Tuesday Jul 09, 2013

Latest DSTv20 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite

Hourglass iconIf your E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.0, or 12.1 environment is configured to support Daylight Saving Time (DST) or international time zones, it's important to keep your timezone definition files up-to-date. They were last changed in January 2013 and released as DSTv19.

DSTv20 is now available and certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.0, and 12.1. The DSTv20 update includes the timezone information from Olson tzdata 2012j and is cumulative: it includes all previous Oracle DST updates. 

Is Your Apps Environment Affected?

When a country or region changes DST rules or their time zone definitions, your Oracle E-Business Suite environment will require patching if:

  • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located in the affected country or region OR
  • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located outside the affected country or region but you conduct business or have customers or suppliers in the affected country or region

The latest DSTv20 timezone definition file is cumulative and includes all DST changes released in earlier time zone definition files. DSTv20 includes changes to the following timezones since the DSTv19 release:

  • Africa/Casablanca,
  • America/Port-au-Prince,
  • America/Santiago,
  • America/Asuncion,
  • Antarctica/Palmer,
  • Asia/Gaza,
  • Asia/Hebron,
  • Pacific/Easter,
  • Chile/Continental,
  • Chile/EasterIsland

What Patches Are Required?

In case you haven't been following our previous time zone or Daylight Saving Time (DST)-related articles, international timezone definitions for E-Business Suite environments are captured in a series of patches for the database and application tier servers in your environment. The actual scope and number of patches that need to be applied depend on whether you've applied previous DST or timezone-related patches. Some sysadmins have remarked to me that it generally takes more time to read the various timezone documents than it takes to apply these patches, but your mileage may vary.

We've published the following Notes which identify the various components in your E-Business Suite environment that may need DST patches:


Monday Jan 28, 2013

Latest DSTv19 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite

Hourglass iconIf your E-Business Suite Release 11i or 12 environment is configured to support Daylight Saving Time (DST) or international time zones, it's important to keep your timezone definition files up-to-date. They were last changed in July 2012 and released as DSTv18.

DSTv19 is now available and certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12. The DSTv19 update includes the timezone information from Olson tzdata 2012j and is cumulative: it includes all previous Oracle DST updates. 

Is Your Apps Environment Affected?

When a country or region changes DST rules or their time zone definitions, your Oracle E-Business Suite environment will require patching if:

  • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located in the affected country or region OR
  • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located outside the affected country or region but you conduct business or have customers or suppliers in the affected country or region

The latest DSTv19 timezone definition file is cumulative and includes all DST changes released in earlier time zone definition files. DSTv19 includes changes to the following timezones since the DSTv18 release:

  • Africa/Tripoli,
  • Africa/Casablanca,
  • America/Bahia,
  • America/Havana,
  • America/Araguaina,
  • Asia/Jerusalem,
  • Asia/Amman,
  • Asia/Gaza,
  • Asia/Hebron,
  • Pacific/Fiji,
  • Pacific/Apia,
  • Pacific/Fakaofo,
  • Libya,
  • Cuba,
  • Asia/Tel_Aviv,
  • Israel

    What Patches Are Required?

    In case you haven't been following our previous time zone or Daylight Saving Time (DST)-related articles, international timezone definitions for E-Business Suite environments are captured in a series of patches for the database and application tier servers in your environment. The actual scope and number of patches that need to be applied depend on whether you've applied previous DST or timezone-related patches. Some sysadmins have remarked to me that it generally takes more time to read the various timezone documents than it takes to apply these patches, but your mileage may vary.

    We've published the following Notes which identify the various components in your E-Business Suite environment that may need DST patches:


    Thursday Jul 19, 2012

    Latest DSTv18 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite R12

    Hourglass iconIf your E-Business Suite Release 11i or 12 environment is configured to support Daylight Saving Time (DST) or international time zones, it's important to keep your timezone definition files up-to-date. They were last changed in October 2011 and released as DSTv17.

    DSTv18 is now available and certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12. The DSTv18 update includes the timezone information from Olson tzdata 2012c. 

    Is Your Apps Environment Affected?

    When a country or region changes DST rules or their time zone definitions, your Oracle E-Business Suite environment will require patching if:

    • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located in the affected country or region OR
    • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located outside the affected country or region but you conduct business or have customers or suppliers in the affected country or region

    The latest DSTv18 timezone definition file is cumulative and includes all DST changes released in earlier time zone definition files. DSTv18 includes changes to the following timezones since the DSTv17 release:

    • Africa/Casablanca,
    • America/Bahia,
    • America/Havana,
    • America/Port-au-Prince,
    • America/Santiago,
    • America/Blanc-Sablon,
    • Antarctica/Casey,
    • Antarctica/Davis,
    • Antarctica/Palmer,
    • Asia/Yerevan,
    • Asia/Gaza,
    • Asia/Damascus,
    • Atlantic/Stanley,
    • Europe/Minsk,
    • Pacific/Easter,
    • Pacific/Fiji,
    • Pacific/Fakaofo,
    • Cuba,
    • Chile/Continental,
    • Chile/EasterIsland

    What Patches Are Required?

    In case you haven't been following our previous time zone or Daylight Saving Time (DST)-related articles, international timezone definitions for E-Business Suite environments are captured in a series of patches for the database and application tier servers in your environment. The actual scope and number of patches that need to be applied depend on whether you've applied previous DST or timezone-related patches. Some sysadmins have remarked to me that it generally takes more time to read the various timezone documents than it takes to apply these patches, but your mileage may vary.

    We've published the following Notes which identify the various components in your E-Business Suite environment that may need DST patches:

    Related Articles

    Saturday Oct 22, 2011

    Latest DSTv17 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite R11i

    Hourglass iconIf your E-Business Suite Release 11i or 12 environment is configured to support Daylight Saving Time (DST) or international time zones, it's important to keep your timezone definition files up-to-date. 

    DSTv17 is now available and certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i. The DSTv17 update includes the timezone information from Olson tzdata 2011j. 

    Is Your Apps Environment Affected?

