E-Business Suite Technology Stack Roadmap (June 2011) Now Available

We certify over 150 new combinations and versions of Oracle products with the E-Business Suite a year -- and that's before you factor in our forty or so platform-based combinations.  We also update our certification plans and roadmap as new third-party products like Microsoft Office 2010 and Firefox are announced or released.  Complicating matters further, various Oracle products leave Premier Support or are superceded by more-recent versions.

This constant state of change means that any static representation of our roadmap is really a snapshot in time, and a snapshot that might begin to yellow and fade fairly quickly.  With that caveat in mind, here's this month's snapshot (which has some updates following my OAUG/Collaborate presentation in April 2011):

EBS release roadmap


What's in the latest roadmap?
  • Comparisons of support categories (Premier, Extended, Sustaining)
  • Summaries of the latest database, Fusion Middleware, and E-Business Suite Lifetime Support Policies
  • Desktop Client certifications (browsers, JREs, operating systems)
  • Database Tier certifications
  • Application Server Tier certifications
  • External Integrations certifications
  • Security-Related certifications
  • "Other Cool Stuff" -- virtualization, clouds
How should I use this roadmap?
  1. Check the support status of your currently deployed techstack component versions
  2. Plan your upgrades to the next certified level
  3. Build a business case for switching from older technology to the latest technology (e.g. switching from Discoverer to Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition+)
  4. Seek clarification on open questions
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Comments:

Hi Steven I think I am correct in saying that where we are currently planning our EBS 11i to R12 upgrade we will be upgrading our custom forms /reports to 10g. Therefore moving to R12.2 (whenever that will be...) will mean having to upgrade forms / reports again to 11g. Is this the case? Thanks Rob

Posted by Rob on June 03, 2011 at 09:36 AM PDT #

Hi Steven In the roadmap you make reference to r12.2 and it's architecture. Do you have a target release date for 12.2? Is it likely to be anytime in Q3 2011?

Posted by Farhoud on June 03, 2011 at 11:34 AM PDT #

Hi Steven Thank you for the much awaited update. Its interesting that we have been hearing about R12.1.4 after R12.1.3 but there was no mention of it on the "EBS Releases Roadmap"... Are there any plans of combining 12.1.4 & 12.2 into one? Another interesting comment was on switching from Discoverer to Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition+. What does it mean to existing Disco 11g customers post June-2014 and impact (if any) on existing reporting technologies Reports 6i/XML publisher etc..? Can you please elaborate more on that. Regards Shiva

Posted by Shiva Bildikar on June 05, 2011 at 07:45 PM PDT #

Hi, Rob, No, that's not the case. EBS 12.2 will include Forms 10g, not Forms 11g. I would expect that Forms-related overhead for custom Forms when upgrading from 12.1 to 12.2 to be relatively minimal. Regards, Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on June 06, 2011 at 02:42 AM PDT #

Hi, Farhoud, 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 06, 2011 at 02:43 AM PDT #

Hi, Shiva, All of our efforts are focussed on EBS 12.2 right now. After we complete that release, we'll loop around and see whether another update on the 12.1 codeline is warranted. For your second question: Much of the existing analytic content offered in Discoverer 11g has counterparts in Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA). The Fusion Middleware group recommends that you do a review of your requirements against the functionality available in OBIA. If you need assistance with that, your Oracle account manager can bring in an OBIA specialist to help. Regards, Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on June 06, 2011 at 02:50 AM PDT #

The following document speaks of Weblogic for forms in 12.2 http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/apps-tech/2011-june-ebs-roadmap-405789.pdf

Posted by robin chatterjee on June 06, 2011 at 11:55 PM PDT #

Robin The document does speak of Weblogic for forms in 12.2 but it doesn't say the version hence the reason for the clarification especially for our planning. My point was that Oracle Forms 11g was the first version against Weblogic AFAIK, making Steven's reply very interesting.

Posted by Rob on June 07, 2011 at 05:16 AM PDT #

Hi steve, In light of the information by Myself and Rob can you clarify whether this really will be forms 10g shoehorned into weblogic or forms 11g that comes by default with weblogic or some other esoteric combination since the document is confusing to us poor souls.

