Monday Dec 02, 2013

Office 2010 64-bit Certified with EBS 12

Office 2010 logoMicrosoft Office 2010 64-bit is now certified with EBS 12.0.6, 12.1.3, and 12.2 with desktop clients using the following configurations:

The 32-bit equivalents are already certified; details are available here.

Are any patches required?

You must apply server-side patches to EBS 12.0.6 and 12.1.3 environments.  Additional server-side patches are not required for EBS 12.2.x.  All required interop patches are documented here:

What about EBS 11i?

There are no plans for this certification in E-Business Suite 11i.  This certification primarily affects Web Application Desktop Integrator (a.k.a. WebADI, BNE) and Report Manager (FRM) integration with a 64-bit desktop client configuration.  Architectural constraints in the EBS 11i versions of these components make these certifications infeasible.

What EBS products are covered by this certification?

The Oracle E-Business Suite is comprised of several product families such as Financials, Supply Chain Management, Human Resources, and so on.  These product families group together collections of individual products.  Some of these products may be optionally integrated with one or more Microsoft Office components such as Excel, Word, and Projects.

Individual E-Business Suite product teams have the option of building integrations between their products and one or more Microsoft Office components.  This is not mandatory.  Over forty E-Business Suite teams offer these kinds of Office integrations today.

Examples of available integrations include:

  • HRMS Payroll integrations with Microsoft Excel
  • Supply Chain Management Contracts Core integration with Microsoft Word
  • Financials General Ledger (GL) integration with Microsoft Excel
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Proposals integration with Microsoft Word

Which Office versions are certified?

We explicitly tested Microsoft Office 2010 64-bit Professional Edition with Oracle E-Business Suite.  We expect that our certification tests also apply to the 64-bit equivalents, if available, to the following editions:

  • Home and Student Edition
  • Home and Business Edition
  • Standard Edition
  • Professional Academic Edition
  • Professional Plus Edition
We have no plans to certify the following editions with Oracle E-Business Suite:
  • Office Web Apps
  • Starter Edition
  • Mac Edition
  • Office Mobile
I would not expect the results of our certification with Office 2010 Professional Edition to apply to the four editions above.

How are these integrations supported?

You can log Service Requests against the E-Business Suite product that you're trying to integrate with Microsoft Office. 

For example, you might be trying to take advantage of CRM Marketing (AMS) 12.1.2's integration with Excel 2010.  To get support, you can log an SR against CRM Marketing directly. 

The Support team for that product will help you diagnose and resolve the problem.  If the issue is isolated to a Microsoft product, then it may be necessary to log a corresponding support ticket with Microsoft, as well.

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Monday Nov 22, 2010

Microsoft Office 2010 (32-Bit) Certified with E-Business Suite

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[Editor Jan. 17, 2013 update: Removed outdated references to Open Office.  We have no plans to certify the E-Business Suite with Open Office.]

Microsoft Office 2010 (32-Bit) is certified for integration with Oracle E-Business Suite 11i and Release 12 with the following desktop client operating systems:

  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7 32-bit
  • Windows 7 64-bit
The Oracle E-Business Suite is comprised of several product families such as Financials, Supply Chain Management, Human Resources, and so on.  These product families group together collections of individual products.  Some of these products may be optionally integrated with one or more Microsoft Office components such as Excel, Word, and Projects.

Individual E-Business Suite product teams have the option of building integrations between their products and one or more Microsoft Office components.  This is not mandatory.  Over forty E-Business Suite teams offer these kinds of Office integrations today.

Examples of available integrations include:
  • HRMS Payroll integrations with Microsoft Excel
  • Supply Chain Management Contracts Core integration with Microsoft Word
  • Financials General Ledger (GL) integration with Microsoft Excel
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Proposals integration with Microsoft Word
Which Office versions are certified?

We explicitly tested Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Edition with Oracle E-Business Suite.  We expect that our certification tests also apply to:
  • Home and Student Edition
  • Home and Business Edition
  • Standard Edition
  • Professional Academic Edition
  • Professional Plus Edition
We have no plans to certify the following editions with Oracle E-Business Suite:
  • Office Web Apps
  • Starter Edition
  • Mac Edition
  • Office Mobile
I would not expect the results of our certification with Office 2010 Professional Edition to apply to the above four editions.

