[June 21, 2017 Update: This information is now published formally in Note 2277369.1]
What happens to Discoverer support in June 2017?
The Oracle Lifetime Support Policy: Oracle Fusion Middleware Products document states:
No new patches for Discoverer 11gR1 or its E-Business Suite (EBS) Discoverer-based content will be created after June 30, 2017. EBS customers will continue to have access to existing released patches and other published resources.
Which EBS releases are affected?
E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2 included workbooks, business areas, and folders built for Discoverer 11gR1. Both EBS 12.1 and 12.2 are affected by this.
What should EBS users use for analytics now?
This document was published in March 2014:
That Note recommends that Discoverer users migrate to Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE), Oracle Business Intelligence for Applications (OBIA), or Oracle Endeca Information Discovery.
Are there automated tools for migrating from Discoverer to other Oracle analytics tools?
No, there are no automated tools for migrating Discoverer content to OBIEE, OBIA, or Oracle Endeca Information Discovery.
Can EBS customers request new patches after June 2017?
No, Oracle will not produce new patches or documentation for Discoverer, EBS content for Discoverer, or Discoverer certifications with EBS 12.1 or 12.2 after June 30, 2017.
Can EBS customers access existing Discoverer-related resources after June 2017?
Yes, EBS customers will still be able to download existing Discoverer patches. For example, Discoverer 18.104.22.168 was certified in June 2013 and is certified for EBS 12.1 and 12.2. Customers will continue to be able to download Discoverer 22.214.171.124 and Discoverer-related documentation for EBS environments (Note 1380591.1 for EBS 12.2, Note 1074326.1 for EBS 12.1).
Can EBS customers continue to use Discoverer after June 2017?
Yes, but Oracle's ability to assist with questions will be increasingly-limited as environments with Discoverer are retired. Customers should minimize changes to their Discoverer-related infrastructure with the goal of keeping Discoverer environments stable: e.g. limiting changes that might affect load, hardware infrastructure, or business processes.
Will Discoverer work with new desktop client updates after June 2017?
This is unknown. No new certifications for Discoverer will be performed after June 2017. Desktop client updates such as new JRE releases, new Windows updates, and new browsers may have unpredictable effects on Discoverer. Oracle will not issue new compatibility patches for these types of issues after June 2017.