    When a country or region changes DST rules or their time zone definitions, your Oracle E-Business Suite environment will require patching if:

    • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located in the affected country or region OR
    • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located outside the affected country or region but you conduct business or have customers or suppliers in the affected country or region

    For more details about the timezones affected by the DSTv17 update, see:

    Monday Oct 17, 2011

    Latest DSTv16 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite 11i

    Hourglass iconWe announced the certification of the DSTv16 update with E-Business Suite 12 last August.  The second part of that certification with EBS 11i is now available. The DSTv16 update includes the timezone information from Olson tzdata 2011g.

    Is Your Apps Environment Affected?

    When a country or region changes DST rules or their time zone definitions, your Oracle E-Business Suite environment will require patching if:

    • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located in the affected country or region OR
    • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located outside the affected country or region but you conduct business or have customers or suppliers in the affected country or region

    For more details about the timezones affected by the DSTv16 update, see:

    Related Articles


    Friday Oct 14, 2011

    Latest DSTv17 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite R12

    Hourglass iconIf your E-Business Suite Release 11i or 12 environment is configured to support Daylight Saving Time (DST) or international time zones, it's important to keep your timezone definition files up-to-date. They were last changed in August 2011 and released as DSTv16.

    DSTv17 is now available and certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12. The DSTv17 update includes the timezone information from Olson tzdata 2011j. 

    DSTv17 is an interim release.  Its primary purpose is to include the new DST rules for Russia which take effect from 30th October 2011.  At this time the clocks will not move back one hour but will remain on "summer time" instead.

    Patches for this release are available on a request-only basis.  If you require this patch for your operating system/patch configuration, you must request it explicitly from Oracle Support.

    Is Your Apps Environment Affected?

    When a country or region changes DST rules or their time zone definitions, your Oracle E-Business Suite environment will require patching if:

    • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located in the affected country or region OR
    • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located outside the affected country or region but you conduct business or have customers or suppliers in the affected country or region

    We last discussed the DSTv16 patches on this blog. The latest DSTv17 timezone definition file is cumulative and includes all DST changes released in earlier time zone definition files. DSTv17 includes changes to the following timezones since the DSTv16 release:

    • Africa/Nairobi,
    • Africa/Dar_es_Salaam,
    • Africa/Kampala,
    • America/St_Johns,
    • America/Goose_Bay,
    • America/Resolute,
    • Asia/Yekaterinburg,
    • Asia/Omsk,
    • Asia/Novosibirsk,
    • Asia/Krasnoyarsk,
    • Asia/Irkutsk,
    • Asia/Yakutsk,
    • Asia/Vladivostok,
    • Asia/Magadan,
    • Asia/Kamchatka,
    • Asia/Anadyr,
    • Asia/Sakhalin,
    • America/Metlakatla,
    • Europe/Kaliningrad,
    • Europe/Moscow,
    • Europe/Samara,
    • Europe/Volgograd,
    • Pacific/Apia,
    • Canada/Newfoundland,
    • W-SU

    What Patches Are Required?

    In case you haven't been following our previous time zone or Daylight Saving Time (DST)-related articles, international timezone definitions for E-Business Suite environments are captured in a series of patches for the database and application tier servers in your environment. The actual scope and number of patches that need to be applied depend on whether you've applied previous DST or timezone-related patches. Some sysadmins have remarked to me that it generally takes more time to read the various timezone documents than it takes to apply these patches, but your mileage may vary.

    We've published the following Notes which identify the various components in your E-Business Suite environment that may need DST patches:

    What happened to EBS 11i?

    The certification of DST v17 with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i is still in progress.  Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates. You're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates, which I'll post as soon as soon as they're available.    

    Related Articles

    Tuesday Aug 09, 2011

    Latest DSTv16 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite R12

    Hourglass iconIf your E-Business Suite Release 11i or 12 environment is configured to support Daylight Saving Time (DST) or international time zones, it's important to keep your timezone definition files up-to-date. They were last changed in January 2011 and released as DSTv15.

    DSTv16 is now available and certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12. The DSTv16 update includes the timezone information from Olson tzdata 2011g. 

    Is Your Apps Environment Affected?

    When a country or region changes DST rules or their time zone definitions, your Oracle E-Business Suite environment will require patching if:

    • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located in the affected country or region OR
    • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located outside the affected country or region but you conduct business or have customers or suppliers in the affected country or region

    We last discussed the DSTv15 patches on this blog. The latest DSTv16 timezone definition file is cumulative and includes all DST changes released in earlier time zone definition files. DSTv16 includes changes to the following timezones since the DSTv15 release:

    • Africa/Cairo
    • Africa/Casablanca
    • America/Juneau
    • America/Havana
    • America/Santiago
    • Asia/Amman
    • Atlantic/Stanley
    • Europe/Istanbul
    • Pacific/Honolulu
    • Pacific/Easter
    • Pacific/Apia
    • Egypt
    • Cuba
    • Chile/Continental
    • Turkey
    • US/Hawaii
    • Chile/EasterIsland
    • Asia/Istanbul

    What Patches Are Required?

    In case you haven't been following our previous time zone or Daylight Saving Time (DST)-related articles, international timezone definitions for E-Business Suite environments are captured in a series of patches for the database and application tier servers in your environment. The actual scope and number of patches that need to be applied depend on whether you've applied previous DST or timezone-related patches. Some sysadmins have remarked to me that it generally takes more time to read the various timezone documents than it takes to apply these patches, but your mileage may vary.

    We've published the following Notes which identify the various components in your E-Business Suite environment that may need DST patches:

    What happened to EBS 11i?

    The certification of DST v16 with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i is still in progress.  Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates. You're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates, which I'll post as soon as soon as they're available.    

    Related Articles

    Wednesday Jan 12, 2011

    Latest DSTv15 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite

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    If your E-Business Suite Release 11i or 12 environment is configured to support Daylight Saving Time (DST) or international time zones, it's important to keep your timezone definition files up-to-date. They were last changed in July 2010 and released as DSTv14. DSTv15 is now available and certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.

