Friday Sep 26, 2014

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

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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.

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.

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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

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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

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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.

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:

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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 DSTv23 timezone definition file is cumulative and includes all DST changes released in earlier time zone definition files. DSTv23 includes changes to the following timezones since the DSTv22 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.

    Tuesday Sep 09, 2014

    Firefox ESR 31 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

    Firefox ESR logo

    [Update: Sep. 10, 2014: Removed listings for Windows XP and 8]

    Mozilla Firefox 31 Extended Support Release (ESR) is certified as a Windows-based client browser for Oracle E-Business Suite 11i, 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2.

    What is Mozilla Firefox ESR?

    Mozilla has begun offering an Extended Support Release based on an official release of Firefox for organizations that are unable to mass-deploy new consumer-oriented versions of Firefox every six weeks.  From the Mozilla ESR FAQ:

    What does the Mozilla Firefox ESR life cycle look like?

    Releases will be maintained for approximately one year, with point releases containing security updates coinciding with regular Firefox releases. The ESR will also have a two cycle (12 week) overlap between the time of a new release and the end-of-life of the previous release to permit testing and certification prior to deploying a new version.

    Maintenance of each ESR, through point releases, is limited to high-risk/high-impact security vulnerabilities and in rare cases may also include off-schedule releases that address live security vulnerabilities. Backports of any functional enhancements and/or stability fixes are not in scope.

    At the end of the support period for an ESR version:

    • the release will reach its end-of-life
    • no further updates will be offered for that version
    • an update to the next version will be offered through the application update service

    E-Business Suite to be certified with Firefox Extended Support Releases

    New personal versions of Firefox are released roughly every six weeks.  It is impractical for us to certify these new personal versions of Firefox with the Oracle E-Business Suite because a given Firefox release is generally obsolete by the time we complete the certification.

    From Firefox 10 and onwards, Oracle E-Business Suite is certified only with selected Firefox Extended Support Release versions. Oracle has no current plans to certify new Firefox personal releases with the E-Business Suite.

    As of this announcement, Oracle E-Business Suite is certified with Firefox ESR 10, 17, 24, and 31.

    EBS patching policy for Firefox compatibility issues

    Mozilla stresses their goal of ensuring that Firefox personal versions will continue to offer the same level of application compatibility as Firefox Extended Support Releases. 

    Oracle E-Business Suite Development will issue new E-Business Suite patches or workarounds that can be reproduced with Firefox Extended Support Releases.  If you report compatibility issues with Firefox personal releases that cannot be reproduced with Firefox Extended Support Releases, your options are:

    1. Deploy a certified Firefox Extended Support Release version instead of the Firefox personal version
    2. Report the incompatibility between Firefox ESR and Firefox personal to Mozilla
    3. Use Internet Explorer (on Windows) or Safari (on Mac OS X) until Mozilla resolves the issue
    EBS Compatibility with Firefox ESR security updates

    Mozilla may release new updates to Firefox ESR versions to address high-risk/high-impact security issues.  These updates are considered to be certified with the E-Business Suite on the day that they're released.  You do not need to wait for a certification from Oracle before deploying these new Firefox ESR security updates.

    E-Business Suite Prerequisites

    EBS 11i
    • Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10.2 
    • Oracle Developer 6i patchset 19 (6.0.8.28.x) or later (Note 125767.1)
    • Oracle Applications Technology 11i.ATG_PF.H Rollup 6 (RUP 6) (patch 5903765) or higher
    • Applications Framework Patch 7651759
    • Patch 7567782 which removes the use of the jpi-parameter and switches Firefox to a non-static versioning model.
    EBS R12.0.x
    • Oracle Applications Technology R12.ATG_PF.A.delta.6 (patch 7237006) or higher
    • Applications Framework Patch 7602616
    • Patch 7567840 which removes the use of the jpi-parameter and switches Firefox to a non-static versioning model.
    EBS 12.1.x:
    • Base release

    EBS 12.2.x:

    • Base release

    Certified desktop operating systems

    • Windows 7 SP1
    • Windows Vista SP2

    References

    Your feedback is welcome

    I'd be very interested in hearing about your plans for adopting Firefox Extended Support Releases in your environments.  Please drop me a private email or post your comments here with your thoughts on this.

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    Wednesday Aug 27, 2014

    New User Interface Features in Release 12.2.4

    As I wrote several months ago,  we have been working on a major refresh of the Oracle E-Business Suite user interface.  Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.4 makes a big jump in our user interface.  Here are some of the new features you will see after upgrading to Release 12.2.4:
    • New skin
    • Rich table interactions
    • Simplified home page
    • Support for gestures on tablets

    This is the first in a series of articles detailing these new user interface features.

