Monday Mar 12, 2012

ATG Live Webcast March 22: Network, WAN, and PC Performance Tuning (Part 3 of 3)

Some E-Business Suite customers have end-users who connect over a wide-area network (WAN) from remote locations to a central data center.  These remote locations may have very low bandwidth connections.  It is possible to optimise and tune the E-Business Suite to work well even with very narrow pipes. 

Andy Tremayne, co-author of Oracle Applications Performance Tuning Handbook from Oracle Press, has worked with E-Business Suite worldwide on these types of EBS tuning projects.  Andy is presenting the next installment of our ATG Live Webcast series on Mar. 22, 2012.
Network, WAN, and PC Performance Tuning (Part 3 of 3)

Please join Andy Tremayne, Senior Architect, Applications Performance, as he discusses network performance for E-Business Suite. Andy will cover tuning the client and tuning the network. He will share real-life examples of network performance, and he will show you tools and techniques that you can use to estimate or simulate performance on your own network.

Screenshot of Network Test page within E-Business Suite 12.1


The agenda for the Network, WAN, and PC Performance Tuning webcast includes the following topics:

  • Tuning the Client
  • Tuning the Network

Date:               Thursday, March 22, 2012
Time:              8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenter:    Andy Tremayne, Senior Architect, Applications Performance

Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

To hear the audio feed:
    Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           877-697-8128
    International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
    Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:
    Dial-In Passcode:                                              99341

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  591264961

If you miss the webcast, or you have missed any webcast, don't worry -- we'll post links to the recording as soon as it's available from Oracle University.  You can monitor this blog for pointers to the replay. And, you can find our archive of our past webcasts and training here.

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

Thursday Mar 08, 2012

ATG Live Webcast March 15: Performance Tuning E-Business Suite Concurrent Manager (Part 2 of 3)

It is ironic that our E-Business Suite performance architects never seem to have enough time to share all of their tips on optimizing E-Business Suite environments. This session is the promised follow-up to last year's webcast, "Tuning All Layers of E-Business Suite (Performance Series Part 1 of 3)."

Andy Tremayne, co-author of Oracle Applications Performance Tuning Handbook from Oracle Press, is presenting the next installment of our ATG Live Webcast series on March 15, 2012.

Performance Tuning E-Business Suite Concurrent Manager (Performance Series Part 2 of 3)

Join Andy Tremayne, Senior Architect, Applications Performance, as he discusses two major components of E-Business Suite performance tuning:  concurrent management and tracing. Andy will help dispel some myths surrounding these topics, and he will share with you the recommended best practices that you can use on your own E-Business Suite instance.

Screenshot of Concurrent Manager management within E-Business Suite 12.1


The agenda for the Performance Tuning - Part 2 of 3 webcast includes the following topics:

  • Tuning Concurrent Manager
  • Tracing Dos and Don'ts


Date:               Thursday, <March 15, 2012>
Time:              8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenter:     Andy Tremayne, Senior Architect, Applications Performance

Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

To hear the audio feed:
    Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           877-697-8128
    International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
    Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:
    Dial-In Passcode:                                              99340

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  594255385

If you miss the webcast, or you have missed any webcast, don't worry -- we'll post links to the recording as soon as it's available from Oracle University.  You can monitor this blog for pointers to the replay. And, you can find our archive of our past webcasts and training here.

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

Wednesday Mar 07, 2012

ATG Live Webcast: E-Business Suite Release 12.1 Upgrade Best Practices - Technical Insight

Are you deep into the planning for your upgrade from 11i or 12 to the latest 12.1.3 version of E-Business Suite? Are you planning in anticipation of the upgrade to 12.2? If you are at any stage in your upgrade planning, you need to attend this event. Even if you are not currently planning an upgrade, this presentation will prepare you properly for the next upgrade you undertake. The next installment of our ATG Live Webcast series is on Mar. 8, 2012:

E-Business Suite Release 12.1 Upgrade Best Practices - Technical Insight

Image to show the cycle of E-Business Suite 12.1 upgradesJoin Udayan Parvate, Director, Release Engineering and Uday Moogala, Senior Principal Engineer, Applications Performance as they discusses E-Business Suite 12.1 topics. They will start with an overview of the process, and they will include some of the essential best practices that will help you minimize downtime during your upgrade. They will even share customer upgrade snapshots; so, you can understand how real customers accomplished real upgrades to 12.1.

The agenda for the E-Business Suite Release 12.1 Upgrade Best Practices - Technical Insight webcast includes the following topics:

  • 12.1 Upgrade Overview
  • 12.1 Supported Upgrade Paths
  • 12.1 Upgrade Resources
  • 12.1 Upgrade Best Practices to Minimize Downtime

Date:              Thursday, March 8, 2012
Time:              8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenter:    Udayan Parvate, Director, Release Engineering
                        Uday Moogala, Senior Principal Engineer, Applications Performance

Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

To hear the audio feed:
    Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           877-697-8128
    International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
    Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:
    Dial-In Passcode:                                              99339

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  599153712

If you miss the webcast, or you have missed any webcast, don't worry -- we'll post links to the recording as soon as it's available from Oracle University.  You can monitor this blog for pointers to the replay. And, you can find our archive of our past webcasts and training here.

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

Thursday Mar 01, 2012

Webcast Replay Available: Usability Best Practices for Oracle E-Business Suite

I am pleased to release the replay and presentation for the latest ATG Live Webcast:Screenshot of Usability Best Practices

Usability Best Practices for Oracle E-Business Suite (Presentation)

Sara Woodhull, Principal Product Manager discussed the best practices for improving the usability of Oracle E-Business Suite. This discussion included discussion of new user interface features that you can use when extending or customizing E-Business Suite.

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Monday Feb 27, 2012

ATG Live Webcast: SOA Integration Options for Oracle E-Business Suite

Do you need to integrate your Oracle E-Business Suite with multiple data sources, including web services? Or do you need to expose Oracle E-Business Suite interfaces as SOA web services for other integrations? If so, you need to attend the next installment of our ATG Live Webcast series on Mar 1, 2012:

SOA Integration Options for Oracle E-Business Suite

Join Abhishek Verma, Manager, Applications Technology Group as he discusses the web service and SOA integration options for Oracle E-Business Suite. This presentation will cover Oracle's integration tools and technologies, including the Oracle Applications Adapter and the Integrated SOA Gateway.

Screenshot of the Integration Repository for the Integrated SOA Gateway within Oracle E-Business Suite


The agenda for the SOA Integration Options for Oracle E-Business Suite webcast includes the following topics:

  • Overview of Integration Tools and Technologies
  • Oracle Applications Adapter
  • Integrated SOA Gateway Service Provider
  • Integrated SOA Gateway Service Invocation Framework
  • Business Use Cases for Integrated SOA Gateway

Date:               Thursday, March 1, 2012
Time:              8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenter:    Abhishek Verma, Manager, Applications Technology Group

Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

To hear the audio feed:
    Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           1-877-697-8128
    International Participant Dial-In Number:      1-706-634-9568
    Dial-In Passcode:                                              99338

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  598839387

If you miss the webcast, or you have missed any webcast, don't worry -- we'll post links to the recording as soon as it's available from Oracle University.  You can monitor this blog for pointers to the replay. And, you can find our archive of our past webcasts and training here.

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

Thursday Feb 23, 2012

Webcast Replay Available: E-Business Suite Internationalization and Multilingual Features

I am pleased to release the replay and presentation for the latest ATG Live Webcast:
Oracle E-Business Suite Internationalization and Multilingual Features (Presentation)

Screenshot of OA Framework bidirectional language support

Maher Al-Nubani, Director, Internationalization Development, discussed internationalization and MLS considerations when running a global single instance of Oracle E-Business Suite. Maher discussed unicode support, multilingual support, calendars, and other important internationalization and multilingual support issue.

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Friday Feb 10, 2012

ATG Live Webcast: Usability Best Practices for Oracle E-Business Suite

The latest version of Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 includes new user interface features that you can use when extending or customizing EBS for your own specific requirements.  I'm pleased to announce an upcoming webcast that provides guidance on the best ways of enhancing the usability of your customizations and extensions.  Here's the next installment of our ATG Live Webcast series on Feb. 16, 2012:

Usability Best Practices for Oracle E-Business Suite

Join Sara Woodhull, Principal Product Manager, for this wide-ranging discussion on best practices for improving the usability of Oracle E-Business Suite.

