Monday Sep 10, 2012

E-Business Suite Technology Sessions at OpenWorld 2012


Oracle OpenWorld 2012 is almost here! We're looking forward to updating you on our products, strategy, and roadmaps. This year, the E-Business Suite Applications Technology Group (ATG) will participate in 25 speaker sessions, two Meet the Experts round-table discussions, five demoground booths and seven Special Interest Group meetings as guest speakers.

We hope to see you at our sessions.  Please join us to hear the latest news and connect with senior ATG development staff.

Here's a downloadable listing of all Applications Technology Group-related sessions with times and locations:

General Sessions

GEN8474 - Oracle E-Business Suite - Strategy, Update, and Roadmap
Cliff Godwin, SVP, Oracle

Monday, Oct 1, 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM - Moscone West 2002/2004

In this session, hear Oracle E-Business Suite General Manager Cliff Godwin deliver an update on the Oracle E-Business Suite product line. This session covers the value delivered by the current release of Oracle E-Business Suite, the momentum, and how Oracle E-Business Suite applications integrate into Oracle’s overall applications strategy. You’ll come away with an understanding of the value Oracle E-Business Suite applications deliver now and will deliver in the future.


GEN9173 - Optimize and Extend Oracle Applications - The Path to Oracle Fusion Applications
Nadia Bendjedou, Oracle; Corre Curtice, Bhavish Madurai (CSC)

Tuesday, Oct 2, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM - Moscone West 3002/3004

One of the main objectives of this session is to help organizations build their IT roadmap for the next five years and be aligned with the Oracle Applications strategy in general and the Oracle Fusion Applications strategy in particular. Come hear about some of the common sense, practical steps you can take to optimize the performance of your Oracle Applications today and prepare your path to Oracle Fusion Applications for when your organization is ready to embrace them. Each step you take in adopting Oracle Fusion technology gets you partway to Oracle Fusion Applications.

Conference Sessions

CON9024 - Oracle E-Business Suite Technology: Latest Features and Roadmap
Lisa Parekh, Oracle

Monday, Oct 1, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM - Moscone West 2016

This Oracle development session provides a comprehensive overview of Oracle’s product strategy for Oracle E-Business Suite technology, the capabilities and associated business benefits of recent releases, and a review of capabilities on the product roadmap. This is the cornerstone session for the Oracle E-Business Suite technology stack. Come hear about the latest new usability enhancements of the user interface; systems administration and configuration management tools; security-related updates; and tools and options for extending, customizing, and integrating Oracle E-Business Suite with other applications.


CON9021 - Oracle E-Business Suite Future Directions: Deployment and System Administration
Max Arderius, Oracle

Monday, Oct 1, 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM - Moscone West 2016

 What’s coming in the next major version of Oracle E-Business Suite 12? This Oracle Development session covers the latest technology stack, including the use of Oracle WebLogic Server (Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g) and Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2). Topics include an architectural overview of the latest updates, installation and upgrade options, new configuration options, and new tools for hot cloning and automated “lights-out” cloning. Come learn how online patching (based on the Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Edition-Based Redefinition feature) will reduce your database patching downtimes to however long it takes to bounce your database server.


CON9017 - Desktop Integration in Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1
Padmaprabodh Ambale, Gustavo Jimenez, Oracle

Monday, Oct 1, 4:45 PM - 5:45 PM - Moscone West 2016

This presentation covers the latest functional enhancements in Oracle Web Applications Desktop Integrator and Oracle Report Manager, enhanced Microsoft Office support, and greater support for building custom desktop integration solutions. The session also presents tips and tricks for upgrading from Oracle Applications Desktop Integrator to Oracle Web Applications Desktop Integrator and Oracle Report Manager.


CON9023 - Oracle E-Business Suite Technology Certification Primer and Roadmap
Steven Chan, Oracle

Tuesday, Oct 2, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM - Moscone West 2016

 Is your Oracle E-Business Suite technology stack up to date? Are you taking advantage of all the latest options and capabilities? This Oracle development session summarizes the latest certifications and roadmap for the Oracle E-Business Suite technology stack, including elements such as database releases and options, Java, Oracle Forms, Oracle Containers for J2EE, desktop operating systems, browsers, JRE releases, development and Web authoring tools, user authentication and management, business intelligence, Oracle Application Management Packs, security options, clouds, Oracle VM, and virtualization. The session also covers the most commonly asked questions about tech stack component support dates and upgrade implications.


CON9028 - Minimizing Oracle E-Business Suite Maintenance Downtimes
Santiago Bastidas, Elke Phelps, Oracle

Tuesday, Oct 2, 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM - Moscone West 2016

This Oracle development session features a survey of the best techniques sysadmins can use to minimize patching downtimes. It starts with an architectural-level review of Oracle E-Business Suite fundamentals and then moves to a practical view of the various tools and approaches for downtimes. Topics include patching shortcuts, merging patches, distributing worker processes across multiple servers, running ADPatch in noninteractive mode, staged APPL_TOPs, shared file systems, deferring systemwide database tasks, avoiding resource bottlenecks, and more. An added bonus: hear about the upcoming Oracle E-Business Suite 12 online patching capabilities based on the groundbreaking Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Edition-Based Redefinition feature.


CON9116 - Extending the Use of Oracle E-Business Suite with the Oracle Endeca Platform
Osama Elkady, Muhannad Obeidat, Oracle

Tuesday, Oct 2, 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM - Moscone West 2018

The Oracle Endeca platform includes a leading unstructured data correlation and analytics engine, together with a best-in class catalog search and guided navigation solution, to improve the productivity of all types of users in your enterprise. This development session focuses on the details behind the Oracle Endeca platform’s integration into Oracle E-Business Suite. It demonstrates how easily you can extend the use of the Oracle Endeca platform into other areas of Oracle E-Business Suite and how you can bring in your own data and build new Oracle Endeca applications for Oracle E-Business Suite.


CON9005 - Oracle E-Business Suite Integration Best Practices
Veshaal Singh, Oracle, Jeffrey Hand, Zebra Technologies

Tuesday, Oct 2, 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM - Moscone West 2018

Oracle is investing across applications and technologies to make the application integration experience easier for customers. Today Oracle has certified Oracle E-Business Suite on Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g and provides a comprehensive set of integration technologies. Learn about Oracle’s integration offering across data- and process-centric integrations. These technologies can be used to address various application integration challenges and styles. In this session, you will get an understanding of how, when, and where you can leverage Oracle’s integration technologies to connect end-to-end business processes across your enterprise, including your Oracle Applications portfolio. 


CON9026 - Latest Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 User Interface and Usability Enhancements
Padmaprabodh Ambale, Oracle

Tuesday, Oct 2, 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM - Moscone West 2016

This Oracle development session details the latest UI enhancements to Oracle Application Framework in Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1. Developers will get a detailed look at new features to enhance usability, offer more capabilities for personalization and extensions, and support the development and use of dashboards and Web services. Topics include new rich UI capabilities such as new home page features, Navigator and Favorites pull-down menus, REST interface, embedded widgets for analytics content, Oracle Application Development Framework (Oracle ADF) task flows, third-party widgets, a look-ahead list of values, inline attachments, pop-ups, personalization and extensibility enhancements, business layer extensions, Oracle ADF integration, and mobile devices.


CON8805 - Planning Your Oracle E-Business Suite Upgrade from 11i to Release 12.1 and Beyond
Anne Carlson, Oracle

Tuesday, Oct 2, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Moscone West 3002/3004

Attend this session to hear the latest Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 upgrade planning tips from Oracle’s support, consulting, development, and IT organizations. You’ll get specific cross-product advice on how to understand the factors that affect your project’s duration, decide on your project’s scope, develop a robust testing strategy, leverage Oracle Support resources, and more. In a nutshell, this session tells you things you need to know before embarking upon your Release 12.1 upgrade project.


CON9053 - Advanced Management of Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle Enterprise Manager
Angelo Rosado, Oracle

Tuesday, Oct 2, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Moscone West 2016

The task of managing and monitoring Oracle E-Business Suite environments can be very challenging. Oracle Enterprise Manager is the only product on the market that is designed to monitor and manage all the different technologies that constitute Oracle E-Business Suite applications, including end user, midtier, configuration, host, and database management—to name just a few. Customers that have implemented Oracle Enterprise Manager have experienced dramatic improvements in system visibility and diagnostic capability as well as administrator productivity. The purpose of this session is to highlight the key features and benefits of Oracle Enterprise Manager and Oracle Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite.


CON8809 - Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 Upgrade Best Practices: Technical Insight
Isam Alyousfi, Udayan Parvate, Oracle

Wednesday, Oct 3, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM - Moscone West 3011

This session is ideal for organizations thinking about upgrading to Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1. It covers the fundamentals of upgrading to Release 12.1, including the technology stack components and supported upgrade paths. Hear from Oracle Development about the set of best practices for patching in general and executing the Release 12.1 technical upgrade, with special considerations for minimizing your downtime. Also get to know about relatively recent upgrade resources.


CON9032 - Upgrading Your Customizations of Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1
Sara Woodhull, Oracle

Wednesday, Oct 3, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM - Moscone West 2016

Have you personalized Oracle Forms or Oracle Application Framework screens in Oracle E-Business Suite? Have you used mod_plsql in Release 11i? Have you extended or customized your Release 11i environment with other tools? The technical options for upgrading these customizations as part of your Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 upgrade can be bewildering. Come to this Oracle development session to learn about selecting the best upgrade approach for your existing customizations. The session will help you understand customization scenarios and use cases, tools, and technologies to ensure that your Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 environment fits your users’ needs closely and that any future customizations will be easy to upgrade.


CON9259 - Oracle E-Business Suite Internationalization and Multilingual Features
Maher Al-Nubani, Oracle

Wednesday, Oct 3, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM - Moscone West 2018

Oracle E-Business Suite supports more countries, languages, and regions than ever. Come to this Oracle development session to get an overview of internationalization features and capabilities and see new Release 12 features such as calendar support for Hijra and Thai, new group separators, lightweight multilingual support (MLS) setup, new character sets such as AL32UTF, newly supported languages, Mac certifications, Oracle iSetup support for moving MLS setups, new file export options for Unicode, new MLS number spelling options, and more.


CON7188 - Mobile Apps for Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle ADF Mobile and Oracle SOA Suite
Srikant Subramaniam, Joe Huang, Veshaal Singh, Oracle

Wednesday, Oct 3, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM - Moscone West 3001

Follow your mobile customers, employees, and partners with Oracle Fusion Middleware. See how native iPhone and iPad applications can easily be built for Oracle E-Business Suite with the new Oracle ADF Mobile and Oracle SOA Suite. Using Oracle ADF Mobile, developers can quickly develop native applications for Apple iOS and other mobile platforms. The Oracle SOA Suite/Oracle ADF Mobile combination can execute business transactions on Oracle E-Business Suite. This session includes a demo in which a mobile user approves a business transaction in Oracle E-Business Suite and a demo of the tools used to build a native on-device solution. These concepts for mobile applications also apply to other Oracle applications.


