Monday Nov 10, 2008

Apps Technology 12.0.6 Update Now Available

In conjunction with last week's release of the Applications 12.0.6 Release Update Pack, the sixth major update for the Apps Release 12 technology stack is now available for download from Metalink:

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Friday Nov 07, 2008

Apps Release 12.0.6 Release Update Pack Now Available

Here's the perfect news to wrap up the week:  I'm very pleased to announce that the Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 12.0.6 Release Update Pack (RUP6) is now available for download from Metalink:

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Tuesday Nov 04, 2008

Humana Case Study: Implementing a Highly Available Oracle E-Business Suite Architecture (OpenWorld 2008 Recap)

I'm highlighting OpenWorld 2008 presentations that cover some of the most popular E-Business Suite technology stack topics. A catalog of all of the Applications Technology track sessions with links to the presentations is available here:

Every EBS system administrator knows that you need to consider high-availability requirements when planning your E-Business Suite implementation.  You need to account for the peak number of concurrent users who will be using the E-Business Suite at any given time.  You also need consider worst-case scenarios and your plans if one or more servers in your environment go down.

Elke Phelps, co-author of the Oracle Applications DBA Field Guide (mini-review), discussed Humana's recent experiences in upgrading their E-Business Suite for high availability in this session:

Physical architecture diagram showing Humana High Availability disaster recovery E-Business Suite deployment between two data centers using Oracle DataGuard replication and Real Application Clusters

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Friday Oct 31, 2008

Tuning All Layers of the Oracle E-Business Suite (OpenWorld 2008 Recap)

I'm highlighting OpenWorld 2008 presentations that cover some of the most popular E-Business Suite technology stack topics. A catalog of all of the Applications Technology track sessions with links to the presentations is available here:

We have an Applications Performance Group whose raison-d'etre is to ensure that the E-Business Suite runs at peak performance in all circumstances.  This team has helped tune the world's largest companies and their E-Business Suite environments to handle staggering amounts of transactional volume in enormous databases.  This is the same group that publishes all of the official Oracle Apps benchmarks, white papers, and performance metrics.

Their OpenWorld sessions are a perennial favourite with hardcore Apps DBAs looking to squeeze out the last ounce of performance out of their existing hardware.  Isam Alyousfi and Lester Gutierrez from our Applications Performance Group share their hard-won performance tuning tips in this in-depth session:

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Integration Simplified: Native Service-Oriented Architecture in Oracle E-Business Suite (OpenWorld 2008 Recap)

I'm highlighting OpenWorld 2008 presentations that cover some of the most popular E-Business Suite technology stack topics. A catalog of all of the Applications Technology track sessions with links to the presentations is available here:

It's possible to integrate the E-Business Suite with external applications via a number of different interfaces and methods, including interface tables, concurrent programs, XML messages, EDI messages, PL/SQL APIs, Business Service Objects, and Business Events.  There are over 2,500 service enabled integration points for the E-Business Suite today, with more being added regularly.

Veshaal Singh and Neeraj Chauhan from our Applications Technology Group discuss the latest techniques for integrating EBS with external applications using web services in this session:

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Wednesday Oct 29, 2008

Java Authentication + Authorization Services (JAAS) for E-Business Suite (OpenWorld 2008 Recap)

I'm highlighting OpenWorld 2008 presentations that cover some of the most popular E-Business Suite technology stack topics. A catalog of all of the Applications Technology track sessions with links to the presentations is available here:

Our Applications Technology Group announced an important set of new authentication capabilities for Java-based E-Business Suite extensions and custom programs at OpenWorld this year.  Veshaal Singh, Director in our Applications Technology Group, discusses the new capabilities and how they relate to the E-Business Suite's existing security model in this presentation:

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EBS 12: Install + Cloning Techniques Deep Dive (OpenWorld 2008 Recap)

