Tuesday Jan 21, 2014

Support Implications for Your EBS Customizations

I've published this guidance in various articles before but it never hurts to consolidate it here for new readers.

You may choose to:

  • Modify or extend the E-Business Suite code that we ship
  • Add new database objects or modify existing database objects that we ship
  • Modify our standard EBS database partitioning schemes
  • Introduce various forms of third-party virtualization technologies for any of the E-Business Suite's three tiers -- the database tier, the application server tier, or the desktop tier
  • Use third-party tools to modify your database directly
  • Integrate third-party software with your EBS environment, say, for reporting purposes, or to obtain additional industry-specific functionality
  • Use third-party tools to manage or configure your EBS environment.
Oracle generally considers all of these activities to be some form of customization.  This is not a complete list. Generally speaking, if you have introduced something new into your environment that we haven't tested, we cannot take responsibility for it, so we consider it to be a customization.

Where these activities fall on a risk spectrum depends on their invasiveness.  The more invasive a customization is, the greater its potential risk.  Oracle generally recommends against invasive customizations.

Oracle's official policy on handling customizations is detailed here:

The support implications boil down to this:

  • Issues that are isolated to the E-Business Suite will be investigated by E-Business Suite Development.
  • Issues that are isolated to your customizations or third-party tools should be directed to the third-party vendor.
  • E-Business Suite Development will provide E-Business Suite Development patches for issues that can be reproduced in environments built using E-Business Suite documented procedures and tools.
  • If the third-party vendor cannot resolve issues isolated to their tools, you should restore from a backup and revert to using Oracle’s documented tools and procedures.

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Friday Oct 25, 2013

WebCenter 11.1.1.8 Certified with E-Business Suite 12.2

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 Portal 11.1.1.8 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.  This complements our existing certifications of WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.8 with EBS 12.0 and 12.1WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.8 is part of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 Version 11.1.1.8.0, also known as FMW 11gR1 Patchset 7. 

Certified Platforms

Oracle WebCenter Portal 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 WebCenter 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.

Integration with Oracle WebCenter Portal 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.

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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Friday Sep 06, 2013

WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.8 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 Portal 11.1.1.8 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.0.6 and higher; 12.1.1 and higher).  WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.8 is part of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 Version 11.1.1.8.0, also known as FMW 11gR1 Patchset 7. 

Certified Platforms

Oracle WebCenter Portal 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 WebCenter 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.

Integration with Oracle WebCenter Portal 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.

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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Friday Jun 07, 2013

WebCenter 11.1.1.7 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 Portal 11.1.1.7 (a.k.a. Patchset 5) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.0.6 and higher; 12.1.1 and higher).  WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.7 is part of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 Version 11.1.1.7.0, also known as FMW 11gR1 Patchset 6. 

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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Wednesday May 08, 2013

BPEL 11.1.1.7 Certified for Prebuilt E-Business Suite 12.1 SOA Integrations

Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) integrations with Oracle E-Business Suite can either be custom integrations that you build yourself or prebuilt integrations from Oracle.  For more information about the differences between the two options for SOA integrations, see this previously-published certification announcement.

There are five prebuilt BPEL business processes by Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 product teams:

  1. Oracle Price Protection (DPP)

  1. Complex Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (CMRO/AHL)

  1. Oracle Transportation Management (WMS, WSH, PO)

  1. Advanced Supply Chain Planning (MSC)

  1. Product Information Management (PIM/EGO)

BPEL integration architecture diagram example

Last year we announced the certification of BPEL 11.1.1.6 for Prebuilt E-Business Suite 12.1.3 SOA integrations.  The five prebuilt BPEL processes have now been certified with Oracle BPEL Process Manager 11g version 11.1.1.7 (in Oracle Fusion Middleware SOA Suite 11g).  These prebuilt BPEL processes are certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 and higher.

Note: The Supply Chain Trading Connector (CLN) product team has opted not to support BPEL 11g with their prebuilt business processes previously certified with BPEL 10.1.3.5.  If you have a requirement for that certification, I would recommend contacting your Oracle account manager to ensure that the Supply Chain team is notified appropriately. 

