Friday Dec 06, 2013

11.2.0.4 Database Certified with E-Business Suite on 11 New Platforms

As a follow up to our prior announcements, Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2.0.4) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and Release 12 on the following additional platforms:

EBS Release 12.1 (12.1.1 or higher):

  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (10, 11)
  • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit) (10)1
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.31)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1, 7.1)
EBS Release 12.0 (12.0.4 or higher):
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (10)
  • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit) (10)1
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.31)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1, 7.12)

EBS Release 11i (11.5.10.2 + ATG PF.H RUP 6 and higher):

  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (10, 111)
  • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit) (10)1
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)

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 : Certified for 12.0.6

This announcement for Oracle E-Business Suite R12 and 11i includes:
  • Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.4
  • Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.4 Real Application Clusters (RAC)
  • Oracle Database Vault 11gR2 version 11.2.0.4
  • Transparent Data Encryption (Column Encryption) using Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.4
  • TDE Tablespace Encryption using Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.4
  • Advanced Security Option (ASO)/Advanced Networking Option (ANO) with Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.4
  • Export/Import Process for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and Release 12 Database Instances
  • Transportable Database and Transportable Tablespaces Data Migration Processes for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and Release 12
Where can I find more information?

Please also review the platform-specific Oracle Database Installation Guides for operating system and other prerequisites.

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Monday Dec 02, 2013

Office 2010 64-bit Certified with EBS 12

Office 2010 logoMicrosoft Office 2010 64-bit is now certified with EBS 12.0.6, 12.1.3, and 12.2 with desktop clients using the following configurations:

The 32-bit equivalents are already certified; details are available here.

Are any patches required?

You must apply server-side patches to EBS 12.0.6 and 12.1.3 environments.  Additional server-side patches are not required for EBS 12.2.x.  All required interop patches are documented here:

What about EBS 11i?

There are no plans for this certification in E-Business Suite 11i.  This certification primarily affects Web Application Desktop Integrator (a.k.a. WebADI, BNE) and Report Manager (FRM) integration with a 64-bit desktop client configuration.  Architectural constraints in the EBS 11i versions of these components make these certifications infeasible.

What EBS products are covered by this certification?

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 available 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

Which Office versions are certified?

We explicitly tested Microsoft Office 2010 64-bit Professional Edition with Oracle E-Business Suite.  We expect that our certification tests also apply to the 64-bit equivalents, if available, to the following editions:

  • Home and Student Edition
  • Home and Business Edition
  • Standard Edition
  • Professional Academic Edition
  • Professional Plus Edition
We have no plans to certify the following editions with Oracle E-Business Suite:
  • Office Web Apps
  • Starter Edition
  • Mac Edition
  • Office Mobile
I would not expect the results of our certification with Office 2010 Professional Edition to apply to the four editions above.

How are these integrations supported?

You can log Service Requests against the E-Business Suite product that you're trying to integrate with Microsoft Office. 

For example, you might be trying to take advantage of CRM Marketing (AMS) 12.1.2's integration with Excel 2010.  To get support, you can log an SR against CRM Marketing directly. 

The Support team for that product will help you diagnose and resolve the problem.  If the issue is isolated to a Microsoft product, then it may be necessary to log a corresponding support ticket with Microsoft, as well.

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Friday Nov 22, 2013

EBS 11i Certified with DB 11gR2 for Oracle Solaris 11 on SPARC

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i (11.5.10.2) is now certified with the Oracle Database 11gR2 (11.2.0.3) for Oracle Solaris 11 on SPARC running on the database tier only.

The application tier of E-Business Suite Release 11i (11.5.10.2) is not certified with Oracle Solaris 11 on SPARC.  Customers must run the application tier on a different OS such as Oracle Solaris 10 on SPARC.

With this certification, EBS 11i customers can run their 11gR2 Databases on the SPARC Supercluster with Solaris 11 and use various engineered system performance optimizations:

  • Exadata storage cells
  • Infiniband technology
  • On-chip encryption
  • Memory improvements
  • Kernel-level acceleration of features such as Real Application Clusters (RAC)

This announcement for E-Business Suite Release 11i (11.5.10.2) includes the following database options and features:

  • Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3
  • Oracle Database Real Application Clusters (RAC) 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3
  • Oracle Database Data Guard 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3
  • Oracle Database Vault 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3
  • Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) Column Encryption using Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3
  • TDE Tablespace Encryption using Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3
  • Advanced Security Option (ASO)/Advanced Networking Option (ANO) with Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3
  • Export/Import Process for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i Database Instances
  • Transportable Database and Transportable Tablespaces Data Migration Processes for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i

Updates to certification data in My Oracle Support (http://support.oracle.com) are in progress - please review the documents below for all requirements and additional details:

Where can I find more information ?

Please also review the Oracle Database Installation Guide 11g Release 2 (11.2) for Oracle Solaris for operating system and other prerequisites.

Thursday Nov 21, 2013

Can You Use Third-Party Tools to Modify Your EBS Database?

In short: no. But it's possible to give a more-nuanced answer for one scenario where they might be useful.

Our official policy on direct modifications to EBS databases

Every Oracle E-Business Suite manual in our documentation library contains this warning (emphasis added):

Do Not Use Database Tools to Modify Oracle E-Business Suite Data

Oracle STRONGLY RECOMMENDS that you never use SQL*Plus, Oracle Data Browser, database triggers, or any other tool to modify Oracle E-Business Suite data unless otherwise instructed.

Oracle provides powerful tools you can use to create, store, change, retrieve, and maintain information in an Oracle database. But if you use Oracle tools such as SQL*Plus to modify Oracle E-Business Suite data, you risk destroying the integrity of your data and you lose the ability to audit changes to your data.

Because Oracle E-Business Suite tables are interrelated, any change you make using an Oracle E-Business Suite form can update many tables at once. But when you modify Oracle E-Business Suite data using anything other than Oracle E-Business Suite, you may change a row in one table without making corresponding changes in related tables. If your tables get out of synchronization with each other, you risk retrieving erroneous information and you risk unpredictable results throughout Oracle E-Business Suite.

When you use Oracle E-Business Suite to modify your data, Oracle E-Business Suite automatically checks that your changes are valid. Oracle E-Business Suite also keeps track of who changes information. If you enter information into database tables using database tools, you may store invalid information. You also lose the ability to track who has changed your information because SQL*Plus and other database tools do not keep a record of changes.

Can data corruption really occur?

Yes. Even if you're using SQL*Plus, which is obviously not a third-party tool, you run the risk of corrupting your EBS database.  This is true for all tools that modify an EBS database directly.

What about third-party data archiving and purging tools?

Some third-party tools reduce the size of EBS databases by deleting data.  Some use database links, aliases, and other approaches to separate older data into other databases.

These tools can be useful for reducing the size of a production database for development purposes.  It generally doesn't matter if these smaller sandbox or testbed databases have referential integrity violations.

You should never use these tools to reduce the size of your production EBS database.

Why are these tools dangerous?  They claim that they're safe.

The E-Business Suite data model is partially documented here:

Unfortunately, that manual is not comprehensive. Third-party tools that rely on it to determine data relationships in the EBS data model will miss important dependencies.

EBS data dependencies are implemented through seed data, business logic, and other undocumented areas.  These hidden and undocumented dependencies mean that only current EBS Development staff are qualified to determine whether data can be safely removed. 

It is certain that third-party tools will violate EBS database referential integrity in some manner.  This is true even for third-party tools that are produced by people who used to work for Oracle EBS development.  EBS products continue to evolve and new dependencies are introduced on a regular basis.  These new dependencies may be undocumented.

What are the support implications of using third-party tools?

