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E-Business Suite Technology Sessions at OpenWorld 2017

Steven Chan - Wed, 2017-09-20 11:51

This year, the Oracle E-Business Suite Applications Technology Group (ATG) will participate in 22 sessions as well as customer panels, demo booths, and several Special Interest Group meetings as guest speakers. Please join us to hear the latest news and connect with senior ATG development staff.

For detailed and up-to-date information, please see:

Meeting the Experts

OpenWorld is an excellent opportunity to meet directly with Oracle E-Business Suite tools and technology experts. You can have discussions regarding the Oracle E-Business Suite strategy, your specific business and IT strategy, key planning considerations to upgrade to the latest release of Oracle E-Business Suite and more.

There are several ways of meeting with EBS Development staff:

General sessions: collar the speaker of your choice after his or her presentation.

Private meetings:  If you have confidential or in-depth questions about your implementation that cannot be discussed in front of other customers, a private meeting is your best option.  Contact your Oracle account manager to set up a private meeting in a reserved room in the Moscone On-site Customer Visit Center. 

Time is of the essence

Many of this blog's experts will be attending OpenWorld this year.  If you'd like to meet with us privately, please contact your Oracle account manager to arrange that as soon as possible.   

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September 2017 Update to E-Business Suite Technology Codelevel Checker (ETCC)

Steven Chan - Tue, 2017-09-19 12:55

The E-Business Suite Technology Codelevel Checker (ETCC) tool helps you identify application or database tier overlay patches that need to be applied to your Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 system. ETCC maps missing overlay patches to the default corresponding Database Patch Set Update (PSU) patches, and displays them in a patch recommendation summary.

What’s New

ETCC has been updated to include bug fixes and patching combinations for the following recommended versions of the following updates:

  • August 2017 Database 12.1.0.2 PSU and Proactive Bundle Patch (12.1.0.2.170814)
  • August 2017 Database 11.2.0.4 PSU and Engineered Systems Patch (11.2.0.4.170814)

Obtaining ETCC

We recommend always using the latest version of ETCC, as new bugfixes will not be checked by older versions of the utility. The latest version of the ETCC tool can be downloaded via Patch 17537119 from My Oracle Support.

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Learn About Blockchain at Oracle OpenWorld

David Haimes - Tue, 2017-09-19 07:43

In less than two weeks tens of thousands of Oracle’s customers and partners will gathering for our annual conference in San Francisco.  It’s always an exciting time, but this year I am more excited than normal because I’ll be talking about some of our work on Blockchain technology.  Blockchain, or Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) is one of the most exciting and disruptive technologies to emerge for a very long time and I’ve been quietly researching and working with it for quite a while in semi stealth mode (if you follow me on twitter you probably picked up on this) and this year a lot of Oracle experts will start showing you some of our work and sharing our views and insights.  Given the level of interest in the topic, I expect all the Blockchain related sessions to be packed houses so register for them as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.

So three ways to find Blockchain sessions

  1. Use this Focus on Blockchain document that lists keynotes, demo, sessions, hands on and panel discussions.
  2. Go to the session Catalog and use the handy filter as seen below
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  3. Just use this link to register for sessions I’m presenting
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WebCenter Portal 12.2.1.3 Certified with E-Business Suite 12.x

Steven Chan - Mon, 2017-09-18 11:07

Oracle WebCenter Portal 12.2.1.3 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 and 12.1.3.  WebCenter Portal 12.2.1.3 is part of Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c Version 12.2.1.3. 

Oracle WebCenter Portal is part of Oracle WebCenter.  Oracle WebCenter is an integrated suite of tools used to create web sites and portals.  Applications adapters are also available.  

WebCenter Development Framework

 

Certified Platforms

Oracle WebCenter Portal is certified to run on any operating system for which Oracle WebLogic Server 12c is certified. For information on operating systems supported by Oracle WebLogic Server 12c and Oracle WebCenter Portal, refer to the 'Oracle Fusion Middleware on WebLogic Server - System Certification' in the Oracle Fusion Middleware Supported System Configurations.