For additional information about prebuilt integrations with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3, please refer to the following documentation:

Certified Platforms

  • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)

  • Linux x86 (RHEL 5)

  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)

  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5, 6)

  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 5)

  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10) 

  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10, 11)

  • HP-UX Itanium (11.23, 11.31)

  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.23, 11.31)

  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1, 7)

  • IBM: Linux on System z (RHEL 5, SLES 10)

  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003, 2008) 

  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) (2008 R2)

Getting Support

If you need support for the prebuilt EBS 12.1.3 BPEL business processes, you can log Service Requests against the Applications Technology Group product family.

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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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Wednesday Nov 14, 2012

REMINDER: ATG Live Webcast Nov. 15: Best Practices for Using EBS SDK for Java with Oracle ADF

Thursday, November 15th is your chance to join Sara Woodhull and Juan Camilo Ruiz as they discuss  Best Practices for Using EBS SDK for Java with Oracle ADF. You can find the complete event details at

ATG Live Webcast: Best Practices for Using EBS SDK for Java with Oracle ADF

Date:               Thursday, November 15, 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:                                              103192

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  591862924

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 Nov 09, 2012

ATG Live Webcast Nov. 15th: Best Practices for Using EBS SDK for Java with Oracle ADF

Oracle E-Business Suite delivers functionality for handling the core business of your organization. This webcast provides best practices for how to use Oracle Application Development Framework (Oracle ADF) with the Oracle E-Business Suite SDK for Java.  Topics include:

  • Session management with ADF
  • Handling security
  • Embedding ADF regions in OA Framework pages
  • Best practices and more
Using the Oracle E-Business Suite SDK for Java with Oracle ADF

Date:               Thursday, November 15, 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:                                              103192

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  591862924

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 16, 2012

Hosted EBS 11i Integration Repository Temporarily Offline

Most developers know that they can integrate their external applications with the E-Business Suite via the business service interfaces and SOA service endpoints documented in the E-Business Suite's Integration Repository.  This is shipped as part of EBS 12.  Until recently, it was provided as a hosted environment on the Oracle.com domain for EBS 11i.

Screenshot of EBS 11i Integration Repository

Unfortunately, we identified some standards-related issues in the process of switching from the existing server that hosts the EBS 11i environment to a new one, notably in the area of accessibility. Some of those issues will require coding changes to resolve.  Given our focus on EBS 12.2 right now, it may take some time to prioritize this relative to our other existing commitments.

In the meantime, we are required to suspend access to the EBS 11i Integration Repository.  I don't have a firm schedule for getting this back online yet, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog. I'll post updates here as soon as soon as they're available.   

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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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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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Wednesday Apr 11, 2012

BPEL 11.1.1.6 Certified for Prebuilt E-Business Suite 12.1.3 SOA Integrations

Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) integrations with Oracle E-Business Suite can either be custom integrations that you build yourself or prebuilt integrations from Oracle.  For more information about the differences between the two options for SOA integrations, see this previously-published certification announcement.

There are five prebuilt BPEL business processes by Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 product teams:

  1. Oracle Price Protection (DPP)
  2. Complex Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (CMRO/AHL)
  3. Oracle Transportation Management (WMS, WSH, PO)
  4. Advanced Supply Chain Planning (MSC)
  5. Product Information Management (PIM/EGO)
BPEL integration architecture diagram example

Last year we announced the certification of BPEL 11.1.1.5 for Prebuilt E-Business Suite 12.1.3 SOA integrations.  The five prebuilt BPEL processes have now been certified with Oracle BPEL Process Manager 11g version 11.1.1.6 (in Oracle Fusion Middleware SOA Suite 11g).  These prebuilt BPEL processes are certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 and higher.

Note: The Supply Chain Trading Connector (CLN) product team has opted not to support BPEL 11g with their prebuilt business processes previously certified with BPEL 10.1.3.5.  If you have a requirement for that certification, I would recommend contacting your Oracle account manager to ensure that the Supply Chain team is notified appropriately. 

