Thursday Jun 05, 2014

Upgrading a Customized Environment? There is help available!


Hello Demantra Customers!  Are you upgrading a customized install?  There is are new updates to a white paper that speaks about
using BAL to upgrade a customized environment.  Check out Demantra Upgrade with Customizations using BAL (Doc ID 1458572.1).

Monday Feb 24, 2014

Announcement: Oracle Demantra 12.2.3 Available

We are excited to announce Oracle Demantra 12.2.3 is now available for new and existing customers.  All customers who are not incorporating Demantra with other VCP products are welcome to upgrade without any restrictions.  Customers who are using Demantra in conjunction with VCP products will need to upgrade VCP to 12.2.3.
Demantra 12.2.3 encompasses the same functional scope as Demantra 12.2.2 with additional security and functional bug fixes.

Demantra 12.2.3 will work with JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1 using the AIA 11.4 for the Value Chain Planning Base Integration Pack.
Demantra 12.2.3 will only work with VCP 12.2.3.
Demantra 12.2.3 and VCP 12.2.3 will work with EBS 12.1.3 or EBS 12.2.3.
Please review the release readme and all 12.2.3 documentation carefully to determine content details for this patch. You can also find documentation in the Demantra Documentation Library on My Oracle Support (note 443969.1).

The release is currently available on My Oracle Support (formerly known as Metalink) as Patch 17921238.
Release will be available from e-delivery in a few weeks.

It is recommended for all customers who are on 12.2.1 or 12.2.2 to upgrade to 12.2.3 at earliest convenience.   Please do not upgrade to 12.2.2 and then 12.2.3.

Wednesday Feb 12, 2014

Demantra 12.2.2 Upgrade WARNING

We have a MOS note for upgrade problems when upgrading to 12.2.2.

Oracle Demantra Platform Upgrade to 12.2.2 Known Issues Worksheet Performance Calendar Excel ORA-0179 ORA-06512 ORA-31003 java.lang.NullPointerException (Doc ID 1602288.1)

- DO NOT upgrade from 7.3.x, 12.2.0 or 12.2.1 to 12.2.2.

- DO NOT run the 12.2.2 upgrade twice.

Currently there is a bug in the 12.2.2 upgrade that can cause serious corruption in those cases.  Customers should instead upgrade from 7.3.x, 12.2.0 or 12.2.1 to 12.2.3.
I do not know when/if we will fix this issue.  Right now 12.2.2 cannot be downloaded.

Note:  that there is already a section in that MOS note detailing a work-around for a different problem when upgrading from 12.2.1 to 12.2.2.  The existence of that work-around might imply that it is ok to do the upgrade -- but it is NOT ok to do that upgrade

Friday Dec 20, 2013

Demantra Platform or Application Upgrading - Program Manager Recommendations

Hello Demantra Customers!  Are you planning on an upgrade?  Should you follow a platform or application upgrade path?  MyOracleSupport (MOS) Note 1609763.1 delivers high impact information from the Demantra Program Management Office (PMO).  Take a look, it will help you make an informed decision for your upgrade path.    Regards!   Jeff

Monday Dec 16, 2013

Demantra 12.2.3 Is Now Available!

Greetings!   Demantra 12.2.3 is now available via ARU 17048199, Bug 17921238

1. This release includes both a platform and application upgrade option. Please note the application upgrade installer option is available only to customers who have implemented the *standard* pre-configured applications (available from Demantra 7.1.1 onwards). You should choose the 'Platform Upgrade Only' option only if your implementation is highly customized. A platform-only upgrade will preserve custom configurations and enable new platform functionality. It will not introduce new application objects. Also note Demantra 7.2.1 customers should contact support prior to running an application upgrade, to get latest patch details for that release.

Please note the upgrade process may identify certain objects which have changed between your existing Demantra version (Demantra 7.1.1 or 7.2.0.2, for example) and the current release. This may be due to Oracle extensions in the latest release and/or due to customer extensions in their implementation. In a default upgrade mode, the current versions of these objects will be preserved during the upgrade process and, where there are conflicting definitions with the new Oracle version, we will create duplicate objects with a version suffix.

For example, if you extended the configuration of the workflow 'EBS Price List Download', the upgrade process will maintain this and introduce the Oracle standard workflow as 'EBS Price List Download_730'. In some cases, the original object may be suffixed with its version (for example, 'EBS Full Download_711'and the latest configuration will be 'EBS Full Download'). You will identify the latest version by either a suffix of the latest version, or by a sibling item with an earlier version stamp. You may then review the two and merge as appropriate. In the case of duplicate objects, it is recommended to use the latest version, preferably after removing the ‘_730’ suffix and merging any of your customizations into the latest version.

