Thursday Jul 26, 2012

Oracle Access Manager 11gR1 BP03 Certified with EBS 12

I'm pleased to announce that the Oracle Access Manager team has certified Oracle Access Manager 11gR1 Bundle Patch 3 (a.k.a. 11.1.1.5.3 or BP03) with E-Business Suite Release 12.  Applying Oracle Access Manager 11gR1 BP03 will provide you with the latest set of fixes for Oracle Access Manager 11gR1 which have been validated with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.

References

The following documents have been updated to include a new table listing Oracle Access Manager 11gR1 bundle patches that have been certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12:

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Monday Jul 09, 2012

Webcast Replay Available: Scrambling Sensitive Data in E-Business Suite Release 12 Cloned Environments

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

Scrambling Sensitive Data in EBS 12 Cloned Environments (Presentation)

E-Business Suite Data Masking Architecture

Eric Bing, Senior Director, Jagan Athreya, Enterprise Manager Product Management, and Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager, discussed the Oracle E-Business Suite Template for Data Masking Pack, and how it 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. (July 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 Jul 06, 2012

Building Extensions Using E-Business Suite SDK for Java

We’ve just released Version 2.0.1 of Oracle E-Business Suite SDK for Java.  This new version has several great enhancements added after I wrote about the first version of the SDK in 2010.  In addition to the AppsDataSource and Java Authentication and Authorization Service (JAAS) features that are in the first version, the Oracle E-Business Suite SDK for Java now provides:

  • Session management APIs, so you can share session information with Oracle E-Business Suite
  • Setup script for UNIX/Linux for AppsDataSource and JAAS on Oracle WebLogic Server
  • APIs for Message Dictionary, User Profiles, and NLS
  • Javadoc for the APIs (included with the patch)
  • Enhanced documentation included with Note 974949.1
Integration between custom apps and EBS

These features can be used with either Release 11i or Release 12. 

References

What's new in those references?

Note 974949.1 is the place to look for the latest information as we come out with new versions of the SDK.  The patch number changes for each release.  Version 2.0.1 is contained in Patch 13882058, which is for both Release 11i and Release 12.  Note 974949.1 includes the following topics:

  • Applying the latest patch
  • Using Oracle E-Business Suite Data Sources
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Implementation of Java Authentication and Authorization Service (JAAS)
  • Utilities
  • Error loggingSession management 
  • Message Dictionary
  • User profiles
  • Navigation to External Applications
  • Java EE Session Management Tutorial

For those of you using the SDK with Oracle ADF, besides some Oracle ADF-specific documentation in Note 974949.1, we also updated the ADF Integration FAQ as well.

EBS SDK for Java Use Cases

The uses of the Oracle E-Business Suite SDK for Java fall into two general scenarios for integrating external applications with Oracle E-Business Suite:

  1. Application sharing a session with Oracle E-Business Suite
  2. Independent application (not shared session)

With an independent application, the external application accesses Oracle E-Business  Suite data and server-side APIs, but it has a completely separate user interface. The external application may also launch pages from the Oracle E-Business Suite home page, but after the initial launch there is no further communication with the Oracle E-Business Suite user interface.

Shared session integration means that the external application uses an Oracle E-Business Suite session (ICX session), shares session context information with Oracle E-Business Suite, and accesses Oracle E-Business Suite data. The external application may also launch pages from the Oracle E-Business Suite home page, or regions or pages from the external application may be embedded as regions within Oracle Application Framework pages.

Both shared session applications and independent applications use the AppsDataSource feature of the Oracle E-Business Suite SDK for Java. Independent applications may also use the Java Authentication and Authorization (JAAS) and logging features of the SDK.

Applications that are sharing the Oracle E-Business Suite session use the session management feature (instead of the JAAS feature), and they may also use the logging, profiles, and Message Dictionary features of the SDK.  The session management APIs allow you to create, retrieve, validate and cancel an Oracle E-Business Suite session (ICX session) from your external application.  Session information and context can travel back and forth between Oracle E-Business Suite and your application, allowing you to share session context information across applications.