    Is Your Apps Environment Affected?

    When a country or region changes DST rules or their time zone definitions, your Oracle E-Business Suite environment will require patching if:
    • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located in the affected country or region OR
    • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located outside the affected country or region but you conduct business or have customers or suppliers in the affected country or region
    We last discussed the DSTv14 patches on this blog. The latest "DSTv15" timezone definition file is cumulative and includes all DST changes released in earlier time zone definition files. DSTv15 includes changes to the following timezones since the DSTv14 release:
    • Africa/Cairo 2010 2010
    • Egypt 2010 2010
    • America/Bahia_Banderas 2010 2010
    • Asia/Amman 2002
    • Asia/Gaza 2010 2010
    • Europe/Helsinki 1981 1982
    • Pacific/Fiji 2011
    • Pacific/Apia 2011
    • Hongkong 1977 1977
    • Asia/Hong_Kong 1977 1977
    • Europe/Mariehamn 1981 1982
    What Patches Are Required?

    In case you haven't been following our previous time zone or Daylight Saving Time (DST)-related articles, international timezone definitions for E-Business Suite environments are captured in a series of patches for the database and application tier servers in your environment. The actual scope and number of patches that need to be applied depend on whether you've applied previous DST or timezone-related patches. Some sysadmins have remarked to me that it generally takes more time to read the various timezone documents than it takes to apply these patches, but your mileage may vary.

    We've published the following Notes which identify the various components in your E-Business Suite environment that may need DST patches:
    Related Articles

    Tuesday Jul 06, 2010

    Latest DSTv14 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite

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    If your E-Business Suite Release 11i or 12 environment is configured to support Daylight Saving Time (DST) or international time zones, it's important to keep your timezone definition files up-to-date. They were last changed in January 2010 and released as DSTv13. DSTv14 is now available and certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.

    Is Your Apps Environment Affected?

    When a country or region changes DST rules or their time zone definitions, your Oracle E-Business Suite environment will require patching if:
    • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located in the affected country or region OR
    • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located outside the affected country or region but you conduct business or have customers or suppliers in the affected country or region
    We last discussed the DSTv13 patches on this blog. The latest "DSTv14" timezone definition file is cumulative and includes all DST changes released in earlier time zone definition files. DSTv14 includes changes to the following timezones since the DSTv13 release:
    • Africa/Casablanca,
    • Africa/Tunis,
    • America/Argentina/San_Luis,
    • America/Argentina/San_Luis,
    • America/Tijuana, America/Santiago,
    • America/Asuncion,
    • Antarctica/Casey,
    • Antarctica/Davis,
    • Asia/Dacca,
    • Asia/Taipei,
    • Asia/Karachi,
    • Asia/Gaza,
    • Asia/Damascus,
    • Asia/Kamchatka,
    • Asia/Anadyr,
    • Europe/Samara,
    • Pacific/Easter,
    • Pacific/Fiji,
    • Pacific/Apia,
    • America/Ensenada,
    • Chile/Continental,
    • Asia/Dhaka,
    • ROC,
    • Chile/EasterIsland,
    • Mexico/BajaNorte
    What Patches Are Required?

    In case you haven't been following our previous time zone or Daylight Saving Time (DST)-related articles, international timezone definitions for E-Business Suite environments are captured in a series of patches for the database and application tier servers in your environment. The actual scope and number of patches that need to be applied depend on whether you've applied previous DST or timezone-related patches. Some sysadmins have remarked to me that it generally takes more time to read the various timezone documents than it takes to apply these patches, but your mileage may vary.

    We've published the following Notes which identify the various components in your E-Business Suite environment that may need DST patches:
    Related Articles

    Friday Jan 22, 2010

    Latest DSTv13 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite

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    If your E-Business Suite Release 11i or 12 environment is configured to support Daylight Saving Time (DST) or international time zones, it's important to keep your timezone definition files up-to-date.  They were last changed in July 2009 and released as DSTv11.  DSTv13 is now available and certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12. 

    Note that if you've prided yourself on keeping your environment up-to-date, you didn't miss DSTv12.  That version was not released externally.  DSTv13 is the next release after DSTv11.

    Is Your Apps Environment Affected?

    When a country or region changes DST rules or their time zone definitions, your Oracle E-Business Suite environment will require patching if:
    • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located in the affected country or region OR
    • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located outside the affected country or region but you conduct business or have customers or suppliers in the affected country or region
    We last discussed the DSTv11 patches on this blog.  The latest "DSTv13" timezone definition file is cumulative and includes all DST changes in Olson tzdata 2009s and earlier time zone definitions.  DSTv13 includes changes to the following timezones since the DSTv11 release:
    • Africa/Cairo
    • America/Argentina/San_Luis
    • America/Buenos_Aires
    • America/Cordoba, America/Catamarca
    • America/Argentina/Tucuman
    • Antarctica/Casey
    • Antarctica/Davis
    • Antarctica/Mawson
    • Asia/Hong_Kong
    • Asia/Karachi
    • Asia/Gaza
    • Asia/Damascus
    • Europe/Samara
    • Indian/Mauritius
    • Pacific/Fiji
    • Pacific/Apia
    • Egypt
    • America/Argentina/Buenos_Aires
    • America/Argentina/Cordoba
    • America/Argentina/Catamarca
    • Asia/Dhaka, Hongkong
    • NZ-CHAT
    • America/Rosario
    • America/Argentina/ComodRivadavia   
    What Patches Are Required?

    In case you haven't been following our previous time zone or Daylight Saving Time (DST)-related articles, international timezone definitions for E-Business Suite environments are captured in a series of patches for the database and application tier servers in your environment. The actual scope and number of patches that need to be applied depend on whether you've applied previous DST or timezone-related patches. Some sysadmins have remarked to me that it generally takes more time to read the various timezone documents than it takes to apply these patches, but your mileage may vary.

    We've published the following Notes which identify the various components in your E-Business Suite environment that may need DST patches:
    What Have Your Experiences Been?