The agenda for the Usability Best Practices for Oracle E-Business Suite webcast includes the following topics:

  • Top Three Ways to Improve EBS Usability
  • Why Upgrading Improves Usability
  • Personalize Oracle E-Business Suite for Maximum Usability

Date:               Thursday, February 16, 2012
Time:              8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenter:     Sara Woodhull, Principal Product Manager

Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

To hear the audio feed:
    Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           1-877-697-8128
    International Participant Dial-In Number:      1-706-634-9568
    Dial-In Passcode:                                              99332

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  591287627

If you miss the webcast, or you have missed any webcast, don't worry -- we'll post links to the recording as soon as it's available from Oracle University.  You can monitor this blog for pointers to the replay. And, you can find our archive of our past webcasts and training here.

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

Webcast Replay Available: Virtualization and Cloud Deployments of Oracle E-Business Suite

I am pleased to release the replay and presentation for the latest ATG Live Webcast:
Virtualization and Cloud Deployments of Oracle E-Business Suite (Presentation)

Ivo Dujmović, Director, Applications Development, discussed the topics of virtualization and cloud deployments of Oracle E-Business Suite. Topics covered in this presentation include why clouds and virtualization matter to you, Oracle Cloud and Virtualization technology, E-Business Suite cloud capabilities, and your cloud action plan.

Oracle VM failover live migration


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Monday Feb 06, 2012

ATG Live Webcast: Oracle E-Business Suite Internationalization and Multilingual Features

Are you considering a single global instance for your organization? Do you need to know about Unicode support, multilingual support, regional preferences, and other internationalization features within E-Business Suite? If so, you need to attend the next installment of our ATG Live Webcast series on Feb. 9, 2012:
Oracle E-Business Suite Internationalization and Multilingual Features

Join Maher Al-Nubani, Director, Internationalization Development, as he discusses internationalization and MLS considerations when running a global single instance of Oracle E-Business Suite. Maher will discuss unicode support, multilingual support, calendars, and others while providing you with a chance to ask your questions directly during a Q&A session at the end.

Screenshot of OA Framework bidirectional language support

This Oracle E-Business Suite Internationalization and Multilingual Features webcast will include the following topics:
  • Globalization: Meeting Local and Global Requirements
  • Quick Terminology Overview
  • Unicode Support
  • Multilingual Support
  • Regional Preferences (Locale)
  • International Calendar Support
  • First Dat of the Week Support
  • Multilingual Report
Date:               Thursday, February 9, 2012
Time:              10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenter:     Maher Al-Nubani, Director, Internationalization Development

Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

To hear the audio feed:
    Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           1-877-697-8128
    International Participant Dial-In Number:       1-706-634-9568
    Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:
    Dial-In Passcode:                                              99331

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  596274315

If you miss the webcast, or you have missed any webcast, don't worry -- we'll post links to the recording as soon as it's available from Oracle University.  You can monitor this blog for pointers to the replay. And, you can find our archive of our past webcasts and training here.

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

Tuesday Jan 31, 2012

WebCast Replay Available: Oracle E-Business Suite Secure Configuration

I am pleased to release the replay and presentation for the latest ATG Live Webcast:
Oracle E-Business Suite Secure Configuration (Presentation)
E-Business Suite architecture diagram showing firewalls and internal and external application servers

Erik Graversen, Senior Principal Software Engineer, discusses hardening the security within E-Business Suite. Secure deployment of your E-Business Suite begins with a secure platform, but it doesn't end there. It includes hardening your O/S with both proper patch levels and configuration, along with secure configuration of your network and firewall. Add to this foundation, best practices and vendor recommendations, and you are on your way to a secure E-Business Suite environment.

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Monday Jan 23, 2012

WebCast Replay Available: Personalize, Customize, and Extend Oracle E-Business Suite User Interface

I am pleased to release the replay and presentation for the latest ATG Live Webcast:
Personalize, Customize, and Extend Oracle E-Business Suite User Interface (Presentation)


Sara Woodhull, Principal Product Manager and Gustavo Jimenez, Senior Development Manager discuss the expanded options in E-Business Suite for making meaningful user interface (UI) changes without programming. And when programming is required, they cover the tools that E-Business Suites provides for doing those customizations. The topics covered include personalizations, extensions, and customizations using forms personalizations and OA Framework personalization, the E-Business Suite SDK for Java, and E-Business Suite extensions with ADF.

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Monday Jan 09, 2012

ATG Live Webcast: Personalize, Customize, and Extend Oracle E-Business Suite User Interface

If you're interested in seeing the next generation of the personalization, extension, and customization tools in E-Business Suite 12, make sure that you tune into the next installment of our ATG Live Webcast series this week on Jan. 12, 2012:

Personalize, Customize, and Extend Oracle E-Business Suite User Interface

Join Sara Woodhull, Principal Product Manager, and Gustavo Jimenez, Senior Development Manager, for this wide-ranging discussion on the topic of personalizations, customizations, and extensions within E-Business Suite.

 



Do you need to change the user interface in your E-Business Suite instance? Are you dreading those UI changes? Oracle E-Business Suite provides tools, many of them that do not require programming, that will allow you to make meaningful changes. If those non-programming tools won't meet your needs, there are also programming options. This event will help you understand the best options for your particular needs.

The agenda for the Personalize, Customize, and Extend Oracle E-Business Suite User Interface webcast includes the following topics:

  • Personalization, Extension, and Customization Overview
  • Technology Choices
  • Forms Personalizations and Extensibility
  • OA Framework Personalizations and Extensibility
  • Oracle E-Business Suite SDK for Java
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Extensions Using ADF

Date:               Thursday, January 12, 2012
Time:              11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (NOON) Pacific Standard Time
Presenters:   Sara Woodhull, Principal Product Manager
                         Gustavo Jimenez, Senior Development Manager

Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

To hear the audio feed:
    Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           877-697-8128
    International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
    Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:
    Dial-In Passcode:                                              99323

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  598000114

If you miss the webcast, or you have missed any webcast, don't worry -- we'll post links to the recording as soon as it's available from Oracle University.  You can monitor this blog for pointers to the replay. And, you can find our archive of our past webcasts and training here.

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

Tuesday Jan 03, 2012

WebCast Replay Available: Desktop Integration Beyond Client ADI

I am pleased to release the replay and presentation for the latest ATG Live Webcast:
Desktop Integration Beyond Client ADI (Presentation)

Gustavo Jimenez, Senior Development Manager and Senthilkumar Ramalingam, Manager leads the discussion of the expanded options in E-Business Suite R12.x for desktop integration. Topics include an overview of prepackaged solutions for integrating Oracle E-Business Suite applications with applications such as Microsoft Excel, Word, and Projects. This session discussed using the new wizard-based Desktop Integration Framework to create custom integrators to download, validate, upload data from Excel to Oracle E-Business Suite.

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Thursday Dec 29, 2011

WebCast Replay Available: Advanced E-Business Suite Architectures

I am pleased to release the replay and presentation for the latest ATG Live Webcast:
Advanced E-Business Suite Architectures (Presentation)

Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager and Sriram Veeraraghavan, Senior Principal Software Engineer discuss advanced E-Business Suite architectures that can help you improve performance, scalability, business continuity, utilization, provisioning, and security.

This webcast covered the latest advanced architectural options, including the use of Oracle database high-availability features and functions such as Real Application Clusters, ASM, Active Data Guard, clouds, virtualization, Oracle VM, high-availability and load-balancing architectures, WebLogic Server, and more. This wbecast also covered the latest updates to systems management tools like AutoConfig, and included sneak previews of upcoming functionality.


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Monday Dec 12, 2011

Reminder: ATG Live Webcast Dec. 15: Desktop Integration Beyond Client ADI

If you're interested in seeing the next generation of the desktop integration toolset in EBS 12, make sure that you tune into the next installment of our ATG Live Webcast series this week on Dec. 15, 2011:

Join Gustavo Jimenez, Senior Development Manager and Senthilkumar Ramalingam, Manager, for this wide-ranging discussion on the topic of desktop integration within E-Business Suite.

Web ADI Architecture diagram

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 session will give you an overview of 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.

This one-hour webcast provides an overview of desktop integration with Q&A. This events are targeted to system administrators, DBAs, developers, and implementers, and you can feel free to invite your desktop users to this event to ask their questions.

