Choosing Between Release 12 or 11i
By Steven Chan (Oracle Development) on Feb 15, 2007
One of the most frequently asked questions at OpenWorld was, "Should I upgrade to 11.5.10 or Release 12?" Release 12 wasn't available at that time, and we couldn't even discuss possible release dates, so the answer was further complicated by the uncertainty of when an upgrade could actually be started. Now that Release 12 is available, the answer is a bit simpler.
Not About the Technology Stack
First, I should emphasize that even though you're reading a website dedicated to technology stack topics, the answer to this question is not about the relative merits about the technology stack for the respective E-Business Suite releases. At the heart of the choice between Release 11i and 12 is a hierarchy of business decisions, decisions that require broad and deep input from the stakeholders in your end-user community.
Assessing the Business Benefits
Back in the days when I was a management consultant, a system selection project could run for months (if not years). As with all business decisions in large organizations, your costs and benefits will likely be weighted by qualitative and political considerations, too. With that in mind, I should emphasize that a comprehensive system selection framework is far beyond the scope of this article. At minimum, if you're deliberating between a Release 11i (11.5.10) or 12 upgrade, I would recommend checking that your existing system selection framework includes variants of the following questions:
- What's the prioritized list of applications that your business users use today? What are the differences in Release 11i and Release 12 functionality for those applications?
- What business advantages, process improvements, and new organizational capabilities will be possible with the new Release 12 features?
- What are the new architectural or deployment capabilities in Release 12? How will these new capabilities improve system performance, scalability, availability, manageability, and security?
- What investments have you made in adapting your organization to Release 11i, and vice versa? This might include:
- Employee, partner, vendor, and supplier training
- Customizations and personalizations, including custom Forms, OA Framework screens, workflows, concurrent programs, and reports
- Integrations with third-party systems
This might seem like a daunting task, but you're not on your own. Remember that Oracle has field specialists who can help you work through these questions. If you haven't already done so, you shouldn't hesitate to contact your Oracle account manager for help. He or she can bring in specialists to describe the new features for your key applications, and even engage Development in those discussions, if necessary.
- Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12
- Launch Event for E-Business Suite Release 12
- E-Business Suite Release 12 is Generally Available