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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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.

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Thursday Mar 01, 2012

Webcast Replay Available: Usability Best Practices for Oracle E-Business Suite

I am pleased to release the replay and presentation for the latest ATG Live Webcast:Screenshot of Usability Best Practices

Usability Best Practices for Oracle E-Business Suite (Presentation)

Sara Woodhull, Principal Product Manager discussed the best practices for improving the usability of Oracle E-Business Suite. This discussion included discussion of new user interface features that you can use when extending or customizing E-Business Suite.

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 Feb 10, 2012

ATG Live Webcast: Usability Best Practices for Oracle E-Business Suite

The latest version of Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 includes new user interface features that you can use when extending or customizing EBS for your own specific requirements.  I'm pleased to announce an upcoming webcast that provides guidance on the best ways of enhancing the usability of your customizations and extensions.  Here's the next installment of our ATG Live Webcast series on Feb. 16, 2012:

Usability Best Practices for Oracle E-Business Suite

Join Sara Woodhull, Principal Product Manager, for this wide-ranging discussion on best practices for improving the usability of Oracle E-Business Suite.

The agenda for the Usability Best Practices for Oracle E-Business Suite webcast includes the following topics:

  • Top Three Ways to Improve EBS Usability
  • Why Upgrading Improves Usability
  • Personalize Oracle E-Business Suite for Maximum Usability

Date:               Thursday, February 16, 2012
Time:              8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenter:     Sara Woodhull, Principal Product Manager

Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

To hear the audio feed:
    Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           1-877-697-8128
    International Participant Dial-In Number:      1-706-634-9568
    Dial-In Passcode:                                              99332

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  591287627

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 Jul 15, 2011

ATG Live Webcast: Upgrading your EBS 11i Customizations to Release 12

I am pleased to announce our next ATG Live Webcast, on 28-Jul-2011. The event is titled:

Upgrading your Customizations to Oracle E-Business Suite R12.x

This one-hour webcast provides an overview of how Oracle E-Business Suite system administrators, DBAs, developers, and implementers can manage and upgrade existing EBS R11i customizations to R12.x.

Topics will include:

  • Your Customization Inventory
  • Comparing Customizations - Release 11i to Release 12.x
  • Managing Common Customization Types
  • Managing Deprecated Technologies
  • Anticipating Future Customizations
Upgrading your Customizations to Oracle E-Business Suite 12.x

Date: Thursday, July 28, 2011
Time: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time (4.00 PM - 5.00 PM GMT)
Presenter: Sara Woodhull, Principal Product Manager, ATG Development

Direct link to the webcast:

https://ouweb.webex.com/ouweb/j.php?ED=164995277&UID=1269704602&RT=MiM0

The dial-in numbers are:

https://ouweb.webex.com/ouweb/j.php?ED=164995277&UID=1269704602&RT=MiM0

The dial-in numbers are:
Domestic Participant Dial-In Number: 877-697-8128
International Participant Dial-In Number: 706-634-9568
Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link: http://www.intercall.com/national/oracleuniversity/gdnam.html
Dial-In Passcode: 95668

You may optionally preregister for the webcast here.

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

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