Oracle regards the use of third-party database tools to be customizations. Oracle's official policy is detailed here:

You should also review the support implications for using third-party tools.  They boil down to this:

  • Issues that are isolated to the E-Business Suite will be investigated by E-Business Suite Development.
  • Issues that are isolated to third-party tools should be directed to the third-party vendor.
  • E-Business Suite Development will provide E-Business Suite Development patches for issues that can be reproduced in environments built using E-Business Suite documented procedures and tools.
  • If the third-party vendor cannot resolve issues isolated to their tools, you should restore from a backup and revert to using Oracle’s documented tools and procedures.

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Tuesday Nov 19, 2013

Quarterly E-Business Suite Upgrade Recommendations: November 2013 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.

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 November 2013

  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 or 12.2.

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

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

  6. EBS 11i 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_65 or later 1.6 updates or JRE 1.7.0_45 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.

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    Friday Nov 15, 2013

    Oracle VM Templates Available for E-Business Suite Release 12.2.2

    Oracle VM Templates for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.2 are now available here:

    Templates are available for:

      • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.2 Vision Demo Database Tier Install (64-bit Linux)
      • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.2 Production Database Tier Install (64-bit Linux)
      • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.2 Application Tier Install (64-bit Linux)
      • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.2 Sparse Application Tier Install (64-bit Linux - Oracle Linux 5.9)
      • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.2 Sparse Application Tier Install (64-bit Linux - Oracle Linux 6.4)

      These Oracle VM Templates allow you to quickly build E-Business Suite 12.2.2 environments on Oracle Linux virtual machines for demonstration, development or production use.  The templates deliver the full software stack, including the operating system, required technology components, and Oracle E-Business Suite itself.

      Screenshot of Oracle VM template download site


      You can deploy these templates on any industry-standard x86-based hardware certified for Oracle VM and Oracle Linux.

      An Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.2 installation requires two templates, one for the database and one for the primary application tier.   You can choose from two database templates, depending on whether you will deploy a Vision demonstration system or an empty production instance.  In addition to the database template and the primary application tier template, you can optionally deploy a "sparse middle tier" template to add secondary application tiers.

      References

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      Thursday Nov 14, 2013

      Firefox ESR 24 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

      Firefox ESR logoMozilla Firefox 24 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.

      Firefox ESR schedule

      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, and 24.

      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 8
      • Windows 7 SP1
      • Windows Vista SP2
      • Windows XP SP3

      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 Nov 13, 2013

      E-Business Suite Plug-in 12.1.0.2 for Enterprise Manager 12c Now Available

      [Nov. 14, 2013 update: corrected "Getting Started" Note number]

      Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in 12.1.0.2.0 is now available for use with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.  Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in 12.1.0.2 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.

      EBS Plug-in 12 screenshot

      New enhancements in this release

      General
      • Support for managing E-Business Suite R12.2 technology stack including monitoring of Web Logic Server services.
      • New ADF pages that allow personalization of System Management home page and E-Business Suite landing page.
      • New landing page displays all available E-Business Suite targets, Compliance summary, least compliant targets, and related Incidents summary.
      • All tabs and links have been moved to drop down menus for easy navigation.

      Compliance Framework

      • Integrated with Enterprise Manager Compliance Framework and includes shipped Security Compliance Standards for Oracle E-Business Suite.
      Customization Manager
      • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 Readiness Report: Customization Manager now includes an option to generate the Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 customization readiness report for online patching directly from the UI. Customers who are currently on Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 11i, 12, or 12.1 can run this report to validate if their customizations are ready for Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 12.2 online patching. Customers who are currently on Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 11i, 12.0, or 12.1 can run this report to validate if their customizations are ready for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 online patching.
      • Auto-correction of invalid custom applications
      • Support for source code branches and tags
      • Option to hide unused custom applications
      • "Create like" feature for file source mapping and Oracle E-Business Suite Mapping
      • Detailed status messages for packages
      • Option to download a consolidated log for package creation
      • New file type to support force upload of seed data LDT files
      Patch Manager
      • Simplified Oracle E-Business Suite R12.2 online patching deployment procedures.
      • New Patch Manager Dashboard allows patch management for all releases of Oracle E-Business Suite instances. Patch Manager dashboard provides a consolidated and personalizable view of all patching activities for all Oracle E-Business Suite instances.
      • Customers now can view all the AD worker log files without the need for command line operations.
      Setup Manager Installation & Upgrades
      • Customers currently running on Enterprise Manager 12c, can use Self Update to download and install AMP 12.1.0.2.0.
      • All others can download it here:
      • Oracle Software Delivery Cloud

      Prerequisites

      • Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c
      • One or more of the following Oracle E-Business Suite Releases
        • Release 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

      Tuesday Nov 05, 2013

      Securing Flexfield Value Sets in EBS 12.2

      Separation of Duties in Flexfield Value Set Security

      Release 12.2 includes a new feature: flexfield value set security.

      This new feature gives you additional options for ensuring that different administrators have non-overlapping responsibilities, which in turn provides checks and balances for sensitive activities.  Separation of Duties (SoD) is one of the key concepts of internal controls and is a requirement for many regulations including:

      • Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Act
      • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
      • European Union Data Protection Directive.
      Its primary intent is to put barriers in place to prevent fraud or theft by an individual acting alone. Implementing Separation of Duties requires minimizing the possibility that users could modify data across application functions where the users should not normally have access.

      For flexfields and report parameters in Oracle E-Business Suite, values in value sets can affect functionality such as the rollup of accounting data, job grades used at a company, and so on. Controlling access to the creation or modification of value set values can be an important piece of implementing Separation of Duties in an organization.

      New Flexfield Value Set Security feature

      Flexfield value set security allows system administrators to restrict users from viewing, adding or updating values in specific value sets. Value set security enables role-based separation of duties for key flexfields, descriptive flexfields, and report parameters. For example, you can set up value set security such that certain users can view or insert values for any value set used by the Accounting Flexfield but no other value sets, while other users can view and update values for value sets used for any flexfields in Oracle HRMS. You can also segregate access by Operating Unit as well as by role or responsibility.

      Value set security uses a combination of data security and role-based access control in Oracle User Management. Flexfield value set security provides a level of security that is different from the previously-existing and similarly-named features in Oracle E-Business Suite:

      • Function security controls whether a user has access to a specific page or form, as well as what operations the user can do in that screen.
      • Flexfield value security controls what values a user can enter into a flexfield segment or report parameter (by responsibility) during routine data entry in many transaction screens across Oracle E-Business Suite.
      • Flexfield value set security (this feature, new in Release 12.2) controls who can view, insert, or update values for a particular value set (by flexfield, report, or value set) in the Segment Values form (FNDFFMSV).
      The effect of flexfield value set security is that a user of the Segment Values form will only be able to view those value sets for which the user has been granted access. Further, the user will be able to insert or update/disable values in that value set if the user has been granted privileges to do so.  Flexfield value set security affects independent, dependent, and certain table-validated value sets for flexfields and report parameters.

      Initial State of the Feature upon Upgrade

      Because this is a new security feature, it is turned on by default.  When you initially install or upgrade to Release 12.2.2, no users are allowed to view, insert or update any value set values (users may even think that their values are missing or invalid because they cannot see the values).  You must explicitly set up access for specific users by enabling appropriate grants and roles for those users.

      We recommend using flexfield value set security as part of a comprehensive Separation of Duties strategy. However, if you choose not to implement flexfield value set security upon upgrading to or installing Release 12.2, you can enable backwards compatibility--users can access any value sets if they have access to the Values form--after you upgrade.

      The feature does not affect day-to-day transactions that use flexfields.  However, you must either set up specific grants and roles or enable backwards compatibility before users can create new values or update or disable existing values.

