Tuesday Nov 25, 2014

New 12.2 EBS Technology Stack Documentation Roadmap Available

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 includes many significant new features and some of them are updated frequently-enough that their main documentation is published via My Oracle Support Notes rather than the guides that accompany each major release. 

We have published a new My Oracle Support knowledge document to make the official EBS 12.2 Notes from ATG Development easier to find:

Document 1934915.1

The notes listed in this Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 Technology Stack Documentation Roadmap (Note 1934915.1) apply either exclusively to Release 12.2, or to 12.2 and stated earlier releases.  This documentation roadmap will be updated every time the Applications Technology Group releases a new EBS 12.2-related Note.

What about earlier EBS releases?

We have published documentation roadmaps for EBS 11i and 12.0 / 12.1, as well.

References

  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release Notes, Release 12.2 (Note 1320300.1)

Friday Nov 21, 2014

Testing Your EBS Environment After Database Upgrades

Customers often ask, "What should I test after I upgrade my EBS database?" Your environment is, by definition, unique to you, with your own architectural configurations, setup data, and customizations.  You should always concentrate your testing efforts on the areas that may differ from our generic EBS tests.  Until now, our generic common-sense answer has always been, "Test what is important to your business."  

Our Quality Assurance group in EBS Development has just published some guidance on the things that you might consider adding to your post-upgrade test plans:

They discuss things such as memory-intensive concurrent requests, compliance with new standards for initialization parameters, custom workflows, and more.

Your feedback is welcome.  I'll make sure that the Note's authors are notified if you drop me an email or post a comment here. 

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Wednesday Nov 19, 2014

EBS 12.0 & 12.1 DB Migration Using 12cR1 Transportable Tablespaces Now Certified


Database migration across platforms of different "endian" (byte ordering) formats using the Transportable Tablespaces (TTS) process is now certified for Oracle E-Business Suite Release R12 (12.0.6, 12.1.3) with Oracle Database 12c Release 1 (12.1.0). Migration between different platforms of the same "endian" format with 12c can be accomplished using export/import (datapump) utilities. 

This certification requires that the source database be 11gR2 (11.2.0.3 or higher) and the target database be 12cR1 (12.1.0.1 or higher).  

This migration process requires a patch delivered by our EBS Platform Engineering team that is 'Controlled', i.e. it requires a password obtainable through Oracle Support. We released the required patch in this manner to monitor customer issues and to gauge uptake.

The "endian-ness" of platforms can be checked by querying the view V$TRANSPORTABLE_PLATFORM using sqlplus (connected as sysdba):

        SQL> select platform_name, endian_format from v$transportable_platform;

Here's a list of relevant platforms certified for the EBS R12 with 12cR1 on the database tier:

 

Big Endian Platforms
Little Endian Platforms
Oracle Solaris on SPARC
Linux x86-64
HP-UX Itanium
Oracle Solaris on x86-64
IBM AIX on POWER Systems
MS Windows x64

The use of Transportable Tablespaces can greatly speed up the migration of the data portion of the database - it does not affect metadata which must still be migrated using export/import.

We recommend that users initially perform a test migration with export/import on their database with the 'metrics=y' parameter to find out the relative size of data vs metadata in their database and to have a basis to compare any gains in timing. Generally speaking, the larger the relative size of data (as compared to metadata), the more likely it would be that TTS is suitable as a migration process to reduce downtime.

Pending Certifications

Testing with 12cR1 as the source is still pending.

Full transportable export/import, a new feature in 12c to move an entire database, is not certified for use with E-Business Suite databases yet. 

Transportable Database (TDB), a migration process for platforms of the same "endian" format, is also a pending 12cR1 certification exercise. 

References

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Friday Nov 14, 2014

Java JRE 8 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

Java logo

[Dec. 3, 2014 Update: JRE support dates are not the same as JDK support dates any longer.  Corrected support dates for JRE 6, 7, and 8.]

Java Runtime Environment 1.8.0_25 (a.k.a. JRE 8u25-b18) and later updates on the JRE 8 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2 for Windows and Mac OS X desktop clients.

All JRE 6, 7, and 8 releases are certified with EBS upon release

Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops:

  • From JRE 1.6.0_03 and later updates on the JRE 6 codeline
  • From JRE 1.7.0_10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline 
  • From JRE 1.8.0_25 and later updates on the JRE 8 codeline
We test all new JRE releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team. 

You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE 6, 7, or 8 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

This certification includes both the 32-bit and 64-bit JRE versions for various Windows operating systems. See the respective Recommended Browser documentation for your EBS release for details.

Where are the official patch requirements documented?

All patches required for ensuring full compatibility of the E-Business Suite with JRE 8 are documented in these Notes:

For EBS 11i:

For EBS 12.0, 12.1, 12.2

Known Issues

Form Focus Issue:  Clicking outside the frame during forms launch may cause a loss of focus when running with JRE 8. This can occur in all Oracle E-Business Suite releases.  A fix for this issue is currently being investigated, see the documentation below for additional information.

Availability of Server-Side Patches:  This certification requires patches to be applied to EBS 11i, 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2 servers.  Patches for 12.0 and 12.1 are available for:

  • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5, 6; Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, 5, 6)
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5, 6; Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, 5, 6; SLES 10,11) 
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit)(10, 11)

Patches for other server operating systems are pending. You can monitor the documentation for updates on platform availability.

EBS + Discoverer 11g Users

This JRE release is certified for Discoverer 11g in E-Business Suite environments with the following minimum requirements:

Implications of Java 6 and 7 End of Public Updates for EBS Users

The Oracle Java SE Support Roadmap and Oracle Lifetime Support Policy for Oracle Fusion Middleware documents explain the dates and policies governing Oracle's Java Support.  The client-side Java technology (Java Runtime Environment / JRE) is now referred to as Java SE Deployment Technology in these documents.

Starting with Java 7, Extended Support is not available for Java SE Deployment Technology.  It is more important than ever for you to stay current with new JRE versions.

    If you are currently running JRE 6 on your EBS desktops:

    • You can continue to do so until the end of Java SE 6 Deployment Technology Extended Support in June 2017
    • You can obtain JRE 6 updates from My Oracle Support.  See:

    If you are currently running JRE 7 on your EBS desktops:

    • You can continue to do so until the end of Java SE 7 Deployment Technology Premier Support in July 2016
    • You can obtain JRE 7 updates from My Oracle Support.  See:

    If you are currently running JRE 8 on your EBS desktops:

    Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 8 for Windows desktop clients?

    No.

    This upgrade is highly recommended but remains optional while Java 6 and 7 are covered by Extended Support. Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JRE 6 and 7 desktop clients. Note that there are different impacts of enabling JRE Auto-Update depending on your current JRE release installed, despite the availability of ongoing support for JRE 6 and 7 for EBS customers; see the next section below.

    Impact of enabling JRE Auto-Update

    Java Auto-Update is a feature that keeps desktops up-to-date with the latest Java release.  The Java Auto-Update feature connects to java.com at a scheduled time and checks to see if there is an update available.

    Enabling the JRE Auto-Update feature on desktops with JRE 6 installed will have no effect.

    Enabling the JRE Auto-Update feature on desktops with JRE 7 installed will only apply JRE 7 updates today. 

    In the future, enabling Auto-Update will upgrade JRE 7 to JRE 8.  For details, see:

    Enabling the JRE Auto-Update feature on desktops with JRE 8 installed will apply JRE 8 updates.

    Coexistence of multiple JRE releases Windows desktops

    The upgrade to JRE 8 is recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run older versions of JRE 6 or 7 on their Windows desktops for reasons unrelated to the E-Business Suite.

    Most EBS configurations with IE and Firefox use non-static versioning by default. JRE 8 will be invoked instead of earlier JRE releases if both are installed on a Windows desktop. For more details, see "Appendix B: Static vs. Non-static Versioning and Set Up Options" in Notes 290807.1 and 393931.1.

    What do Mac users need?

    JRE 8 is certified for Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) and 10.9 (Mavericks) desktops.  For details, see:

    The certification of JRE 8 for Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) desktops is planned.  

    Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates.

    Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 8 for EBS application tier servers?

    No.

    JRE is used for desktop clients.  JDK is used for application tier servers.

    JRE 8 desktop clients can connect to EBS environments running JDK 6 or 7.

    JDK 8 is not certified with the E-Business Suite.  EBS customers should continue to run EBS servers on JDK 6 or 7.

    References

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    Thursday Nov 13, 2014

    EBS 12.2.4 OA Extensions for Jdeveloper 10g Now Available

    When you create extensions to Oracle E-Business Suite OA Framework pages, you must use the version of Oracle JDeveloper shipped by the Oracle E-Business Suite product team. 

    The version of Oracle JDeveloper is specific to the Oracle E-Business Suite Applications Technology patch level, so there is a new version of Oracle JDeveloper with each new release of the Oracle E-Business Suite Applications Technology patchset.

    The Oracle Applications (OA) Extensions for JDeveloper 10g are now available for E-Business Suite Release 12.2.4.  For details, see:

    The same Note also lists the latest OA Extension updates for EBS 11i, 12.0, 12.1, as well as 12.2.

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    Wednesday Nov 12, 2014

    New Critical Patches Added to EBS 12.2.3 and R12.2.4 Release Notes

    Based on customer feedback, we continue to release updates to core EBS 12.2 components. The latest such updates consist of a set of critical patches that significantly improve the performance of connection handling, principally resolving issues where connections might not be correctly released for return to the data source connection pool.

    There are two patches for Release 12.2.3, and three for Release 12.2.4. We strongly advise all 12.2.3 and 12.2.4 customers to apply the respective patches.

    Example Download

    The patches are documented in the associated release notes, as described below.

    Release 12.2.3 Customers

    Refer to Section 7: Apply Additional Critical Patches of Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.3 Readme (Note 1586214.1).

    Release 12.2.4 Customers

    • Patch 19494816 - Oracle Application Object Library
    • Patch 19807163 - Oracle Applications Manager
    • Patch 19858552 - Oracle Application Framework

    Refer to Section 8: Apply Additional Critical Patches of Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.4 Readme (Note 1617458.1).

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    Tuesday Nov 11, 2014

    E-Business Suite 12.2.4 VM Virtual Appliances Now Available

    Oracle VM Virtual Appliances for E-Business Suite Release 12.2.4 are now available from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud:

    OSDC Screen


    These virtual appliances deliver the full software stack, including the Oracle Linux 6.5 operating system, Oracle E-Business Suite, and additional required technology components.  They can be imported into Oracle VM Manager to deploy E-Business Suite Linux 64-bit environments on compatible server-class machines running Oracle VM Server, or imported into Oracle VM VirtualBox to create virtual machines on a desktop PC or laptop.

    Available Appliances

    The available Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.4 virtual appliances are:

    1. Single Node Vision Demo
    2. Vision Demo Database Tier
    3. Production (PROD) Database Tier
    4. Application Tier
    5. Sparse Application Tier

    These appliances can be used to support the following scenarios:

    • Single node E-Business Suite 12.2.4 installation: Choose the single node Vision Demo virtual appliance (Option 1 above) to create a unified virtual machine with the EBS 12.2.4 database and application tiers.
    • Multi-node E-Business Suite 12.2.4 installation: Create a multi-node system using the database virtual appliance of choice (either Vision or PROD) and the application tier virtual appliance. That is, Option 2 or 3 above, followed by Option 4.  You can then add secondary application tiers using Option 5.
    • Operating system-only installation (Oracle Linux 6.5): The sparse application tier virtual appliance (Option 5) includes the necessary operating system packages, kernel parameter settings, and users (oracle and applmgr) required to install Oracle E-Business Suite, providing benefit for customers who plan to use Rapid Install for their 12.2.4 installation.

