Monday Dec 31, 2012

Updated Whitepaper: Extending EBS 12.1.3 using Oracle Application Express

I'm pleased to announce an update to the whitepaper:

  • Extending Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 using Oracle Application Express (APEX), Revision 1 (Note 1306563.1)
Oracle Application Express APEX screenshot

It's possible to personalize the E-Business Suite, but there may be situations where personalizations aren't sufficient to meet your requirements. In these scenarios, Oracle Application Express, also known as Oracle APEX, is an option for creating supplemental applications that can be integrated with your Oracle E-Business Suite instance.

This whitepaper outlines how to extend Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 (and higher) functionality using Oracle Application Express. Recommended architecture and security considerations are discussed in detail. This new version has been updated to reflect the latest versions of the documentation and technologies, including the use of Oracle Access Manager (OAM) for authentication.

You can also find the whitepaper on the APEX OTN Site > Learn More > Technical Information and White Papers > Extending Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 using Oracle Application Express (PDF).

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Tuesday Nov 06, 2012

ATG Live Webcast Nov. 8th: Advanced Management of EBS with Oracle Enterprise Manager

The task of managing and monitoring Oracle E-Business Suite environments can be very challenging. The Application Management Pack plug-in is part of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite.

The Application Management Pack plug-in is designed to monitor and manage all the different technologies that constitute Oracle E-Business Suite applications, including midtier, configuration, host, and database management—to name just a few. Customers that have implemented Oracle Enterprise Manager have experienced dramatic improvements in system visibility, diagnostic capability, and administrator productivity.

This webcast will highlight the key features and benefits of Oracle Enterprise Manager, the latest version of the Oracle Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite.

Advanced Management of Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle Enterprise Manager

Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.0.1.0

Date:                Thursday, November 8, 2012
Time:               8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenters:   Angelo Rosado, Principal Product Manager, E-Business Suite ATG
                         Lauren Cohn, Principal Curriculum Developer, E-Business Suite ATG

Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

To hear the audio feed:
   Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           877-697-8128
    International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
    Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:
    Dial-In Passcode:                                              103191

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  591460967

If you miss the webcast, or you have missed any webcast, don't worry -- we'll post links to the recording as soon as it's available from Oracle University.  You can monitor this blog for pointers to the replay. And, you can find our archive of our past webcasts and training here.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email Bill Sawyer (Senior Manager, Applications Technology Curriculum) at BilldotSawyer-AT-Oracle-DOT-com.

Tuesday Oct 30, 2012

ATG Live Webcast November 2nd: Using Oracle ADF with Oracle E-Business Suite

After a break for Oracle Open World 2012, the ATG Live Webcast series is restarting this Friday, November 2nd, 2012 with the webcast:

Using Oracle ADF with Oracle E-Business Suite: The Full Integration View

Oracle E-Business Suite SDK for Java

Oracle E-Business Suite delivers functionality for handling the core business of your organization. This webcast provides an overview of how to use Oracle Application Development Framework (Oracle ADF) to deliver alternative user interfaces to existing Oracle E-Business Suite processes. The webcast also explores integration between the two worlds using the Oracle E-Business Suite SDK for Java.

Date:               Friday, November 2, 2012
Time:              8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenters:   Sara Woodhull, Principal Product Manager, E-Business Suite ATG
                         Juan Camilo Ruiz, Principal Product Manager, ADF

Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

To hear the audio feed:
   Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           877-697-8128
    International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
    Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:
    Dial-In Passcode:                                              103190

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  590254265

If you miss the webcast, or you have missed any webcast, don't worry -- we'll post links to the recording as soon as it's available from Oracle University.  You can monitor this blog for pointers to the replay. And, you can find our archive of our past webcasts and training here.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email Bill Sawyer (Senior Manager, Applications Technology Curriculum) at BilldotSawyer-AT-Oracle-DOT-com.

Tuesday Jul 03, 2012

Webcast Replay Available: Technical Preview of EBS 12.2 Online Patching

[Sep. 20, 2013 Update:  EBS 12.2 is now available for download.  See this article for details.]

I am pleased to release the replay and presentation for ATG Live Webcast:

Technical Preview of EBS 12.2 Online Patching (Presentation)

Online patching editions

Kevin Hudson, Senior Director and one of the Online Patching architects, discussed one of the cornerstone new features in our upcoming Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 release. This ground-breaking feature is based upon Edition-Based Redefinition, a new 11gR2 Database feature that was built to Oracle Applications division specifications to allow the E-Business Suite's database tier to be patched while the environment is running.  Online Patching combines the use of Edition-Based Redefinition and new E-Business Suite technologies to allow patching to the E-Business Suite's database and application tier servers while the environment is being actively used by its end-users. (June 2012)

Finding other recorded ATG webcasts

The catalog of ATG Live Webcast replays, presentations, and all ATG training materials is available in this blog's Webcasts and Training section.

Friday Jun 22, 2012

ATG Live Webcast June 28: Scrambling Sensitive Data in EBS 12 Cloned Environments

Securing the Oracle E-Business Suite includes protecting the underlying E-Business data in production and non-production databases.  While steps can be taken to provide a secure configuration to limit EBS access, a better approach to protecting non-production data is simply to scramble (mask) the data in the non-production copy.  