    DST patching was a hot topic a few years ago, so much so that we convened some emergency web-based seminars for customers to clarify out the requirements for E-Business Suite environments. Since then, it seems like time zone patching has become more predictable and better-documented, and I haven't heard about any recent customer escalations in this area. I'd be interested in hearing about your experiences lately in keeping your Apps environment up-to-date with time zone patches; feel free to drop me an email or post a comment here with your thoughts.

    Friday Jul 10, 2009

    Latest DSTv11 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite

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    For reasons mysterious to me, world governments apparently like to change their timezones on a regular basis.  If your E-Business Suite Release 11i or 12 environment has been configured to support Daylight Saving Time (DST) or international time zones, it's important that you keep your timezone definition files up-to-date.  They were last changed in February 2009, and they've been updated once again:  DSTv11 is now available and certified with the E-Business Suite.

    Is Your Environment Affected?

     When a country or region changes DST rules or their time zone definitions, your Oracle E-Business Suite environment will require patching if:

    • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located in the affected country or region OR
    • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located outside the affected country or region but you conduct business or have customers or suppliers in the affected country or region.

    We last discussed the DSTv10 patches on this blog.  The latest "DSTv11" timezone definition file is cumulative and includes all DST changes released in earlier time zone definitions.  DSTv11 includes changes to the following timezones since the DSTv10 release:

    • Africa/Cairo
      Africa/Casablanca
      Africa/Tunis
      America/Adak
      America/Anchorage
      America/Argentina/Cordoba
      America/Argentina/Jujuy
      America/Argentina/Mendoza
      America/Argentina/Salta
      America/Argentina/San_Luis
      America/Atka
      America/Bogota
      America/Cordoba
      America/Eirunepe
      America/Havana
      America/Jujuy
      America/Juneau
      America/Lima
      America/Managua
      America/Mendoza
      America/Miquelon
      America/Nome
      America/Noronha
      America/Porto_Acre
      America/Resolute
      America/Rio_Branco
      America/Rosario
      America/Santiago
      America/Thule
      America/Yakutat
      Antarctica/Palmer
      Asia/Amman
      Asia/Baghdad
      Asia/Baku
      Asia/Choibalsan
      Asia/Damascus
      Asia/Gaza
      Asia/Hovd
      Asia/Istanbul
      Asia/Karachi
      Asia/Novosibirsk
      Asia/Samarkand
      Asia/Tashkent
      Asia/Ulaanbaatar
      Asia/Ulan_Bator
      Brazil/Acre
      Brazil/DeNoronha
      Chile/Continental
      Chile/EasterIsland
      Cuba
      Egypt
      Europe/Chisinau
      Europe/Istanbul
      Europe/Kaliningrad
      Europe/Kiev
      Europe/Samara
      Europe/Simferopol
      Europe/Tiraspol
      Europe/Vienna
      Europe/Warsaw
      Indian/Mauritius
      Pacific/Easter
      Poland
      Turkey
      US/Alaska
      US/Aleutian

    What Patches Are Required?

    In case you haven't been following our previous time zone or Daylight Saving Time (DST)-related articles, international timezone definitions for E-Business Suite environments are captured in a series of patches for the database and application tier servers in your environment. The actual scope and number of patches that need to be applied depend on whether you've applied previous DST or timezone-related patches. Some sysadmins have remarked to me that it generally takes more time to read the various timezone documents than it takes to apply these patches, but your mileage may vary.

    We've published the following Notes which identify the various components in your E-Business Suite environment that may need DST patches:

    What Have Your Experiences Been?

    DST patching was a hot topic a few years ago, so much so that we convened some emergency web-based seminars for customers to clarify out the requirements for E-Business Suite environments. Since then, it seems like time zone patching has become more predictable and better-documented, and I haven't heard about any recent customer escalations in this area. I'd be interested in hearing about your experiences lately in keeping your Apps environment up-to-date with time zone patches; feel free to drop me an email or post a comment here with your thoughts.

    Wednesday Feb 11, 2009

    Latest DSTv10 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite

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    I surmise that career politicians and government bureaucrats have good reasons for changing their countries' timezones.  There must be some tangible benefit of doing it, given how frequently they like to do this.  So, here we go again, with yet-another round of international timezone changes for your E-Business Suite environments.

    Is Your Environment Affected?

    When a country or region changes DST rules or their time zone definitions, your Oracle E-Business Suite environment will require patching if:

    • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located in the affected country or region OR
    • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located outside the affected country or region but you conduct business or have customers or suppliers in the affected country or region.
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    Thursday May 29, 2008

    Master DST + Time Zone Documentation for Release 12

    [May 30, 2008 update: Corrected typo and Note number.  Argh.  TGIF...]

    Time is out of joint; O cursed spite / That ever I was born to set it right!

    ~ Shakespeare, Hamlet

    When E-Business Suite Release 12.0.0 was originally released last year, it included the latest available support for all of the world time zones.  Since then, a number of countries and regions have changed their time zone definitions, including:

    Country / Region
    Effective Date
    United States / Canada
    11-Mar-2007
    New Zealand / Chatham Islands
    30-Sep-2007
    Egypt
    7-Sep-2007
    Brazil
    14-Oct-2007
    Venezuela
    9-Dec-2007
    Argentina
    30-Dec-2007
    Australian Capital Territory
    New South Wales
    South Australia
    Victoria
    Tasmania
    6-Apr-2008

    If you do business with these countries or others that have changed their time zone or Daylight Saving Time (DST) definitions recently, your E-Business Suite Release 12 environment may require patching.

    For details, see:
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    Tuesday Sep 18, 2007

    Master DST + Time Zone Documentation for Release 11i

    We had a flurry of postings, patches, webcasts, and Notes around the US 2007 Daylight Saving Time changes earlier this year.  As many of you noted, sometimes in rather forceful and colorful terms, it took longer to review all of the available information than it took to apply the patches.  We heard you, loud and clear, and are trying to learn from that experience.