    Technology Components

    Operating System

    All appliances include the Oracle Linux 6 Update 5 operating system.

    Database

    The Single Node Vision Demo, Vision Demo Database Tier, and Production (PROD) Database Tier appliances include the following:

    • Database: 11.2.0.4
    • CPU Level: July 2014

    Application Tier

    The Single Node Vision Demo and Application Tier appliances include the following application tier components:

    • Application Tier Code Level: AD and TXK Delta 5 plus Bundle Fixes
    • Oracle Forms and Reports: 10.1.2.3.0
    • Oracle WebLogic Server: 10.3.6.0
    • Web Tier Components: 11.1.1.6
    • JDK: JDK 1.7 build 1.7.0_67-b01
    • Java Plugin: J2SE 1.7
    • CPU Level: July 2014

    For additional details and installation instructions, see:

    References

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    Friday Oct 24, 2014

    New OA Framework 12.1 Release Update Pack 4 Now Available

    Web-based content in Oracle E-Business Suite 12 runs on the Oracle Application Framework (OAF or "OA Framework") user interface libraries and infrastructure. 

    A new consolidated Oracle Application Framework patchset is now available for EBS 12.1:

    OAF 12.1 RUP 4 patch 18936791 screenshot


    Who Should Apply This Patch?

    All EBS 12.1 users should apply this patch.  Future OAF patches for EBS 12.1 will require this patch as a prerequisite. 

    What's New in this Patch?

    In addition to the fixes listed below, this patch contains updates required to support Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 (IE 11) and Google Chrome browsers. 

    Bugs fixed in this patch:
    • Bug 10007122 FRM-41058 ERROR OCCURS WITH CTRL+E KEYS WHEN THE CURSOR FOCUS IS ON THE BUTTON.
    • Bug 10040856 R12.0.X PREREQ PATCH FOR FNDFILE.DRV
    • Bug 10044347 IMAGE PATCH FOR OOW BUILD2
    • Bug 10057139 GSI: QUERY IN FND_GLOBAL CAUSES HIGH CPU/NODE CRASH DUE TO MUTEX WAIT
    • Bug 10078872 1OFF:10057139:GSI: QUERY IN FND_GLOBAL CAUSES HIGH CPU/NODE CRASH DUE TO MUTEX W
    • Bug 10109713 THE CURRENT RESPONSIBILITY CONTEXT HAS BEEN SWITCHED TO: IN WEBCENTER WSRP
    • Bug 10119166 PREVIOUS USERS RESPONSIBILITIES ARE SHOW TO NEW USER
    • Bug 10177414 RESP CONTEXT CHANGE SETS FND_GLOBAL.ORG_ID = -1
    • Bug 10192670 12.1.4:10192626 FORWARD PORT: BI 3.1.1.11 :GRAPH IS NOT WORKING ON 64 BIT LINUX
    • Bug 10196565 10112858 FORWARD PORT: VO SUBSTITUTION DISPLAY AFTER 'DISABLE SELF-SERVICE PERSO
    This patch also includes fixes included in the Oracle Application Framework Release 12.1.3 Consolidated Fixes V.2, Patch 15880118, and the Oracle Application Framework Release 12.1.3 Consolidated Fixes V.1, Patch 11894708:
    • Few rows are missing while exporting data from a table.
    • NoDefException when user selects a value from Look Ahead LOV
    • Segment values are cleared when a value is entered in a segment.
    • User is able to login and see the previous users list of responsibilities on the same PC
    • Graphs not rendering properly in Linux Machines
    • Insufficient privileges' issue encountered while doing forward to Embedded mode URL
    • NullPointerException encountered in OASlideMenuUtil when attempting to create commercial surrogate quote.
    • Segments not aligned to the parent segments when flex bean is added under message component layout.
    • NullPointer Exception thrown in AdvancedTable pages when the Accessibility mode is set to Screen Reader Optimized.
    • Key flexfield segments are blanked out or populated with incorrect values.
    • LOV not working in Screen Reader Optimized accessibility mode.
    • "Portlet Not Available' error in E-Business Suite Portlets integrated with WebCenter 11g.
    • Intermittent FND_NO_DATABASE_CONNECTION error observed in Configurable Home Page.
    • Invalid date error shown when attempting to enter a Daylight Saving Time (DST) change date.
    • Support to retrieve the Page Name through Javascript.
    • Ability to display errors associated with the context segment at attribute level also.
    • Support to export file as .tsv when FND_EXPORT_MIME_TYPE is set to "text/tab-separated-values".
    • Support for enabling sorting in the classic table columns that are added under a layout.
    • Serbian language support in OA Framework. This is a common fix for both Latin Serbian script and Cyrillic Serbian script.
    • Support for enhanced Popup indicators.
    • Bug 10192670 - 12.1.4:10192626 FORWARD PORT: BI 3.1.1.11 :GRAPH IS NOT WORKING ON 64 BIT LINUX
    • Bug 10285481 - GOING TO SOURCING HOME PAGE FROM FAVOURITES, CREATING A QUOTE CAUSING EXCEPTION
    • Bug 10385406 - CLASSCASTEXCEPTION OCCURED WHEN ADDING OAHEADERBEAN AS 1ST CHILD TO OAPAGELAYBEAN
    • Bug 10390503 - EBS 12.1.3 EXPORT TXT MIME TYPE CANNOT BE MAPPED FOR EXCEL
    • Bug 10435049 - PEOPLE GROUP SEGMENTS BLANKED DURING UPDATE WHEN THOSE SEGMENTS NOT DISPLAYED
    • Bug 11832737 - FORWARD PORT OF 9908921 TO 12.1.3
    • Bug 11891959 - FORWARD PORT OF BUG 9614874 TO 12.1.3
    • Bug 7369074 FWK:APPENDING OF IMAGE NOT WORKING FOR READONLY MESSAGETEXTINPUT
    • Bug 9527712 FWK:FNDLOVCHOICEVALUE VO CAUSING SQL PARSE ERROR: INVALID NUMBER
    • Bug 9773527 FWK:WHEN USING IE8 LOV WINDOW DOES NOT GET FOCUS
    • Bug 10335521 FWK:THE APPLICATIONS BACKGROUND TURNS COMPLETELY BLUE INTERMITTENTLY
    • Bug 10435049 FWK:PEOPLE GROUP SEGMENTS BLANKED DURING UPDATE WHEN THOSE SEGMENTS NOT DISPLAYED
    • Bug 11781531 FWK:NOT ABLE TO ADD HTTPS URL TO FAVORITES LINK IN 12.1.2. HTTP IS PRE-PENDED TO URL
    • Bug 11856365 FWK:CAN NOT OPEN FAVORITES LINKS IN NEW WINDOW FROM PREFERENCES PAGE
    • Bug 11879499 FWK:CREATION_DATE AND LAST_UPDATE_DATE ARE NOT CORRECT
    • Bug 11924872 FWK:EMPTY SUB MENUS IN THE NEW TREE MODE NAVIGATOR ON HOMEPAGE (12.1.3)
    • Bug 12350371 FWK:UNABLE TO SEE LOGINPAGE PROBLEM 12.1.3
    • Bug 12424716 FWK:SAVE RESPONSIBILITY CONTEXT WHEN CREATING FAVORITES
    • Bug 12661140 FWK:12.1.3 :FAVORITES ADDED USING 'ADD TO FAVORITE' LOOSES MENU CONTEXT INFORMATION
    • Bug 12763903 FWK:Move to top and bottom icon titles in Navigator and Favorite dropdown should be
    • Bug 12814546 FWK:SYMANTEC ICAP CLIENT ALWAYS THROWS JAVA.LANG.STRINGINDEXOUTOFBOUNDSEXCEPTION
    • Bug 12820394 FWK:MDS QUERY - PERFORMANCE ISSUE
    • Bug 12829410 FWK:INCORRECT REQUISITIONS SHOWN WHEN USING OA FAVORITES
    • Bug 13028359 FWK:VIRUS SCAN DOES NOT KICK IN AFTER THE ATTACHMENTS ARE ADDED
    • Bug 13033466 FWK:MOZILLA : COPY PASTING AND TYPING BEHAVE DIFFERENT IN RTE
    • Bug 13033815 FWK:AFTER APPLYING PATCHES :12654106 AND 11894708, TEXT STYLE CHANGED IN POPUPS
    • Bug 13038333 FWK:RO SEGEMENTS WHEN DEFAULTED ARE NOT STORING THE VALUES ON SUBMIT
    • Bug 13109125 FWK:ALT+TAB TO TOGGLE IN AND OUT OF APPS CAUSING O AND N TO ACTIVATE SLIDEMENU
    • Bug 13243104 FWK:ISSUE WITH EXCEL DRILLDOWN
    • Bug 13322060 FWK:PLANNING- FORECAST SCHEDULE LINK FAILS WITH JAVA ERROR MESSAGE
    • Bug 13340173 FWK:QUANTITY FIELD DOES NOT VALIDATE DECIMAL SEPARATOR
    • Bug 13402264 FWK:UNABLE TO CREATE QUERY CRITERIA MAP IN PERSONALIZATION
    • Bug 13549105 FWK:NEED FORWARD PORT PATCH FOR BUGS 13108282 AND 13373481 IN 12.1.3
    • Bug 13550248 FWK:YOU ARE TRYING TO ACCESS A PAGE THAT IS NO LONGER ACTIVE
    • Bug 13555434 FWK:CANNOT IMPORT PERSONALIZATIONS USING FUNCTIONAL ADMINISTRATOR
    • Bug 13626261 FWK:POPUP THROWS EXCEPTION WHEN CHANGING RESPONSIBILITY IN CONTEXT SWITCHER
    • Bug 13691585 FWK:ENTITY CACHE NOT HONORED WHEN EO ACCESSED VIA AO
    • Bug 13710707 FWK:($RO$) SUFFIX MAKES SEGMENT VALUES DISAPPEAR IN KFF LOV WINDOW RESULTS TABLE, AV
    • Bug 13737406 FWK:HIJRAH DATE FORMAT ISSUE WHEN A DATE VALUE IS GETTING DEFAULTED
    • Bug 13738942 FWK:SUPPORT OPENING OF LOV WINDOW WHEN EXACT MATCH IS ALSO A PARTIAL MATCH
    • Bug 13822452 FWK:CONNECTION LOCKED IN OANAVIGATEPORTLETAM AFTER LOGIN WITH CONFIGURABLE HOME PAGE
    • Bug 13915163 FWK:RESPONSIBILITY ID NOT VISIBLE WHILE PERSONALIZING THROUGH FUNCTIONAL ADMINISTART
    • Bug 13919206 FWK:NEW BASE-DESKTOP.XSS CHANGES OAF DESIGN DUE TO 12350371
    • Bug 14071624 FWK:START PAGE PROFILE/PREFERENCES GETTING RESET
    • Bug 14343026 FWK:AM LEAK IN ICXFAVORITESAM AND OANAVIGATEPORTLETAM LEADING TO JDBC CONNECT LEAKS
    • Bug 14345705 FWK:THE NUMBER OF ERROR MESSAGE STACKED IN ARRAYLIST IS RESET FROM 10TH IN OAF
    • Bug 14365312 FWK:PROJECT INFORMATION NOT GETING SAVED IN IPROC
    • Bug 14467324 FWK:OADESCRIPTIVEFLEXBEAN REFERS INCORRECT SEGMENT LIST CORRESPONDING TO THE CONTEXT
    • Bug 14644892 FWK:7505198 - PERFORMANCE ISSUE WHILE ENTERING CHARGE ACCOUNT IN REQUISITION PAGE IN
    • Bug 14682009 FWK:HIGH DATA (HTML) TRANSFER OVER NETWORK ON PAGE RENDERING AND PPR

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    Thursday Oct 23, 2014

    October Updates to AD and TXK for EBS 12.2

    We continue to release updates to EBS 12.2 technology stack (TXK) and Applications Database (AD) components based on customer feedback.  We released the first set of updates in March 2014, the second set in May 2014, the third set in July 2014, and have now made available a fourth set of critical updates.