How are these integrations supported?

You can log Service Requests against the E-Business Suite product that you're trying to integrate with Microsoft Office. 

For example, you might be trying to take advantage of CRM Marketing (AMS) 12.1.2's integration with Excel 2010.  To get support, you can log an SR against CRM Marketing directly. 

The Support team for that product will help you diagnose and resolve the problem.  If the issue is isolated to a Microsoft product, then it may be necessary to log a corresponding support ticket with Microsoft, as well.

What about 64-bit Office?

Microsoft Office 2010 is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit editions. The 64-bit version is available for a subset of Microsoft's supported operating systems. 

Due to a number of technology issues Oracle E-Business Suite is currently certified against the Microsoft Office 2010 32-bit edition only.  We intend to certify Office 64-bit components with the E-Business Suite; stay tuned for more details on this front.

Thursday May 13, 2010

Interim Update #1: Microsoft Office 2010 and E-Business Suite

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[Nov. 22, 2010 Update:  Office 2010 (32-Bit) is now certified with the E-Business Suite; see this article for details]

Congratulations to my colleagues at Microsoft on their launch of Microsoft Office 2010 yesterday.  Questions about our certification plans for Office 2010 are filling my inbox, so here's an interim update on our plans. 

If you've reached this article via a search engine, it's possible that a later update on our status is available.  For our latest status, please check the Desktop Client Certifications section of our one-page Certifications summary.

Our current plans for Office 2010

We plan to certify Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12 with Microsoft Office 2010.

When will Office 2010 be certified with EBS?

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.   

How does the E-Business Suite work with Microsoft Office?

The Oracle E-Business Suite is comprised of several product families such as Financials, Supply Chain Management, Human Resources, and so on.  These product families group together collections of individual products.  Some of these products may be optionally integrated with one or more Microsoft Office components such as Excel, Word, and Projects.

Individual E-Business Suite product teams have the option of building integrations between their products and one or more Microsoft Office components.  This is not mandatory.  Over forty E-Business Suite teams offer these kinds of Office integrations today.

Examples of these integrations include:
  • HRMS Payroll integrations with Microsoft Excel
  • Supply Chain Management Contracts Core integration with Microsoft Word
  • Financials General Ledger (GL) integration with Microsoft Excel
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Proposals integration with Microsoft Word
Which Office versions will be certified?

Our actual certification plans are under review, but as of today, I expect that we will explicitly test the Office 2010 Professional edition with Oracle E-Business Suite.  We expect that the results of these certification tests will apply equally to the following editions:
  • Home and Student Edition
  • Home and Business Edition
  • Standard Edition
  • Professional Academic Edition
  • Professional Plus Edition
We do not currently plan to certify the following editions with Oracle E-Business Suite:
  • Office Web Apps
  • Starter Edition
  • Mac Edition
  • Office Mobile
I would not expect the results of our certification with Office 2010 Professional Edition to apply to the above four editions.

What about 64-bit Office?

Office 2010 offers a 64-bit version for the first time.  The 64-bit version is available for a subset of Microsoft's supported operating systems. 

We're currently evaluating our plans for certifying both the 32-bit and 64-bit Office versions with EBS.  Stay tuned for more details on this front.

Any Early Adopter Programs planned?

No, we don't currently have any plans to offer an Early Adopter Program for Office 2010 with Oracle E-Business Suite.  If that changes, I'll post an article on this blog with a call for participants. 

What about OpenOffice and StarOffice?

Things are a bit different on this front now that Sun is part of our Oracle family.  I can't share specifics at this point, but I can confirm that we have teams looking into getting E-Business Suite working with OpenOffice.  Stay tuned; more details will be coming about this, too.

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The preceding is intended to outline our general product direction.  It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract.   It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decision.  The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle's products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle.