For additional information about prebuilt integrations with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3, please refer to the following documentation:

Certified Platforms

  • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5, 6)
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10) 
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10, 11)
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.23, 11.31)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.23, 11.31)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1, 7)
  • IBM: Linux on System z (RHEL 5, SLES 10)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003, 2008) 
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) (2008 R2)

Getting Support

If you need support for the prebuilt EBS 12.1.3 BPEL business processes, you can log Service Requests against the Applications Technology Group product family.

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Thursday Dec 08, 2011

BPEL 11.1.1.5 Certified for Prebuilt E-Business Suite 12.1.3 SOA Integrations

Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) integrations with Oracle E-Business Suite can either be custom integrations that you build yourself or prebuilt integrations from Oracle.  There are five prebuilt BPEL business processes by Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 product teams:
  1. Oracle Price Protection (DPP)
  2. Complex Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (CMRO/AHL)
  3. Oracle Transportation Management (WMS, WSH, PO)
  4. Advanced Supply Chain Planning (MSC)
  5. Product Information Management (PIM/EGO)

Earlier this year we announced the certification of BPEL 11.1.1.4 for Prebuilt E-Business Suite 12.1.3 SOA integrations.  The five prebuilt BPEL processes have now been certified with Oracle BPEL Process Manager 11g version 11.1.1.5 (in Oracle Fusion Middleware SOA Suite 11g).  These prebuilt BPEL processes are certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 and higher.

Note: The Supply Chain Trading Connector (CLN) product team has opted not to support BPEL 11g with their prebuilt business processes previously certified with BPEL 10.1.3.5.  If you have a requirement for that certification, I would recommend contacting your Oracle account manager to ensure that the Supply Chain team is notified appropriately. 

For additional information about prebuilt integrations with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3, please refer to the following documentation:

Certified Platforms

  • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10) 
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10)
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.23, 11.31)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.23, 11.31)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
  • IBM: Linux on System z (RHEL 5, SLES 10)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003, 2008) 
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) (2008 R2)

Getting Support

If you need support for the prebuilt EBS 12.1.3 BPEL business processes, you can log Service Requests against the Applications Technology Group product family.

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Wednesday Dec 07, 2011

WebCenter 11g 11.1.1.5 Certified with E-Business Suite Release 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 11.1.1.5 (a.k.a. Patchset 4) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.0.6 and higher; 12.1.3 and higher). Earlier this summer, WebCenter 11g version 11.1.1.4 (a.k.a. Patchset 3) was certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12. 

Certified EBS 12 Platforms
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10)
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.23, 11.31)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.23, 11.31)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1, 7.1)
  • IBM: Linux on System z (RHEL 5)
  • IBM: Linux on System z (SLES 10)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003, 2003 R2, 2008 for EBS 12.1 only)
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) (2008 R2 for EBS 12.1 only)
References

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Wednesday Jul 27, 2011

Reminder: ATG Live Webcast July 28: Upgrading EBS 11i Customizations to Release 12

Reminder: Our next ATG Live Webcast is happening tomorrow, Thursday, July 28th:

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 Bill Sawyer (Senior Manager, Applications Technology Curriculum) at BilldotSawyer-AT-Oracle-DOT-com. 

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Monday Jul 25, 2011

Creating Custom WSRP Portlets with EBS R12 Portlet Generator

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 comes with a small number of prebuilt portlets that can be used with Oracle WebCenter and Oracle Portal:  Applications Navigator, Favorites, and Worklist.  These portlets are JSR-168 and WSRP-compliant and can be used with third-party web development tools.

While those portlets do what you'd expect, you might need more options for embedding EBS functionality into your custom corporate websites.  That's possible -- you can create your own custom portlets using the EBS R12 Portlet Generator.

Conceptual diagram showing OAF Portlet Generator flow

The Portlet Generator lets you convert existing standalone Oracle Application Framework regions into portlets.  These converted portlets can be integrated into any JSR-168/WSRP-compatible portal.

As you might expect, there are very specific conditions in which you can extract OA Framework regions into standalone portlets.  For more information about prerequisites and tips on using the Portlet Generator, see the Developer Tools section (Chapter 16) in the following guide:

Have you used this tool?

