Every Current E-Business Techstack Certification on One Page

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I started this blog over two years ago as an experiment.  My goal: make it easier to find information about the E-Business Suite that was already published somewhere in the vast system that is Oracle Metalink.

Metalink has since received a dramatic facelift and has been renamed to My Oracle Support.  Good news, but an upgrade to one key part of that system is still pending: the Certify database.

The Certify database documents all possible combinations of all Oracle products with all possible operating systems. This is both the strength and Achilles heel of the Certify system.  It's comprehensive, but its sheer size can make it hard find a specific piece of information — even for us Oracle insiders.

It's time for another experiment.

All E-Business Suite Certifications on One Page

After much deliberation, I've decided to publish a simple, one-page summary of all of our current certifications for the E-Business Suite:

This page summarizes key E-Business Suite-related technology stack certifications.  My goal isn't to duplicate Certify. If there's a conflict between this summary and Certify, Certify will always have the last word.

There are far too many operating system releases and versions for me to show in this simple list, so this list is just a starting point for your investigations.  I strongly urge you to check the Certify database for information about your specific operating system level before making any implementation plans.

I welcome your feedback on this latest experiment.  If you have suggestions for the Certify administrators, I'd be happy to pass them along for you, too.

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Comments:

Great work, Steven. Very concise, easy to get to the point. Thank you for assembling this resource!

As an aside, it looks like you aren't the only one within Oracle who has noticed the difficulty of extracting information from the certification matrix: there's a similar page for Grid Control certifications

Regards,

John P.

Posted by John Piwowar on October 13, 2008 at 09:49 PM PDT #

Steven,

Finally - all on one page!!

Excellent stuff. Thanks for getting this out there for all of us that support top to bottom the E-Business environment (Apps DBAs...:-))

thx,
John

Posted by John Stouffer on October 13, 2008 at 11:49 PM PDT #

John P.,

Thanks! Sadly, many groups are faced with the same dilemma.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on October 14, 2008 at 02:27 AM PDT #

Hi Steven,

Very very nice content, will be my first stop on architecture decisions.
Would like to see OBIA presented in there somewhere.

Regards,
Gareth

Posted by Gareth Roberts on October 15, 2008 at 07:27 AM PDT #

Steven,

First, this page is good stuff, thanks for the effort. The certify DB is a source of much confusion at times, this clears it up from the apps perspective.

Speaking of Certify, and I know this isn't in the proper place, per se, but I noticed under Certify for R12 on x86_64 linux that the application tier is certified under RHEL 5 with the heading of "Red Hat Enterprise 5/Oracle VM" instead of just "Red Hat Enterprise AS/ES 4" as it read in the past. Has there been any fundamental change in how Oracle is supporting RHEL/VMWare or am I reading too much into this?

Posted by Kevin Kempf on October 23, 2008 at 12:41 AM PDT #

Hi, Kevin,

Thanks for your feedback; glad to hear you like this.

The short answer is that this notation shows that the guest O/S is certified with Oracle VM. We're trying to work around some of the limitations imposed on us by our rather-elderly Certify system.

I've asked the Oracle VM team to comment further on their rationale for appending "Oracle VM" to existing O/S platform names in Certify.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on October 23, 2008 at 03:50 AM PDT #

Hi, Gareth,

Thanks for the feedback and the suggestion. I've added entries for Oracle Business Intelligence for both Release 11i and 12 to the Optional External Integrations section.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on October 23, 2008 at 06:03 AM PDT #

Steven,

I was out looking for information on OS certifications against 11i this morning, and started at your site... but it's not there. In this case, I needed to confirm RH5 compatibility with 11i, and had to muddle my way through Certify. Anyway, the point of all of this is: would you consider putting 11i/R12 OS certs on your page?

Posted by Kevin Kempf on January 08, 2009 at 09:16 PM PST #

Hi, Kevin,

I'd seriously considered it. However, we support 28 different operating system platform/version combos in two configurations (split/mixed vs completely). This means that each current entry in the existing table would end up with 56 additional entries to account for each permutation.

It's not possible to capture that in a single page, obviously. Attempting to do so would effectively replicate CERTIFY in its complexity, which I'm trying to avoid. You should have seen some of my dozen-or-so early drafts of this multidimensional summary -- their complexity was daunting, especially when I thought about its maintenance overhead...

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on January 09, 2009 at 02:15 AM PST #

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