    The most obvious user interface change for this release is our new skin for both desktops and tablets.  The new skin provides a cleaner look and feel in Oracle Application Framework-based pages, with responsive features that give you more space for controlling the application with your fingers on a tablet while saving space on a desktop.  Here is the new look on a tablet and on a desktop:

    New look on iPad

    EBS new look on laptop in Firefox browser

    We now have a streamlined touch-oriented, icon-based global header (the top navigation bar on the page). Users can choose whether to display icons, text links, or both by setting a user preference. This feature is one of the results of the usability testing we did last year, where we got user feedback for fine tuning the new look and feel.

    Setting Your Display Preference

    To change the display settings of the icons in the header, simply select Preferences from the Settings menu (gear icon):

    Select Preferences from Settings menu

    Then you see the Preferences Page:

    Preferences Page

    In the "Visual" region, "Page Header Display Style" field, select the choice you want:

    • Both Links and Icons
    • Icons Only
    • Links Only

    Display style list

    Apply your changes, and you're done! 

    Here is how the "Links Only" style looks:

    Links Only style of header

    Here is how the "Both Links and Icons" style looks:

    Both Links and Icons display style

    We hope you like the new look!

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    Friday Aug 22, 2014

    Mobile Apps for Oracle E-Business Suite

    Many things have changed in the mobile space over the last few years. Here's an update on our strategy for mobile apps for the E-Business Suite.

    Mobile app strategy

    We're building our family of mobile apps for the E-Business Suite using Oracle Mobile Application Framework.  This framework allows us to write a single application that can be run on Apple iOS and Google Android platforms. Mobile apps for the E-Business Suite will share a common look-and-feel.

    The E-Business Suite is a suite of over 200 product modules spanning Financials, Supply Chain, Human Resources, and many other areas. Our mobile app strategy is to release standalone apps for specific product modules. 

    Our Oracle Timecards app, which allows users to create and submit timecards, is an example of a standalone app.

    Oracle Timecards app for E-Business Suite screenshot

    Some common functions that span multiple product areas will have dedicated apps, too. An example of this is our Oracle Approvals app, which allows users to review and approve requests for expenses, requisitions, purchase orders, recruitment vacancies and offers, and more.

    Approval app for E-Business Suite screenshot

    You can read more about our Oracle Mobile Approvals app here:

    Our goal is to support smaller screen (e.g. smartphones) as well as larger screens (e.g. tablets), with the smaller screen versions generally delivered first.  Where possible, we will deliver these as universal apps.  An example is our Oracle Mobile Field Service app, which allows field service technicians to remotely access customer, product, service request, and task-related information.  This app can run on a smartphone, while providing a richer experience for tablets.

    Mobile Field Service for iPhones screenshot

    Deploying EBS mobile apps

    The mobile apps, themselves (i.e. client-side components) can be downloaded by end-users from the Apple iTunes today.  Android versions will be available from Google play. You can monitor this blog for Android-related updates.

    Where possible, our mobile apps should be deployable with a minimum of server-side changes.  These changes will generally involve a consolidated server-side patch for technology-stack components, and possibly a server-side patch for the functional product module. Updates to existing mobile apps may require new server-side components to enable all of the latest mobile functionality.

    All EBS product modules are certified for internal intranet deployments (i.e. used by employees within an organization's firewall).  Only a subset of EBS products such as iRecruitment are certified to be deployed externally (i.e. used by non-employees outside of an organization's firewall).  Today, many organizations running the E-Business Suite do not expose their EBS environment externally and all of the mobile apps that we're building are intended for internal employee use.  Recognizing this, our mobile apps are currently designed for users who are connected to the organization's intranet via VPN.  We expect that this may change in future updates to our mobile apps.

    Mobile apps and internationalization

    The initial releases of our mobile apps will be in English.  Later updates will include translations for all left-to-right languages supported by the E-Business Suite.  Right-to-left languages will not be translated.

    Customizing apps for enterprise deployments

    The current generation of mobile apps for Oracle E-Business Suite cannot be customized. We are evaluating options for limited customizations, including corporate branding with logos, corporate color schemes, and others. This is a potentially-complex area with many tricky implications for deployment and maintenance.  We would be interested in hearing your requirements for customizations in enterprise deployments.