CON9029 - Oracle E-Business Suite Directions: Slashing Downtimes with Online Patching
Kevin Hudson, Oracle

Wednesday, Oct 3, 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM - Moscone West 2016

Oracle E-Business Suite will soon include online patching (based on the Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Edition-Based Redefinition feature), which will reduce your E-Business Suite patching downtimes to however long it takes to bounce your application  server. This Oracle development session details how online patching works, with special attention to what’s happening at a database object level when patches are applied to an Oracle E-Business Suite environment that’s still running. Come learn about the operational and system management implications for minimizing maintenance downtimes when applying E-Business Suite patches with this new technology and the related impact on customizations you might have built on top of Oracle E-Business Suite.


CON8806 - Upgrading to Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1: Technical and Functional Panel
Andrew Katz, Komori America Corporation; Sandra Vucinic, VLAD Group, Inc. ;
Srini Chavali, Cummins Inc.; Amrita Mehrok, Nadia Bendjedou, Anne Carlson Oracle

Wednesday, Oct 3, 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM - Moscone West 2018

In this panel discussion, Oracle experts, customers, and partners share their experiences in upgrading to the latest release of Oracle E-Business Suite, Release 12.1. The panelists cover aspects of a typical Release 12 upgrade, technical (upgrading the technical infrastructure) as well as functional (upgrading to the new financial infrastructure). Hear directly from the experts who either develop the product or support, implement, or upgrade it, and find out how to apply their lessons learned to your organization.


CON9027 - Personalize and Extend Oracle E-Business Suite Applications with Rich Mashups
Gustavo Jimenez, Padmaprabodh Ambale, Oracle

Wednesday, Oct 3, 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM - Moscone West 2016

This session covers the use of several Oracle Fusion Middleware technologies to personalize and extend your existing Oracle E-Business Suite applications. The Oracle Fusion Middleware technologies covered include Oracle Application Development Framework (Oracle ADF), Oracle WebCenter, Oracle Endeca applications, and Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition with Oracle E-Business Suite Oracle Application Framework applications.


CON9036 - Advanced Oracle E-Business Suite Architectures: Maximum Availability, Security, and More
Elke Phelps, Oracle

Wednesday, Oct 3, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM - Moscone West 2016

This session includes architecture diagrams and configuration instructions for building a maximum availability architecture (MAA) that will help you design a disaster recovery solution that fits the needs of your business. Database and application high-availability features it describes include Oracle Data Guard, Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC), Oracle Active Data Guard, load-balancing Web and forms services, parallel concurrent processing, and the use of Oracle Exalogic and Oracle Exadata to provide a highly available environment. The session also covers the latest updates to systems management tools, AutoConfig, cloud computing, virtualization, and Oracle WebLogic Server and provides sneak previews of upcoming functionality.


CON9047 - Efficiently Scaling Oracle E-Business Suite on Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic
Isam Alyousfi, Nishit Rao, Oracle

Wednesday, Oct 3, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Moscone West 2016

Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic are designed from the ground up with optimizations in software and hardware to deliver superfast performance for mission-critical applications such as Oracle E-Business Suite. Oracle E-Business Suite applications run three to eight times as fast on the Oracle Exadata/Oracle Exalogic platform in standard benchmark tests. Besides performance, customers benefit from simplified support, enhanced manageability, and the ability to consolidate multiple Oracle E-Business Suite instances. Attend this session to understand best practices for Oracle E-Business Suite deployment on Oracle Exalogic and Oracle Exadata through customer case studies. Learn how adopting the Exa* platform increases efficiency, simplifies scaling, and boosts performance for peak loads.


CON8716 - Web Services and SOA Integration Options for Oracle E-Business Suite
Rekha Ayothi, Veshaal Singh, Oracle

Thursday, Oct 4, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM - Moscone West 2016

This Oracle development session provides a deep dive into a subset of the Web services and SOA-related integration options available to Oracle E-Business Suite systems integrators. It offers a technical look at Oracle E-Business Suite Integrated SOA Gateway, Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle Application Adapters for Data Integration for Oracle E-Business Suite, and other Web services options for integrating Oracle E-Business Suite with other applications. Systems integrators and developers will get an overview of the latest integration capabilities and technologies available out of the box with Oracle E-Business Suite and possibly a sneak preview of upcoming functionality and features.


CON9030 - Recommendations for Oracle E-Business Suite Performance Tuning
Isam Alyousfi, Samer Barakat, Oracle

Thursday, Oct 4, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM - Moscone West 2018

Need to squeeze more performance out of your existing servers? This packed Oracle development session summarizes practical tips and lessons learned from performance-tuning and benchmarking the world’s largest Oracle E-Business Suite environments. Apps sysadmins will learn concrete tips and techniques for identifying and resolving performance bottlenecks on all layers, with special attention to application- and database-tier servers. Learn about tuning Oracle Forms, Oracle Concurrent Manager, Apache, and Oracle Discoverer. Track down memory leaks and other issues at the Java and JVM layers. The session also covers Oracle E-Business Suite product-level tuning, including Oracle Workflow, Oracle Order Management, Oracle Payroll, and other modules.


CON3429 - Using Oracle ADF with Oracle E-Business Suite: The Full Integration View
Siva Puthurkattil, Lake County; Juan Camilo Ruiz, Sara Woodhull, Oracle

Thursday, Oct 4, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM - Moscone West 3003

Oracle E-Business Suite delivers functionality for handling the core business of your organization. However, user requirements and new technologies are driving an emerging need to implement new types of user interfaces for these applications. This session provides an overview of how to use Oracle Application Development Framework (Oracle ADF) to deliver cutting-edge Web 2.0 and mobile rich user interfaces that front existing Oracle E-Business Suite processes, and it also explores all the existing types of integration between the two worlds.


CON9020 - Integrating Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle Identity Management Solutions
Sunil Ghosh, Elke Phelps, Oracle

Thursday, Oct 4, 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM - Moscone West 2016

Need to integrate Oracle E-Business Suite with Microsoft Windows Kerberos, Active Directory, CA Netegrity SiteMinder, or other third-party authentication systems? Want to understand your options when Oracle Premier Support for Oracle Single Sign-On ends in December 2011? This Oracle Development session covers the latest certified integrations with Oracle Access Manager 11g and Oracle Internet Directory 11g, which can be used individually or as bridges for integrating with third-party authentication solutions. The session presents an architectural overview of how Oracle Access Manager, its WebGate and AccessGate components, and Oracle Internet Directory work together, with implications for Oracle Discoverer, Oracle Portal, and other Oracle Fusion identity management products.


CON9019 - Troubleshooting, Diagnosing, and Optimizing Oracle E-Business Suite Technology
Gustavo Jimenez, Oracle

Thursday, Oct 4, 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM - Moscone West 2016

This session covers how you can proactively diagnose Oracle E-Business Suite applications, including extensions built with Oracle Fusion Middleware technologies such as Oracle Application Development Framework (Oracle ADF) and Oracle WebCenter to catch potential issues in the middle tier before they become more serious. Topics include debugging, logging infrastructure, warning signs, performance tuning, information required when logging service requests, general JVM optimization, and an overall picture of all the moving parts that make it possible for Oracle E-Business Suite to isolate and fix problems. Also learn how Oracle Diagnostics Framework will help prevent downtime caused by failures.


CON9031 - The Top 10 Things You Can Do to Secure Your Oracle E-Business Suite Instance
Eric Bing, Erik Graversen, Oracle

Thursday, Oct 4, 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM - Moscone West 2018

Learn the top 10 things you can do to secure your applications and your sensitive data. This Oracle development session for system administrators and security professionals explores some of the most important and overlooked things you can do to secure your Oracle E-Business Suite instance. It also covers data masking and other mechanisms for protecting sensitive data.

Special Interest Groups (SIG)

Some of our most senior staff have been invited to participate on the following SIG meetings as guest speakers:

SIG10525 - OAUG - Archive & Purge SIG
Brian Bent - Pre-Sales Engineer, TierData, Inc.

Sunday, Sep 30, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM - Moscone West 3011

The Archive and Purge SIG is an organization in which users can share their experiences and solicit functional and technical advice on archiving and purging data in Oracle E-Business Suite. This session provides an opportunity for users to network and share best practices, tips, and tricks.

Guest:
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Database Performance, Archive & Purging - Q&A Session
    Isam Alyousfi, Senior Director, Applications Performance, Oracle


SIG10547 - OAUG - Oracle E-Business (EBS) Applications Technology SIG
Srini Chavali - IT Director, Cummins Inc

Sunday, Sep 30, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM - Moscone West 3018

The general purpose of the EBS Applications Technology SIG is to inform and educate its members about current and future components of the tech stack as they relate to Oracle E-Business Suite. Attend this meeting for networking and education and to share best practices.

Guest:

  • Oracle E-Business Suite Technology Certification Roadmap - Presentation and Q&A
    Steven Chan, Sr. Director, Applications Technology Group, Oracle

SIG10559 - OAUG - User Management SIG
Susan Behn - VP of Oracle Delivery, Infosemantics, Inc.

Sunday, Sep 30, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM - Moscone West 3024

The E-Business Suite User Management SIG focuses on the components of user management that enable Oracle E-Business Suite users to define administrative functions and manage users’ access to functions and data based on roles within an organization—rather than the user’s individual identity—which is referred to as role-based access control (RBAC). This meeting includes an introduction to Oracle User Management that covers the Oracle User Management building blocks and presents an example of creating a security policy.

Guest:
  • Security and User Management - Q&A Session
    Eric Bing, Sr. Director, EBS Security, Oracle
    Sara Woodhull, Principal Product Manager, Applications Technology Group, Oracle


SIG10515 - OAUG – Upgrade SIG
Barbara Matthews - Consultant, On Call DBA
Sandra Vucinic, VLAD Group, Inc.

Sunday, Sep 30, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Moscone West 3009

This Upgrade SIG session starts with a business meeting and then features a Q&A panel discussion on Oracle E-Business Suite upgrade topics. The session
• Reviews Upgrade SIG goals and objectives
• Provides answers, during the Q&A session, to questions related to Oracle E-Business Suite upgrades
• Shares “real world” experiences, tips, and techniques for Oracle E-Business Suite upgrades to Release 12.1.

Guest:

  • Oracle E-Business Suite Upgrade - Q&A Session
    Anne Carlson - Sr. Director, Oracle E-Business Suite Product Strategy, Oracle
    Udayan Parvate - Director, EBS Release Engineering, Oracle
    Suzana Ferrari, Sr. Principal Consultant, Oracle
    Isam Alyousfi, Sr. Director, Applications Performance, Oracle


SIG10552 - OAUG - Oracle E-Business Suite SIG
Donna Rosentrater - Manager, Global Sourcing & Procurement Systems, TJX

Sunday, Sep 30, 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM - Moscone West 3020

The E-Business Suite SIG, affiliated with OAUG, supports Oracle E-Business Suite users through networking, education, and sharing of best practices. This SIG meeting will feature a general discussion of Oracle E-Business Suite product strategies in Release 12 and migration to Oracle Fusion Applications.

