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Check Concurrent Processing's Health with CP Analyzer

Steven Chan - Tue, 2017-07-11 11:10

In addition to helping customers resolve issues via Service Requests, Oracle Support also builds over 60 free diagnostic tools for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2, 12.0, 12.1, and 11i. These Support Analyzers are non-invasive scripts that run health-checks on your EBS environments. They look for common issues and generate standardized reports summarizing that provide solutions for known issues and recommendations on best practices.

Here's an index to these tools:

Spotlight on Concurrent Processing Analyzer

I recently profiled the Workflow Analyzer. In addition to that tool, I'd recommend taking a look at the Concurrent Processing Analyzer:

The Concurrent Processing Analyzer reviews CP configurations and compares them against Oracle's best practices.

This tool can be run manually or configured to run as a concurrent request, so it can be scheduled to be run periodically and included in regular Workflow Maintenance cycles.

Can this script be run against Production?

Yes. There is no DML in the Analyzer Script, so it is safe to run against Production instances to get an analysis of the environment for a specific instance. As always it is recommended to test all suggestions against a TEST instance before applying to Production.

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Mobile Approvals 1.6 Now Available for iOS and Android

Steven Chan - Mon, 2017-07-10 12:44

We are pleased to announce updates for the Oracle E-Business Suite Mobile Approvals 1.6 smartphone app for iOS and Android. These updates are delivered as part of Oracle E-Business Suite Mobile Release 7, which supports both Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 and 12.2.3 and beyond.  Oracle E-Business Suite Mobile Release 7 is a coordinated release of 17 Oracle E-Business Suite mobile apps, excluding Mobile Expenses and Mobile Field Service, which have their own off-cycle releases. 

For information on the Approvals app, see:

For more details on the updates for all EBS mobile apps, see:

What's New in Mobile Approvals 1.6

  • Ability to reassign an approval notification
  • Support for push notifications when using Oracle Mobile Cloud Service and enterprise distribution
  • Mobile Foundation:
    • Ability to import custom CA or self-signed server certificates to standard apps for TLS connections to Oracle E-Business Suite
    • Ability to download the mobile app configuration automatically from the server
    • Technical updates with uptake of Oracle Mobile Application Framework (MAF) 2.4.0

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ASC 606 & IFRS 15: Revenue from Contracts with Customers

OracleApps Epicenter - Sun, 2017-07-09 02:44
As we all know, on May 28, 2014, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) together issued a converged standard about recognition of revenue from contracts with customers. Known as ASC 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, the standard will improve the financial reporting of revenue and improve comparability […]
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Webcast: Getting Optimal Performance from Oracle E-Business Suite

Steven Chan - Thu, 2017-07-06 02:00

Oracle University has many free recorded webcasts that are useful for E-Business Suite system administrators.  Here's a good one on EBS performance tuning (this is always one of our most-popular sessions at OpenWorld):

Samer Barakat, Director Application Performance summarizes practical tips and lessons learned from performance-tuning and benchmarking the world’s largest Oracle E-Business Suite environments. Application system administrators will get concrete tips and techniques for identifying and resolving performance bottlenecks on all layers of the technology stack. They will also learn how Oracle’s engineered systems such as Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic can dramatically improve the performance of their system. This material was presented at Oracle OpenWorld 2015.

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Check Workflow's Health with Workflow Analyzer

Steven Chan - Wed, 2017-07-05 02:00

In addition to helping customers resolve issues via Service Requests, Oracle Support also builds diagnostic tools for Oracle E-Business Suite. Here's an index to all of these tools:

What do Support Analyzers do?

These Support Analyzers are non-invasive scripts that run health-checks on your EBS environments. They look for common issues and generate standardized reports summarizing that provide solutions for known issues and recommendations on best practices.

What areas do they cover?

There are over 60 different analyzers for EBS 11i, 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2. There are analyzers for the following product families:

  • E-Business Suite Core (Technology)
  • Financials
  • Manufacturing
  • Human Capital Management  
  • Customer Relationship Management  

Spotlight on Workflow Analyzer

If you haven't tried any of these tools, I'd strongly recommend getting started with the Workflow Analyzer:

The Workflow Analyzer reviews Workflow configurations and compares them against Oracle's best practices. The script reviews Workflow queues, runtime data, stuck activities, looping activities, and purging processes.

