Thursday Nov 29, 2012

ATG Live Webcast Dec. 6th: Minimizing EBS Maintenance Downtimes

This webcast provides an overview of the plans and decisions you can make, and the actions you can take, that will help you minimize maintenance downtimes for your E-Business Suite instances. It is targeted to system administrators, DBAs, developers, and implementers.

Phases of EBS patching

This session, led by Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager, and Santiago Bastidas, Principal Product Manager, will cover best practices, tools, utilities, and tasks to minimize your maintenance downtimes during the four key maintenance phases. Topics will include:

  • Create a Maintenance Strategy
  • Find the Updates You Need
  • Use the Right Tools and Features
  • Create a Deployment Strategy
  • Summarize Key Concepts
  • Review a Case Study
  • Preview EBS Release 12.2 Online Patching

Date:                Thursday, December 6, 2012
Time:               8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenters:   Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager
                         Santiago Bastidas, Principal Product Manager

Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

To hear the audio feed:
   Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           877-697-8128
    International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
    Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:
    Dial-In Passcode:                                              103200

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  595757500

If you miss the webcast, or you have missed any webcast, don't worry -- we'll post links to the recording as soon as it's available from Oracle University.  You can monitor this blog for pointers to the replay. And, you can find our archive of our past webcasts and training here.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email Bill Sawyer (Senior Manager, Applications Technology Curriculum) at BilldotSawyer-AT-Oracle-DOT-com.

Tuesday Nov 20, 2012

ATG Live Webcast Nov. 29th: Endeca "Evolutionizes" E-Business Suite

If you have ever wanted any of the following within Oracle E-Business Suite:
  • Complete Data View
  • Advanced Searching Across Organizations and Flexfields
  • Advanced Visualization including Charts, Metrics, and Cross Tabs
  • Guided Navigation

Then you might want to attend this webcast to learn more about Oracle Endeca's integration with Oracle E-Business Suite. Oracle Endeca includes an unstructured data correlation and analytics engine, together with catalog search and guided navigation capabilities.

This webcasts focuses on the details behind Oracle Endeca's integration with Oracle E-Business Suite. It demonstrates how you can extend the use of Oracle Endeca into other areas of Oracle E-Business Suite.

Endeca within Oracle E-Business Suite

Date:             Thursday, November 29, 2012
Time:             8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenter:   Osama Elkady, Senior Director

Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

To hear the audio feed:
   Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           877-697-8128
    International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
    Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:
    Dial-In Passcode:                                              103192

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  595335921

If you miss the webcast, or you have missed any webcast, don't worry -- we'll post links to the recording as soon as it's available from Oracle University.  You can monitor this blog for pointers to the replay. And, you can find our archive of our past webcasts and training here.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email Bill Sawyer (Senior Manager, Applications Technology Curriculum) at BilldotSawyer-AT-Oracle-DOT-com.

Wednesday Nov 14, 2012

REMINDER: ATG Live Webcast Nov. 15: Best Practices for Using EBS SDK for Java with Oracle ADF

Thursday, November 15th is your chance to join Sara Woodhull and Juan Camilo Ruiz as they discuss  Best Practices for Using EBS SDK for Java with Oracle ADF. You can find the complete event details at

ATG Live Webcast: Best Practices for Using EBS SDK for Java with Oracle ADF

Date:               Thursday, November 15, 2012
Time:              8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenters:   Sara Woodhull, Principal Product Manager, E-Business Suite ATG
                         Juan Camilo Ruiz, Principal Product Manager, ADF

Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

To hear the audio feed:

   Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           877-697-8128
    International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
    Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:
    Dial-In Passcode:                                              103192

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  591862924

If you miss the webcast, or you have missed any webcast, don't worry -- we'll post links to the recording as soon as it's available from Oracle University.  You can monitor this blog for pointers to the replay. And, you can find our archive of our past webcasts and training here.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email Bill Sawyer (Senior Manager, Applications Technology Curriculum) at BilldotSawyer-AT-Oracle-DOT-com.

Oracle VM Templates for EBS 12.1.3 for Exalogic Now Available

Oracle VM Templates for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 for Exalogic are now available on the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud.  The templates contain all the required elements to create an Oracle E-Business Suite R12 demonstration system on an Exalogic server. You can use these templates to quickly build an EBS 12.1.3 demonstration environment, bypassing the operating system and the software install (via the EBS Rapid Install).  

Screenshot of Exalogic Control

The Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 template for Exalogic is a Oracle Virtual Server Guest template that contains a complete Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 Database Tier and Application Tier Installation.  For additional details, please refer to the following My Oracle Support Note:

The Oracle E-Business Suite system is installed on top of Oracle Linux Version 5 update 6 (64-bit). The templates have been optimized for performance, including OS kernel settings and E-Business Suite configuration settings tuned specifically for Exalogic.  The configuration delivered with this template for a mid-tier running on Exalogic will support hundreds of concurrent users.  Please refer to Section 2: Performance Analysis in My Oracle Support Note 1499132.1 for additional details.  