Note: Generally you would use the Java Authentication and Authorization (JAAS) feature of the SDK or the session management feature, but not both together.

Send us your feedback

Since the Oracle E-Business Suite SDK for Java is still pretty new, we’d like to know about who is using it and what you are trying to do with it.  We’d like to get this type of information:

  • customer name and brief use case
  • configuration and technologies (Oracle WebLogic Server or OC4J, plain Java, ADF, SOA Suite, and so on)
  • project status (proof of concept, development, production)
  • any other feedback you have about the SDK

You can send me your feedback directly at Sara dot Woodhull at Oracle dot com, or you can leave it in the comments below.  Please keep in mind that we cannot answer support questions, so if you are having specific issues, please log a service request with Oracle Support.

Happy coding!

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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.

Wednesday Jun 27, 2012

Oracle E-Business Suite 12 Certified on Additional Linux Platforms

Linux Tux logo penguin

As a follow up to our original certification announcement regarding Oracle Linux 6, Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.1.1 and higher) is now certified on the following additional Linux x86/x86-64 operating systems:

  • Oracle Linux 6 (32-bit)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (32-bit)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (64-bit)
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 11 (64-bit)
New installations of the E-Business Suite on these operating systems require version 12.1.1 of the Release 12 media.  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 11gR2) and Fusion Middleware as necessary. These and other requirements are noted in the Installation and Upgrade Notes (IUN) below.

References

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.    

Monday Jun 04, 2012

Plans for Java 7 and E-Business Suite Certification

[Update Dec. 11, 2012: JRE 7 is now certified with the E-Business Suite; see this announcement for complete details.]

[Update Oct. 19, 2012: All customers can begin preparing for JRE 7 now by applying a Forms-based patch to their E-Business Suite environments.  For details, see: Planning Bulletin for JRE 7: What EBS Customers Can Do Today]

Java logoAs of June 2012, Java 7 has not been certified yet with Oracle E-Business Suite.  EBS customers should continue to run JRE 6 on their Windows end-user desktops, and JDK 6 on their EBS servers.

If a search engine has brought you to this article, please check the Certifications summary for our latest certified Java release.

Our plans for certifying Java 7 for the E-Business Suite

We plan on releasing the Java 7 certification for E-Business Suite customers in two phases:

  • Phase 1: Certify JRE 7 for Windows end-user desktops
  • Phase 2: Certify JDK 7 for server-based components

When will Java 7 be certified with EBS?

We're working on the first phase now. As usual, I cannot discuss release dates here, but you can monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates.

Current known issues with JRE 7 in EBS environments

Our current testing shows that there are known incompatibilities between JRE 7 and the Forms-invocation process in EBS environments.  We have been working directly with the Java division on this for a while now.  In the meantime, EBS customers should not deploy JRE 7 to their end-user Windows desktop clients. You should stick with JRE 1.6 for now. 

But wait, you previously said...

Older JRE certification announcements stated:

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 higher.  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.

Yes, this is true.  This standard boilerplate text was written before JRE 7 was released, so there was no possibility of misunderstanding.  With the availability of JRE 7, that boilerplate needs to be revised to read:

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 1.6 releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE 1.6 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 1.6 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

References

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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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Friday May 04, 2012

Quarterly E-Business Suite Upgrade Recommendations: May 2012 Edition

I've previously published advice on the general priorities for applying EBS updates.  But what are your top priorities for major upgrades to EBS and its technology stack components?

Here is a summary of our latest upgrade recommendations for E-Business Suite updates and technology stack components.  These quarterly recommendations are based upon the latest updates to Oracle's product strategies, support deadlines, and newly-certified releases. 