The agenda for the Desktop Integration Beyond ADI webcast includes the following topics:

  • Overview of Web ADI
  • Overview of Report Manager
  • Client ADI, Web ADI and Report Manager
  • Desktop Integration Framework
  • WebADI and Report Manager in Release 12.1

Date:              Thursday, December 15, 2011
Time:              8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenters:  Gustavo Jimenez, Senior Development Manager
                        Senthilkumar Ramalingam, Manager

Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

To hear the audio feed:

    Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           877-697-8128
    International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
    Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:
    Dial-In Passcode:                                              98513

To see the presentation:

    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  278307572

If you miss the webcast, or you have missed any webcast, don't worry -- we'll post links to the recording as soon as it's available from Oracle University.  You can monitor this blog for pointers to the replay. And, you can find our archive of our past webcasts and training here.

Friday Dec 09, 2011

WebCast Replay Available: Planning Your Oracle E-Business Suite Upgrade from Release 11i to 12.1 and Beyond

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

Planning Your Oracle E-Business Suite Upgrade from Release 11i to 12.1 and Beyond (Presentation)

Anne Carlson, Senior Director, Oracle E-Business Suite Product Strategy leads a review targeted to IT professionals who are planning, managing, or running an Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 upgrade project. This webcast focuses on the business value of the upgrade, starting your upgrade project, planning your upgrade approach, preparing for your upgrade execution, and Oracle E-Business Suite support timelines with additional resources.

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Monday Dec 05, 2011

ATG Live Webcast: Desktop Integration Beyond Client ADI

I am pleased to announce the ATG Live Webcast event for Dec. 15.

Join Gustavo Jimenez, Senior Development Manager and Senthilkumar Ramalingam, Manager, for this wide-ranging discussion on the topic of desktop integration within E-Business Suite.

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 session will give you an overview of 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.

This one-hour webcast provides an overview of desktop integration with Q&A. This events are targeted to system administrators, DBAs, developers, and implementers, and you can feel free to invite your desktop users to this event to ask their questions.



The agenda for the Desktop Integration Beyond ADI webcast includes the following topics:

  • Overview of Web ADI
  • Overview of Report Manager
  • Client ADI, Web ADI and Report Manager
  • Desktop Integration Framework
  • WebADI and Report Manager in Release 12.1

Date:              Thursday, December 15, 2011
Time:              8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenters:  Gustavo Jimenez, Senior Development Manager
                        Senthilkumar Ramalingam, Manager

Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

To hear the audio feed:

    Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           877-697-8128
    International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
    Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:
    Dial-In Passcode:                                              98513

To see the presentation:

    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  278307572

If you miss the webcast, or you have missed any webcast, don't worry -- we'll post links to the recording as soon as it's available from Oracle University.  You can monitor this blog for pointers to the replay. And, you can find our archive of our past webcasts and training here.

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

Thursday Dec 01, 2011

WebCast Replay Available: Minimizing Oracle E-Business Suite Maintenance Downtimes

I am pleased to release the replay and presentation for the latest ATG Live Webcast:
Minimizing Oracle E-Business Suite Maintenance Downtimes (Presentation)
In this recorded webcast Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager, and Santiago Bastidas, Principal Product Manager, provide an overview of the plans and decisions you can make, and the actions you can take, that will help you minimize maintenance downtimes for your E-Business Suite instance(s). This webcast focuses on pre-patching actions, patching trials, patch deployment, and post-patching analysis.

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Wednesday Nov 30, 2011

ATG Live Webcast: Advanced E-Business Suite Architectures

I am pleased to announce the ATG Live Webcast event for Dec. 8th, 2011:

Join Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager and Sriram Veeraraghavan, Senior Principal Software Engineer as they discuss advanced E-Business Suite architectures that can help you improve performance, scalability, business continuity, utilization, provisioning, and security. This one-hour webcasts provides an overview of advanced architectures with Q&A.

This session will cover the latest advanced architectural options, including the use of Oracle database high-availability features and functions such as Real Application Clusters, ASM, Active Data Guard, 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.

This event is targeted to architects, system administrators, DBAs, developers, and implementers.



The agenda for the Advanced E-Business Suite Architectures webcast includes the following topics:

  • Advanced Oracle E-Business Suite Architectures
  • Optional External Integrations
  • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2
  • Improving Performance and Scalability
  • Providing Business Continuity
  • Improving Utilization and Provisioning
  • Improving Security

Date:            Thursday, December 8, 2011
Time:           8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenter:  Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager
                      Sriram Veeraraghavan, Senior Principal Software Engineer

Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

To hear the audio feed:

    Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           877-697-8128
    International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
    Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:
    Dial-In Passcode:                                              98514

To see the presentation:

    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  273291684

If you miss the webcast, or you have missed any webcast, don't worry -- we'll post links to the recording as soon as it's available from Oracle University.  You can monitor this blog for pointers to the replay. And, you can find our archive of our past webcasts and training at http://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/entry/e_business_suite_technology_learning

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

Monday Nov 28, 2011

ATG Live Webcast: Planning Your Oracle E-Business Suite Upgrade from 11i to 12.1 and Beyond

[Dec. 9, 2011 Update: The recording of this session is now available.  For details, see our Training Summary

I am pleased to announce the next ATG Live Webcast event on December 1, 2011.

Are you still on 11i and wondering about your next steps in the E-Business Suite lifecycle? Are you wondering what the upgrade considerations are going to be for 12.2? Do you want to know the best practices for upgrading E-Business Suite regardless of your version?

If so, this is the webcast for you. Join Anne Carlson, Senior Director, Oracle E-Business Suite Product Strategy for this one-hour webcast with Q&A. This session will give you a framework to make informed upgrade decisions for your E-Business Suite environment.

This event is targeted to IT professionals who are planning, managing, or running an Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 upgrade project.

The agenda for the Planning Your Oracle E-Business Suite Upgrade from 11i to 12.1 and Beyond includes the following topics:

  • Business Value of the Upgrade
  • Starting Your Upgrade Project
  • Planning Your Upgrade Approach
  • Preparing for Your Upgrade Execution
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Support Timelines
  • Additional Resources

Date:            Thursday, December 1, 2011
Time:           8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenter:  Anne Carlson, Senior Director, Oracle E-Business Suite Product Strategy

Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

To hear the audio feed:

    Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           877-697-8128
    International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
    Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:
    Dial-In Passcode:                                              98515

To see the presentation:

    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  271378459


If you miss the webcast, or you have missed any webcast, don't worry -- we'll post links to the recording as soon as it's available from Oracle University.  You can monitor this blog for pointers to the replay. And, you can find our archive of our past webcasts and training at http://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/entry/e_business_suite_technology_learning

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

Wednesday Nov 16, 2011

Summary of Oracle E-Business Suite Technology Webcasts and Training

How do you get started as an E-Business Suite DBA? Read this first:


ATG Live Webcast Replays

ATG Live Webcasts are hosted by the Oracle University Knowledge Center (OUKC).  In order to access the recorded replays below, you will need a free Oracle.com account. You can register for an Oracle.com account here.

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1. E-Business Suite R12 Oracle Application Framework (OAF) Rich User Interface Enhancements (Presentation)

Prabodh Ambale (Senior Manager, ATG Development) and Gustavo Jimenez (Development Manager, ATG Development) lead a comprehensive review of the latest user interface enhancements and updates to OA Framework in EBS 12.  The webcast provides a detailed look at new features designed to enhance usability, including new capabilities for personalization and extensions, and features that support the use of dashboards and web services. (January 2011)

2. E-Business Suite R12 Service Oriented Architectures (SOA) Using the E-Business Suite Adapter (Presentation, Viewlet)

Neeraj Chauhan (Product Manager, ATG Development) leads a review of the Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) capabilities within E-Business Suite 12, focusing on using the E-Business Suite Adapter to integrate EBS with third-party applications via web services, and orchestrate services and distributed transactions across disparate applications. (February 2011)

3. Deploying Oracle VM Templates for Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise Applications

[Nov. 8, 2013 Update:  This webcast isn't available.]