Additional Information

The Oracle E-Business Suite VM templates for the Exalogic platform contain the following software versions:

  • Operating System: Oracle Linux Version 5 Update 6 (64-bit)
  • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 (Database Tier running Database 11.2.0.3)
  • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 (Application Tier)
The following considerations were made when the Oracle E-Business Suite VM template for the Exalogic platform were designed:
  • Templates use the hardware-virtualized architecture, supporting hardware with virtualization feature.
  • Database Tier Template is configured to use the following configuration:
    • 16 GB RAM
    • 4 VCPUs
    • 250 GB of Disk space for application installation
  • Application Tier Template is configured to use the following configuration:
    • 16 GB RAM
    • 4 VCPUs
    • 50 GB of Disk space for application installation

References

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Monday Nov 12, 2012

E-Business Suite 12.1.3 Data Masking Certified with Enterprise Manager 12c

Following up on our prior announcement for EM 11g, we're pleased to announce the certification of the E-Business Suite 12.1.3 Data Masking Template for the Data Masking Pack with Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c.

You can use the Oracle Data Masking Pack with Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control 12c to scramble sensitive data in cloned E-Business Suite environments.  Due to data dependencies, scrambling E-Business Suite data is not a trivial task.  The data needs to be scrubbed in such a way that allows the application to continue to function. 

You may scramble data in E-Business Suite cloned environments with EM12c using the following template:

What does data masking do in E-Business Suite environments?

Application data masking does the following:

  • De-identify the data:  Scramble identifiers of individuals, also known as personally identifiable information or PII.  Examples include information such as name, account, address, location, and driver's license number.
  • Mask sensitive data:  Mask data that, if associated with personally identifiable information (PII), would cause privacy concerns.  Examples include compensation, health and employment information.  
  • Maintain data validity:  Provide a fully functional application.

How can EBS customers use data masking?

The Oracle E-Business Suite Template for Data Masking Pack can be used in situations where confidential or regulated data needs to be shared with other non-production users who need access to some of the original data, but not necessarily every table.  Examples of non-production users include internal application developers or external business partners such as offshore testing companies, suppliers or customers. 

The template works with the Oracle Data Masking Pack and Oracle Enterprise Manager to obscure sensitive E-Business Suite information that is copied from production to non-production environments.

The Oracle E-Business Suite Template for Data Masking Pack is applied to a non-production environment with the Enterprise Manager Grid Control Data Masking Pack.  When applied, the Oracle E-Business Suite Template for Data Masking Pack will create an irreversibly scrambled version of your production database for development and testing. 

What's new with EM 12c?

  • Command line integration: Some of the execution steps may also be performed with EM Command Line Interface (EM CLI).  Support of EM CLI is a new feature with the E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 template for EM 12c.  
  • Integration with Sensitive Data Discovery and Application Data Model: After an EBS environment has been discovery using the Application Data Model and the EBS drivers, the EBS data masking template will automatically update the Application Data Model to identify the sensitive data in EBS that is being masked.

How data masking works

Is there a charge for this?

Yes. You must purchase licenses for the Oracle Data Masking Pack to use the Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 template. The Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 Template for the Data Masking Pack is included with the Oracle Data Masking Pack license.  You can contact your Oracle account manager for more details about licensing.

References

Additional details and requirements are provided in the following My Oracle Support Note:

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Friday Nov 09, 2012

ATG Live Webcast Nov. 15th: Best Practices for Using EBS SDK for Java with Oracle ADF

Oracle E-Business Suite delivers functionality for handling the core business of your organization. This webcast provides best practices for how to use Oracle Application Development Framework (Oracle ADF) with the Oracle E-Business Suite SDK for Java.  Topics include:

  • Session management with ADF
  • Handling security
  • Embedding ADF regions in OA Framework pages
  • Best practices and more
Using the Oracle E-Business Suite SDK for Java with Oracle ADF

Date:               Thursday, November 15, 2012
Time:              8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenters:   Sara Woodhull, Principal Product Manager, E-Business Suite ATG
                         Juan Camilo Ruiz, Principal Product Manager, ADF

Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

To hear the audio feed:

   Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           877-697-8128
    International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
    Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:
    Dial-In Passcode:                                              103192

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  591862924

If you miss the webcast, or you have missed any webcast, don't worry -- we'll post links to the recording as soon as it's available from Oracle University.  You can monitor this blog for pointers to the replay. And, you can find our archive of our past webcasts and training here.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email Bill Sawyer (Senior Manager, Applications Technology Curriculum) at BilldotSawyer-AT-Oracle-DOT-com.

