Monday Aug 06, 2012

Oracle E-Business Suite Personalizations Course Now Available

Oracle University logoI am pleased to announce a new training course titled "Oracle E-Business Suite Personalizations".

This Oracle University course is now offered as a 5-day class in either the Classroom Training (ILT) or Live Virtual Class (LVC) format. The course can be found under the E-Business Suite Tools and Technology Training category.

The course is a hands-on lab-intensive offering, and is intended for Application Developers, Functional Implementers, Support Engineers, and Technical Administrators. The course's objective is to give you insights into the rich and upgradable personalizations that Oracle E-Business Suite offers. You will also learn how to setup flexfields to capture information relevant to a business and personalize the user interface (UI) to suite a business need or a user preference for both OA Framework-based and Oracle Forms-based products.

You'll get the following hands-on experience in this course:

  • Work with Key and Descriptive Flexfields
  • Use Value Sets and Validation Options
  • Perform OA Framework Personalizations
  • Perform Form Personalizations
  • Work with Custom Programs and Help Systems
  • Work with Data Loader Applications

For more information regarding the course, please see the full course description, schedule, and other relevant information at the Oracle University website.

Finding other ATG courses and training materials

The catalog of all ATG training materials is available in this blog's Webcasts and Training section. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email Bill Sawyer (Senior Manager, Applications Technology Curriculum) at BilldotSawyer-AT-Oracle-DOT-com

Tuesday May 01, 2012

EBS File Comparison Report Now Available

If your Oracle E-Business Suite customizations are still making you hesitate about upgrading from Release 11i to Release 12, we have another useful tool to help you along: the brand new EBS File Comparison Report. This new report joins the related EBS Seed Data Comparison Report and the EBS Data Model Comparison Report in our collection of handy upgrade comparison reports.

You can download the new file comparison report here:

You can download its companion reports here:

File Comparison Report Contents

The new report provides detailed information about what files were added, removed, or stubbed (made inactive) during changes between Releases and 12.1.3 of Oracle E-Business Suite. For text-based files such as .xml files, you can drill down into the files to see the actual changes between the file versions. The File Comparison Report includes the following file types:

  • Forms (.fmb files)
  • Libraries (.pll files)
  • Reports (.rdf files)
  • Java (.class files)
  • Java Server Pages (.jsp files)
  • Oracle Application Framework (OAF) Pages (.xml files)
  • Oracle Application Framework (OAF) Personalizations (.xml files)
  • Workflow Definition (.wft files)
  • Workflow Business Event System Object Definitions (.wfx files)
  • BI Publisher (XML Publisher) Reports - Layout template formats
  • BI Publisher (XML Publisher) Reports - Data Definition formats

Using the File Comparison Report

One example of how you might use the File Comparison Report is for assessing upgrade impacts on your personalizations. Start by getting a list of your personalizations as described in “Upgrading Form Personalizations and OA Framework Personalizations from Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i to 12.1” (Note 1292611.1).

Three categories of personalizations might be affected by upgrades. Here is how the File Comparison Report can help you with those:

  1. Personalizations shipped by product teams that you might have modified further: look at “Oracle Application Framework (OAF) Personalizations (.xml files)” to see which shipped personalizations have changed. You can drill in to see exactly what has changed for each affected personalization.
  2. OA Framework Personalizations where the shipped base page may have changed: look at “Oracle Application Framework (OAF) Pages (.xml files)” to see which shipped pages have changed. You can drill in to see exactly what has changed for each affected personalization. If a page you have personalized hasn’t changed between releases, you probably do not need to change your personalizations for the page in the new release.
  3. Oracle Forms Personalizations where the shipped form may have been removed: look at “Forms (.fmb files)”. Because these are binary files, you cannot see exactly what has changed for each form, but knowing what forms have been removed will still save you time in assessing what form personalizations can be retired.

Personalization assessment is just one example of how you can use the File Comparison Report. We expect you will find many ways to use it!

Your feedback is welcome

This new tool was produced by our hard-working EBS Release Management team, and they are actively seeking your feedback. Please feel free to share your experiences with it by posting a comment here. You can also request enhancements to this tool via the My Oracle Support Community mentioned in Note 1446430.1.

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Friday Jul 15, 2011

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

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

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

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

Topics will include:

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

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

Direct link to the webcast:

The dial-in numbers are:

The dial-in numbers are:
Domestic Participant Dial-In Number: 877-697-8128
International Participant Dial-In Number: 706-634-9568
Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:
Dial-In Passcode: 95668

You may optionally preregister for the webcast here.

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

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