Ivo Dujmovic (Director, ATG Development) leads a review of the latest capabilities for using Oracle VM to deploy virtualized EBS database and application tier instances using prebuilt EBS templates, wire those virtualized instances together using the EBS virtualization kit, and take advantage of live migration of user sessions between failing application tier nodes.  (February 2011)

4. How to Reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Using Oracle E-Business Suite Management Packs (Presentation)

Angelo Rosado (Product Manager, ATG Development) leads the review of how EBS system admins can make their lives easier with the Management Packs for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.  This session highlights key features in Application Management Pack (AMP) and Application Change Management Pack) that can automate or streamline system configurations, monitor EBS performance and up-time, keep multiple EBS environments in sync with patches and configurations, and create patches for your own EBS customizations and apply them with Oracle's own patching tools.  (June 2011)

5. Upgrading E-Business Suite 11i Customizations to R12 (Presentation)

Sara Woodhull (Principal Product Manager, ATG Development) leads a overview of how E-Business Suite developers can manage and upgrade existing EBS 11i customizations to R12.  Sara covers methods for comparing customizations between Release 11i and 12, managing common customization types, managing deprecated technologies, and more. (July 2011)

6. Tuning All Layers of E-Business Suite (Performance Series Part 1 of 4) (Presentation)

Lester Gutierrez, Senior Architect, and Deepak Bhatnagar, Senior Manager, from the E-Business Suite Application Performance team, lead Tuning All Layers of E-Business Suite (Part 1 of 3). This webcast provides an overview of how Oracle E-Business Suite system administrators, DBAs, developers, and implementers can improve E-Business Suite performance by following a performance tuning framework. Part 1 focuses on the performance triage approach, tuning applications modules, upgrade performance best practices, and tuning the database tier. This ATG Live Webcast is an expansion of the performance sessions at conferences that are perennial favourites with hardcore Apps DBAs. (August 2011)

 7. Oracle E-Business Suite Directions: Deployment and System Administration (Presentation)

Max Arderius, Manager Applications Technology Group, and Ivo Dujmovic, Director Applications Technology group, leads Oracle E-Business Suite Directions: Deployment and System Administration covering important changes in E-Business Suite R12.2. The changes discussed in this presentation include Oracle E-Business Suite architecture, installation, upgrade, WebLogic Server integration, online patching, and cloning. This webcast provides an overview of how Oracle E-Business Suite system administrators, DBAs, developers, and implementers can prepare themselves for these changes in R12.2 of Oracle E-Business Suite. (October 2011)

 8. Minimizing Oracle E-Business Suite Maintenance Downtimes (Presentation)

Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager, and Santiago Bastidas, Principal Product Manager, lead Minimizing Oracle E-Business Suite Maintenance Downtimes providing an overview of the plans and decisions you can make, and the actions you can take, that will help you minimize maintenance downtimes for your E-Business Suite instance(s). This webcast focuses on pre-patching actions, patching trials, patch deployment, and post-patching analysis. (November 2011)

 9. Planning Your Oracle E-Business Suite Upgrade from Release 11i to 12.1 and Beyond (Presentation)

Anne Carlson, Senior Director, Oracle E-Business Suite Product Strategy leads a review targeted to IT professionals who are planning, managing, or running an Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 upgrade project. This webcast focuses on the business value of the upgrade, starting your upgrade project, planning your upgrade approach, preparing for your upgrade execution, and Oracle E-Business Suite support timelines with additional resources. (December 2011)

10. Advanced E-Business Suite Architectures (Presentation)

Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager and Sriram Veeraraghavan, Senior Principal Software Engineer discuss advanced E-Business Suite architectures that can help you improve performance, scalability, business continuity, utilization, provisioning, and security. This session covered the latest advanced architectural options, including the use of Oracle database high-availability features and functions such as Real Application Clusters, ASM, Active Data Guard, clouds, virtualization, Oracle VM, high-availability and load-balancing architectures, WebLogic Server, and more. This session also covered the latest updates to systems management tools like AutoConfig, and included sneak previews of upcoming functionality. (December 2011)

11. Desktop Integration Beyond Client ADI (Presentation)

Gustavo Jimenez, Senior Development Manager and Senthilkumar Ramalingam, Manager lead the discussion of the expanded options in E-Business Suite R12.x for desktop integration. Topics include an overview of prepackaged solutions for integrating Oracle E-Business Suite applications with applications such as Microsoft Excel, Word, and Projects. This session discussed using the new wizard-based Desktop Integration
Framework to create custom integrators to download, validate, upload data from Excel to Oracle E-Business Suite. (December 2011)

12. Personalize, Customize, and Extend Oracle E-Business Suite User Interface (Presentation)

Sara Woodhull, Principal Product Manager and Gustavo Jimenez, Senior Development Manager explore and discuss of the expanded options in E-Business Suite for making meaningful UI changes without programming. When programming is required, they cover the tools that E-Business Suites provides for doing those customizations and extensions. The topics covered include personalizations, extensions, and customizations using forms personalizations and OA Framework personalization, the E-Business Suite SDK for Java, and E-Business Suite extensions with ADF. (January 2012)

13. Oracle E-Business Suite Secure Configuration (Presentation)

Erik Graversen, Senior Principal Software Engineer, discusses hardening the security within E-Business Suite. Secure deployment of your E-Business Suite begins with a secure platform, but it doesn't end there. It includes hardening your O/S with both proper patch levels and configuration, along with secure configuration of your network and firewall. Add to this foundation, best practices and vendor recommendations, and you are on your way to a secure E-Business Suite environment. (January 2012)
14. Virtualization and Cloud Deployments of Oracle E-Business Suite (Presentation)
Ivo Dujmović, Director, Applications Development, discussed the topics of virtualization and cloud deployments of Oracle E-Business Suite. Topics covered in this presentation include why clouds and virtualization matter to you, Oracle cloud and virtualization technology, E-Business Suite cloud capabilities, and your cloud action plan. (February 2012)
15. Oracle E-Business Suite Internationalization and Multilingual Features (Presentation)
Maher Al-Nubani, Director, Internationalization Development, discussed internationalization and MLS considerations when running a global single instance of Oracle E-Business Suite. Maher discussed unicode support, multilingual support, calendars, and other important internationalization and multilingual support issue. (February 2012)
16. Usability Best Practices for Oracle E-Business Suite (Presentation)
Sara Woodhull, Principal Product Manager discussed the best practices for improving the usability of Oracle E-Business Suite. This discussion included discussion of new user interface features that you can use when extending or customizing E-Business Suite. (February 2012)
17. E-Business Suite Data Protection (Presentation)
Robert Armstrong, Product Strategy Security Architect and Eric Bing, Senior Director discussed the best practices and recommendations for securing your E-Business Suite data (February 2012).
18. SOA Integration Options for E-Business Suite (Presentation)
Abhishek Verma, Manager, Applications Technology Group and Rajesh Ghosh, Group Manager, ATG Development discussed the web service and SOA integration options for Oracle E-Business Suite. The presentation covered Oracle's integration tools and technologies, including the Oracle Applications Adapter and the Integrated SOA Gateway (March 2012).

19. E-Business Suite Release 12.1 Upgrade Best Practices - Technical Insight (Presentation)

Udayan Parvate, Director, E-Business Suite Release Engineering and Uday Moogala, Senior Principal Engineer, Applications Performance discussed the best practices that you can apply when upgrading your E-Business Suite instance to Release 12.1 and beyond. They discussed upgrade paths, resources, and practices to minimize downtime during the upgrade. (March 2012)

20. Performance Tuning E-Business Suite Concurrent Manager (Performance Series Part 2 of 4) (Presentation)

Andy Tremayne, Senior Architect, Applications Performance, and co-author of Oracle Applications Performance Tuning Handbook from Oracle Press, and Uday Moogala, Senior Principal Engineer, Applications Performance discussed two major components of E-Business Suite performance tuning:  concurrent management and tracing. They dispelled some myths surrounding these topics, and shared with you the recommended best practices that you can use on your own E-Business Suite instance. (March 2012)

21. Network, WAN, and PC Performance Tuning (Performance Series Part 3 of 4) (Presentation)

Andy Tremayne, Senior Architect, Applications Performance, and author of Oracle Applications Performance Tuning Handbook from Oracle Press discussed network performance for E-Business Suite. Andy covered tuning the client and tuning the network. He shared real-life examples of network performance, and showed you tools and techniques that you can use to estimate or simulate performance on your own network (March 2012).

22. Diagnosing E-Business Suite JVM and Forms Performance Issues (Performance Series Part 4 of 4) (Presentation)

Dave Suri, Project Lead, Applications Performance and Gustavo Jimenez, Senior Development Manager discussed some of the steps involved in triaging and diagnosing E-Business Suite systems related to JVM and Forms components (March 2012).

