Safari 3 Certified on Mac OS X for E-Business Suite Release 12

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It might seem a little anachronistic, but this really is a new certification announcement:  Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 is now certified with Safari 3 with the Java 5 plug-in on Apple Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") and 10.5 ("Tiger") desktop operating systems.

Prerequisites

  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0.4 or higher, including 12.1.1
  • Safari 3.2.1
  • Java 1.5.0_x

Other Mac Certifications Still Underway

Certifications for the Safari 4 browser are still underway.  We also have plans to certify Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") for both Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.  I don't have firm schedules for either of these certifications yet, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates. 

Is Your Organisation Running Mac OS X?

Apple users can be pretty vocal, so I'm a bit surprised by the lack of notable escalations over the delays in getting this particular certification out.  This is even more surprising considering the efficiency of Apple's Software Updates tool, which pushed out Safari 3 in early 2008 and Safari 4 a few months ago.

I've previously written about my impression that Macs are creeping into the enterprise.  This is true within Oracle, where there is a growing number of people (including myself) who have opted buy Macs out of their own pocket instead of going with Oracle's WinTel procurement process.

My anecdotal impressions aren't backed by a large amount of data yet, but I'd like to correct that.  If your organisation has end-users running Mac OS X connecting to the E-Business Suite, we'd be interested in hearing from you.  Detailed information from you can help us make prioritization decisions for desktop platform certifications.  Feel free to post a comment or drop me a private email with details about:

  • Your EBS release
  • Number of Mac clients
  • OS X versions deployed
  • Browsers versions deployed

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Comments:

Hi Steven,

My previous organization didn't have a formal OS X support policy, and the unofficial policy was "if you can make it work, great, otherwise..." That said, the few people with Macs that needed to use E-Business Suite were often willing to switch to Firefox, or were already using it as a primary browser.

I suspect that the relative lack of Safari-related escalations can be attributed to a cohort of users that are already accustomed to finding "workarounds" to shoehorn their Macs into their enterprise lives.

Posted by John Piwowar on August 06, 2009 at 11:01 AM PDT #

Hi, John,

Thanks for the insight into your previous organizations practices. I think you're right about the "culture of resilience," too. My theory is that this is augmented by the increased use of virtualization tools like Parallels Desktop and VMWare Fusion, which allow Mac users to run WinXP and Vista directly.... less work to shoehorn.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on August 10, 2009 at 03:01 AM PDT #

Our enterprise introduced Mac support about 2 years ago. We currently run about 400 Macs, mostly laptops. We have recently deployed the Oracle Time and Labor (OTL) module in 11i environment (our first EBS module that touches the whole enterprise). Our Mac community is not at all happy that they have to use Windows systems to access the Time & Labor module (most run OSX 10.5 and prefer Firefox as the browser). Mac support in EBS would be quite helpful.

I might suggest, given the fact that EBS client certification seems to get delayed so often by Java issues with the webforms, that Oracle consider a 2-tier EBS client certification approach. Tier 1 would be the existing, full functionality certification that includes webforms support and Tier 2 would be HTML/OA Framework only certification - no webforms support (and no clientside Java requirement). We have many OTL only users who use non-certified web browsers that work with the HTML side without problems.

Thanks.

Posted by T Ackenhusen on August 12, 2009 at 11:57 AM PDT #

Hello, T Ackenhusen,

Thanks for the insight into your enterprise's use of Macs. This is very helpful.

As a Mac user myself, I can appreciate that having to use Windows to access OTL can be frustrating for your users. We've considered different methods for n-tier certifications over the years. On the plus side, as you point out, such approaches can allow us to release more certifications more quickly. The downsides, however, are that such fine-grained certification distinctions are often ignored or missed by customers, which results in misunderstandings and escalations about things that customers think are supported... but really aren't.

Our Safari certifications are ripe for reevaluation, though, and I'll raise this suggestion internally for discussion.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on August 14, 2009 at 06:57 AM PDT #

Hi Steven,

I've searched MOS and your blog but haven't seen a similar question as the one I have. My company is thinking about deploying iPhones (OS ver 3.1.2 and Safari 4) for some employees and we've done some simple testing of iPhone accessing modules in e-Business Suite. The deployment has a VPN w/ SSL connection onto our network and it works, albeit the tiny screen of the iPhone is cumbersome. Oracle Forms don't work (a good thing from my team's support perspective) and all of the HTML-based modules work as one would expect.