I'm highlighting OpenWorld 2008 presentations that cover some of the most popular E-Business Suite technology stack topics. A catalog of all of the Applications Technology track sessions with links to the presentations is available here:

If you're looking for a good overview of how Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 environments can be cloned, you should check out the following presentation from Max Arderius, Development Manager in the Applications Technology Group, and Biju Mohan, Product Manager in the Applications Technology Group:

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Tuesday Oct 28, 2008

E-Business Suite Technology Essentials (OpenWorld 2008 Recap)

I'll be highlighting OpenWorld 2008 presentations that cover some of the most popular E-Business Suite technology stack topics.  A catalog of all of the Applications Technology track sessions with links to the presentations is available here:

The E-Business Suite technology stack can be a bit intimidating at first.  Lisa Parekh, Vice President of Applications Technology Integration, provides a crisp overview of the key technologies and concepts that every Apps manager or DBA should be familiar with in this presentation:

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Monday Oct 27, 2008

Case Study Redux: Oracle's Own Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 Upgrade (OpenWorld 2008 Recap)

I'll be highlighting OpenWorld 2008 presentations that cover some of the most popular E-Business Suite technology stack topics.  A catalog of all of the Applications Technology track sessions with links to the presentations is available here:

One of the most-popular sessions at OpenWorld every year is our discussion about Oracle's own E-Business Suite implementation. Donna Buhlig and Nigel Cooper, from our Applications IT (AIT) group, have expanded upon previous years' presentations with a bigger and more in-depth look at our internal Global Single Instance deployment:

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Saturday Oct 25, 2008

Integrating Earlier Versions of Database Vault 10gR2 with E-Business Suite

Folks, since we started evaluating and certifying Oracle Database Vault 10gR2 with Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 11i and R12, we have certified two versions: 10.2.0.3 and 10.2.0.4.

For many of our technologies, we publish information only about the latest certified patch set in the documentation for our customers. After we announced the certification for Database Vault 10.2.0.4 with EBS, we received a number of requests for documentation for the previous patch set i.e., 10.2.0.3 also. I am happy to announce that we have now published these historical Notes on Metalink for EBS Release 11i and R12.

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Friday Oct 24, 2008

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 : Technology Direction + Highlights (OpenWorld 2008 Recap)

I'll be highlighting OpenWorld 2008 presentations that cover some of the most popular E-Business Suite technology stack topics.  A catalog of all of the Applications Technology track sessions with links to the presentations is available here:

Santhosh George, Vice President of the Applications Technology Group, gave the following presentation:

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Using Oracle Application Server 10g with E-Business Suite (OpenWorld 2008 Recap)

I'll be highlighting OpenWorld 2008 presentations that cover some of the most popular E-Business Suite technology stack topics.  A catalog of all of the Applications Technology track sessions with links to the presentations is available here:

Here's a spotlight on one of my own OpenWorld sessions:

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Wednesday Oct 22, 2008

Oracle Critical Patch Update for October 2008 Now Available

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Sun Java Plug-in 1.6.0_10 Certified with the E-Business Suite

Regular readers know that you're now free to use whatever version of the native Sun Java plug-in with the E-Business Suite as long as you meet certain minimum requirements.  Nonetheless, the latest Sun JRE is a bit of a new animal, so my team performed an explicit set of certification tests to ensure that it's as compatible as previous releases.

Based on those latest test, we've confirmed that the latest Sun Java Runtime Engine (JRE) native plug-in release 6u10 (JRE 1.6.0_10) is compatible with both Oracle Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12 on Windows-based desktop clients.

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Tuesday Oct 21, 2008

OracleAS 10.1.2.3 Certified With EBS 12

Another airport stopover, another eagerly-awaited certification announcement.  Nice to do something productive while I'm sitting here waiting for my flight to be called.  I'm pleased to announce that Oracle Application Server 10g 10.1.2.3 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.  Specifically, the following OracleAS 10.1.2.3 components are now certified for external integration with Apps 12 environments:

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Monday Oct 13, 2008

Every Current E-Business Techstack Certification on One Page

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I started this blog over two years ago as an experiment.  My goal: make it easier to find information about the E-Business Suite that was already published somewhere in the vast system that is Oracle Metalink.