Integration with Oracle WebCenter Portal involves components spanning several different suites of Oracle products. There are no restrictions on which platform any particular component may be installed so long as the platform is supported for that component.

Migrating to Oracle WebCenter Portal

Oracle Portal entered Sustaining Support on July 1, 2017.  The terminal release of Oracle Portal was 11.1.1.6.  You can still download existing resources for Oracle Portal such as documentation and patches, but no new updates will be created.  You should consider migrating to Oracle WebCenter Portal for ongoing new features.

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What's New in EBS 12.2.7?

Steven Chan - Fri, 2017-09-15 02:00

EBS 12.2.7 is the latest update to E-Business Suite 12.2. It includes functionality enhancements, error corrections, and statutory and regulatory updates in a consolidated suite-wide patch set.

Release 12.2.7 is cumulative and includes updates released previously for earlier EBS releases including 12.1.3, 12.0, and 11.5.10.  It includes bug fixes for the following major product areas:

  • Applications Technology
  • Asset Lifecycle Management  
  • Channel Revenue Management  
  • Financials
  • Human Capital Management  
  • Lease and Finance Management  
  • Logistics
  • Manufacturing
  • Master Data Management  
  • Order Management & Contracts
  • Procurement
  • Contract Lifecycle Management for Public Sector
  • Projects
  • Sales, Marketing, and eCommerce
  • Service Management  
  • Value Chain Planning

EBS 12.2.7 includes new functionality for the following major product families:

  • Iprocurement
  • Procurement
  • Project Procurement
  • Projects
  • Order Management  
  • Logistics
  • Manufacturing
  • Value Chain Planning
  • Asset Management

For a complete list of new features, refer to:

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September 2017 Updates to AD and TXK for EBS 12.2 Now Available

Steven Chan - Thu, 2017-09-14 13:27

We have been fine-tuning the administration tools for E-Business Suite 12.2 via a series of regular updates to the Applications DBA (AD) and EBS Technology Stack (TXK) components:

We have now made available a twelfth set of critical updates to AD and TXK. We strongly recommend that you apply these new AD and TXK updates at your earliest convenience:

They must be individually downloaded from My Oracle Support, as shown by this example for AD:

Refer to the following My Oracle Support knowledge document for full installation instructions and associated tasks:

What's New in this Patchset?

This patchset includes a large number of critical fixes for stability issues that will affect all customers.  It also includes the following new features:

  • 21095487 PARALLEL DEGREE FEATURE IN ADA API FOR OPTIMIZE_INDEX
  • 24521812 BACKPORT SEED DATA DUAL ROW SET IMPLEMENTATION TO CUP8
  • 24800535 1OFF:12.1.3:NEW VARIABLE AIX_MAXDATA_1G IS REQUIRED FOR ADRELINK IN AIX PLATFORM
  • 24823193 PREPAREPHASE.PM CONTAINS MISPELLING OF "SYNCHRONIZING
  • 25449103 AD:CLEANUP REPORTED ERROR FOR SYS.AD_GRANTS.CLEANUP
  • 25469830 SEED VPD POLICY - STATEMENT_TYPE=INSERT & UPDATE_CHECK=FALSE
  • 25608421 CTX_DDL.ADD_SDATA_SECTION API CALL MISSING IN AD_CTX_DLL API
  • 25662204 SYNC THEME FILES ON CUT-OVER
  • 25747383 AD:CLEANUP REPORTED ORA-44311: SERVICE EBS_PATCH NOT RUNNING
  • 25928667 Issue with LIBPATH in APPSORA.CMD
  • 25985045 AD:PECAPREP.SQL FILE FAILING WITH ORA-28115 ERROR (BUG#25983773)
  • 26004435 FWDPORT ONE-OFF BUGFIX # 25720619 TO DELTA 9 AND DELTA 10
  • 26049966 UPDATE ROBOCOPY USAGE FOR WINDOWS IN DELTA_SYNC_DRV.TXT
  • 26117566 Re-link fails with CYGWIN Version 2.8.0
  • 26137712 AD:CLEANUP REPORTED ERROR FOR SYS.AD_GRANTS.CLEANUP
  • 26299900 FMW_HOME\WEBTIER\OUI\BIN\SETUP.EXE MISSING AFTER FS_CLONE
  • 26314055 AD:CLEANUP REPORTED ERROR FOR SYS.AD_GRANTS.CLEANUP
  • 26371653 AD.RLNK: Relink makefile error for adadmin_wapper.exe - AutoBuild
  • 26443057 AD: FCET AD_MANUAL_STEP_HISTORY_F1.SQL REQUIRED IN AD.C.DELTA.10