      For more information, see:

      Wednesday Oct 30, 2013

      Getting Optimal Performance from Oracle E-Business Suite

      Performance tuning and optimization in E-Business Suite environments can involve many different components and diagnostic tools.  Samer Barakat, Senior Architect in our Applications Performance group, held an OpenWorld 2013 session that covered:

      • Performance triage, analysis and diagnostic tools
      • Optimizing the E-Business Suite application tier, including Concurrent Manager
      • Optimizing the E-Business Suite database tier
      • Optimizing the E-Business Suite on Real Application Clusters (RAC)
      • E-Business Suite on engineered systems, including Exadata and Exalogic
      • Optimizing E-Business Suite data management, including archiving and purging 

      Table showing workload management strategy for Concurrent Manager

      The Applications Performance group works with the world's largest E-Business Suite customers to isolate and resolve performance bottlenecks. This team has helped tune the E-Business Suite environments of world's largest companies to handle staggering amounts of transactional volume in multi-terabyte databases.  This group also publishes our official Oracle Apps benchmarks, white papers, and performance metrics.

      This is an essential set of tips and techniques that all EBS sysadmins and DBAs can use to improve the performance of their environments:

      OpenWorld 2013 presentations are only available for approximately six months -- until ~March 2014.  Download this one while it's still available.

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      Saturday Oct 26, 2013

      E-Business Suite Sessions at Sangam 2013 in Hyderabad

      Sangam 2013 Conference tag cloudThe Sangam 2013 conference, sponsored jointly by the All-India Oracle Users' Group (AIOUG) and India Oracle Applications Users Group (IOAUG), will be in Hyderabad, India on November 8-9, 2013.  This year, the E-Business Suite Applications Technology Group (ATG) will offer two speaker sessions and a walk-in usability test of upcoming EBS user interface features.  It's only about two weeks away, so make your plans to attend if you are in India.

      Sessions

      Oracle E-Business Suite Technology: Latest Features and Roadmap
      Veshaal Singh, Senior Director, ATG Development
      Friday, Nov. 8, 11:00-12:00

      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, customizing, and integrating Oracle E-Business Suite with other applications.

      Integration Options for Oracle E-Business Suite
      Rekha Ayothi, Lead Product Manager, ATG
      Friday, Nov. 8, 2:00-3:00

      In this Oracle development session, you will get an understanding of how, when and where you can leverage Oracle's integration technologies to connect end-to-end business processes across your enterprise, including your Oracle Applications portfolio. This session 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 options for integrating Oracle E-Business Suite with other applications.

      Usability Testing

      There will be multiple opportunities to participate in usability testing at Sangam '13.  The User Experience team is running a one-on-one usability study that requires advance registration.  In addition, we will be hosting a special walk-in usability lab to get feedback for new Oracle E-Business Suite OA Framework features.  The walk-in lab is a shorter usability experience that does not require any pre-registration.  In both cases, Oracle wants your feedback!  Even if you only have a few minutes, come by the User Experience Lab, meet the team, and try the walk-in lab.


      Friday Oct 25, 2013

      WebCenter 11.1.1.8 Certified with E-Business Suite 12.2

      Oracle WebCenter Suite is an integrated suite of Fusion Middleware 11gR1 tools used to create web sites and portals using service-oriented architecture (SOA).  Applications adapters are also available.

      WebCenter Development Framework

      WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.8 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.  This complements our existing certifications of WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.8 with EBS 12.0 and 12.1WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.8 is part of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 Version 11.1.1.8.0, also known as FMW 11gR1 Patchset 7. 

      Certified Platforms

      Oracle WebCenter Portal is certified to run on any operating system for which Oracle WebLogic Server 11g is certified. For information on operating systems supported by Oracle WebLogic Server 11g and Oracle WebCenter Portal, refer to the 'Oracle Fusion Middleware on WebLogic Server - System Certification' in the Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 (11.1.1.x) Certification Matrix.

      Integration with Oracle WebCenter Portal involves components spanning several different suites of Oracle products. There are no restrictions on which platform any particular component may be installed so long as the platform is supported for that component.

      Migrating to Oracle WebCenter

      If you're currently using Oracle Portal, you should be aware that Portal is now in maintenance mode.  Updates with bug fixes will continue to be produced, but you should consider migrating to Oracle WebCenter for ongoing new features.

      References

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      Thursday Oct 24, 2013

      Where Can You Find OpenWorld 2013 Presentations?

      OpenWorld logoPresentations for OpenWorld 2013 sessions are available for approximately six months (until ~March 2014).  You should download presentation materials now, while they're still available:

      If a search engine brought you here:  this blog is maintained by E-Business Suite Development, not the OpenWorld team.

      Questions about OpenWorld content can be directed to the OpenWorld team here.

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      Wednesday Oct 23, 2013

      New Whitepaper: Best Practices for Gathering EBS Database Statistics

      Most Oracle Applications DBAs and E-Business Suite users understand the importance of accurate database statistics.  Missing, stale or skewed statistics can adversely affect performance. 

      Oracle E-Business Suite statistics should only be gathered using FND_STATS or the Gather Statistics concurrent request. Gathering statistics with DBMS_STATS or the desupported ANALYZE command may result in suboptimal executions plans for E-Business Suite.

      Our E-Business Suite Performance Team has been busy implementing and testing new features for gathering statistics using FND_STATS in Oracle E-Business Suite databases.  The new features and guidelines for when and how to gather statistics are published in the following whitepaper:

      The new white paper, written by Deepak Bhatnagar, Mohammed Saleem, and Andy Tremayne, details the following options for gathering statistics using FND_STATS and the Gather Statistics concurrent request::

      • History Mode - backup existing statistics prior to gather new statistics
      • GATHER_AUTO Option - gather statistics for tables based upon % change
      • Histograms - collect statistics for histograms
      • AUTO Sampling - use the new FND_STATS feature that supports the AUTO option for using AUTO sample size
      • Extended Statistics - use the new FND_STATS feature that supports the creation of column groups and automatic statistics collection on the column groups when table statistics are gathered
      • Incremental Statistics - gather incremental statistics for partitioned tables

      The new white paper also includes examples and performance test cases for the following:

      • Extended Optimizer Statistics
      • Incremental Statistics Gathering
      • Concurrent Statistics Gathering

      This white paper includes details about the standalone Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12 patches that are required to take advantage of this new functionality.

      Your feedback is welcome

      We would be very interested in hearing about your experiences with these new options for gathering statistics.  Please feel free to post your comments here or drop us a line privately.

      Related Oracle OpenWorld 2013 Session

      Related My Oracle Support Notes

      Non-EBS Related Blogs, White Papers and My Oracle Support Notes 


      Friday Oct 18, 2013

      Sign E-Business Suite JAR Files Now

      Java Security logoOracle E-Business Suite uses Java, notably for running Forms-based content via the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) browser plug-in. 

      The default security settings for the JRE plug-in are expected to become more stringent over time.  To prepare for upcoming changes to Java security, all EBS 11i, 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2 system administrators must follow the procedures documented here:

      More information about Java security is available here:

      Getting help

      If you have questions about Java Security, please log a Service Request with Java Support.

      If you need assistance with the steps for signing EBS JAR files, please log a Service Request against the "Oracle Applications Technology Stack (TXK)" > "Java."


      Thursday Oct 17, 2013

      Java JRE 1.7.0_45 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

      Java logoJava Runtime Environment 7u45 (a.k.a. JRE 7u45-b18) 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 needed to enable EBS environments for JRE 7?

      EBS customers should ensure that they are running JRE 7u17, at minimum, on Windows desktop clients.

      Of the compatibility issues identified with JRE 7, the most critical is an issue that prevents E-Business Suite Forms-based products from launching on Windows desktops that are running JRE 7. 

      Customers can prevent this issue -- and all other JRE 7 compatibility issues -- by ensuring that they have applied the latest certified patches documented for JRE 7 configurations to their EBS application tier servers. 

      These patches are compatible with JRE 6 and 7, production ready, and fully-tested with the E-Business Suite.  These patches may be applied immediately to all E-Business Suite environments. All other Forms prerequisites documented in the Notes above should also be applied. 