The Oracle E-Business Suite Template for Data Masking Pack can be used in situations where confidential or regulated data needs to be shared with other non-production users who need access to some of the original data, but not necessarily every table.  Examples of non-production users include internal application developers or external business partners such as offshore testing companies, suppliers or customers.

The Oracle E-Business Suite Template for Data Masking Pack is applied to a non-production environment with the Enterprise Manager Grid Control Data Masking Pack.  When applied, the Oracle E-Business Suite Template for Data Masking Pack will create an irreversibly scrambled version of your production database for development and testing. This ATG Live Webcast is your chance to come learn about the Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 Template for Data Masking Pack from the experts.

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 Template for Data Masking

Example of Data Masking from Production to Non-Production Instance
The agenda for the Oracle E-Business Suite Template for Data Masking Pack webcast includes the following topics:

  • What does data masking do in E-Business Suite environments?
    • De-identify the data
    • Mask sensitive data
    • Maintain data validity
  • How can EBS customers use data masking?
  • References

Join Eric Bing, Senior Director and Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager, as they discusses the Oracle E-Business Suite Template for Data Masking Pack.

Date:                  Thursday, June 28, 2012
Time:                 8:00AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenters:     Eric Bing, Senior Director
                           Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager

Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

To hear the audio feed:
    Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           877-697-8128
    International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:
    Dial-In Passcode:                                              100865

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  591170639

If you miss the webcast, or you have missed any webcast, don't worry -- we'll post links to the recording as soon as it's available from Oracle University.  You can monitor this blog for pointers to the replay. And, you can find our archive of our past webcasts and training here.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email Bill Sawyer (Senior Manager, Applications Technology Curriculum) at BilldotSawyer-AT-Oracle-DOT-com.

Wednesday Jun 13, 2012

REMINDER: ATG Live Webcast June 14: Technical Preview of EBS 12.2 Online Patching

Reminder: Our first detailed webcast about EBS 12.2's Online Patching is going to be held tomorrow, June 14, 2012.  Please dial into the webcast at least 15 minutes in advance.  Preregistration volumes suggest that we will hit the limit for attendees. If you try to dial in a mere five minutes before the webcast, you may not get in.

Online Patching is is one of the cornerstone new features in our upcoming Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 release. This ground-breaking feature is based upon Edition-Based Redefinition, a new 11gR2 Database feature that was built to Oracle Applications division specifications to allow the E-Business Suite's database tier to be patched while the environment is running.  Online Patching combines the use of Edition-Based Redefinition and new E-Business Suite technologies to allow patching to the E-Business Suite's database and application tier servers while the environment is being actively used by its end-users.

This webcast provides a detailed technical preview of:

  • How this new feature works
  • How it affects E-Business Suite end-users
  • How it affects E-Business Suite database administrators and patching lifecycles
  • How it affects developers and third-party software vendors responsible for E-Business Suite customizations and extensions
Online patching editions

 

The presenter for this event is Kevin Hudson, Senior Director and one of the Online Patching architects. There will be a special extended Q&A Session at the end of this presentation, given the nature of the materials and the questions that we expect from you. ATG Development staff supporting the Q&A session will include Elke Phelps, Santiago Bastidas, Max Arderius, and other ATG architects.

Date:              Thursday, June 14, 2012
Time:              8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Standard Time (Special 2-hour Time)
Presenter:    Kevin Hudson, Senior Director, Applications Technology Integration

To hear the audio feed:
   Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           877-697-8128
   International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
   Dial-In Passcode:                                              100815

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  597470987

If you miss the webcast, or you have missed any webcast, don't worry -- we'll post links to the recording as soon as it's available from Oracle University.  You can monitor this blog for pointers to the replay. And, you can find our archive of our past webcasts and training here.

When will Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 be released?

Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog. We'll post updates here as soon as soon as they're available.

Wednesday Jun 06, 2012

ATG Live Webcast June 14: Technical Preview of EBS 12.2 Online Patching

Online Patching is is one of the cornerstone new features in our upcoming Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 release. This ground-breaking feature is based upon Edition-Based Redefinition, a new 11gR2 Database feature that was built to Oracle Applications division specifications to allow the E-Business Suite's database tier to be patched while the environment is running.  Online Patching combines the use of Edition-Based Redefinition and new E-Business Suite technologies to allow patching to the E-Business Suite's database and application tier servers while the environment is being actively used by its end-users.

This webcast provides a detailed technical preview of:

  • How this new feature works
  • How it affects E-Business Suite end-users
  • How it affects E-Business Suite database administrators and patching lifecycles
  • How it affects developers and third-party software vendors responsible for E-Business Suite customizations and extensions

Online Patching Overview


The presenter for this event is Kevin Hudson, Senior Director and one of the Online Patching architects. There will be a special extended Q&A Session at the end of this presentation, given the nature of the materials and the questions that we expect from you. ATG Development staff supporting the Q&A session will include Elke Phelps, Santiago Bastidas, Max Arderius, and other ATG architects.