Tuesday Mar 30, 2010

Using Microsoft Office 2007 with E-Business Suite Release 12

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[Nov. 22, 2010 Update:  Office 2010 (32-Bit) is now certified with the E-Business Suite; see this article for details]

Many products in the Oracle E-Business Suite offer optional integrations with Microsoft Office and Microsoft Projects.  For example, some EBS products can export tabular reports to Microsoft Excel.  Some EBS products integrate directly with Microsoft products, and others work through the Applications Desktop Integrator (WebADI and ADI) as an intermediary.

These EBS integrations have historically been documented in their respective product-specific documentation.  In other words, if an EBS product in the Oracle Financials family supported an integration with, say, Microsoft Excel, it was up to the product team to document that in the Oracle Financials documentation.

Some EBS systems administrators have found the process of hunting through the various product-specific documents for Office-related information to be a bit difficult.  In response to your Service Requests and emails, we've released a new document that consolidates and summarises all patching and configuration requirements for EBS products with MS Office integration points in a single place:
Which EBS Products Have MS Office Integrations?

This Note covers:
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Products
    • Oracle Incentive Compensation (CN)
    • Oracle Leads Management (AML)
    • Oracle Marketing (AMS)
    • Oracle Price Protection (DPP)
    • Oracle Proposals (PRP)
    • Oracle Sales for Handhelds (ASP)
    • Oracle Sales Offline (ASL)
    • Oracle Territory Manager (JTY)
    • Oracle Trade Management (OZF)
  • Financials (FIN) Products
    • Assets (FA)
    • Bill Presentment Architecture (BPA)
    • General Ledger (GL)
    • Cash Management (CE)
    • Internet Expenses (OIE)
    • Loans (LNS)
    • Financial Common Modules (FUN)
    • Public Sector Budgeting (PSB)
  • Human Resources (HRMS)
    • Advanced Benefits (BEN)
    • Compensation
    • Configuration Workbench
    • Human Resources Intelligence (HRI)
    • India (TDS Challan Mapping, Tax Declaration)
    • iRecruitment (IRC)
    • Payroll (PAY)
    • Talent Management (Offline Appraisals)
    • Oracle Time and Labor (OTL)
  • Intelligence (INT)
    • Balanced Scorecard (BSC)
    • Daily Business Intelligence (BIS)
  • Procurement (PRC)
    • Advanced Pricing (QP)
    • Sourcing
  • Projects (PA)
    • Project Costing
    • Project Management
  • Supply Chain Management (SCM)
    • Asset Lifecycle Management (ALM)
    • Contracts Core (OKC)
    • Discrete Manufacturing (DMF)
    • Product Information and Product Lifecycle Management (PIM/PLM)
    • Supply Chain Planning (ASCP,CP)
    • Oracle Process Manufacturing (OPM)
    • Site Hub (RRS)
  • Technology
    • Desktop Integrator (ADI)
    • Web Desktop Integrator (WebADI)
    • Reports Manager (FRM)
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Wednesday Jan 20, 2010

Microsoft Office 2003 and 2007 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

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[Nov. 22, 2010 Update:  Office 2010 (32-Bit) is now certified with the E-Business Suite; see this article for details]

Microsoft Office 2003 and 2007 are certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.  While this isn't a new announcement, per se, a recent surge of Office-related questions suggests that it's worth covering this topic here.

How does the E-Business Suite work with Microsoft Office?

The Oracle E-Business Suite is comprised of several product families such as Financials, Supply Chain Management, Human Resources, and so on.  These product families group together collections of individual products.  Some of these products may be optionally integrated with one or more Microsoft Office components such as Excel, Word, and Projects.
Individual E-Business Suite product teams have the option of building integrations between their products and one or more Microsoft Office components.  This is not mandatory.  Over forty E-Business Suite teams offer these kinds of Office integrations today.

Examples of these integrations include:
  • HRMS Payroll integrations with Microsoft Excel
  • Supply Chain Management Contracts Core integration with Microsoft Word
  • Financials General Ledger (GL) integration with Microsoft Excel
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Proposals integration with Microsoft Word
What Does "Certified" Mean?