      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_45 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 10.7 or 10.8 can run JRE 7 plug-ins.  See this article:

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

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

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

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

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

      References

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      Java JRE 1.6.0_65 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

      The latest Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0_65 (a.k.a. JRE 6u65-b14) 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?

      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:

      Java logoBoth 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.

      32-bit JREs are certified on:

      • Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3)
      • Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Service Pack 2 (SP2)
      • Windows 7 and Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

      64-bit JREs are certified only on 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1).

      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 10.7 or 10.8 can run JRE 7 plug-ins.  See this article:

        EBS 12 certified with Mac OS X 10.7 and 10.8 with Safari 6 and JRE 7

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

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

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

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

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

        References

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        Wednesday Oct 16, 2013

        Should You Upgrade to E-Business Suite 12.1.3 or 12.2?

        Title page of EBS 12.1.3 vs. 12.2 whitepaperAre you wondering whether to plan your next upgrade to E-Business Suite 12.1.3 or 12.2?  This guidance should help:

         This short white paper lists the major criteria:

        When Should You Choose 12.1?

        Consider targeting 12.1 if any of the following circumstances applies to your organization:

        • You prefer to target a release on which Oracle has thousands of live customers.
        • You would like to stay on 12.1 for 3-5 years before upgrading to 12.2.
        • You need to move from a release below 11.5.10 with no direct upgrade to 12.2.

        When Should You Choose 12.2?

        Consider targeting 12.2 if any of the following circumstances applies to your organization:

        • You need the high availability provided by Online Patching.
        • You want the functional enhancements that are in 12.2.
        • You prefer to invest in a single project to upgrade directly to 12.2.

        It discusses those considerations in detail and provides links to other resources that you might use to weigh the pros and cons of each release.

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        Tuesday Oct 15, 2013

        Critical Patch Update for October 2013 Now Available

        The  Critical Patch Update (CPU) for October 2013 was released on October 15, 2013. 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:

        • January 14, 2014
        • April 15, 2014
        • July 15, 2014
        • October 14, 2013
        E-Business Suite Releases 11i and 12 Reference

        Monday Oct 14, 2013

        Fusion Middleware 11gR1 Support Dates Updated

        Support dates for Premier and Extended Support for Oracle Fusion Middleware 11gR1 products were recently extended.  The new dates allow more time for current FMW 11gR1 users to upgrade to FMW 12c.  These new dates are published here:
        These changes are explained in more detail here:
        Impact on E-Business Suite Users

        These changes do not affect support dates for EBS 11.5.10.2, 12.0, 12.1, or 12.2.  Fusion Middleware components used in the internal application-tier technology stack for these EBS releases include Oracle HTTP Server, Forms & Reports, Oracle Containers for Java (OC4J), and others.  Support dates for the E-Business Suite for these internal components override the published FMW support dates.

        These changes affect EBS users who are currently running:
        • Java SE 6 (JDK and JRE)
        • Oracle WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.x
        • Oracle Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition 11.1.1.x
        EBS users who have integrated their environments with the following products are not affected:

        Getting help for your questions about Fusion Middleware support dates

        We're EBS specialists on this blog.  We can only provide basic assistance with questions about FMW support dates.  You should log Service Requests against the specific Fusion Middleware products for which you have support date-related questions.

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        Saturday Sep 28, 2013

        E-Business Suite Support Timelines Updated at OpenWorld 2013

        [Oct. 30, 2013 Update: Corrected typo -- US Form 1099 updates are provided to 2014]

        Our release of E-Business Suite 12.2 is accompanied by changes to support timelines for previous releases.  These changes were announced at OpenWorld 2013.  They override changes announced at OpenWorld 2012.

        Latest changes to EBS Support timelines 2013

        EBS 11.5.10.2 covered by an Exception to Sustaining Support to December 31, 2015

        This provides updates during the Sustaining Support period for:

        • New fixes for Severity 1 production issues
        • Critical Patch Updates (CPU) for security-related issues
        • Legislative updates
          • US Form 1099 2013 and 2014 year-end updates
          • Payroll regulatory updates for US, Canada, UK, and Australia for each country's fiscal years ending in 2014

        Longer EBS 12.1 Premier and Extended Support timelines

        • Premier Support runs to December 31, 2016
          (Originally was to end May 2014; 31 extra months added)
        • Extended Support runs to December 31, 2019
          (Originally was to end December 2018; one extra year added)

        These changes are officially documented here:

        Table showing latest 2013 EBS Premier Extended Sustaining Support timelines windows

        What about E-Business Suite technology stack components?

        These support date extensions only cover internal EBS application tier technology stack components such as Oracle Forms and Reports, Oracle HTTP Server, Oracle JServ, Oracle Containers for Java (OC4J), and Java (JDK and JRE).

        They do not extend support dates for the Oracle Database or optional externally-integrated application tier components such as Discoverer, Oracle Single Sign-On, Oracle Access Manager, Oracle Internet Directory, or other Fusion Middleware products.

        To learn more about the interlocking EBS+techstack component support windows, see these two articles:

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        Friday Sep 27, 2013

        Microsoft Windows 8 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

        Microsoft Windows 8 logoI'm very pleased to announce that Microsoft Windows 8 desktop clients are certified for the Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10.2, 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2. This certification applies to the following editions:

        • Windows 8
        • Windows 8 Enterprise
        • Windows 8 N edition
        • Windows 8 Pro N edition
        • Windows 8 Pro Pack N edition
        Internet Explorer 10
        Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10.2 Prerequisites
        • Oracle Applications 11.5.10.2
        • Oracle Applications Technology 11i.ATG_PF.H Rollup 6 (RUP 6) (patch 5903765) or later.
        • Oracle Developer 6i patchset 19 (6.0.8.28.x) (Note 125767.1).
        • MLR Patch 8888184
        • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_37 or later 1.6 updates
        • Java client plug-in JRE 1.7.0_10 or later 1.7 updates
        Oracle E-Business Suite R12.0 Prerequisites
        • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.0.6
        • Oracle Applications Technology R12.ATG_PF.A.DELTA.6 (patch 7237006) or later.
        • Oracle Forms Version 10.1.2.3 or later.
        • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_37 or later 1.6 updates
        • Java client plug-in JRE 1.7.0_10 or later 1.7 updates
        Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 Prerequisites
        • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3
        • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_37 or later 1.6 updates
        • Java client plug-in JRE 1.7.0_10 or later 1.7 updates

        Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 Prerequisites

        • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.2 or higher
        • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_37 or later 1.6 updates
        • Java client plug-in JRE 1.7.0_10 or later 1.7 updates
        Firefox ESR 17
        Oracle E-Business Suite 11i Prerequisites
        • 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 later
        • Applications Framework Patch 7651759
        • Patch 7567782 which removes the use of the jpi-version parameter and switches Firefox to a non-static versioning model.
        • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_37 or later 1.6 updates
        • Java client plug-in JRE 1.7.0_10 or later 1.7 updates
        Oracle E-Business Suite R12.0 Prerequisites
        • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.0.6
        • Oracle Applications Technology R12.ATG_PF.A.delta.6 (patch 7237006) or later
        • Applications Framework Patch 7602616
        • Patch 7567840 which removes the use of the jpi-version parameter and switches Firefox to a non-static versioning model.
        • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_37 or later 1.6 updates
        • Java client plug-in JRE 1.7.0_10 or later 1.7 updates
        Oracle E-Business Suite R12.1 Prerequisites
        • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 or higher
        • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_37 or later 1.6 updates
        • Java client plug-in JRE 1.7.0_10 or later 1.7 updates
        Oracle JInitiator Not Compatible

        Oracle JInitiator was built on top of Java 1.3.  Java 1.3 is desupported and is not compatible with Windows 8, Windows Vista, or Windows 7.  We have no plans to certify Oracle JInitiator with Windows 8.