Date:               Thursday, June 14, 2012
Time:              8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Standard Time (Special 2-hour Time)
Presenter:    Kevin Hudson, Senior Director, Applications Technology Integration

Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

To hear the audio feed:
   Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           877-697-8128
   International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
   Dial-In Passcode:                                              100815

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  597470987

If you miss the webcast, or you have missed any webcast, don't worry -- we'll post links to the recording as soon as it's available from Oracle University.  You can monitor this blog for pointers to the replay. And, you can find our archive of our past webcasts and training here.

When will Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 be released?

Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog. We'll post updates here as soon as soon as they're available.    

Friday Jun 01, 2012

Oracle Internet Directory 11gR1 11.1.1.6 Certified with E-Business Suite

[June 7, 2012 Update: Corrected typo in "Supported Configurations" section]

Oracle E-Business Suite comes with native user authentication and management capabilities out-of-the-box. If you need more-advanced features, it's also possible to integrate it with Oracle Internet Directory and Oracle Single Sign-On or Oracle Access Manager, which allows you to link the E-Business Suite with third-party tools like Microsoft Active Directory, Windows Kerberos, and CA Netegrity SiteMinder. 


For details about third-party integration architectures, see either of these article for EBS 11i and 12:

Oracle Internet Directory 11.1.1.6 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.0 and 12.1.  OID 11.1.1.6 is part of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 Version 11.1.1.6.0, also known as FMW 11g Patchset 5.  Certified E-Business Suite releases are:
  • EBS Release 11i 11.5.10.2 + ATG PH.H RUP 7 and higher
  • EBS Release 12.0.6 and higher
  • EBS Release 12.1.1 and higher

Supported Configurations

Oracle Internet Directory 11.1.1.6.0 can be integrated with two single sign-on solutions for EBS environments:

  • Oracle Internet Directory and Directory Integration Platform from Fusion Middleware 11gR1 Patchset 5 (11.1.1.6.0) with Oracle Access Manager 10g (10.1.4.3) with an existing Oracle E-Business Suite system (Release 11i or 12.1.x).
  • Oracle Internet Directory and Directory Integration Platform from Fusion Middleware 11gR1 Patchset 5 (11.1.1.6.0) with Oracle Access Manager 11gR1 (11.1.1.5) with an existing Oracle E-Business Suite system (Release 12.0.6 or higher or 12.1.x).
  • Oracle Internet Directory (OID) and Directory Integration Platform (DIP) from Oracle Fusion Middleware 11gR1 Patchset 5  (11.1.1.6.0) with Oracle Single Sign-On Server and Oracle Delegated Administration Services Release 10g (10.1.4.3.0) with an existing Oracle E-Business Suite system (Release 11i, 12.0.6 or 12.1.x)

Oracle Access Manager strongly recommended

Oracle has two single sign-on solutions: Oracle Single Sign-On Server (OSSO) and Oracle Access Manager (OAM). Oracle strongly recommends that all new single sign-on implementations use Oracle Access Manager. Oracle Access Manager is the preferred solution going forward, and forms the basis of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g. OSSO is no longer being actively developed and will not be ported to Oracle WebLogic Server.

Platform certifications

Oracle Internet Directory is certified to run on any operating system for which Oracle WebLogic Server 11g is certified. Refer to the Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g System Requirements for more details.

For information on operating systems supported by Oracle Internet Directory and its components, refer to the Oracle Identity and Access Management 11gR1 certification matrix.

Integration with Oracle Internet Directory involves components spanning several different suites of Oracle products. There are no restrictions on which platform any particular component may be installed so long as the platform is supported for that component.

References

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Tuesday May 01, 2012

EBS File Comparison Report Now Available

If your Oracle E-Business Suite customizations are still making you hesitate about upgrading from Release 11i to Release 12, we have another useful tool to help you along: the brand new EBS File Comparison Report. This new report joins the related EBS Seed Data Comparison Report and the EBS Data Model Comparison Report in our collection of handy upgrade comparison reports.

You can download the new file comparison report here:

You can download its companion reports here:

File Comparison Report Contents

The new report provides detailed information about what files were added, removed, or stubbed (made inactive) during changes between Releases 11.5.10.2 and 12.1.3 of Oracle E-Business Suite. For text-based files such as .xml files, you can drill down into the files to see the actual changes between the file versions. The File Comparison Report includes the following file types:

  • Forms (.fmb files)
  • Libraries (.pll files)
  • Reports (.rdf files)
  • Java (.class files)
  • Java Server Pages (.jsp files)
  • Oracle Application Framework (OAF) Pages (.xml files)
  • Oracle Application Framework (OAF) Personalizations (.xml files)
  • Workflow Definition (.wft files)
  • Workflow Business Event System Object Definitions (.wfx files)
  • BI Publisher (XML Publisher) Reports - Layout template formats
  • BI Publisher (XML Publisher) Reports - Data Definition formats

Using the File Comparison Report

One example of how you might use the File Comparison Report is for assessing upgrade impacts on your personalizations. Start by getting a list of your personalizations as described in “Upgrading Form Personalizations and OA Framework Personalizations from Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i to 12.1” (Note 1292611.1).