    Prerequisites

    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.

    Wednesday Aug 20, 2014

    Consultations with ATG Development at OpenWorld 2014

    [Aug. 21, 2014 Update:  corrected link to Apps Technology track sessions summary]

    OpenWorld logoOur OpenWorld 2014 San Francisco conference is about six weeks away.  We have a great lineup of sessions this year.  Our EBS Applications Technology track sessions are listed here, and we'll have a more-detailed article about those soon.

    One of the advantages of attending OpenWorld is that you can meet face-to-face with senior staff in ATG Development.  You can use these meetings to discusss your questions, requirements, plans, and deployment architectures with us.

    There are several options for doing this:

    1. At general sessions: collar the speaker of your choice after his or her presentation.
    2. At the Meet The Experts sessions:  these are first-come first-served round-table discussions
    3. Setting up private meetings via your Oracle account manager

    The last option is best if you have lots of in-depth questions or confidential details about your implementation that cannot be discussed in front of other customers. 

    Many of this blog's experts, including me, will be attending OpenWorld this year.  If you'd like to meet with us privately, please contact your Oracle account manager to arrange that as soon as possible.  My calendar, in particular, is already starting to fill up.  It is often completely full by the time OpenWorld starts.

    See you there!

    Friday Aug 15, 2014

    Oracle Functional Testing Suite Advanced Pack for Oracle EBS Now Available

    There’s new news about automated testing of E-Business Suite using the Oracle Application Testing Suite, a.k.a, “OATS”.

    E-Business Suite Development is pleased to announce the availability of the new Oracle Functional Testing Suite Advanced Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite. The new pack, available with the latest release of Oracle Application Testing Suite (12.4.0.2), provides pre-built test components and flows to automate the in-depth testing of Oracle E-Business Suite applications. Designed for use with the Oracle Application Testing Suite and its Oracle Flow Builder capability, these pre-built components and flows can help Oracle E-Business Suite customers to significantly reduce the time and effort needed to create and maintain automated test scripts.

    The Oracle Functional Testing Suite Advanced Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite is available now for EBS 12.1.3, and availability for EBS 12.2 is planned.

    OATS Flow Builder screenshot

    Some Background on Automating Testing with Oracle Application Testing Suite and Oracle Flow Builder     

    Testing complex packaged applications like Oracle E-Business Suite can be time-consuming and challenging for organizations, hampering their ability to upgrade to latest releases or apply latest patches. Oracle Application Testing Suite offers organizations a unique and powerful testing platform for Oracle E-Business Suite and other Oracle applications.

    With the 12.3.0.1 release of Oracle Application Testing Suite, we introduced the Oracle Flow Builder testing framework and accompanying starter pack of pre-built test components and flows. The starter pack, which contains over 2000 components and 200 flows, provides broad coverage of commonly-used base functionality and is designed to jump-start the test automation effort.

    Using Oracle Flow Builder, even non-technical testers can create working test scripts using the pre-built components that Oracle provides. Each component represents an atomic test operation such as “create an invoice batch” or “apply an invoice hold.” Testers can assemble the pre-built components into test flows, and combine test flows with spreadsheet data to drive the testing of multiple data conditions. The Oracle Flow Builder framework allows customers to add, modify and extend the pre-built components to address new functionality and customizations of the Oracle E-Business Suite.

    Using Oracle Flow Builder’s component-based test generation framework instead of a traditional record/playback approach has allowed the EBS Quality Assurance team to reduce their test automation effort by 60%. E-Business Suite customers can significantly reduce their test automation effort using Oracle Application Testing Suite with Oracle Flow Builder and the pre-built test components and flows that Oracle provides.

    Oracle Functional Testing Suite Advanced Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite Improves Test Coverage

    With the Oracle Application Testing Suite 12.4.0.2 and the new Oracle Functional Testing Suite Advanced Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite, we are now delivering a significant number of additional test components and flows beyond those contained in the Oracle Flow Builder starter pack. These additional test components and flows provide 70-80% test coverage and enable the automation of detailed and complex test flows across the following Oracle E-Business Suite products:

    • Oracle Asset Lifecycle Management
    • Oracle Channel Revenue Management
    • Oracle Discrete Manufacturing
    • Oracle Incentive Compensation
    • Oracle Lease and Finance Management
    • Oracle Process Manufacturing
    • Oracle Procurement
    • Oracle Project Management
    • Oracle Property Manager
    • Oracle Service

    Downloads

    You can download the Oracle Functional Testing Suite Advanced Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite from the Oracle Technology Network.

