Friday Jul 26, 2013

E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 Consolidated Upgrade Patch 2 Now Available

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 Consolidated Upgrade Patch 2 (CUP2) is now available in My Oracle Support. This patch includes fixes and performance improvements for the scripts used to upgrade an EBS 11i environment to 12.1.1.

This patch is mandatory for customers who are upgrading to Release 12.1.1 from the following releases:

  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i version 11.5.9 (base, CU1, CU2)
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i version 11.5.10 (base, CU1, CU2)

This patch includes all of the upgrade-related fixes released previously in the Consolidated Upgrade Patch 1 (CUP1, Patch 7303029) and many additional upgrade related fixes released since March 2010. 

You can download it here:



What is Oracle E-Business Suite Consolidated Upgrade Patch 2 for Release 12.1.1?

The Consolidated Upgrade Patch 2 (CUP2) for Release 12.1.1 combines critical upgrade error corrections and upgrade performance improvements from Release 11i into a consolidated suite-wide patch.

Who should use it?

Customers who are upgrading to Release 12.1.1 from Release 11.5.9 (base, CU1, CU2) or Release 11.5.10 (base, CU1, CU2) should apply Release 12.1.1 CUP2.

How does it differ from the Family Consolidated Upgrade Patch (FCUP) in Release 11i?

In Release 11i, Family Consolidated Upgrade Patches (FCUP) were the release vehicles used to ship consolidated upgrade-related patches from all products within a product family.  In R12, the term Consolidated Upgrade Patch (CUP) has been coined to ship critical upgrade error corrections and upgrade performance improvements across all the product families in Oracle E-Business suite.

How do you apply Release 12.1.1 CUP2?

For instructions on applying this patch, see the "Notes for Upgrade Customers" section in:
Can this patch be applied by customers who are upgrading to Release 12.1.1 from an earlier version of Release 12?

No.  Release 12.1.1 CUP2 is applicable only if you are upgrading your E-Business Suite Release 11i instance to Release 12.1.1.  If your Oracle E-Business Suite instance is already at Release 12 or higher (e.g. Release 12.0.4, 12.0.6), you should not apply Release 12.1.1 CUP2.

Can I apply Release 12.1.1 CUP2 to Release 12.1.1?

No.  If your environment is already at the Release 12.1.1 level, you do not need this patchset.  You should apply Release 12.1.1 CUP2 only while upgrading a Release 11i Oracle E-Business Suite instance to Release 12.1.1

Is Release 12.1.1 CUP2 mandatory for upgrading to Release 12.1.1 if I have done multiple test upgrades and am close to "Go-Live"?

If you have already performed multiple test upgrades without Release 12.1.1 CUP2 and are close to completing User Acceptance Testing prior to your actual production upgrade, it is not mandatory to apply the patch.

Oracle will continue to provide patches for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 environments that do not have the Release 12.1.1 CUP2 patchset.

How is the Consolidated Upgrade Patch (CUP) different from other release vehicles?

With the introduction of this patchset, there are now five types of release vehicles for the E-Business Suite:
  1. Rapid Install
  2. Maintenance Pack
  3. Product Family Release Update Pack
  4. E-Business Suite Release Update Pack
  5. Consolidated Upgrade Patch
Rapid Install

With Rapid Install (RI), you can install a fully configured Oracle E-Business suite system, lay down the file system and configure server processes for an upgraded system, or install a new database tier or application tier technology stack.

Release 12 Rapid Install versions are
  • Release 12.0.0
  • Release 12.0.4
  • Release 12.1.1
Maintenance Pack

A Maintenance Pack (MP) is an aggregation of patches for all products in Oracle E-Business Suite. It is a feature-rich release which combines new functionalities along with error corrections, statutory/regulatory updates, and functionality enhancements, etc.

The Release 12.1.1 Maintenance Pack can be used to upgrade an existing Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0.x environment to Release 12.1.1

Product Family Release Update Pack

Product Family Release Update Pack (RUP) is an aggregation of patches on a given codeline created for all products in a specific product family for a specific point release. RUPs are generally cumulative in nature.

