Online patching support highlights upcoming Oracle EBS 12.2 release

Oracle EBS 12.2 is expected out this year, and support for online patching will be one of its key features.

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Oracle E-Business Suite customers who have recently implemented or begun the effort to upgrade to the Oracle EBS Release 12 are discovering there are quite a few functionality improvements on the horizon. One of those improvements is support for Oracle online patching.

Oracle EBS Release 12.2 leverages the edition-based redefinition capability in Oracle Database 11gR2 to provide support for Oracle online patching, which allows database objects to be patched or upgraded while end users are still working in the system. Oracle online patching promotes greater uptime for organizations that need it, requiring only a very brief period of downtime while patching is completed.

Such R12 changes have gone through extensive rounds of testing and quality control efforts in order to help ensure a stable release to the Oracle customer base. While Oracle has not given information on the exact release date, it is expected to be sometime this year. This version represents one of the highest priorities for the development teams dedicated to Oracle EBS.

Beyond Oracle online patching

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Due to widespread adoption of mobile devices for applications like banking, travel and monitoring, Oracle user communities are demanding more mobile support with their work applications, including Oracle EBS.  Self Service OA Framework applications in EBS Release12.2 are now certified to work with Safari browsers on iPads, and any features and functions available on the desktop are also available on the iPad.

OA Framework users will also see improvements like a richer look and feel, an icon-based toolbar, horizontal scrolling, the ability to resize columns and the capability to drag and drop column re-order, which is similar to folder functionality in the forms-based applications.

Other applications supported by R12 changes include iProcurement, expense report entry and project time entry as well as specialty native mobile apps such as Field Service, Maintenance and Warehouse Management.  Business intelligence content is now supported on iPhones and iPads as well.

Endeca Acquisition

When Oracle purchased Endeca in 2011, the acquisition introduced capabilities for managing structured and unstructured data more effectively. For Oracle EBS customers who have millions of transactions stored away in their systems, this functionality greatly improves their ability to identify and resolve high-priority issues, allowing them to quickly uncover opportunities for improvement.Endeca enables Google-like search capabilities that can span orgs, books, operating units, flexfields, attachments and more.

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Users familiar with searching shopping sites for information can appreciate Oracle E-Business Suite's similar capabilities, which are available for both desktop and mobile platforms.  Because it is designed to work in memory, Endeca is very quick, providing type ahead and spell-correction.

For those organizations that are currently planning or are in the process of migrating to Release 12, these updated features offer additional rewards for that effort.

About the author:

Mark Clark was the 2011-2012 president of the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) and has been an active member of the group since 1992. He also leads the North Central OAUG (NCOAUG) chapter, which he co-founded in 1994.

This was first published in April 2013

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