Three categories of personalizations might be affected by upgrades. Here is how the File Comparison Report can help you with those:

  1. Personalizations shipped by product teams that you might have modified further: look at “Oracle Application Framework (OAF) Personalizations (.xml files)” to see which shipped personalizations have changed. You can drill in to see exactly what has changed for each affected personalization.
  2. OA Framework Personalizations where the shipped base page may have changed: look at “Oracle Application Framework (OAF) Pages (.xml files)” to see which shipped pages have changed. You can drill in to see exactly what has changed for each affected personalization. If a page you have personalized hasn’t changed between releases, you probably do not need to change your personalizations for the page in the new release.
  3. Oracle Forms Personalizations where the shipped form may have been removed: look at “Forms (.fmb files)”. Because these are binary files, you cannot see exactly what has changed for each form, but knowing what forms have been removed will still save you time in assessing what form personalizations can be retired.

Personalization assessment is just one example of how you can use the File Comparison Report. We expect you will find many ways to use it!

Your feedback is welcome

This new tool was produced by our hard-working EBS Release Management team, and they are actively seeking your feedback. Please feel free to share your experiences with it by posting a comment here. You can also request enhancements to this tool via the My Oracle Support Community mentioned in Note 1446430.1.

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Monday Apr 30, 2012

ATG Live Webcasts on Hiatus until early June

It is time for the ATG Live Webcast to take a break. But, it is just a short break. I have already scheduled the next ATG Live Webcast for June 7, 2012. You can be assured that the ATG Live Webcast series will continue delivering the same level of content that you have come to expect when we come back from our break.

Following our Collaborate conference, we will be updating some of the most important webcasts with the latest information from the E-Business Suite Tools and Technology team. Stay connected to this blog for more information on the ATG Live Webcast series. I look forward to seeing you on June 7th.


Friday Apr 27, 2012

Sun JRE 1.6.0_32 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

Java logo

[Apr. 30, 2012 Update: Clarified certification information for JRE 7, added more details about Java 7 plans]

I'm pleased to let you know that the latest Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0_32 (a.k.a. JRE 6u32-b05) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.  

What's new in Java 1.6.0_32?

See the 1.6.0_32 Update Release Notes for details about what has changed in this release.  This release is available for download from the usual Sun channels and through the 'Java Automatic Update' mechanism.

32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

This certification includes both the 32-bit and 64-bit JRE versions.  64-bit JREs are certified only on 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1).

Worried about the 'mismanaged session cookie' issue?

No need to worry -- it's fixed.  To recap: JRE releases 1.6.0_18 through 1.6.0_22 had issues with mismanaging session cookies that affected some users in some circumstances.

The fix for those issues was first included in JRE 1.6.0_23. These fixes will carry forward and continue to be fixed in all future JRE releases.  In other words, if you wish to avoid the mismanaged session cookie issue, you should apply any release after JRE 1.6.0_22.

All JRE releases are certified with EBS upon release

Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops from JRE 1.6.0_03 and later updates on the 1.6 codeline.  We test all new JRE releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all JRE releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team. 

You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE releases to your EBS users' desktops.  If you wish, your desktop administrators can enable the Java "Automatic updates" option on your end-users' desktops.

What about Java 7?

We're working on our Java 7 certification for the E-Business Suite right now.  Our first set of certifications will cover JRE 7 for Windows desktops.  This will be followed by JDK 7 certifications for server-based components.  

These certifications haven't been completed yet.  You should remain on Java 6 for both desktop-based and server-based components until we announce those certifications.

Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog. I'll post updates here as soon as soon as they're available.    

References

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Friday Apr 20, 2012

Webcast Replay Available: Managing Your Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle Enterprise Manager

I am pleased to release the replay and presentation for the latest ATG Live Webcast: 

Managing Your Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle Enterprise Manager (Presentation)

Enterprise Manager 12c with E-Business Suite Plug-in 5.0

Angelo Rosado, Product Manager, ATG Development discussed using Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c and the latest E-Business Suite Plug-in to manage E-Business Suite systems, including 11i, R12, R12.1, and the upcoming release. (April 2012)

Finding other recorded ATG webcasts

The catalog of ATG Live Webcast replays, presentations, and all ATG training materials is available in this blog's Webcasts and Training section.

Wednesday Apr 18, 2012

Webcast Replay Available: Diagnosing E-Business Suite JVM and Forms Performance Issues (Performance Series (Performance Series Part 4 of 4)

I am pleased to release the replay and presentation for the latest ATG Live Webcast: 

Diagnosing E-Business Suite JVM and Forms Performance Issues (Performance Series (Performance Series Part 4 of 4) (Presentation)

Debugging JVM logs

Dave Suri, Project Lead, Applications Performance and Gustavo Jimenez, Senior Development Manager discussed some of the steps involved in triaging and diagnosing E-Business Suite systems related to JVM and Forms components (March 2012).

Finding other recorded ATG webcasts

The catalog of ATG Live Webcast replays, presentations, and all ATG training materials is available in this blog's Webcasts and Training section.

