Quarterly E-Business Suite Upgrade Recommendations: October 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 October 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 11.1.1.6.

  8. Oracle Discoverer users should migrate to Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE), Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA), or Discoverer 11g 11.1.1.6.

  9. Oracle Portal 10g users should migrate to Oracle WebCenter 11g 11.1.1.6 or upgrade to Portal 11g 11.1.1.6.

  10. All Windows desktop users should migrate from JInitiator and older Java releases to JRE 1.6.0_35 or later 1.6 updates.

  11. All Firefox users should upgrade to Firefox Extended Support Release 10.

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Comments:

Hi ,
regarding point 9-Oracle Discoverer users should migrate to Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE),

is it free of cost for existing discoverer customers ? or do we need to purchase license ?

please clarify this

Posted by Narayana on October 05, 2012 at 11:59 AM PDT #

I was curious of the same question as Narayana - is Discoverer no longer being developed and being replaced by OBIEE?

Posted by guest on October 08, 2012 at 06:53 AM PDT #

Hi Steven,

Can you please clarify on point 9-Oracle Discoverer users should migrate to Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE),

is it free of cost for existing discoverer customers ? or do we need to purchase license ?

Regards,
Narayana

Posted by Narayana on October 09, 2012 at 06:39 AM PDT #

Is there a minimum patch level for R12.1.3 we should be aiming for, similar to the baseline for extended support on R11?

Posted by Rob on October 09, 2012 at 09:08 AM PDT #

Hello, Narayana, Guest,

OBIEE may have additional licencing requirements, but every customer's situation varies (since everyone has purchased different sets of products). I would recommend contacting your Oracle account manager to assist with licencing questions for your specific situation.

In January 2009, the Discoverer team officially put the product in sunset mode and began encouraging all Discoverer users to migrate to OBIEE and OBIA. See this published document for more details:

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

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on October 09, 2012 at 04:20 PM PDT #

Hi, Rob,

We haven't published a minimum baseline for 12.1.3 yet. At this point, if you keep current with the technology stack components listed above, and you've applied the latest family pack Release Update Packs for your installed products, you should be in good shape.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on October 09, 2012 at 04:22 PM PDT #

Thank you Steven for replying. It is good to know that going forward Discoverer 11g will be the last release, and we need to start migrating users to our OBIEE infrastructure. We'll start to update our roadmaps accordingly.

Posted by guest on October 10, 2012 at 08:01 AM PDT #

Thank you Steven for replying.

Regards,
Narayana

Posted by Narayana on October 10, 2012 at 11:27 PM PDT #

Hi ,
Can you pls help me know if the release date of EBS 12.1.4 has been finalized ? Also , can a client use weblogic server instead of internet application server for EBS 12.1.3 ?
Thanks ,

Posted by guest on November 02, 2012 at 10:51 PM PDT #

Hello, Guest,

We're currently working on EBS 12.2. I'm not permitted to discuss dates or estimates for unreleased software.

We have no plans to produce an EBS 12.1.4 suite-wide release at this point.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on November 05, 2012 at 08:34 AM PST #

Hello, Guest,

As for part 2 of your question: you cannot apply WLS to an existing EBS environment. WLS compatibility requires updates to our installation, configuration management, and cloning tools, as well as product-level changes across the E-Business Suite. EBS 12.2 is expected to included WLS; watch this blog for updates.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on November 05, 2012 at 08:36 AM PST #

Hi Steven,

Not sure if you can speak to this, but in terms of upgrading from 12.0.X or 12.1.X to 12.2, is there additional licensing for the Weblogic Server or would that be included in the existing licensing/contract for EBS?

Thanks,
Angelo

Posted by guest on December 13, 2012 at 04:49 PM PST #

Hi, Angelo,

EBS 12.2 isn't released yet, so it's a bit premature for us to speculate about licencing terms. I'll post more details when they're available.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on January 02, 2013 at 09:47 AM PST #

we are using discoverer 4i in oracle application 11i.

now we need to upgrade to oracle application 12.1.3.

so option to migrate the discoverer 4i to 10g.

oracle discoverer 10g has two things. oracle discoverer server + oracle discoverer Client tools (admin/desktop).

let us say have 250 licenses for desktop top.

when i migrate from 4i to 10g, i have to get new license for discover server 10g? because we need to install in separate application server. am it right?

so please tell us we need to get new license for the disc server 10g?
or disc server 10g is not licensed for oracle application 12.1.3?

please explain the difference of the server and client tool regarding the oracle licensing before contact the account manager.

Posted by Ram on November 23, 2013 at 09:12 PM PST #

Hello, Ram,

Hello, Ram,

I think Premier Support for Discoverer 4i ended in 2005.

Premier Support for Discoverer 10g ended in December 2011.

You should up to Discoverer 11g, not 10g. Premier Support for Discoverer 11g ends June 2014, and Extended Support ends June 2017.

Remember that you should always check the Support windows for Oracle products here:

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

I'm in EBS Development and can't provide licensing guidance. You should follow up with your Oracle account manager for questions about licensing.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on November 25, 2013 at 09:15 AM PST #

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