23.  Managing Your Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle Enterprise Manager (Presentation)

Angelo Rosado, Product Manager, ATG Development discussed using Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c and the latest E-Business Suite Plug-in to manage E-Business Suite systems, including 11i, R12, R12.1, and the upcoming release. (April 2012)

24.  Technical Preview of EBS 12.2 Online Patching (Presentation)

Kevin Hudson, Senior Director and one of the Online Patching architects, discussed one of the cornerstone new features in our upcoming Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 release. This ground-breaking feature is based upon Edition-Based Redefinition, a new 11gR2 Database feature that was built to Oracle Applications division specifications to allow the E-Business Suite's database tier to be patched while the environment is running.  Online Patching combines the use of Edition-Based Redefinition and new E-Business Suite technologies to allow patching to the E-Business Suite's database and application tier servers while the environment is being actively used by its end-users. (June 2012)

25. Scrambling Sensitive Data in EBS 12 Cloned Environments (Presentation)

Eric Bing, Senior Director, Jagan Athreya, Enterprise Manager Product Management, and Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager, discussed the Oracle E-Business Suite Template for Data Masking Pack, and how it can be used in situations where confidential or regulated data needs to be shared with other non-production users who need access to some of the original data, but not necessarily every table.  Examples of non-production users include internal application developers or external business partners such as offshore testing companies, suppliers or customers. (July 2012)

26. Using Oracle ADF with Oracle E-Business Suite (Presentation #1 of 2) (Presentation #2 of 2)

This webcast, led by Sara Woodhull, Principal Product Manager, and Juan Camilo Ruiz, Principal Product Manager, and joined by Siva Puthurkattil, Oracle Database Administrator for Lake County, Illinois, provides an overview of how to use Oracle Application Development Framework (Oracle ADF) to deliver alternative user interfaces to existing Oracle E-Business Suite processes. The webcast also explores integration between the two worlds using the Oracle E-Business Suite SDK for Java. (November 2012)

27. Advanced Management of Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle Enterprise Manager (Presentation)

This webcast, led by Angelo Rosado, Principal Product Manager, and Lauren Cohn, Principal Curriculum Developer, discusses the how the task of managing and monitoring Oracle E-Business Suite environments can be very challenging. And how the Application Management Pack plug-in is part of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite, can aid you in conquering the challenge. (Nov. 2012)

28. Best Practices for Using Oracle E-Business Suite SDK for Java with Oracle ADF (Presentation)

This webcast, led by Sara Woodhull, Principal Product Manager, and Juan Camilo Ruiz, Principal Product Manager, provides best practices for how to use Oracle Application Development Framework (Oracle ADF) with the Oracle E-Business Suite SDK for Java. (Nov. 2012)

29. Endeca "Evolutionizes" Oracle E-Business Suite (Presentation)

This webcast, led by Osama Elkady, Senior Director, explores new capabilities of complete data view, advanced searching across organizations and flexfields, advanced visualization including charts, metrics, and cross tabs, or guided navigation, provided by Oracle Endeca. Oracle Endeca includes an unstructured data correlation and analytics engine, together with catalog search and guided navigation capabilities. This webcasts focuses on the details behind Oracle Endeca's integration with Oracle E-Business Suite. It demonstrates how you can extend the use of Oracle Endeca into other areas of Oracle E-Business Suite. (Nov. 2012)

30. Minimizing Oracle E-Business Suite Maintenance Downtimes (Presentation)

This webcast, led by Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager, and Santiago Bastidas, Principal Product Manager, provides an overview of the plans and decisions you can make, and the actions you can take, that will help you minimize maintenance downtimes for your E-Business Suite instances.  It includes best practices, tools, utilities, and tasks to minimize your maintenance downtimes during the four key maintenance phases. (Dec. 2012)

31. Oracle E-Business Suite Future Directions: Deployment and System Administration (Presentation)

This webcast, led by Max Arderius, Manager Applications Technology Group, provides an overview of the improvements to Oracle E-Business Suite deployment and system administration that are planned for the upcoming EBS 12.2 release. It is targeted to system administrators, DBAs, developers, and implementers.(Dec 2012)

32. Top 10 Free Ways of Securing Your EBS Instance (Presentation)

This webcast provided you with an understanding of the actions you can take to improve the security of your Oracle E-Business Suite instance. Best of all, the actions discussed in this webcast are free! This webcast was targeted to system administrators, DBAs, and implementers. This webcast, was led by Eric Bing,Senior Director, and Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager. (Jan 2013)


Oracle University Courses

For a general listing of all Oracle University courses related to E-Business Suite Technology, use the p_org_id=1001&lang=US&p_nl=1313019335733">Oracle University E-Business Suite Technology course catalog link.

Oracle University E-Business Suite Technology Course Catalog

1. R12.x Oracle Applications System Administrator Fundamentals

In this course students learn concepts and functions that are critical to the System Administrator role in implementing and managing the Oracle E-Business Suite. Topics covered include configuring security and user management, configuring flexfields, managing concurrent processing, and setting up other essential features such as profile options and printing. In addition, configuration and maintenance of an Oracle E-Business Suite through Oracle Applications Manager is discussed. Students also learn the fundamentals of Oracle Workflow including its setup. The System Administrator Fundamentals course provides the foundation needed to effectively control security and ensure smooth operations for an E-Business Suite installation. Demonstrations and hands-on practice reinforce the fundamental concepts of configuring an Oracle E-Business Suite, as well as handling day-to-day system administrator tasks.

2. R12.x Install/Patch/Maintain Oracle E-Business Suite

This course will be applicable for customers who have implemented Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 or Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1. This course explains how to go about installing and maintaining an Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.x system. Both Standard and Express installation types are covered in detail. Maintenance topics include a detailed examination of the standard tools and utilities, and an in-depth look at patching an Oracle E-Business Suite system. After this course, students will be able to make informed decisions about how to install an Oracle E-Business Suite system that meets their specific requirements, and how to maintain the system afterwards. The extensive hands-on practices include performing an installation on a Linux system, navigating the file system to locate key files, running the standard maintenance tools and utilities, applying patches, and carrying out cloning operations.

3. R12.x Extend Oracle Applications: Building OA Framework Applications

This class is a hands-on lab-intensive course that will keep the student busy and active for the duration of the course. While the course covers the fundamentals that support OA Framework-based applications, the course is really an exercise in J2EE programming. Over the duration of the course, the student will create an OA Framework-based application that selects, inserts, updates, and deletes data from a R12 Oracle Applications instance.

4. R12.x Extend Oracle Applications: Customizing OA Framework Applications

This course has been significantly changed from the prior version to include additional deployments. The course doesn't teach the specifics of configuration of each product. That is left to the product-specific courses. What the course does cover is the general methods of building, personalizing, and extending OA Framework-based pages within the E-Business Suite. Additionally, the course covers the methods to deploy those types of customizations. The course doesn't include discussion of the Oracle Forms-based pages within the E-Business Suite.

5. R12.x Extend Oracle Applications: OA Framework Personalizations

Personalization is the ability within an E-Business Suite instance to make changes to the look and behavior of OA Framework-based pages without programming. And, personalizations are likely to survive patches and upgrades, increasing their utility. This course will systematically walk you through the myriad of personalization options, starting with simple examples and increasing in complexity from there.

6. E-Business Suite: BI Publisher 5.6.3 for Developers

Starting with the basic concepts, architecture, and underlying standards of Oracle XML Publisher, this course will lead a student through a progress of exercises building their expertise. By the end of the course, the student should be able to create Oracle XML Publisher RTF templates and data templates. They should also be able to deploy and maintain a BI Publisher report in an E-Business Suite instance. Students will also be introduced to Oracle BI Publisher Enterprise.

7. R12.x Implement Oracle Workflow

This course provides an overview of the architecture and features of Oracle Workflow and the benefits of using Oracle Workflow in an e-business environment. You can learn how to design workflow processes to automate and streamline business processes, and how to define event subscriptions to perform processing triggered by business events. Students also learn how to respond to workflow notifications, how to administer and monitor workflow processes, and what setup steps are required for Oracle Workflow. Demonstrations and hands-on practice reinforce the fundamental concepts.

8. R12.x Oracle E-Business Suite Essentials for Implementers

Oracle R12.1 E-Business Essentials for Implementers is a course that provides a functional foundation for any E-Business Suite Fundamentals course.

9. R12.x Oracle E-Business Suite Personalizations

 The course is a hands-on lab-intensive offering, and is intended for Application Developers, Functional Implementers, Support Engineers, and Technical Administrators. This course will give you an insight to 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.