It's easy enough to state that Oracle E-Business Suite is certified with Microsoft Office.  But the E-Business Suite is a collection of multiple products, just like Microsoft Office.  So what does the generalized statement of "certified" really mean?

If an E-Business Suite team integrates their product with Microsoft Office, they are responsible for ensuring that these integrations continue to work with all of their new releases and patches.  They are also responsible for testing their products with new versions of Microsoft Office, including major Office patches and Service Packs. 

When a specific product team completes their testing of their product with a given version of, say, Microsoft Excel 2007, they are permitted to state that their product is certified with that Office version and component. 

When all product teams with Office dependencies complete their tests of, say, E-Business Suite 12 with Office 2007, then we consider that E-Business Suite release to be certified with that version of Microsoft Office.

Where are these integrations documented?

Individual product teams are responsible for ensuring that their product documentation describes their integration points and procedures for using Microsoft Office.  This documentation is decentralized and distributed today, and I would expect things to continue along those lines.  

We understand that it would be helpful to have a central document that acts like a Table of Contents or integration roadmap with pointers to the product-specific Office documentation.  We've scheduled this documentation project; watch this blog for more details when that supplemental documentation is released.

How are these integrations supported?

You can log Service Requests against the E-Business Suite product that you're trying to integrate with Microsoft Office. 

For example, you might be trying to take advantage of CRM Marketing (AMS) 12.1.2's integration with Excel 2007.  To get support, you can log an SR against CRM Marketing directly. 

The Support team for that product will help you diagnose and resolve the problem.  If the issue is isolated to a Microsoft product, then it may be necessary to log a corresponding support ticket with Microsoft, as well.

What about Microsoft Office 2010?

Microsoft has recently released a beta of Office 2010.  Our EBS product teams are evaluating this release now.  I'll post more details about our plans for certifying Office 2010 with the E-Business Suite as soon as they're available.

What about StarOffice and OpenOffice variants?

Our existing E-Business Suite integrations with Microsoft are built on a variety of published Microsoft technologies, including Microsoft's Visual Basic (VBA) macro functions and Microsoft document filetypes. 

StarOffice, OpenOffice and its many open source variants offer a lot of functionality that is very similar or equivalent to Microsoft Office.  However, these open source applications are not drop-in replacements for their Microsoft Office equivalents, given that they do not offer VBA macro compatibility. 

If your organisation currently uses Microsoft Office with the E-Business Suite and is considering a large-scale cutover from Microsoft Office to OpenOffice or another open source equivalent, please drop me an email with the following details:
  1. Name of your organisation
  2. EBS Release (e.g. 11.5.10.2, 12.1.2)
  3. EBS+Office integrations that you're using today
  4. Microsoft Office version that you're using today
  5. Number of end-user desktops affected
  6. Windows versions used by those EBS+Office end-users
  7. OpenOffice distribution and versions to be deployed
  8. Will there be a mix of Microsoft Office and OpenOffice deployments? 
  9. Migration schedule to OpenOffice or open source equivalent
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The preceding is intended to outline our general product direction.  It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract.   It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decision.  The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle's products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle.

Friday Jun 12, 2009

Oracle Tutor 12.1 Certified with Word 2007 and Vista Clients

Oracle Tutor enables you to create, customize, and maintain process documentation, training, and reference materials related to Oracle Applications.  Several seasons have passed since Oracle Tutor was last mentioned tangentially on this blog.  Our Tutor Development team hasn't been dormant, though.  They've just released two new patches with the following updates for Oracle Tutor:

  • Support for Word 2007
  • Support for Microsoft Vista desktop clients
  • Global font change to Arial
  • Actor Bar color changed to blue in Word documents

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These new updates are available via the following Metalink patches:

You can use the following query to find Tutor patches on Metalink:

  • Application = "Applications R12"
  • Platform = "Microsoft Windows (32-bit)

For more details on locating and downloading Tutor patches, see:

Monday Oct 15, 2007

MS Office 2007 and OpenOffice for the E-Business Suite

[Nov. 22, 2010 Update:  Office 2010 (32-Bit) is now certified with the E-Business Suite; see this article for details]

