Quarterly E-Business Suite Upgrade Recommendations: January 2012 Edition

I've previously published advice on the general priorities for applying EBS updates.  But what are your top priorities for major upgrades to EBS and its technology stack components?

Here is a summary of our latest upgrade recommendations for E-Business Suite updates and technology stack components.  These quarterly recommendations are based upon the latest updates to Oracle's product strategies, support deadlines, and newly-certified releases. 

Upgrade Recommendations for January 2012

  1. EBS 11i users should upgrade to 12.1.3, or -- if staying on 11i -- should be on the minimum 11i patching baseline,

  2. EBS 12.0 users should upgrade to 12.1.3, or -- if staying on 12.0 -- should be on the minimum 12.0 patching baseline,

  3. EBS 12.1 users should upgrade to 12.1.3.

  4. Oracle Database 10gR2 and 11gR1 users should upgrade to 11gR2 11.2.0.3.

  5. EBS 12 users of Oracle Single Sign-On 10g users should migrate to Oracle Access Manager 11g 11.1.1.5.

  6. EBS 11i users of  Oracle Single Sign-On 10g users should migrate to Oracle Access Manager 10g 10.1.4.3.

  7. Oracle Internet Directory 10g users should upgrade to Oracle Internet Directory 11g 11.1.1.5.

  8. Oracle Discoverer users should migrate to Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) or Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA).

  9. Oracle Portal 10g users should migrate to Oracle WebCenter 11g or upgrade to Portal 11g.

  10. All Windows desktop users should migrate from JInitiator and older Java releases to JRE 1.6.0_30 or higher.

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Comments:

I've seen a mention in the December OAUG newsletter that the year 2 and year 3 extended support fees for 11.5.10.2 have been removed (aka, it's giving customers 2 additional years to upgrade from 11.5.10.2 to R12.X without paying additional support fees).

Is this official and if so, will there be a blog post here about it?

Posted by Jay Weinshenker on January 11, 2012 at 02:50 AM PST #

As a semi-related comment, I have a client upgrading to 11.2.0.3 as part of their R12.1.3 upgrade. They went thru the interop notes and even the MOS notes on patches on top of 11.2.0.3 - none of these happen to reference note 1386945.1 (Oracle Text Release 11.2.0.3 mandatory patches) - which is very bad since Apps uses Oracle Text...

In fact, that note on 11.2.0.3 mandatory patches for Oracle text doesn't even come up when searching in MOS for 11.2.0.3

You might want to make that more transparent.

(It also didn't help that the note was published 1/2/2012, but one of these mandatory patches wasn't available till today when I opened the SR)

Posted by Jay Weinshenker on January 11, 2012 at 02:58 AM PST #

Hi, Jay,

Thanks for both of your comments. I'm looking into the recently-published Oracle Text note. That was published long-after our 11.2.0.3 + EBS certification was completed, so I've asked our team to review whether that should be cross-referenced.

As for the support item -- yes, it's true. There's more below the surface than appears. I'll have more to say officially here. Stay tuned.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on January 11, 2012 at 04:28 AM PST #

Steven,

Any more updates on the support item above for 2nd and 3rd year?

Thanks.

Posted by ak on January 26, 2012 at 08:36 AM PST #

Hi, AK,

Not yet. The Extended Support uplift fees for 11i have definitely been waived, but I'm still waiting for the official documents to be updated and republished by Support. I'll be posting a blog article about that, when it happens. I'd recommend subscribing to this blog to avoid missing it.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on January 26, 2012 at 09:46 AM PST #

In your section:
Upgrade Recommendations for January 2012
Oracle Discoverer users should migrate to Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) or Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA).

Any reason there isn't a recommendation to Upgrade to Discoverer 11g?

For existing Discoverer 10g users with 11i... is OBIEE or OBIA free?

Posted by Jeff Shervey on February 10, 2012 at 01:52 PM PST #

I have the same question as well - we were looking at Discoverer 11g as part of our 11gR2 upgrade, but if we should be on a different path, I'd love to hear more!

Posted by Erik Helgestad on February 13, 2012 at 10:29 AM PST #

Jeff, Erik,

Discoverer is now in maintenance mode -- meaning, new patches fixing reported bugs are being released, but it is no longer being actively developed with new features.

If you're looking for new analytic capabilities and new prepackaged content, you should migrate from Discoverer to the OBIEE or OBIA products.

If you're staying on the Discoverer platform for now, then it would be a good idea to upgrade from Discoverer 4i or 10g to the latest Discoverer 11g release.

Thanks for pointing out the need to clarify this. I'll make sure that I add this to the next quarterly update.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on February 13, 2012 at 11:33 AM PST #

Thanks Steven for the follow up!

I know there is a method to migrate the EUL from Discoverer 10g to OBIEE (doc 578204.1 covers this), but is there a way to migrate the workbooks as well so we don't have to rebuild all of the reports for our users?

Posted by Erik Helgestad on February 14, 2012 at 08:54 AM PST #

Hi, Erik,

I'm afraid that I'm not an OBIEE expert. Rather than speculating, it might be advisable for you to log a Service Request to get an authoritative response one of our OBIEE specialists.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on February 14, 2012 at 03:40 PM PST #

Steven,

We are trying to upgrade to 12.1.3 with 11gR2 DB upgrade. What would you suggest the latest and stable version of Discoverer OBIEE?