    If you are on Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2, we strongly recommend that you apply these two newly-released patch collections (bundle fixes) at your earliest convenience:

    New ebs 12.2 patches

    Applying these on top of AD Delta 5 and TXK Delta 5 respectively will bring you to the recommended codelevel for AD and TXK:

    • AD Delta 5 (Patch 18283295) + Bundle Fixes (Patch 19581770)
    • TXK Delta 5 (Patch 18288881) + Bundle Fixes (Patch 19445058)

    Important: You must always keep your AD and TXK codelevels synchronized.

    What Is a Codelevel?

    Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 patches are grouped into codelines. A codeline begins with a point release (for example, Release 12.0) and progresses to include all the patches created to maintain that point release.

    Patches associated with codelines implement a set of features for a point release, and also provide fixes for that set of features. Such a unique set of product features for a point release is referred to as a a codelevel. You can think of it as the code you get when you apply a set of patches: in other words, it is defined by the patches that deliver it. Codelevels are cumulative, with each containing the initial set of features plus all the fixes created for that product.

    Benefits of the Latest Codelevel

    There are several important reasons you should adopt this latest recommended AD/TXK codelevel:

    • It includes a number of significant fixes and improvements.
    • New patches to implement code fixes will only be appliable to the latest AD/TXK codelevel.
    • No code fixes will be created for earlier AD/TXK codelevels.

    How Can I Get To the Latest Codelevel?

    Installation instructions are here:

    Further information about these bundle fixes can be found in:

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    Wednesday Oct 22, 2014

    Updated Case Study: Oracle's Own E-Business Suite 12 Environment

    Oracle's own use of the E-Business Suite has always been an excellent case study. Our internal EBS environment has grown and evolved over the years. We were running EBS 11i in 2006 with a 6 Terabyte database, after consolidating over 70 EBS instances into a Global Single Instance.  It grew to a 14 Terabyte EBS 12 database by 2008.

    Larry Klein, Vice President of Oracle's Enterprise IT group, gave a snapshot of the latest statistics and architecture in a fascinating session at OpenWorld 2014:

    Architecture diagram of Oracle's internal EBS 12.1.3 Global Single Instance

    Our EBS 12.1.3 database has grown to over 37 TB with over 91 billion rows of data:

    Table row counts for Oracle's GSI EBS database

    We're running our E-Business Suite database tier on an Exadata Oracle SuperCluster M6-32, the application tier on an Exalogic Elastic Cloud x3-2, ZFS for shared file system storage, and we're using Exadata X4-2 Storage Cells for storage. 

    Hardware and software used in Oracle's E-Business Suite instance 2014

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    Tuesday Oct 21, 2014

    Migrating EBS Environments to Unicode

    It is possible to migrate an E-Business Suite database to a new character set. You might need to do this when you expand your EBS deployment to additional countries, or when preparing for an upgrade to an EBS release that will be used globally.

    You will generally migrate your EBS character set to Unicode (AL32UTF8).  You must use the Database Migration Utility for Unicode (DMU) to scan for data conversion issues.

    Instructions for using the DMU tool with EBS character set conversions are published here:

    Friday Oct 17, 2014

    New Simplified Home Page in EBS 12.2.4

    One of the most visible (and colorful!) user interface enhancements for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.4 is the new simplified home page:

    OA Framework-based simplified home page with six colorful favorites icons

    In my previous posts, I discussed the new skin and enhancements to tables in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.4.  Now let's look at the new simplified home page.

    Enabling the Simplified Home Page

    When you first install or upgrade to Release 12.2.4, you will see the home page as it appeared in previous versions of Release 12.2 (configurable home page with tree-based navigator).  The "Self Service Personal Home Page Mode" profile must be set to "Framework Simplified" so you can see the new simplified home page.  The profile option can be set at multiple levels by the system administrator, including at the individual user level.

    For more on the various home page styles available, see:

    Adding Favorites

    If a user already has favorites defined from a previous version of Oracle E-Business Suite, those favorites will appear automatically. If a particular function has a special icon already associated with it, that icon will appear.  Otherwise, a default icon will appear.

    Each user adds their own favorites, just as with previous versions of Oracle E-Business Suite.  Adding favorites is easy: just click on the Add to Favorites icon, search for and select the function you want, click on Add to Favorites, and apply your changes. 

    Manage Favorites page showing "Apprais" and "Manager Self-Service" as search criteria

    You can change the text of your favorites to anything you want using the Favorite field in the bottom table on the Manage Favorites page. You can also rearrange your favorites here in the Manage Favorites page by moving them up and down relative to other favorites.

    If you want to change existing favorites, select the Add to Favorites icon again.

    Announcements Region

    The Announcements region provides a space for site-level announcements.  An administrator can modify the announcements using administrator personalization.

    Using the Simplified Home Page

     You can use the favorites icons to get to your favorite pages directly and easily.  If you need to get to other pages or forms that you do not have as favorites, you can still get to those through your usual responsibilities by using the drop-down menu available from the Navigator (compass) link in the global header at the top of the home page.  Likewise, you can also see your favorites in list form by clicking on the Favorites (star) icon at the top of the page.

    Home page showing the drop-down Navigator menu

    The new simplified home page got a lot of favorable attention when we showed it at Oracle OpenWorld a few weeks ago. We hope you like it too!

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    Thursday Oct 16, 2014

    JRE 1.7.0_71 and 1.7.0_72 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

    Java logo

    Java Runtime Environment 1.7.0_71 (a.k.a. JRE 7u71-b14) and 1.7.0_72 (7u72-b14) and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2 for Windows-based desktop clients.

    Effects of new support dates on Java upgrades for EBS environments

    Support dates for the E-Business Suite and Java have changed.  Please review the sections below for more details:

    • What does this mean for Oracle E-Business Suite users?
    • Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 7 for Windows desktop clients?
    • Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers?

    All JRE 6 and 7 releases are certified with EBS upon release

    Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops from JRE 1.6.0_03 and later updates on the 1.6 codeline, and from JRE 7u10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline.  We test all new JRE 1.6 and JRE 7 releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE 1.6 and 7 releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team. 

    You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE 1.6 or JRE 7 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

    What's new in this release?

    Starting with JRE 1.7.0_71 Oracle will release a Critical Patch update (CPU) at the same time as the corresponding Patch Set Update (PSU) release for Java SE 7. It is recommended that Oracle E-Business Suite customers use the CPU release (JRE 1.7.0_71) and only upgrade to the PSU release (JRE 1.7.0_72) if they require a specific bug fix.  For further information and bug fix details see Java CPU and PSU Releases Explained.

    There are currently no known issues in Oracle E-Business Suite that require the PSU release but it is certified for customers that may need to use it.

    JRE 1.7.0_71  (7u71) is a CPU release. If you are running on the JRE 7 stream, it is strongly recommended to upgrade to this latest and therefore most secure version of the JRE 7 Plug-in.

    32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

    This certification includes both the 32-bit and 64-bit JRE versions for various Windows operating systems. See the respective Recommended Browser documentation for your EBS release for details.

    Where are the official patch requirements documented?

    All patches required for ensuring full compatibility of the E-Business Suite with JRE 7 are documented in these Notes:

    For EBS 11i:

    For EBS 12.0, 12.1, 12.2
    EBS + Discoverer 11g Users

    This JRE release is certified for Discoverer 11g in E-Business Suite environments with the following minimum requirements:

    Worried about the 'mismanaged session cookie' issue?

    No need to worry -- it's fixed.  To recap: JRE releases 1.6.0_18 through 1.6.0_22 had issues with mismanaging session cookies that affected some users in some circumstances.

    The fix for those issues was first included in JRE 1.6.0_23. These fixes will carry forward and continue to be fixed in all future JRE releases on the JRE 6 and 7 codelines.  In other words, if you wish to avoid the mismanaged session cookie issue, you should apply any release after JRE 1.6.0_22 on the JRE 6 codeline, and JRE 7u10 and later JRE 7 codeline updates.

    Implications of Java 6 End of Public Updates for EBS Users

    The Support Roadmap for Oracle Java is published here:

    The latest updates to that page (as of Sept. 19, 2012) state (emphasis added):

    Java SE 6 End of Public Updates Notice

    After February 2013, Oracle will no longer post updates of Java SE 6 to its public download sites. Existing Java SE 6 downloads already posted as of February 2013 will remain accessible in the Java Archive on Oracle Technology Network. Developers and end-users are encouraged to update to more recent Java SE versions that remain available for public download. For enterprise customers, who need continued access to critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for Java SE 6 or older versions, long term support is available through Oracle Java SE Support .

    What does this mean for Oracle E-Business Suite users?

    EBS users fall under the category of "enterprise users" above.  Java is an integral part of the Oracle E-Business Suite technology stack, so EBS users will continue to receive Java SE 6 updates from February 2013 to the end of Java SE 6 Extended Support in June 2017.

    In other words, nothing changes for EBS users after February 2013. 

    EBS users will continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for Java SE 6 until the end of Java SE 6 Extended Support in June 2017.

    How can EBS customers obtain Java 6 updates after the public end-of-life?

    EBS customers can download Java 6 patches from My Oracle Support.  For a complete list of all Java SE patch numbers, see:

    Both JDK and JRE packages are contained in a single combined download after 6u45.  Download the "JDK" package for both the desktop client JRE and the server-side JDK package. 

    Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 7 for Windows desktop clients?

    This upgrade is highly recommended but remains optional while Java 6 is covered by Extended Support. Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JRE 6 desktop clients. 

    Java 6 is covered by Extended Support until June 2017.  All E-Business Suite customers must upgrade to JRE 7 by June 2017.

    Coexistence of JRE 6 and JRE 7 on Windows desktops

    The upgrade to JRE 7 is highly recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run both JRE 6 and 7 on their Windows desktops for reasons unrelated to the E-Business Suite.

    Most EBS configurations with IE and Firefox use non-static versioning by default. JRE 7 will be invoked instead of JRE 6 if both are installed on a Windows desktop. For more details, see "Appendix B: Static vs. Non-static Versioning and Set Up Options" in Notes 290807.1 and 393931.1.

    Applying Updates to JRE 6 and JRE 7 to Windows desktops

    Auto-update will keep JRE 7 up-to-date for Windows users with JRE 7 installed.