Tuesday Jun 14, 2011

Support Webcast Series: Making the EBS Upgrade from 11i Easier

My colleagues in Oracle Support are launching a three-part webcast series on upgrading from Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i to 12.  Each of these one-hour sessions is recommended for technical users who are responsible for upgrading their Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i environments to Release 12:

  1. June 28 Webcast (Note 1328127.1)
    • Overview of Tools Available for Upgrading
    • Upgrade versus Re-implementing
    • Upgrade Community
    • Upgrade Product Information Center Page
    • Detailed Look at Upgrade Advisors
  2. July 12 Webcast (Note 1328139.1)
    • Recap of Part I
    • Detailed Look at Maintenance Wizard
    • Detailed Look at Patch Wizard
  3. July 19 Webcast (Note 1328140.1)
    • Overview of Tools Available for Upgrading
    • Upgrade versus Re-implementing
    • Upgrade Community
    • Upgrade Product Information Center Page
    • Detailed Look at Upgrade Advisor

You can see webcast times and event registration details by clicking on each of the links above.  The Oracle Support Advisor Webcast series schedule is published here:

Recorded replays of those webcasts are also available from the same Note. 

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Friday Jun 03, 2011

E-Business Suite Technology Stack Roadmap (June 2011) Now Available

We certify over 150 new combinations and versions of Oracle products with the E-Business Suite a year -- and that's before you factor in our forty or so platform-based combinations.  We also update our certification plans and roadmap as new third-party products like Microsoft Office 2010 and Firefox are announced or released.  Complicating matters further, various Oracle products leave Premier Support or are superceded by more-recent versions.

This constant state of change means that any static representation of our roadmap is really a snapshot in time, and a snapshot that might begin to yellow and fade fairly quickly.  With that caveat in mind, here's this month's snapshot (which has some updates following my OAUG/Collaborate presentation in April 2011):

EBS release roadmap


What's in the latest roadmap?
  • Comparisons of support categories (Premier, Extended, Sustaining)
  • Summaries of the latest database, Fusion Middleware, and E-Business Suite Lifetime Support Policies
  • Desktop Client certifications (browsers, JREs, operating systems)
  • Database Tier certifications
  • Application Server Tier certifications
  • External Integrations certifications
  • Security-Related certifications
  • "Other Cool Stuff" -- virtualization, clouds
How should I use this roadmap?
  1. Check the support status of your currently deployed techstack component versions
  2. Plan your upgrades to the next certified level
  3. Build a business case for switching from older technology to the latest technology (e.g. switching from Discoverer to Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition+)
  4. Seek clarification on open questions
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Tuesday Feb 15, 2011

EBS 12.0 Minimum Requirements for Extended Support Finalized

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0 will transition from Premier Support to Extended Support on February 1, 2012.  New EBS 12.0 patches will be created and tested during Extended Support against the minimum patching baseline documented in our E-Business Suite Error Correction Support Policy (Note 1195034.1).

Timeline diagram showing E-Business Suite 11i 12 Premier and Extended Support windows ebs_11i_12_support_windows.pngThese new technical requirements have now been finalized.  To be eligible for Extended Support, all EBS 12.0 customers must apply the EBS 12.0.6 Release Update Pack, technology stack infrastructure updates, and updates for EBS products if they're shared or fully-installed.  The complete set of minimum EBS 12.0 baseline requirements are listed here:
What are the impacts of this new baseline?

As always, Oracle Support will assist with diagnosis, triage, and debugging of any issues that you report for your E-Business Suite environment.  You will continue to have access to any existing online support tools, knowledge base documentation, and pre-existing fixes.

If you report a new issue that requires a new bug fix, you should be aware that new patches will be released only for the new baseline patches listed in the EBS Error Correction Support Policy.  You should plan to apply the baseline updates (at minimum) listed in Note 1195034.1 by February 2011 in order to receive any new bug fixes.

What EBS 12.0 products are affected by this new baseline?

The Note lists minimum baseline update requirements for the following EBS 12.0 products (see the Note for specific patch numbers):
  • Financials (Payables, Receivables, Advanced Collections, Public Sector Financials, Financials for Asia/Pacific)
  • Human Resources (Payroll, US Federal HR)
  • Process Manufacturing (OPM Financials, OPM Process Execution, OPM Process Execution Mobile, Inventory Converge)
  • Service (Complex Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul)
  • Supply Chain Planning (Engine + UI, UI Source Side, Data Collections, Global Order Processing, Collaborative Planning, Demand Planning, Demantra)
What about E-Business Suite technology stack components?

Here are the highlights of the technology stack-related minimum baseline requirements from that Note:
  • E-Business Suite 12.0.6 Release Update Pack
  • Oracle Forms & Reports 10.1.2.3
  • Oracle Containers for Java (OC4J) 10.1.3.5
  • Oracle Database 10.2.0.5, 11.1.0.7, or 11.2.0.2
  • Java 6 for server-side Java
  • Sun JRE 1.6.0_03 for Windows desktops
Support dates for Oracle Forms & Reports, Oracle Containers for Java (OC4J), Oracle Database, and Java are set by their respective Lifetime Support Policies.  The minimum versions listed in Note 1195034.1 may be superseded by their respective support policies by February 1, 2012.

EBS 12.0 users must ensure that installed versions of the components above comply with the components' respective Lifetime Support Policies listed here:
This also applies to external standalone components (e.g. Oracle Single Sign-On, Discoverer, SOA Suite) that you may have integrated with your E-Business Suite environment.

You must also plan to update those technology stack components on an ongoing basis.  If you're interested in learning more about the implications of Fusion Middleware and database support windows for E-Business Suite users, see these two articles:
Ranking your upgrade options

If I were running EBS 12.0 today, I'd rank my options like this:
1. Upgrade to EBS 12.1.3

Upgrading to EBS 12.1.3 unquestionably provides the greatest return on your patching investment.  This allows you to completely avoid having to ask, "What EBS 12.0 patches do I need to apply to reach the minimum patching baseline?" 

This option may be relatively more work than simply patching EBS 12.0, but it's the most-efficient strategy in the long-run.  Moving to 12.1.3 means that you don't need to worry about new minimum patching baselines until June 1, 2014.

2. Apply the 12.0.6 minimum baseline

Applying the 12.0.6 Release Update Pack, the latest technology stack updates, and the product-specific patches is a straightforward process.  This option may require nominally less effort than upgrading to 12.1.3. 

All of these updates will require retesting of all affected products.  Testing is usually more time-consuming and resource-intensive than applying the patches themselves.  If I was in your shoes and had to go to the trouble of testing everything again, I'd choose Option 1 rather that 2.

3. Do nothing

This is always an option.  I wouldn't recommend it.  Leaving your EBS environment at the, say, 12.0.4 level with one or two other later product family Release Update Packs may create support problems downstream.  For example, you may report a problem that can be reproduced on 12.0.6 and the minimum baseline.  Oracle will provide a patch for that issue, but you will first need to apply the minimum baseline to your 12.0 environment before applying the patch.
Getting ahead of the curve

It might seem like February 1, 2012 is a long way off, but don't be fooled.  That's the temporal equivalent of an optical illusion.  It's only 12 months away.  I urge you to get started on your EBS 12.0 upgrade planning immediately.

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Monday Jan 24, 2011

In-Depth: Thoughts on Testing from a Battle-Scarred Support Engineer

[Editor's Note: Weighing in at over 3,100 words, Nick Quarmby's treatise below is more of a whitepaper-in-disguise than our traditionally-short blog articles.  This article is worth your time, though.  In my experience, shortchanging testing simply translates to longer upgrade times downstream.  With EBS 11i now in Extended Support, everyone still on that release should already have their R12 planning underway.  Nick's insights and tips are worth careful consideration by everyone, but particularly so for if you're planning your R12 upgrade.]



"The more I practice, the luckier I seem to get."

"If you think safety is expensive, just try having an accident."

The two quotes above I think pretty accurately sum up the importance of preparation and planning. The first has been attributed to various professional golfers over the years and suggests luck is never accidental. If things work, they work for a reason and that reason is usually because of good preparation, not good luck.

The second quote has been attributed to various airline industry executives. Here the message is that however much time, and inevitably money, that you spend making sure your planes do not crash, it will cost you considerably more if one of them does.

The real message is of course that planning and preparation pay off in the long term and, in the context of your Oracle Applications upgrade, you can conclude that successful upgrades are the result of good testing, not good fortune.

This article is just a few thoughts from a battle-scarred Support Engineer on why good testing is crucial to the success of your system and why it is important for you to thoroughly test any patches, upgrades or migrations before carrying out the work on your production environment. The great majority of the work that you do in any project will be testing. Underestimate it at your peril. Testing is not simply a necessary evil which has to be endured before the inevitable, white-knuckle ride of the production upgrade. Testing is not where you should be cutting corners. Testing is where you should be going into every conceivable corner you can find and looking for something that might, without warning, jump out of the shadows and derail your production upgrade.

