Crashes When Receiving Simulation Request After configuring Calendar Month, See MOS Note 1684019.11684019.1

Customer mentions that the engine was running fine until they implemented a change since the last successful engine run: they set up the month calendar.


Now the engine crashes (the Engine.exe process ends and then restarts) when receiving a simulation request.
Nothing is reported as error on the simulation worksheet.  The process status is "started".  A second simulation request will crash the newly started process.

This happens on both modes(batch and simulation run) which cause the Engine process to crash

Checked the Engine Manager web application is started
Checked EngineStarter is running
Started the simulation engine:which Returns -1
Checked Engine process is running: ps -e | grep Engine
Shows EngineStarter and Engine running
Open a worksheet and started simulation for the selected combination
Process monitor shows status "running"
The Engine process crashes, and ps command returns only EngineStarter
Engine restarts on its own (Engine process is seen again when checking with ps)
Engine logs show the engine is frozen (no new logged info once initialized)

When customer changed EnginePlatform to 0 and executed the batch and simulation engine on Windows, the simulation run didn't crash the engine, but no forecast was generated due to errors:
ERROR Failed to execute : ProcFillArrays. ExecuteHook threw Matlab exception: All matrices on a row in the bracketed expression must have the same number of rows.
...
ERROR Failed to execute : ProcForecast9. ExecuteHook threw Matlab exception: Matrix dimensions must agree.

Demantra Customers - Welcome to Finding E-Business Suite Patches & E-Business Suite Technology Stack Patches

Hello Demantra Customers!   Do you need additional help certifying your tech stack?   Sometimes, I do.  When I do, I start at MOS note

How to Find E-Business Suite & E-Business Suite Technology Stack Patches (Doc ID 1633974.2)

This document is meant to assist an E-Business Suite customer in finding all Patches necessary to maintain a healthy system.  This includes Recommended patches, Technology Stack patches, Performance patches, etc...

Wednesday Jun 25, 2014

Demantra Certification with Internet Explorer IE10

 12.2.1,  Does this Demantra release support IE10?  I am using Demantra 12.2.1 on IE8 and am considering upgrading from IE8 to IE10 next year.

I checked and the latest Demantra version, 12.2.3, is not supported with IE 10 and also development has confirmed there are no plans currently for supporting IE10.

In terms of system requirements, you can find the system requirements in the Installation Guide for the given version.  For 12.2.2 it says, "Microsoft Internet Explorer versions 7.x, 8.x, or 9.x on Microsoft Windows XP, 2000, Windows Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7, or Solaris 10 with the latest version of Java, 1.6 or 1.7"

Since neither IE 10 nor IE 11 are on that list, I would assume that they are untested but presumed to work, we call that "paper certification".

We do not have any additional details of the roadmap, so we cannot confirm. 

Wednesday Jun 04, 2014

Demantra New Cumulative Patch Covering EP_LOAD, INSERT_UNITS, PROPORT , ROLLING_UPDATES and CHAINING

Hello Demantra Customers!  There is a new accumulative patch available that addresses issues in the following areas; DATA_MODEL METADATA package, EP_LOAD, INSERT_UNITS, PROPORT , ROLLING_UPDATES and CHAINING.  This patch is meant for versions 7.3.1.0 to 7.3.1.5.  Please review the readme for patch 18048597.
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