    References


    Related Articles

    Automate Testing Using Oracle Application Testing Suite with Flow Builder for E-Business Suite
    EBS 12.1.1 Test Starter Kit Now Available for Oracle Applications Testing Suite
    Oracle Application Testing Suite 9.0 Supported with Oracle E-Business Suite
    Using the Oracle Application Testing Suite with EBS: Interim Update #1

    Thursday Aug 14, 2014

    Oracle VM Virtual Appliances for E-Business Suite 12.1.3 Now Available

    I am pleased to announce that Oracle VM Virtual Appliances for E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 are now available from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud:


    VM Appliances for EBS 12.1.3

    Compatible with Oracle VM Manager and Oracle VM Virtualbox

    These virtual appliances 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.  They can also be imported into Oracle VM VirtualBox to create virtual machines on a desktop PC or laptop.

    Includes the entire EBS technology stack

    The virtual appliances deliver the full software stack, including the Oracle Linux 6.5 operating system, Oracle E-Business Suite, and additional required technology components.

    Types of appliances available

    The available Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 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

    The appliances contain the following embedded technology components:

    • Database Versions
    Appliance
    DB Oracle Home
    Single Node Vision Demo
    11.2.0.4
    Vision Demo Database Tier
    12.1.0.1
    Production (PROD) Database Tier
    12.1.0.1
    • Application Tier Components
    Appliance
    Application Tier
    Code Level
    Oracle Forms and Reports
    Java Oracle Home
    JDK Version
    Java Plugin Version
    CPU Level
    Single Node Vision Demo
    10.1.2.3
    10.1.3.5
    JDK 1.7 build 1.7.0_60-b19
    J2SE 1.7
    April  2014

    Application Tier

    10.1.2.3
    10.1.3.5
    JDK 1.7 build 1.7.0_60-b19
    J2SE 1.7
    April  2014


    Using these appliances

    These appliances can be used to support the following scenarios:

    Single node E-Business Suite 12.1.3 installation: Choose the single node VISION Demo virtual appliance (Option 1 above) to create a unified virtual machine with the EBS 12.1.3 database and application tiers.

    Multi-node E-Business Suite 12.1.3 installation: Create a multi-node system using the RDBMS 12c 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 12.1.3 installation.

    References

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    Wednesday Aug 13, 2014

    Quarterly E-Business Suite Upgrade Recommendations: August 2014 Edition

    We've previously provided advice on the general priorities for applying EBS updates.  This article will help you understand your top priorities for major upgrades to EBS and its technology stack components.  This webcast can help you create a maintenance strategy.

    The following is a summary of our latest upgrade recommendations for E-Business Suite updates and technology stack components.  These quarterly recommendations are based upon the latest updates to Oracle's product strategies, latest support timelines, and newly-certified releases. 

    Upgrade Recommendations for August 2014

    1. EBS 11i users should upgrade to 12.1.3 or 12.2.  Before upgrading, 11i users should be on the minimum 11i patching baseline.

    2. EBS 12.0 users should upgrade to 12.1.3 or 12.2.  Before upgrading, 12.0 users should be on the minimum 12.0 patching baseline,

    3. EBS 12.1 users should upgrade to 12.1.3 RP1 or 12.2.

    4. EBS 12.2 users should upgrade to 12.2.4 or the latest AD/TXK tools and the latest StartCD.

    5. Oracle Database 10gR2 and 11gR1 users should upgrade to 11.2.0.4 or 12.1.0.1

    6. EBS 11i and 12 users of Oracle Single Sign-On 10g users should migrate to OAM 11gR2 Patchset 1 11.1.2.1.0.

    7. Oracle Internet Directory 10g users should upgrade to Oracle Internet Directory 11g 11.1.1.7.

    8. Oracle Discoverer users should migrate to Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE), Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA), or Discoverer 11g 11.1.1.7.

    9. Oracle Portal 10g users should migrate to Oracle WebCenter 11g 11.1.1.7 or upgrade to Portal 11g 11.1.1.6.

    10. All Windows desktop users should migrate from JInitiator and older Java releases to JRE 1.6.0_81 or later 1.6 updates or JRE 1.7.0_67 or later 1.7 updates.

    11. All EBS 11i, 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2 users must sign their environment's JAR files now.