        Premier Support for Oracle JInitiator 1.1.8 ended in December 2008, and Premier Support for Oracle JInitiator 1.3 ended for EBS customers in July 2009.

        Use the Native JRE plug-in

        Windows 8 desktop clients are certified only with the native Java Runtime Environment (JRE) with Windows 8. 

        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. 

        The minimum JRE prerequisites for Windows 8 are higher than in previous releases.  These are:

        • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_37 or later 1.6 updates
        • Java client plug-in JRE 1.7.0_10 or later 1.7 updates

        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. This applies to all certified Windows desktop operating systems, including XP, Vista, 7, and 8.

        WebADI and Report Manager Users

        Running WebADI and Report Manager through Excel on Windows 8 has additional patch requirements. For further information see Document 1077728.1.

        What About Windows Hyper-V?

        End-users are able to run Windows XP, Vista, and 7 as client guest operating systems via Windows Hyper-V on a Win8 desktop client.

        We have no plans to conduct separate EBS certification efforts for Hyper-V guest client configurations running on Win8 clients.  Oracle Support will attempt to reproduce reported issues using non-virtualized WinXP, Vista, or 7 desktop clients.  Microsoft Support may to be engaged for any issues that can only be reproduced only in Hyper-V on Windows 8 desktops.

        What about other Windows 8 editions?

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

        • Windows RT
        • Windows 8 tablet-oriented interface (formerly called Metro)
        I would not expect the results of our certification to apply to Windows RT.

        What About Earlier Versions of IE?

        Microsoft only supports IE 10 on Windows 8 desktops.  Microsoft does not support earlier versions of IE on Win8, so Oracle is only able to support IE10 on Windows 8 clients for the E-Business Suite.

        Pending Win8 Certifications

        BiDi (Arabic and Hebrew Languages)

        Due to issues with right side truncation, Windows 8 is not currently certified for BiDi (Arabic and Hebrew) languages. A patch fix for this issue is in progress.

        MS Projects

        Posting information between Oracle Projects and Microsoft Projects will currently error when running on Windows 8. A patch fix for this issue is in progress. For further information see Document 1077728.1 listed below.

        Client Server Products

        The majority of Client/Server products are either not currently certified or will not be certified on Windows 8. For further information see document 277535.1 listed below.

        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.    

        References

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        11.2.0.4 Database Certified with E-Business Suite

        I’m pleased to announce that 11.2.0.4, the terminal patchset for the 11gR2 Database is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite. Be sure to review the interoperability notes for R11i and R12 for the most up-to-date requirements for deployment.

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


        Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i

        Prerequisites
        • 11.5.10.2 + ATG PF.H RUP 6 and higher
        Certified Platforms
        • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
        • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
        • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
        • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5) -- Database-tier only
        • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 4, 5) -- Database-tier only
        • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10--Database-tier only)
        Pending Platform Certifications
        • Oracle Solaris on SPARC
        • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit)
        • IBM AIX on Power Systems
        • HP-UX Itanium
        • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit)
        • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit)
        • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit)
        • IBM: Linux on System z 
        Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0.4 and higher
        Certified Platforms
        • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
        • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
        • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
        • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
        • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 4, 5)
        • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10)
        Pending Certifications
        • Oracle Solaris on SPARC 
        • Oracle Solaris on x86-64
        • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit)
        • HP-UX Itanium
        • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit)
        • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit)
        • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit)
        • IBM: Linux on System z
        Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 and higher
        Certified Platforms
        • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5, 6)
        • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5, 6)
        • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
        • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5, 6)
        • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 4, 5, 6)
        • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10, 11)
        Pending Certifications
        • Oracle Solaris on SPARC 
        • Oracle Solaris on x86-64
        • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit)
        • HP-UX Itanium
        • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit)
        • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit)
        • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit)
        • IBM: Linux on System z
        Database Feature and Option Certifications
        The following database options and features are supported for use:
        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 11i References
        EBS 12 References
        Related Articles
        The preceding is intended to outline our general product direction.  It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract.   It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decision.  The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle's products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle.

        12.1.0.1 Database Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

        (Feb 19, 2014 Update: Article has been updated to correctly reflect Active Data Guard and Data Guard as pending certifications.)

        I’m pleased to announce that 12.1.0.1, the base release for the 12c Database is now certified. Be sure to review the interoperability notes for R11i and R12 for the most up-to-date requirements for deployment.

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


        Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i

        Prerequisites
        • 11.5.10.2 + ATG PF.H RUP 7 and higher
        Certified Platforms
        • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 5) -- Database-tier only
        • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 5) -- Database-tier only
        • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (10)
        • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit) (10) -- 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 
        Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0.6 and higher
        Certified Platforms
        • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 5)
        • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 5)
        • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (10)
        • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit) (10) -- 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 
          Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 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

          • Active Data Guard
          • Data Guard Redo Apply with Physical Standby Databases
          • Oracle Multitenant
          • Oracle Database Vault
          • Transportable Database and Transportable Tablespaces data migration processes

          About the pending certifications

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

          EBS 11i References

          EBS 12 References
          Related Articles
          The preceding is intended to outline our general product direction.  It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract.   It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decision.  The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle's products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle.

          Friday Sep 20, 2013

          Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 Now Available

          We are very pleased to announce that Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 is generally available for download now:

          E-Business Suite 12.2 Download screenshot

          EBS 12.2 represents our most-groundbreaking release in years (Press Release).  It includes new product functionality, new Fusion Middleware and database components, and introduces new tools for installing, configuring, and maintaining E-Business Suite environments:

          Hundreds of new features

          Includes significant enhancements across the integrated suite of business applications spanning enterprise resource planning, human capital management, and supply chain management.  You can find the complete list here:

          Online Patching

          Apply EBS patches while users are still entering transactions and using the E-Business Suite.  Online Patching uses the Oracle Database's Edition-Based Redefinition feature and other new technologies to allow the E-Business Suite to be updated while the system is still running. You can learn more about Online Patching via our official documentation and this technical webcast.

          WebLogic Server

          Uses Oracle WebLogic Server, which replaces the Oracle Containers for Java (OC4J) application server used in EBS 12.0 and 12.1.  You can learn more about how this improves the system administration experience via our official documentation and this technical webcast.

          Streamlined installation
          • Option for installing EBS 12.2 on to existing database servers.
          • Capability of installation into existing Real Application Clusters environments.
          • Database deployment on Automatic Storage Management (ASM) and other file systems.
          Upgrading to EBS 12.2

          Is there a direct upgrade path from EBS 11i to 12.2?

          Yes, there is a direct upgrade path from EBS 11.5.10.2 to EBS 12.2.  EBS 11.5.10.2 customers do not have to install an intermediary EBS 12 release (such as 12.1.3) before upgrading to EBS 12.2.  EBS 11.5.10.2 customers must have applied the minimum baseline patch requirements for Extended Support as described in Patch Requirements for Extended Support of Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11.5.10 (Document 883202.1). Customers on earlier EBS 11i releases (such as 11.5.7) need to be at the 11.5.10.2 level plus the minimum baseline patch requirements for Extended Support before they can upgrade to EBS 12.2.

          Is there a direct upgrade path from EBS 12.0 to 12.2?

          Yes, there is a direct upgrade path from EBS 12.0.4 and 12.0.6 to EBS 12.2.  EBS 12.0.4 or 12.0.6 customers do not have to install an intermediary EBS 12 release (such as 12.1.3) before upgrading to EBS 12.2.  Customers on earlier EBS 12.0 releases (such as 12.0.3) will need to be at the 12.0.4 or 12.0.6 level before they can upgrade to EBS 12.2.

          Is there a direct upgrade path from EBS 12.1 to 12.2?

          Yes, there is a direct upgrade path from EBS 12.1.1, 12.1.2, and 12.1.3 to EBS 12.2.

          How can I prepare for EBS 12.2?

