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Your Invitation to Meet the EBS Applications Technology Product Management Team at Collaborate 2019

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You are cordially invited to join the Oracle E-Business Suite Applications Technology Product Management Team for informal discussions (and refreshments) at Collaborate 2019. This special meet and greet is not part of the regular conference routine, and offers you a chance to have a short break from the schedule to talk to us on a one-to-one basis.

EBS Applications Technology Product Management Team at Collaborate 2019

This meet and greet offers a unique opportunity for you to sit down and chat with Oracle Product Management experts about the latest EBS technology and features that you may be using or intend to use. We would love the opportunity to discuss with you your upcoming projects, or answer your questions regarding such topics as integration, cloning, online patching, performance, security, advanced architectures, upgrades, and migrations to Oracle Cloud infrastructure.

About the Conference

Collaborate 2019 offers an excellent opportunity for you to attend sessions and talk with various members of the Oracle team to get latest information about new features with Oracle E-Business Suite technology. This year's conference will be held at the Henry B. González Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas April 7 to 11, 2019.  For a complete listing of all educational sessions and other activities, please visit the OAUG Collaborate website.

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Hands-On Lab at Collaborate 2019

Thu, 2019-03-21 11:15

If you are attending Collaborate 2019, don’t miss the opportunity to attend the latest of our popular hands-on lab sessions. This year's hands-on lab is titled Oracle E-Business Suite Cloud Manager: Deployment, Configuration and Review of EBS Lifecycle Management Capabilities and its key points are outlined in this article.

The hands-on lab serves as a practical introduction to Oracle E-Business Suite Cloud Manager. You will use a trial account to deploy Cloud Manager from an Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Marketplace image; configure Cloud Manager; and use the One-Click Provisioning and Cloning features to create new environments.

In addition, the instructors will demonstrate the steps involved in performing a lift and shift of an on-premises EBS environment to OCI.

The hands-on lab will be held in the CC RIVER FL 007D room, and is scheduled to run for approximately two hours on the following dates and times:

Sunday, April 7, 1:45 PM – 4:00 PM

  • To register: 11382 (https://app.attendcollaborate.com/event/member/554040)

Monday, April 8, 3:15 PM – 5:30 PM

  • To register: 11383 (https://app.attendcollaborate.com/event/member/554041)

Note: As places at each session are strictly limited, we highly recommend that you register ahead of time at the indicated links to reserve your spot, and arrive at least 10 minutes early to claim your seat  - any unclaimed places will be released when the session begins.

Prerequisites and Skills

You will need:

  • Your own Windows laptop or Mac, with:
    • A modern browser such as Firefox, Google Chrome, or Safari
    • PuTTY (or equivalent)
  • Knowledge of:
    • Standard UNIX commands
    • PuTTY (or equivalent) usage

We look forward to seeing you at Collaborate 2019!

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Reintroducing Terri Noyes

Wed, 2019-03-20 11:33

I am pleased to reintroduce you to Terri Noyes, a highly experienced and versatile member of the Oracle E-Business Suite Technology product management team.

Terri joined Oracle in 1991, and has held a variety of engineering management and cross-functional leadership positions. Terri started her software engineering career at the General Electric R&D Center in Schenectady, New York, and then joined MIT Lincoln Laboratories in Lexington, MA before moving to California for Oracle. She holds an M.S. in Computer Science and Computer Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts.

Terri is currently focused closely on assisting our customers at all stages of their journeys to using EBS on Oracle Cloud. As such, she is one of the key contributors to our sister Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle Cloud blog, writing and editing articles on a regular basis. So if you a reader of that blog, you are already familiar with her work.

Having written for the EBS Technology Blog on numerous occasions in the past, Terri will be now doing so again on a regular basis. Don't miss what she has to say!

Terri lives in the Boston area with her family and two dogs, Ringo and Charly (loosely named after famous British drummers!)