    12. All Firefox users should upgrade to Firefox Extended Support Release 24.

    13. All EBS 11i, 12.0, 12.1, 12.2 users should apply the latest Critical Patch Update.

    14. Windows XP and Office 2003 users should upgrade to later versions.

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    Friday Aug 08, 2014

    Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.4 Now Available

    We are very pleased to announce that Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.4 is generally available for download now.

    Instructions for downloading and applying the update:

    EBS 12.2.4 Patch download screenshot

    What Does EBS 12.2.4 Include?

    This Release Update Pack (RUP) for the EBS 12.2 release codeline includes new features as well as statutory and regulatory updates, and error corrections for stability, performance, and security. 

    This is a consolidated suite-wide patch set. Release 12.2.4 is cumulative and includes new updates as well as updates made available in one-off patches for prior 12.2 releases.

    For a complete list of new features, see:

    Upgrading to EBS 12.2.4

    Is there a direct upgrade path from EBS 11i to 12.2.4?

    No.  EBS 11i customers must first upgrade to EBS 12.2 before applying 12.2.4.

    Is there a direct upgrade path from EBS 12.0 to 12.2.4?

    No.  EBS 12.0 customers must first upgrade to EBS 12.2 before applying 12.2.4.

    Is there a direct upgrade path from EBS 12.2 to 12.2.4?

    Yes.  EBS 12.2 customers can apply 12.2.4 directly to their environments.  EBS 12.2.4 is an Online Patch -- it may be applied while EBS 12.2 is running.

    How can I prepare for EBS 12.2?

    More technical references

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    Tuesday Aug 05, 2014

    JRE 1.7.0_67 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

    Java logo

    [Aug. 6, 2014 update: Removed sentence, "If you are already running 1.7.0_65 auto-update will not be triggered to upgrade to 1.7.0_67."]

    Java Runtime Environment 1.7.0_67 (a.k.a. JRE 7u67-b01) 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?

    JRE 1.7.0_67 fixes a regression in JRE 1.7.0_65 which prevented applets launching when using a "java_ arguments" parameter. This is the only change, it does not include any further security enhancements. Oracle E-Business Suite users are unlikely to be affected by this issue so moving to this release is optional, see the Update Release Notes for further information.

    JRE 1.7.0_67 is available for download through the usual Java and Oracle Java SE Downloads public sites. The standard release is also available through Patch 19295656 as well as a special release which has the auto-update function turned off through Patch 19295660.

    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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    Friday Aug 01, 2014

    New Solaris SPARC OS Requirements for EBS R12

    Solaris logoBeginning on December 1st 2014, Oracle E-Business Suite patches for Release 12 (12.0, 12.1, 12.2) on the Oracle Solaris on SPARC platform will be built with a newer version of the Solaris Studio compiler (v 12.3) and the Solaris OS (v 10).

    Solaris customers who plan to patch their EBS environments after December 1st 2014 with EBS application tier patches generated after this date must meet the new OS requirements prior to applying those new patches. These customers must upgrade their Solaris OS to Solaris 10 10/08 (Update 6) or higher and apply specific OS patches indicated in the documentation below. R12 environments on Solaris 11 should not be affected by this as Solaris 11 includes all required patches and relinking tools.

    Customers can perform the OS upgrade now without any adverse effects as the associated tools and OS patches will work with all currently generated EBS patches - it's just that after December 1st 2014, patches generated for R12 on Solaris SPARC will not work with older versions of the Solaris OS. The older Solaris versions 8 and 9 will also both be in Sustaining Support by this date - we strongly recommend that customers upgrade to Solaris 10 to get updates and new fixes on their systems.

    References

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    Thursday Jul 31, 2014

    Microsoft Office 2013 Certified with E-Business Suite 11i

    [Nov. 11, 2014 Update: Microsoft has confirmed that Office Home & Student Edition is built on a different codeline that lacks the APIs that are needed for EBS integration. Article updated to exclude this edition explicitly.]

    Microsoft Office 2013  logo

    Microsoft Office 2013 was previously certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 12.0.6 and 12.1.3

    We are pleased to announce that Office 2013 is now certified with EBS 11.5.10.2.  For details, see:

    EBS 11.5.10.2 + Microsoft Office 2013 (32-bit)

    Microsoft Office 2013 32-bit desktop version is certified for integration with Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10.2 for the following desktop client operating systems:

    • Windows Vista 32-bit
    • Windows 7 32-bit & 64-bit

    This certification covers Office 2013 in 32-bit mode only.  There are no plans to certify Office 2013 64-bit with EBS 11i.

    What about EBS 12.2?

