E-Business Suite Technology Stack Roadmap (Sept 2010) Now Available

We certify over 120 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  Complicating matters further, various Oracle products leave Premier Support or are superceded by more-recent versions.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 that I presented at the Oracle OpenWorld conference in San Francisco last week:

ebs_release_roadmap_sep2010.png

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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The following is intended to outline our general product direction.  It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract.   It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decision.  The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle's products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle.


Comments:

Hi Steven,

As usual, it was great to be at your presentation in Oracle OpenWorld and to meet you again. And yes, I am one of those who is collecting 'Frequent Flyer Steve Chan Miles' by attending all your presentations.
I had one quick question - I have 11.5.10.2 running Financials, Hr/Payroll, Manufacturing, Order Mgmt, Procurement, SSWA, Advanced Supply Chain Planning, etc. with four languages including Amer Eng, French, Latin American Spanish & Simplified Chinese; should I be upgrade from 11.5.10.2 to 12.1.3 directly or is it better for me to go to a version less than 12.1.3? In the past I have seen Oracle being a little late on the non American English patches.

Thanks for all the advice you give on this great blog!

Asif Gill

Posted by Asif Gill on September 27, 2010 at 08:27 AM PDT #

Hello Steven,

Thank you for all your contribution to the community. Your posts are as always useful and informative.

I do have a question regarding EBS roadmap. Are there any planes in the visible future (6-12 months) to migrate EBS AS technology stack to Weblogic? It is understandable that Weblogic could be used for external integration. However with all Exalogic announcement it looks like a logical step for me to migrate EBS from OC4J to the current core AS product?

Thank you once again,
Yury

Posted by Yury on September 27, 2010 at 12:27 PM PDT #

Hello, Yury,

I can't provide any details about schedules, as usual (see Loose Lips Sink Ships -
http://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/2007/03/loose_lips_sink_ships.html).

It's important to distinguish between running WebLogic Server as part of the E-Business Suite's internal technology stack (e.g. in place of JServ or OC4J) versus being compatible with externally-integrated Fusion Middleware products running on WebLogic Server.

We plan to continue to certify Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12 with external Fusion Middleware products running on Oracle WebLogic Server instances. These integrations allow E-Business Suite customers to use the latest Fusion Middleware 11g components such as Oracle Internet Directory, Oracle WebCenter, Oracle Business Intelligence, and others. The 11g 11.1.1.2 versions of these products are now certified with E-Business Suite. You can check CERTIFY on My Oracle Support for the full list of certified configurations, or refer to a one-page summary of our latest certifications here:

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

We're evaluating the feasibility of using WebLogic Server in some capacity with an as-yet-unspecified future version of Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.

We have no plans to replace Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i's internal JServ engine with WebLogic Server.

The above is intended to outline our general product direction. It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract. It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions. The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle's products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on September 27, 2010 at 02:37 PM PDT #

Steven,

Another timely post. The WebLogic question above has come up several times in discussions. Would it be worth putting your response into a short article so that folks are not misled by the differences between embedded Fusion technology components and external Fusion technology components? Just a thought.

Nice intro to Elke's book. Another thoughtful, Steven Chan summary...:-)

Sorry I missed you guys but there's always another conference.

thx,
John

Posted by John Stouffer on September 27, 2010 at 09:03 PM PDT #

Hi Asif,
We recommend that you go directly to 12.1.3. NLS patches are made available simultaneously with base English release. Also, with 12.1.3 release, you might be able to utilize the Lightweight MLS feature, if you're planning to add new languages to your system. Please see support note [Using Lightweight MLS with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 (Doc ID 1077709.1)]

Posted by Maher Alnubani on September 28, 2010 at 09:29 AM PDT #

Hello Steven

Do you have any information on Oracle Applciation 12.2 ? any roughly time line for this release ?

We are going live in 2011 August with 12.1.3 and management need information about 12.2.

Let me know if you have any information on this.

Thanks, Aashish

Posted by Aashish Kapoor on October 28, 2010 at 04:40 AM PDT #

Aashish,

We're working on the next Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 release right now, which may very well be called "12.2." However, 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 28, 2010 at 07:38 AM PDT #

Steven,

I am doing a 11.5.10.2 (10.0.4 db) upgrade to 12.1.3 (11.2.0 db).
My question is; 'Is the NLS_CHARACTERSET value us7ascii supported all the way to my final version, or must I do a chacterset conversion via export/import along the way?

We are going from HP UX RISC to HP UX Itanium, compatible endieness, but I worry the us7acii will need export/import anyways.

Thanks,

Maz

Posted by Maz Zankowski on November 02, 2010 at 06:24 AM PDT #

Maz,
Character set conversion is not necessary since US7ASCII character set is supported in R12.1.3.

However, if you plan to add more languages (E-Business Suite supports 33 languages as of today), or you plan to upgrade to Fusion Apps in the future, then it's highly recommended to use Unicode AL32UTF8 character set. Fusion Apps only supports AL32UTF8 and will require character set conversion.
Oracle offers character set conversion consulting services.

For more information I recommend reviewing
"Globalization Guide for Oracle Applications Release 12 [Support Note ID 393861.1]" and "Migrating an Applications Installation to a New Character Set [Support Note ID 124721.1]".

Posted by Maher Alnubani on November 02, 2010 at 09:34 AM PDT #

Steven, Good to see this blog back on-line. Will there be a new version of this roadmap to reflect any updated plans for 12.1.3 and 12.2?

Posted by guest on May 15, 2011 at 10:08 PM PDT #

Hello, guest, Yes, I'm working through my announcement backlog right now. As soon as I'm done with the queued announcements, I'll post the latest version of our roadmap -- the one that I just presented at OAUG/Collaborate last month. Regards, Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on May 16, 2011 at 06:01 AM PDT #

We are eagerly waiting for the latest roadmap, which would help help us to plan ourself. When we can expect the new roadmap release

Posted by guest on May 30, 2011 at 07:34 PM PDT #

Hi, Guest, I'll post that soon. I'm still working through my backlog from this blog's hiatus. Regards, Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on May 31, 2011 at 04:39 AM PDT #

hi... new to the blog. i am looking for latest E-Business Suite Technology Stack Roadmap, can someone advise where this might be?

Posted by guest on October 26, 2011 at 05:15 AM PDT #

Hi, Guest,

Welcome to our blog; glad you made your way here.

I refreshed our roadmap for OpenWorld 2011. You can find the October 2011 version
here:

https://oracleus.wingateweb.com/published/oracleus2011/sessions/17249/17249_Wang
2490320.pdf

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on October 27, 2011 at 07:14 AM PDT #

tahnks steven... i tried following the link, got 'page unavailable'? any ideas?

Posted by guest on October 28, 2011 at 12:22 AM PDT #

The link has spread across two lines due to its original length. Make sure that you concatenate the two lines.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on October 28, 2011 at 04:28 AM PDT #

Doh!... great, got it now, thanks Steven.

Posted by guest on October 28, 2011 at 07:46 AM PDT #

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