    Auto-update will only keep JRE 7 up-to-date for Windows users with both JRE 6 and 7 installed. 

    JRE 6 users are strongly encouraged to apply the latest Critical Patch Updates as soon as possible after each release. The Jave SE CPUs will be available via My Oracle Support.  EBS users can find more information about JRE 6 and 7 updates here:

    The dates for future Java SE CPUs can be found on the Critical Patch Updates, Security Alerts and Third Party Bulletin.  An RSS feed is available on that site for those who would like to be kept up-to-date.

    What do Mac users need?

    Mac users running Mac OS X 10.9 can run JRE 7 plug-ins.  See this article:

    Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers?

    JRE is used for desktop clients.  JDK is used for application tier servers

    JDK upgrades for E-Business Suite application tier servers are highly recommended but currently remain optional while Java 6 is covered by Extended Support. Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JDK 6 for application tier servers. 

    Java SE 6 is covered by Extended Support until June 2017.  All EBS customers with application tier servers on Windows, Solaris, and Linux must upgrade to JDK 7 by June 2017. EBS customers running their application tier servers on other operating systems should check with their respective vendors for the support dates for those platforms.

    JDK 7 is certified with E-Business Suite 12.  See:

    References

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    Java JRE 1.6.0_85 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

    Java logo

    The latest Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0_85 (a.k.a. JRE 6u81-b13) and later updates on the JRE 6 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12 for Windows-based desktop clients.

    Effects of new support dates on Java upgrades for EBS environments

    Support dates for the E-Business Suite and Java have changed.  Please review the sections below for more details:

    • What does this mean for Oracle E-Business Suite users?
    • Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 7 for Windows desktop clients?
    • Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers?

    All JRE 6 and 7 releases are certified with EBS upon release

    Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops from JRE 1.6.0_03 and later updates on the 1.6 codeline, and from JRE 7u10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline.  We test all new JRE 1.6 and JRE 7 releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE 1.6 and 7 releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team. 

    You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE 1.6 or JRE 7 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

    What's new in in this Java release?

    JRE 1.6.0_85  (6u81-b13) is a CPU release. If you are running on the JRE 6 stream, it is strongly recommended that you upgrade to this latest version of the JRE 6 Plug-in.

    Java 6 is now available only via My Oracle Support for E-Business Suite users.  You can find links to this release, including Release Notes, documentation, and the actual Java downloads here:

    Both JDK and JRE packages are contained in a single combined download after 6u45.  Download the "JDK" package for both the desktop client JRE and the server-side JDK package.

    32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

    This certification includes both the 32-bit and 64-bit JRE versions for various Windows operating systems. See the respective Deploying JRE documentation for your EBS release for details.

    Worried about the 'mismanaged session cookie' issue?

    No need to worry -- it's fixed.  To recap: JRE releases 1.6.0_18 through 1.6.0_22 had issues with mismanaging session cookies that affected some users in some circumstances.

    The fix for those issues was first included in JRE 1.6.0_23. These fixes will carry forward and continue to be fixed in all future JRE releases.  In other words, if you wish to avoid the mismanaged session cookie issue, you should apply any release after JRE 1.6.0_22.

    Implications of Java 6 End of Public Updates for EBS Users

    The Support Roadmap for Oracle Java is published here:

    The latest updates to that page (as of Sept. 19, 2012) state (emphasis added):

    Java SE 6 End of Public Updates Notice

    After February 2013, Oracle will no longer post updates of Java SE 6 to its public download sites. Existing Java SE 6 downloads already posted as of February 2013 will remain accessible in the Java Archive on Oracle Technology Network. Developers and end-users are encouraged to update to more recent Java SE versions that remain available for public download. For enterprise customers, who need continued access to critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for Java SE 6 or older versions, long term support is available through Oracle Java SE Support .

    What does this mean for Oracle E-Business Suite users?

    EBS users fall under the category of "enterprise users" above.  Java is an integral part of the Oracle E-Business Suite technology stack, so EBS users will continue to receive Java SE 6 updates from February 2013 to the end of Java SE 6 Extended Support in June 2017.

    In other words, nothing changes for EBS users after February 2013. 

    EBS users will continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for Java SE 6 until the end of Java SE 6 Extended Support in June 2017. 

    How can EBS customers obtain Java 6 updates after the public end-of-life?

    EBS customers can download Java 6 patches from My Oracle Support.  For a complete list of all Java SE patch numbers, see:

    Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 7 for Windows desktop clients?

    This upgrade is highly recommended but remains optional while Java 6 is covered by Extended Support. Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JRE 6 desktop clients. 

    Java 6 is covered by Extended Support until June 2017.  All E-Business Suite customers must upgrade to JRE 7 by June 2017.

    Coexistence of JRE 6 and JRE 7 on Windows desktops

    The upgrade to JRE 7 is highly recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run both JRE 6 and 7 on their Windows desktops for reasons unrelated to the E-Business Suite.

    Most EBS configurations with IE and Firefox use non-static versioning by default. JRE 7 will be invoked instead of JRE 6 if both are installed on a Windows desktop. For more details, see "Appendix B: Static vs. Non-static Versioning and Set Up Options" in Notes 290807.1 and 393931.1.

    Applying Updates to JRE 6 and JRE 7 to Windows desktops

    Auto-update will keep JRE 7 up-to-date for Windows users with JRE 7 installed.

    Auto-update will only keep JRE 7 up-to-date for Windows users with both JRE 6 and 7 installed. 

    JRE 6 users are strongly encouraged to apply the latest Critical Patch Updates as soon as possible after each release. The Jave SE CPUs will be available via My Oracle Support.  EBS users can find more information about JRE 6 and 7 updates here:

    The dates for future Java SE CPUs can be found on the Critical Patch Updates, Security Alerts and Third Party Bulletin.  An RSS feed is available on that site for those who would like to be kept up-to-date.

    What do Mac users need?

    Mac users running Mac OS X 10.9 can run JRE 7 plug-ins.  See this article:

    Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers?

    JRE is used for desktop clients.  JDK is used for application tier servers

    JDK upgrades for E-Business Suite application tier servers are highly recommended but currently remain optional while Java 6 is covered by Extended Support. Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JDK 6 for application tier servers. 

    Java SE 6 is covered by Extended Support until June 2017.  All EBS customers with application tier servers on Windows, Solaris, and Linux must upgrade to JDK 7 by June 2017. EBS customers running their application tier servers on other operating systems should check with their respective vendors for the support dates for those platforms.

    JDK 7 is certified with E-Business Suite 12.  See:

    References

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    Wednesday Oct 15, 2014

    Critical Patch Update for October 2014 Now Available

    The Critical Patch Update (CPU) for October 2014 was released on October 14, 2014.  Oracle strongly recommends applying the patches as soon as possible.

    The Critical Patch Update Advisory is the starting point for relevant information. It includes a list of products affected, pointers to obtain the patches, a summary of the security vulnerabilities, and links to other important documents.

    Supported products that are not listed in the "Supported Products and Components Affected" Section of the Advisory do not require new patches to be applied.

    Also, it is essential to review the Critical Patch Update supporting documentation referenced in the Advisory before applying patches, as this is where you can find important pertinent information.

    The Critical Patch Update Advisory is available at the following location:

    The next four Critical Patch Update release dates are:
    • 13 January 2015
    • 14 April 2015
    • 14 July 2015
    • 13 October 2015

    E-Business Suite Releases 11i and 12 Reference

    Thursday Oct 09, 2014

    New Table Features in EBS 12.2.4

    I discussed the new skin in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.4 in my previous post.  Now I'll give you a quick tour of the new user interface enhancements in tables and hierarchical grids (a special type of table that lets you expand and collapse rows, also known as HGrids).

    Our new table enhancements provide a much more interactive experience for tables. Customers have been requesting these enhancements for a long time:

    • Reordering columns
    • Resizing columns
    • Hiding and showing columns
    • Detaching tables from the base page (except HGrids)
    • Scroll horizontally if the contents of a table exceeds the browser width
    • Refresh a table by querying for the latest records
    • Reset a table back to its original definition

    When reordering, hiding, and resizing columns, the changes are specific to each user and will persist until the user changes them again.

    These features are available on:

    • Desktop versions of OA Framework-based pages
    • iPads running Safari
    • Android tablets running Chrome
    Prerequisites

    You must have the following profile options set in EBS 12.2.4:
    • Oracle Applications Look and Feel profile option to "Skyros Look and Feel"
    • FND: Enable Rich Table Interactions profile option to "True"

    Icons in the Table Button Bar

    The table button bar contains the following new icons:
    1. Detach Table
    2. Refresh Data
    3. Reset Table Settings
    4. Table Settings

    Table button bar with new icons: Detach Table, Refresh Data, Reset Table Settings, and Table Settings

    The Table Settings icon allows reordering and hiding or showing of columns. If one or more of these icons is not present, that feature is not available for that table. 

    Reordering columns

    You can reorder table columns two different ways.  The quick way is to simply drag a column to a new position in the table, either with the mouse (on the desktop) or a finger (on a tablet). Drag the column from within the column header.

    Moving a table column by dragging

    Alternatively, you can select the Table Settings icon and click or tap on the Up or Down arrows to move the column in the popup menu.  Click anywhere outside the menu to get back to the page.

    Table button bar with new icons: Detach Table, Refresh Data, Reset Table Settings, and Table Settings

    Resizing columns

    To resize a column on the desktop, click and hold the cursor near the ending edge of the column in the table header row until the resize icon appears.  Drag the resize icon to the column size you want.

    Resizing a column on desktop (showing resize icon)

    To resize a column on the iPad, touch and hold near the ending edge of the column in the table header row. No resize icon appears, though for an iPad you will see the magnifier. Once the magnifier appears, drag to the column size you want.

    Resizing a column on an iPad (showing magnifier)

    Hiding and showing columns

    To hide a column, hover with the mouse or  touch and hold until you see the Hide icon (minus sign in a blue circle) on the top of the column header, then click or tap the Hide icon.

    Hide column using "minus" icon at top of column header

    Alternatively, you can use the Table Settings menu to hide a column by clicking or tapping on the check mark for that column.

    To show the hidden column again, click or tap the Table Settings icon.  In the popup menu you will see the column name with an empty space in front of it (instead of a check or tick mark).  Click or tap the empty space to display the check mark, then click or tap outside the menu to see the column appear again.

    Click on empty space in Table Settings menu to show column

    Detaching tables

    Detaching tables from the base page allows you to see just one table in a popup window that sits over the page.  This feature provides two main advantages:

    • You can see a single table without other parts of the page in the way.
    • You can see additional rows of the table at once (more than the usual 10 or fewer).

    Detach a table by clicking or tapping the Detach Table icon.

    View of a detached table

    To close the modal window, click the Detach Table icon again or click the X in the upper corner of the modal window.

    Reset Table Settings

    Now that I have done usability testing and over a hundred demos of these new features, my personal favorite feature is the "Reset Table Settings" button!  This button resets the table layout back to the default table layout.  If a table has been personalized by an administrator, that layout is the default layout.  Otherwise, the default layout is the shipped arrangement.