    Chatham Islands: Chatham Islands picture of tree overlooking cliffs

    New Upcoming DST & Time Zone Changes

    The tempest around US 2007 DST changes has settled down by now (thankfully).  However, if you're in any of the following countries (or do business with them), there are apparently more Daylight Saving or time zone changes coming soon:
    • New Zealand
    • Chatham Islands
    • Venezuela
    • New South Wales (Australia)
    And, given the way these things work, it's likely that the domino effect will continue to other countries around the world.

    Information in a Single Place

    We've just released a single master Release 11i document to make it easier for you.  This Note is intended to consolidate information about the necessary database, Java, and Developer 6i patches that you need to comply with the latest DST and time zone changes across all affected countries for Apps 11i:
    This document has new information about lovely New Zealand and the Chatham Islands right now, and will be updated soon to include information about Venezuela and New South Wales.  Also, an equivalent Note will be published for Release 12 shortly; stay tuned for more updates.

    As an aside, my management has yet to be convinced of the merit of my arguments that customers in these countries -- particularly the ones in tropical locations with lots of beaches -- would benefit from a personal on-site visit from me.  Oh, well.  A man can dream, can't he?

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    Thursday Mar 22, 2007

    Whither DST?

    All right, so March 11th has come and gone, and we're now theoretically reaping enormous energy savings from the early onset of Daylight Saving Time this year (or" maybe not).  Things have abruptly gone silent from the field -- I haven't received a single DST-related email in a long time now.  Very disquieting.

    I'm almost afraid to do this, but I feel compelled to ask:  How did your E-Business Suite DST upgrades and changeovers go?  If you opted not to do anything, how is that working out for you? 

    Related


    Tuesday Mar 06, 2007

    JInitiator Upgrade Requirements for DST 2007

    We held three more webcasts on the US 2007 Daylight Saving Time changes and their impacts on E-Business Suite environments.  Recorded versions of these webcasts are available online.


    US Dept of Transportation Logo:

    The Feb 26, 2007 version of Metalink Note 403311.1 for E-Business Suite Release 11i environments identified a known issue with Gantt chart functionality for a small number of products.  The Note has now been updated with a recommendation to apply a patch and upgrade to JInitiator 1.3.1.26 if you're using the affected products.  The latest version is dated "March 4, 2007" and includes the following changes:
    • Updated Section 3.3, Step 4, Jinitiator version 1.3.1.26 or higher:
      • Added requirements for Oracle Work in Process, Oracle Shop Floor Management, and Oracle Enterprise Asset Management Gantt charts.
    • Updated Section 3, Patches Required for E-Business Suite Environments
      • Added Oracle Work in Process patch requirements for the Oracle Work in Process, Oracle Shop Floor Management, and Oracle Enterprise Asset Management Gantt charts
    • Removed Known Issues Appendix. Issue resolved and documented for Oracle Work in Process, Oracle Shop Floor Management, and Oracle Enterprise Asset Management.
    If you haven't already started on your DST 2007 upgrade process, I urge you to review this documentation at your earliest convenience.

    Getting Support

    If you have any questions about this documentation, please log a Service Request with Oracle Support, using the following information to ensure that the correct Support group is engaged:

    Metalink SR entry screen #1:
    • Product:  Oracle Applications Technology Stack
    Metalink SR entry screen #2:
    • Type of Problem:  Technology Stack Issues
    References

    Tuesday Feb 27, 2007

    Latest Updates for US 2007 Daylight Saving Time

    We held three more webcasts on the US 2007 Daylight Saving Time changes and their impacts on E-Business Suite environments.  Recorded versions of these webcasts are available online.


    US Dept of Transportation Logo:

    In response to ongoing questions raised on that webcast and Service Requests logged with Oracle Support, we've further clarified the core E-Business Suite DST documentation in a number of areas.  The latest version is dated "February 26, 2007" and includes the following updates to accommodate late-breaking changes in Canadian and Australian timezone participation status:
    • Updated Section 3, Patches Required for E-Business Suite Environments:
      • Added new DST Timezone V4 reference to Step 3.2.2
      • Replaced Patch 5445721 with new Patch 5699501 in Step 3.3.2
    • Added Appendix D, Updates for New Time Zones.
    If you haven't already started on your DST 2007 upgrade process, I urge you to review this documentation at your earliest convenience.

    Getting Support

    If you have any questions about this documentation, please log a Service Request with Oracle Support, using the following information to ensure that the correct Support group is engaged:

    Metalink SR entry screen #1:
    • Product:  Oracle Applications Technology Stack
    Metalink SR entry screen #2:
    • Type of Problem:  Technology Stack Issues
    References

    Wednesday Feb 21, 2007

    Invitation to US 2007 Daylight Saving Time Webcast #3

    If you weren't able to join us for our last Daylight Saving Time webcast (recording  details available here), we're holding three more repeats of that session on February 22nd, 2007 at 7:00 AM Pacific Standard Time, 11:00 AM Pacific Standard Time, and 6:00 PM Pacific Standard Time.

    US Dept of Transportation Logo:

    The presentation focuses on the impact of the 2007 Daylight Saving Time change on E-Business Suite environments.  The 20 minute presentation discussing the impact will be followed by a Q&A session with Oracle Development.  All E-Business customers with environments inside the US and Canada are impacted by these changes, as well as customers with environments located outside the US and Canada, but doing business in the United States or Canada.   This presentation is different from the web casts that have been given by the Database team as it focuses specifically on the impact to the E-Business Suite customers.