Posted by robin chatterjee on June 08, 2011 at 03:07 PM PDT #

Hi, Robin, As I mentioned in my comment above, EBS 12.2 will include Forms 10g, not Forms 11g. We'll be putting off Forms 11g adoption for a future EBS release, not EBS 12.2. Regards, Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on June 09, 2011 at 03:22 AM PDT #

Hi Steven

Just saw the update 12.1.4 is out for HRMS !!
Metalink note Oracle Human Resource Management Systems, Release 12.1 HRMS RUP4 Readme (Doc ID 1313891.1)

Regards
Shiva

Posted by Shiva Bildikar on June 22, 2011 at 07:55 PM PDT #

Hi, Shiva,

Agreed that the HRMS group has released a new RUP4 on the 12.1.3 codeline. This isn't "12.1.4". "12.1.4" would refer to a suite-wide Release Update Pack that would include content from all R12 product teams.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on June 23, 2011 at 01:37 AM PDT #

Hi Steven,
When 12.1.4 or 12.2 EBS suite will be released since 12.1.3 has been there since aug 2010.I hope it will fixed a lot of bug same as for other's expectation.

Posted by sumartono on August 01, 2011 at 02:07 PM PDT #

Hi, Sumartono,

We're working on EBS 12.2 right now; see this article:

Glimpses of E-Business Suite 12.2: WebLogic Server and Online Patching (Oracle E-Business Suite Technology)
http://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/entry/glimpses_of_e_business_suite

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 August 02, 2011 at 03:11 AM PDT #

It seems I have no option and has to go to implement EBS 12.1.3 only for our new project. Suppose I use 12.1.3 and later on need to upgrade to 12.2, how difficulty will be because of different technology stack?Thanks.

Regards,
Sumartono

Posted by sumartono on August 02, 2011 at 01:29 PM PDT #

Hi, Sumartono,

That's our recommendation today. All customers should upgrade to 12.1.3 at this point, regardless of whether they're on 11i, 12.0, or 12.1.1. Upgrading to EBS 12.2 will be a smaller step than, say, upgrading from EBS 11i to R12.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on August 03, 2011 at 02:55 AM PDT #

As a general tip to customers upgrading from 11i, be aware that, if you are using Oracle EAM, you *will* encounter data migration issues if you are going to 12.1.3. We are currently working through a number of showstopper bugs with Oracle Support. Those issues do not exist if you upgrade to 12.1.2 (however, 12.1.2 has a shorter lifespan and 12.1.3 has a number of important bug fixes and improvements).

If you are using Oracle EAM, you may want to consider a re-implementation strategy for EAM.

Posted by Ara on August 03, 2011 at 06:11 AM PDT #

I am interested in certification information between EBS 12.1.x and SOA Suite 11g. Currently trying EBS 12.1.2 and SOA Suite 11.1.1.5.0. In addition to knowing the answer, is there a place where this can be obtained ongoing? Thanks

Posted by Marvin King on August 05, 2011 at 02:00 AM PDT #

Hi, Marvin,

If you're using SOA Suite 11g for custom integrations with EBS 12, you can use
any SOA Suite version that's released.

If you're using SOA Suite with the prebuilt EBS 12.1.3 SOA integrations, the
latest version certified is SOA Suite 11.1.1.4. See:

BPEL 11.1.1.4 Certified for Prebuilt E-Business Suite 12.1.3 SOA Integrations
(Oracle E-Business Suite Technology)
http://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/entry/bpel_11_1_1_4

If you want to on top of new certification announcements for the E-Business Suite, you can monitor or subscribe to this blog.

I've published a one-page summary of all of the latest E-Business Suite
techstack certifications externally here:

http://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/resource/certifications.html

That listing summarizes the official CERTIFY database on My Oracle Support.
The CERTIFY database is the official and authoritative reference for all
E-Business Suite certifications.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on August 05, 2011 at 03:25 AM PDT #

Steven, Thanks for your reply. I have seen your certification page. Sometimes the information is general as you have to be. The devil is in the details. We are not using prebuilt products. Does EBS 12.1.2 support SOA 11.1.1.5.0 (Weblogic 10.3.5, BPEL 11G)? Can I use the EBS Adaptor in EBS 12.1.2 to link up EBS 12.1.2 and SOA 11.1.1.5.0?

Posted by Marvin King on August 05, 2011 at 03:55 AM PDT #

Hi, Marvin,

Yes, I agree. My summary of certifications on this blog is high-level (e.g. it's not possible to capture all of the details around platform certifications).

For custom integrations, you can use any version of SOA Suite -- even 10g and 11g -- with any EBS 12.0 or 12.1 release. In other words, SOA Suite can be used generically to integrate with EBS 12 for custom development. The same goes for the EBS Adapter.

Interoperability between SOA Suite and specific WebLogic Server releases is governed by the available Fusion Middleware certifications. I don't have much visibility into those certifications. You should check that with the Fusion Middleware certification matrices in the Certify database on My Oracle Support.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on August 05, 2011 at 04:32 AM PDT #

Hi Steven,

Very useful document - thanks.