[Oct 16, 2007 Update:  BI Publisher is certified with Office 2007:  the Template Builder plug-in is certified and RTF templates work smoothly with Office 2007.  ADI 7.2 Rollup Patch 10 (patch 6455020) is certified with Office 2007]


Lately I've been getting a rising number of questions about our plans for certifying Microsoft Office 2007 with the E-Business Suite.  Additionally, I've started to receive a relatively smaller number of questions about our plans for certifying OpenOffice with the E-Business Suite, too.  Here's a quick discussion about both of these certifications.

Microsoft Office 2007 website screenshot: Screenshot of Microsoft Office 2007 website

Current Microsoft Office Integration Points

The E-Business Suite has a small number of integration points with Microsoft Office.  These include:
  • Financials
    • Application Desktop Integrator (ADI) / WebADI to Microsoft Excel
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
    • Proposals to Microsoft Word
    • Contracts to Microsoft Word
    • Sales to Microsoft Outlook
  • Projects
    • Projects to Microsoft Project
Who Does Those Certifications?

That list is compiled based on my limited vantage.  It might not be complete -- for reasons you'll understand in a moment.  Bear with me: I need to part the curtain to show you a glimpse behind the scenes. 

One of my team's responsibilities is certifying the latest technology stack components with the E-Business Suite.  For more information about my group's responsibilities, see this article

However, we're not involved in any certifications of Microsoft Office with Apps.

The reason:  testing these integration points requires fairly deep functional knowledge and expertise.  For example, the ADI integration bulkloads financial data into Oracle Financials via Microsoft Excel.  We don't have any Financials or ADI specialists in my central certification organization, so my team wouldn't be able to assess whether the Excel-to-Financials integration is working correctly.  Therefore, the WebADI team is responsible for certifying and documenting the latest version of Microsoft Excel with their product.

Escalating Your Requests

As far as I'm aware, none of the the products [Editor Oct 16 update:  besides ADI] listed above have been certified with Microsoft Office 2007 yet.  Since those certifications fall outside of my group's responsibilities, it's a bit difficult for me to make any firm statements about their progress.

This has been raised with our E-Business Suite program management team.  They're looking at ways to track and document these certifications centrally.  I'll be sure to post updates here as soon as our plans firm up on this.

In the interim, if your organization is planning a Microsoft Office 2007 rollout, your best route would be to log a formal Service Request via Metalink against the specific Applications product about their latest certification status.  If your rollout is happening soon, you can escalate your SR, too.  Make sure that you provide specifics about the integration point that you're using, as well as information about your rollout schedule.

Adding OpenOffice to the Mix

There's been a lot of publicity lately about OpenOffice, especially following IBM's announcement that they're joining the OpenOffice.org community.  It's inevitable, then, that some of you may be curious about our plans for certifying OpenOffice components with the E-Business Suite. 

OpenOffice website screenshot: Screenshot of OpenOffice.org website

One thing to note is that this may not be a simple plug-and-play replacement.  I can only theorize on the possible issues.  At minimum, I would anticipate a number of potentially non-trivial technical issues driven by the lack of direct Visual Basic (VBA) macro support in OpenOffice today and the inherent differences in file types. 

This doesn't rule out the integrations, naturally.  However, making OpenOffice work with the existing integration points will likely require real development effort.

As far as I'm aware, none of the product teams listed above have any plans to augment their existing integration points with support for OpenOffice.  I would speculate that this is something that could be revisited if there was sufficient demand. 

The conclusion reached for Microsoft Office 2007 applies here, too.  If your organization is considering an OpenOffice rollout, log a formal Service Request via Metalink against the E-Business Suite product.  Make sure that you indicate the scale of your rollout as well as your planned schedules.  This will help our product teams gauge the degree of market demand for OpenOffice certification.

If any new developments arise on either of these certifications, I'll be sure to post them here.

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The above is intended to outline our general product direction.  It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract.   It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decision.  The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle's products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle. 

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