Here are a couple of Terri's recent Cloud Blog posts:

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Updated EBS R12 Tools Requirements for IBM AIX on Power Systems

Tue, 2019-03-19 08:48

Beginning on May 3rd 2019, Oracle E-Business Suite application tier patches for Releases 12.2, 12.1, and 12.0 on IBM AIX on Power Systems will be built with version 12.1 of the IBM XL C/C++ compiler, which includes new runtime and utilities packages. Customers who plan to apply patches built after May 3rd 2019 to their Oracle E-Business Suite environment must first ensure they meet all the new requirements.

This change is needed because IBM is discontinuing support of the previous XL compiler (version 11) that was formerly used for building Oracle E-Business Suite12 patches.

We are announcing this change now to give our customers time to prepare for, and be compliant with, all requirements for patches generated after the May 3rd 2019 date.

We recommend you review the following documentation for all new requirements relating to the IBM AIX on Power Systems platform:

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New OA Framework 12.2.6 Update 18 Now Available

Fri, 2019-03-15 11:04

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.

We periodically release 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 12.2.6 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 12.2.6 users should apply this patch. Future OAF patches for EBS Release 12.2.6 will require this patch as a prerequisite. 

What's new in this update?

This bundle patch includes fixes for the following issues:

  • When a mandatory check error is encountered, the physical name of the checkbox is displayed on the error message.
  • After closing the dialog window, column hide on an advanced table does not work.

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March 2019 Update to Integrated SOA Gateway for EBS 12.1.3

Wed, 2019-03-13 08:13

Contributing Author:  Robert Farrington

I am pleased to announce availability of consolidated patch for Oracle E-Business Suite Integrated SOA Gateway for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3. Oracle strongly recommends all EBS R12.1.3 Integrated SOA Gateway customers apply this set of updates.

You can download the patch from here:

This cumulative update includes all previously released ISG updates for EBS R12.1.3, plus minor enhancements and fixes for stability and performance of the product. Specific fixes relate to REF CURSOR and SYS_REFCURSOR data types in PL/SQL interface types, and design time operation from the Integration Repository UI when the API contains more than 10 operations. View the patch Readme for a complete listing of bugs fixed in this patch.

In addition, the following key enhancements are included in this update:

  • Post-clone script for SOAP and REST based web services provided by Integrated SOA Gateway in EBS R12.1.3
  • Automated design time operations in multi-node configuration
  • Elimination of the need to perform service generation and deployment from the backend for multi-node configuration of Integrated SOA Gateway in Oracle E-Business Suite R12.1.3 (MOS Note 1081100.1)
  • Capability to generate and deploy SOAP Services, and also deploy REST Services from the Integration Repository UI for a multi-node environment

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March 2019 Update to Integrated SOA Gateway for EBS 12.2

Tue, 2019-03-12 08:17

I am pleased to announce availability of the latest consolidated patch for Oracle E-Business Suite Integrated SOA Gateway in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2. Oracle strongly recommends all EBS R12.2 Integrated SOA Gateway customers apply this set of updates.

This cumulative update includes all previously released ISG updates for EBS R12.2, plus minor enhancements and fixes to enhance stability and performance of the product. Specific fixes relate to REF CURSOR and SYS_REFCURSOR data types in PL/SQL interface types. This update also includes a post-clone script for Oracle E-Business Suite R12.2 Integrated SOA Gateway REST-based web services.

View the patch Readme for a complete list of bugs fixed in this patch.

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HTTPOnly Cookie Flag Now Available for EBS 12.2

Mon, 2019-03-11 08:55

We are pleased to announce an enhancement to Oracle E-Business Suite security whereby the HTTPOnly cookie flag is set automatically for the EBS session cookie (sometimes also called ICX session cookie) when the requirements listed below are met.  Setting the HTTPOnly cookie flag provides additional security by concealing the cookie from client-side scripts. 

Requirements

This feature is automatically available to all EBS 12.2.x customers who have met the following requirements:

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Support for Mixed Platforms in EBS 12.2

Fri, 2019-03-08 08:40

The Oracle E-Business Suite architecture comprises a client tier, an application tier with one or more nodes, and a database tier with one or more nodes. The different tiers can run on various hardware and operating systems, together often referred to as the platform.