This tool can be run manually or configured to run as a concurrent request, so it can be scheduled to be run periodically and included in regular Workflow Maintenance cycles.

Can this script be run against Production?

Yes. There is no DML in the Workflow Analyzer Script (workflow_analyzer.sql), so it is safe to run against Production instances to get a current detailed overview of the Workflow environment for a specific instance. As always it is recommended to test all suggestions against a TEST instance before applying to Production.

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Is It Possible to Link to Specific EBS Pages?

Steven Chan - Thu, 2017-06-29 02:00

This question comes up periodically:  Is it possible to bookmark a specific EBS OA Framework page and then successfully open that page even if the user is not logged in?

The answer is a qualified yes.  This is technically possible, but the page must be built to support that by an OA Framework developer.  It is not possible for EBS end-users to change an OAF page's definition.

Developers can make pages bookmarkable by following the instructions described in the OA Framework Developer's Guide, Chapter 6: Advanced OA Framework Development Topics > Security > Accelerated Validation > Bookmarkable Pages. Here's a link to the latest version:

The main requirement is that the page be self-secured with some associated supporting code.  The same requirement applies to EBS links included in Workflow email notifications, too.

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New CPADMIN Utility for Managing Concurrent Processing Now Available

Steven Chan - Wed, 2017-06-28 02:00

In Oracle E-Business Suite, concurrent processing simultaneously executes programs running in the background with online operations. When a user runs a report, a request to run the report is generated. The command to run the report is a concurrent request. The program that generates the report is a concurrent program. Concurrent programs are started by a concurrent manager.

A new CPADMIN command line utility for E-Business Suite 12.2 consolidates various utilities for concurrent processing into a single menu-based utility. This ADADMIN-style utility can be used for multiple tasks, including:

  • View Concurrent Manager status
  • Clean CP tables
  • Set Concurrent Manager diagnostics
  • Start, stop, or verify an individual Concurrent Manager
  • Rebuild Concurrent Manager views
  • Move request files
  • Analyze requests
  • Configure request log/out file directory locations

Complete details for running the new CPADMIN utility are published here:

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Webcast: Managing and Monitoring Oracle E-Business Suite On-Premises and Cloud

Steven Chan - Tue, 2017-06-27 02:00

Oracle University has a large number of free recorded webcasts that are useful for E-Business Suite system administrators.  Here's a new one on the latest Application Management Pack updates:

Vasu Rao, Senior Principle Product Strategy Manager, shares the latest tools including the Application Management Suite for monitoring and managing an Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 environment. Among the topics covered for Oracle E-Business Suite on-premises and cloud environments are online patching management; monitoring the technology stack; configuration comparison between run and patch editions; provisioning an instance; technology stack patch recommendations; customization management; and automated cloning. This material was presented at Collaborate 17.

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Creating Custom Applications in EBS 12.2

Steven Chan - Mon, 2017-06-26 02:00

The least invasive method of fine-tuning your E-Business Suite environment to your users' needs is via personalizations.  If that approach is insufficient, you can create custom applications via Forms, Reports, and other technologies that segregate your customizations from the standard functionality provided with Oracle E-Business Suite.

If you're considering that approach for customizing EBS 12.2, see:

This Note covers:

  • Using adsplice to create a custom application
  • Verifying the creation of custom products in the database 
  • Running AutoConfig to set-up application servers
  • Creating custom objects, including tables, indexes, and sequences
  • Propagating changes to your file systems

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Using Patch Wizard to Identify Files Affected by Specific Patches

Steven Chan - Fri, 2017-06-23 02:00

Patch Wizard compares your EBS environment against a list of all recommended EBS patches. It creates a list of high-priority patches that your environment is missing.

