Application Management Pack and Application Change Management Pack 3.1 Now Available

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Our Applications Technology Group has released new versions of Application Management Pack 3.1 and Application Change Management Pack 3.1 for Oracle E-Business Suite:
Application Management Pack (AMP) and Application Change Management Pack (ACMP) extend Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control 10g to monitor and manage Oracle E-Business Suite components and the changes the system undergoes. 

Application Change Management Pack provides features to monitor and manage Oracle E-Business Suite changes. Application Change Management Pack provides a centralized view to monitor and orchestrate changes (both functional and technical) across multiple Oracle E-Business Suite systems.

Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite extends Enterprise Manager Grid Control to monitor and manage Oracle E-Business Suite systems.

What's new in this release?

Application Change Management Pack 3.1 has been enhanced to provide more control and flexibility in managing Oracle E-Business Suite changes:
Change Approval Framework: Changes orchestrated through Application Change Management Pack can now be controlled through the new change approval framework in Release 3.1. Users can now be segregated as approvers across Oracle E-Business Suite systems and modules using Customization Manager, Patch Manager or Setup Manager. Built-in notification capabilities enable approvers and requestors to be informed about the status of relevant change requests. It also provides an implicit audit trail mechanism.
Integrated Custom Application Management: An integrated custom applications management feature enables users to easily register new custom applications across multiple Oracle E-Business Suite systems.  Administrators can track and validate existing custom applications using a common framework.
Prerequisite Patch Analysis: Oracle E-Business Suite patches can now be analyzed for prerequisites prior to target system deployment. The analysis verifies whether the prerequisites are already available.  If not, they can be added to the automated patch job.

Offline Transformation:  Users have the new ability to download Oracle E-Business Suite setup data to Microsoft Excel.  Setup Data can be edited and new data can be entered via Excel worksheets. Data is validated within Microsoft Excel and in Setup Manager.
Built-in Intelligence: Release 3.1 has additional enhancements, including:
  • Automated file driver metadata generation for new files and $Header handling
  • Customization Package impact analysis report
  • Advanced filtering options for setup migration
Improved Usability:  Release 3.1 contains usability and reporting enhancements to ensure better integration with third-party systems like source-control systems.
What's New in Application Management Pack 3.1?

This new release of Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite Version 3.1 offers the following new capabilities:
Smart Clone:  Next Generation hot-cloning technology built on Enterprise Manager Grid Control. Smart Clone provides flexibility for administrators to incorporate their own custom database cloning techniques into AMP's cloning routines. Smart Clone supports cloning of single or multi-node Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10 CU2 systems deployed on Real Application Clusters (RAC) and Shared APPL_TOP. Some of the key cloning scenarios supported include RAC to RAC, RAC to Non-RAC, and Scale Down (Multi-Node to Single Node).
Concurrent Processing Dashboard:  Administrators now have the ability to monitor and manage Concurrent Managers and concurrent programs through Application Management Pack Release 3.1. The new dashboard displays the efficiency of Concurrent Managers in processing concurrent requests. Administrators can create a watch list of specific concurrent managers and specific concurrent programs.
End-to-End Tracing:  Administrators can analyze Oracle E-Business Suite's database load from Application Management Pack 3.1.  Administrators can trace Application Web User Sessions down to Database Sessions. Top database sessions can also be traced back to individual application users.
Prerequisites
  • Operating system:  Linux, Solaris, HP-UX, IBM AIX
  • Enterprise Manager Grid Control 10gR5
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11.5.10 CU2 + 11i.ATG_PF.H.RUP6; or,
    Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0.4 + R12.ATG_PF.A.delta.6; or,
    Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1
Both Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite and Application Change Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite are separately-licensed products. Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite is a mandatory prerequisite for Application Change Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite.

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Comments:

Hi Steven,

As usual - Thanks for your useful regular updates, I still look forward for your posts as I used to do 3 years back.

If I am not wrong patch for AMP 3.0 was also 8333939 (same as AMP 3.1), this was bit confusing to me initially but I can now see all three versions (R12, AMP 3 and AMP 3.1 are under same patch number).