Thursday Nov 08, 2012

In-depth Coverage for Oracle Workflow

I'm lucky to work with many talented people in the Applications Technology Group, and many of them contribute articles to this blog.  Some team members have their own blogs.  If you work with Oracle Workflow, here's one that you should be following:

Workflow blog screenshot

This blog is updated every few months by our development team with in-depth technical articles about Oracle Workflow-related topics.  For example, articles posted there include:

If you have suggestions about Workflow topics that you'd like to see covered there, drop them a line.


Wednesday Nov 07, 2012

Implications of Java 6 End of Public Updates for EBS Users

[Update Feb. 28, 2013: Added pointer to Note 1439822.1]

[Update Dec. 11, 2012: JRE 7 is now certified with the E-Business Suite; see this announcement for complete details.]

Java logo

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 will change 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 will be 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. 

The certification of Oracle E-Business Suite with JRE 7 (for desktop clients accessing EBS Forms-based content) is in its final stages.  If you plan to upgrade your EBS desktop clients to JRE 7 when that certification is released, you can get a head-start on that today.

Coexistence of JRE 6 and JRE 7 on Windows desktops

The upgrade to JRE 7 will be 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 290801.1 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 will Mac users need?

Oracle will provide updates to JRE 7 for Mac OS X users. EBS users running Macs will need to upgrade to JRE 7 to receive JRE updates.

The certification of Oracle E-Business Suite with JRE 7 for Mac-based desktop clients accessing EBS Forms-based content is underway. Mac users waiting for that certification may find this article useful:

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

No. This upgrade will be highly recommended but will be 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.

The certification of Oracle E-Business Suite with JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers on Windows, Linux, and Solaris as well as other platforms such as IBM AIX and HP-UX is planned.  Customers running platforms other than Windows, Linux, and Solaris should refer to their Java vendors's sites for more information about their support policies.

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Tuesday Nov 06, 2012

ATG Live Webcast Nov. 8th: Advanced Management of EBS with Oracle Enterprise Manager

The task of managing and monitoring Oracle E-Business Suite environments can be very challenging. The Application Management Pack plug-in is part of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite.

The Application Management Pack plug-in is designed to monitor and manage all the different technologies that constitute Oracle E-Business Suite applications, including midtier, configuration, host, and database management—to name just a few. Customers that have implemented Oracle Enterprise Manager have experienced dramatic improvements in system visibility, diagnostic capability, and administrator productivity.

This webcast will highlight the key features and benefits of Oracle Enterprise Manager, the latest version of the Oracle Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite.

Advanced Management of Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle Enterprise Manager

Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.0.1.0

Date:                Thursday, November 8, 2012
Time:               8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenters:   Angelo Rosado, Principal Product Manager, E-Business Suite ATG
                         Lauren Cohn, Principal Curriculum Developer, E-Business Suite ATG

Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

To hear the audio feed:
   Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           877-697-8128
    International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
    Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:
    Dial-In Passcode:                                              103191

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  591460967

If you miss the webcast, or you have missed any webcast, don't worry -- we'll post links to the recording as soon as it's available from Oracle University.  You can monitor this blog for pointers to the replay. And, you can find our archive of our past webcasts and training here.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email Bill Sawyer (Senior Manager, Applications Technology Curriculum) at BilldotSawyer-AT-Oracle-DOT-com.

Monday Nov 05, 2012

Oracle Access Manager 11gR1 BP04 Certified with EBS 12

I'm pleased to announce that the Oracle Access Manager team has certified Oracle Access Manager 11gR1 Bundle Patch 4 (a.k.a. 11.1.1.5.4 or BP04) with E-Business Suite Release 12.  Applying Oracle Access Manager 11gR1 BP04 will provide you with the latest set of fixes for Oracle Access Manager 11gR1 which have been validated with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.


References

Later Oracle Access Manager Bundle Patches may be applied on top of certified configurations. However, unless noted explicitly in Oracle E-Business Suite documentation, these later Bundle Patches have not been tested with Oracle E-Business Suite. These are considered to be uncertified configurations.

The following documents have been updated to include record of the Oracle Access Manager 11gR1 BP04 certification with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12:

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Friday Nov 02, 2012

New Whitepaper: Deploying E-Business Suite on Exadata and Exalogic

Our E-Business Suite Performance Team recently published a new whitepaper to assist you with deploying E-Business Suite on the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud and Oracle Exadata Database Machine , also referred to as Exastack.  If you are considering a migration to Exastack, this new whitepaper will assist you understanding sizing requirements, deployment standards and migration strategies:


This whitepaper covers the following topics:

  • Scalability and Sizing Examples - provides performance benchmark analysis with concurrent user counts, scaling analysis and sizing recommendations
  • Deployment Standards - includes recommendations for deploying the various components of the E-Business Suite architecture on Exastack
  • Migration Standards and Guidelines - includes an overview of methods for migrating from commodity hardware to Exastack

References

Our Maximum Availability Architecture (MAA) team has a number of whitepapers that provide additional information regarding Oracle E-Business Suite on the Oracle Exadata Database Machine.  Their library of whitepapers may be found here:

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