    All three webcasts will cover the same content.  We're repeating this three times in the same day to accommodate participants in different global regions:
    • Thursday, February 22nd:
      • 7:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
      • 11:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
      • 6:00 PM Pacific Standard Time
    Audio Feed Dial-In Instructions

    Previous webcasts have had large numbers of participants.  To ensure that you get a spot:

    1. Dial in to the number of your choice at least ten minutes prior to the call's start time:
    • Customers in the Americas, dial:
      • 1-888-967-2253
      • 1-650-607-2253
    • Customers in the Asia Pacific region, dial:
      • 1800 222 712 (Australia toll-free)
      • 800 9491 2777
      • 61 2 8817 6100
    • Customers in Europe, Middle East, and Africa, dial:
      •  44 118 924 9000
    2.  Enter the Meeting ID followed by the # key (202264

    3.  Speak your name and location at the prompt
    4.  Enter meeting passcode followed by the #key (202264)

    Webcast Conference Instructions
    1. Go to the Oracle Conferencing website:  http://conference.oracle.com
    2. In the Join Conference box, enter the conference id:
      • 7:00 am PST conference id:  70026572
      • 11:00 am PST conference id: 
        70026890
      • 6:00 pm PST conference id:  70027054
    3. In the Join Conference box, leave the conference key box blank
    4. In the Join Conference box, enter your first and last name
    5. Click "Join Conference"
    We recommend that you go to the Oracle Conference website ahead of the meeting to ensure that your PC has no issues with the conference initialization process. The first time you log into this application, it takes extra time, so please try to log in in advance of the actual meeting.

    If you have issues, the Quick Tutorial button below the Join Conference Box may be of help.

    Related

    Wednesday Feb 14, 2007

    Additional Updates to US DST Documentation for Apps 11i

    Metalink Note 403311.1 has been updated with important additional information about the impacts of 2007 Daylight Saving Time changes in the US and Canada on E-Business Suite environments.  The latest version is dated February 13, 2007 and is now published on Metalink.

    US Dept of Transportation Logo:

    There are some important updates to this document, so I'd still suggest a careful review of the latest version even if you've gone through an earlier copy.  There are a number of clarifications, and substantive changes include:
    1. E-Business Suite patches are required if you use the following 11.5.10 and higher products and have enabled timezone support in your environment:

      • Oracle Service
      • Oracle Customer Care
      • Oracle Service Contracts
      • Oracle Field Service
      • Oracle Advanced Scheduler
      • Oracle Spares Management
      • Oracle Transportation Planning
      • Oracle Marketing
      • Oracle Self-Service Human Resources
      • Oracle Sourcing

    2. Jinitiator upgrades are required if you use the Gantt chart functionality in the following products: 

      • Oracle Field Service
      • Oracle Manufacturing Scheduling
      • Oracle Enterprise Asset Management 
    Bring Your Questions to Today's Webcast

    This afternoon's scheduled webcast will review the latest version of this documentation.  If you have outstanding questions about the Daylight Saving Time patching requirements for your environment, please feel free to join us for this webcast.  Senior staff from Oracle Support and Development will be participating in this call.

    Getting Support


    If you have any questions about this documentation, please log a Service Request with Oracle Support, using the following information to ensure that the
    correct Support group is engaged:

    Metalink SR entry screen #1:
    • Product:  Oracle Applications Technology Stack
    Metalink SR entry screen #2:
    • Type of Problem:  Technology Stack Issues
    Related

    Monday Feb 12, 2007

    Daylight Saving Time 2007 Forum on Metalink Now Open

    A new Metalink forum dedicated to the discussion of 2007 US Daylight Saving Time changes and their impact on all Oracle products has just been opened. 

    Metalink Forum Screenshot:

    To access this new forum:
    1. Log into Metalink
    2. Click on the "Forums" tab
    3. Select "US/CAN Daylight Saving Time 2007"
    This forum is unmoderated, so anyone with a Metalink account can post to it.  The forum is monitored by Oracle staff from our Support and Bug Diagnosis & Escalation (BDE) teams, who participate on a best-efforts basis. 

    Metalink forums are good places for collaborating with your industry peers, and Oracle staff will jump in and contribute to the discussion where possible.  However, if you have an urgent E-Business Suite-related DST question to which you absolutely-must have a definitive answer from Oracle, you should log a Service Request for a guaranteed response from an Oracle Support Engineer, using the following information to ensure that the
    correct Support group is engaged:

    Metalink SR entry screen #1:
    • Product:  Oracle Applications Technology Stack
    Metalink SR entry screen #2:
    • Type of Problem:  Technology Stack Issues
    Related

    Friday Feb 02, 2007

    Invitation to US 2007 Daylight Saving Time Webcast #2

    If you weren't able to join us for our last Daylight Saving Time webcast (recording  details available here), we're holding a repeat of that session on February 14th at 3:00 PM Pacific Standard Time.

    US Dept of Transportation Logo:

    The presentation focuses on the impact of the 2007 Daylight Saving Time change on E-Business Suite environments.  The 30 minute presentation discussing the impact will be followed by a Q&A session with Oracle Development.  All E-Business customers with environments inside the US and Canada are impacted by these changes, as well as customers with environments located outside the US and Canada, but doing business in the United States or Canada.   This presentation is different from the web casts that have been given by the Database team as it focuses specifically on the impact to the E-Business Suite customers:
    • Wednesday, February 14th, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. PST
    Audio Feed Dial-In Instructions

    Our last webcast had over 550 participants.  To ensure that you get a spot on this webcast, at least ten minutes prior to the call's start time, dial: 
    • Toll-free (US and Canada only):  (877) 664-4416
    • International Direct Dial:  (706) 679-7831
    • Provide the operator with the conference ID number:  8120235
    • Helpful keypad commands:  *0 - Operator assistance, *6 Self mute/unmute
    • If you have any trouble getting on to the call, you can get help by contacting Intercall Conference Service Customer Service: (toll free) 877-659-3037 or 706-634-9081
    Webcast Conference Instructions
    1. Go to the Oracle Conferencing website:  http://conference.oracle.com
    2. In the Join Conference box, enter the conference id: 68022722
    3. In the Join Conference box, leave the conference key box blank
    4. In the Join Conference box, enter your first and last name
    5. Click "Join Conference"
    We recommend you go to the Oracle Conference website ahead of the meeting to ensure that your PC has no issues with the conference initialization process.   The first time you log into this application, it takes extra time, so please try to log in in advance of the actual meeting.

    If you have issues, the Quick Tutorial button below the Join Conference Box may be of help.

    Meeting Replay

    A digital recording of the conference is available. To access the recording, call:
    • Toll-free (US and Canada only):  (800) 642-1687
    • International Direct Dial:  (706) 645-9291
    • Enter conference ID:   8120235
    Related

    Thursday Feb 01, 2007

    US 2007 Daylight Saving Time Updates

    We held a webcast on the US 2007 Daylight Saving Time changes and their impacts on E-Business Suite environments.  A recorded version of this webcast is available online. 

