I've never really understood the custom of stuffing a summary of one's family's activities for the year in a Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa card. I'd rather my friends kept authentically in touch throughout the year, but perhaps that's just me.
Nonetheless, I see the value of a year-end summary in the IT industry. I spend a lot of time helping our customers understand the latest new developments... and straightening out confusion over changes to the old and familiar. It can be hard to keep up with the latest news in this space.
Here are the eight most-important news items for 2010, with suggested actions for Apps DBAs:
- Premier Support for EBS 11.5.10 ended on November 30, 2010
You need to be on a minimum baseline of 11.5.10 patches to be eligible for Extended Support. New patches for EBS 11i released during the Extended Support period will be produced only for the minimum baseline configuration.
Action: Ensure that your EBS 11i environments meet the minimum baseline requirements.
- Minimum Baselines are Emerging for EBS 12.0 Extended Support
Extended Support for EBS 12.0 begins on February 1, 2012. That's only 13 months away. Minimum baselines haven't been finalized yet, but the 12.0.6 Release Update Pack and the Financials CPC July 2009 are currently slated.
Action: Ensure that your EBS 12.0 environments meet the currently-specified baseline requirements.
- Sun, Windows, and Linux users should have upgraded to JDK 6 by now
JDK 5's End of Service Life was October 30, 2009 for those three platforms. If you're running the E-Business Suite on Sun, Windows, or Linux, you should upgrade your EBS servers to JDK 6. Alternatively, you can purchase Java for Business support (the equivalent of Extended Support for Java).
Action: Upgrade your Sun, Windows, or Linux EBS servers to JDK 6.
- Premier Support for Database 10gR2 ended on July 31, 2010
The 10gR2 Database is now in Extended Support. If you're still on 10gR2, you should start planning your upgrade to a higher certified database version such as 11gR2 188.8.131.52.
Action: Upgrade to 10gR2 databases to 11gR2 184.108.40.206.
Another good year
- EBS 12.1.3 was released
EBS 12.1.3 was
released in August, 2010 and represents the latest EBS 12 update with
new EBS 12 features and fixes to improve security, stability, and
performance. EBS 12.1 users can apply this update directly. EBS 12.0
users must first apply EBS 12.1.1 before applying EBS 12.1.3.
Action: Upgrade EBS 12 environments to 12.1.3
- First-generation Fusion Middleware products are going into sunset mode
Middleware 11g was released, putting some older Fusion Middleware
products into sunset mode. Existing Oracle Single Sign-On 10g users
should consider their plans for upgrading to Oracle Access Manager.
Existing Discoverer users should consider their plans for upgrading to
Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) or Oracle
Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA). Existing Oracle Portal
users should consider their plans for upgrading to Oracle WebCenter.
Action: Review upgrade plans for Single Sign-On, Discoverer, and Portal.
- Microsoft Windows 7 was certifed; doesn't run JInitiator
Windows 7 was certified with the E-Business Suite for both 32-bit as well as 64-bit
clients. JInitiator is incompatible with Windows 7, so Forms end-users
with Win7 desktops must switch to the native Sun JRE 1.6 plug-in -- preferably at the 1.6.0_23 level or higher.
Action: Upgrade to Windows 7 if desired; upgrade all Windows clients to JRE 1.6.0_23 or higher.
- Microsoft Office 2010 was certified
Office 2010 was certified with the E-Business Suite in November, 2010 for all currently-supported Microsoft operating systems. You can even build your own integrators between EBS products and Microsoft Office components via the WebADI Desktop Integration Framework.
Action: Upgrade to Office 2010 if desired.
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We published 148 articles on this blog in 2010
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The eight areas that I highlighted above are just the tip of the iceberg. I highly recommend browsing our archives
if you aren't a regular visitor. If you're looking for a quick snapshot, here's a one-page summary
of all important E-Business Suite technology stack components and technologies.
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Happy New Year