    The certification of Microsoft Office 2013 32-bit and 64-bit for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.x is still in progress.

    When will the remaining combination be certified?

    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.   

    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 will explicitly test 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 & Business 2013
    • Standard 2013 
    • Professional 2013
    • Professional Plus 2013
    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
    • Home & Student 2013 (Known not to work with EBS)

    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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    Thursday Jul 24, 2014

    E-Business Suite Plug-in 12.1.0.3 for Enterprise Manager 12c Now Available

    Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in 12.1.0.3.0 is now available for use with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.  Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in 12.1.0.3 is part of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12 Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite.

    This latest plug-in extends EM 12c Cloud Control with E-Business Suite specific system management capabilities and features enhanced change management support.

    The Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite includes:

    • Functionality that was available in the previously-standalone Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite and Application Change Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite
    • Oracle Real User Experience Insight
    • Oracle Configuration & Compliance capabilities  

    Licensing information  

    A license for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control is required to use this product. There is an additional licensing cost for the Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite.  A license for the Application Management Suite includes licenses for the E-Business Suite Plug-in, Oracle Real User Experience Insight, and Oracle Configuration & Compliance products.

    This is a Development blog, and we don't have the background to discuss licensing in more detail.  We'd recommend contacting your Oracle account manager for more information about licenses.

    Updates to product bundling

    Features that were previously available in the standalone management packs are now packaged in the Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in, which is certified with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control: 

    • Functionality previously available for Application Management Pack (AMP) is now classified as “System Management for Oracle E-Business Suite” within the plug-in.
    • Functionality previously available for Application Change Management Pack (ACMP) is now classified as “Change Management for Oracle E-Business Suite” within the plug-in.

    The Application Configuration Console and the Configuration Change Console are now native components of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.

    Screenshot of AMP 12.1.0.3

    New enhancements in this release

    Administration/Configuration/Monitoring

    • Privilege Propagation Using Administration Groups: Privilege propagating groups enable administrators to extend privileges to members of a group. For example, if new targets are later added to the privilege propagating group, then the administrators receive the privileges on the target automatically. Additionally, when a new administrator is hired, you only need to grant the role to the administrator for the administrator to receive all the privileges on the targets automatically.
    • Oracle E-Business Suite Region in Exalogic Dashboard: An Oracle E-Business Suite summary region is included on the Exalogic Dashboard.
    • Configuration Comparison Templates: Configuration comparison templates allow customers to compare Oracle E-Business Suite technology configurations of two or more Oracle E-Business Suite environments.
    • Certified Monitoring Templates: Out-of-the-box monitoring templates allow you to standardize monitoring settings across Oracle E-Business Suite environments by allowing you to specify metric thresholds to monitor E-Business Suite services, components and technology stacks.
    • Performance Monitoring: Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 customers can diagnose performance issues by using Java Virtual Machine (JVM) Diagnostic integration. Customers can monitor live and historical transactions and drill down from end user activities through all layers of technology, including Real User Experience Insight (RUEI), WebLogic Suite (WLS) and database.
    • Integration with Service Test Infrastructure: Administrators can define service tests and beacons using Oracle Application Testing Suite (OATS) to determine the availability of Oracle E-Business Suite services. Pre-seeded service tests can be used to ensure that Oracle E-Business Suite services are available for users.
    • Extended Target Modeling: Administrators can now easily add Fusion Middleware components that are externally-integrated with Oracle E-Business Suite to the availability definition.
    • Blacking Out Patch Edition in Oracle E-Business Suite12.2: Patch edition targets are automatically blacked out in Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 to prevent false incidents.

    Compliance Framework

    • Out-of-the-box Oracle E-Business Suite Compliance Standards: In addition to the seeded security compliance standards delivered in the previous release, we have added new compliance standards that check for mandatory database configuration parameters (init.ora) for Oracle E-Business Suite.

    Customization Management

    • User Defined Customization Standards: Customers now have the ability to define their own standards to validate customizations and create packages according.

    Patch Management

    • Patch Promotion Policy: Patch Manager now allows customers to create patch promotion policies for applying patches onto pre-production systems before applying them to production systems

    Automated Cloning

    • Cloning support for Oracle E-Business Suite R12.2: Multi-node cloning, scale-up or scale-down cloning, and shared file system cloning is supported for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.

    Quick Provisioning of E-Business Suite

    • Oracle E-Business Suite Assemblies: Customers can now provision Oracle E-Business Suite Instances quickly using Oracle Virtual Assemblies delivered for EBS 12.1.3 and EBS 12.2.