    US Dept of Transportation Logo:

    In response to questions raised on that webcast  and Service Requests logged with Oracle Support, we've further clarified the core E-Business Suite DST documentation in a number of areas.  The latest version is dated "January 31, 2007" and the updates are summarize in the document's Change Log.

    If you haven't already started on your DST 2007 upgrade process, I urge you to review this documentation at your earliest convenience.

    Even if you have reviewed earlier versions of this documentation, I still recommend that you download the latest copy.  Some important clarifications about patching conditions and impact have been made in these latest revisions. 

    Getting Support

    We're aware that timeframes are extremely tight to get these patches into your environments prior to the DST changeover.  We're paying close attention your feedback and concerns, since there's so little room for errors.  If you have any questions about this documentation, please log a Service Request with
    Oracle Support, using the following information to ensure that the correct Support group is engaged:

    Metalink SR entry screen #1:
    • Product:  Oracle Applications Technology Stack
    Metalink SR entry screen #2:
    • Type of Problem:  Technology Stack Issues
    More Webcasts and Updates Coming

    We're planning another webcast on Daylight Saving Time changes for E-Business Suite users soon.  Please feel free to monitor this site or subscribe to get details about that call when they're available.

    Although the core requirements for patches are not expected to change, it's expected that your feedback and questions will result in further clarifications to this documentation - particularly around impact, consequences of not applying patches, and other subtleties for unusual configurations.  I'll continue to post announcements about additional documentation clarifications as they're published.

    References

    Wednesday Jan 24, 2007

    Invitation to the 2007 Daylight Savings Time E-Business Customer Webcast #1

    [Editor Feb 2, 2007 Update:  Another repeat webcast is scheduled for Feb 14.  See this article for details.]

    [Editor Jan 29, 2007 Update:  The call lasted approximately 90 minutes; 25 minutes of presentation time followed by 60 minutes of question and answer.  The replay is available as an audio recording only, but you may follow along with the powerpoint presentation
    which is located here.  To access the recorded version of this call:]


    Dial: 1-800-260-2140 (International callers:  1-617-231-2053)
    At the prompt, press 3 to replay the meeting
    Listen for the prompts and enter 1#, 26#, then 202264#

    If you still have outstanding questions about the impact of the US 2007 Daylight Saving Time changes, you're invited to join us for an Oracle Support webcast on this topic.  Senior staff from Oracle Support and the Applications Technology Group will be participating on this call, so this is your chance to get authoritative information directly from the source.

    US Dept of Transportation Logo:

    The presentation focuses on the impact of the 2007 Daylight Saving Time change on E-Business Suite environments.  The 30 minute presentation discussing the impact will be followed by a Q&A session with Oracle Development.  All E-Business customers with environments inside the US and Canada are impacted by these changes, as well as customers with environments located outside the US and Canada, but doing business in the United States or Canada.   This presentation is different from the web casts that have been given by the Database team as it focuses specifically on the impact to the E-Business Suite customers.
    • Friday, January 26th, 8:30 AM PST to 10:00 AM PST
    This meeting will be recorded and available for playback on demand; I'll post links in a follow-up article on this site.

    Audio Feed Dial-in Instructions
    • Toll-free (US only): 1-800-260-2140
    • Toll-free (Canada only): 1-866-701-6338
    • International Direct Dial: 1-617-231-2053
    • Press 1 to attend a meeting
    • Enter meeting ID (202264) followed by the # key
    • Follow the prompts to join the audio conference
    Webcast Conference Instructions
    1. Go to the Oracle Conferencing website:  http://conference.oracle.com
    2. In the Join Conference box, enter the conference id: 67366701
    3. In the Join Conference box, leave the conference key box blank
    4. In the Join Conference box, enter your first and last name
    5. Click "Join Conference"
    We recommend that you go to the Oracle Conferencing website ahead of the meeting to be sure your PC has no issues with the 'initialization process' required for first time users of Oracle Collaboration.   The first time you log into this application, it takes extra time, so please do not wait until 8:30 am Friday to try to log in.

    If you cannot get Oracle Web Conferencing application working on your desktop, the meeting host will provide a link to a downloadable version of the presentation.  The link will be provided on the audio feed at the start of the meeting.

    If you have issues, the Quick Tutorial button below the Join Conference Box may be of help.

    Related

    Friday Jan 19, 2007

    Clarifying E-Business Suite Daylight Saving Time 2007 Patching Requirements

    Editor Feb 2 Update:  A recording of the first webcast discussing these changes is available here.  A second webcast will be held on Feb 14.

    To put it delicately, the implications of Daylight Saving Time 2007 changes for E-Business Suite environments have been confusing to some of you.  In response to your many emails and Service Requests logged with Oracle Support, we've significantly revised our documentation for patching E-Business Suite environments.

    US Dept of Transportation Logo:

    A revised version of Impact of US Timezone 2007 Changes on E-Business Suite Environments (Metalink Note 403311.1) has just been published.  It contains the following material:
    • Section 1. What is Changing?
    • Section 2. Affected E-Business Suite Environments 
    • Section 3. Patches Required for E-Business Suite Environments
    • Section 4. Testing Your Environment
    • Section 5. What Are the Consequences of Not Applying These Patches?
    • Section 6. Obtaining Support
    • Section 7. References
    • Appendices
    If you haven't already started on your DST 2007 upgrade process, I urge you to review this documentation at your earliest convenience.

    Even if you have reviewed earlier versions of this documentation, I still recommend that you download the latest copy.  Some important clarifications about patching conditions and impact have been made in these latest revisions.