Guest:

  • Oracle E-Business Suite - Q&A Session
    Jeanne Lowell, Vice President, EBS Product Strategy, Oracle
    Nadia Bendjedou, Sr. Director, Product Strategy, Oracle


SIG10556 - OAUG - SysAdmin SIG
Randy Giefer - Sr Systems and Security Architect, Solution Beacon, LLC

Sunday, Sep 30, 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM - Moscone West 3022

The SysAdmin SIG provides a forum in which OAUG members and participants can share updates, tips, and successful practices relating to system administration in an Oracle applications environment. The SysAdmin SIG strives to enable system administrators to become more effective and efficient in their jobs by providing them with access to people and information that can increase their system administration knowledge and experience. Attend this meeting to network, share best practices, and benefit from educational content.

Guest:

  • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 Online Patching- Presentation and Q&A
    Kevin Hudson, Sr. Director, Applications Technology Group, Oracle


SIG10553 - OAUG - Database SIG
Michael Brown - Senior DBA, COLIBRI LTD LC

Sunday, Sep 30, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM - Moscone West 3020

The OAUG Database SIG provides an opportunity for applications database administrators to learn from and share their experiences with supporting the various Oracle applications environments. This session will include a brief business meeting followed by a short presentation. It will end with an open discussion among the attendees about items of interest to those present.

Guest:

  • Oracle E-Business Suite Database Performance - Presentation and Q&A
    Isam Alyousfi, Sr. Director, Applications Performance, Oracle

Meet the Experts

We're planning two round-table discussions where you can review your questions with senior E-Business Suite ATG staff:

MTE9648 - Meet the Experts for Oracle E-Business Suite: Planning Your Upgrade

  • Jeanne Lowell - VP, EBS Product Strategy, Oracle
  • John Abraham - Sr. Principal Product Manager, Oracle
  • Nadia Bendjedou - Sr. Director - Product Strategy, Oracle
  • Anne Carlson - Sr. Director, Applications Technology Group, Oracle
  • Udayan Parvate - Director, EBS Release Engineering, Oracle
  • Isam Alyousfi, Sr. Director, Applications Performance, Oracle

Monday, Oct 1, 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM - Moscone West 2001A

Don’t miss this Oracle Applications Meet the Experts session with experts who specialize in Oracle E-Business Suite upgrade best practices. This is the place where attendees can have informal and semistructured but open one-on-one discussions with Strategy and Development regarding Oracle Applications strategy and your specific business and IT strategy. The experts will be available to discuss the value of the latest releases and share insights into the best path for your enterprise, so come ready with your questions. Space is limited, so make sure you register.


MTE9649 - Meet the Oracle E-Business Suite Tools and Technology Experts

  • Lisa Parekh - Vice President, Technology Integration, Oracle
  • Steven Chan - Sr. Director, Oracle
  • Elke Phelps - Sr. Principal Product Manager, Applications Technology Group, Oracle
  • Max Arderius - Manager, Applications Technology Group, Oracle

Tuesday, Oct 2, 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM - Moscone West 2001A

Don’t miss this Oracle Applications Meet the Experts session with experts who specialize in Oracle E-Business Suite technology. This is the place where attendees can have informal and semistructured but open one-on-one discussions with Strategy and Development regarding Oracle Applications strategy and your specific business and IT strategy. The experts will be available to discuss the value of the latest releases and share insights into the best path for your enterprise, so come ready with your questions. Space is limited, so make sure you register.

Demos

We have five booths in the exhibition demogrounds this year, where you can try ATG technologies firsthand and get your questions answered. Please stop by and meet our staff at the following locations:

  • Advanced Architecture and Technology Stack for Oracle E-Business Suite (W-067)
  • New User Productivity Capabilities in Oracle E-Business Suite (W-065)
  • End-to-End Management of Oracle E-Business Suite (W-063)
  • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 Technical Upgrade Best Practices (W-066)
  • SOA-Based Integration for Oracle E-Business Suite (W-064)


Tuesday Oct 18, 2011

OpenWorld 2011 Presentations Available for Download

All OpenWorld 2011 presentations are now available for download from the OpenWorld Content Catalog.  These presentations were restricted in previous years to OpenWorld attendees.  They're available to everyone this year!

OpenWorld 2011 Content Catalog screenshot

I'll be highlighting specific sessions from the Applications Technology Group over the next few weeks on this blog, especially those that answer some of your detailed technical questions about our upcoming E-Business Suite 12.2 release.  Until then, you can browse this list of all of the sessions presented by our Applications Technology Group development team:


Tuesday Sep 06, 2011

E-Business Suite Technology-Related Sessions at OpenWorld 2011

[Oct. 27, 2011 Update:  PDFs for all of these sessions are now available from the OpenWorld Content Catalog.  These presentations are free and available without an OpenWorld registration.]

[Sept. 26, 2011 Update:  For a complete listing of all ATG-related sessions with times and locations, see this Focus on Applications Tools and Technology - E-Business Suite document (PDF)]

OpenWorld 2011 SF logoOpenWorld is fast approaching.  It's going to be a very busy conference for us.  We have 25 sessions, three Hands-On Labs, two Meet the Experts round-table discussions, and five demoground booths planned just for E-Business Suite Applications Technology Group content.

We'd love to meet you at the conference -- please drop by any of our following sessions to hear the latest news and connect with senior Applications Technology Group (ATG) development staff:

Oracle E-Business Suite Technology Vision, Roadmap & Customer Successes
Lisa Parekh, Vice President, Applications Technology Group
Session 17248 -- will be presented twice

This Oracle development session will provide a comprehensive overview of Oracle’s product strategy for Oracle E-Business Suite technology, the capabilities and associated business benefits of recent releases, as well as a review of capabilities on the product roadmap. This is the cornerstone session for the Oracle E-Business Suite technology stack. Come hear about the latest new usability enhancements to the user interface, systems administration and configuration management tools, security-related updates, and tools and options for extending, customizing, and integrating the Oracle E-Business Suite with other applications.


Oracle E-Business Suite Technology Certification Primer and Roadmap
Prasad Akkiraju, Group Manager & Steven Chan, Senior Director
Session 17249 -- will also be presented in abbreviated form during the EBS Technology Stack Special Interest Group session on Sunday

Is your Oracle E-Business Suite technology stack up-to-date? Are you taking advantage of all of the latest options and capabilities? This Oracle development session summarizes the latest certifications and roadmap for the Oracle E-Business Suite technology stack, including database releases & options, Java, Forms, OC4J, desktop operating systems, browsers, JRE releases, Office and OpenOffice, development and web authoring tools, user authentication and management, business intelligence, Application Management Pack, Application Change Management Pack, security options, clouds, Oracle VM, and virtualization.  This session will also cover the most-commonly asked questions about techstack component support dates and upgrade implications.


Coexistence of Oracle E-Business Suite and Fusion Applications: Technical Dive
Nadia Bendjedou, Senior Director
Session 16541

Join us at this session if you are wondering which tools to customize & extend your Oracle E-Business Suite functionality (OAF, Forms, ADF, WebCentre etc...). Or which tools to integrate your data and your processes. Or what tools to secure, protect and manage your Oracle E-Business Suite etc... Or simply if you are looking for a technical roadmap for your Oracle E-Business Suite infrastructure to CO-EXIST with the rest of your enterprise applications including Oracle Fusion Applications when ready for it.


Oracle E-Business Suite Directions: Deployment and System Administration
Max Arderius, Manager & Ivo Dujmovic, Director
Session 17243

What's coming in the next major version of Oracle E-Business Suite 12? This Oracle Development session will cover the latest technology stack, including the use of Oracle Web Logic Server (Fusion Middleware 11g) and Oracle Database 11.2. Topics will include an architectural overview of the latest updates, installation and upgrade options, new configuration options, and new tools for hot cloning and automated "lights-out" cloning. Come learn about how Online Patching (based upon the 11gR2 Edition-Based Redefinition database feature) will reduce your database patching downtimes to the time it takes to bounce your database server.


Oracle E-Business Suite Directions: Slashing Downtimes with Online Patching
Kevin Hudson, Senior Director
Session 17255

Oracle E-Business Suite will soon include Online Patching (based upon the 11gR2 Edition-Based Redefinition database feature) which will reduce your database patching downtimes to the time it takes to bounce your database server. This Oracle Development session will discuss how Online Patching works in detail, with special attention to what's happening at a database object level when database patches are applied to an E-Business Suite environment that's still running. Come learn about the operational and system management implications for minimizing maintenance downtimes when applying database patches using this new technology, and the related impact on customizations that you might have built on top of Oracle E-Business Suite.


Minimizing Oracle E-Business Suite Maintenance Downtimes
Ivo Dujmovic, Director &  Kevin Hudson, Senior Director
Session 17240

This Oracle Development session features a survey of the best techniques that sysadmins can use to minimize patching downtimes. This session starts with an architectural level review of E-Business Suite fundamentals then moves to a practical view of the different tools and approaches for downtimes. Topics will include patching shortcuts, merging patches, distributing worker processes across multiple servers, running ADPatch in non-interactive mode, staged APPL_TOPs, shared file systems, deferring system-wide database tasks, avoiding resource bottlenecks, and more. As an added bonus: come hear about the upcoming EBS 12 Online Patching capabilities based on the groundbreaking 11gR2 Edition-Based Redefinition database feature.


Latest Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 User Interface and Usability Enhancements
Padmaprabodh Ambale, Group Manager & Gustavo Jimenez, Senior Development Manager
Session 17251

This Oracle Development session offers a detailed review of the latest user interface (UI) enhancements to OA Framework in Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1. Developers will get a detailed look at new features designed to enhance usability, offer more capabilities for personalization and extensions, and support the development and use of dashboards and web services. Topics will include new rich UI capabilities such as new Home Page features, Navigator & Favorites pull-down menus, REST interface, embedded widgets for analytics content, ADF task flows, and third-party widgets, look-ahead List of Values, inline attachments, popups, personalization and extensibility enhancements, business layer extensions, ADF integration, mobile devices, and more.


Planning Your Oracle E-Business Suite Upgrade from Release 11i to 12.1 and Beyond
Anne Carlson, Senior Director
Session 12281 -- will be presented twice

Attend this session to hear the latest Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 upgrade planning tips gleaned from customers who have already performed the upgrade. You'll get specific, cross-product advice on how to decide your project's scope, understand the factors that affect your project's duration, develop a robust testing strategy, leverage Oracle Support resources, and more. In a nutshell, this session tells you things you need to know before embarking upon your Release 12.1 upgrade project.


Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 Upgrade Best Practices - Technical Insight
Lester Gutierrez, Senior Architect & Udayan Parvate, Director
Session 18661

This session is ideal for organizations that are thinking about upgrading to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1. It covers the fundamentals of upgrading to Release 12.1 including the technology stack components and supported upgrade paths. Hear from Oracle Development about of the set of best practices for patching in general and executing the Release 12.1 technical upgrade, with special considerations to minimize your downtime. Learn about tips on monitoring the upgrade and about managing runtime performance and testing after your upgrade.


Upgrading Your Customizations to Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1
Sara Woodhull, Principal Product Manager
Session 17250 -- this session was standing-room only last year; preregistration is essential

Have you personalized Oracle Forms or OA Framework screens in the Oracle E-Business Suite? Have you used mod_plsql in Release 11i? Have you extended or customized your Release 11i environment using other tools? The technical options for upgrading these customizations as part of your Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 upgrade can be bewildering. Come to this Oracle Development session to learn about selecting the best upgrade approach for your existing customizations. In addition, this session will help you understand customization scenarios, use cases, tools, and technologies for ensuring that your Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 environment fits your users’ needs closely and that any future customizations will be easy to upgrade.