Examples of Product Family Release Update Packs released in Release 12.0:
  • R12.ATG_PF.A.Delta.4
  • R12.FIN_PF.A.Delta.5
  • R12.ATG_PF.A.Delta.6
  • R12.HR_PF.A.Delta.7
Examples of Product Family Release Update Packs released in Release 12.1:
  • R12.AD_PF.B.Delta.2
  • R12.ATG_PF.B.Delta.2
  • R12.CC_PF.B.Delta.2
  • R12.SCM_PF.B.Delta.2
E-Business Suite Release Update Pack

An E-Business Suite Release Update Pack (RUP) is an aggregation of product or product family RUPs on a given codeline created across Oracle E-Business Suite after the initial release. Like product family Release Update Pack, E-Business suite Release Update Pack is cumulative in nature.

Examples of E-Business Suite Release Update Packs
  • Release 12.0.4
  • Release 12.0.6
  • Release 12.1.2
Consolidated Upgrade Patch

A Consolidated Upgrade Patch is a collection of critical fixes that improve the performance and stability of the upgrade process from Release 11i to Release 12.1.1.
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Monday Jul 22, 2013

Quarterly E-Business Suite Upgrade Recommendations: July 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 July 2013

  1. EBS 11i users should upgrade to 12.1.3, or -- if staying on 11i -- should be on the minimum 11i patching baseline,

  2. EBS 12.0 users should upgrade to 12.1.3, or -- if staying on 12.0 -- should be on the minimum 12.0 patching baseline,

  3. EBS 12.1 users should upgrade to 12.1.3.

  4. Oracle Database 10gR2 and 11gR1 users should upgrade to 11gR2 11.2.0.3.

  5. EBS 12 users of Oracle Single Sign-On 10g users should migrate to OAM 11gR2 Patchset 1 11.1.2.1.0 or OAM 11gR1 Patchset 2 11.1.1.7.

  6. EBS 11i users of  Oracle Single Sign-On 10g users should migrate to OAM 11gR2 Patchset 1 11.1.2.1.0 or Oracle Access Manager 10g 10.1.4.3.

  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_51 or later 1.6 updates , or JRE 1.7.0_25 or later 1.7 updates.

  11. All Firefox users should upgrade to Firefox Extended Support Release 17.

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Friday Jul 19, 2013

Announcing Oracle E-Business Suite Extensions for Oracle Endeca 12.1.3.3

The Oracle E-Business Suite Extensions for Oracle Endeca provide selected EBS applications with Oracle Endeca-based capabilities. These extensions allow users to take an information-driven approach to business, optimizing operational decisions and improving process efficiency.

Each extension provides an existing EBS application with a search-oriented dashboard that summarizes current operational information. Users can explore this information in whatever way makes sense to them, combining free text and faceted search with drilldown on visualizations such as key performance indicators (KPIs), tag clouds, charts and cross-tabs. With each drilldown or search refinement, the entire set of visualizations and search choices changes to reflect the user’s previous choices. Users can browse and drill to the subset of information that is important for them to act on, automatically passing context to an EBS transaction screen where they can take the necessary action – for example, expediting a sales order by substituting a replacement part.

Endeca screenshot

The Oracle E-Business Suite Extensions for Oracle Endeca allow users to leverage modern, self-service discovery mechanisms for identifying and acting on exceptions and opportunities. Users can find information that that they otherwise might not find with conventional ERP query screens, reducing their reliance on emails, phone calls, and IT-provided reports.

What’s New in Oracle E-Business Suite Extensions for Oracle Endeca 12.1.3.3?
Oracle recently announced Oracle E-Business Suite Extensions for Oracle Endeca 12.1.3.3 for EBS 12.1.3 environments.  This release adds six new extensions:

  • Oracle Warehouse Management Extensions for Oracle Endeca
  • Oracle Installed Base Extensions for Oracle Endeca
  • Oracle Process Manufacturing Extensions for Oracle Endeca
  • Oracle Cost Management Extensions for Oracle Endeca
  • Oracle Depot Repair Extensions for Oracle Endeca
  • Oracle Learning Management Extensions for Oracle Endeca

In addition, 12.1.3.3 includes updates to nine previously-available extensions:

  • Oracle Order Management Extensions for Oracle Endeca
  • Oracle Discrete Manufacturing Extensions for Oracle Endeca
  • Oracle Inventory Management Extensions for Oracle Endeca
  • Oracle Channel Revenue Management Extensions for Oracle Endeca
  • Oracle Enterprise Asset Management Extensions for Oracle Endeca
  • Oracle Field Service Extensions for Oracle Endeca
  • Oracle Project Management Extensions for Oracle Endeca
  • Oracle iProcurement Extensions for Oracle Endeca
  • Oracle iRecruitment Extensions for Oracle Endeca  