    Using rich table features on a tablet

    We also have some extra gesture support for tablets to make using OA Framework-based pages more intuitive for tablet users. For example, when you use a tablet, tables and buttons have more vertical spacing so they are easier to use with fingers.  In addition, you can swipe down on a table to see the next set of records, or swipe upwards to see the previous set.  For a multi-step process that uses a train widget, you can swipe right or swipe left on the page to get to the next or previous step in the process.

    View of a train widget

    Accessibility Mode

    These new capabilities are affected by a user preference called Accessibility Mode.  If the accessibility mode is set to Screen Reader Optimized or Standard Accessibility, you cannot reorder, resize, or hide a column from within the column header; you must use the Table Settings menu instead.  You set the accessibility mode in the Preferences page (see more about the Preferences page in my last post).

    Accessibility Mode list of values in Preferences page

    More to come!

    We are already working on further table-related and other user interface features for future releases on the EBS 12.2 code line. 

    We hope you like the new table-related features!

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    Wednesday Oct 08, 2014

    Microsoft Office 2013 Certified with E-Business Suite 12.2

    We are pleased to announce that Microsoft Office 2013  logoMicrosoft Office 2013 is certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.  For details, see:

    Certified combinations include Office running in 32-bit and 64-bit modes.

    EBS 12.2 + Microsoft Office 2013 (32-bit)

    Microsoft Office 2013 32-bit desktop version is certified for integration with Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 12.2.3 and 12.2.4 for the following desktop client operating systems:

    • Windows Vista 32-bit
    • Windows 7 32-bit & 64-bit
    • Windows 8.1 32-bit & 64-bit
    EBS 12.2 + Microsoft Office 2013 (64-bit)

    Microsoft Office 2013 64-bit desktop version is certified for integration with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 through a 64-bit techstack for the following desktop client operating systems:

    • Windows 7 64-bit
    • Windows 8.1 64-bit
    How does the E-Business Suite work with Microsoft Office?

    The Oracle E-Business Suite is comprised of several product families such as Financials, Supply Chain Management, Human Resources, and so on.  These product families group together collections of individual products.  Some of these products may be optionally integrated with one or more Microsoft Office components such as Excel, Word, and Projects.

    Individual E-Business Suite product teams have the option of building integrations between their products and one or more Microsoft Office components.  This is not mandatory.  Over forty E-Business Suite teams offer these kinds of Office integrations today.

    Examples of these integrations include:

    • HRMS Payroll integrations with Microsoft Excel
    • Supply Chain Management Contracts Core integration with Microsoft Word
    • Financials General Ledger (GL) integration with Microsoft Excel
    • Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Proposals integration with Microsoft Word
    • Web Application Desktop Integrator (Web ADI)
    • Desktop Integration Framework
    Which Office versions are certified?

    We explicitly tested the Office 2013 Professional edition with Oracle E-Business Suite.  We expect that the results of these certification tests apply equally to the following desktop-installed editions:
    • Home & Student 2013
    • Home & Business 2013
    • Standard 2013 
    • Professional 2013
    • Professional Plus 2013

    Support implications: We will attempt to reproduce issues reported on these editions on our reference edition -- Office 2013 Professional.  Issues that cannot be reproduced will be handled on a case-by-case basis.  For example, issues that can only be reproduced on, say, Office Home & Student 2013 but cannot be reproduced on Office Professional 2013 will be handled on a case-by-case basis. 

    We do not currently plan to certify the following editions with Oracle E-Business Suite:

    • SkyDrive-based documents
    • Office On Demand
    • Office Web Apps
    • Office 365
    • Office Home & Student RT

    What about OpenOffice, StarOffice, LibreOffice?

    We have no plans to certify the E-Business Suite with versions of OpenOffice, StarOffice, LibreOffice, or other equivalents.  

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    Tuesday Oct 07, 2014

    Three Options For Getting to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2

    We have published a great deal of documentation about Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.  It can be a bit overwhelming.  Where do you start?

    Here's a document that you can use to orientate yourself as you plan your move to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.  This document shows the three major paths that you can take to Release 12.2.  It provides a high-level overview of  the associated documents you will need to follow:

    EBS 12.2 Upgrade flowchart screenshot

    Routes to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2

    The document outlines the three major ways of getting to 12.2:

    • Scenario 1 - New installation
    • Scenario 2 - Upgrading From a Pre-12.2.0 Release to Release 12.2.4
    • Scenario 3 - Upgrading From Release 12.2.2 or 12.2.3 to Release 12.2.4

    This Note has downloadable interactive flowcharts in PDF format with links to all of the referenced documents.  The latest EBS 12.2 update is EBS 12.2.4, which we recommend for all EBS 12.2 customers.  We'll keep updating this Note as new updates are released for the EBS 12.2 base release.

    Additional References

    Saturday Sep 27, 2014

    Database 12.1.0.2 Certified with E-Business Suite 12.1

    I’m pleased to announce that 12.1.0.2, the first patchset for the 12c Database, is now certified with E-Business Suite 12.1. 

    Database support implications may also be reviewed in this database patching and support article.

    Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.x
    Certified Platforms
    • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 5, 6)
    • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 5, 6)
    • Linux x86-64 (SLES 11)
    • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (10, 11)
    Pending Platform Certifications
    • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) 
    • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit)
    • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit)
    • HP-UX Itanium
    • IBM: Linux on System z 
    Database Feature and Option Certifications
    The following database options and features are supported for use:

    Pending Feature/Option Certifications

    • Oracle Multitenant
    • Oracle Database Vault
    • Export/Import process for EBS 12.0 or 12.1 with RDBMS 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2
    • TDE Tablespace Encryption
    • Transportable Database and Transportable Tablespaces data migration processes

    About the pending certifications

    Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates, which I'll post as soon as soon as they're available.  

    EBS 12 References

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      The preceding is intended to outline our general product direction.  It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract.   It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decision.  The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle's products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle.

      Friday Sep 26, 2014

      Google Chrome 35 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 & 12.2

      Google Chrome logo flatGoogle Chrome 35 is certified for web-based content with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.4 and 12.1.3 for Windows desktop clients and Android mobile clients.  See:

      Windows and Android certified

      Chrome 35 is certified for web-based content with Oracle EBS 12.2.4 and 12.1.3 on the following platforms:

      • Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit)
      • Android 4.1 and higher

      Java / Forms not supported

      This certification covers web-based (OA Framework / HTML) E-Business Suite product modules only. 

      Google is expected to phase out Chrome's support for Java "before the end of 2014."  Once that occurs, Forms / Java-based EBS product modules and applets will not be compatible with Google Chrome.  

      For details about Chrome's upcoming inability to run Java, see:

      You can contact Google directly if you have questions about their plans for Google Chrome.

      Support implications of Google Chrome's rapid release cycle

      In 2011, Mozilla switched Firefox to a rapid release cycle with a new release coming out every six weeks.  Most enterprises (including Oracle) can't keep up with that deployment rate, so we switched our E-Business Suite + Firefox certification track to Mozilla's Extended Support Release (ESR) channel. Mozilla's ESR releases come out every 12 months.

      Chrome is also released on a rapid release cycle.  Chrome updates average out to a new release every six to eight weeks. Google does not offer an equivalent of Mozilla's annually-updated ESR option for Chrome. 

      Oracle is unable to test every new version of Chrome with every EBS release every eight weeks. We expected that we will certify selected Chrome releases on an ongoing basis.

      We are also unable to test Chrome on all Android versions on all Android devices.  We primarily test Chrome on Samsung and Nexus devices running Android 4.1 and higher.

      If you report an issue with a later version of Chrome that we have not documented, you may be advised to:

      • Use IE or Firefox as a backup browser (Windows clients)
      • Wait for the next version of Chrome (Android clients)
      • Consult with your device vendor (e.g. for issues that cannot be reproduced on Samsung or Nexus devices)

      Pending certifications 

      Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates.  Customers can monitor or subscribe to this blog.  Updates will be posted as soon as soon as they're available. 

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      Internet Explorer 11 Certified with E-Business Suite 12.1

      Microsoft IE logoMicrosoft Internet Explorer 11 is now certified as a desktop client browser for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.  The certified desktop operating systems are:

      • Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (32-bit or 64-bit)
      • Windows 8.1 Update 1

      Due to display issues with certain FWK pages when using IE9 or IE10 we previously recommended running E-Business Suite using the browsers 'compatibility mode'.  These display issues have now been fixed for IE11-- you can now access your E-Business Suite 12.1.3 environment without using 'compatibility mode' in IE 11.

      Certifications with other EBS releases still pending

      We plan to certify IE 11 with EBS 12.2, 12.0, and 11i.  These certifications are underway now and will be released soon.

      If you're running EBS 12.2, 12.0, or 11i, you must ensure that your mission-critical desktops remain on an earlier certified browsers until this certification is completed.  As of the time this article was published, certified browsers include IE 10 and Firefox ESR 31 for Windows desktops.

      You can block automatic updates by using Microsoft's Internet Explorer 11 Blocker Toolkit:

      Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog. I'll post updates here as soon as soon as they're available.    

      EBS 12.1 Prerequisites

      • EBS 12.1.1 or higher
      • Java Plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 (32-bit) or higher, or JRE 1.7.0_10 (32-bit) and higher
      • Java Plug-in JRE 1.6.0_32 (64-bit) or higher, or JRE 1.7.0_10 (64-bit) and higher
      JRE 1.7 is certified with EBS

      There appears to be some inaccurate information lying about on the web that claims that JRE 1.7 is not certified with the E-Business Suite. 

      This is incorrect.  Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops from JRE 1.6.0_03 and later updates on the 1.6 codeline, and from JRE 7u10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline.  We test all new JRE 1.6 and JRE 7 releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE 1.6 and 7 releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team. 

      You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE 1.6 or JRE 7 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

      "JInitiator version too low" errors

      Some non-Oracle staff are claiming that "JInitiator version too low" errors confirm this incompatibility and lack of certification.

      In fact, if you're getting a "JInitiator version too low" error, it means that you've missed applying the Forms patch required to enable JRE 1.7 compatibility. Simply apply that patch and your EBS environment is ready for JRE 1.7 clients.

      References

      Related Articles

      The preceding is intended to outline our general product direction.  It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract.   It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decision.  The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle’s products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle.

      Thursday Sep 25, 2014

      Second Recommended Patch Collection for EBS 12.1.3 Now Available

      We are pleased to announce the availability of the second consolidated patch collection for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3.  This patchset combines a number of important patches for Release 12.1.3 into a single integrated and regression-tested patchset:

      E-Business Suite RPC2 screenshot

      Reasons to Apply RPC2

      Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 has been available for a while, and over its lifetime has been significantly enhanced in numerous ways. These enhancements and fixes are provided as individual patches, product family Release Update Packs (RUP), and product-specific Recommended Patch Collections (RPC).

      For example, there are Recommended Patch Collections for Financials products such as General Ledger and Payables. On the technology side, there are patchsets such as the OA Framework 12.1.3.1 Consolidated Update Patch.

      Identifying and applying all the individual patches, RUPs, and RPCs you need can be time-consuming. Complicating matters further, patchsets across multiple product families are generally not tested together.

      Included in RPC2

      The EBS 12.1.3+ RPC2 patchset includes a comprehensively tested set of the latest recommended patches and their dependencies for the following Oracle E-Business Suite products and product families:

      • Applications Technology (ATG)
      • Oracle Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
      • Oracle Financials (FIN)
      • Oracle Human Resource Management System (HRMS)
      • Oracle Procurement (PRC)
      • Oracle Projects (PJ)
      • Oracle Supply Chain Management (SCM)
      • Oracle Value Chain Planning (VCP)

      Feedback Welcome

      We are interested in your comments or questions about this new Recommended Patch Collection.  Please post a comment here.