Best Practices for Oracle E-Business Suite Performance Tuning
Deepak Bhatnagar, Senior Manager & Lester Gutierrez, Senior Architect
Session 17244 -- This is Part 1 of 2 related sessions

Need to squeeze more performance out of your existing servers? This packed Oracle Development session summarizes practical tips and lessons learned from performance-tuning and benchmarking the world's largest E-Business Suite environments. Apps sysadmins will learn concrete tips and techniques for identifying and resolving performance bottlenecks on all layers, with special attention to application and database tier servers. Learn about tuning Forms, Concurrent Manager, Apache, and Discoverer. Track down memory leaks and other issues at the Java and JVM layers. This session will also cover E-Business Suite product level-tuning including Oracle Workflow, Order Management, Payroll, and other modules.


Advanced Performance Tips for Oracle E-Business Suite: RAC, Advanced Compression
Deepak Bhatnagar, Senior Manager & Lester Gutierrez, Senior Architect
Session 17245 -- This is Part 2 of 2 related sessions

This Oracle Development session complements the Performance Tuning Best Practices session, with a special focusses on advanced tuning topics for Oracle E-Business Suite database servers, including Real Application Clusters, Advanced Compression, database partitioning, and other options. Get the inside track on optimal init.ora database parameter settings, including configurations for very large and high-performance E-Business Suite databases.


Securing Sensitive Data in Oracle E-Business Suite
Robert Armstrong, Product Strategy Security Architect & Eric Bing, Senior Director
Session 17246

Learn how Oracle tools and technologies can be used as part of a comprehensive enterprise security solution to protect your sensitive data. In this Oracle Development session for system administrators and security professionals, we'll be building on previous OpenWorld talks to focus on how to build in Separation of Duties for system administrators, identifying sensitive Oracle E-Business Suite pages and who has access to them, and the use of masking and auditing in protecting this data.  


Oracle E-Business Suite Secure Configuration
Eric Bing, Senior Director & Erik Graversen, Senior Principal Software Engineer
Session 17256

The Oracle E-Business Suite Security group has published a revised Secure Configuration Guide for Release 11i and 12.  This Oracle Development session will cover the latest recommendations and guidance for securing your network and operating systems, securing your Oracle E-Business Suite instance within your intranet, securing your instance for exposure to the Internet, and configuring your environment for Separation of Duties at the system administrator level.


Advanced E-Business Suite Architectures: Maximum Availability, Security and more
Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager & Sriram Veeraraghavan, Senior Principal Software Engineer
Session 17258

This Oracle Development session profiles options for reducing your Oracle E-Business Suite environments' Total Cost of Ownership using the latest new architectures and systems administration and configuration tools. This session is intended to help architects and sysadmins understand the latest advanced architectural options, including the use of Oracle database high-availability features and functions such as Real Application Clusters, ASM, and Active Data Guard, along with clouds, virtualization, Oracle VM, high-availability and load-balancing architectures, WebLogic Server, and more. This session will also cover the latest updates to systems management tools like AutoConfig, and may also include sneak previews of upcoming functionality.


Virtualization and Cloud Deployment Options for Oracle E-Business Suite
Ivo Dujmovic, Director
Session 17241

Struggling with the overhead of building testbed environments? Running out of disk space? This session from Oracle Development will highlight options for using prebuilt R12 application tier and database tier Oracle VM templates to create new environments quickly and easily. Topics will include using Oracle VM to offer transparent failover between Oracle E-Business Suite application tier servers, something not possible with non-virtualized physical servers, and tips for wiring together virtualized servers using our Virtualization Kit. This session will also cover elastic utility computing and the EBS roadmap for cloud computing.


Managing Your Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle Enterprise Manager
Srikrishna Bandi, Group Manager & Angelo Rosado, Principal Product Manager
Session 12421

Are you looking for ways to cut down the costs of managing your Oracle E-Business Suite applications from Oracle? Are you interested in learning about the best practices for improving the performance and availability of your Oracle E-Business Suite environment? Wondering how you can diagnose performance problems and monitor the Oracle E-Business Suite environment from a single console, by using Oracle Enterprise Manager? This session covers the methods and tools you can use to gain insights into your end users, troubleshoot performance problems, define service-level objectives, and proactively monitor your end-to-end Oracle E-Business Suite environment to meet your availability and performance targets.


Automating Patching via Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite
Srikrishna Bandi, Group Manager & Angelo Rosado, Principal Product Manager
Session 17242

How do you automate patch installations across multiple servers? Want to package and deploy your customizations? What's the best way of transferring functional setup options between instances? This Oracle Development session profiles the latest features in the Applications Change Management pack plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g. Learn how to use this plug-in to streamline and automate patch installations between development and production servers, package your own customizations into patches that can be applied by AD Patch, create an automated approval workflow for tracking and auditing environment changes, and extract, package, and deploy functional configuration setups between multiple instances.


Personalize, Customize and Extend Oracle E-Business Suite User Interface
Padmaprabodh Ambale, Group Manager & Gustavo Jimenez, Senior Development Manager
Session 17253

Options for personalizing, extending, and customizing Oracle E-Business Suite abound. Confused about how Forms Personalization, OA Framework Personalizations, mod_plsql, Applications Express(formerly HTMLdb) and other tools can be used to tailor Oracle E-Business Suite to your business requirements? This Oracle development session reviews the different technologies and approaches, considers scenarios and use cases, and provides a decision-making framework for selecting the best technical approach for your customization requirements. This session may also give a sneak preview of some of upcoming customization technologies, such as standalone ADF application integration, ADF pages on OA Framework home pages, session management, and more.


Desktop Integration in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1: Beyond Client ADI
Padmaprabodh Ambale, Group Manager & Gustavo Jimenez, Senior Development Manager
Session 17252

Need to work with Oracle E-Business Suite data in desktop applications or Microsoft Office? Client ADI isn't available in Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1. What do you use now? This Oracle Development session describes the new expanded functionality available in WebADI, Report Manager, and dedicated integrators. You have MORE options for desktop integration now, not less. Topics will include an overview of prepackaged solutions for integrating Oracle E-Business Suite applications with applications such as Microsoft Excel, Word, and Projects. This session will also discuss how you can use the latest Desktop Integration Framework for the Web ADI to create your own integrators quickly and easily.


Extending Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle ADF and Oracle SOA Suite
Veshaal Singh, Senior Director & Rajesh Ghosh, Group Manager
Session 12382

Oracle Applications Development Framework (Oracle ADF) is a rich UI framework that simplifies development by offering out-of-the-box components and services visually assembled with drag-and-drop tools in Oracle JDeveloper. Oracle ADF-based UIs run on browsers, desktops, and mobile devices such as smartphones and complement Oracle Application Framework's traditional UI abilities. This session covers how Oracle ADF can be used with Oracle E-Business Suite applications for a rich, dynamic user experience. Oracle SOA Suite offers a platform to integrate Oracle and third-party applications. Oracle ADF and Oracle SOA Suite let you create dynamic Web-based solutions that execute complex business processes on Oracle E-Business Suite applications.


Web Services and SOA Integration Options for Oracle E-Business Suite
Rajesh Ghosh, Group Manager & Abhishek Verma, Manager
Session 17247

This Oracle Development session provides a deep dive into a subset of the Web services and SOA-related integration options available to E-Business Suite system integrators. This developer-oriented session offers a technical look at Oracle E-Business Suite Integrated SOA Gateway, Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle Application Adapters for Oracle E-Business Suite, and other Web services options for integrating Oracle E-Business Suite with other applications. Systems integrators and developers will get an overview of the latest integration capabilities and technologies available out-of-the-box with Oracle E-Business Suite and possibly a sneak preview of upcoming functionality and features.


Application Integration Strategies for Oracle E-Business Suite
Veshaal Singh, Senior Director
Session 12749

Oracle is investing across Applications and Technologies to make the application integration experience easier for customers. Today Oracle has certified Oracle E-business Suite on Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g and provides a breadth of standardized integration technologies such as ADF, WebCenter Suite, Data Integrator, Golden Gate, SOA Suite and Application Integration Architecture (AIA). These technologies can be used to address various application integration challenges. In this session you will get a better understanding of how you can leverage Oracle’s integration technologies to connect end to end business processes across your enterprise Applications portfolio.


Integrating Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle Identity Management Solutions
Sunil Ghosh, Group Manager & Keith Swartz, Software Architect
Session 17257

Need to integrate the E-Business Suite with Microsoft Windows Kerberos, Active Directory, CA Netegrity SiteMinder, or other third-party authentication systems? Want to understand your options when Premier Support for Oracle Single Sign-On ends in December 2011? This Oracle Development session will discuss the latest certified integrations with Oracle Access Manager 11g and Oracle Internet Directory 11g, which can be used on their own or as bridges for integrating with other third-party authentication solutions. Come get an architectural overview of how WebGate, AccessGate, Oracle Access Manager, and Oracle Internet Directory work together, with implications for Discoverer, Portal, and other Fusion Middleware Identity Management products.


Oracle E-Business Suite Internationalization and Multilingual Features
Maher Al-Nubani, Director
Session 17254

The Oracle E-Business Suite supports more countries, languages, and regions than ever before. Come to this Oracle development session to get an overview of internationalization features and capabilities, and see new Release 12 features such as calendar support for Hijira & Thai, new group separators, lightweight multilingual support (MLS) setup, new character sets such as AL32UTF, newly-supported languages, Mac certifications, iSetup support for moving MLS setups, new file export options for Unicode, new MLS number spelling options, and more.


EBS ATG Hands-On Labs

You can get your hands on some of our latest technologies and try them for yourself.  Space is very limited; preregistration is highly recommended.

Here are this year's ATG Hands-On Labs:

New User Interface Features & Options for Tailoring Oracle E-Business Suite
Sunil Ghosh, Gustavo Jimenez, Ranjit Natarajan, Sara Woodhull
Session 21405

Learn how to enable the latest user interface (UI) enhancements to Oracle Application Framework in Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1. This hands-on lab shows how to enable rich new UI capabilities such as new home page features, Navigator and Favorites menus, embedded widgets for analytics content, look-ahead lists of values, inline attachments, pop-ups, personalization and extensibility enhancements, and much more.


Desktop Integration in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12: Beyond Client ADI
Padmaprabodh Ambale, Gustavo Jimenez, Ranjit Natarajan
Session 21404

Need to work with Oracle E-Business Suite data in desktop applications or Microsoft Office? The desktop client-based version of ADI isn't available in Oracle E-Business Suite 12. What do you use now? This lab will give participants the opportunity to try the new expanded functionality available in WebADI, Report Manager, and dedicated integrators. You have MORE options for desktop integration now, not less. Topics will include an overview of prepackaged solutions for integrating Oracle E-Business Suite applications with applications such as Microsoft Excel, Word, and Projects. This session will also discuss using the new wizard-based Desktop Integration Framework to create custom integrators to download, validate, upload data from Excel to Oracle E-Business Suite.