Many customers standardize on a single platform for both the application and database tiers. This has the advantage that they only need to follow maintenance guidelines from a single vendor.

However, some customers choose to deploy the EBS application and database tiers on different platforms. This deployment is referred to as mixed platforms or database tier only platform or split tier configuration. There can be various reasons for doing this, for example to run the Oracle Database on a platform to which the applications code was not ported.

For releases earlier than EBS 12.2, it was also supported to deploy mixed platforms in a multi-node application tier environment. However, it is important to be aware that using different platforms for the application tier is not supported in EBS Release 12.2, where key architectural features need the application code to be common (shared) across all nodes.

Most notably, the use of the adop patching utility in EBS 12.2 is optimized by running patching activities on the primary node, with remote processes triggered on secondary nodes as applicable. This distributed patching mechanism requires all the binaries to run on the same hardware and operating system.

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Reintroducing John Abraham

Thu, 2019-03-07 10:42

I'm pleased to reintroduce you to John Abraham, one of our Oracle E-Business Suite product management directors. John works with our EBS platform vendors to ensure successful porting, certification and release of EBS on the relevant combinations of hardware and operating system. He has particular responsibility for the Linux x86/x86-64 (Oracle Linux, RHEL, SLES) and IBM (AIX, Linux on z, Linux on Power) platforms.

If you follow our regular posts on platform matters, you'll already be familiar with John's diverse contributions to this blog over the years, and will be happy to learn that he's going to continue sharing his expertise by bringing you the latest news about the wide range of systems on which EBS can run. John is also well known as a key contributor to the EBS platform migration documents our customers have come to rely on.

Here are a few of John's recent blog posts:

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Availability of Multiple EBS Forms Sessions with Java Web Start

Wed, 2019-03-06 08:10

We are pleased to announce that our solution for using Java Web Start with Oracle E-Business Suite now allows users to open multiple Oracle Forms sessions simultaneously. This extended functionality is a result of extensive collaboration between the EBS, Forms, and Java development teams.

Our initial certification in April 2017 for using Java Web Start with Oracle E-Business Suite employed a single instance of Oracle Forms on a user's desktop. Subsequent requests to open any Oracle Forms based module were always routed to the already running Oracle Forms application. As such, it was not possible to open multiple instances of Oracle Forms in EBS side-by-side.

With this update, you can now perform important business tasks more productively using Java Web Start, in a similar way to what was previously possible with the JRE Plug-in.

My Oracle Support Note 2188898.1, Using Java Web Start with Oracle E-Business Suite, explains how you can migrate your  Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 or 12.1 environments to use Java Web Start. If you have already performed such a migration, the same note lists requirements for using this feature.

Additional Improvements

When running multiple Oracle Forms sessions with Java Web Start, you are now also able to:

  • Launch multiple Oracle Forms based modules from a single browser session.  To open multiple Oracle Forms sessions, you no longer need to start multiple browser sessions as was required when using the Java Plug-in. With Java Web Start, you specify a preference on the General Preferences page to open multiple Oracle Forms sessions. 
  • Log in only once when working with multiple Oracle Forms sessions. Since multiple browser sessions are no longer needed, you do not need to log in to Oracle E-Business Suite multiple times. When using the Java Plug-in, users had to launch multiple browser sessions and consequently sign in to EBS multiple times.
  • Use additional browsers. Java Web Start can be used with browsers that do not support the Java Plug-in, and so is certified with more browsers. For a list of browsers certified for use with Oracle E-Business Suite, refer to Recommended Browsers for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (MOS Note 389422.1).
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Oracle JDeveloper Patches Required for Creating OA Extensions in EBS 12.2.8

Tue, 2019-03-05 08:51

We have recently been asked which Oracle JDeveloper patches are required for use with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.8. The short answer is that the patches required for Release 12.2.8 are the same as those for Release 12.2.7.

You can learn more by referring to the recently updated master document on this subject, MOS Note 416708.1:

This note also lists the Oracle JDeveloper patches required for 12.2.8, 12.2.7, 12.2.6, 12.2.5, and many other Oracle E-Business Suite releases.