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Updated for EBS 12.2.7: Reference Tools for Developers

Steven Chan - Wed, 2017-09-13 12:55

Regular readers of this blog know that we have three reference tools that are essential for every E-Business Suite upgrade:

  1. File Comparison Report (Note 1446430.1)
  2. Data Model Comparison Report (Note 1290886.1)
  3. Seed Data Comparison Report (Note 1327399.1)

These tools allow you to generate a report of the differences between one EBS release and another for specific EBS products.

For example, you could use the Data Model Comparison to get a list of EBS 11.5.10.2 database objects that were updated in EBS 12.1.3 for Bill of Materials (BOM):

Screenshot of data model comparison report tool

What's New?

These tools now cover EBS 12.2.7 and all earlier EBS 12.2.x releases.

For example, you can now compare EBS 12.2.7 to:

  • 11.5.10 Minimum Baseline
  • 12.0.6
  • 12.1.3
  • 12.2.3
  • 12.2.4
  • 12.2.5
  • 12.2.6

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Few Steps to use EMC – SAN (LUNs) in Oracle Solaris – Part 02 Enable Device Multipathing

Online Apps DBA - Mon, 2017-09-11 06:24

Note: Enabling Device Multipathing requires a reboot. First, In order to enable Multipathing on OS level, Check Multi Path Utility package is installed. If Not, You need to install it. # pkg install system/storage/multipath-utilities Enable Multipathing Click Here to Continue : Few Steps to use EMC - SAN (LUNs) in Oracle Solaris - Part 03 […]

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Few Steps to use EMC – SAN (LUNs) in Oracle Solaris – Part 01 Unisphere Host Agent?

Online Apps DBA - Mon, 2017-09-11 05:59

Step # 1 : Installation of Unisphere Host Agent. Download and Install the Package, as per OS Version e.g. HostAgent-Solaris-32-sparc-en_US-1.3.9.1.0184-1.pkg # cd /var/share/pkg/repositories # pkgadd -d ./HostAgent-Solaris-32-sparc-en_US-1.3.9.1.0184-1.pkg Make sure that the required package is installed successfully. Step # 2: Add the VNX Storage Servers in the /etc/hosts file. Step # 3: Add the environment specific […]

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Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.7 Now Available

Steven Chan - Fri, 2017-09-08 18:16

I am pleased to announce that Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.7 is now available.

 

Instructions for downloading and applying this latest release update pack (RUP) for the EBS 12.2 codeline can be found here:

What Does Release 12.2.7 Include?

As a consolidated suite-wide patchset, this RUP includes new features, statutory and regulatory updates, and enhancements for stability, performance, and security.

Release 12.2.7 is cumulative. That means that as well as providing new updates for this release, it also includes updates that were originally made available as one-off patches for earlier 12.2 releases.

For a complete list of new features, refer to:

Common Questions and Answers About Upgrading

  • Q: Is there a direct upgrade path from Release 11i to Release 12.2.7?
    A: No. Release 11i customers must first upgrade to Release 12.2 before applying 12.2.7.
  • Q: Is there a direct upgrade path from EBS 12.0 to 12.2.7?
    A: No. Release 12.0 customers must first upgrade to Release 12.2 before applying 12.2.7.
  • Q: Is there a direct upgrade path from EBS 12.2 to 12.2.7?
  • A: Yes. Release 12.2 customers can apply 12.2.7 directly to their
    environments. EBS 12.2.7 is an online patch, so it can be applied while an existing Release 12.2 system is running.
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New OA Framework 12.2.5 Update 15 Now Available