Best Regards,
Kalpana.

Posted by Kalpana on February 15, 2012 at 11:38 AM PST #

Is there any Official announcement on R12.2 release.

Posted by Syed on February 16, 2012 at 04:18 AM PST #

Kalpana,

The latest release today is OBIEE 11.1.1.5. You can integrate that with the E-Business Suite today.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on February 16, 2012 at 08:13 AM PST #

Syed,

We recommend that all EBS customers running on 11i or 12.0 make plans today to upgrade to 12.1.3.

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 16, 2012 at 08:14 AM PST #

How we can upgrate from 12.0.4 to R 12.2.

Is there any RUP is available for R12.2 upgradtion. I have gone through the R12.2 release content. There are new features added in R12.2 and I want to upgrate the same.

Please advice is there any RUP for upgrading to R12.2

Regards
Taj

Posted by guest on February 17, 2012 at 01:31 AM PST #

Hello, Taj,

Glad to hear that you're interested in 12.2. EBS 12.2 has not been released yet. I would recommend that you upgrade to 12.1.3, which is the latest release now available.

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 17, 2012 at 08:50 AM PST #

Steven,

Does this mean the Discoverer 11g is the terminal release?

Rose

Posted by guest on February 29, 2012 at 11:51 AM PST #

Rose,

They haven't stated that in so many words, but I would be surprised if any subsequent Discoverer releases are announced. This is based upon the Discoverer team's published Statement of Direction available here:

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/developer-tools/discoverer/overview/discoverer-sod-jan2009-132849.pdf

I'm in the E-Business Suite division and don't have much visibility into the Discoverer team's plans for future releases. If you need an authoritative response from that team, you might wish to either log a formal Service Request against Discoverer, or ask your Oracle account manager to arrange a meeting with someone in Discoverer Development.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on February 29, 2012 at 12:27 PM PST #

Steven,
Often time there is a question when we are upgrading EBS from R11i to R12.1.3 and also moving to say a Data Center (DC) where even the platform is changing; what is the better approach to do this. Is it to upgrade on existing platform (to R12.1.3) and then clone EBS to R12.1.3 in the Data Center or create a clone of 11i at the Data Center and then upgrade to R12.1.3 (at DC). Take a case where there are minimal customizations, very few interfaces and couple of hours of additional downtime could not be a big issue for the business. Are there any technical challenges or advantages of the former approach?

Thanks,

Ajay Rambahd

Posted by Ajay Rambhad on March 12, 2012 at 11:05 AM PDT #

Ajay,

Yes, that's a very common requirement. Check out our newly-published whitepaper here:

Best Practices for Combining EBS Upgrades with Platform Migrations (Oracle E-Business Suite Technology)
https://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/entry/oracle_e_business_suite_upgrades

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on March 12, 2012 at 12:11 PM PDT #

Steve,
Our enviroment is Oracle Internet Directory 11g, Portal 11g, Discoverer 11g, SSO 10g with eBS 11.5.10.2, Is it necesary to buy OAM licence for migrate SSO to OAM 10g?

We are checking to upgrade eBS.

Thanks,
Jose

Posted by Jose A. on March 13, 2012 at 04:27 AM PDT #

Hi, Jose,

I'm not a licencing specialist, but my limited understanding is that there's a licence called "Oracle Access Manager Basic" that offers special terms if you already have a licence for Oracle Single Sign-On. I would recommend following up with your Oracle account manager for more information about that special licence.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on March 13, 2012 at 10:27 AM PDT #

Hi Steven,

I'm working on a BIOFuel start-up in Florida, and am a 20 year Oracle Financial functional vetran. I am workign with sales, but am still a little curious about Linux and running Oracle on a Cloud. I am debating hardware and what to put it on. I love Sun boxes, but it would be their only app running it. If i was comfortable using Linux, or this new Oracle Linux, i would but were implementing on a shoe string hoping the business will bloom and grow into the footprint. Can you give me any advice on Hardware? I wanted to get as much information from as many sources as possible, and ran into your Blog on my search so thought i would ask! Think of it this way, what would you do if it were your company and resources were tight? What platform would you choose? Again I'm negotiating for Sun, but with all this cloud stuff these days, was wandering if it was worth drinking the koolaid.

Posted by guest on April 17, 2012 at 07:51 AM PDT #

Hi, Guest,

The lowest-cost entry point might be to use Oracle On Demand, where you can pay on a per-user basis for E-Business Suite access and skip all licencing and maintenance costs.

If you're inclined to run your own in-house servers, you might wish to consider running the E-Business Suite on Oracle VM on commodity Linux servers. I'm in Development and don't have much visibility into Solaris server costs.

For more information on EBS templates for Oracle VM, see:

E-Business Suite 12.1.3 Templates for Oracle VM Now Available (Oracle E-Business Suite Technology)
https://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/entry/ebs1213_oraclevm

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on April 19, 2012 at 05:21 AM PDT #

Hi Steven,

There are an estimated date for the release of R12.2?

Regards,

Pablo

Posted by Pablo on October 06, 2012 at 07:54 PM PDT #

Hi, Pablo,

I'm afraid not. 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 October 07, 2012 at 10:34 PM PDT #

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