One minor point "under 3.0 drop down" can help to choose right version (for those who are new to AMP or OEM) -
- AMP 3.0 is superseded by AMP 3.1

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Am I right in assuming that AMP 3.0 is superseded by 3.1 ?
Is it possible to apply AMP 3.1 on top of 3.0 ?

Atul Kumar

Posted by Atul Kumar on January 10, 2010 at 07:46 PM PST #

Hi Atul,

Yes AMP 3.0 is superseded by 3.1 and the only way to install AMP 3.1 is to apply it on top of AMP 3.0.

Let me know if you have additional queries.

Regards,
Biju

Posted by Biju Mohan on January 11, 2010 at 05:32 PM PST #

Configure AMP is failing during configuration assistant for AMP 3.1 patch on 10.2.0.5 grid on linux 32-bit environment.

This issue was reported to "My Oracle Support", and they have treated it as a bug '9355454'

Dont Oracle test their products before they release it to the public, especially this was installation on a linux 32 bit platform ?

Hi Steve - How do you think if Oracle does maintain their quality standards on new releases ?

Posted by Famy Rasheed on February 08, 2010 at 12:33 PM PST #

Cross-posting an email exchange in case others are hitting this issue:

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I'm the product manager for the Application Management Pack. AMP Release 3.1 doesn't support a fresh install. Release 3.1 is an upgrade to Release 3.0.

The note on My Oracle Support, 982302.1, contains the following details:

· Note: This pack supersedes the Oracle Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite 3.0. An upgrade path to 3.1 is provided from 3.0 only. Therefore it is mandatory for the existing installations to be at the AMP 3.0 level before upgrading to 3.1.

Note 982302.1 details out the installation process for the packs.

Can you confirm that you have installed AMP 3.0 first, followed by an upgrade to Release 3.1? The below bug indicates that you didn’t follow the correct install path.

Regards,
Biju Mohaan
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Posted by Steven Chan on February 09, 2010 at 02:34 AM PST #

Does anyone know if AMP 3.1 can be installed on the 11g grid?

Posted by Deborah Schuster on June 01, 2010 at 01:14 AM PDT #

Hi Deborah,

Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g has not yet been certified with AMP 3.1. Please refer to My Oracle Support Knowledge Document 982302.1 for more information.

Thanks very much,
Keith

Posted by Keith M. Swartz on June 01, 2010 at 07:21 AM PDT #

Hi Keith,

As per Oracle sales person , they are saying we can install AMP 3.0 on 11.1 grid control and deploy the Oracle agents 10gR5 to monitor EBS application . Ca you please confirm this is supported?

Thanks,
Vasanth

Posted by Vasanth on June 04, 2010 at 03:46 PM PDT #

Hi, Vasanth,

I'm afraid that this particular combination isn't supported yet.

Application Management Pack 3.0 can only be installed on OEM 10gR5 today. We have a project underway to upgrade a future AMP release to work with OEM 11gR1. 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.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on June 17, 2010 at 04:44 AM PDT #

Hello, Deborah,

Just to follow up on Keith's comment, we're working on a project to get AMP 3.1 onto the OEM 11gR1 platform as quickly as possible.

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.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on June 17, 2010 at 05:01 AM PDT #

I am looking forward to seeing AMP for E-Business on OEM 11gR1 platform as well.

Posted by Steve M on June 25, 2010 at 04:26 AM PDT #

Hi, Steve,

Thanks for letting us know. In case you missed it, here's a link to an article that I just published last week:

Statement of Direction: Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g + Oracle E-Business Suite Packs
http://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/2010/06/oem_11g_amp_acmp_plans.html

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on June 27, 2010 at 05:27 AM PDT #

Steven,

For change control component of the AMP 3.1 - does it require projects setup in the EBS for the change control and approval component of AMP 3.1 to work?

Thanks

Chris

Posted by Chris on July 19, 2010 at 08:01 AM PDT #

Hi Chris,

The Change Approval Framework component in AMP 3.1 is independent of EBS projects setups. The Change Approval Framework provides tracking and auditing with respect to the change control requests within ACMP. All critical changes within Patch Manager, Setup Manager, and Customization Manager would need to go through the change control mechanism.