Using Oracle Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite
Max Arderius, Srikrishna Bandi, Angelo Rosado
Session 21400

Learn how to manage your customizations and functional setups with Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite. This hands-on lab details the packaging and deployment of customizations such as an Oracle standard patch, all from a single use interface. It also covers migration of functional setup changes from a single instance to multiple Oracle E-Business Suite instances. In addition this hands-on lab focuses on the centralized performance monitoring dashboard that monitors the health of your entire Oracle E-Business Suite deployment.


Participate in round-table discussions with us

We're planning two round-table discussions where you can review your questions with senior E-Business Suite ATG staff:

ATG Meet the Experts: Upgrading to EBS 12
Nadia Bendjedou, Anne Carlson, Lester Gutierrez, Udayan Parvate
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 1:15 PM to 2:15 PM
Moscone West, Lobby Level 2

ATG Meet the Experts: ATG Tools, Technology, and Advanced Configs
Prasad Akkiraju, Max Arderius, Steven Chan, Elke Phelps
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Moscone West, Lobby Level 2

Visit our ATG booths on the demogrounds

We have five demopods in the exhibition demogrounds this year, where you can try ATG technologies firsthand and get your questions answered:

  • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 Technical Upgrade Best Practices (Booth 5800)
  • Advanced Architectures and Technology Stack  for Oracle E-Business Suite (Booth 7240)
  • SOA-based Integration for Oracle E-Business Suite (Booth 7241)
  • End-to-End Management of Oracle E-Business Suite (Booth 7260)
  • Rich User Interface in Oracle Application Framework (Booth 7261)

Private Meetings with ATG Development Staff

All of the staff above, including me, also have a couple of slots for private meetings.  If you have sensitive topics that cannot be covered via any of the options above, please drop me an email.  I can help put you in touch with the best person to discuss your question at the conference.

Our schedules are very tight this year, and we only have very-limited slots for private discussions.  If you need a personal consultation, contact us now.

See you there!


Tuesday Aug 17, 2010

E-Business Suite Techstack Highlights at OpenWorld 2010

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OpenWorld 2010 San Francisco is just around the corner.  We have a very full lineup of E-Business Suite technology stack-related sessions this year.  If you're going to be joining us at the conference, we've published a summary of all of the EBS techstack-related sessions here: We have almost forty sessions intended for EBS architects, systems administrators, DBAs, and consultants.  These sessions include:
  • Best practices for upgrading to R12
  • Case study of Oracle's own R12 upgrade
  • Upgrading EBS 11i customizations to R12
  • New OA Framework features
  • Performance tuning
  • Applications and web services integration
  • Extending EBS with ADF and SOA Suite
  • Minimizing patching downtimes
  • Business continuity planning and maximum availability
  • Best practices for deploying EBS on Exadata
  • EBS sizing on Sun hardware
  • Internationalization and multilingual features and best practices for EBS
  • Application Management Pack case study with Flint Hills Resources
  • Application Change Management Pack case study with Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Personalizing, extending, and customizing EBS
  • Advanced architectures: RAC, clouds, Oracle VM, Advanced Compression
  • Diagnostics and troubleshooting techniques for common EBS issues
  • Security
There are too many fascinating sessions to list comprehensively here, so make sure that you review the document above.  I will personally be hard-pressed to be able to attend all of the sessions in which I'm interested. 

Interested in a private meeting?

As usual, I'm happy to meet with you to discuss your EBS techstack or architecture questions.  My calendar tends to fill up quickly during OpenWorld week.  If you'd like to get together for a private meeting, please feel free to drop me a line soon.

Wednesday Jan 06, 2010

On Clouds and Virtualization in EBS Environments (OpenWorld 2009 Recap)

[Dec. 31, 2013 update: Note 465915.1 has been withdrawn.  Refer to the Certifications system on My Oracle Support for the latest certified combinations of EBS + Oracle VM]

[Editor: This is the third of a five-part series on virtualization and cloud topics from Ivo Dujmovic, an architect in our Applications Technology Integration group.]

In my two previous articles, we announced the availability of our EBS Oracle VM (OVM) templates, and then announced the availability of the EBS Virtualization Kit. So now let's go through some highlights from my OOW'09 presentation:


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Q:  Why use virtualization?

A: 
To increase CPU utilization at the cost of more disk

This answer uncovers my roots in software performance.  Physical hardware resources are frequently sized for -- and locked into -- a particular configuration that might be sub-optimal for a project's overall lifecycle.  For example, during a single development cycle for a given project, the project's environment can go through a number of stages: preparation (patching, configuration, spot testing), broad testing (all hands, RT tools, consultants), and wrap-up (trailing issue resolution, spot testing).  The project's hardware was sized to accommodate the maximum load, despite the fact that the intensive testing period with a hundred testers would last only a few weeks.  In this case, the hardware would lie mostly-unused for the majority of the environment's life.

Another example is different environments being used in different time zones. Physical-world time-slicing is hard, as it's hard to capture all runtime components and their integrations' dependencies on other servers.  In the virtual world, shutdown, suspend, and startup actions are much faster and cleaner.

Of course, home-grown tools and manual optimization tries to compensate for some of this.  And they still fall short!  In the virtual world, moving resources is faster and easier.  It will spoil you -- you will feel as if you have more hardware.  And your customers will feel spoiled once you can quickly provision environments.

Q. What is a cloud?

A:  Virtual resource swarm present on your network, on somebody else's, or on the internet

Well, I did help with beekeeping a number of times, but that is not why I chose the word swarm.  I agree with Larry's view that we could have used other words like net, grid, cluster or cloud. Even the word swarm could be used, although it implies self-repairing, management, and intelligence.  I would argue that this is the direction we are heading.  But let me start with the basic properties people associate with clouds:
  • Utility pricing: pay as you go, per usage vs. per user or per cpu
  • Self service provisioning: easy and fast to get a resource
  • Self-preservation of resources:  the resource platform will worry about the little stuff like failover, system administration
Private clouds run on your own hardware, and public clouds run on someone else's hardware. 

Today's clouds are missing a lot of the "magic" features that one could dream up, but cloud infrastructure providers are starting to work on those.  My favorite missing feature:  integration automation and intelligence.  What good is a quickly-provisioned app if it is not integrated into the right identity management, business intelligence, workflow, or portal system? 

So even short of the future features, private or public clouds provide effective provisioning and resource-management platforms.

Q. What Virtualization Platform should I choose for E-Business Suite?

A. Funny you should ask: Oracle VM.

Oracle VM has been fully certified with EBS for 2 years. It's got a couple of things going for it: it is free, it is certified and optimized for Oracle products, and Oracle supports it. Here's the latest list of certified EBS releases and platforms:
  • Linux x86 32-bit
    • EBS 11.5.10 CU2 with 11i.ATG_PF.H.RUP5 (Patch 5473858) or later
    • EBS 12.0.2 (RUP2) or later (including 12.1)
  • Linux 64-bit - OEL 4 and RHEL 4 on x86-64
    • EBS 12.0.3 or later (including 12.1)
  • Linux 64-bit - OEL 5 and RHEL 5 on x86-64
    • EBS 12.0.4 or later (including 12.1)
  • Windows Server 2003 (32-bit) with PV driver v1.0.8 or higher
    • EBS 12.0.4 or later (including 12.1)
References
Listening to the Session

If you registered for OpenWorld, here's a link to the OpenWorld On Demand page where you can download the presentation or listen to the live recording of this session.

Related Articles

Tuesday Dec 08, 2009

Round-up: All E-Business Suite Techstack Sessions at OpenWorld 2009

Whew, that's it -- I've finally reviewed and highlighted all of the OpenWorld 2009 sessions that I think are particularly notable for Apps sysadmins.  With this article, I'm wrapping up this series on OpenWorld recaps and getting back to our regular coverage.

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If you haven't gotten your fill of OpenWorld material yet, there were a number of other techstack-oriented sessions that might be of general interest.  These sessions are either higher-level, more conceptually-oriented, or spend more time discussing general functionality and the technology's value proposition than specific technical details.

For a listing of all of the OpenWorld 2009 sessions in the Applications Tools and Technology track, see:
Related Articles

Monday Dec 07, 2009

Oracle E-Business Suite Install and Cloning Best Practices (OpenWorld 2009 Recap)

Experienced E-Business Suite systems administrators know that there never seem to be enough EBS testbeds for everyone.  It doesn't take long for an Apps sysadmin to realize that having a solid understanding of the various options for building and cloning EBS environments is an essential part of his or her toolkit.  

Flow diagram showing adpreclone process and what it does on the EBS database tier
If you've been wondering about the different options for building EBS environments, look no further.  Max Arderius is a member of our Applications Technology Group.  His OpenWorld session covered the E-Business Suite's Rapid Install and cloning techniques in detail:
Max drilled into the following topics in his presentation:
  • Installing the E-Business Suite
    • Rapid Install overview
    • Standard vs. Express Install
    • Filesystem implications of upgrading and existing system
    • Upgrade considerations
    • Installation of the latest Applications technology stack
  • Cloning techniques
    • Overview of cloning tools: Rapid Clone vs Application Management Pack
    • Details of Rapid Clone process
      • What adpreclone.pl does on the database and applications tiers
      • What happens during the cloning process
      • What adcfgclone.pl does on the database and applications tiers
      • Comparison of adcfgclone.pl command line options
      • adclonectx.pl configuration command
    • Application Management Pack cloning process
      • Comparison of Application Management Pack cloning options
      • Source-to-image, image-to-target cloning
      • Hot cloning
      • Real Application Clusters (RAC) cloning
      • Data scrambling during the cloning process
    • Custom cloning techniques
      • Source-to-target direct synchronization
      • Cloning using rsync
      • Maximum Availability techniques using Oracle DataGuard and rsync to a standby database
      • OracleVM cloning using functional technical VM templates
  • Best practices
    • Pointers to useful resources
    • Comparison of using media vs. staged images
    • Remote installation best practices and considerations
    • Fully qualified hosts and file permissions
    • Resource limits and kernal parameters
    • Temp directories and swap spaces
    • Techstack registration
    • Global inventory and multiple inventories
Listening to the Session

If you registered for OpenWorld, here's a link to the OpenWorld On Demand page where you can download the presentation or listen to the live recording of this session.

Related Articles

Tuesday Nov 17, 2009

E-Business Suite Technology Essentials (OpenWorld 2009 Recap)

I'm part of the Applications Technology Integration group within the E-Business Suite Development division.  One of this team's responsibilities is to ensure that new Oracle technologies are integrated into -- or work with -- the E-Business Suite. 

Lisa Parekh leads our team, and every year she manages to pack a survey of the increasingly-broad EBS technology stack landscape at OpenWorld into her session.  If you're interested in getting a quick overview of everything that we consider important about the latest EBS technology stack capabilities, download her presentation here:
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Lisa covers the following topics in her presentation:
  • E-Business Suite technology stack priorities
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12's three-tier architecture
  • Supported R12 browsers
  • Application Server Tier components and layout
  • Standard and optional 10gR2 and 11g Database features
    • Partitioning, compression, tablespace encryption
  • Exadata V2 
  • External optional Fusion Middleware certifications
  • R12 User Interface improvements 
  • Secure Enterprise Search
  • WebCenter integration
  • Single Sign-On and Oracle Internet Directory integration
  • Third-party authentication and LDAP integration
  • SOA enablement and integration
  • Application Integration Architecture
  • Business Intelligence
    • Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE)
    • Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA)
  • BI Publisher
  • Systems management capabilities via Oracle Enterprise Manager
    • Application Management Pack
    • Application Change Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite
    • Wizards and AutoConfig 
  • Virtualization and Oracle VM
    • Coming soon: Oracle VM templates for the E-Business Suite 12.1.1
  • Technology Uptake Guidance
    • Upgrading to R12.1
    • Database upgrade options
    • New certifications coming
Listening to the Session

If you registered for OpenWorld, here's a link to the OpenWorld On Demand page where you can download the presentation or listen to the live recording of this session.