For Predictive Trade Planning customers, you will note that Promotion Type is no longer a level but instead a series, after application upgrade. This enables promotions to have multiple tactics per promotion, typically for different items or locations being promoted. While promotion type can now vary across different items, locations, it should not vary below the Lowest Promotional Level defined in the forecast tree.

If you are uncertain as to which upgrade option to choose, please contact support for guidance.


2.  If you already installed 12.2.1 or 12.2.2 (using the application upgrade or new installation), please do not choose the "platform and application upgrade" option. Instead, choose to perform only a "platform upgrade."

3.  If you are upgrading from a release that did not support Service Parts Forecasting (SPF) functionality and you want to use SPF, you MUST select the "Platform and Application Upgrade" option when running the Demantra Installer. SPF functionality will not work when upgrading from a pre-SPF supported release to 7.3.1 or later after a PLATFORM-only upgrade.

4. Customers who are on 7.3.1.5 or later who are using In-Memory Consumption Driven Planning (CDP) cannot upgrade to 12.2.3, as 12.2.3 does not support those enhancements.


A future release of the 12.2.x branch will include the 7.3.1.5 CDP enhancements, and upgrading from 7.3.1.5 or later will be supported at that time. Please contact Oracle Support for additional information.



For known issues and work arounds, see MOS note Demantra 12.2.3 Upgrade / Install Known Issues and Workarounds (Doc ID 1608474.1)

Tuesday Dec 03, 2013

Upgrading to 12.2.2? Do you want extra speed? Use a logon trigger for parallelism

When upgrading your Demantra application from an older version directly to 12.2.2, you can minimize the upgrade time.  You can force parallelism using a Logon trigger on the server.

   Creation of new Indexes on sales data can take long time.

   As part of the upgrade there is a script building a new set of indexes, one per engine profile, on each profile quantity_form expression.

   The creation of the index can take a long time on big data tables.

    - Remember to disable or drop that trigger when the upgrade has completed.

   The following trigger was created as SYS database user and tested successfully by creating DEMANTRA database user and logging in with it:

 CREATE OR REPLACE TRIGGER force_parallel_ddl_trg

AFTER LOGON ON database

BEGIN

  IF (USER='DEMANTRA') THEN

    EXECUTE IMMEDIATE 'ALTER SESSION FORCE PARALLEL DDL';

  END IF;

END force_parallel_ddl_trg;

/

 Make sure to:

  1. Modify DEMANTRA to be the database schema name.
  2. drop it after it is not needed anymore using the foillowing:

 DROP TRIGGER force_parallel_ddl_trg;

Monday Nov 25, 2013

New Demantra Version 7.3.1.5 - REPLACES - Existing 7.3.1.5

Hello!

A new version of Demantra 7.3.1.5 has been released and we want to ensure that all customers/partners who are using 7.3.1.5 uptake it.

This version is meant to replace the existing 7.3.1.5 some of you may have installed.

Regards!  Jeff

 

Thursday Nov 21, 2013

Upgrading to Demantra 12.2.2? There are known Issues and Fixes

When upgrading your Demantra application from an older version directly to 12.2.2 there are some issues of which you need to be aware.
- You are upgrading to Oracle Demantra 12.2.2
- ORA errors, Excel missing cut/paste data, performance issues, Notes, Calendar and other known upgrade issues.

See MOS note:

Oracle Demantra Platform Upgrade to 12.2.2 Known Issues Worksheet Performance Calendar Excel ORA-0179 ORA-06512 ORA-31003 java.lang.NullPointerException (Doc ID 1602288.1)

Thursday Aug 08, 2013

7.3.0.1 or 7.3.1.4 Demantra with EBS 11i, ASCP VCP 11i?

Many customers are unwilling to upgrade their EBS due to customizations, users and overall effort required, but upgrading their VCP apps is easier and is supported.  You can leave your 11i system as is and install a separate VCP 12.1 instance which collects data from 11i10.

This is a fully supported configuration and allows you to connect Demantra 7.3.1.4 to EBS 11i10.

You do not even need to use any VCP apps other than Demantra.  The data flows through the 12.1 VCP instance into Demantra 7.3.1.4. 
This is the certified configuration for 11i and Demantra 7.3.1.4, so we advise considering this mix of tools.

The additional benefit you achieve is the ability to bring your VCP applications forward without impacting your EBS applications.

For 7.3.1.4 you would work with the following configuration.
    EBS 11.5.10  (11i)
    VCP 12.1.3.8
    Demantra 7.3.1.4

Worksheet Issues During or After Upgrade?

