Using Oracle Application Server 10g with E-Business Suite (OpenWorld 2009 Recap)

[Oct 19 2009 Update: If you registered for OpenWorld, here's a link to the OpenWorld On Demand page where you can download or listen to the live recording of this session as well as the presentation materials.]

Every year I provide an OpenWorld update on the various ways that E-Business Suite users can use different Oracle Application Server 10g components.  This presentation covers many of the topics that I visit regularly on this blog, neatly summarizing them in a single package with the latest Fusion Middleware certified versions (and desupport notices) in one place:

Architecture diagram showing sso oid and third-party LDAP integration with E-Business Suite

This presentation covers:

  • A quick overview of the various Oracle Application Server 10g products that can be optionally integrated with the E-Business Suite, including:
    • Oracle Single Sign-On and Oracle Internet Directory
    • Oracle Access Manager and Oracle Identity Manager
    • Web Center and Portal
    • Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition and Discoverer
    • Web Cache
    • Oracle SOA Suite
    • Oracle Enterprise Manager
  • How Oracle Single Sign-On works with the E-Business Suite
  • How EBS users can be managed using Oracle Internet Directory
  • How EBS can be integrated via Oracle Single Sign-On with third-party authentication systems such as:
    • Windows Native Authentication via Kerberos
    • Netegrity Siteminder
    • IBM Tivoli Access Manager
    • PKI X.509v3 Digital Certificates
  • How EBS can be integrated via Oracle Internet Directory with third-party LDAP directories such as:
    • Microsoft Active Directory
    • Sun Java System Directory
    • Novell eDirectory
    • OpenLDAP
Related Articles

I've covered all of these topics already on this blog, with articles discussing the conceptual topics as well as new certification announcements.  See:
Comments:

Hi Steven,

Thanks for posting the presentation, wish I could have been there to see it in person.

I have a question:

We are currently running R12 internally and it is hosted in-house. Phase 2 of our implementation includes exposing some CRM functionality (mostly iReceivables) to external users.

Our external applications are usually hosted with an external provider. Under that scenario, we would create another mid-tier for external use and locate it at the provider. I have some concerns about having the mid-tier and the EBS database tier in different locations (we are linked by a VPN tunnel).

Any advice on the subject?

Thanks,
Michel

Posted by Michel on October 21, 2009 at 12:12 AM PDT #

Hi, Michel,

We generally recommend that EBS application tier servers be co-located in the same data center as the EBS database servers. I'd expect that your biggest concerns will be latency from the physical separation and VPN encryption overhead. You may also hit possible firewall configuration issues.

This boils down to careful testing and performance benchmarking. If your testing shows that performance is acceptable, then it'd suggest that you're good to go. Good luck with your testing!

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on October 21, 2009 at 05:09 AM PDT #

Working with my client on IDM implementation with Oracle EBS R12 (12.1.1) One of the client’s requirements is to integrate OID with MS AD 2008, since the client consolidates right now three ADs on MS AD 2008 platform. It seems that according to Metalink note 944298.1 OID 11g should work with AD 2008 and OID 10g doesn't.
I tried to implement hybrid of IDM 10g and OID 11g and everything seems to be working excluding user provisioning between EBS R12 and OID 11g. Oracle Support response was that user provisioning between EBS R12 and OID 11g has not been certified yet. It is very frustrating though.
Could you please shed some light on the matter? Of course i understand there are no guarantees and any kind of commitment to the dates.

Regards,

Victor Archakov

Posted by Victor Archakov on December 15, 2009 at 12:17 AM PST #

Hi, Victor,

We definitely have plans for this certification -- we're in the final stages of wrapping up our OID 11g certification with the E-Business Suite right now. We hope to complete this very soon.

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 December 15, 2009 at 02:55 AM PST #

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