This is a relatively new tool, and our development team is very interested in hearing about your experiences with it.  If you have any feedback or suggestions, please post a comment here or drop me a private email with your thoughts.

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Friday Jul 08, 2011

WebCenter 11g 11.1.1.4 Certified with EBS 12 on IBM Linux on System z

IBM logoAs a follow-up to our original announcement earlier this year, Oracle Fusion Middleware 11gR1 WebCenter 11.1.1.4 (Patchset 3) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 on the following IBM: Linux on System z platforms

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 5 (64-bit)
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 10 (64-bit)

For installation and configuration documentation, see:

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Wednesday Jul 06, 2011

BPEL 11.1.1.4 Certified for Prebuilt E-Business Suite 12.1.3 SOA Integrations on IBM Linux on System z

IBM logoAs a follow-up to our original certification announcement, prebuilt SOA integrations for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 using BPEL Process Manager 11.1.1.4 are now certified on the following Linux on System z platforms:

  •  Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 5 (64-bit)
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 10 (64-bit)

References

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Tuesday Jun 21, 2011

EBS Seed Data Comparison Reports Now Available

Earlier this year we released a reporting tool that reports on the differences in E-Business Suite database objects between one release and another.  That's a very useful reference, but EBS defaults are delivered as seed data within the database objects themselves. What about the differences in this seed data between one release and another?

I'm pleased to announce the availability of a new tool that provides comparison reports of E-Business Suite seed data between EBS 11.5.10.2, 12.0.4, 12.0.6, 12.1.1, and 12.1.3.  This new tool complements the information in the data model comparison tool.  You can download the new seed data comparison tool here:

Screenshot of summary of seed data comparison report top level

The EBS ATG Seed Data Comparison Report provides report on the changes between different EBS releases based upon the seed data changes delivered by the product data loader files (.ldt extension) based on EBS ATG loader control (.lct extension) files.  You can use this new tool to report on the differences in the following types of seed data:
  • Concurrent Program definitions
  • Descriptive Flexfield entity definitions
  • Application Object Library profile option definitions
  • Application Object Library (AOL) key flexfield, function, lookups, value set definitions
  • Application Object Library (AOL) menu and responsibility definitions
  • Application Object Library messages
  • Application Object Library request set definitions
  • Application Object Library printer styles definitions
  • Report Manager / WebADI component and integrator entity definitions
  • Business Intelligence Publisher (BI Publisher) entity definitions
  • BIS Request Set Generator entity definitions
  • ... and more
Your feedback is welcome

This new tool was produced by our hard-working EBS Release Management team, and they're 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 distribution list address included in Note 1327399.1.

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Tuesday May 31, 2011

BPEL 11.1.1.4 Certified for Prebuilt E-Business Suite 12.1.3 SOA Integrations

There are two major options for SOA-related integrations for the E-Business Suite:
  1. Custom integrations using the Oracle Application Server (SOA) Adapter for Oracle Applications
  2. Prebuilt SOA integrations for E-Business Suite using BPEL Process Manager
For more background about these two options, please see this article:
Architecture diagram showing E-Business Suite and SOA web services
OPTION 2.  Using prebuilt E-Business Suite 12 BPEL business processes

Five E-Business Suite Release 12 product teams have developed their own prebuilt BPEL business processes:
  1. Oracle Price Protection (DPP)
  2. Complex Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (CMRO/AHL)
  3. Oracle Transportation Management (WMS, WSH, PO)
  4. Advanced Supply Chain Planning (MSC)
  5. Product Information Management (PIM/EGO)
For the five products listed above, their prebuilt BPEL processes have been certified with Oracle BPEL Process Manager 11g version 11.1.1.4 (in Oracle Fusion Middleware SOA Suite 11g).  These prebuilt BPEL processes are certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 and higher.

Note: The Supply Chain Trading Connector (CLN) product team has opted not to support BPEL 11g with their prebuilt business processes previously certified with BPEL 10.1.3.5.  If you have a requirement for that certification, I would recommend contacting your Oracle account manager to ensure that the Supply Chain team is notified appropriately.