Is there any Oracle certification for such a deployment. Or, more important, do you have any warnings/concerns of doing something like this? We currently have a VPN system installed that allows employees to access EBS modules remotely. Security tokens are needed to access the VPN and I would expect the same for iPhone VPN.

Love your blog.

Ken Mulvaney
FICO (Fair Isaac)

Posted by ken mulvaney on December 04, 2009 at 01:34 AM PST #

Hi, Ken,

A few product teams offer iPhone apps specifically for the E-Business Suite. This article has a recent update:

Hands-On with Oracle's iPhone Apps
http://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/2009/06/handson_with_oracles_iphone_apps.html

I think a few other teams also discussed some new iPhone apps at OpenWorld a few months ago, but I can't seem to track that down right now.

From a certification and support perspective, we support only the iPhone apps themselves for E-Business Suite users.

We don't officially certify the iPhone -- or any other smartphones -- as clients for the E-Business Suite's Forms-based or OA Framework (HTML) based content. Only Windows and Mac OS X based desktop clients are officially supported for those parts of the E-Business Suite.

Our Applications Technology Group is updating their documentation with the latest support policy for mobile devices, since questions about smartphones (including the iPhone) seem to be growing. I'll post a formal article about this as soon as that group releases their updated documentation.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on December 07, 2009 at 05:40 AM PST #

Hi Steven,

I'm running Leopard (10.5.8) and Safari 4 hence EBS won't start. As far as I know I can't downgrade to Safari 3, so I'm running Windows XP in Vmware in order to run EBS. Moreover, I will probably upgrade to Snow Leopard soon so I'll probably have an even smaller chance of running EBS natively on my Mac (even though SQL Developer works just fine).

How can I get notified when Oracle will certify EBS on Safari 4 and Snow Leopard?

Thanks!
Radu

Posted by Radu Pencea on February 01, 2010 at 07:44 PM PST #

Hi, Radu,

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 02, 2010 at 02:17 AM PST #

I have installed VMWARE Fusion and running Oracle Apps R12 on Linux Virtual Machine.
I was able to connect and get the EBIZ home page but unable to download the applet. Please suggest

I have MAC BOOK PRO- i7 (Safari 5.0)

Appreciate ur help

Posted by guest on August 05, 2011 at 10:57 PM PDT #

Hello, Guest,

We haven't certified Safari 5 with EBS 12. 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 August 08, 2011 at 02:18 AM PDT #

Hi Steve,

We are doing a corporate roll-out of MAC's with safari 5.1 and MAC OS 10.7.

I have reviewed note 389422.1 on Metalink and under section 4 of the said note, it states that Rel12 is certified on Safari 5 for OS 10.6.3 or higher.
I have read your post on August 08, 2011 and am now confused whether safari 5 is certified or not.

could you please confirm the certification status of 5.1 with MAC OS 10.7 for Rel 12. If not certified, could you please confirm whether this is being considered or not?

what are the plans for certifying office for MAC 2011.

Would appreciate your help.

Regards
Kishore

Posted by Kishore Yalamarty on October 05, 2011 at 08:09 PM PDT #

Hi, Kishore,

Safari 5 on Mac OS X 10.6 is certified with EBS 12, but Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) isn't certified yet. That certification is underway.

We certify integration between EBS + Microsoft Office + IE for Windows desktops only.

IE doesn't run on Mac OS X, so Firefox is the only real alternative for that desktop platform. We are unable to support Firefox for Web ADI on Mac OS X. Firefox has a number of (clearly-documented) limitations due to Microsoft's dependence on proprietary ActiveX and VBScript APIs for Microsoft Office integration.

Unless Mozilla licences those APIs from Microsoft, or finds alternate methods of integrating Firefox with Microsoft Office, this enhancement request is technically infeasible.

We have no influence over Mozilla and have no ability to persuade them to licence Microsoft technology. You are welcome to contact Mozilla directly with that request. Until that happens, I would expect that this feature will be only available in Internet Explorer on Windows desktops for the foreseeable future.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on October 14, 2011 at 06:34 AM PDT #

Hi
We run R12.1 financials/SCM in our company.
Some of the users have Macs. Oracle runs on them but webADIs don't. I see last mail from you in this regard was in 2011. Is there any change in it now? Can webADIs be used in Apple machines now?

Posted by guest on March 02, 2015 at 03:50 AM PST #

Hello, Guest,

I'm afraid that Web ADI still does not run on Macs. Microsoft's withdrawal of VBA in the Mac-based versions of Office prevent Web ADI from running on Mac OS X.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on March 02, 2015 at 09:52 AM PST #

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