Related Articles

Friday Oct 16, 2009

Using Oracle Application Server 10g with E-Business Suite (OpenWorld 2009 Recap)

[Oct 19 2009 Update: If you registered for OpenWorld, here's a link to the OpenWorld On Demand page where you can download or listen to the live recording of this session as well as the presentation materials.]

Every year I provide an OpenWorld update on the various ways that E-Business Suite users can use different Oracle Application Server 10g components.  This presentation covers many of the topics that I visit regularly on this blog, neatly summarizing them in a single package with the latest Fusion Middleware certified versions (and desupport notices) in one place:

Architecture diagram showing sso oid and third-party LDAP integration with E-Business Suite

This presentation covers:

  • A quick overview of the various Oracle Application Server 10g products that can be optionally integrated with the E-Business Suite, including:
    • Oracle Single Sign-On and Oracle Internet Directory
    • Oracle Access Manager and Oracle Identity Manager
    • Web Center and Portal
    • Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition and Discoverer
    • Web Cache
    • Oracle SOA Suite
    • Oracle Enterprise Manager
  • How Oracle Single Sign-On works with the E-Business Suite
  • How EBS users can be managed using Oracle Internet Directory
  • How EBS can be integrated via Oracle Single Sign-On with third-party authentication systems such as:
    • Windows Native Authentication via Kerberos
    • Netegrity Siteminder
    • IBM Tivoli Access Manager
    • PKI X.509v3 Digital Certificates
  • How EBS can be integrated via Oracle Internet Directory with third-party LDAP directories such as:
    • Microsoft Active Directory
    • Sun Java System Directory
    • Novell eDirectory
    • OpenLDAP
Related Articles

I've covered all of these topics already on this blog, with articles discussing the conceptual topics as well as new certification announcements.  See:

Sunday Oct 11, 2009

OpenWorld 2009: E-Business Suite Technology Stack Certification Roadmap

OpenWorld 2009 has kicked off with a bang.  As in previous years, I was invited to share our latest E-Business Suite technology stack certification roadmap with the OAUG EBS Technology Stack Special Interest Group (SIG) members.

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Most of what I covered in this SIG discussion will be familiar to regular readers of this blog.  Even if you've been keeping up with this blog's announcements, the convenient thing about this Roadmap presentation is that it summarizes our latest techstack certifications, desupport notices, support policy updates, and other important topics from the last year in a single, cohesive presentation.

Topics from this presentation include:
  • E-Business Release 12.1.1 technology stack components
  • Important Oracle Support policy updates for the E-Business Suite, Server Technologies, and Fusion Middleware products
  • Summary of the latest desupport notices relevant to EBS environments, covering desktop clients, browsers, database releases, and internal and external application tier servers
  • Listing of the current and recommended EBS certifications
  • Glimpse of upcoming certifications
This presentation is available here:
Related Articles

Friday Oct 02, 2009

OpenWorld 2009: E-Business Suite 12.1 Standalone Apps for EBS 11i Users

[Oct 19, 2009 Update:  Here's a link to Nadia's presentation (PDF, 7.5 MB)If you registered for OpenWorld, here's a link to the OpenWorld On Demand page where you can download or listen to the live recording of this session as well as the presentation materials.]]

As I've noted before, the San Francisco Oracle OpenWorld conference is our biggest event of the year. It's always entertaining to watch the frenzy of activity in the immediately preceding months and weeks.  It's an exciting time.

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We've been getting questions about how Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i customers can take advantage of some of the standalone solutions from Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.  There are many significant functional innovations and new capabilities in R12.1, but some of you have indicated that you don't have the time or the budget to upgrade from Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i yet. 

Nadia Bendjedou has an OpenWorld 2009 session in which she'll be covering options for how Apps 11i users can take advantage of Apps 12.1 standalone applications:
Oracle Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 Standalone Applications for Release 11.5.10 Customers: How? (Session S309539)
Tuesday, Oct 13, 5:30 PM
Moscone West, Room 2008
Abstract:  "Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 brings several functional innovations in almost every area. Come hear how Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11.5.10 customers can leverage some of these new innovations and new solutions without going through the cost of upgrading to Release 12.1. This session drills down into what these solutions are and how they work in an Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11.5.10 environment."
As for me, my OpenWorld dance card is almost completely full now.  If you have any last-minute meeting requests, I still have some slots free for Thursday, but they're going fast. Here are my formal OpenWorld sessions:

Wednesday Sep 09, 2009

Spotlight on E-Business Suite Sessions at OpenWorld 2009

The drumbeats are getting louder for OpenWorld 2009 every day.  Every year brings new additions to our Oracle family of products, and this year's sessions are even more densely-scheduled than previous years.
Openworld_2009_logo.png
A useful way of cutting through the noise are the "Focus On" documents for each major product family.  The "Focus On" documents highlight just the Oracle sessions and events that are relevant to a particular content stream.  All of the major content streams at OpenWorld have their own "Focus On" documents. 
Here's the one that I think most readers of this blog should review:
For a list of all of the "Focus On" documents for all of the OpenWorld content streams, see:
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Sunday Aug 23, 2009

Want to Connect at OpenWorld 2009?

Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco is our biggest conference of the year.  It's always a real treat to see what some of the best minds in our Oracle community have to share.  I hope that I'll get a chance to meet some of you in person at this conference, either at some of my sessions or in a private meeting where we can discuss your E-Business Suite questions in depth.

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I'll be presenting and participating in a few sessions again this year:
Using Oracle Application Server with E-Business Suite (Session S307958)
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 5:00 PM
Moscone West L2, Room 2008

Oracle Application Server is certified for integration with E-Business Suite.  In this session, learn how to take advantage of the latest versions of Oracle Portal, Oracle Single Sign-On, Oracle Internet Directory, Oracle Discoverer, Oracle Web Cache, and other Fusion Middleware components.  Additionally, learn how to integrate third-party identity management systems and LDAP directories such as Microsoft Windows Kerberos, Microsoft Windows Active Directory, Sun Java System Direct, and CA Netegrity SiteMinder with E-Business Suite.

Advanced Configuration and Cloud Deployment of Oracle E-Business Suite (Session S307956)
Ivo Dujmovic, presenter (and I'll be tagging along)
Thursday, Oct. 15, 9:00 AM
Moscone West L2, Room 2008

Oracle E-Business Suite supports a variety of advanced deployment options and architectures. Considering improving your hardware utilization rates through virtualization and use of computational clouds/grids?  Wondering about seemingly esoteric architectures, how to automate their configuration and integration? Get answers to your burning architectural questions in this session.

Meet the Experts:  E-Business Suite Technology Stack
Monday, Oct. 12, 1:00 PM
Applications Lounge, "Meet the Experts" Area

This is a roundtable discussion where you can discuss technical questions with me and other senior E-Business Suite technology stack development staff.  Anything goes in these PowerPoint-free discussions -- enhancement requests, burning questions, pet peeves about operation issues, and any other technology stack topics that you might like to discuss.

EBS Applications Technology Special Interest Group Panel
Sunday, Oct 11, 2:00 PM
Moscone West L3, Room 3009

This OAUG Special Interest Group has recently expanded their scope to include all major technology stack components in the E-Business Suite.  I'll be joining other staff from EBS Development in a discussion about our latest EBS techstack updates, certifications, and our upcoming roadmap in this session.
Interested in a Private Meeting?

I'm happy to meet with you to discuss your EBS techstack or architecture questions.  My calendar tends to fill up quickly during OpenWorld week.  If you'd like to get together for a private meeting, please feel free to drop me a line soon.

All Applications Sessions on One Page

Every year brings even more sessions into our Applications Tools and Technology track at OpenWorld.  I'm convinced that the only effective way of catching all of the sessions that I'm interested in will be to clone myself.  Multiplicity, here we come. 

For a list of all sessions in this year's Apps techstack track, see:
For a list of all sessions relating to the E-Business Suite, see:

Sunday Jul 12, 2009

Downloading Older OpenWorld Presentations

[Nov 2, 2009 Update: It appears that the links below aren't working. It's unclear whether this is a temporary suspension or whether they're permanently gone. If you're looking for specific OpenWorld session materials, I would recommend contacting the session author directly for their presentations.] Oracle OpenWorld red logo

Over the years, this blog's readership has proven that you're paying close attention to even the smallest details posted here.  This keeps me sharp.  I wouldn't want eidetic memory, but something better than my current wetware storage and retrieval system would be nice.  As part of my fact-checking for a recent blog article that touched on Oracle's own E-Business Suite global single instance, I was hunting around for an OpenWorld 2008 presentation to verify some vaguely-remembered details about hardware model numbers.  Much frustration ensued.

It turns out that getting one's hands on OpenWorld presentations can be a bit tricky.  If you were an OpenWorld attendee, you had the dubious privilege of purchasing all of the presentation materials on a DVD kit.  I don't think I will ever understand the marketing mindset.

Thankfully, you can still download individual OpenWorld presentations from the online session catalogs for the previous two years.  If you're looking for presentations from previous conferences, bookmark these two links:

Tuesday Nov 04, 2008

Maximum Availability Architecture: Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12

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

Humana's recent OpenWorld case study gives a customer-centric view of how they implemented a high-availability architecture for their E-Business Suite environment.  Lyn Pratt and Richard Exley from Oracle's Server Technologies MAA Group and Metin Yilmaz from Oracle Support complemented that case study with a discussion of the various options for ensuring high availability and business continuity via a disaster recover site for your E-Business Suite environment:

Physical architecture diagram showing target architecture for an E-Business Suite Release 12 disaster recovery deployment

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Wednesday Oct 31, 2007

OpenWorld Press Passes for Apps Bloggers

Some of you have noticed that my publishing cycle recently has been slower than normal.  I'm in the midst of OpenWorld prep and a reorganization right now, with the combined effect being the proverbial perfect storm. 

Oracle OpenWorld 2007 Logo: Oracle OpenWorld 2007 San Francisco conference logo

This one's important, though.  It's something I've been lobbying for for a while, so I'll struggle, gasping, to the surface to highlight it:

All Apps (and general Oracle) bloggers are invited to register for a free Press pass to OpenWorld.  Jake Kuramoto, my impassioned colleague over at the Oracle AppsLab blog, has more details:
Apparently, the criteria for getting a blogger Press pass are surprisingly minimal.  According to Jake, they are:
  1. You are a blogger
  2. You blog about Oracle, enterprise software, Enterprise 2.0 or another loosely-coupled subject
This is a new thing for Oracle -- who knows where this will lead?  As far as I can tell, there's no Machiavellian grand plan to subvert the blogosphere; we just want to make sure that you're able to blog firsthand about OpenWorld without being constrained by the cost of getting in the door. 