          More technical references

          Wednesday Sep 11, 2013

          Java JRE 1.6.0_60 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

          The latest Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0_60 (a.k.a. JRE 6u60-b07) 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.  

          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 Java 1.6.0_60?

          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:

          32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

          This certification includes both the 32-bit and 64-bit JRE versions.

          32-bit JREs are certified on:

          • Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3)
          • Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Service Pack 2 (SP2)
          • Windows 7 and Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

          64-bit JREs are certified only on 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1).

          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. These Java SE 6 updates will be made available to EBS users for the Extended Support periods documented in the Oracle Lifetime Support policy document for Oracle Applications (PDF):

          1. EBS 11i Extended Support ends November 2013
          2. EBS 12.0 Extended Support ends January 2015
          3. EBS 12.1 Extended Support ends December 2018

          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?

          No. This upgrade is highly recommended but currently remains optional. JRE 6 will be available to Windows users to run with EBS for the duration of your respective EBS Extended Support period.  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. 

          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 10.7 or 10.8 can run JRE 7 plug-ins.  See this article:

          EBS 12 certified with Mac OS X 10.7 and 10.8 with Safari 6 and JRE 7

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

          No. This upgrade is recommended but optional for EBS application tier servers running on Windows, Linux, and Solaris.  You can choose to remain on JDK 6 for the duration of your respective EBS Extended Support period.  If you remain on JDK 6, you will continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JDK 6.

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

          Java (JDK) 7 Certified for E-Business Suite 12 Servers

          References

          Related Articles

          Java JRE 1.7.0_40 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

          Java logoJava Runtime Environment 7u40 (a.k.a. JRE 7u40-b43) and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12 for Windows-based desktop clients.

          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 needed to enable EBS environments for JRE 7?

          EBS customers should ensure that they are running JRE 7u17, at minimum, on Windows desktop clients.

          Of the compatibility issues identified with JRE 7, the most critical is an issue that prevents E-Business Suite Forms-based products from launching on Windows desktops that are running JRE 7. 

          Customers can prevent this issue -- and all other JRE 7 compatibility issues -- by ensuring that they have applied the latest certified patches documented for JRE 7 configurations to their EBS application tier servers. 

          These patches are compatible with JRE 6 and 7, production ready, and fully-tested with the E-Business Suite.  These patches may be applied immediately to all E-Business Suite environments. All other Forms prerequisites documented in the Notes above should also be applied. 

          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

          Prerequisites for 32-bit and 64-bit JRE certifications

          JRE 1.70_40 32-bit + EBS 11.5.10.2

          JRE 1.70_40 32-bit + EBS 12.0 & 12.1

          JRE 1.7.0_40 64-bit + EBS 11.5.10.2

          JRE 1.70_40 64-bit + EBS 12.0 & 12.1

          EBS + Discoverer 11g Users

          JRE 1.7.0_40 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. These Java SE 6 updates will be made available to EBS users for the Extended Support periods documented in the Oracle Lifetime Support policy document for Oracle Applications (PDF):

          1. EBS 11i Extended Support ends November 2013
          2. EBS 12.0 Extended Support ends January 2015
          3. EBS 12.1 Extended Support ends December 2018

          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?

          No. This upgrade is highly recommended but currently remains optional. JRE 6 will be available to Windows users to run with EBS for the duration of your respective EBS Extended Support period.  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. 

          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 10.7 or 10.8 can run JRE 7 plug-ins.  See this article:

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

          No. This upgrade is recommended but optional for EBS application tier servers running on Windows, Linux, and Solaris.  You can choose to remain on JDK 6 for the duration of your respective EBS Extended Support period.  If you remain on JDK 6, you will continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JDK 6.

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

          References

          Related Articles

          Tuesday Sep 10, 2013

          E-Business Suite Technology Sessions at OpenWorld 2013

          Oracle Open World 2013

          This year, the E-Business Suite Applications Technology Group (ATG) will participate in 25 speaker sessions, two Meet the Experts round-table discussions, five demoground booths and seven 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.

          General Sessions

          GEN8030 - Oracle E-Business Suite - Strategy, Update, and Roadmap
          Cliff Godwin, SVP, Oracle

          Monday, Sep 23, 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM - Moscone West 2002/2004

          In this session, hear from Oracle E-Business Suite General Manager Cliff Godwin as he presents 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.


          GEN8501 - Optimize and Extend Oracle Applications - Today to be Ready for Oracle Fusion Applications
          Nadia Bendjedou, Oracle

          Monday, Sep 24, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM - Moscone West 3014

          One of the main objectives of this session is to help organizations build their IT roadmap for the next five years and be aligned with the Oracle Applications strategy in general and with Oracle Fusion Applications in particular. Come hear about some of the common sense and practical steps that can be taken to optimize the performance of your Oracle Applications today and prepare your path to Oracle Fusion Applications for when your organization is ready to embrace them. Each step you take in adopting Oracle Fusion technology gets you partway to Oracle Fusion Applications.

          Conference Sessions

          CON8482 - Oracle E-Business Suite Technology: Latest Features and Roadmap
          Lisa Parekh, Oracle

          Monday, Sep 23, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM - Moscone West 2007

          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 usability enhancements of the user interface; systems administration and configuration management tools; security-related updates; and tools and options for extending, customizing, and integrating Oracle E-Business Suite with other applications.


          CON8031 - Ten Things you can do Today to Prepare for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2
          Nadia Bendjedou, Kevin Hudson, Oracle

          Monday Sep 23, 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM - Moscone West 3016

          Whether you are on 11i, 12.0 or 12.1, this is a must-attend session. This development session helps you prepare for future uptake of Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 by explaining the technology and skills requirements for 12.2 and highlighting what you can do now. It includes a deep dive into the internals of Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 online patching to help you understand how to ensure that your custom code will be compatible with online patching.


          CON8444 - Oracle E-Business Suite Integration Best Practices
          Rekha Ayothi, Veshaal Singh, Oracle

          Monday Sep 23, 4:45 PM - 5:45 PM - Moscone West 2007

          Oracle is investing across applications and technologies to make the application integration experience easier for customers. Today Oracle has certified Oracle E-Business Suite on Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g, and it provides a comprehensive set of integration technologies. Learn more about Oracle’s integration offering across data- and process-centric integrations. These technologies can be used to address various application integration challenges and styles. 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.


          CON8461 - The Latest Oracle E-Business Suite User Interface and Usability Enhancements
          Ganapathi Subramanian, Padmaprabodh Ambale, Oracle

          Monday Sep 23, 4:45 PM - 5:45 PM - Moscone West 3016

          This Oracle Development session details the latest UI enhancements to Oracle Application Framework. Developers will get a detailed look at new features for enhancing usability, offering more capabilities for personalization and extensions, and supporting the development and use of dashboards and Web services. Topics include new rich UI capabilities such as new home page features, Navigator and Favorites pull-down menus, the REST interface, embedded widgets for analytics content, Oracle Application Development Framework (Oracle ADF) task flows, third-party widgets, a look-ahead list of values, inline attachments, pop-ups, personalization and extensibility enhancements, business layer extensions, Oracle ADF integration, and mobile devices.


          CON8418 - Information-Driven Business: When Oracle E-Business Suite Meets Oracle Endeca
          Osama Elkady, Oracle

          Monday Sep 23, 4:45 PM - 5:45 PM - Moscone West 3018

          Come to this session to learn why so many Oracle E-Business Suite customers around the world are so excited about the new way they interact with Oracle E-Business Suite every day: having everyone in the company focus on the most-important and most-challenging tasks and making decisions much faster with confidence by accessing millions of records of transactional data all in memory, and in real time.