Tuesday Apr 17, 2012

Critical Patch Update for April 2012 Now Available

The Critical Patch Update (CPU) for April 2012 was released on April 17, 2012. Oracle strongly recommends applying the patches as soon as possible.

The Critical Patch Update Advisory is the starting point for relevant information. It includes a list of products affected, pointers to obtain the patches, a summary of the security vulnerabilities, and links to other important documents.

Supported products that are not listed in the "Supported Products and Components Affected" Section of the advisory do not require new patches to be applied.

Also, it is essential to review the Critical Patch Update supporting documentation referenced in the Advisory before applying patches, as this is where you can find important pertinent information.

The Critical Patch Update Advisory is available at the following location:

The next four Critical Patch Update release dates are:

  • July 17, 2012
  • October 16, 2012
  • January 15, 2013
  • April 16, 2013
E-Business Suite Releases 11i and 12 Reference

Monday Apr 16, 2012

Webcast Replay Available: Network, WAN, and PC Performance Tuning (Performance Series Part 3 of 4)

I am pleased to release the replay and presentation for the latest ATG Live Webcast:
Network, WAN, and PC Performance Tuning (Performance Series Part 3 of 4) (Presentation)
Screenshot of Network Test page within E-Business Suite 12.1

Andy Tremayne, Senior Architect, Applications Performance, and co-author of Oracle Applications Performance Tuning Handbook from Oracle Press discussed network performance for E-Business Suite. Andy covered tuning the client and tuning the network. He shared real-life examples of network performance, and showed you tools and techniques that you can use to estimate or simulate performance on your own network (March 2012).

Finding other recorded ATG webcasts

The catalog of ATG Live Webcast replays, presentations, and all ATG training materials is available in this blog's Webcasts and Training section.

Thursday Apr 12, 2012

Webcast Replay Available: Performance Tuning E-Business Suite Concurrent Manager (Performance Series Part 2 of 3)

I am pleased to release the replay and presentation for the latest ATG Live Webcast:
Performance Tuning E-Business Suite Concurrent Manager (Performance Series Part 2 of 3) (Presentation)
Screenshot of Concurrent Manager management within E-Business Suite 12.1

Andy Tremayne, Senior Architect, Applications Performance, and co-author of Oracle Applications Performance Tuning Handbook from Oracle Press, and Uday Moogala, Senior Principal Engineer, Applications Performance discussed two major components of E-Business Suite performance tuning:  concurrent management and tracing. They dispel some myths surrounding these topics, and shared with you the recommended best practices that you can use on your own E-Business Suite instance.

Finding other recorded ATG webcasts

The catalog of ATG Live Webcast replays, presentations, and all ATG training materials is available in this blog's Webcasts and Training section.

Tuesday Apr 10, 2012

Webcast Replay Available: E-Business Suite Release 12.1 Upgrade Best Practices - Technical Insight

I am pleased to release the replay and presentation for the latest ATG Live Webcast:Image to show the cycle of E-Business Suite 12.1 upgrades
E-Business Suite Release 12.1 Upgrade Best Practices - Technical Insight (Presentation)
Udayan Parvate, Director, E-Business Suite Release Engineering and Uday Moogala, Senior Principal Engineer, Applications Performance discussed the best practices that you can apply when upgrading your E-Business Suite instance to Release 12.1 and beyond. They discussed upgrade paths, resources, and practices to minimize downtime during the upgrade. (April 2012)

Finding other recorded ATG webcasts

The catalog of ATG Live Webcast replays, presentations, and all ATG training materials is available in this blog's Webcasts and Training section.

Wednesday Apr 04, 2012

Oracle E-Business Suite 12 Certified on Oracle Linux 6 (x86-64)

Linux Tux logo penguinOracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.1.1 and higher) is now certified on 64-bit Oracle Linux 6 with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK).

New installations of the E-Business Suite R12 on this OS require version 12.1.1 or higher. Cloning of existing 12.1 Linux environments to this new OS is also certified using the standard Rapid Clone process. There are specific requirements to upgrade technology components such as the Oracle Database (to 11.2.0.3) and Fusion Middleware as necessary for use on Oracle Linux 6. These and other requirements are noted in the Installation and Upgrade Notes (IUN) below.

Certification for other Linux distros still underway

Certifications of Release 12 with 32-bit Oracle Linux 6, 32-bit and 64-bit Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6 and the Red Hat default kernel are in progress.

References

Tuesday Apr 03, 2012

Webcast Replay Available: SOA Integration Options for E-Business Suite

I am pleased to release the replay and presentation for the latest ATG Live Webcast:
SOA Integration Options for E-Business Suite (Presentation)
Screenshot of the Integration Repository for the Integrated SOA Gateway within Oracle E-Business Suite

Abhishek Verma, Manager, Applications Technology Group and Rajesh Ghosh, Group Manager, ATG Development discussed the web service and SOA integration options for Oracle E-Business Suite. The presentation covered Oracle's integration tools and technologies, including the Oracle Applications Adapter and the Integrated SOA Gateway.

Finding other recorded ATG webcasts

The catalog of ATG Live Webcast replays, presentations, and all ATG training materials is available in this blog's Webcasts and Training section.

