The Eight Most-Important EBS Techstack Stories of 2010

I've never really understood the custom of stuffing a summary of one's family's activities for the year in a Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa card.  I'd rather my friends kept authentically in touch throughout the year, but perhaps that's just me.

Nonetheless, I see the value of a year-end summary in the IT industry.  I spend a lot of time helping our customers understand the latest new developments... and straightening out confusion over changes to the old and familiar.  It can be hard to keep up with the latest news in this space.

Here are the eight most-important news items for 2010, with suggested actions for Apps DBAs:
  1. Premier Support for EBS 11.5.10 ended on November 30, 2010

    You need to be on a minimum baseline of 11.5.10 patches to be eligible for Extended Support.  New patches for EBS 11i released during the Extended Support period will be produced only for the minimum baseline configuration.

    Action: Ensure that your EBS 11i environments meet the minimum baseline requirements.

  2. Minimum Baselines are Emerging for EBS 12.0 Extended Support

    Extended Support for EBS 12.0 begins on February 1, 2012.  That's only 13 months away.  Minimum baselines haven't been finalized yet, but the 12.0.6 Release Update Pack and the Financials CPC July 2009 are currently slated.

    Action: Ensure that your EBS 12.0 environments meet the currently-specified baseline requirements.

  3. Sun, Windows, and Linux users should have upgraded to JDK 6 by now

    JDK 5's End of Service Life was October 30, 2009 for those three platforms.  If you're running the E-Business Suite on Sun, Windows, or Linux, you should upgrade your EBS servers to JDK 6.  Alternatively, you can purchase Java for Business support (the equivalent of Extended Support for Java).

    Action: Upgrade your Sun, Windows, or Linux EBS servers to JDK 6.

  4. Premier Support for Database 10gR2 ended on July 31, 2010

    The 10gR2 Database is now in Extended Support.  If you're still on 10gR2, you should start planning your upgrade to a higher certified database version such as 11gR2 11.2.0.2.

    Action: Upgrade to 10gR2 databases to 11gR2 11.2.0.2.

  1. EBS 12.1.3 was released

    EBS 12.1.3 was released in August, 2010 and represents the latest EBS 12 update with new EBS 12 features and fixes to improve security, stability, and performance.  EBS 12.1 users can apply this update directly.  EBS 12.0 users must first apply EBS 12.1.1 before applying EBS 12.1.3.

    Action: Upgrade EBS 12 environments to 12.1.3

  2. First-generation Fusion Middleware products are going into sunset mode

    Fusion Middleware 11g was released, putting some older Fusion Middleware products into sunset mode.  Existing Oracle Single Sign-On 10g users should consider their plans for upgrading to Oracle Access Manager.  Existing Discoverer users should consider their plans for upgrading to Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) or Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA).  Existing Oracle Portal users should consider their plans for upgrading to Oracle WebCenter.

    Action: Review upgrade plans for Single Sign-On, Discoverer, and Portal.

  3. Microsoft Windows 7 was certifed; doesn't run JInitiator

    Windows 7 was certified with the E-Business Suite for both 32-bit as well as 64-bit clients.  JInitiator is incompatible with Windows 7, so Forms end-users with Win7 desktops must switch to the native Sun JRE 1.6 plug-in -- preferably at the 1.6.0_23 level or higher.

    Action: Upgrade to Windows 7 if desired; upgrade all Windows clients to JRE 1.6.0_23 or higher.

  4. Microsoft Office 2010 was certified

    Office 2010 was certified with the E-Business Suite in November, 2010 for all currently-supported Microsoft operating systems.  You can even build your own integrators between EBS products and Microsoft Office components via the WebADI Desktop Integration Framework.

    Action: Upgrade to Office 2010 if desired.
Another good year

Software -- and this blog -- is written by people, not machines.  Your support and enthusiasm continues to inspire us and shape our products.  I can't stress how important your feedback is to us in the Applications Technology Group.