The changes tracked are:
• Customization Manager - Registration of a new custom application
• Customization Manager - Release and Obsolete of a customization package
• Patch Manager - Application of one or more patches over one or more Oracle
E-Business Suite instances
• Setup Manager - Execution of project involving one or more target Oracle E-Business suite instances

Feel free to contact me directly if you have any additional questions at Angelo.Rosado at oracle.com

Regards,
Angelo

Posted by Angelo Rosado on July 20, 2010 at 01:51 AM PDT #

Hi Steven,

In oracle World I have visited sessions related to ACMP functionality which looks promising and might address some of our existing release management process. I have few questions related to usage of ACMP -

1) Do we need to have a licensed OEM intstalled for using ACMP?
2) To use ACMP is it required to setup application management pack(AMP) ?
3) How are ACMP and isetup modules different ?
4) Does ACMP compliment isetups or does it internally use isetup module?
5) Does ACMP internally use applimation or approvals etc?

Regards/Prabhakar

Posted by Prabhakar on September 27, 2010 at 12:57 AM PDT #

Hi Prabhakar,

I'm the product manager for AMP & ACMP. I have taken the liberty to address your questions inline below.

1) Do we need to have a licensed OEM installed for using ACMP?

OEM is a free product. In order to use ACMP customers must purchase the Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite. For pricing information please contact your Technology Sales Representative.

2) To use ACMP is it required to setup application management pack (AMP)?

Yes, the Application Change Management has a dependency on the Application Management Pack, which is used to discover and monitor specific E-Business Suite Application.

3) How are ACMP and isetup modules different?

Setup Manager provides the following over and above iSetup:

• Project Taxonomy
• Dependency enforcement
• Multi-Source/Multi-Target
• Parallel Execution of Tasks (Automated)
• Sequential Execution of Tasks (Automated)

4) Does ACMP compliment isetups or does it internally use isetup module?

Setup Manager reuses certain iSetup capabilities.

5) Does ACMP internally use applimation or approvals etc?

ACMP does not use Applimation. ACMP has its own approval framework. For more details reference our Oracle Application Change Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite User's Guide a link can be found on our MOS note 982302.1.

Regards,
Angelo Rosado

Posted by Angelo Rosado on September 28, 2010 at 08:38 AM PDT #

Steve
Is application management pack 3.1 certified for Oracle 11g OEM, I am working on setting up fresh Oracle 11g OEM but I am not sure if I can install application management pack on top of 11g OEM, Please let me know if you have any information. Please let me know if there is time frame when this will be certified.

Regards
Sandeep N

Posted by Sandeep Nagpal on October 04, 2010 at 12:07 AM PDT #

Sandeep,

This certification is still underway; see this externally-published article:

Statement of Direction: Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g + Oracle E ...
http://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/2010/06/oem_11g_amp_acmp_plans.html

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.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on October 04, 2010 at 01:49 AM PDT #

Hi Steve,

I am planning to apply e-business suite patch through grid using ACMP feature. I successfully applied patch from grid to one instance.

I wan to create workflow and approval process in grid to migrate the same patch to another instance.

Will it be possible? If yes how I can achieve the same?

Thanks in advance!

Regards,
Manish Patil
Oracle Apps DBA

Posted by Manish on December 20, 2010 at 04:40 PM PST #

Hi Manish,

I am one of the Product Managers for ACMP.

Note that ACMP 3.1 does have an approval framework which permits authorized users to approve or reject proposed changes (such as patches) to a certain environment.

In ACMP 3.1, we do not have a "workflow" infrastructure which, for example, would automatically route eligible changes from one environment to another, pre-defined environment.

Feel free to contact me directly for further questions.

Thanks - Ken Baxter

Posted by Ken Baxter on January 05, 2011 at 07:34 AM PST #

Hi Steve,

Just read about AMP.

Is Grid control is mandatory for using AMP with EBS?

Thanks,
Ram

Posted by Ram on January 05, 2011 at 09:53 PM PST #

Hi, Ram,

Yes, Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control is a mandatory prerequisite for both of these packs. These packs are EM plug-ins; they're not standalone utilities.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on January 06, 2011 at 02:02 AM PST #

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