Technical Overview of Oracle E-Business Suite Extensions for Oracle Endeca
Oracle E-Business Suite Extensions for Oracle Endeca use Oracle Endeca Information Discovery (EID) technology, which features:

  • A hybrid search-analytical engine
  • A user interface optimized for visual discovery and analysis
  • A data integration (ETL) engine

E-Business Suite transactional information is loaded and stored in a faceted, in-memory data model that gets refreshed with changes at intervals prescribed by the system administrator. Information is pre-classified, pre-summarized, and pre-sorted before it becomes available for search, discovery and analysis in a rich content container that is embedded within an EBS HTML page.  EBS handles session management so that Endeca content in the rich content container is consistent with EBS context and security.

EBS customers can add Endeca-based capabilities using an all-in-one installer, achieving out-of-the box security and integration with their Oracle E-Business Suite applications. We typically recommend that the EID components be run on any hardware or VM running 64-bit Oracle or Redhat Linux V5 or V6.

Downloads

You can download the Oracle E-Business Suite Extensions for Oracle Endeca Media Pack here:

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Introducing Anne Carlson, Guest Author

I'm pleased to welcome Anne Carlson to this blog's panel of guest authors.  Anne has previously contributed articles on best practices for planning EBS 12 upgrades and an overview webcast of that material, too.

Anne is a Senior Director for Oracle E-Business Suite Product Strategy at Oracle, with a focus on product launch and adoption. Anne frequently writes and speaks about upgrade and implementation planning, sharing best practices and lessons learned from customers.

Previously, Anne led product management and information development for the Applications Technology Group at Oracle, responsible for communicating how the E-Business Suite leverages Oracle’s systems technologies.

Anne received a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a master’s degree from MIT Sloan School of Management.

Thursday Jul 18, 2013

Oracle Access Manager 11gR2 11.1.2.1.0 Certified With E-Business Suite

I am happy to announce that Oracle Access Manager 11gR2  Patchset 1 (11.1.2.1.0) is now certified with E-Business Suite Releases 11i, 12.0 and 12.1.

Choosing the Right Architecture

If you are implementing single sign-on for the first time, or are an existing Oracle Access Manager user, you may integrate with Oracle Access Manager 11gR2 Patchset 1 using Oracle Access Manager WebGate and Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate. If you are using Oracle Single Sign-On 10gR3 (10.1.4.3) you may migrate to Oracle Access Manager 11gR2 Patchset 1 with Oracle E-Business Suite Access Gate.

Our previously published blog article and support note provides an overview of single sign-on integration options and recommendations:

Platforms Certified

The Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate Java application is certified to run on any operating system for which Oracle WebLogic Server 11g is certified. Refer to the Oracle Fusion Middleware Release 11g (11.1.1.x) Certification Matrix for more details.

For information on operating systems supported by Oracle Access Manager 11gR2 and its components, refer to the Oracle Identity and Access Management 11g Release 2 (11.1.2.1.0) Certification Matrix.

Integration with Oracle Access Manager 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.

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    Wednesday Jul 17, 2013

    Critical Patch Update for July 2013 Now Available

    The  Critical Patch Update (CPU) for July 2013 was released on July 16, 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:

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

    Wednesday Jul 10, 2013

    How to Define Table-Validated Lists of Values in Web ADI

    I am pleased to announce a new video tutorial on defining table-validated Lists of Values using the Oracle Web Application Desktop Integrator (Web ADI).  One of the common requirements for List of Values in a Web Application Desktop Integrator spreadsheet is to display user-friendly values in a desktop-based spreadsheet but upload a corresponding identifier or code to the E-Business Suite. You can learn how to do this in this new tutorial.

    Using the List of Values component with Web ADI

    Oracle Web Application Desktop Integrator supports Oracle E-Business Suite’s user interface components such as List of Values (LOV) in spreadsheets. In a Web Application Desktop Integrator spreadsheet, a List of Values can be displayed as a pop-list or as a standard Search and Select view. A table-validated List of Values is a type of List of Values that not only displays set of values from a table, but also ensures that the value uploaded to Web Application Desktop Integrator Interface is valid. 