          CON8460 - Deployment and System Administration of Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2
          Max Arderius, Oracle

          Tuesday, Sep 24, 10:30 AM - 11:30 PM - Moscone West 2007

          This Oracle Development session covers the latest technology stack for Oracle E-Business Suite, including the use of Oracle WebLogic Server (Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g) and Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2). Topics include an architectural overview of the latest updates, installation and upgrade options, new configuration options, and new tools for hot cloning and automated “lights-out” cloning. Come learn how online patching (based on the Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Edition-Based Redefinition feature) will reduce your database patching downtimes.


          CON8430 - Web Services and SOA Integration Options for Oracle E-Business Suite
          Vijayakumar Shanmugam, Veshaal Singh, Oracle

          Tuesday, Sep 24, 10:30 AM - 11:30 PM - Moscone West 3016

          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.


          CON8431 - Minimizing Oracle E-Business Suite Maintenance Downtimes
          Santiago Bastidas, Elke Phelps, Oracle

          Tuesday, Sep 24, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Moscone West 2007

          This Oracle Development session features a survey of the best techniques sysadmins can use to minimize patching downtimes. It starts with an architectural-level review of Oracle E-Business Suite fundamentals and then moves to a practical view of the various tools and approaches for downtimes. Topics include patching shortcuts, merging patches, distributing worker processes across multiple servers, running ADPatch in noninteractive mode, staged APPL_TOPs, shared file systems, deferring systemwide database tasks, avoiding resource bottlenecks, and more. An added bonus: hear about the upcoming Oracle E-Business Suite 12 online patching capabilities based on the groundbreaking Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Edition-Based Redefinition feature.


          CON8492 - Oracle E-Business Suite Technology Certification Primer and Roadmap
          Steven Chan, Oracle

          Tuesday, Sep 24, 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM - Moscone West 2007

          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 the 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, 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.


          CON8462 - Personalize, Extend Oracle E-Business Suite: Oracle Application Framework, Oracle ADF, Mobile
          Padmaprabodh Ambale, Vijayakumar Shanmugam, Oracle

          Tuesday, Sep 24, 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM - Moscone West 2007

          This session covers a wide range of options for personalizing and extending your existing Oracle E-Business Suite applications for standard desktops as well as mobile devices. Learn 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. Also learn how to use Oracle Fusion Middleware technologies such as Oracle Application Development Framework (Oracle ADF) and Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition.


          CON8479 - Advanced Oracle E-Business Suite Architectures: Maximum Availability and More
          Elke Phelps, Santiago Bastidas, Oracle

          Wednesday, Sep 25, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM - Moscone West - 2007

          This session includes architecture diagrams and configuration instructions for building a maximum availability architecture (MAA) that will help you design a disaster recovery solution that fits the needs of your business. Database and application high-availability features it describes include Oracle Active Data Guard and its Data Guard feature, Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC), load-balancing Web and forms services, parallel concurrent processing, and the use of Oracle Exalogic and Oracle Exadata to provide a high-availability environment. The session also covers the latest updates to systems management tools, AutoConfig, cloud computing, virtualization, and Oracle WebLogic Server and provides sneak previews of upcoming functionality.


          CON8419 - Planning and Doing Your Oracle E-Business Suite Upgrade from Release 11i
          J. Anne Carlson, Oracle

          Wednesday, Sep 25, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM - Moscone West 3016

          Are you still on Oracle E-Business Suite 11i and deciding what to do next? This session discusses key roadmap and project planning considerations for customers on 11i who are looking to upgrade. It combines practical tips from customers that have already upgraded from 11i with expert advice from Oracle’s support, consulting, development, and IT organizations. You will learn how to identify factors that affect your time and resources, decide between upgrading and doing a reimplementation, manage custom code, and minimize downtime.


          CON8432 - Online Patching with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2
          Kevin Hudson, Oracle

          Wednesday, Sep 25, 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM - Moscone West 2007

          Online patching in 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 a 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.


          CON9437 - Mobile Apps for Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle ADF Mobile, SOA, Oracle Identity Management
          Srikant Subramaniam, Vijayakumar Shanmugam, Oracle

          Wednesday, Sep 25, 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM - Moscone West 2014

          Providing mobile access to Oracle Applications is critical. The Oracle ADF Mobile feature of Oracle Application Development Framework enables rapid and declarative development of native on-device mobile applications to provide a richer experience for smart device users running Apple iOS or Android devices. Oracle Fusion Middleware with SOA and Oracle Identity Management provides the necessary infrastructure to extend business processes and services to mobile devices without an additional "mobile middleware" layer. Together, these products provide the foundation for a mobility architecture. This session covers the reference architecture and how to build mobile apps for Oracle E-Business Suite. See how all these concepts come together via a mobile sales order dashboard demo.


          CON8480 - Upgrading Your Oracle E-Business Suite Customizations
          Sara Woodhull, Oracle

          Wednesday, Sep 25, 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM - Moscone West 2007

          Have you personalized Oracle Forms or Oracle Application Framework screens in Oracle E-Business Suite? Have you used mod_plsql in Release 11i? Have you extended or customized your Release 11i environment with other tools? Come to this Oracle Development session to learn about selecting the best upgrade approach for your existing customizations. The session will help you understand customization scenarios and use cases, tools, and technologies to ensure that your Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 environment is a tight fit with your users’ needs and that any future customizations will be easy to upgrade.


          CON8484 - Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager: Features and Roadmap
          Angelo Rosado, Vasu Rao, Oracle

          Wednesday, Sep 25, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM - Moscone West 2007

          This session provides an overview of the latest releases of Oracle Enterprise Manager and Oracle Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite. The session presents an overview of the products and covers new features and the product roadmaps. Oracle Enterprise Manager is designed to monitor and manage the complete technology stack of Oracle E-Business Suite. Attending this session will give you an understanding of how new features of the suite can reduce your overall IT costs and dramatically improve the productivity of Oracle Enterprise Manager administrators, DBAs, system administrators, developers, and other power users by automating routine operational tasks and providing insight into the overall health of the applications.


          CON8483 - Oracle E-Business Suite Internationalization and Multilingual Features
          Maher Al-Nubani, Oracle

          Wednesday, Sep 25, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Moscone West 2007

          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 the Hijrah and Thai solar calendars, new group separators, lightweight multilingual support (MLS) setup, new character sets such as AL32UTF, newly supported languages, Mac certifications, Oracle iSetup support for moving MLS setups, new file export options for Unicode, and new MLS number spelling options.


          CON8420 - Upgrading to Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1: Technical/Functional Panel
          Andrew Katz, Komori America Corporation, Sandra Vucinic, VLAD Group, Inc.
          Nadia Bendjedou, Anne Carlson, Amrita Mehrok, Udayan Parvate, Oracle

          Wednesday, Sep 25, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Moscone West 3016

          In this panel, Oracle experts, customers, and partners share their experiences in upgrading to the latest release of Oracle E-Business Suite, 12.1. The panelists cover aspects of a typical Release 12 upgrade, technical (upgrading the technical infrastructure) as well as functional (upgrading to the new financial infrastructure). Hear directly from the experts who either develop the product or support, implement, or upgrade it, and find out how to apply their lessons learned to your organization.


          CON8486 - Oracle E-Business Suite Extensions for Oracle Endeca: Technical Considerations
          Anne Carlson, Muhannad Obeidat, Oracle

          Thursday, Sep 26, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Moscone West 2007

          Come to this session to learn more about how the Oracle E-Business Suite integration with Oracle Endeca works and how you can get the most out of it in your own enterprise. The session offers important technical and practical guidance, including how to deploy and maintain Oracle E-Business Suite Extensions for Oracle Endeca, how to size the system to meet your needs, and options for personalizing and customizing Oracle Endeca content.


          CON8485 - Getting Optimal Performance from Oracle E-Business Suite
          Samer Barakat, Oracle

          Thursday, Sep 26, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM - Moscone West 2007

          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 in 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.