There are links at the end of the document to various tools you have access to which may help your testing but this article is not intended to go into the specifics of testing but simply to discuss how testing should be approached and hopefully raise awareness of the consequences of not doing enough testing.

Preparation

A significant Oracle Applications upgrade is a project that will be measured in months, not weeks. The most important part of that long process will be the work that is done before the production upgrade.

A requirement to upgrade a system or perform maintenance is usually triggered via a business or technical requirement. Once a need to upgrade is identified, the work always seems to be considered urgent - these days everything is urgent. Early on in the project you need to clearly identify what is needed to achieve a successful upgrade and present this to the people driving the project. You may sometimes feel you are presented with unreasonable timescales to complete a project and commercial pressures beyond your control have placed you in this position. This is sometimes an inevitability but it is for these reasons that, as early as possible in a project, you emphasise to the people driving your business that systems do not change over the course of one frenetic weekend. Well, actually, they do, but what happens during that weekend is simply the tip of the iceberg.

Behind the scenes you must do a lot of work to prepare for that tiny weekend window at the end of your long project plan. It's sometimes inevitable that tasks tend to concertina towards the end of a project and, whilst some people work better under pressure with a visible and looming deadline, many others do not. Use your time wisely unless you look forward to sleepless nights.

Testing should be performed on a complete cloned copy of your production environment, and, where possible, on an identical hardware environment. If migrating to new hardware, your upgrade testing should include the new hardware so you are confident you can configure the software on the new hardware and that it performs correctly in the new environment.

You should never consider applying untested patches on your production environment.  However urgent a patch may be, it is never so urgent you should risk the stability of the whole production environment by applying it untested. Oracle Applications patches (patches applied using adpatch) are not reversible without using database rollback/flashback features and it would also require a detailed analysis of the patch and its log files in conjunction with your specific system. You should never assume you can manually reverse even the simplest of Oracle Applications patches. Oracle Support cannot provide this service for you remotely via a Service Request (SR).

Do not rely on the assurances of your suppliers and assume everything will work on the day. You need to prove to yourself that your suppliers will deliver what you need and when you need it. Contact them early in the project - they will be grateful for the opportunity to be part of your plans. If things go wrong, having a supplier to blame for things not working may absolve you of some responsibility but you will still have to present this failure within your organisation and that will reflect on you, no matter how much you consider that you were not responsible for that failure.

Always follow the documentation.   Context sensitive documents exist for upgrading all components of Oracle Applications and should be followed. If you cannot find an appropriate document for a process in your upgrade, contact Oracle Support who should be able to advise you of the right Note or manual to follow. Do not assume generic documentation will be applicable to your Oracle Applications environment.

Our published documentation is designed to achieve a successful upgrade. It is not tested by trying to perform the upgrade steps in a different order or by deliberately omitting steps to see how the upgrade will turn out. You should perform all steps in the upgrade documentation unless you have a clear reason not to, or clear guidance from Oracle Support that a step can be omitted.

Consider phasing your upgrade.  If a major upgrade involves both a database and Applications upgrade you may be able to perform this in separate, shorter downtimes. 10gR2 and 11gR2 are certified on both 11i and R12 so you could perform a database upgrade during your first downtime, return the system to your users and perform the Applications upgrade in the second downtime at a later date. This will increase the testing you have to do and will also require additional user acceptance testing but you may find this method works for you.

Testing is not just to establish that the technical upgrade is a success. Testing should also include ensuring that the system you build performs acceptably under load and remains stable. The links at the end of this article refer to products you can use to measure performance and load on your environment. 

The truth is the hardest work you will do in your whole upgrade project will be the testing and preparation. It is during testing that you will find where you have to reduce what takes two weeks into something that you'll be lucky to get 48 hours to perform. It is during testing that you will have to find imaginative ways to solve the issues you encounter.


Issues Encountered During Testing

Some people see testing as something that is only for the overly cautious - those people who are too scared to confront real-time events when they arise. We may live in an increasingly risk-averse society but the truth is that smart people are always testing. Only fools rush in. A macho or cavalier attitude to testing rarely produces a reliable or stable environment.

Your testing will reveal issues that have to be solved.  These truly are opportunities and not problems. This is why you are testing in the first place - so that you do not see these errors when you come to the production upgrade. If you encounter issues during testing then you must find a solution to these issues or find a workaround that does not compromise the rest of the upgrade. Skipping a documented step because you don't think it's significant can easily cause problems further down the line. 

Perform at least one test upgrade before you make a commitment to how soon you can perform your production upgrade. A well run project should allow the key people involved time to scope out their work before committing to any deadlines. If you do not know the scale of the job, you cannot accurately plan for the production upgrade. As part of the whole project, you should plan to perform a minimum of three successful test upgrades.

During testing you will see software acting inconsistently under apparent laboratory conditions. Some people seem to accept software is a somewhat capricious product that can behave unpredictably and that it's acceptable to see it acting differently from one day to the next so long as it doesn't actually do the wrong thing. This is not how commercial business software is designed or expected to behave. You should be able to find a reason for that inconsistent behaviour. If you cannot, then you have to make a call on how significant you believe that inconsistency is, but be assured, there is a reason for this apparently erratic behaviour. Software - even fiendishly complicated software - does not have a mind of its own.

Use Service Requests (SR) with Oracle Support to validate your upgrade plans and to help you if you encounter any technical issues during your testing. An upgrade where the first we hear from you is when you raise a Severity one SR during the production upgrade is already a failing upgrade. We want to know about any issues you encounter during testing when these can be handled as Severity two and three type SRs where you can work closely with a single engineer, usually in your own time zone, for the duration of the SR.

Be flexible in your testing. Oracle may release a new maintenance pack or updates to patches or the technology stack in the middle of your testing. Consider whether you should now integrate these later releases into your planned upgrade. This will require additional testing but you may not get another downtime window for some time so it's important you upgrade to the latest software whenever possible.


The Production Upgrade

Some DBAs approach a production upgrade with about as much relish as they approach invasive dental work. They know it will be painful, there may be some sleepless nights, and it will cost much more than expected. This is a worrying but increasingly common scenario and it's a real concern to think that some customers feel that the production phase of an upgrade is not only the most stressful part of their project but also the stage most likely to produce an unpredictable outcome.

It would be wrong to dismiss the above concerns as groundless but it's important to realise that with good planning and testing, the production upgrade should not exactly be a formality, but it should certainly be something for which you are fully prepared for every scenario you can think of, and probably a few you have not thought of.

If you approach your production upgrade with dread, unsure of what might go wrong, and wondering if it will succeed then this is almost certainly due to a lack of effective preparation and testing. You may feel under pressure to deliver a system but this is nothing compared to the pressure you will feel if you deliver nothing at all. If you really go into your production upgrade being unsure of its success then you should not be contemplating performing it. Production downtime is not something you will be offered regularly and it should not be lost on speculative or poorly tested work.

The Apollo astronauts on their way to the Moon, had a "go/no go" decision at each critical point in their mission. Your production upgrade should run on similar lines. At each significant stage in the production upgrade you should decide whether you are on course to reach your objective. You should not be afraid to abandon a production upgrade which has gone wrong and instead focus on returning the old system to your users as quickly as possible. This should be the worst scenario you can contemplate but your project plan should include a contingency for it. Your users may not thank you for this but having the old system available on Monday morning is always more acceptable than having no system at all to offer them. You can always come back to fight another day. At no time should you be in a position that you have nothing to offer your users but a broken, part-upgraded environment.

Your production upgrade is not the place where you should be trying any of the following:-

  • Fixing errors that you have not seen during testing
  • Trying out a different upgrade path that you did not think of during testing
  • Applying patches that you did not require during testing

The common message in the above is that you should not be trying anything in your production upgrade that you have not done during testing. This should be pretty much a golden rule of your production upgrade. One day you may have to break that rule but that day will be an exceptional one.

Using standby database functionality from Data Guard is very useful when upgrading. You can configure up to nine standby databases off your production database. If, for example, you have a standby database, you can decouple this at the start of the upgrade. This is then immediately available as a pre-upgrade backup should your production upgrade fail. If the production upgrade succeeds then you just bring this standby database back online after the upgrade and it will automatically resynchronise with the new production database through Data Guard. This may be a little more complicated if your upgrade includes a database upgrade but standby databases can still have an important part to play in any maintenance exercise.