      Related Articles

      Wednesday Sep 24, 2014

      Updated Whitepaper: Using Application Express with EBS 12.2

       I'm pleased to announce the latest update to this whitepaper:

      This Note has been updated to cover EBS 12.2 in addition to its initial coverage of EBS 12.1. The EBS 12.2-related additions are Online Patching-compliant.

      APEX Application Express Toolbar

      What is Oracle Application Express?

      It's possible to personalize the E-Business Suite, but there may be situations where personalizations aren't sufficient to meet your requirements. In these scenarios, Oracle Application Express, also known as Oracle APEX, is an option for creating supplemental applications that can be integrated with your Oracle E-Business Suite instance

      Related Articles


      Friday Sep 19, 2014

      Database 12.1.0.1 Certified with EBS 12.2

      [Oct. 7, 2014 update: Added Data Guard and Active DataGuard options to the list of pending certifications]

      I’m pleased to announce that 12.1.0.1, the base release for the 12c Database, is now certified with E-Business Suite 12.2. This expands on our previously-announced certification for EBS 11i, 12.0, and 12.1.

      Database support implications may also be reviewed in this database patching and support article.

      Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.2 and higher
      Certified Platforms
      • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 5, 6)
      • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 5, 6)
      • Linux x86-64 (SLES 11)
      • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (10, 11)
      • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit) (10, 11) -- Database-tier only
      Pending Platform Certifications
      • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit)
      • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit)
      • HP-UX Itanium
      • IBM: Linux on System z 
      Database Feature and Option Certifications
      The following database options and features are supported for use:

      Pending Feature/Option Certifications

      • Oracle Multitenant
      • Oracle Database Vault
      • Transportable Database and Transportable Tablespaces data migration processes
      • Oracle DataGuard
      • Oracle Active DataGuard

      About the pending certifications

      Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates, which I'll post as soon as soon as they're available.    

      EBS 12 References

      Related Articles
      The preceding is intended to outline our general product direction.  It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract.   It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decision.  The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle's products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle.

      Thursday Sep 18, 2014

      Integrating Custom and Third-Party Products With EBS 12.2

      We are pleased to announce a new document that summarizes the database and file system changes that support the new Online Patching functionality in E-Business Suite 12.2.  This document focusses on how integrations with Oracle E-Business Suite may need to be modified to comply with new deployment and development standards:

      Online Patching EBR editions

      Methods for Integrating with Online Patching

      The document outlines compliance requirements and development standards for EBS 12.2 and Online Patching via five methods:

      • Application tier web services or related interfaces
      • Database connections or independent database schemas
      • Custom schemas with dependent database objects
      • Extensions or customizations of the Oracle E-Business Suite schema
      • Table replication

      Your customizations and third-party EBS extensions must comply with these high-level guidelines, along with the standards described in more detail in:

      Related Articles

      Wednesday Sep 17, 2014

      E-Business Suite Technology Sessions at OpenWorld 2014

      OpenWorld logoThis year, the E-Business Suite Applications Technology Group (ATG) will participate in twenty five speaker sessions, two Meet the Experts round-table discussions, four demoground booths and several Special Interest Group meetings as guest speakers.

      We hope to see you at our sessions.  Please join us to hear the latest news and connect with senior ATG development staff.

      Conference Sessions

      Strategy & Roadmap

      GEN6832 - General Session: Oracle E-Business Suite—Strategy and Roadmap
      Cliff Godwin, Sr. Vice President, Oracle
      Tuesday, Sep 30, 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM - Moscone West - 2008

      In this session, hear from Oracle E-Business Suite General Manager Cliff Godwin as he delivers an update on the Oracle E-Business Suite product line. The session covers the value delivered by the current release of Oracle E-Business Suite applications, the momentum, and how Oracle E-Business Suite applications integrate into Oracle’s overall applications strategy. You will come away with an understanding of the value Oracle E-Business Suite applications deliver now and in the future.


      CON7703 - Oracle E-Business Suite Technology Certification Primer and Roadmap
      Steven Chan, Senior Director, Oracle
      Monday, Sep 29, 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM - Moscone West - 2018

      Is your Oracle E-Business Suite technology stack up to date? Are you taking advantage of all the latest options and capabilities? This Oracle Development session summarizes the latest certifications and roadmap for the Oracle E-Business Suite technology stack, including elements such as database releases and options, Java, Oracle Forms, Oracle Containers for J2EE, desktop operating systems, browsers, Java Runtime Environment (JRE) releases, development and web authoring tools, user authentication and management, business intelligence, Oracle Application Management Packs, security options, clouds, Oracle VM, and virtualization. The session also covers the most commonly asked questions about tech stack component support dates and upgrade implications.


      CON7694 - Oracle E-Business Suite Technology: Strategy and Roadmap
      Lisa Parekh, Vice President, Technology Integration, Oracle
      Tuesday, Sep 30, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM - Moscone West - 3004/3006

      This Oracle Development session provides an overview of Oracle’s product strategy for Oracle E-Business Suite technology, the capabilities and associated business benefits of recent releases, and a review of capabilities on the product roadmap. This is the cornerstone session for Oracle E-Business Suite technology. Come hear about the latest new usability enhancements of the user interface; systems administration and configuration management tools; security-related updates; and tools and options for extending and customizing Oracle E-Business Suite and integrating it with other applications.

      12.2 Panels & Customer Stories

      CON7167 - Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2: Customer Panel
      John Felix, GE
      Raman Bukkapatnam, Director Enterprise Platforms/Applications, Starbucks Coffee Company
      Andrew Holden, Altron TMT Executive: Shared Services, Allied Electronics Corporation Ltd
      Steven Chan, Senior Director, Oracle
      Tuesday, Sep 30, 3:45 PM - 4:30 PM - Moscone West - 2018

      Hear directly from Oracle E-Business Suite customers who are live on Release 12.2 about their experiences in deploying the latest release of Oracle E-Business Suite. During this interactive discussion, learn about the business drivers behind choosing Release 12.2, lessons learned, and benefits achieved so far. The session also includes a live Q&A period in which the panel will field questions from attendees.


      CON7683 - Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2: Development Panel
      George Buzsaki, Vice President, Application Architecture, Oracle
      Steven Chan, Senior Director, Oracle
      Lisa Parekh, Vice President, Technology Integration, Oracle
      Veshaal Singh, Senior Director, Oracle
      Wednesday, Oct 01, 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM - Moscone West - 2018

      Hear directly from the experts who develop the product. In this interactive session, experts from Oracle Development share their vision for Oracle E-Business Suite technology, details about Oracle’s product strategy, their point of view about business benefits of recent releases, and the product roadmap. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to ask questions about Oracle E-Business Suite technology. The session also includes a live Q&A period in which the panel will field questions directly from attendees.

      CON7685 - Customer Success Stories: Upgrading to Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.3
      Vijay Chatla, Manager, Enterprise DB Systems and Applications, AAI-Textron
      Ken Turner, GE Appliance ERP Operations Leader, GE
      Terri Noyes, Sr. Director, Oracle
      Monday, Sep 29, 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM - Moscone West - 2018

      Over the last few years, Oracle has partnered with several customers to obtain feedback on Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2, including the architecture itself, the install and upgrade process, and the groundbreaking online patching feature. This session, presented by Oracle and a premier customer, reviews the major steps involved in the Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 upgrade, the challenges encountered, and lessons learned.

      Installation & Architecture

      CON7687 - Installation, Cloning, and Configuration of Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2
      Max Arderius, Manager, Product Development, Application Technology Group, Oracle
      Monday, Sep 29, 2:45 PM - 3:30 PM - Moscone West - 2018

      This Oracle Development session covers the technology stack for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2, including the use of Oracle WebLogic Server (Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g) and Oracle Database functionality. Topics include an architectural overview of the latest updates, installation and upgrade options, configuration options, and new tools for automated cloning. Also learn how online patching (based on the Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Edition-Based Redefinition feature) will reduce your database patching downtimes.

      CON8412  - Oracle WebLogic Server Management and Operations in Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2
      Tahir Ahmad, Senior Director, Technology Integration, Oracle
      Mike Lehmann, VP Product Management, Oracle
      Tuesday, Sep 30, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM - Moscone West - 3018

      The release of Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 on Oracle WebLogic Server is a watershed event enabling businesses to modernize the underlying middleware infrastructure of Oracle E-Business Suite. This session provides an architectural overview of Oracle WebLogic Server and how to administer, configure, clone, automate, and troubleshoot its components. It also covers key aspects of the integration between Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2, how to use the administration console, and how to keep the Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle E-Business Suite configuration synchronized. Learn why Oracle WebLogic Server is so important to Oracle E-Business Suite and how this integration further improves the opportunity to take advantage of the Oracle Fusion Middleware ecosystem.


      CON7688 - Advanced Architectures for Oracle E-Business Suite
      Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager, Oracle
      Noby Joseph, Principal Software Engineer, Oracle
      Wednesday, Oct 01, 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM - Moscone West - 2018

      Attend this session to build on the three-tier logical Oracle E-Business Suite architecture to meet your business requirements. If you want to learn more about how to deploy advanced configurations for Oracle WebLogic Server and parallel concurrent processing, this session is for you. It covers features that provide high availability, scalability, and performance, including load-balancing, clustering, and virtualization. Learn how to securely deploy Oracle E-Business Suite for internet access with a "demilitarized zone" (DMZ). The presentation wraps up by applying the various topics covered in the session to assist you with planning a disaster recovery project for your environment.

      Patching

      CON7692 - Maintenance Strategies for Oracle E-Business Suite
      Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager, Oracle
      Tuesday, Sep 30, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM - Moscone West - 2018

      This session features the best techniques Apps DBAs can use to proactively maintain their Oracle E-Business Suite environment. It starts with a practical approach for defining a preventive maintenance strategy and then moves to detailed descriptions and tips for various tools and approaches for efficiently performing maintenance tasks. Topics include patching shortcuts, distributing worker processes across multiple servers, shared file systems, avoiding resource bottlenecks, and more. Leave this session with the tools required for creating a plan to keep your environment healthy and up to date.


      CON7702 - Online Patching with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2
      Kevin Hudson, Senior Director, Oracle
      Tuesday, Sep 30, 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM - Moscone West - 2018

      The Online Patching feature of Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 will reduce your Oracle E-Business Suite patching downtimes to however long it takes to bounce your application  server. This Oracle Development session details how online patching works, with special attention to what’s happening at the database object level when patches are applied to an Oracle E-Business Suite environment that’s still running. Come learn about the operational and system management implications for minimizing maintenance downtimes when applying Oracle E-Business Suite patches with this new technology and the related impact on customizations you might have built on top of Oracle E-Business Suite.