Background

These patches are intended for creating OA Extensions to OA Framework-based pages in Oracle E-Business Suite.

When you create such extensions, you must use the version of Oracle JDeveloper shipped by the Oracle E-Business Suite product development team, which is  specific to the EBS Applications Technology patch level. This means that there is a new version of Oracle JDeveloper with each new release of the EBS Applications Technology patchset.

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Feb 2019 FND Recommended Patch Collection for EBS 12.1 Now Available

Mon, 2019-03-04 08:19

The latest cumulative set of updates to the Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 technology stack foundation utilities (FND) is now available in a newly released Feb 2019 Recommended Patch Collection (RPC). Oracle strongly recommends all E-Business Suite 12.1 customers apply this set of updates.

Issues Fixed in this Patch

This cumulative Recommended Patch Collection contains important fixes for issues with the Oracle EBS Application Object Library (FND) libraries that handle password hashing and resets, Forms-related interactions, key flexfields, descriptive flexfields, and more.

View the patch Readme for a complete listing of bugs fixed in this patch. 

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Getting Ready for Collaborate 2019

Fri, 2019-03-01 10:43

It's almost time for the Collaborate 2019 conference.  This year's conference will be held at the Henry B. González Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas April 7 to 11, 2019.

A number of us from the Oracle E-Business Suite Development, Product Management and Strategy teams will be attending the conference.  In addition to sessions, we will host two hands-on-labs, three Meet the Experts (MTE) sessions and serve as presenters and panelists for a number of the Oracle Applications User Group (OAUG) Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings and customer hosted panels.

This article provides an overview of our planned activities at the conference.  You may click on the links to view the full abstract for the session, hands-on-lab, MTE or panel.  After you click the link, you can also login to the conference web site and quickly add the session to your schedule.  For complete listing of all speaker sessions and other activities, please visit the OAUG Collaborate 2019 web site. 

We hope to see you soon in San Antonio, TX at the Collaborate 2019 conference!

Oracle Roadmap Sessions Monday, April 8, 2019 Product Overview Sessions Sunday, April 7, 2019 Monday, April 8, 2019 Tuesday, April 9, 2019 Wednesday, April 10, 2019 Thursday, April 11, 2019 Hands-On-Labs (HOLs) Sunday, April 7, 2019 Monday, April 8, 2019 Meet the Experts (MTEs) and Panels Monday, April 8, 2019 Tuesday, April 9, 2019 Wednesday, April 10, 2019 Exhibit Hall and Demogrounds

Join us in the exhibition demogrounds at the Oracle E-Business Suite Tools and Technology for Cloud and On-Premises pod.  Stop by to get your questions answered by members of the Oracle E-Business Suite Development, Product Management, Strategy and Support teams.

Dates and Times
  • Monday, April 9:  5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Tuesday, April 10:  9:15 AM - 3:15 PM, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
  • Wednesday, April 11:  11:30 AM - 4:15 PM
OAUG Special Interest Groups (SIGs) Sunday, April 7, 2019 Monday, April 8, 2019 Tuesday, April 9, 2019 Wednesday, April 10, 2019 Thursday, April 11, 2019
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Migrate to Java Web Start from Java Plug-In Now

Wed, 2019-02-27 09:40

Since we originally announced availability of Java Web Start for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 and 12.1 in April 2017 some developments have taken place. The bottom line is that we highly recommend all our Oracle E-Business Suite customers to migrate your Oracle E-Business Suite client tier to use Java Web Start (JWS) without delay.

Some of the recent expected developments that increase the importance of moving to Java Web Start include:

In addition to this, Oracle E-Business Suite has released the following:

Begin Your Migration to Java Web Start

My Oracle Support Note 2188898.1, Using Java Web Start with Oracle E-Business Suite contains details about how you can migrate an existing Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 or 12.1 environment to use Java Web Start. This includes recently added support for multiple Oracle Forms sessions.

While you transition to Java Web Start, you may ask what happens if you encounter issues using the Java Plug-in with EBS?  For the answer to this and many other important Java-related questions, refer to My Oracle Support Note 2510500.1, FAQ: Essentials of Java Usage in Oracle E-Business Suite.