The ebusiness roadmap does not include any references to Oracle Fusion Applications. Will ebusiness suite be replaced by Oracle Fusion Applications in the future?

The reason I ask is that I am starting to plan the future vision of our ebuiness system and wonder if it will be R12.2 or Fusion Applications that we will need to upgrade to?

Please can you point me to any documents that explains the relationship between the two sets of products?

Thanks
Richard

Posted by guest on September 01, 2011 at 09:28 PM PDT #

Hi, Richard,

Fusion Applications is just another member of Oracle's "Applications Unlimited" family of ERP products, in the same way that E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, and Siebel are members of that family. Fusion Applications is not intended to replace any of the members of this product family.

Your Oracle account manager would be the best person to contact for a more-detailed discussion of the relative merits and positioning of Fusion Applications vs. other Oracle ERP products.

Best of luck with your evaluation.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on September 02, 2011 at 07:11 AM PDT #

Hi Steven,

When is the offical release date of 12.2?

Posted by guest on January 06, 2012 at 02:16 AM PST #

Hi, Guest,

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 January 06, 2012 at 08:08 AM PST #

Hi Steven,

It seems R12.2 is out as we can view using Metalink.
Just want to know what is highligted feature of this release.

Also we are exceited about Fusion, so we want to know tentative dated of Fusion release.

Posted by Newman on January 18, 2012 at 09:42 PM PST #

Hi, Newman,

EBS 12.2 has not been released yet. We've published some placeholder documents on My Oracle Support that refer to EBS 12.2, but the actual content has not been published yet.

I'm afraid that I don't have any visibility into Fusion Applications. You might wish to follow up with someone from that division directly.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on January 19, 2012 at 03:05 AM PST #

Hi Steven,

I am Mototaka Yoshida in Japan.
We japanese can't go into Fusion Applications.

So I hope to know when EBS 12.2 release.

Might I wait until May 2012 ?

Regards,
Mototaka

Posted by guest on February 27, 2012 at 09:08 PM PST #

Hi, Mototaka,

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 February 28, 2012 at 09:13 AM PST #

Hi Steaven,

I am a Oracle ACE in Japan.

Thanks for your kindness and brave.

My customer which uses Oracle EBS HR/Payroll (japan)
wanna join into "EBS12.2 Controlled Release Program".

How can we join into it ?

Posted by guest on February 28, 2012 at 09:32 AM PST #

Hi Steven,

I would like to know the R12.1.4 released
and what about R12.2?

Your answer will be highly appreciated.

Posted by Jyothi on April 15, 2012 at 09:43 PM PDT #

Hi, Jyothi,

We don't have any current plans for 12.1.4 at this point, but that's subject to change. We're hard at work on EBS 12.2 right now.

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.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on April 17, 2012 at 04:30 AM PDT #

Hi Steve,

Is R12.1.1/3 binaries download available for Solaris X86_64? .I could locate the same is available for Solaris Sparc(64/32 bit) on edelivery.oracle.com.

Rgds
Ragesh

Posted by Ragesh on May 27, 2012 at 04:32 AM PDT #

We would like to upgrade R12.1.1/11g 11.1.0.7 to R12.2.
Please advice.

Posted by guest on June 02, 2012 at 02:01 AM PDT #

hi Ragesh -
EBS has not been ported to Solaris x86-64 (only Solaris on SPARC) so no EBS install media is available on the platform - we support Solaris x86-64 in a database tier only or split tier configuration. This is a configuration where the DB is installed separately using the DB media for Solaris x86-64, and EBS runs on a separate fully certified platform - please see the MOS Note 'Using Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 with a Database Tier Only Platform on Oracle 11g Release 2' (Doc ID 456347.1).
Regards,
John

Posted by John Abraham on June 04, 2012 at 08:15 AM PDT #

Hi, Guest,

EBS 12.2 hasn't been released yet. 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.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on June 04, 2012 at 10:06 AM PDT #

We are all waiting for the same information...12.2 release date.

Posted by Carlos Raul Jimenez on June 05, 2012 at 09:23 AM PDT #

we are planning to upgrade 11i to R12. can you please tell some appx release date of oracle applicaiton 12.2 release? which will helpful for many to upgrade. every one is asking because of weblogic server which is fusion family product. 10g application server is dead, so need update soon....

Posted by Ram on September 12, 2012 at 12:19 PM PDT #

Ram,

>10g application server is dead

This is an overstatement and untrue in the context of Oracle E-Business Suite.

Oracle Application Server 10g is part of the Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0 and 12.1 technology stacks. All Oracle Application Server 10g components required for the operation of Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 remain supported supported for the Premier and Extended Support windows, respectively.