      System Management

      CON7720 - Advanced Management with Oracle Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite
      Romain Seguy, Solution Packaging Integration Team Leader, Michelin North America, Inc.
      Henrik S. Christensen, IT Systems Architect, FL Smidth & Co.
      Angelo Rosado, Senior Principal Product Manager, Oracle
      Monday, Sep 29, 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM - Moscone West - 2018

      This session focuses on end-to-end management of Oracle E-Business Suite with the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control framework. It covers Oracle E-Business Suite performance management, the Real User Experience Monitoring feature of Oracle Real User Experience Insight 12c Release 3 (12.1.0.4), monitoring templates, the Oracle Exalogic dashboard, patch promotion policies, user-defined customization standards, Oracle E-Business Suite patch recommendations, compliance standards, Oracle E-Business Suite provisioning with assemblies, and other roadmap features. The presentation includes a demonstration of some key features.


      CON7697 - Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control for Managing Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2
      Angelo Rosado, Senior Principal Product Manager, Oracle
      Thursday, Oct 02, 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM - Moscone West - 2018

      This session focuses on all aspects of Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c for monitoring and management of Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 with Oracle Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite. Among the topics covered are online patching management; monitoring the technology stack, including Oracle WebLogic Server services; metrics management; Java Virtual Machine (JVM) diagnostics; configuration comparison between run and patch editions; provisioning of Oracle E-Business Suite with assemblies; technology stack patch recommendations; customization management; and automated cloning.

      Upgrade

      CON7723 - Planning and Preparing for Your Upgrade to Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2
      Anne Carlson, Senior Director, Oracle E-Business Suite Product Strategy, Oracle
      Wednesday, Oct 01, 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM - Moscone West - 2018

      Are you on Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 and considering an upgrade to Release 12.2? Would you like to understand how a 12.1-to-12.2 project compares to the prior 11i-to-12.1 project? This session discusses key upgrade planning considerations, combining lessons learned from customers with practical advice from Oracle’s Development, Consulting, and Support organizations. Understand how to build the business case, identify needed time and resources, prepare for functional and system changes, migrate custom code, create an effective test strategy, train business and IT staff, and more.


      CON7700 - Migrating and Managing Customizations for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2
      Santiago Bastidas, Senior Principal Product Manager, Oracle
      Kevin Hudson, Senior Director, Oracle
      Wednesday, Oct 01, 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM - Moscone West - 2018

      Have you created custom schemas, personalized Oracle Forms, or Oracle Application Framework screens or extended your Oracle E-Business Suite environment with other tools? Attend this Oracle Development session to learn about selecting the best upgrade approach for existing customizations. The session will help you understand the new customization standards required by the Edition-Based Redefinition feature of Oracle Database to be compliant with the Online Patching feature of Oracle E-Business Suite. You’ll learn about customization use cases, tools, and technologies you can use to ensure that all your customizations are preserved during and after the upgrade. You’ll also hear about reports you can run before the upgrade to detect and fix your customizations to make them 12.2-compliant.


      CON7724 - Technical Upgrade Best Practices for Oracle E-Business Suite
      Udayan Parvate, Senior Director, EBS Release Engineering, Oracle
      Samer Barakat, Software Development Director, Applications Performance, Oracle
      Thursday, Oct 02, 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM - Moscone West - 2018

      This session is ideal for organizations thinking about upgrading to Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1. It covers the fundamentals of upgrading to Release 12.1, including the technology stack components and supported upgrade paths. Hear from Oracle Development about the set of best practices for patching in general and executing the Release 12.1 technical upgrade, with special considerations for minimizing your downtime. Also get to know about relatively recent upgrade resources.

      Usability & Mobility

      CON7528 - Mobilize Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle Mobile Platform
      Jeff Croxen, Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting LLP
      Srikant Subramaniam, Director, Product Management, Oracle
      Rajesh Ghosh Ghosh, Director, ATG Development, Oracle
      Monday, Sep 29, 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM - Moscone West - 3018

      Enterprise mobility is transforming businesses by providing new channels for end user interaction, leading to dramatic process improvements and faster decision-making. Oracle Mobile Platform provides the infrastructure to extend enterprise business processes to mobile devices via a services-based middleware layer. The platform also enables development of on-device mobile apps that enable you to develop once and deploy to multiple device platforms. Attend this session to learn how to build mobile apps for Oracle Applications by using Oracle Mobile Platform. See how the key concepts come together via a case study that describes the business drivers behind the push for mobility and a walk-through of a solution built with Oracle Mobile Platform.


      CON7492 - Oracle E-Business Suite: Mobile Strategy and Roadmap
      Jeanne Lowell - VP, EBS Product Strategy, Oracle
      Tuesday, Sep 30, 3:45 PM - 4:30 PM - Moscone West - 3004/3006

      Learn more about Oracle E-Business Suite’s mobile strategy to provide your end users with on-the-go access to enterprise data and functions. This session covers the available and planned applications and how you can easily deploy them on Release 12.1.3 or 12.2. You will gain an understanding of the strategy and delivery of mobile applications, which is input to your planning to further extend the value of Oracle E-Business Suite with on-the-go access.


      CON7721 - Simplified and Touch-Friendly User Interface in Oracle E-Business Suite
      Ganapathi Subramanian, Senior Manager, ATG Development, Oracle
      Wednesday, Oct 01, 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM - Moscone West - 2018

      This session details the latest simplified and mobile user interface in Oracle Application Framework–based applications in Oracle E-Business Suite. The simplified UI provides a new home page and a set of new components optimized for display on mobile devices such as tablets and phablets. In addition, the Oracle Application Framework UI components offer several touch-friendly gestures for common actions, for a smarter and more efficient end user experience. Come see the new components, new gesture-based touch interactions, and a modernized skin that completely transform the Oracle E-Business Suite end user experience.


      CON7722 - Personalize and Extend Oracle E-Business Suite for Desktops and Tablets
      Maher Muhanna, Manager, ATG Development, Oracle
      Thursday, Oct 02, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM - Moscone West - 2018

      This Oracle Development session covers a wide range of options for personalizing and extending your existing Oracle E-Business Suite applications for standard desktops and mobile devices. It explains how to use Oracle Application Framework personalization to tailor the functionality of Oracle E-Business Suite to meet your organization’s needs in an upgrade-safe manner. In addition, learn about new Oracle Application Framework end user personalization mobile capabilities for optimizing the experience on iOS or Android tablets with minimum effort and how to leverage the new gesture capabilities and tablet-optimized UI components in your customizations and extensions to make your applications touch-friendly.

      Desktop Integration

      CON7689 - Standards-Based Desktop Integration in Oracle E-Business Suite
      Gustavo Jimenez, Sr.Development Manager, Oracle
      Monday, Sep 29, 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM - Moscone West - 2018

      This presentation covers the latest standards support in Oracle Web Applications Desktop Integrator and Oracle Report Manager. The session includes new features in Release 12.2 and other proposed design changes that result in vastly improved performance and spreadsheet experience. In addition, it offers information on how you can use Desktop Integration Framework to build your own custom desktop integrations between Oracle E-Business Suite and Microsoft Excel for enhanced end user productivity for mass upload/download of spreadsheet data.

      Integration

      CON7691 - Oracle E-Business Suite Integration Best Practices
      Veshaal Singh, Senior Director, Oracle
      Monday, Sep 29, 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM - Moscone West - 2018

      Oracle is investing across applications and technologies to make the application integration experience easier for customers. Oracle E-Business Suite provides tools and technologies to address various application integration challenges and styles. Learn more about Oracle’s integration offering for cloud, data, event-driven, and process-centric integrations. In this session, you will get a better understanding of what Oracle integration technologies you can use and how, when, and where you can leverage them to connect end-to-end business processes across your enterprise, including the Oracle Applications portfolio in the cloud.


      CON7690 - Web Services and SOA Integration Options for Oracle E-Business Suite
      Rajesh Ghosh Ghosh, Director, ATG Development, Oracle
      Wednesday, Oct 01, 4:45 PM - 5:30 PM - Moscone West - 2018

      This Oracle Development session provides a deep dive into a subset of the web services and SOA-related integration options available to Oracle E-Business Suite systems integrators. It offers a technical look at Oracle E-Business Suite Integrated SOA Gateway, Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle Application Adapters for Data Integration for Oracle E-Business Suite, and other web services options for integrating Oracle E-Business Suite with other applications. Systems integrators and developers will get an overview of the latest integration capabilities and technologies available out of the box with Oracle E-Business Suite and possibly a sneak preview of upcoming functionality and features.

      Performance

      CON7693 - Getting Optimal Performance from Oracle E-Business Suite
      Samer Barakat, Software Development Director, Applications Performance, Oracle
      Thursday, Oct 02, 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM - Moscone West - 2018

      This packed Oracle Development session summarizes practical tips and lessons learned from performance-tuning and benchmarking the world’s largest Oracle E-Business Suite environments. Apps sysadmins will get concrete tips and techniques for identifying and resolving performance bottlenecks on all layers of the technology stack. They will also learn how Oracle’s engineered systems such as Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic can dramatically improve the performance of their system.

      Security

      CON7696 - Managing Oracle E-Business Suite Security
      Erik Graversen, Senior Principal Software Engineer, Oracle
      Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager, Oracle
      Thursday, Oct 02, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM - Moscone West - 3006

      Learn about the top features for securing your Oracle E-Business Suite environment and sensitive data. This session provides an overview of the Oracle E-Business Suite secure configuration guidelines and optional security integrations. Then it dives into some of the new security features in Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2. Learn about new enhancements for proxy user functionality and how to reduce your attack surface by reducing cookie scope, allowed JavaServer Pages (JSPs), and external redirects.

      Internationalization

      CON7701 - Oracle E-Business Suite Internationalization and Multilingual Features
      Maher Al-Nubani, Senior Development Director, Oracle
      Thursday, Oct 02, 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM - Moscone West - 2018

      Oracle E-Business Suite supports more countries, languages, and regions than ever. Come to this Oracle Development session to get an overview of internationalization features and capabilities and see new Release 12 features such as calendar support for Hijra and Thai, new group separators, lightweight multilingual support (MLS) setup, new character sets such as AL32UTF8, newly supported languages, Mac certifications, Oracle iSetup support for moving MLS setups, new file export options for Unicode, new MLS number spelling options, and more.