Steven Chan - Wed, 2017-09-06 13:33

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 44 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:

  • ISUPPORT HTML page alignment issues after upgrading to 12.2.5 from 12.1.3.
  • Popup within an Advanced Table under a sub-tab layout rendered partially.
  • ‘Skip navigation elements to page contents’ link is gaining focus temporarily on clicking LOV

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A Primer For Finance Professionals- Blockchain

OracleApps Epicenter - Wed, 2017-09-06 12:02
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ASC 606 and IFRS 15 Revenue Recognition automation

OracleApps Epicenter - Fri, 2017-09-01 12:11
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Oracle Joins Hyperledger and my Blockchain Session at Oracle OpenWorld

David Haimes - Fri, 2017-09-01 00:39

Blockchain ImageAlthough it was announced in an Oracle blog post a few weeks ago, there was an announcement from Hyperledger today which has been picked up by coindesk and a lot of other news outlets.

I have been working on/with Blockchain or Disitributed Ledger Techncology(DLT)* for some time, as have many, many people inside Oracle.  I have also been talking to A LOT of our customers, because when a technology has the possibility to make huge transformations to the way we do business, collaboration is critical.  I love that I am able to not only be part of the conversation on how the technology evolves, but also how enterprises will be able to benefit from it and how it will impact existing applications and business processes in the short, medium and long term.

I will share some of my work in my session at Oracle OpenWorld in a few weeks, so if you are coming to San Francisco for that, hopefully you’ll join me at the below session (register now in case it gets fully booked)

My OOW17 Blockchain Session

There are plenty of other sessions discussing Blockchain, watch this space for a comprehensive list.

 

*The controversy on what is a Blockchain and what is DLT merits a blog post all of its own.


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MKS Toolkit 10 Certified with EBS R12 on Windows

Steven Chan - Wed, 2017-08-30 11:40

MKS Toolkit 10 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 and 12.2 on Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) as a release maintenance tool. The operating systems supported by MKS Toolkit 10 on this platform are Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 and 2012 R2.

Please review the documents below for all requirements to use MKS Toolkit 10 with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 and 12.2:

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August 2017 Update to E-Business Suite Technology Codelevel Checker (ETCC)

Steven Chan - Tue, 2017-08-29 12:07

The E-Business Suite Technology Codelevel Checker (ETCC) tool helps you identify application or database tier overlay patches that need to be applied to your Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 system. ETCC maps missing overlay patches to the default corresponding Database Patch Set Update (PSU) patches, and displays them in a patch recommendation summary.

What’s New

ETCC has been updated to include bug fixes and patching combinations for the following recommended versions of the following updates:

  • July 2017 Database 12.1.0.2 PSU and Proactive Bundle Patch
  • July 2017 Database 11.2.0.4 PSU and Engineered Systems Patch

Obtaining ETCC

We recommend always using the latest version of ETCC, as new bugfixes will not be checked by older versions of the utility. The latest version of the ETCC tool can be downloaded via Patch 17537119 from My Oracle Support.

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What's the E-Business Suite Roadmap for Java?

Steven Chan - Thu, 2017-08-24 02:00

Oracle E-Business Suite uses Java.  When discussing EBS's use of Java, it is important to distinguish between server-side vs. client-side certifications.

EBS+Java Combinations certified today
 
E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2 both require Java at the server tier as well as Java on the desktop client tier to run Forms-based content.  As of today, we have certified:

  • EBS 12.1 & 12.2 server tier:  Java 6 and 7
  • EBS 12.1 & 12.2 desktop client tier:  Java 6, 7, 8

There are no plans to certify Java 8 with EBS 12.1 and 12.2 server-side components. Those EBS releases include Fusion Middleware components (e.g. Forms, Oracle HTTP) that are only compatible with Java 6 and 7, not Java 8.  There are no plans to update those Fusion Middleware server-side components to be compatible with Java 8. 
 
EBS+Java Certification Roadmap
 
Future releases of E-Business Suite are expected to continue to need Java on the server tier as well as Java on the client tier.

What is the outlook for desktop client browser support for Java?