Monday Apr 02, 2012

ATG Live Webcast April 5: Managing Your Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle Enterprise Manager

The next ATG Live Webcast covers one of the hottest topic areas in E-Business Suite Tools and Technology: Lifecycle Management. Angelo Rosado, Product Manager, ATG Development will lead you through using Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c and the latest E-Business Suite Plug-in to manage E-Business Suite systems. You can register for the Apr. 5, 2012 event at:

Managing Your Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle Enterprise Manager

Enterprise Manager 12c with E-Business Suite Plug-in 5.0


The topics covered in this webcast will be:

  • Manage your EBS system configurations
  • Monitor your EBS environment's performance and uptime
  • Keep multiple EBS environments in sync with their patches and configurations
  • Create patches for your EBS customizations and apply them with Oracle's own patching tools

Date:               Thursday, April 5, 2012
Time:              8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenter:    Angelo Rosado, Product Manager, ATG Development

Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

To hear the audio feed:
   Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:            877-697-8128
    International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
    Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:
    Dial-In Passcode:                                              99343

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  594372618

If you miss the webcast, or you have missed any webcast, don't worry -- we'll post links to the recording as soon as it's available from Oracle University.  You can monitor this blog for pointers to the replay. And, you can find our archive of our past webcasts and training here.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email Bill Sawyer (Senior Manager, Applications Technology Curriculum) at BilldotSawyer-AT-Oracle-DOT-com. 

Friday Mar 23, 2012

ATG Live Webcast March 29: Diagnosing E-Business Suite JVM and Forms Performance Issues (Performance Series Part 4 of 4)

The next webcast in our popular EBS series on performance management is going to be a showstopper.  Dave Suri, Project Lead, Applications Performance and Gustavo Jimenez, Senior Development Manager will discuss some of the steps involved in triaging and diagnosing E-Business Suite systems related to JVM and Forms components.

Please join us for our next ATG Live Webcast on Mar. 29, 2012:

Triage and Diagnostics for E-Business Suite JVM and Forms

Debugging JVM logs

The topics covered in this webcast will be:

  • Overall Menu/Sections
    • Architecture
    • Patches/Certified browsers/jdk versions
    • JVM Tuning
    • JVM Tools (jstat,eclipse mat, ibm tda)
    • Forms Tools (strace/FRD)
    • Java Concurrent Program options location
    • Case studies
  • Case Studies
    • JVM Thread dump case for Oracle Advanced Product Catalog
    • Forms FRD trace relating to Saving an SR
    • Java Concurrent Program for BT

Date:               Thursday, March 29, 2012
Time:              8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenters:  Dave Suri, Project Lead, Applications Performance
                        Gustavo Jimenez, Senior Development Manager

Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

To hear the audio feed:
   Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:            877-697-8128
    International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
    Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:
    Dial-In Passcode:                                              99342

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  597073984

If you miss the webcast, or you have missed any webcast, don't worry -- we'll post links to the recording as soon as it's available from Oracle University.  You can monitor this blog for pointers to the replay. And, you can find our archive of our past webcasts and training here.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email Bill Sawyer (Senior Manager, Applications Technology Curriculum) at BilldotSawyer-AT-Oracle-DOT-com. 

Thursday Mar 22, 2012

Oracle Database 11gR2 11.2.0.3 Certified with E-Business Suite on Windows

Wndows LogoAs a follow up to our original certification announcement, Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2.0.3) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and Release 12 on the following Microsoft Windows operating systems:

Release 12.1 (12.1.1 and higher)

  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003, 2008)
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) (20031, 20081, 2008 R22)

Release 12.0 (12.0.4 and higher)

  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003)
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) (2003, 2008)1
Release 11i (11.5.10.2 + ATG PF.H RUP 6 and higher)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003, 20081)
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) (2003, 2008, 2008 R2)1

Notes

1: This OS is a 'database tier only' or 'split tier configuration' platform where the application tier must be on a fully certified E-Business Suite platform.
2: This OS is a 'database tier only' platform for Release 11i. For 12.1.1 or higher, it is also supported on the application tier via the migration process outlined in My Oracle Support Document 1188535.1.

Pending Certification

  • E-Business Suite 12.0 with 11.2.0.3 Split Tier Certification on Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) (2008 R2) is in progress and will be announced separately.

This announcement for Oracle E-Business Suite 11i and R12 includes:

  • Real Application Clusters (RAC)
  • Oracle Database Vault
  • Transparent Data Encryption (Column Encryption)
  • TDE Tablespace Encryption
  • Advanced Security Option (ASO)/Advanced Networking Option (ANO)
  • Export/Import Process for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and Release 12 Database Instances
  • Transportable Database and Transportable Tablespaces Data Migration Processes for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and Release 12

References

Please also review the platform-specific Oracle Database Installation Guides for operating system and other prerequisites.

