Oracle provides bug fixes and legislative updates for Oracle E-Business Suite as part of its Premier and Extended Support offerings. The requirements and methods for delivering those updates are explained here:
We've made some important changes to our policies. All EBS customers should read Version 4 carefully.
Why did we make these changes?
Version 3 was published in 2011. That version stated that new EBS 12.1 one-off patches would require all customers to have applied the suite-wide EBS 12.1.3 Release Update Pack by January 2013.
A significant number of customers have told us that they have not been able to apply EBS 12.1.3 in time. These customers have expressed concerns that 12.1.1 or 12.1.2 "were being desupported" and that they would not be able to request new updates.
What is our standard guidance?
Oracle recommends that all customers apply the latest suite-wide Release Update Pack. There are significant benefits to keeping your E-Business Suite environment updated with the latest suite-wide Release Update Packs:
What has changed?
The 2011 version stated that all new one-off patches would require the suite-wide EBS 12.1.3 Release Update Pack as a minimum prerequisite.
The 2013 version relaxes the prerequisites for new one-off patches. New one-off patches will be produced with the individual 12.1.3 Family Packs as minimum prerequisites. This is so that vast majority of customers, who are at the 12.1.3 level, can get simpler and smaller patches.
How will this work?
For example, you request a new one-off patch for an Oracle Financials issue that you've encountered with EBS 12.1.2:
You are not desupported if you are on 12.1.1 or 12.1.2. The question incorrectly assumes that 12.1.1 or 12.1.2 are "releases" covered by our Premier or Extended Support offerings.An EBS environment consists of a base release and subsequent updates.
Base releases are used to create new E-Business Suite environments or upgrade environments running older EBS releases. Base releases are documented in Oracle Lifetime Support Policy: Oracle Applications and are eligible for Premier, Extended, and Sustaining Support.
Examples of base releases:
You get updates to base releases through:
What if you haven't applied the relaxed minimum prerequisites?
Oracle will first recommend that you apply the appropriate 12.1.3 Family Packs. In cases of urgent business need, Oracle will evaluate the
feasibility of creating one-off patches without the established minimum
prerequisites. Whether this is practical will vary depending upon the
complexity of the dependencies. If the patch is in an area of code that
has undergone little revision with few dependencies, it may be
straightforward to produce one-off patches without the established
In most cases involving complex code objects, such as the major
transaction screens, it is likely that a full dependency analysis will
show that a major portion of the established minimum prerequisites
levels are, in fact, required to apply the patch. In these cases,
Oracle will recommend that customers minimize their risk by installing
the established minimum prerequisites rather than a one-off dependency
tree that is nearly as extensive but has not undergone the same level of
You are closer to 12.1.3 than you realizeOur patching minimum prerequisite have been relaxed. We still recommend that all customers apply the EBS 12.1.3 suite-wide Release Update Pack. If you can't apply the EBS 12.1.3 suite-wide Release Update Pack, you should still apply the 12.1.3 Family Packs for the EBS products that you're using.
You are probably a lot closer to 12.1.3 in most
areas than you may realize. Any patches that were created since you
went live almost certainly delivered code above the 12.1.3 version
level. So, in areas where you had any patching or tuning as you
stabilized on 12.1, it's pretty likely that any further patching would
not require the 12.1.3 Family Pack. To understand this in more detail,
you can run "Patch Wizard" to do an analysis of what files on your
system would really change if you applied each 12.1.3 Family Pack.
What are the impacts of these changes for 12.0 customers?
The patching prerequisites for EBS 12.0 are not affected by these policy changes. EBS 12.0 customers must have the minimum prerequisites
Your feedback is welcome
We've relaxed these policies to simplify your EBS maintenance requirements. Please feel free to let us know if you have any comments or questions about these updated policies.