For example, Extended Support for EBS 12.1 currently runs until May 2017. Therefore, Oracle Application Server 10g components in EBS 12.1 are also covered by Extended Support until May 2017.

As for your question about EBS 12.2's release date:

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.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on September 12, 2012 at 01:59 PM PDT #

Hi,

When is the offical release date of 12.2 please?

Regards,
Andre

Posted by Andre on November 28, 2012 at 06:36 AM PST #

Andre,

Oracle's communication policies prohibit us from speculating about release dates for unreleased software. We are not permitted to give estimates, rough timelines, guesses, or anything else that remotely resembles specific guidance on release dates.

Posted by Bill Sawyer on November 28, 2012 at 10:04 AM PST #

Steven, the links on slide 7 do not work anymore (www.oracle.com/support/lifetime-support-policy.html).

Great slides, I refer to them all the time. People say "11.1 is unsupported" ... this sheds light on the subject. Thanks!

== John ==

Posted by John Gwinner on February 05, 2013 at 12:43 PM PST #

Hi, John,

Thanks for the feedback. Glad to hear that you've found this useful.

And yes, our website admins have changed a number of URLs. The latest URL for Lifetime Support is:

http://www.oracle.com/us/support/lifetime-support/index.html

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on February 06, 2013 at 11:17 AM PST #

Hi Steve,

Greetings. It is a World Wide Wait on R12.2 release and most of us are waiting for the same. I understand that you would not be able to share insider news to external parties according to the company policies. But 2 years to reveal a product release date is too long for customers to wait and plan. Hope you understand the pain points from customer side.

First question posted was on and by "Posted by Rob on June 03, 2011 at 09:36 AM PDT #" asking for R12.2.

And today 5-June-2013 again I am asking for the same. Our management was planning to go to R12.1.3, owing to delay with R12.2 release. But they are again reconsidering the merits of R12.2 and waiting for the same.

Please explain the migration strategy from 11.5.10.2 to R12.2, is it straight forward [or] 11i -> 12.1.1 -> 12.1.3 -> 12.2?

Thanks a lot for your patience and understanding.

Regards,
Rajasekaran

Posted by Rajasekaran P on June 04, 2013 at 07:16 PM PDT #

Hello, Rajasekaran,

I appreciate your comments. We are all eager to get EBS 12.2 into everyone's hands as quickly as possible.

We strongly recommend that customers on 11i immediately begin their upgrade planning with 12.1.3 as the target. This project involves many business-related functional updates to account for new R12 features such as subledger accounting, shared service centers, streamlined functional flows, and so on.

These are important tasks that your business analysts and EBS architects can get started on today. For more information, see:

Whitepaper Update: Planning Your E-Business Suite 11i Upgrade to R12.1 (Third Edition) (Oracle E-Business Suite Technology)
https://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/entry/whitepaper_updated_planning_your_e

All of this work will carry over to EBS 12.2, as well. If 12.2 is released while you're doing this analysis, you should be able to easily switch gears to 12.2 instead of 12.1.3. We expect that there will be a direct upgrade path between EBS 11.5.10.2 and 12.2.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on June 05, 2013 at 09:33 AM PDT #

Hi Steven,

When is the offical release date of 12.2 please?

I've seen the RCD 12.2 published early August, but I don't know if the 12.2 release is now available for the general public.

Thanks,

Santi

Posted by guest on August 27, 2013 at 12:16 AM PDT #

Hi, Santi,

See:

When will EBS 12.2 be released?
https://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/entry/when_will_ebs_12_2

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on August 27, 2013 at 07:58 AM PDT #

Hi Steven

Presently we are on R11.5.10 We have planned to move to R12.1.3 However keeping in view the tight business scenario - there are 2nd thoughts and question is "Can we defer it by 2 Quarters?"

Challenges as we see are - R11.5.10 moving to sustainable mode in Dec 2013. It means only SR of Level 1 will be entertained. As I understand in India there are still signficant number of companies who are on R11.5.10 What happens to business critical support specifically with respect to changes in Taxation Structure?

Further be defering by 6 months - can we then plan to move to R12.2 instead of R12.1.3 on which new developments have stopped as I read in the blogs.

Thanks

Hemant Nagar

Posted by Hemant Nagar on October 28, 2013 at 09:34 PM PDT #

Hi, Hemant,

All EBS 11i customers should upgrade to either EBS 12.1.3 or 12.2 as soon as possible. If you need some guidance on which one to choose, see:

Should You Upgrade to E-Business Suite 12.1.3 or 12.2?
https://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/entry/12_1_3_or_12

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on October 29, 2013 at 10:03 AM PDT #

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