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Wednesday Mar 21, 2012

ATG Live Webcast March 22 Reminder: Network, WAN, and PC Performance Tuning (Performance Series Part 3 of 3)

A quick reminder about tomorrow's webcast -- Thursday, March 22:  Andy Tremayne, Senior Architect, Applications Performance, and co-author of Oracle Applications Performance Tuning Handbook from Oracle Press, and Uday Moogala, Senior Principal Engineer, Applications Performance, will discuss network performance for E-Business Suite. Andy and Uday will cover tuning the client and tuning the network. They will share real-life examples of network performance, and show you tools and techniques that you can use to estimate or simulate performance on your own network.

The agenda for the Performance Tuning - Part 3 of 3 webcast includes the following topics:
  • Tuning the Client
  • Tuning the Network
Date:               Thursday, March 22, 2012
Time:              8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenters:  Andy Tremayne, Senior Architect, Applications Performance
                        Uday Moogala, Senior Principal Engineer, Applications Performance

Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

To hear the audio feed:
   Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           877-697-8128
    International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
    Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:
    Dial-In Passcode:                                              99341

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  591264961

If you miss the webcast, or you have missed any webcast, don't worry -- we'll post links to the recording as soon as it's available from Oracle University.  You can monitor this blog for pointers to the replay. And, you can find our archive of our past webcasts and training here.

Monday Mar 19, 2012

Webcast Replay Available: E-Business Suite Data Protection

I am pleased to release the replay and presentation for the latest ATG Live Webcast:

E-Business Suite Data Protection (Presentation)

Screenshot of E-Business Suite Data Access auditing


Robert Armstrong, Product Strategy Security Architect and Eric Bing, Senior Director discussed the best practices and recommendations for securing your E-Business Suite data.

Finding other recorded ATG webcasts

The catalog of ATG Live Webcast replays, presentations, and all ATG training materials is available in this blog's Webcasts and Training section.

Friday Mar 16, 2012

New Whitepaper: Upgrading your Customizations to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12

Cover page for upgrading customizations whitepaperThe prospect of upgrading from Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i to Release 12 might seem intimidating if you have customized your EBS 11i environment. When considering this upgrade, one of the first things you need to do is review your customizations systematically.

I am pleased to announce the availability of a new white paper that will help you do that:

This white paper provides an overview of how you can manage and upgrade existing Release 11i customizations to Release 12.1. It covers identifying the various types of customizations you might have--such as personalizations, Oracle Forms, Web ADI, and mod_plsql--and how to handle them during your upgrade.

The document discusses upgrading Oracle E-Business Suite customizations in the context of the following cycle:

  1. Creating an inventory of your existing customizations
  2. Comparing customizations to standard Release 12 functionality
  3. Upgrading customizations
  4. Reimplementing customizations
  5. Creating future customizations

The paper also provides recommendations on customization technologies such as Oracle Application Framework (OAF), Oracle Application Express (APEX), and Oracle Application Development Framework (ADF).

This white paper is written for Oracle E-Business Suite system administrators, DBAs, developers, and implementers.

Related Webcast

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Thursday Mar 15, 2012

Identifying the Latest Family Packs for Oracle E-Business Suite

It's important to ensure that your E-Business Suite environment is kept current, but it can be tricky to identify the latest product-level Family Packs that have been released.  You might need to identify the latest Family Pack updates available for an Oracle E-Business Suite R12 or R11i environment when performing one of the following tasks:

  • Researching the latest functionality available
  • Implementing a new module
  • Planning an upgrade to your Oracle E-Business Suite environment
Two useful links are available on My Oracle Support that provide a listing of packs  for an Oracle E-Business Suite R12 or R11i environment.  To navigate to a listing of packs, first login to My Oracle Support.  Once logged in, navigate to the Patches & Updates tab:


Once on the Patches & Updates section, navigate to the Patching Quick Links region.  This region contains links to Latest R12 Packs and Latest R11i Packs:



After clicking one of the links for either R12 or R11i packs, you will be directed to a new screen that displays all available packs for the selected version.  Here's an example of the screen displayed upon clicking the Latest R12 Packs link (naturally, the actual Family Pack references may change over time):



Note that for R12, the listing displayed is the latest packs available for the most current release of R12.  Currently, this is Release 12.1.3.  For Release 11i, the listing displayed is for the most current release of R11i., 11.5.10.  

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Wednesday Mar 14, 2012

ATG Live Webcast March 15 Reminder: Performance Tuning E-Business Suite Concurrent Manager (Performance Series Part 2 of 3)

A quick reminder for you to join Andy Tremayne, Senior Architect, Applications Performance, and co-author of Oracle Applications Performance Tuning Handbook from Oracle Press, as he discusses two major components of E-Business Suite performance tuning:  concurrent management and tracing. Andy will help dispel some myths surrounding these topics, and he will share with you the recommended best practices that you can use on your own E-Business Suite instance.

The agenda for the Performance Tuning - Part 2 of 3 webcast includes the following topics:

  • Tuning Concurrent Manager
  • Tracing Dos and Don'ts

Date:               Thursday, <March 15, 2012>
Time:              8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenters:  Andy Tremayne, Senior Architect, Applications Performance
                        Uday Moogala, Senior Principal Engineer, Applications Performance

Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

To hear the audio feed:
   Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           877-697-8128
    International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
    Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:
    Dial-In Passcode:                                              99340

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  594255385

If you miss the webcast, or you have missed any webcast, don't worry -- we'll post links to the recording as soon as it's available from Oracle University.  You can monitor this blog for pointers to the replay. And, you can find our archive of our past webcasts and training here.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email Bill Sawyer (Senior Manager, Applications Technology Curriculum) at BilldotSawyer-AT-Oracle-DOT-com.