    The Desktop Integration Framework allows you to create custom desktop integrators for Web Application Desktop Integrator in E-Business Suite Release 12. You can define table-validated List of Values components for data uploaded from spreadsheets to the Oracle E-Business Suite.


    What is in this tutorial?

    This step-by-step video tutorial walks you through the following:

    1. Prepare Database Objects
    2. Create Custom Integrator
    3. Define Table List of Values Component
    4. Associate Table List of Values Component to Interface Attribute
    5. Define Layout for Integrator
    6. Preview Integrator
    7. Verify uploaded data

    Your feedback is welcome

    This is our first video tutorial and we're very interested in feedback.  Please post a comment here or drop us an email directly with your thoughts.

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    Tuesday Jul 09, 2013

    Latest DSTv20 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite

    Hourglass iconIf your E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.0, or 12.1 environment is configured to support Daylight Saving Time (DST) or international time zones, it's important to keep your timezone definition files up-to-date. They were last changed in January 2013 and released as DSTv19.

    DSTv20 is now available and certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.0, and 12.1. The DSTv20 update includes the timezone information from Olson tzdata 2012j and is cumulative: it includes all previous Oracle DST updates. 

    Is Your Apps Environment Affected?

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

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

    The latest DSTv20 timezone definition file is cumulative and includes all DST changes released in earlier time zone definition files. DSTv20 includes changes to the following timezones since the DSTv19 release:

    • Africa/Casablanca,
    • America/Port-au-Prince,
    • America/Santiago,
    • America/Asuncion,
    • Antarctica/Palmer,
    • Asia/Gaza,
    • Asia/Hebron,
    • Pacific/Easter,
    • Chile/Continental,
    • Chile/EasterIsland

    What Patches Are Required?

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

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


    Wednesday Jul 03, 2013

    Microsoft Ending Support for Windows XP and Office 2003 in April 2014

    Microsoft LogoMicrosoft is ending support for Windows XP and Office 2003 on April 8, 2014.  The official announcement is published here:

    These products are certified for desktop clients accessing the E-Business Suite today.  Our general policy is that we support certified third-party products as long as the third-party vendor supports them.  When the third-party vendor retires a product, we consider that to be an historical certification for EBS.

    What can EBS customers expect after April 2014?

    After Microsoft desupports WinXP and Office 2003 in April 2014:

    • Oracle Support will continue to assist, where possible, in investigating issues that involve Windows XP clients or Office 2003.
    • Oracle's ability to assist may be limited due to limited access to PCs running WinXP or Office 2003.
    • Oracle will continue to provide access to existing EBS patches for WinXP or Office 2003 issues.
    • Oracle will provide new EBS patches only for issues that can be reproduced on later operating system configurations that Microsoft is actively supporting (e.g. Windows 7, Office 2010)

    What should EBS customers do?

    Oracle strongly recommends that E-Business Suite customers upgrade their desktops from Windows XP and Office 2003 to the latest certified equivalents.  As of today, those are Windows 7 and Office 2010. 

    Certifications for Windows 8 and Office 2013 are still underway; you can monitor this blog for updates on those pending certifications.  EBS customers should avoid deploying Win8 or Office 2013 to end-users who depend on the E-Business Suite until these certifications are announced.

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    Tuesday Jul 02, 2013

    Plans for Certifying Oracle Database 12c with E-Business Suite

    Oracle Database 12c Logo

    [Oct. 24, 2013 Update: Database 12.1.0.1 is certified with the E-Business Suite]

    The Oracle Database 12c is now officially released.  We're as excited about this new database release as you are. 

    In fact, we've been testing a wide variety of E-Business Suite releases and configurations with internal DB 12c betas for some time.  This testing is going well, but as usual, Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates

    You're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog. I'll post updates here as soon as soon as they're available.   


    Monday Jul 01, 2013

    E-Business Suite R12 Certified on 2012 Hyper-V Windows Guests

    Microsoft LogoOracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.1) is now certified on Windows Server 2008 (32-bit) and Windows Server 2008 R2 running as guest operating systems within Window Server 2012 Hyper-V virtual machines.

    Hyper-V is a built-in feature of Microsoft Windows Server that allows for the creation and management of virtualized computing environments. With this certification, the E-Business Suite is now supported on the above Windows virtualized guest operating systems in a similar way to non-virtualized Windows.

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