You can use Patch Wizard to assess the impact of a specific patch on your environment.  Patch Wizard can report on a variety of areas, including:

  • The applications patched
  • File types installed
  • New files introduced
  • Existing files that are changed
  • Flagged files that are changed
  • Menu navigation trees affected -- responsibilities that lead to patched functionality

Patch Wizard doesn't have the ability to analyze business logic in the affected files, so it cannot report on functionality that is affected by new files delivered by a given patch.  You can review a patch's README to see if there are functional changes introduced by a patch.

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Webcast: Testing Oracle E-Business Suite Best Practices

Steven Chan - Thu, 2017-06-22 02:00

Oracle University has a large collection of free recorded webcasts that EBS system administrations may find useful.  Here's a great webcast on testing E-Business Suite:

Prashanti Madireddi, Senior Director Product Development provides an overview of how the Quality Assurance team tests Oracle E-Business Suite. This session covers the main areas that you should consider during functional testing, approaches for new-feature and regression testing, how to reduce the test script generation and execution time, experiences on capturing and presenting metrics to showcase the ROI of testing investment, leveraging automation for testing Oracle E-Business Suite applications and more. This material was presented at Oracle OpenWorld 2015.

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Whitepaper: E-Business Suite Upgrade Sizing and Best Practices

Steven Chan - Wed, 2017-06-21 02:00

One of the most-common questions we see revolves around sizing for EBS upgrades -- that is, the amount of resources required when upgrading from one EBS release to another. It is difficult to make general statements about these types of requirements that apply uniformly to all customer environments, since every customer's database size, product usage mix, and concurrent end-user loads vary dramatically. 

That said, our Applications Performance Group has published a whitepaper that describes an EBS 12.1.3 to EBS 12.2 upgrade:

The upgrade scenario covers a 456 GB database prior to the upgrade, and compares the application tier sizes before and after the upgrade.  Individual tablespace requirements are listed in detail.

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Webcast: Maintenance Strategies for Oracle E-Business Suite

Steven Chan - Tue, 2017-06-20 02:00

Oracle University has a large collection of free recorded webcasts for Oracle E-Business Suite.  Here's an excellent primer for system administrators interested in creating a framework for regular EBS maintenance:

Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager presents the best techniques Applications DBAs can use to proactively maintain their Oracle E-Business Suite environment. It starts with a practical approach for defining a preventive maintenance strategy and then moves to detailed descriptions and tips for various tools and approaches for efficiently performing maintenance tasks. Topics include patching shortcuts, distributing worker processes across multiple servers, shared file systems, avoiding resource bottlenecks, and more. Leave this session with the tools required for creating a plan to keep your environment healthy and up to date. This material was presented at Oracle OpenWorld 2016. 

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New OA Framework 12.2.5 Update 13 Now Available

Steven Chan - Mon, 2017-06-19 02:00

Web-based content in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 runs on the Oracle Application Framework (also known as OA Framework, OAF, or FWK) user interface libraries and infrastructure. Since the initial release of Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 in 2013, we have released a number of cumulative updates to Oracle Application Framework to fix performance, security, and stability issues.

These updates are provided in cumulative Release Update Packs, and cumulative Bundle Patches that can be applied on top of the Release Update Packs. In this context, cumulative means that the latest RUP or Bundle Patch contains everything released earlier.

The latest OAF update for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.5 is now available:

Where is this update documented?

Instructions for installing this OAF Release Update Pack are in the following My Oracle Support knowledge document:

Who should apply this patch?

All Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.5 users should apply this patch.  Future OAF patches for EBS Release 12.2.5 will require this patch as a prerequisite. 

What's new in this update?

This bundle patch is cumulative: it includes 39 fixes in total, including all fixes released in previous EBS Release 12.2.5 bundle patches.