Upgrade Recommendations for May 2012

  1. EBS 11i users should upgrade to 12.1.3, or -- if staying on 11i -- should be on the minimum 11i patching baseline,

  2. EBS 12.0 users should upgrade to 12.1.3, or -- if staying on 12.0 -- should be on the minimum 12.0 patching baseline,

  3. EBS 12.1 users should upgrade to 12.1.3.

  4. Oracle Database 10gR2 and 11gR1 users should upgrade to 11gR2 11.2.0.3.

  5. EBS 12 users of Oracle Single Sign-On 10g users should migrate to Oracle Access Manager 11g 11.1.1.5.

  6. EBS 11i users of  Oracle Single Sign-On 10g users should migrate to Oracle Access Manager 10g 10.1.4.3.

  7. Oracle Internet Directory 10g users should upgrade to Oracle Internet Directory 11g 11.1.1.5.

  8. Oracle Discoverer users should migrate to Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE), Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA), or Discoverer 11g 11.1.1.6.

  9. Oracle Portal 10g users should migrate to Oracle WebCenter 11g 11.1.1.6 or upgrade to Portal 11g 11.1.1.6.

  10. All Windows desktop users should migrate from JInitiator and older Java releases to JRE 1.6.0_32 or later 1.6 updates.

  11. All Firefox users should upgrade to Firefox Extended Support Release 10.

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Thursday May 03, 2012

WebCenter 11.1.1.6 Certified with E-Business Suite 12

Oracle WebCenter Suite is an integrated suite of Fusion Middleware 11gR1 tools used to create web sites and portals using service-oriented architecture (SOA).  Applications adapters are also available.

WebCenter Development Framework

WebCenter version 11.1.1.6 (a.k.a. Patchset 5) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.0.6 and higher; 12.1.3 and higher). 

Certified Platforms

Oracle WebCenter 11gR1 Version 11.1.1.6 is certified to run on any operating system for which Oracle WebLogic Server 11g is certified. For information on operating systems supported by Oracle WebLogic Server 11g and Oracle Portal, refer to the 'Oracle Fusion Middleware on WebLogic Server - System Certification' in the Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 (11.1.1.x) Certification Matrix.

Migrating to Oracle WebCenter

If you're currently using Oracle Portal, you should be aware that Portal is now in maintenance mode.  Updates with bug fixes will continue to be produced, but you should consider migrating to Oracle WebCenter for ongoing new features.

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

64-bit Internet Explorer 8 and 9 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

64-bit versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 and 9 are certified with Oracle E-Business Suite.  IE 64-bit will run the 64-bit JRE plug-in. You can deploy these 64-bit IE releases as desktop browser clients for your EBS 11i and 12 end-users running 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1).

How will this work?Microsoft IE Internet Explorer logo

By design Microsoft does not allow the 64-bit browser to be set as default on the desktop client. Launching IE from a 3rd party application will cause the default 32-bit version of the browser to open which is expected behavior.

For example: Report Manager users running drill down from Adobe Acrobat Reader or Microsoft Excel output will find that the Oracle E-Business Suite window will open using the default 32-bit browser.

The 32-bit and 64-bit stacks (Internet Explorer Browser and JRE plug-in) will run independently, from their individual homes, on the same Windows 7 (64-bit) desktop client. In certain circumstances this allows the use of two different plug-in versions (one 32-bit and one 64-bit) from a single desktop to the same or different Oracle E-Business Suite environments.

The 64-bit JRE does not currently include an automatic update facility. Upgrading the 64-bit plug-in can be done with a download from the EBS web server or via manual download of the 64-bit Windows version to the desktop.

Microsoft Office logoWhat about Microsoft Office?

At this point, we have certified the following configurations:

  1. Windows 7 32-bit, 32-bit browser, 32-bit JRE
  2. Windows 7 64-bit, 32-bit browser, 32-bit JRE
  3. Windows 7 64-bit, 64-bit browser, 64-bit JRE

All three combinations are currently certified only with 32-bit Microsoft Office versions.  We have plans to certify 64-bit versions of Microsoft Office.  We're focussing on getting EBS 12.2 completed right now, so we'll revisit our 64-bit Office integration points when the former is completed. 