Monday Mar 12, 2012

ATG Live Webcast March 22: Network, WAN, and PC Performance Tuning (Part 3 of 3)

Some E-Business Suite customers have end-users who connect over a wide-area network (WAN) from remote locations to a central data center.  These remote locations may have very low bandwidth connections.  It is possible to optimise and tune the E-Business Suite to work well even with very narrow pipes. 

Andy Tremayne, co-author of Oracle Applications Performance Tuning Handbook from Oracle Press, has worked with E-Business Suite worldwide on these types of EBS tuning projects.  Andy is presenting the next installment of our ATG Live Webcast series on Mar. 22, 2012.
Network, WAN, and PC Performance Tuning (Part 3 of 3)

Please join Andy Tremayne, Senior Architect, Applications Performance, as he discusses network performance for E-Business Suite. Andy will cover tuning the client and tuning the network. He will share real-life examples of network performance, and he will show you tools and techniques that you can use to estimate or simulate performance on your own network.

Screenshot of Network Test page within E-Business Suite 12.1


The agenda for the Network, WAN, and PC Performance Tuning webcast includes the following topics:

  • Tuning the Client
  • Tuning the Network

Date:               Thursday, March 22, 2012
Time:              8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenter:    Andy Tremayne, Senior Architect, Applications Performance

Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

To hear the audio feed:
    Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           877-697-8128
    International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
    Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:
    Dial-In Passcode:                                              99341

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  591264961

If you miss the webcast, or you have missed any webcast, don't worry -- we'll post links to the recording as soon as it's available from Oracle University.  You can monitor this blog for pointers to the replay. And, you can find our archive of our past webcasts and training here.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email Bill Sawyer (Senior Manager, Applications Technology Curriculum) at BilldotSawyer-AT-Oracle-DOT-com. 

Friday Mar 09, 2012

Database 10gR2 10.2.0.5 Certified with EBS 12 on Itanium, Linux on Power

As a follow up to our original certification announcement, Oracle Database 10gR2 Patch Set 10.2.0.5.0 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.0.4 and higher, 12.1.1 and higher) on the following additional database tier only platforms:

  • IBM: Linux on Power Systems (RHEL 5, SLES 10)
  • Linux Itanium (RHEL 5, SLES 10)

These are database tier only (or split tier configuration) platforms where the application tier must reside on a different fully certified E-Business Suite R12 Platform.

Screenshot of download page for 10.2.0.5 patchset

Terminal patchset release for 10gR2 Database

The 10.2.0.5 patchset is the terminal release of the Oracle Database on these platforms - users should review the following Support Notes for more information:

Certified Database Options and Features

This announcement includes:

  • Real Application Clusters
  • Database Vault 
  • Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) Column Encryption
  • Advanced Security Option / Advanced Networking Option
  • Export/Import Process for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 1
  • Transportable Database Data Migration Process for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12

Please refer the documents below for information pertaining to this certification. Updates to My Oracle Support's Certification data are in progress for this certification.

References

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Thursday Mar 08, 2012

ATG Live Webcast March 15: Performance Tuning E-Business Suite Concurrent Manager (Part 2 of 3)

It is ironic that our E-Business Suite performance architects never seem to have enough time to share all of their tips on optimizing E-Business Suite environments. This session is the promised follow-up to last year's webcast, "Tuning All Layers of E-Business Suite (Performance Series Part 1 of 3)."

Andy Tremayne, co-author of Oracle Applications Performance Tuning Handbook from Oracle Press, is presenting the next installment of our ATG Live Webcast series on March 15, 2012.

Performance Tuning E-Business Suite Concurrent Manager (Performance Series Part 2 of 3)

Join Andy Tremayne, Senior Architect, Applications Performance, as he discusses two major components of E-Business Suite performance tuning:  concurrent management and tracing. Andy will help dispel some myths surrounding these topics, and he will share with you the recommended best practices that you can use on your own E-Business Suite instance.

Screenshot of Concurrent Manager management within E-Business Suite 12.1


The agenda for the Performance Tuning - Part 2 of 3 webcast includes the following topics:

  • Tuning Concurrent Manager
  • Tracing Dos and Don'ts


Date:               Thursday, <March 15, 2012>
Time:              8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenter:     Andy Tremayne, Senior Architect, Applications Performance

Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

To hear the audio feed:
    Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           877-697-8128
    International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
    Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:
    Dial-In Passcode:                                              99340

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  594255385

If you miss the webcast, or you have missed any webcast, don't worry -- we'll post links to the recording as soon as it's available from Oracle University.  You can monitor this blog for pointers to the replay. And, you can find our archive of our past webcasts and training here.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email Bill Sawyer (Senior Manager, Applications Technology Curriculum) at BilldotSawyer-AT-Oracle-DOT-com. 

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