    We're aware that timeframes are extremely tight to get these patches into your environments prior to the DST changeover.  We're paying close attention your feedback and concerns, since there's so little room for errors.  If you have any questions about this documentation, please log a Service Request with Oracle Support, using the following information to ensure that the correct Support group is engaged:

    Metalink SR entry screen #1:
    • Product:  Oracle Applications Technology Stack
    Metalink SR entry screen #2:
    • Type of Problem:  Technology Stack Issues
    References

    Friday Jan 12, 2007

    JInitiator Upgrades Not Required for DST 2007 for Apps 11i

    Editor Feb 20 Update:  Further testing has isolated Jinitiator upgrade requirements to the use of Gantt chart functionality in Oracle Field Service only.  This is reflected in the February 20, 2007 version of Note 403311.1.

    Editor February 14 Update:  Further testing has identified a requirement for Jinitiator upgrades if you use the Gantt chart functionality in Oracle Field Service, Oracle Manufacturing Scheduling, and Oracle Enterprise Asset Management.  For details, see the version of Metalink Note
    403311.1 dated February 13, 2007.

    We've covered the impact of US Daylight Saving Time changes for 2007 for E-Business Suite environments in previous articles.  A few sharp-eyed readers recently dug up a related Metalink Note that caused them (in their words) to bang their heads on their desks.

    US Dept of Transportation Logo:

    No Head-Banging Required

    Metalink Note 401155.1 made the alarming statement that the latest Jinitiator 1.3.1.26 was required to support the US Daylight Saving Time changes for 2007 for E-Business Suite environments.

    That statement was incorrectJinitiator upgrades are not required to support the upcoming US DST 2007 changes for E-Business Suite Release 11i environments. 

    Recommended but Optional

    It's always a good idea to keep up with the latest certified Jinitiator versions, since each new version generally provides fixes for stability and performance.  However, to reassure you that the previous paragraph wasn't an error:  Jinitiator upgrades are not required to support the upcoming US DST 2007 changes for E-Business Suite Release 11i environments.

    The Authoritative Source

    Metalink Note 401155.1 has been withdrawn since it contained incorrect and alarming information.   The authoritative E-Business Suite documentation  for US DST 2007 patching requirements can be found here:
    Getting Help from Oracle Support

    Our Oracle Support team that covers the Applications technology stack has been working with us to ensure that our documentation covers all possible customer configurations.  If you have any questions about our existing DST 2007 documentation, please help us improve it by logging a Service Request via Metalink; they'll get our team engaged quickly.

    Related

    Tuesday Dec 26, 2006

    Documentation Available for Daylight Saving Time 2007 Changes for Apps 11i

    Editor Feb 2 Update:  A recording of the first webcast discussing these changes is available here.  A second webcast will be held on Feb 14.

    United States Time Zone Changes 2007:  E-Business Suite (Metalink Note 403311.1) is now available to help you plan for the U.S. 2007 Daylight Saving Time changes for your E-Business Suite environment. 

    US Dept of Transportation Logo:

    This Note covers:
    • Ways for checking whether end-users have set their preferences to use affected timezones
    • A list of affected E-Business Suite modules
    • Recommended Apps patches from Oracle
    • Recommended JDK patches from Sun, IBM, and HP
    • Recommended Forms patches for your operating system
    Some of the E-Business Suite patches referenced in the Note are slated for release in January; I'll post an announcement here when they're available.

    References

    Wednesday Nov 29, 2006

    Effects of US Daylight Saving Time 2007 Changes on Apps 11i

    [Editor Update May 21, 2008:  Nilesh has moved on to another team within Oracle and, sadly, is no longer an active contributor to this blog.  Feel free to direct any questions about his posted articles directly to Steven Chan, instead.]

    [Editor Feb 2, 2007 Update:  A recording of the first webcast discussing these changes is available
    here.  A second webcast will be held on Feb 14, 2007]

    US Dept of Transportation Logo:

    The Energy Policy Act of 2005 was passed by the US Congress and then signed into law by President George W. Bush on August 8, 2005.  Under
    the new law, Daylight Saving Time begins three weeks earlier in 2007 and is also extended one month for most of the United States:

    • Daylight Saving Time begins:  2:00 a.m on the second
      Sunday of March
    • Daylight Saving Time ends:  2:00 a.m. on the first
      Sunday of November
    Which E-Business Suite Customers Will Be Affected?

    These changes will affect an Apps system that has specific setups that include one of the affected time zones.  The effects are limited to date values that contain a time component.  Time values, recorded or displayed, may be offset by one hour from the actual time.  In most circumstances this will not impact E-Business Suite systems or will cause minor inconvenience. 

    With this in mind, Oracle foresees that only a small number of EBS customers will need to address this issue.  As always, we would appreciate your help in validating this assumption.  If you believe that your organization may experience other significant side-effects, please let us know -- either by posting a comment to this article, or by emailing us directly.


    A Quick Primer on Dates in Apps

    Conceptually, there are two types of date fields:

    • Dates with a time component which indicates a specific point in time.


    • Dates without a time component which shows a day but not a specific time.


    The following EBS systems may show time values offset from the actual time by one hour during the new Daylight Saving Time ranges.

    • EBS Databased running in an affected time zone

    • EBS users with the Client Timezone profile option set to affected time zones.  This profile option is accessible from user preferences in self-service web pages.

    • Product communications to and from another system running in an affected time zone.

    • Product features that have specific time zone functionality

    When Does This Start?

    The new Daylight Saving Time changes start in March 2007:


    Year DST Begins DST
    Ends




    1. 2007                    
      March
      11                        
      November 4

    2. 2008                    
      March
      9                          
      November 2

    3. 2009                    
      March
      8                          
      November 1

    4. 2010                    
      March
      14                        
      November 7

    5. 2011                    
      March
      13                        
      November 6

    6. 2012                    
      March
      11                        
      November 4

    7. 2013                    
      March
      10                        
      November 3

    8. 2014                    
      March
      9                          
      November 2

    9. 2015                    
      March
      8                          
      November 1

    These changes affect Canada as well.  Mexico is still using the old Daylight Saving Time rules.


    Impact on Other Oracle Products

    For more information on how this impacts Oracle Database and Fusion Middleware, see:

    Impact on the E-Business Suite

    For more information on how this impacts  E-Business Suite environments, see:

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