In the meantime, we could use some feedback from you.  I'm very curious about your business case for deploying 64-bit versions instead of 32-bit versions.  Why do your users need the 64-bit versions?  If you're interested in 64-bit versions of Office, please drop me a line (or post a comment here) with details about the 64-bit Office version that you intend to deploy. 

Oracle E-Business Suite 11i Prerequisites

  • Oracle Applications patch 10 (11.5.10) plus Maintenance Pack 11.5.10 CU2 or higher
  • Oracle Applications Technology 11i.ATG_PF.H Rollup 6 (RUP 6) (patch 5903765) or higher.
  • Oracle Developer 6i patch set 19 (6.0.8.28.x) (see note 125767.1).
  • Java plug-in JRE 1.6.0_32 (64-bit) or higher.
  • MLR patch 13384700 or higher.

Oracle E-Business Suite R12.0 Prerequisites

  • Oracle Applications Technology R12.ATG_PF.A.DELTA.6 (patch 7237006) or higher.
  • Oracle Forms Version 10.1.2.3 or higher.
  • Java plug-in JRE 1.6.0_32 (64-bit) or higher.

Oracle E-Business Suite R12.1 Prerequisites

  • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.1 or higher.
  • Java plug-in JRE 1.6.0_32 (64-bit) or higher.

References

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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

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[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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Monday Apr 23, 2012

Discoverer 11.1.1.6 Certified with E-Business Suite

[Apr. 30, 2012 Update: Added IBM AIX on Power certification for EBS 12]

Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer is an ad-hoc query, reporting, analysis, and Web-publishing tool that allows end-users to work directly with Oracle E-Business Suite OLTP data.

Discoverer graph screenshot

Discoverer 11g (11.1.1.6) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release.  Discoverer 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 RUP 7 and higher
  • EBS Release 12.0.6 and higher
  • EBS Release 12.1.1 and higher

Platforms certified for R12

  • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5, 6 for EBS 12.1.1 and higher only)
  • Linux x86-64 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10, 11 for EBS 12.1.1 and higher only)
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.23, 11.31)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.23, 11.31)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (2003, 2008* )
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) (2008 R2 for EBS 12.1.1 and higher only)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) 5.3, 6.1, 7.1)

Platforms certified for Release 11i

  • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5) 
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9,10)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.23, 11.31)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003) 
Other platform certifications still underway

Certifications for other operating system platforms are still underway.  Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates, which I'll post as soon as soon as they're available.  

References

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.

Friday Apr 13, 2012

Oracle VM Templates Available for E-Business Suite 12.1.3

Oracle VM has matured into a formidable virtualization product over the years. Oracle E-Business Suite is certified to run production instances on both Oracle VM 2 and 3. This applies to EBS Releases 11i and 12.  It also applies to future Oracle VM 3 updates, including subsequent Oracle VM 3.x releases.

E-Business Suite 12.1.3 Oracle VM templates available now

The latest EBS 12.1.3 templates for Oracle VM can be downloaded here:

Templates are available for:

  • E-Business Suite 12.1.3 Vision (64-bit)
  • E-Business Suite 12.1.3 Production (32-bit)
  • E-Business Suite 12.x Sparse Middle Tiers (32-bit and 64-bit)

Screenshot of Oracle VM Manager

Should EBS 11i users care?

Yes.  You can use these templates to get an EBS 12 testbed environment running in minutes.  This is a great way of giving your end-users a chance to work with EBS 12 without the overhead of building an environment from scratch.

References

Oracle VM 3 supports a number of guest operating systems including various flavors and versions of Linux, Solaris and Windows. For information regarding certified platforms, installation and upgrade guidance and prerequisite requirements please refer to the Certifications tab on My Oracle Support as well as the following documentation:

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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.
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