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Important New FAQ for Java Usage in EBS

Wed, 2019-02-27 09:17

Contributing Authors:  Robert Farrington and Elke Phelps

Many of you ask about our plans for future Java usage by Oracle E-Business Suite. To help you navigate through what can sometimes seem like a maze, we have recently published an important new My Oracle Support note:

This FAQ continues work that Steven Chan started after receiving many questions from you on this topic over the years. As lead author of the FAQ, I collaborated with a number of people in the Oracle E-Business Suite and Java development and product management teams to deliver this note.

The first part of the note describes important recommended actions for Java in your Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 or 12.1 client, application and database tiers.

In the second part of the note, you will find clear answers to many commonly asked questions. Here are some specific examples:

  • My organization is transitioning our Oracle E-Business Suite environments to Java Web Start. What if we encounter issues with the Java Plug-in during this period?
  • Can I use multiple JRE versions to access Oracle E-Business Suite and other systems from the same desktop?
  • Will JDK 11 be certified with Oracle E-Business Suite?

We plan to keep this note up-to-date with our latest guidance. We hope you'll find it worth reading, bookmarking, and adding to your MOS Favorites.

Feel free to leave comments and suggestions on this article. And as always, remember that to obtain help with specific technical issues in your EBS system, you'll need to log a service request in My Oracle Support.

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Introducing Tahir Ahmad

Tue, 2019-02-26 08:45

It is my pleasure to introduce you to Tahir Ahmad, a member of the Oracle E-Business Suite Applications Technology development team and a recent recruit to our team of blog authors. Tahir has been with Oracle since 1994 and part of Oracle E-Business Suite Applications Technology development since 2000.  

Tahir leads a team of architects in Oracle E-Business Suite development focusing on how Oracle E-Business Suite uses Java and Fusion Middleware products.  These include WebLogic Server, Identity Management, Mobile Application Framework, Service Oriented Architecture, Business Intelligence and Data Integration.  

As a blog reader, you have been reading contributions from Tahir's team to our blog for many years.  We are now looking forward to publishing his own articles. Please join me in welcoming Tahir.

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Feb 2019 FND Recommended Patch Collection for EBS 12.2 Now Available

Mon, 2019-02-25 08:41

The latest cumulative set of updates to the Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 technology stack foundation utilities (FND) is now available in a newly released February 2019 Recommended Patch Collection (RPC).  Oracle strongly recommends that all E-Business Suite 12.2 customers apply this set of updates.

Issues Fixed in this Patch

This cumulative Recommended Patch Collection contains important fixes for issues with the Oracle EBS Application Object Library (FND) libraries that handle password hashing and resets, Forms-related interactions, key flexfields, descriptive flexfields, and more.  View the patch Readme for a complete listing of bugs fixed in this patch. 

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Now Available: HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) with EBS 12.2 and 12.1

Fri, 2019-02-22 09:48

We've recently updated our enabling Transport Layer Security (TLS) documentation (see References section below) to include guidelines for deploying HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) with Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 12.2 and 12.1. HSTS allows you to specify a time period during which all browser communication must only use HTTPS. Using HSTS with Oracle E-Business Suite is an optional configuration. 

If you plan to configure HSTS for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 or 12.1, we recommend the following practices:

  • Configure HSTS at the TLS termination point (for example at the Oracle HTTP Server (OHS) or the load balancer).
  • Either use the default HTTPS port (443), or specify the HTTPS port in all URLs.
  • Begin by testing HSTS with a short time period.
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Guidance for Providing Access to the Oracle E-Business Suite Database for Extensions and ...

Thu, 2019-02-21 10:05

Oracle E-Business Suite is often extended, customized and integrated with third-party products. We highly recommend that you follow our published guidance for performing extensions, customizations and third-party integrations.

In addition to these guidelines, you should also follow our equivalent recommendations for granting access to Oracle E-Business Suite database objects. Our guidance for accessing an EBS database takes a least-privileges approach to providing access to database objects. The database access recommendations complement our guidance for deploying customizations, extensions and third-party integrations.

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