 Proactive action During/After an Upgrade may help.  Please review the following:

  1. Clean the Java cache by deleting the Java cache windows folder 
  2. Set the Java console debug mode to '5'
  3. Reproduced the issue
  4. Review the Client Java console
  5. Review the collaborator.log
  6. Produce an action plan

Wednesday Jul 17, 2013

Oracle Demantra 12.2.1 Available

We are excited to announce Oracle Demantra 12.2.1 is now available for new and existing customers. All customers who are not incorporating Demantra with other VCP products are welcome to upgrade without any restrictions. Customers who are using Demantra in conjunction with VCP products will need to upgrade VCP to 12.2.1 which requires application and participation in Oracle E-Business Suite early adopter program.
Demantra 12.2.1 includes a wide array of new features driven by customer requirements and needs. Key features include:
• Streamlined import and export from Microsoft Excel
• Support Gregorian Month data aggregation in weekly system
• Multilanguage support for eleven languages
• Promotion Calendar Optimization
• Enhanced integration with Advanced Planning Command Center (VCP 12.2.1 Required)

Demantra 12.2.1 will work with JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1 using the AIA 11.4 for the Value Chain Planning Base Integration Pack.
Demantra 12.2.1 will only work with VCP 12.2.1.
Demantra 12.2.1 and VCP 12.2.1 will work with EBS 12.1.3 or EBS 12.2.1.

Please review the release readme and all 12.2.1 documentation carefully to determine content details for this patch. You can also find documentation in the Demantra Documentation Library on My Oracle Support (note 443969.1).

The release is currently available on My Oracle Support (formerly known as Metalink) as Patch 16409031.

Friday Jun 21, 2013

Announcing Oracle-Demantra 12.2.1 Release

We are excited to announce Oracle Demantra 12.2.1 is now available for new and existing customers. All customers who are not incorporating Demantra with other VCP products are welcome to upgrade without any restrictions. Customers who are using Demantra in conjunction with VCP products will need to upgrade VCP to 12.2.1 which requires application and participation in Oracle E-Business Suite early adopter program.

Demantra 12.2.1 includes a wide array of new features driven by customer requirements and needs. Key features include:

·       Streamlined import and export from Microsoft Excel

·       Support Gregorian Month data aggregation in weekly system

·       Multilanguage support for eleven languages

·       Promotion Calendar Optimization

·       Enhanced integration with Advanced Planning Command Center (VCP 12.2.1 Required)

Demantra 12.2.1 will work with JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1 using the AIA 11.4 for the Value Chain Planning Base Integration Pack.

Demantra 12.2.1 will only work with VCP 12.2.1.

Demantra 12.2.1 and VCP 12.2.1 will work with EBS 12.1.3 or EBS 12.2.1.

Monday Sep 24, 2012

Announcing: General Availability of Demantra 7.3.1.4!

Announcing: General Availability of Demantra 7.3.1.4!

This new release brings important usability upgrades and key requested customer enhancements.

Key features released in Demantra 7.3.1.4:
- Improved user interface
- Improved mobile support
- Embed Demantra-Anywhere in Advanced Planning Command Center
- Aggregate work orders for Asset Intensive Planning

Additionally:
- Demantra 7.3.1.4 is certified with VCP 12.1.3.8 only.

Availability via patch 14405087.

Thursday Jun 14, 2012

Java JRE 7 Automatic Upgrade and Demantra Requirements - Action Required

The following applies to ALL Demantra, EBS and Demantra Oracle Integrations:

All EBS desktop administrators must disable JRE Auto-Update for their end-users immediately.
See this externally-published article:

    URGENT BULLETIN: Disable JRE Auto-Update for All E-Business Suite End-Users
    https://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/entry/bulletin_disable_jre_auto_update

Why is this required?

If you have Auto-Update enabled, your JRE 1.6 version will be updated to JRE 7.

    This may happen as early as July 3, 2012.
    This will definitely happen after Sept. 7, 2012, after the release of 1.6.0_35 (6u35). 

Oracle Forms is not compatible with JRE 7 yet.  JRE 7 has not been certified with Oracle E-Business Suite yet.
Oracle E-Business Suite functionality based on Forms -- e.g. Financials -- will stop working if you upgrade to JRE 7.

Related News

Java 1.6.0_33 is certified with Oracle E-Business Suite.  See this externally-published article:

    Java JRE 1.6.0_33 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite
    https://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/entry/jre_1_6_0_33

Tuesday Jun 12, 2012

Demantra 7.3.1.3 Released and Certified!

Hello1

Latest Demantra and VCP certification is released.     Demantra 7.3.1.3, patch 14076370.  VCP 12.1.3.7, Use note 746824.1.

All available at My Oracle Support.

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