For more information about using the prebuilt R12.1.3 SOA integrations, see:

Certified Platforms

  • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10) 
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10)
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.23, 11.31)
  • 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, 2008)
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) (2008 R2)

Getting Support

If you need support for the prebuilt EBS 12.1.3 BPEL business processes, you can log Service Requests against the Applications Technology Group product family.

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Wednesday May 18, 2011

WebCenter 11g 11.1.1.4 Certified with E-Business Suite Release 12

Oracle WebCenter Suite is an integrated suite of Fusion Middleware 11gR1 products used to create social applications, enterprise portals, communities, composite applications, and Internet or intranet Web sites on a standards-based, service-oriented architecture (SOA). 

Oracle WebCenter screenshot

WebCenter 11g version 11.1.1.4 (a.k.a. Patchset 3) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.0.6 and higher; 12.1.1 and higher).  WebCenter 11g version 11.1.1.3 (a.k.a. Patchset 2) was certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 earlier this year

For installation and configuration documentation, see:

Certified EBS 12 Platforms
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10)
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.23, 11.31)
  • 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; 2008 for EBS 12.1 only)
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) (2008 R2 for EBS 12.1 only)
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Friday May 13, 2011

New Whitepaper: Extending E-Business Suite 12.1.3 using Oracle Application Express

I'm pleased to announce the availability of a new whitepaper:

  • Extending Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 using Oracle Application Express (APEX) (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 new 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.

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 Feb 22, 2011

Reminder: ATG Live Webcast Feb. 24th: Using the R12 EBS Adapter

Reminder: Our next ATG Live Webcast is happening on 24-Feb. The event is titled:
  • E-Business Suite R12.x SOA Using the E-Business Suite Adapter
This live one-hour webcast will offer a review of the Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) capabilities within E-Business Suite R12 focusing on the E-Business Suite Adapter. While primarily focused on integrators and developers, understanding SOA capabilities is important for all E-Business Suite technologists and superusers.
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E-Business Suite R12.x SOA Using the E-Business Suite Adapter

Date: Thursday, February 24, 2011
Time: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenters: 

  • Neeraj Chauhan, Product Manager, ATG Development
Direct Link to Webcast
Event Dial-in Numbers:
U.S. Participants: 877-697-8128
International Participants: 706-634-9568
Passcode: 93997

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email me, Bill Sawyer, Senior Manager, Applications Technology Curriculum at Bill dot Sawyer at Oracle.com.

Monday Feb 21, 2011

Choosing the Right JDeveloper Release for Your EBS Environment

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Oracle E-Business Suite developers use a special build of Oracle JDeveloper. This build contains the correct Oracle Application Framework (OA Framework or OAF) libraries corresponding to a specific version of Oracle E-Business Suite (specifically, to an ATG patch level). For customers and developers who are building OA Framework components and extensions to Oracle E-Business Suite, one of the first questions is "How do I find the right version of JDeveloper?"

Oracle makes these OA Framework/JDeveloper builds available in separate patches when a new ATG patch level is released.   A handy My Oracle Support Document shows the ATG patch levels and the corresponding patch containing the correct version of JDeveloper with the right versions of OA Framework libraries:

The document covers the OA Framework and JDeveloper patches for both Release 11i and Release 12.

Happy coding!

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Thursday Feb 17, 2011

Identifying Data Model Changes Between EBS 12.1.3 and Prior EBS Releases

[Update June 21, 2011: A complementary tool that compares seed data between different EBS releases is now available.]

The EBS 12.1.3 Release Content Document (RCD, Note 561580.1) summarizes the latest functional and technology stack-related updates in a specific release.  The E-Business Suite Electronic Technical Reference Manual (eTRM) summarizes the database objects in a specific EBS release. 

Those are useful references, but sometimes you need to find out which database objects have changed between one EBS release and another.  This kind of information about the differences or deltas between two releases is useful if you have customized or extended your EBS instance and plan to upgrade to EBS 12.1.3. Where can you find that information?