          CON8433 - The Top 10 Things You Can Do to Secure Your Oracle E-Business Suite Instance
          Eric Bing, Erik Graversen, Oracle

          Thursday, Sep 26, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Moscone West 2007

          Learn the top 10 things you can do to secure your applications and your sensitive data. This Oracle Development session for system administrators and security professionals explores some of the most important and overlooked things you can do to secure your Oracle E-Business Suite instance. It also covers data masking and other mechanisms for protecting sensitive data.


          CON8481 - Desktop Integration in Oracle E-Business Suite
          Senthilkumar Ramalingam, Padmaprabodh Ambale, Oracle

          Thursday, Sep 26, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM - Moscone West 2007

          This presentation covers the latest functional enhancements in Oracle Web Applications Desktop Integrator and Oracle Report Manager, enhanced Microsoft Office support, and greater support for building custom desktop integration solutions. The session also presents tips and tricks for upgrading from Oracle Applications Desktop Integrator to Oracle Web Applications Desktop Integrator and Oracle Report Manager.


          CON8435 - Oracle E-Business Suite Upgrade Best Practices: Technical Insight
          Udayan Parvate, Samer Barakat, Oracle

          Thursday, Sep 26, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM - Moscone West 3016

          This session is ideal for you if your organization is 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.



          Special Interest Groups (SIG)

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

          SIG9594 - OAUG - Oracle E-Business (EBS) Applications Technology SIG
          Sandra Vucinic, VLAD Group, Inc.

          Sunday, Sep 22, 9:15 AM - 10:15 PM - Moscone West 2014

          The purpose of the OAUG E-Business Suite Applications Technology Stack SIG is to inform and educate its members about current and future applications technology stack components as they relate to Oracle E-Business Suite.

          Panel and Q&A Session:

          • Kevin Hudson - Senior Director, Oracle
          • George Buzsaki - Vice President, Application Architecture, Oracle
          • Santiago Bastidas, Senior Principal Product Manager, Oracle
          • Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager
          • Max Arderius, Manager ATG Development, Oracle


          SIG9674 - OAUG – Upgrade SIG
          Sandra Vucinic, VLAD Group, Inc.

          Sunday, Sep 30, 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM - Moscone West 2016

          This OAUG Upgrade SIG business meeting is followed by a panel discussion (Q&A) of Oracle E-Business Suite upgrade topics. It reviews Upgrade SIG goals and objectives; provides answers to questions related to Oracle E-Business Suite upgrades during the Q&A period; and shares real-world experiences, tips, and techniques for Oracle E-Business Suite upgrades to Release 12.1.

          Panel and Q&A Session:

          • Anne Carlson - Sr. Director, Oracle E-Business Suite Product Strategy, Oracle

          Meet the Experts

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

          MTE9400 - Meet the Oracle E-Business Suite Experts: Planning Your Upgrade

          • Hyun Kim - Group Manager, Release Engineering, Oracle
          • Nadia Bendjedou - Senior Director - Product Strategy, Oracle
          • Anne Carlson - Senior Director, Oracle E-Business Suite Product Strategy, Oracle
          • Kevin Hudson - Senior Director, Oracle
          • Udayan Parvate - Senior Director, EBS Release Engineering, Oracle
          • John Abraham - Senior Principal Product Manager, Oracle
          • George Buzsaki - Vice President, Application Architecture, Oracle
          • Samer Barakat - Senior Architect, Applications Performance, Oracle

          Monday, Sep 23, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM - Moscone West 2001A

          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.


          MTE9407 - Meet the Oracle E-Business Suite Extensions for Oracle Endeca Experts
          • Anurag Malik - Director, Product Management, Oracle
          • Muhannad Obeidat - Development Director, Oracle
          • Anne Carlson - Senior Director, Oracle E-Business Suite Product Strategy, Oracle
          • Matthew Halliday - Applications Technologist, Oracle
          • Osama Elkady - Senior Director, Oracle

          Tuesday, Sep 24, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Moscone West 2001A

          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.


          MTE9423 - Meet the Oracle E-Business Suite Tools and Technology Experts

          • Veshaal Singh - Senior Director, Oracle
          • Lisa Parekh - Vice President, Technology Integration, Oracle
          • Steven Chan - Senior Director, Oracle
          • Max Arderius - Manager, Product Development, Application Technology Group, Oracle
          • Elke Phelps - Senior Principal Product Manager, Oracle

          Thursday, Sep 26, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Moscone West 2001A

          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.

          Demos

          We have five 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:

          Usability Lab

          We want your feedback! If your are attending Oracle Open World, come to our usability lab and test the upcoming UI features for Oracle E-Business Suite!

          EBS Skyros iPad Study: Rich, Gesture-driven, Mobile User Interfaces and Worklist Mobile Application in Oracle E-Business Suite
          Cathedral Hill, The Intercontinental San Francisco, 888 Howard Street

          • Monday, Sep 23, 10:45 AM - 5:45 PM
          • Tuesday, Sep 24, 10:15 AM - 6:00 PM
          • Wednesday, Sep 25, 10:15 - 6:00 PM

            Please note that prior registration is mandatory as these are one-on-one sessions, and not walk-in sessions.

            Hands on Labs

            Wednesday, Sep 25
            Marriott Marquis - Nob Hill CD

            In this session, you will learn how to design Oracle E-Business Suite Extensions for Oracle Endeca pages, using Oracle Endeca Information Discovery for Oracle Applications development tools. You will use Oracle Endeca Information Discovery Studio to create a new Oracle Endeca page and design this page with rich user interface components such as search, result table, tag cloud, compare, metrics bar, chart, bookmark, and range filter. You do not need any development background to attend this hands-on lab.



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

            Friday Sep 06, 2013

            WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.8 Certified with E-Business Suite 12

            Oracle WebCenter Suite is an integrated suite of Fusion Middleware 11gR1 tools used to create web sites and portals using service-oriented architecture (SOA).  Applications adapters are also available.

            WebCenter Development Framework

            WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.8 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.0.6 and higher; 12.1.1 and higher).  WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.8 is part of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 Version 11.1.1.8.0, also known as FMW 11gR1 Patchset 7. 

            Certified Platforms

            Oracle WebCenter Portal is certified to run on any operating system for which Oracle WebLogic Server 11g is certified. For information on operating systems supported by Oracle WebLogic Server 11g and Oracle WebCenter Portal, refer to the 'Oracle Fusion Middleware on WebLogic Server - System Certification' in the Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 (11.1.1.x) Certification Matrix.

            Integration with Oracle WebCenter Portal involves components spanning several different suites of Oracle products. There are no restrictions on which platform any particular component may be installed so long as the platform is supported for that component.

            Migrating to Oracle WebCenter

            If you're currently using Oracle Portal, you should be aware that Portal is now in maintenance mode.  Updates with bug fixes will continue to be produced, but you should consider migrating to Oracle WebCenter for ongoing new features.

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            Monday Aug 26, 2013

            Application Management Pack 12.1.0.1 Certified with Enterprise Manager 12cR3

            We released Oracle Application Management Pack 12.1.0.1 last year. At that time, that release was certified with the base release of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c. 

            Oracle Application Management Pack 12.1.0.1 is now certified with the latest Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c patchset:  version 12.1.0.3 (a.k.a. "EM 12c Release 3" or "12cR3").

            EM12c AMP 12.1.0.1 screenshot

            Upgrading from previous Enterprise Manager releases

            Customers upgrading to Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 3 from Enterprise Manager 10g Release 5 or Enterprise Manager 11g Release 1 must follow Section 5 Step 6 in this document:

            Understanding our product names

            • "Oracle Application Management Pack" now includes functionality previously released separately as "Oracle Application Change Management Pack"
            • "Oracle Application Management Pack" is the same as "Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in"
            • You cannot purchase a licence for "Oracle Application Management Pack"
            • "Oracle Application Management Pack" is included in a larger suite of products called "Oracle Oracle Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite"
            • Licences for "Oracle Oracle Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite" include "Oracle Application Management Pack"

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