It's important to approach a production upgrade with a positive mental attitude. A belief that what you are going to do will succeed means you will approach any problems with a belief that you can solve them. If you expect your upgrade to fail then problems come like body blows and you struggle to pick yourself up and fight back. You will only have that positive mental attitude if the weeks and months you have spent prior to the production upgrade have been used constructively giving you the confidence you need to make your production upgrade a success.


When Things Go Wrong

Fans of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy will know that printed on the cover of this book is the phrase "DON'T PANIC" (always in upper case). This is always good advice in difficult circumstances. A calm head is always best when things don't seem to be going to plan.

Always have a contingency plan.  Expect things to go wrong and congratulate yourself when they don't, but do not assume that the most fastidious of testing will guarantee a success. Having a contingency or backup plan will support you. You'll be reassured that you were smart enough to plan for every eventuality.

Do not expect to rely on others in a crisis.  This is your upgrade and your responsibility. Your colleague at the next desk may be sympathetic to your predicament but that does not mean they do not have their own issues to deal with. Nobody knows your upgrade as intimately as you do. If your production upgrade fails and you need help, consider how much time you may have to spend familiairising a third party with your upgrade and your environment before they can offer constructive help as to how you might overcome your current problem. They may be able to help you but if they cannot, then the onus is back on you to find a solution to your problem. Good preparation before you started your upgrade will be invaluable here.

Do not assume that if a component of the upgrade fails then you can resort to the supplier and they will be responsible for the failure. That may give you a solution in the long term but it may not fix your immediate short term problem. Having a new solution after the event may deflect some of the recriminations as to why the upgrade failed but that will not make the failure go away.


Conclusion

We want your upgrade to succeed.  Oracle Support is available to help during testing and also during your production upgrade. Make sure you use us to ensure everything we offer is available to you throughout your project. Engage your Service Delivery Manager (SDM) and ensure they know about your upgrade. They can make Oracle Support aware of your plans.

The media is full of stories about IT upgrades that have failed. Outside of promotional literature, you rarely read a headline that says "IT Project Goes Exactly to Plan." That does not mean that successes do not exist -- it just means that they do not make the news.

There is rarely much glory in doing your work quietly, efficiently and delivering what is promised, on time and within budget. But if you look around your organisation you will notice that some of the most successful people in the business are the ones who do exactly that. They're not lucky. They planned it that way.


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Tuesday Dec 14, 2010

Heads-Up: Preparing for E-Business Suite 12.0 Extended Support

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0 will transition from Premier Support to Extended Support on February 1, 2012.  New EBS 12.0 patches will be created and tested during Extended Support against the minimum patching baseline documented in our E-Business Suite Error Correction Support Policy (Note 1195034.1).

Timeline diagram showing E-Business Suite 11i 12 Premier and Extended Support windows ebs_11i_12_support_windows.png
That document currently reads:
To be eligible for Extended Support, [EBS 12.0] customers will need to have applied at minimum the 12.0.6 Release Update Pack (Note ID 743368.1) and the Financials CPC July 2009 (Note ID 557869.1).   Additional minimum requirements for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0 have not been finalized yet.

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0 users are strongly encouraged to apply the latest suite-wide Release Update Packs, product family Release Update Packs, Critical Patch Updates, and applicable technology stack certifications to minimize future upgrade requirements.
Ranking your upgrade options

If I were running EBS 12.0 today, I'd rank my options like this:
1. Upgrade to EBS 12.1.3

Upgrading to EBS 12.1.3 unquestionably provides the greatest return on your patching investment.  This allows you to completely avoid having to ask, "What EBS 12.0 patches do I need to apply to reach the minimum patching baseline?" 

This option may be relatively more work than simply patching EBS 12.0, but it's the most-efficient strategy in the long-run.  Moving to 12.1.3 means that you don't need to worry about new minimum patching baselines until June 1, 2014.

2. Apply the suite-wide 12.0.6 Release Update Pack

Applying the 12.0.6 Release Update Pack is straightforward.  This option may require less effort than upgrading to 12.1.3.  However, there's a non-trivial chance that 12.0.6 may not be the only patch needed.  The Error Correction Support Policy document explicitly states, "Additional minimum requirements for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0 have not been finalized yet." 

This means that it's possible that other patches on top of 12.0.6 may be added to the minimum patching baseline.  In other words, it's possible that other product family Release Update Packs, Critical Patch Updates, and technology stack certifications may be added to that list.

3. Do nothing

This is always an option.  I wouldn't recommend it.  Leaving your EBS environment at the, say, 12.0.4 level with one or two other later product family Release Update Packs may create support problems downstream.  For example, you may report a problem that can be reproduced on 12.0.6.  The subsequent patch will have 12.0.6 as a hard prerequisite.
Getting ahead of the curve

It might seem like February 1, 2012 is a long way off, but don't be fooled.  That's the temporal equivalent of an optical illusion.  It's only 13 months away.  I urge you to get started on your EBS 12.0 upgrade planning immediately.

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Thursday Dec 09, 2010

Understanding EBS Support Windows, Redux

Last month we discussed the two interlocking support policies that affect E-Business Suite users:
  1. Oracle's Lifetime Support Policy
    Specifies support dates for major EBS release codelines (e.g. EBS 11.5.10.2, 12.0, 12.1) -- and by implication, the latest EBS patchset for a given codeline. The Lifetime Support Policy presents support definitions and dates for three different levels of support:  Premier, Extended, and Sustaining. 

  2. E-Business Suite Error Correction Support Policy (Note 1195034.1)
    Specifies support principles for EBS release update packs for a given EBS releases codeline covered by Premier Support.  Examples of EBS release update packs (RUPs) include EBS 12.0.2, 12.0.3, 12.0.4, 12.0.5, 12.0.6, 12.1.2, 12.1.3. 
The first version of the Error Correction Support Policy introduced the concept of grace periods to allow you time to upgrade to the latest E-Business Suite Release Update Pack.  Generally speaking, this window was eighteen months.

Your feedback led us to review this policy.  In response to your comments, we've made a number of important changes to relax these support policies.  These changes are published in Version 2 of the E-Business Suite Error Correction Support Policy released earlier this month. 

The central theme of these changes is to simplify your maintenance planning by providing you with more detailed information about the dates by which specific Release Update Packs will become minimum baselines for new patches.  In most cases, the new policy allows for more than 18 months to apply the latest Release Update Pack. 

These changes have important operational implications for all E-Business Suite 12 users.  We strongly recommend that you review them carefully.

What's Changed in Version 2 of this policy?
1. Clarified the relationship between one-off patches and Release Update Packs

In particular, we've given more information about the conditions under which one-off patches are created, as well as the minimum release requirements for one-off patches.

2. Replaced the "18 month grace period for N-1 RUPs" concept for general EBS 12 products with simpler baselines
  • E-Business Suite Release Update Pack 12.0.4 for EBS 12.0 after January 2011.
  • E-Business Suite Release Update Pack 12.1.3 for EBS 12.1 after January 2013.
3. Clarified specific exceptions for minimum baselines for two EBS areas
  • EBS modules that are subject to annual legislative updates
  • Applications Technology Group Release Update Packs:
  • ATG Release Update Pack 12.0.6 will be the minimum baseline for EBS 12.0 on February 1, 2011
  • ATG Release Update Pack 12.1.2 will be the minimum baseline for EBS 12.1 on July 1, 2011
  • ATG Release Update Pack 12.1.3 will be the minimum baseline for EBS 12.1 on February 1, 2012
4. Described the process of transitioning from Premier Support to Extended Support

A minimum level of suite‐wide Release Update Packs, product family Release Update Packs, Critical Patch Updates, and applicable technology stack certifications will be set for each E‐Business Suite release prior to its transition from Premier Support to Extended Support.
Although the minimum requirements have not been finalized yet, we've listed some preliminary baselines for both E-Business Suite 12.0 and 12.1 to help you with your maintenance and upgrade planning.
What about E-Business Suite technology stack components?

It's important to remember that Fusion Middleware and database components in EBS instances are separate from the the ATG Release Update Packs and are governed by their own support policies and dates.  This applies to the technology stack components installed by the E-Business Suite Rapid Install (e.g. Oracle Forms, OC4J, database).  This also applies to external standalone components (e.g. Oracle Single Sign-On, Discoverer, SOA Suite) that you may have integrated with your E-Business Suite environment.

You must also plan to update those technology stack components on an ongoing basis.  If you're interested in learning more about the implications of Fusion Middleware and database support windows for E-Business Suite users, see these two articles:
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