Answering that question has just gotten a lot easier.  You can now use a new EBS Data Model Comparison Report tool:

This new tool lists the database object definition changes between the following source and target EBS releases:
  1. EBS 11.5.10.2 and EBS 12.1.3
  2. EBS 12.0.4 and EBS 12.1.3
  3. EBS 12.1.1 and EBS 12.1.3
  4. EBS 12.1.2 and EBS 12.1.3
For example, here's part of the report comparing Bill of Materials changes between 11.5.10.2 and 12.1.3:
Screenshot of EBS data model comparison report for Bill of Materials 12 1 3 and EBS 11 5 10 2 bom_1213_diffs.png

What types of database objects does this tool cover?

This tool includes reports of the differences in:
  • Regular tables
  • Partitioned tables
  • Index organized tables
  • Global temporary tables
  • Queued tables
  • Views
  • Indexes
  • Sequences
  • Materialized views
  • Materialized view logs
  • Advanced queues
  • Packages
  • Triggers
  • Types
Your feedback is welcome

This new tool was produced by our hard-working EBS Release Management team, and they're 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 distribution list address included in Note 1290886.1.

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Monday Feb 14, 2011

ATG Live Webcast Feb. 24th: Using the EBS 12 SOA Adapter

Our next ATG Live Webcast is now open for registration. The event is titled:

  • E-Business Suite R12.x SOA Using the E-Business Suite Adapter
This live one-hour webcast will offer a review of the Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) capabilities within E-Business Suite R12 focusing on the E-Business Suite Adapter. While primarily focused on integrators and developers, understanding SOA capabilities is important for all E-Business Suite technologists and superusers.

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ATG Live Webcast Logistics

The one-hour event will be webcast live with a dial-in access for Q&A with the Applications Technology Group (ATG) Development experts presenting the event. The basic information for the event is as follows:

E-Business Suite R12.x SOA Using the E-Business Suite Adapter

Date: Thursday, February 24, 2011
Time: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenters: 

  • Neeraj Chauhan, Product Manager, ATG Development
NOTE: When you register for the event, the confirmation will show the event starting at 7:30 AM Pacific Standard Time. This is to allow you time to connect to the conference call and web conference. The presentation will start at 8:00 AM Pacfic Standard Time.

How to Register for this ATG Live Webcast

Register for this event here:

The event information and dial-in numbers will be provided when you register for the event. In order to register, you will need an Oracle.com account. You can register for a free Oracle.com account here.

If you're a first-time Oracle University Knowledge Center user

Sign-in with your Oracle.com account, or if you don't already have one, use the link provided on the sign-in screen to create an account. After signing in, accept the Terms of Use. Upon completion of these steps, you will be directed to the Webcast. The presentation will start at 8:00 AM Pacific Standard Time.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email me, Bill Sawyer, Senior Manager, Applications Technology Curriculum at Bill dot Sawyer at Oracle.com.

Thursday Feb 10, 2011

ATG Live Webcast Replay Available: EBS 12 OAF Rich UI Enhancements

We're thrilled at the response to our first ATG Live Webcast. Following up to that event, I am pleased to provide the links to replay the event and download the presentation file.

The Latest E-Business Suite R12.x OA Framework Rich User Interface Enhancements
Original Recording Date: Thursday, January 27, 2011
Replay Link (Note: You will need an Oracle.com account to view the replay.)
Presentation Download Link

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Sneak preview of next webcast

As a sneak peek, I am working on the next ATG Live Webcast event. I can provided you with the date for the event and the topic. More information will follow in a later blog post, including a registration link.
SOA Using the E-Business Suite Adapter in R12.x
Date: Thursday, February 24, 2011
Time: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenter: Neeraj Chauhan, Manager, E-Business Suite Applications Technology Product Management
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email me, Bill Sawyer, Senior Manager, Applications Technology Curriculum at Bill dot Sawyer at Oracle.com.

Wednesday Feb 09, 2011

New Whitepaper: Upgrading EBS 11i Forms + OA Framework Personalizations to EBS 12

Personalizations are -- and have always been -- one of the safest and most upgradable ways to "customize" your Oracle E-Business Suite screens, both for Oracle Forms-based screens and for Oracle Application Framework-based pages. However, the upgrade from Release 11i to Release 12.1 spans many years of EBS evolution, during which time Oracle has actively been building many new features and modules. A lot has changed in Oracle E-Business Suite that may affect upgrading your personalizations from 11i to 12.1. 