This latest bundle patch includes fixes for following bugs/issues:

  • When Descriptive Flexfield (DFF) is in advanced table under query bean, some of its segments may not be displayed and instead, other columns of the table get repeated.
  • The user is unable to switch to user Views from default View when the query bean views panel has HGrid results table.
  • 21779710    FLEXFIELD CCID IS NOT SEARCHABLE IN LOV WHEN AUTO COMMIT IS OFF
  • 21807962    DBS - LOGIN PAGE GETTING DELAYED INTERMITTENTLY
  • 22247201    VERTICAL SCROLLING FAILS IN KFF LOV TABLE
  • 22483762    22375010 FORWARD PORT: GETTING 'ROOT APPLICATION MODULE STATE CORRUPTION: AM HAS
  • 22590683    FORWARD-PORT 21465867 TO 12.2.5
  • 22690575    "CSS STYLE LOOKUP" ERRORS "FILE NOT FOUND" FOR CUSTOM.XSS DUE TO M

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Webcast: Testing Recommendations for Oracle E-Business Suite Applications

Steven Chan - Fri, 2017-06-16 02:00

Oracle University has a large collection of free recorded webcasts that EBS system administrators might find useful. Here's another webcast on testing EBS environments:

Prashanti Madiredd, Senior Director Quality Assurance shares best practices from the Oracle E-Business Suite Development team on the following topics: how the Oracle Development Quality Assurance team tests Oracle E-Business Suite, factors for customers to consider during functional testing, approaches for new feature and regression testing, reducing risk and production outages due to insufficient testing, capturing and presenting metrics to showcase the ROI of testing investment and leveraging automation for testing Oracle E-Business Suite application. This material was presented at Oracle OpenWorld 2014.

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What Tools Do You Use to Patch EBS 12.2 ORACLE_HOMEs?

Steven Chan - Thu, 2017-06-15 02:00

Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 has several technology stack components.  Each component has its own ORACLE_HOME:

  • Oracle Fusion Middleware
    • Oracle WebLogic Server (WLS) 10.3.6
    • OHS (WebTier) 11.1.1 and Oracle Common (Common Modules)
  • Application Server (OracleAS)
    • Forms and Reports 10.1.2
  • Oracle Database
    • Oracle Database Server 11.2 or 12.0

Each of these technology stack components can be patched individually.  But what do you use to patch them?  For a quick cheatsheet, see:

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Webcast: Testing E-Business Suite with Flow Builder

Steven Chan - Wed, 2017-06-14 12:00

Oracle University has a large number of free recorded webcasts that EBS sysadmins might find useful.  Here's another good webcast on our testing tools:

Mazen Arar, Senior Director EBS Quality Assurance, provides an overview of how the Quality Assurance team tests Oracle E-Business Suite. It covers main areas that you should consider during functional testing, approaches for new-feature and regression testing, how to reduce the test script generation and execution time, experiences on capturing and presenting metrics to showcase the ROI of testing investment, leveraging automation for testing Oracle E-Business Suite applications and more. This material was presented at Oracle OpenWorld 2016. 

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Where Did the EBS Certifications Page Go?

Steven Chan - Mon, 2017-06-12 02:00

Regular readers of this blog know that they could find my one-page summary of all important E-Business Suite technology stack component certifications under the "Certifications" link in the sidebar menu.

Since Oracle's migration of our blogging engine to Compendium in April, some people have been having trouble finding the new location.  It's here:

You can access it from the new blog's "Quick Links" button in the top banner:

Due to some restrictions about how the new blogging engine displays content, this page might look a bit different than before.  But regardless, it still lists technology stack certifications for EBS 12.2, 12.1, 12.0, and 11i, covering everything all three tiers: desktop and mobile clients, application tier servers, and database tier servers.

 

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ASC 606/IFRS 15 & Oracle’s Revenue Management Cloud Service (RMCS)

OracleApps Epicenter - Sun, 2017-06-11 06:13
As we know , the entire accounting approach to revenue recognition is undergoing a wholesale re-write. Rather than relying on using a deferred revenue account, you will need to identify and account for performance obligations. WHAT CHANGES ARE BEING INTRODUCED? Revenue recognition is taking a more scenario and rules based approach to what can be […]
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Revenue Standard : effective dates for reporting using the new accounting standards

OracleApps Epicenter - Sun, 2017-06-11 04:09
Q :What are the effective dates for reporting using the new accounting standards A : The expected effective dates are For public entities, the effective date starts with reporting periods beginning on or after December 15,2017. Fornonpublic entities, the effective date will be deferred for one year to annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, […]
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