Metalink has since received a dramatic facelift and has been renamed to My Oracle Support.  Good news, but an upgrade to one key part of that system is still pending: the Certify database.

The Certify database documents all possible combinations of all Oracle products with all possible operating systems. This is both the strength and Achilles heel of the Certify system.  It's comprehensive, but its sheer size can make it hard find a specific piece of information — even for us Oracle insiders.

It's time for another experiment.

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Friday Oct 10, 2008

Comparing Oracle Data Guard vs. Active Data Guard for EBS Environments

[Nov 6 Update: Our High Availability team has suggested some additional uses for Active Data Guard in E-Business Suite environments. Article updated with those additional use cases.]

Given the number of questions I've fielded about Active Data Guard through other channels, it was inevitable that my recent article about strategies for handling EBS reporting loads would prompt questions about its compatibility with the E-Business Suite. 

The answer to this deceptively-simple question is only meaningful if you understand what's happening behind the scenes when users log into the E-Business Suite.  This article compares the operational implications of using Oracle Active Data Guard versus Oracle Data Guard in E-Business Suite environments.

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Wednesday Oct 08, 2008

Mini-Review: The Release 12 Primer

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I've had a pile of unread books sitting on my desk for an embarrassingly long period of time.  Here's the first of several long-outstanding mini-reviews for those of you looking for books about the E-Business Suite.

In collaboration with the Oracle Applications User Group, Solution Beacon has self-published a useful book entitled, "The Release 12 Primer." This large format 236-page book ambitiously covers new product functionality as well as new technology stack features in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12. 

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Tuesday Oct 07, 2008

Three Options for Scaling Up E-Business Suite for Reporting

[Oct 10, 2008 Update: Added link to article comparing the use of Oracle Active Data Guard with Oracle Data Guard for EBS environments]

The run-up to our annual OpenWorld conference consists of frenzied activities to ensure that all of our planned certifications wrap up in time to be announced at the conference.  The follow-up from OpenWorld consists of handling questions, bug reports, and escalations from our sessions, panels, and private customer meetings.  Given that this is all on top of our regular day jobs, one day I'm going to print up some t-shirts that say, "I survived another Oracle OpenWorld."

So, back in the blogging saddle again. I'll address one of the architectural questions that seems to pop perennially:

How do I handle heavy reporting overhead without disrupting my E-Business Suite instance's transactional users?  Can I offload this to a separate reporting instance?

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Tuesday Sep 23, 2008

11gR1 11.1.0.6 Certified on Windows 2003 for E-Business Suite Release 12

Our Applications Platform Group has announced that the 11gR1 11.1.0.6 Database is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 on Microsoft Windows 2003 x86.  This certification includes 11gR1 11.1.0.6 Real Application Cluster (RAC) configurations, too.

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Thursday Sep 18, 2008

Migrating E-Business Suite Release 12 Databases Between Platforms

Boy, we're just smoking, now.  You can always tell that OpenWorld is heating up when all of these new certifications come pouring out of our labs.  Here's another certification that complements our previous announcement for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i:  Our Applications Platforms Group has announced that database migration across platforms of the same "endian" format (byte ordering) using the Transportable Database process is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 using 10gR2.

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Wednesday Sep 17, 2008

Oracle Database 11gR1 (11.1.0.6) Certified with E-Business Suite Release 12

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I'm very pleased to announce a highly-anticipated certification that our teams have been working on, just in time for OpenWorld:  Oracle Database 11gR1 Version 11.1.0.6 is now certified with E-Business Suite Release 12.  This complements our previously-announced 11gR1 Database certification for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i.  The good news about the complementary nature of these two certifications means that you can upgrade your Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i environment to the 11gR1 Database now and move up to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 later.

