Quarterly E-Business Suite Upgrade Recommendations: August 2014 Edition

We've previously provided advice on the general priorities for applying EBS updates.  This article will help you understand your top priorities for major upgrades to EBS and its technology stack components.  This webcast can help you create a maintenance strategy.

The following 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, latest support timelines, and newly-certified releases. 

Upgrade Recommendations for August 2014

  1. EBS 11i users should upgrade to 12.1.3 or 12.2.  Before upgrading, 11i users should be on the minimum 11i patching baseline.

  2. EBS 12.0 users should upgrade to 12.1.3 or 12.2.  Before upgrading, 12.0 users should be on the minimum 12.0 patching baseline,

  3. EBS 12.1 users should upgrade to 12.1.3 RP1 or 12.2.

  4. EBS 12.2 users should upgrade to 12.2.4 or the latest AD/TXK tools and the latest StartCD.

  5. Oracle Database 10gR2 and 11gR1 users should upgrade to 11.2.0.4 or 12.1.0.1

  6. EBS 11i and 12 users of Oracle Single Sign-On 10g users should migrate to OAM 11gR2 Patchset 1 11.1.2.1.0.

  7. Oracle Internet Directory 10g users should upgrade to Oracle Internet Directory 11g 11.1.1.7.

  8. Oracle Discoverer users should migrate to Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE), Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA), or Discoverer 11g 11.1.1.7.

  9. Oracle Portal 10g users should migrate to Oracle WebCenter 11g 11.1.1.7 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_81 or later 1.6 updates or JRE 1.7.0_67 or later 1.7 updates.

  11. All EBS 11i, 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2 users must sign their environment's JAR files now.

  12. All Firefox users should upgrade to Firefox Extended Support Release 24.

  13. All EBS 11i, 12.0, 12.1, 12.2 users should apply the latest Critical Patch Update.

  14. Windows XP and Office 2003 users should upgrade to later versions.

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Comments:

Hi Steve,

I can see that The discoverer recommendation is to migrate to OBIEE/OBIA
and Discoverer 11.1.1.7.

ASAk, the discoverer premier support has ended July 2014, but you still recommend to upgrade to discoverer 11.1.1.7

Is that means can i still use discoverer?

Is it not compulsory to move to OBIEE/OBIA?

Pleas clarify, what are my options if i want to use discoverer even after premier support ends.

Regards,

Posted by guest on August 13, 2014 at 09:13 PM PDT #

Hi, Guest,

Discoverer 11.1.1.7.0 is the terminal release of Discoverer.

EBS still has dependencies on Discoverer (e.g. the EBS End-User Layer). We're still working out the final support language for an exception for EBS, but it is safe to assume that EBS customers will continue to get bug fixes for critical Discoverer issues for the respective EBS support timelines.

Regardless, the Discoverer team advises all Discoverer users to move to OBIEE/OBIA in their official Statement of Direction:

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

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on August 14, 2014 at 10:05 AM PDT #

Hi Steve,

Is there any oracle official document/statement for the below statement.

"but it is safe to assume that EBS customers will continue to get bug fixes for critical Discoverer issues for the respective EBS support timelines."

This might help us to present the above statement to the management.

Regards,

Posted by guest on August 17, 2014 at 03:50 AM PDT #

Hello, Guest,

"We're still working out the final support language for an exception for EBS, but it is safe to assume that EBS customers will continue to get bug fixes for critical Discoverer issues for the respective EBS support timelines."

I'll post a new blog article as soon as the final support language is established and published externally.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on August 18, 2014 at 07:51 AM PDT #

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