Until recently, E-Business Suite's Java-based content required a browser that supports Netscape Plug-in Application Programming Interface (NPAPI) plug-ins.

Some browsers are phasing out NPAPI plug-in support.  Some browsers were released without NPAPI plug-in support.  This prevents the Java plug-in from working.

E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2 now support Java Web Start (JWS), which launches Java-based content (e.g. Oracle Forms) from browsers that do not support Java plug-ins via NPAPI.  Java Web Start in EBS works with:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Firefox Rapid Release (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Firefox Extended Support Release (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Google Chrome

For more details about using JWS for EBS 12.1 and 12.2, see:

EBS+Java on the Desktop tier
 
We expect EBS 12.1 and 12.2 to be certified with desktop clients running Java 9 for Forms-based content.  We expect that we will offer Java Web Start and Java Plug-in support with Java 9 for EBS 12.1 and 12.2.  We have been testing EBS with Java 9 desktop client betas for years now and do not expect any compatibility issues when Java 9 is eventually released.
 
EBS+Java on the Server tier
 
We expect that a later version of Java (i.e. something higher than Java 7) will require a major new E-Business Suite release.  This major new E-Business Suite release is expected to include later Fusion Middleware components that are compatible with later Java releases.  
 
We are working on that major new EBS release right now.  Since our R&D is still underway, it is a bit early to make any commitments about specific Java releases or specific Fusion Middleware components to be included in that EBS release.

When will the next major EBS release be available?

Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog. I'll post updates here as soon as soon as they're available. 

Disclaimer

The preceding is intended to outline our general product direction.  It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract.   It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decision.  The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle’s products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle. 

 

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Can Oracle Label Security be Used with EBS 12.2?

Steven Chan - Wed, 2017-08-23 16:56

Yes, Oracle Label Security (OLS) can be used with EBS 12.2.  It can also be used for earlier EBS releases such as EBS 12.1 and 12.0. 

Oracle Label Security is an optional database-level technology for developing customized security schemes. It is possible to use this technology to customize EBS 12.2.

There is no documentation for using this technology with EBS 12.2. The principles described in the following note for EBS 11i are generally-applicable to customizing later EBS releases such as EBS 12.1 and 12.2:

What are the support implications of using OLS with EBS?

This is a technology used for customizing EBS.  The standard support implications for customizations apply to customizations created with OLS:

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New OA Framework 12.2.6 Update 5 Now Available

Steven Chan - Wed, 2017-08-16 11:31

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 12.2.6 is now available:

Oracle Application Framework (FWK) Release 12.2.6 Bundle 5 (Patch 26382210:R12.FWK.C)

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 is cumulative: it includes all fixes released in previous EBS Release 12.2.6 bundle patches.

In addition, this latest bundle patch includes fixes for the following issues:

  • OA Framework pages scroll to the top of the screen when a value is selected from LOV in IE11 browser.
  • Attributes set up as a read-only text area get misaligned with other components on the page.
  • KFFLovUpdateEvent is not getting fired on selecting a value from Key Flexfield window in IE11 browser.
  • Exporting table data fails when the View Object has view links associated with it and has a different number of bind parameters and bind values.
  • tzOffset and tzId parameters are not recognized by inline date picker on switching between months.

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Can Nologging Be Enabled for EBS 12.2?

Steven Chan - Fri, 2017-08-04 09:59

The nologging Oracle database feature is used to enhance performance in certain areas of Oracle E-Business Suite. For example, it may be used during patch installation, and when building summary data for Business Intelligence.

What are the tradeoffs of using nologging?

Use of nologging in an operation means that the database redo logs will contain incomplete information about the changes made, with any data blocks that have been updated during the nologging operation being marked as invalid. As a result, a database restoration to a point in time (whether from a hot backup or a cold backup) may require additional steps in order to bring the affected data blocks up-to-date, and make the restored database usable. These additional steps may involve taking new backups of the associated datafiles, or by dropping and rebuilding the affected objects. The same applies to activation of a standby database.

Can nologging be enabled for EBS 12.2?

Yes.  See the following documentation for additional considerations and operational implications of using nologging:

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