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Tuesday Sep 16, 2008

GE Infrastructure + AMP Case Study at OpenWorld 2008

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Our OpenWorld preparations are at a fever pitch right now and I can barely see the top of my inbox. One of my colleagues, Biju Mohan, has an OpenWorld session that will be useful if you're evaluating the Applications Management Pack. As part of his session, Biju and a Program Manager from GE Infrastructure will be discussing how GE Infrastructure running multiple Oracle E-Business Suite production systems was able to save $200k and also reduce DBA time by 84% by using Application Management Pack (AMP) for Oracle E-Business Suite (AMP).

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Thursday Sep 11, 2008

The Case of The Missing Database Links

[Sep 12, 2008 Update: Thanks to questions posted by readers in the comments and via private emails, I've confirmed that there are some EBS products -- including Advanced Planning (APS), Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW), and Workflow -- that do use database links today. These products' usage of database links have been reviewed and approved by our architects because they do not invoke ATG (or AOL) code in any way, and because their functionality fundamentally requires a distributed architecture. More updates will follow on questions raised about G/L's use of database links via the Financial Statement Generator functionality.

Here's a scenario that might sound familiar to some of you: a customer built an extension for the E-Business Suite Release 11i using database links. When they upgraded their 9iR2 database to 10gR2, they were dismayed to find that those database links stopped working. They logged a Service Request and were surprised to be informed that, "Database links aren't supported with the E-Business Suite."

I ended up being involved in the resulting discussion. The support statement above isn't entirely correct, and the actual truth is more nuanced than you might think.  This case illustrates something much more fundamental about "certification" and "support" of generic database features and options that all EBS developers should understand.

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Monday Sep 08, 2008

Filling Up Your OpenWorld 2008 Calendar

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Apparently, there's this big Oracle conference coming up in a few weeks... A recent wave of emails have been requests to profile certain OpenWorld 2008 events. In addition to the sessions that I'll be personally involved in, in some capacity or another, here are some EBS techstack-related things going at OpenWorld this year that you'll want to add to your calendar:

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Tuesday Sep 02, 2008

OracleAS 10.1.2.2 Certified with EBS 11i and 12

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We wrapped up a new certification over the long weekend, but it's a bit of a strange one. We had originally not planned to do this certification at all, for reasons that might be clearer by the end of this article.

However, a suitably large number of you have requested it explicitly, so we revisited that decision.  This is an object lesson in the principle that it never hurts to ask. On to the actual certification announcement:

Oracle Application Server and Oracle Developer Suite 10g Release 2 (10.1.2) Patch Set 2 (10.1.2.2.0) (Patchset 4960210) is now certified for use with E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12 environments. This certification covers all platforms for which this OracleAS patchset is available.

Now for the odd part...

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Friday Aug 22, 2008

OEL and RHEL 5 Certified for E-Business Suite Release 12

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The weekend is fast approaching and my demon inbox still has not been appeased. Here's a quick announcement from our Applications Platforms Group about a new pair of platform certifications:  Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.0.4 and higher) is certified on Oracle Enterprise Linux (OEL) 5 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5 on the x86 and 86-64 hardware architectures.

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Tuesday Aug 19, 2008

10gR2 10.2.0.4 Database Certified with Apps 12

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[Aug 26, 2008 Update: Added Windows x86 and IBM AIX to the list of certified platforms, and more information about pending platform certifications]

Following our recent certification of E-Business Suite Release 11i with the 10gR2 10.2.0.4 Database, I'm very pleased to announce that the E-Business Suite Release 12 is now also certified on 10.2.0.4. For those of you who are planning ahead, this means that you can upgrade your Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i environment to the 10gR2 10.2.0.4 Database and then upgrade your environment to E-Business Suite Release 12, without worrying about incompatible target database versions.

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