    Installation & Upgrades

    • Customers currently running on Enterprise Manager 12c, can use Self Update to download and install AMP 12.1.0.3.0.
    • All others can download it here: Oracle Software Delivery Cloud

    Prerequisites

    • Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 4 (12.1.0.4.0)
    • One or more of the following Oracle E-Business Suite Releases
    • Release 12.2.3 or 12.2.2
    • Release 12.1 with R12.ATG_PF.B.delta.3
    • Release 12.0.4 with R12.ATG_PF.A.delta.6
    • Release 11.5.10 CU2 with 11i.ATG_PF.H.RUP6 or higher

    References

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    Tuesday Jul 22, 2014

    Database 12.1.0.1 Certified with EBS on AIX, Itanium, Windows

    As a follow up to the prior announcements, Oracle Database 12c Release 1 (12.1.0.1) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 11i, 12.0 and 12.1 on the following additional platforms:

    Release 11.5.10.2 + ATG_PF.H.delta.7 (RUP 7):
    • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (6.1, 7.11)
    • HP-UX Itanium (11.31)1
    Release 12.0 (12.0.6 and higher):
    • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (6.1, 7.1)
    • HP-UX Itanium (11.31)
    • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) (2008, 2008 R2)1
    Release 12.1 (12.1.3 and higher):
    • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (6.1, 7.1)
    • HP-UX Itanium (11.31)
    • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) (2008 R2)2
    1 : This is a 'database tier only' or 'split tier configuration' certification where the application tier must be on a fully certified E-Business Suite platform.
    2 : Only via a migration process from an existing Windows (32-bit) system (see My Oracle Support Note 1188535.1, "Migrating Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 to Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2").

    This announcement includes:
    • Oracle Database 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.1
    • Oracle Database 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.1 Real Application Clusters (RAC)
    • TDE Column Encryption with Oracle Database 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.1
    • TDE Tablespace Encryption with Oracle Database 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.1
    • Advanced Security Option (ASO)/Advanced Networking Option (ANO) with Oracle Database 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.1
    • Export/Import Process for EBS 11i with RDBMS 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.1
    The following are not yet certified and will be announced on a later date once completed.
    • Oracle Multitenant 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.1
    • Oracle Database Vault 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.1
    • Transportable Database and Transportable Tablespaces Data Migration Processes
    References

    Release 11i
    Release 12.0 and 12.1:

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    Monday Jul 21, 2014

    Latest Updates to AD and TXK Tools for EBS 12.2

    We continue to release updates to EBS 12.2 technology stack (TXK) and Applications Database (AD) patching tools based upon customer feedback.  We released the first set of updates in March 2014, the second set in May 2014, and have just released a third set of critical updates.

    This latest update includes important enhancements and fixes to the Online Patching functionality.  All Release 12.2 users are strongly encouraged to apply these new updates as soon as possible.  These patches are cumulative: they include all AD and TXK-related fixes released in previous updates.

    The updates and few features to Online Patching include:

    • New 'standard' cleanup mode - An optimized default cleanup mode, available in addition to the 'quick' and 'full' cleanup modes.
    • Log Analyzer Utility - Analyzes adop log directories for errors and warnings, and displays messages to help you identify any problems in an adop run.
    • New 'cm_wait' parameter - Allows you to specify how long to wait for concurrent processes to finish, before shutting down the Internal Concurrent Manager.

    Download screenshot for AD Delta 5

    You can download the two Release Update Packs (RUP) here:

    Future AD and TXK updates will be delivered on top of these AD and TXK patches.

    References

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    Thursday Jul 17, 2014

    Microsoft Office 2013 Certified with E-Business Suite 12.0.6

    [Nov. 11, 2014 Update: Microsoft has confirmed that Office Home & Student Edition is built on a different codeline that lacks the APIs that are needed for EBS integration. Article updated to exclude this edition explicitly.]

    EBS 12.1.3 was recently certified with Office 2013.  We are pleased to announce that Microsoft Office 2013  logoMicrosoft Office 2013 is certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0.6.  For details, see:

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

    EBS 12.0.6 + Microsoft Office 2013 (32-bit)

    Microsoft Office 2013 32-bit desktop version is certified for integration with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.0.6 for the following desktop client operating systems:

    • Windows Vista 32-bit
    • Windows 7 32-bit & 64-bit
    • Windows 8 32-bit & 64-bit
    EBS 12.0.6 + Microsoft Office 2013 (64-bit)

    Microsoft Office 2013 64-bit desktop version is certified for integration with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.0.6 through a 64-bit techstack for the following desktop client operating systems:

    • Windows 7 64-bit
    • Windows 8 64-bit

    What about EBS 11i and 12.2?