If I were a blogger, I'd seize this unprecedented opportunity while it lasts.

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Tuesday Aug 28, 2007

Apps Technology at OpenWorld 2007

Strap on your helmets; we're going in.

~ Cookie, "You Don't Know Jack"

Oracle OpenWorld 2007 Logo: Oracle OpenWorld 2007 San Francisco conference logo

Last year's OpenWorld 2006 conference in San Francisco broke all records.  It was the biggest conference we've ever done, and was staggering in more ways than one. 

The organizers of OpenWorld 2007 are planning to exceed themselves this year, so it should be quite an event.  Registration is now open and hotels are going fast, as usual.  If you're planning to go but haven't signed up yet, I'd advise doing so soon.

More importantly, the detailed session lists have just been published.  For a day-by-day breakdown of this year's E-Business Suite technology stack-related sessions, see:
For a complete list of all OpenWorld sessions, see:
  • Oracle OpenWorld 2007 Content Catalog (no login required)

    You can set the "Track" to "E-Business Suite > Applications Tools & Technology" to restrict the list to just techstack-related sessions.
My Sessions at OpenWorld

I'll be there, of course.  I wouldn't miss this for anything.  I've been lucky enough to have the following formal sessions lined up, as well as a few invitations to participate in some OAUG Special Interest Group panel discussions:
  • Using Oracle Application Server 10g with Oracle E-Business Suite
    Session ID: S290679
    Nov. 13, 3:15 PM, Moscone West 2006-L2

  • Panel: Advanced Deployment Architectures for Oracle E-Business Suite
    With Ivo Dujmovic and other Applications Technology Integration staff
    Session ID: S290693
    Nov. 15, 1:00 PM, Moscone West 2014-L2

  • Customer Case Study: Experiences with Real-World Identity Management and Oracle E-Business Suite 11i and Release 12--Next Evolution
    Special Guests:  Ana Paula Ferreira, Technip (Brazil); Arun Changamveetil, Oracle (formerly Fujitsu Consulting)
    Session ID: S290694
    Nov. 14, 4:30 PM, Moscone West 2014-L2

  • OAUG Sysadmin / Upgrade Special Interest Group
    Led by:  John Stouffer, Randy Giefer
    Nov. 11, 8:30 AM, Moscone West 3006

  • "Meet the Experts" Lounge:  Advanced Apps Configurations
    Nov. 12, 1:30 PM, Moscone West, 2nd Floor, Overlook Space 3

  • "Meet the Experts" Lounge:  Release 12 Upgrade
    Nov. 15, 10:00 AM, Moscone West, 2nd Floor, Overlook Space 1
Face-to-face at OpenWorld

OpenWorld is also an excellent chance for us to meet, either for a quick update or for an in-depth discussion about your deployments and requirements.  My dance card tends to fill up quickly (I already have several meetings booked).  If you'd like to arrange a meeting with me, drop me a line as soon as possible. 

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Monday Aug 20, 2007

Survey: How Do You Personalize and Extend the E-Business Suite?

Our architects are hard at work on Fusion Applications.  Providing sustainable infrastructure for personalizations and customizations is a top priority for Fusion Applications.  As part of our efforts to tailor our current infrastructure to make this more manageable, we need to understand how you personalize your E-Business Suite environments today.

Release 12 Personalization Screenshot:

As part of the design process, we're seeking your feedback on:
  • Tools & technologies that you use
  • The types of personalizations that you make
  • The types of customizations and extensions that you add
  • How you test, deploy, and maintain customizations
Your feedback will help us design the right architecture for supporting customizations for Fusion Applications.

This is a rare opportunity to help us shape our designs to meet your needs.  To send us your feedback, please take a few minutes to participate in our short survey below:
If you're interested in getting a copy of the consolidated results after you've completed the survey, feel free to send an email to: 

Revathy Email ID:

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Monday Feb 19, 2007

Personalizing and Extending Release 12

The JDeveloper 10g with OA Extension was recently released for use with the E-Business Suite Release 12.  Following on that theme of extending and personalizing Release 12, you might find it useful to review Sara Woodhull's excellent presentation on this topic from OpenWorld 2006.


Release 12 Personalization Screenshot:

Sara's OOW presentation covers the E-Business Suite Release 12's Oracle Applications Framework (OAF) architecture, which is designed to provide rich and upgradable personalization and extensibility capabilities in a declarative, object oriented model.  This allows Release 12 to be extended and customized without the overhead of traditional development projects.  Topics included in this presentation are:
  • OA Framework Model-View-Controller architecture and key features
  • Personalizations features, including:
    • The ability to hide and show page items and regions, reordering page items, adding new items, adding corporate branding
    • Importing and exporting personalizations with the Personalization Document Manager
    • New user interface for creating personalizations
    • Matching the Release 12 colors and fonts to match your corporate website
    • Using simple expression (SPEL) bindings for more control over fields, items, and regions
  •  Extensibility features, including:
    • The ability to add new business logic to existing screens
    • Durability of extensions, allowing them to be preserved across upgrades
    • Use of Oracle JDeveloper 10g with OA Extension to support J2EE development and integration with Release 12
    • Support for service interfaces, standalone components that can be deployed as web services, EJB session beans, or as co-located Java APIs
You can download her presentation here:
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Monday Dec 11, 2006

Securing Your E-Business Suite 11i Deployment

Although most of our readers will be familiar with this material already, when it comes to security, it never hurts to keep ensuring that your doors and windows are locked.  In that spirit, today's post highlights Erik Graversen and George Buzsaki's OpenWorld 2006 session, "How to Secure Your Oracle E-Business Suite Deployment."

URL Firewall Example Configuration 2:

In their presentation, Erik and George cover the essentials of E-Business Suite security, including:
  • A framework for securing different segments of your E-Business Suite deployment, starting with the operating system
  • Pointers to essential Apps security reference materials, security alerts to monitor, and recommended patches
  • Guidance for securing internal deployments, including the database at the schema level and for database net access, the Apps web tier, and end-user PCs
  • Tips for hardening your EBS security setup
  • Monitoring security through Oracle Applications Manager (OAM)
  • Guidance for securing externally-facing deployments in DMZs, including the use of Responsibility filters, URL filters via the URL firewall, noise filters via mod_security
  • Sneak peek at upcoming security certifications
If it's been a while since you reviewed the latest advice on security, this is worth a look:
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Wednesday Dec 06, 2006

Master Class in Apps 11i Performance Tuning

Ahmed Alomari is one of Oracle's foremost experts in optimizing performance for the E-Business Suite.  His OpenWorld sessions are always filled with DBAs looking for practical tips on getting more out of their existing hardware, and this year's session was packed with more practical pointers than ever before. 

If you're looking for a master-class in Apps performance tuning, it doesn't get better than this.  Better yet, it's all contained in a single free download.

Gather Schema Statistics Screenshot:

In his presentation, Ahmed covers:

  • Optimization of Forms and Reports
    • Via socket mode, Forms Dead Client detection, and the latest performance-related Forms patches
    • Costs of using Cancel Query
    • Things that your end-users can do to improve performance
    • Tracing Forms performance via SQL and FRD tracing 
    • Optimization of Report via SQL tracing, or by enabling the built-in Reports Trace feature

  • Optimization of Concurrent Manager:
    • Using specialization rules and work shifts to bind jobs to specific time windows
    • Conflict Resolution Manager sleep time guidelines for parallel workers
    • Tips for using Transaction Managers for Inventory Transactions and other synchronous online processing
    • Pipes be gone!  Avoiding transaction manager instances per database instance for RAC
    • Tracing and debug options at the program and request level
  • Optimization of the Application Tier
    • Tuning Apache processes and clients via httpds.conf settings
    • Caching of non-HTML resources such as images, style sheets, and Java scripts via httpd.conf or apps.conf settings
    • Configuring dedicated mod_plsql listeners
    • Apache Jserv / JVM logging and auto load-balancing
    • Tuning Apache Hotspot and garbage collection settings, and interpreting GC output to tune JVM heaps
    • Reducing Java memory and connection leaks
    • Tracking JDBC connections
    • Performance benchmarks after upgrading to JDK 5.0:  ~ 15%!
    • New JDK 5.0 performance management tools, including Jconsole, jps, jstat, visualgc
    • Optimizing Java Server Pages via precompilation
    • Tuning Portal-related settings
    • Discoverer 10g performance-related options
  • Tuning Network performance
    • Testing latency with via ping and optimal packet sizes
    • Performance benchmarks for using Web Cache for compression
  • Tuning Database tier performance
    • Optimal buffer cache and shared pool settings
    • Use of asynchronous I/O, Quick I/O, and locally managed temp files
    • Use of Stats Pack and AWR to take performance snapshots, and things to look for in those snapshots
    • Database performance metrics to monitor
    • Allocating CPU resources via Database Resource Manager
    • Tips for minimizing the impact of gathering statistics, and how to interpret the results
    • Benefits of the new OA Tablespace Model, and before-and-after benchmark comparisons (e.g. a 1.4 TB database shrunk to 850 GB!)

  • And much, much more...
Even if you're not having performance issues now, this is worth a look.  If you are having performance issues, reviewing this presentation should be your top priority today:
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Thursday Nov 30, 2006

Inside Oracle's Own Global Operations Data Center

[Oct. 27, 2008 Update:  The latest version of this popular presentation from OpenWorld 2008 is now available for download.  For links to the latest version, see this article.]

Every year at OpenWorld, Bret Fuller discusses how Oracle consolidated over 70 individual E-Business Suite instances into a single instance serving all global operations.  The statistics for Oracle's own Global Single Instance keep rising impressively every year:

Oracle Global Single Instance Statistics:

Bret's presentation this year covers:
  • The business metrics before and after the consolidation
  • Savings estimates and a discussion of business benefits
  • Oracle's Global Single Instance architecture, including a glimpse of the off-site production and disaster-recovery setups in our Austin and Colorado Springs data centers
  • Before and after hardware comparisons
  • Tips on project management best practices
  • Detailed view of the change management processes around the Global Single Instance
  • Critical success factors and tips
You can download this year's presentation here:
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Tuesday Nov 14, 2006

Summary of Oracle E-Business Suite Technology Updates

If you're a regular of this site, you might be wondering how to convey all of the latest Apps techstack news to your management.  If so, you'll find Lisa Parekh's OpenWorld 2006 presentation useful. 

Release 12 ORACLE_HOMEs:

I report to Lisa, so her presentation covers all of the breaking news reported here on this site, and more, including:
  • Release 12 technology stack changes, such as the use of Oracle Application Server 10g 10.1.2 and 10.1.3 in different ORACLE_HOMEs and the latest 10gR2 database
  • Release 12 user interface screenshots
  • Release 12 supported browsers, including IE 6.0, Firefox 1.5, and Safari 2.0
  • OA Framework Personalization enhancements
  • Oracle Portal and WSRP support for E-Business Suite portlets
  • XML Publisher enhancements in Release 12, including the new Data Extraction Engine, Bursting Engine, and other new RTF template features
  • Workflow enhancements, including Workflow Flexfields and Workflow Bulk Interface
  • Release 12 Integration Repository previews
  • Upcoming technology stack certifications for the E-Business Suite Release 11i application and database tiers, such as:
You can download her presentation 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. 