We have published a new note on My Oracle Support that discusses ways to evaluate your existing personalizations:

Two distinct types of personalizations

There are two distinct types of personalizations:

  1. Form Personalization
  2. OA Framework Personalization.

Both types of personalization are completely metadata-based. The personalizations are stored as data in database tables. However, because the underlying technologies (Oracle Forms and OA Framework) are very different, Forms personalizations and OA Framework personalizations are not equivalent and cannot be converted or migrated from one to the other.

Diagram showing how personalizations can be transported for like-to-like functionality from EBS 11i to 12 Like-to-Like.gif

Critical factors when affecting upgradeability

Upgradability of personalizations is based on the premise that you are upgrading "from like to like." That is, a personalization based on a certain form, affecting certain fields, will be upgradable to the next version of the same form assuming that the underlying structure of the form is the same (that is, the blocks and fields touched by the personalization are still in the form and have the same names). In other words:

  • For an upgrade from one minor release to another minor release, personalizations are generally likely to be upgradable.
  • For an upgrade from one major release (11i) to another major release (12.1), personalizations are much less likely to be upgradable.

Personalizations that need to be reimplemented manually

A personalization is not upgradable if you are not upgrading "from like to like." This can happen for a number of reasons:

  1. A screen or page has been sufficiently modified in the new version of the product such that the old objects that were personalized no longer exist in the new version. For the 11i to 12 upgrade, however, forms are more likely to have been rebuilt in OA Framework than to have been modified using Oracle Forms.
  2. An Oracle Forms-based screen has been replaced by an OA Framework-based page. This is very common across the 11i to 12.1 upgrade, because many products have rebuilt a lot of their Oracle Forms-based functionality into OA Framework while adding or redesigning other features. For example, the user interface for item instance functionality in Oracle Install Base has been rewritten in OA Framework.
  3. A screen or page has been moved into a different product, so the personalization metadata no longer applies (because each product has its own namespace). For example, between 11i and 12.1, some payments forms were removed from Oracle Payables (AP) and their functionality was consolidated with other payments functionality into a new Oracle Payments (IBY) module. Personalizations made to those original AP payments forms would no longer apply.

Comparing EBS 11i screens to EBS 12 equivalents

For the most part, when you upgrade an OA Framework-based page from Release 11i to 12.1.3, that OA Framework page will still exist in 12.1.3 unless the specific Oracle E-Business Suite product has been heavily redesigned. So in general, OA Framework personalizations are likely to upgrade smoothly ("like to like") to 12.1.3, though of course it depends on the specific products you have.

There are various ways to tell if a particular form or page no longer exists in 12.0 or 12.1. Generally, you should start with the upgrade manuals for your installed products and determine if there has been a major redesign of any of the modules you have. In those cases, most of your form personalizations will no longer apply, and in fact, you will probably no longer need them anyhow. For example, as mentioned above, payments functionality has been moved into a separate Oracle Payments module (IBY). Many customizations you might have had for that functionality can be retired instead of re-implemented because the new product offers significant configurability, and features were added as standard that previously may have required customization to achieve.

For further information, see Note 1292611.1.  Happy reading and upgrading!

References

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Monday Jan 24, 2011

Reminder: ATG Live Webcast Jan. 27th - EBS 12 OAF Rich UI Enhancements

Reminder: the E-Business Suite Applications Technology Group (ATG) is presenting our first ATG Live Webcast this week. The one-hour event will be webcast live with a dial-in access for Q&A with the Applications Technology Group (ATG) Development experts presenting the event. The basic information for the event is as follows:

The Latest E-Business Suite R12.x OA Framework Rich User Interface Enhancements
Date: Thursday, January 27, 2011
Time: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Direct webcast link here
Presenters:
  • Prabodh Ambale, Senior Manager, ATG Development
  • Gustavo Jimenez, Development Manager, ATG Development
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For more information and registration details about this ATG Live Webcast Event, please refer to this article. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email me, Bill Sawyer, Senior Manager, Applications Technology Curriculum at Bill dot Sawyer at Oracle.com.

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