    The certification of Microsoft Office 2013 32-bit for Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10.2 and 12.2.x is still in progress.

    The certification of Microsoft Office 2013 64-bit  for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.x is still in progress.

    There are no plans to certify Microsoft Office 2013 64-bit with Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10.2.

    When will the remaining combinations be certified?

    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.   

    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 & 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
    • Home & Student 2013 (Known not to work with EBS)

    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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    Wednesday Jul 16, 2014

    Critical Patch Update for July 2014 Now Available

    The  Critical Patch Update (CPU) for July 2014 was released on July 15, 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:

    • October 14, 2014
    • January 13, 2015
    • April 14, 2015
    • July 14, 2015
    E-Business Suite Releases 11i and 12 Reference

    Tuesday Jul 15, 2014

    JRE 1.7.0_65 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

    Java logoJava Runtime Environment 1.7.0_65 (a.k.a. JRE 7u65-b19) 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?

    JRE 1.7.0_65 (7u65-b19) is a CPU release. If you are running on the JRE 7 stream, it is strongly recommended that you upgrade to this latest version of the JRE 7 Plug-in.

    Details about update in this release are listed in the release notes.

    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

    JRE 1.7.0_60 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:

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    Java JRE 1.6.0_81 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

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    The latest Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0_81 (a.k.a. JRE 6u81-b08) 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_81  (6u81) 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:

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    Monday Jun 30, 2014

    Creating a Maintenance Strategy for Oracle E-Business Suite

    We produce new EBS releases, major updates, Family Packs, and over 150 new certified EBS configurations each year.  It can be difficult to track and implement all of these changes.  With so many potential upgrades, what is the best way of keeping your EBS environment up-to-date?

    We're very pleased to let you know about a new webcast and Note that can be used together to help you create a maintenance strategy for Oracle E-Business Suite.

    1.  Webcast: "Creating a Maintenance Strategy for Oracle E-Business Suite"

    The recorded webcast, Creating a Maintenance Strategy for Oracle E-Business Suite,  features techniques Applications DBAs can use to proactively maintain their Oracle E-Business Suite environment. This webcast covers EBS 12.1 and 12.2 and is intended for EBS architects, managers, and system administrators.

    Use the following link to view the webcast:

    The webcast starts with a practical approach for defining an EBS maintenance strategy. It then moves to a detailed discussion of tools and approaches for maintaining EBS environments.

    Topics include patching shortcuts, distributing worker processes across multiple servers, shared file systems, avoiding resource bottlenecks, and more.

    2. Note: "How to find EBS patches"

    It can be tricky to find the right EBS product-level and technology stack patches that are needed for your environment. This newly published MOS note can help:

    This companion Note guides you through the resources that you can use to create your EBS maintenance strategy.


    Next Steps

    Now that you know about the recorded webcast and MOS note 1633974.2, what should you do next?

    1. Schedule time to view the webcast, ideally with colleagues in your organization who help plan, deploy, and maintain your EBS environments.
    2. After viewing the recording, work with your colleagues to create a maintenance strategy for your Oracle E-Business Suite environment.
    3. As you execute your maintenance strategy, use the Note to find the latest updates for your environment.
    Your feedback is welcome

    We are very interested in hearing about your experiences with maintaining your EBS environments using these new resources. You can post your comments here or send me an email.

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    Friday Jun 20, 2014

    New Patch Wizard for EBS 12.1 Now Available

    Patch Wizard is part of the E-Business Suite's Oracle Applications Manager set of sysadmin utilities.  It helps you identify recommended patches that have not been applied to your system. It does not report on all available patches. It compares the patches you have already applied against a list of all recommended Oracle E-Business Suite patches. Recommended patches can include high-priority patches or patches that update to a new codelevel, such as release update packs (RUPs), product family RUPs, and pre-upgrade patches.

    A new update for Patch Wizard for EBS 12.1 is now available.  This new release includes the latest InfoBundle (which documents EBS patch dependencies) as well as fixes for stability, security, and performance.

    For installation instructions, see:

    What's new in this update?

    New features include a new "View All" button to save you from having to page through multiple tables of data, hiding of patches for uninstalled products, the ability to import formatted text when flagging customized files, and more.

    Patch Wizard home page screenshot

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