We published 148 articles on this blog in 2010 -- roughly three articles a week.  Not bad for a little blog written by volunteer contributors in their free time.  Please let my fellow bloggers know that you appreciate their work, either with private emails or by posting a comment here.

The eight areas that I highlighted above are just the tip of the iceberg.  I highly recommend browsing our archives if you aren't a regular visitor.  If you're looking for a quick snapshot, here's a one-page summary of all important E-Business Suite technology stack components and technologies.

Above all, if you haven't already done so, I strongly recommend subscribing to this blog via email updates or our newsfeed.  We have some exciting news lined up for 2011.  I'd hate for you to miss anything.

Happy New Year.

Steven Chan,
Chief Editor

Comments:

Happy New Year to you Steven and all other contributors. Keep up the great work

Posted by Matt turney on December 29, 2010 at 10:43 PM PST #

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year. Thanks to you and all the other contributors to this blog. It's a great resource for Oracle Apps DBAs and allows us to stay up to date on important Apps related information.

Posted by Jay Weinshenker on December 30, 2010 at 12:14 AM PST #

Hi Steven,

Many thanks to you and your team for your guidance in this complicated arena and continued support throughout the year. Hope you had a great holiday and best wishes for an even better new year.

Best Regards,
Jennifer.

Posted by Jennifer Chen on December 30, 2010 at 07:13 AM PST #

Happy New Year Steve & Bloggers

Thanks much for all your contribution. it's great blog for every apps dba to get the latest updates on apps.

Thanks,
Santosh

Posted by Santosh on December 30, 2010 at 09:25 AM PST #

Happy New Year! Thanks all for having such a great BLOG for Apps DBAs!

T Wu

Posted by Tianhua Wu on December 30, 2010 at 10:57 PM PST #

Steven and Team,

Thanks for all that you do for all of us "in the field" who deal with the myriad of components that make up the EBS "environment"!

It's a lifeline for many customers and always timely and accurate. Please keep up the great work!

Happy New Year!

John

Posted by John Stouffer on January 04, 2011 at 10:46 PM PST #

Hi Steven,

We plan to run our E-Business Suite 11i (11.5.10.2) installation against Database 11gR2.

It is seen that the Database Release 11gR2 provides a new initialization parameter - deferred_segment_creation - which was not present hitherto (until Database Release 10g). We wish to know whether is there any specific viewpoint (from Oracle) around setting this parameter for databases being used against E-Business Suite as this is not documented in note 216205.1 (which documents database init parameters for 11i)

To give you some background on this query - we've hit an issue with one of the other databases running Hyperion application. After Hyperion was installed (which installs several "empty" tables), it is not possible to export/import this set of empty (ie. not containing any rows) tables as the application was installed with deferred_segment_creation=true (which is the default value with 11g as we realize now), causing these table segments not to be created until data is actually inserted into them - which is now preventing us from exporting/importing the schema.

We're just being cautious for E-Business Suite as leaving the parameter as is can potentially result in some tables getting created (custom tables or tables introduced via patches/upgrades) which may not exist as segments - which can result in issues during clones (possibly ??)

Any inputs on this appreciated.

Thanks,
Rakesh

Posted by Rakesh Tripathi on January 30, 2011 at 11:04 PM PST #

Hi, Rakesh,

I'd like to ensure that this issue is worked formally with our Apps Performance Group. They own Note 216205.1 and can comment on the use of deferred_segment_creation.

Please log a formal Service Request via Oracle Support with this question and either email the SR number to me or post a follow-up comment here with the details.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on January 31, 2011 at 01:01 AM PST #

Hi Steven,

Many thanks for a quick response. I've indeed logged an SR, the number being 3-2872201521. Based on the updates of the analyst our inference is that toggling deferred_segment_creation off may not have any adverse impact.

Thanks,
Rakesh

Posted by Rakesh Tripathi on January 31, 2011 at 01:41 AM PST #

For others following in Rakesh's footsteps, our EBS performance team has confirmed that the generic default setting for deferred_segment_creation works for EBS environments.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on February 10, 2011 at 03:27 AM PST #

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