      Testing

      CON7168 - Testing Oracle E-Business Suite: Best Practices from Oracle Development
      Christian Hambach - Director, KPMG LLP
      Prasanti Madireddi - Senior Director, EBS QA, Oracle
      Wednesday, Oct 1, 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM - Moscone West - 3006

      Attend this session to learn the best practices from the Oracle E-Business Suite Development team. Key speakers cover the following topics:
      - How the Oracle Development Quality Assurance team tests Oracle E-Business Suite
      - Factors for customers to consider during functional testing
      - Approaches for new-feature and regression testing
      - Reducing risk and production outages due to insufficient testing
      - Capturing and presenting metrics to showcase the ROI of testing investment
      - Leveraging automation for testing Oracle E-Business Suite applications

      Special Interest Groups (SIG)

      Some of our most senior staff have been invited to participate on the following SIG meetings as guest speakers for Q&A discussions:

      SIG9074 - OAUG Customizations & Alternatives SIG Meeting
      Bill Dunham, Principal, OATC, Inc.
      Guest Oracle Speakers: Kevin Hudson, Senior Director | Santiago Bastidas, Sr. Principal Product Manager
      Sunday, Sep-28, 8:00 AM - 8:45 AM - Moscone West - 3009


      SIG9102 - OAUG Database SIG Meeting
      Michael Brown, Applications DBA, BlueStar
      Guest Oracle Speakers: Elke Phelps, Sr. Principal Product Manager
      Sunday, Sep-28, 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM - Moscone West - 3009


      SIG9068 - OAUG EBS User Management SIG Meeting
      Susan Behn, VP, Infosemantics, Inc.
      Guest Oracle Speakers: Sara Woodhull, Principal Product Manager
      Sunday, Sep-28, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM - Moscone West - 3005


      SIG9106 - OAUG EBS Applications Technology Stack SIG Meeting
      Marvin Sanchez, Sr Database Administrator, Pharmavite, LLC
      Guest Oracle Speakers: Steven Chan, Senior Director | Elke Phelps, Sr. Principal Product Manager
      Sunday, Sep-28, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM - Moscone West - 3004/3006


      SIG9190 - OAUG Upgrade SIG Meeting
      Andrew Katz, Director of IT, Komori America Corporation
      Guest Oracle Speakers: Anne Carlson, Senior Director, Oracle E-Business Suite Product Strategy
      Sunday, Sep-28, 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM - Moscone West - 3005


      SIG9075 - OAUG Archive & Purge SIG Meeting
      Brian Bent, Senior Solution Engineer, EDS
      Guest Oracle Speakers: Samer Barakat, Director, Applications Performance
      Sunday, Sep-28, 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM - Moscone West - 3002


      SIG9196 - OAUG SysAdmin SIG Meeting
      Sandra Vucinic, President, VLAD Group, Inc.
      Guest Oracle Speakers: Kevin Hudson, Senior Director | Max Arderius, Manager, Product Management
      Sunday, Sep-28, 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM - Moscone West - 3004/3006

      Meet the Experts

      We're planning two round-table discussions where you can review your questions with senior E-Business Suite ATG staff:

      MTE8640 - Meet the Oracle E-Business Suite Tools and Technology Experts
      Monday, Sep 29, 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM - Moscone West - Overlook 3C

      Don’t miss this opportunity to meet with Oracle E-Business Suite tools and technology experts. This session is where you can have discussions regarding the Oracle Applications strategy and your specific business and IT strategy. The experts will be available to discuss the value of the latest releases and share insights into the best path for your enterprise, so come ready with your questions. Space is limited, and preregistration is recommended.

      • Max Arderius, Manager, Product Management, Oracle
      • Samer Barakat, Software Development Director, Applications Performance, Oracle
      • Steven Chan, Senior Director, Oracle
      • Kevin Hudson, Senior Director, Oracle
      • Lisa Parekh, Vice President, Technology Integration, Oracle
      • Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager, Oracle
      • Veshaal Singh, Senior Director, Oracle

      MTE8624 - Meet the Oracle E-Business Suite Experts: Planning Your Upgrade
      Monday, Sep 29, 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM - Moscone West - Overlook 3C

      Don’t miss this opportunity to meet with Oracle E-Business Suite experts who can help you in planning your upgrade. This session is where you can have discussions regarding the Oracle Applications strategy and your specific business and IT strategy. The experts will be available to discuss the value of the latest releases and share insights into the best path for your enterprise, so come ready with your questions. Space is limited, and preregistration is recommended.

      • John Abraham, Director, Product Management, Oracle
      • Max Arderius, Manager, Product Management, Oracle
      • Samer Barakat, Software Development Director, Applications Performance, Oracle
      • Nadia Bendjedou, Senior Director - Product Strategy, Oracle
      • George Buzsaki, Vice President, Application Architecture, Oracle
      • Anne Carlson, Senior Director, Oracle E-Business Suite Product Strategy, Oracle
      • Kevin Hudson, Senior Director, Oracle
      • Hyun Kim, Group Manager, Release Engineering, Oracle
      • Jeanne Lowell, VP, EBS Product Strategy, Oracle
      • Udayan Parvate, Senior Director, EBS Release Engineering, Oracle
      • Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager, Oracle

      Hands-on Labs

      We're planning the following hands-on-Lab:

      HOL9483 - Plan and Create Automated Oracle E-Business Suite Tests Using Oracle Flow Builder
      Prasanti Madireddi - Senior Director, EBS QA, Oracle
      Mazen Arar - Senior Director, Oracle
      Monday, Sep 29, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM - Hotel Nikko - Carmel
      Thursday, Oct 2, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Hotel Nikko - Carmel

      In this hands-on lab, you will learn how to plan your Oracle E-Business Suite test automation, map your test flow to available components in Oracle Flow Builder, and identify gaps using Oracle's component mapping template. You will learn how to address customization, make modifications, and create new components. You will also learn how to create a flow, upload test data, and generate and execute the test.

      Demos

        We have four booths in the exhibition demogrounds this year, where you can try ATG technologies firsthand and get your questions answered. Please stop by and meet our staff at the following locations:



        For more information, please refer to the FOCUS ON Oracle E-Business Suite - Applications Tools and Technology.

        Tuesday Sep 16, 2014

        DSTv23 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite 12

        Hourglass iconIf your E-Business Suite Release 12.x environment is configured to support Daylight Saving Time (DST) or international time zones, it's important to keep your timezone definition files up-to-date. They were last changed in June 2014 and released as DSTv22.

        DSTv23 is now available and certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.x. The DSTv23 update includes the timezone information from the IANA tzdata 2014f and includes Russia's reintroduction of "winter time" when the clocks will be turned back one hour on October 26, 2014.  It is cumulative: it includes all previous Oracle DST updates. 

        Is Your Apps Environment Affected?

        When a country or region changes DST rules or their time zone definitions, your Oracle E-Business Suite environment will require patching if:

        • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located in the affected country or region OR
        • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located outside the affected country or region but you conduct business or have customers or suppliers in the affected country or region

        The latest DSTv22 timezone definition file is cumulative and includes all DST changes released in earlier time zone definition files. DSTv22 includes changes to the following timezones since the DSTv20 release:

        • Africa/Cairo, 
        • Africa/Casablanca, 
        • Africa/El_Aaiun, 
        • Asia/Taipei, 
        • Asia/Yekaterinburg, 
        • Asia/Omsk, 
        • Asia/Novosibirsk , 
        • Asia/Krasnoyarsk, 
        • Asia/Irkutsk,  
        • Asia/Yakutsk, 
        • Asia/Vladivostok, 
        • Asia/Magadan, 
        • Asia/Sakhalin, 
        • Europe/Kaliningrad, 
        • Europe/Moscow, 
        • Europe/Simferopol, 
        • Europe/Volgograd, 
        • Egypt, 
        • ROC, 
        • W-SU.

        What Patches Are Required?

        In case you haven't been following our previous time zone or Daylight Saving Time (DST)-related articles, international timezone definitions for E-Business Suite environments are captured in a series of patches for the database and application tier servers in your environment. The actual scope and number of patches that need to be applied depend on whether you've applied previous DST or timezone-related patches. Some sysadmins have remarked to me that it generally takes more time to read the various timezone documents than it takes to apply these patches, but your mileage may vary.

        We've published the following Notes which identify the various components in your E-Business Suite environment that may need DST patches:

        Monday Sep 15, 2014

        Preventing "Java was blocked" IE Warnings with Oracle EBS

        Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) started warning users about out-of-date ActiveX controls running through any security zone except the 'Local intranet' or the 'Trusted sites' zones when using IE 8 or later. Attempts to run any Java content from your desktop using older JRE releases -- releases prior to the latest Critical Patch Updates (CPU) on any JRE codeline -- through any other zone now result in a warning message. This may prevent you from accessing Java-based or Forms-based content within Oracle E-Business Suite.

        IE will not block functionality for end-users who meet any of these conditions:

        • Are running EBS through the browsers "Local Intranet" or "Trusted sites" zones
        • Have the latest Java Runtime Environment (JRE) Critical Patch Update (CPU) release on Java 6 or 7

        IE will block end-users whose desktops meet all of the following conditions:

        • Users are running the E-Business Suite in the the "Internet" zone
        • Users do not have latest Java Runtime Environment (JRE) Critical Patch Update (CPU) release on Java 6 or 7

        Affected end-users will see the following warning:

        Java(TM) was blocked because it is out of date and needs to be updated

        How do I prevent this Issue?

        OPTION 1

        Follow our documented recommendations to run Oracle E-Business Suite through the "Trusted sites" zone. 

        See the "Recommended Internet Explorer Browser Settings" section within:

        OPTION 2

        Follow Microsoft's workaround to turn this feature off:

        OPTION 3

        Upgrade to the latest JRE release. See:

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        Wednesday Sep 10, 2014

        Invoking JAVA APIs via REST in EBS 12.2

        Oracle E-Business Suite Integrated SOA Gateway (ISG) introduced PL/SQL as RESTful webservices in EBS 12.2.3.  EBS 12.2.4 expands that functionality further, allowing Plain Old Java Objects (POJO) / Java Beans to be published as RESTful web services using ISG. This new Java API REST service provides support for both GET and POST verbs.

        What is POJO?

        POJO stands for Plain Old Java Object. It is a Java object which does not implement any framework-specific interfaces such as Spring, Hibernate, JDO, or EJB. POJOs allow applications to be decoupled from infrastructure frameworks.

        Prerequisites for Using Custom Java API as REST service in ISG

        The following tasks needs to be performed to use custom Java API as REST services:

        Custom Java API steps

        Custom Java APIs are configured and deployed on the application tier.  For more information, see Section 5, "Deploying Custom Application Tier Objects" in this document:

        Java REST API Lifecycle

        Java REST API lifecycle

        Java API REST services follow the same lifecycle as PLSQL rest services. Once the custom classes and ILDT loader files are uploaded, you are ready to use Java APIs as REST services from the Integration Repository.

        You can find the newly uploaded Java API in the Integration Repository using the new “Java Bean Services” Interface Subtype :

        Java Bean Services Interface Subtype

        Select GET, POST, or both based on your requirements. Provide a service alias and deploy the service.

        Voila! the service is ready to be used.

        Java Web Service Details

        What’s more in a Java API rest services?

        Java API REST services support GET and POST methods. GET requests can be invoked as Uniform Resource Identifiers (URI) from any browser.  The invocation process is simple, user-friendly and quick.

        URI Format:

        http://<host>:<port>/webservices/rest/<Service Alias>/<rest method name>/[<key-param>]?queryParam=paramValue[&....

        Example :

        Get all employees reporting “Mark ”, location “CA”

        http://<host:port>/webservices/rest/empSvc/getEmployees/Mark/?location=CA

        Key Features of GET

        • GET requests can be cached
        • GET requests can be bookmarked
        • GET requests remain in the browser history

        GET requests should not be used when dealing with sensitive data.

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        Introducing Megha Mathpal, Guest Author

        Our partners and independent software vendors know that customizing and extending the E-Business Suite can take specialized skills and knowledge.  We're lucky to have many of the world's experts building more functionality to support this area in our Applications Technology Group. 

        I'm pleased to welcome Megha Mathpal to our blogging team.  Megha's addition to our panel of guest authors will help deepen and broaden the coverage for integration-related capabilities from the Applications Technology Group.

        Megha holds a Masters in Computer Applications degree and has seven years of experience in the IT industry.  She has previously worked with Accenture as a Senior Developer and SDET on various MS technologies. She joined Oracle in 2011 and has been responsible for quality assurance for our Integrated SOA Gateway product area.  

        Megha holds technical certifications for ASDA, MCPDEA, and IBM Websphere.  She is also an avid nature lover and adores the sunset, cool breeze, mountains, and sea.

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