Tuesday Nov 07, 2006

Diving Deep Into the Release 12 Techstack

Ivo Dujmovic is an architect in our hard-working Applications Technology Integration team.  We were lucky to get some of his time at OpenWorld 2006 this year, where he discussed the deep innards of the Release 12 technology stack. 

Release 12 Techstack Overview: Overview of three-tier logical architecture for E-Business Suite Release 12, including the database, application server, and desktop tiers. 

For the most comprehensive preview released so far on how the Release 12 technology stack will be architected and work, take a look at his presentation.  He covers:
  • Highlights of new R12 techstack components
  • New Application Server 10g (10.1.2 & 10.1.3) ORACLE_HOMEs replacing the 9iAS 1.0.2.2.2 O_HOMEs from 11i
  • Switch from JServ to Oracle Containers for J2EE (OC4J) for running servlets, Java Server Pages (JSP), and Enterprise Java Beans (EJB)
  • OC4J Deployment details, including replacements for jserv.conf and jserv.properties configuration files
  • New R12 filesystem layout, including the introduction of an Instance Home (INST_TOP)
  • New use of Oracle Process Manager & Notification Server (OPMN)
  • New Forms 10g deployment
  • Comparison of 11i and R12 environment variables
  • Discussion of relative benefits of Forms Servlet vs. Server (socket) mode deployments
  • Disabled mod_plsql in R12 (more about this in a later article)
  • Things you can do today to prepare for R12
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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. 

Monday Nov 06, 2006

Using OracleAS 10g With The E-Business Suite

Editor Jan. 12, 2007 Update:  Oracle Identity Management 10g 10.1.4.0.1 is now certified with the E-Business Suite. 

No matter how hard I try to avoid it, my inbox always seem to pay for any time spent away, regardless of whether the time taken is for work or pleasure.  This is doubly true for time taken for conferences, since they tend to generate even more email.  That's life in the information era, I suppose.

Apps 11i + OracleAS 10g Architecture:

So, in a belated attempt to quell the tide from interested readers and conference goers, here's a pointer to the presentation materials for my session (S281709):
Remember that the OpenWorld 2006 Content Catalog requires the following credentials to download conference materials:
In my presentation you'll find coverage on:
  • Features and benefits of integrating the E-Business Suite with:
    • Single Sign-On & Oracle Internet Directory 10g
    • Discoverer 10g
    • Portal 10g
    • Web Cache 10g
  • Technical integration overview, covering:
    • Simple and advanced physical architectures
    • Logical architectures
  • Integration with third-party single sign-on and LDAP products
  • Release 11i application tier certification roadmap
  • Release 12 technology stack plans
  • Selected snapshots of customer architectures, including the use of :
    • Microsoft Active Directory
    • Windows Native Authentication (Kerberos)
    • Highly Available configurations
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Thursday Nov 02, 2006

Maximum Availability Architectures and the E-Business Suite

Put all your eggs in one basket and --- WATCH THAT BASKET.


Following the IT industry's never-ending quest to introduce new and confusing names for well-understood concepts, our gurus in the High Availability engineering teams for the Oracle database and application server products have coined a new term:  Oracle Maximum Availability Architecture.

MAA Architecture:

From their OTN website:
  • "Oracle Maximum Availability Architecture (MAA) is Oracle's best practices blueprint based on proven Oracle high availability technologies and recommendations. The goal of MAA is to remove the complexity in designing the optimal high availability architecture."

This team held a fascinating session at OpenWorld 2006, "MAA Best Practices: Building an Oracle E-Business Suite Maximum Availability Architecture" (S283064).  They covered a range of MAA topics for E-Business Suite environments, including:
  • RAC, ASM
  • Flashback databases
  • Data Guard Redo Apply
  • Disaster recovery
  • Minimizing outages while converting to MAA architectures
  • Switchover and failover procedures
  • Hardware vendor partner validations on:
    • HP-UX, HP 9000, HP Integrity, HP StorageWorks, HP ServiceGuard
    • Sun Solaris, Sun Clusters, Sun Fire, Sun StorEdge

Excellent stuff.  Associated with their OpenWorld session, they have a Powerpoint and a detailed whitepaper available for download.  See the article below for pointers to the OOW Content Catalog.

Oct. 14, 2011 Update: This presentation is available here.

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Thursday Oct 12, 2006

Focus on Applications Technology at OpenWorld

Editor Oct 19 update:  I've just noticed that all three of the "Meet the Experts" sessions for my group may be noted incorrectly as happening concurrently at 12:30 pm in some earlier versions of the document linked below.  That's wrong -- they're happening in serial.  That will be corrected soon (I hope).  In the meantime, here are the correct times.

In case you're still sifting through the massive list of things to catch at OpenWorld this year, here's yet-another resource to help you create a shortlist.

Oracle OpenWorld 2006 logo:

Our Applications Technology Group product management team has just posted a summary of everything at the show that touches on E-Business Suite technology stack topics in some way:
This summary includes a list of relevant keynotes, Apps-related pods on the exhibition demogrounds, and all sessions in the Applications Technology track. 

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Tuesday Oct 10, 2006

"Meet the Experts"; at OpenWorld

Editor Oct 19 update:  Added specific times and locations.

One of the highlights of OpenWorld for me is the opportunity to meet with you face-to-face, without the barriers of email and telephones. 

Oracle OpenWorld 2006 logo:

Meet with Senior ATG Development Staff

I'm pleased to let you know that senior members of the Applications Technology Group -- including myself -- will be participating in this year's Meet the Experts sessions.

Three sessions are planned for Monday, October 23rd in the Applications Product Lounge located on the East Bridge at Moscone South:
  1. 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm:  Managing the Oracle E-Business Suite Using OAM and Enterprise Manager (EM) Grid Control Plug-in:  Michael Mast, Biju Mohan, Suchithra Upadhyayula

  2. 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm:  Applications DBA (AD) for Oracle E-Business Suite:  Henriette Fux, Richard Lotero, Ruth Mamo, Subash Chadalavada
  3. 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm:  Technology Stack Configuration for Oracle E-Business Suite:  Ivo Dujmovic, Leigh Miller, Robert Farrington, Andrew Rist, Steven Chan
This is your chance to give us feedback on your requirements directly, or get answers to those nagging questions you've been keeping in your back pocket until the right person comes along.  Drop by and meet us in person!

A limited number of slots are available for private meetings in the on-site Customer Visit Center, as well.  If you're interested in a meeting at that level, drop me a line.

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Friday Sep 01, 2006

Sneak Preview: Apps Tech Track at OpenWorld

I'm puzzled by the absence of a detailed list of sessions on the official OpenWorld website.   The agenda is absolutely stuffed this year.  In addition to my own three sessions, here's a sneak peek at some of the Applications Technology sessions that I think will be worth attending.

Oracle OpenWorld 2006 logo:

Extremely Noteworthy (I'll be attending these myself)

  • Technology Directions for Oracle Applications:  Cliff Godwin (S281377)
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Technology Updates:  Lisa Parekh (S280814)
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Customers: 10 Things You Can Do Now to
    Prepare for Oracle Fusion Applications:  Nadia Bendjedou (S281651)
  • Deep Dive: Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 New Technology Stack:  Ivo Dujmovic (S281383)
Focus on Release 12
  • Oracle Application Framework (OAF): Architecture, Personalization,
    and Extensibility in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12:  Sara Woodhull
    (S281402)
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12: Installation and Cloning Enhancements: Robert Farrington, Andrew Rist (S281403)
  • Oracle E-Business Suite System Management: Release 12 New Features:  Biju Mohan (S281397)
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12: Process, Integration, and Eventing:  Mark Craig (S281412)
  • Oracle Workflow: Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 Updates: Kevin Hudson (S281414)
Interesting Case Studies
  • Oracle Case Study: Global Operations with Oracle E-Business Suite:  Bret Fuller (S281391)
  • Oracle and Pella: A Case Study in Reducing Oracle E-Business Suite
    Maintenance Downtime:  Ric Ginsberg, Dhilip Ranganathan (S281398)
  • Customer
    Case Study: Build an Advanced Oracle E-Business Suite Architecture
    (with a Thousand Concurrent Users) and Massive Reporting by Leveraging
    Oracle RAC and IBM Servers:  Paul Bramy, Alain Roy (S281594)
  • Customer Case Study: Implementing Oracle Applications 11.5.10 on
    Oracle Real Application Clusters 10g and Automatic Storage Management: 
    Kai Yu (S281386)
Hardcore Sessions for Apps DBAs
  • Tuning Oracle E-Business Suite:  Ahmed Alomari (S281393)
  • Partitioning and Purging Best Practices for Oracle E-Business Suite:  Ahmed Alomari (S281654)
  • Leveraging Oracle Database 10g Features with Oracle E-Business Suite:  Ahmed Alomari (S281384)
  • MAA Best Practices: Building an Oracle E-Business Suite Maximum Availability Architecture:  Lyn Pratt (S283064)
  • Security Administration in Oracle E-Business Suite: Overview of
    Oracle User Management:  Sanjeev Topiwala, Roger Wigenstam (S281395)
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Patch Management: A Dive into OAM/AD Features:  Kenneth Baxter (S281399)
  • E-Business Suite Lifecycle Management:  Michael Mast (S281396)
Interesting and Intriguing
  • Service-Enabling Oracle E-Business Suite:  Arun Manchanda, Veshaal Singh (S281415)
  • Oracle Fusion Applications User Experience: Jeremy Ashley, Killian Evers (S281652)
  • Oracle XML Publisher: Enterprise Reporting and Delivery Platform:  Osama Elkady (S281400)
  • Towards Fusion: Identity Management for Oracle Applications including Oracle E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft and Siebel:  Ed King, Sid Choudhury (S281634)
  • How to Secure Your Oracle E-Business Suite Deployment:  Robert Armstrong (S281394)
  • Using Oracle SOA Suite with Oracle E-Business Suite:  Arun Manchanda, Sameer Phatarpekar (S281413)
  • How to Personalize Your Oracle E-Business Suite Without Writing Code: A Talk About Forms Personalization and the OA Framework:  Gregory Frost (S282865)
  • Oracle Forms Personalization Without Coding:  Bill Sawyer (S281409) 
My Own Sessions
  • "Meet the Experts" from the Applications Technology Group
  • Using Oracle Application Server 10g with Oracle E-Business Suite (S281709)
  • Customer Case Study: Leveraging the Enterprise Identity Management Capabilities of Oracle Application Server 10g with Oracle E-Business Suite:  Arun Chan, Mike Kron (S283122)
  • Customer Case Study (Rafael):  Oracle 10g Identity Management with Oracle E-Business Suite:  Gilad Bilia (S281389)
  • And... at unpredictable times, I'll be at the Release 12 Technology Stack booth (Pod A75 in the Oracle Demogrounds)
OpenWorld X-Treme

This is a series of hands-on sessions and workshops on specialized topics.  There's an E-Business Suite technology track that covers Oracle XML Publisher, Daily Business Intelligence (DBI) Customization and Extensibility, Oracle User Productivity Kit (UPK) for E-Business Suite Applications, and Business analysis and simulation.

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