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Examining The New Features Found In E-Business Suite's 12.2 Upgrade

In 2018, Oracle announced a major upgrade that promised to deliver brand new functionality to customers running E-Business Suite: The release of E-Business Suite 12.2. 

What makes the 12.2 release different, though, is the introduction of the Continuous Innovation model—a faster, simpler way to deliver ongoing technology enhancements. This meant that EBS customers could finally say goodbye to tedious, time-consuming upgrades and instead continue to optimize and improve their new investment for years to come. 

But the Continuous Innovation model that comes with the EBS 12.2 release is just one of the many reasons why this is one major upgrade your business shouldn’t ignore.

Here are six new features that make EBS 12.2 the last major upgrade you’ll ever need. 

1. Release 12.2 will be the last major upgrade you’ll need. 

In the past, Oracle EBS released new versions in the form of major release upgrades, which combine a new technology stack with a new applications code level. But upgrading an Oracle EBS deployment was no easy task for most businesses. It involved a lot of planning and forethought—not to mention a ton of technical skill. 

Now, with the Continuous Innovation delivery model for EBS 12.2, businesses can reap the benefits of ongoing applications and underlying technology stack enhancements—without the time and expense of a major release upgrade. 

On the heels of the 12.2 release, Oracle announced they’re extending Premier Support for Oracle EBS 12.2 through at least 2030. This means Oracle EBS customers already running on 12.2 can continue to access new applications functionality and separately uptake later versions of underlying technology for years to come.

2. 12.2 has shiny new features your business actually needs. 

EBS 12.2 offers hundreds of cross-industry capabilities, with numerous areas enhanced from previous versions. Enhancements in this upgrade include: 

Intuitive User Experience: Icon-based page navigation gives version 12.2 a new look, feel, and user experience. Users can click on an icon to receive a summary of recent notifications, and they can scroll through new user interactions, detach tables, choose wider work widths, and use new widgets designed to improve productivity.

Technical Improvements: In the EBS 12.2 upgrade, Oracle Containers for Java 10g from the 12.0 and 12.1 versions is replaced with WebLogic Server 11g. This technology takes EBS data through the metadata dictionary. It then makes the constructed HTML page available to end users through Apache technology. 

This upgrade has also improved Oracle Fusion Application integrations, with a pre-built one between Fusion Accounting Hub and Data Relationship Manager. Because of this improvement, automatic data transfer and data synchronization is enabled to deploy Fusion Applications more easily.  

3. Downtime is greatly reduced through online patching. 

Anytime you upgrade your enterprise application, your company benefits from new functionality—and EBS 12.2 includes a revolutionary one: Online patching. This means you can apply patches to your system while it’s still running and fully operational—all while your users remain online.

In fact, the only downtime needed occurs during a restart of tier services, and that process will take minutes—not hours. Throughout the restart, the EBS database remains open, and you can even plan this restart outside of business hours.

Online patching takes place through a cycle containing five interrelated steps: 

  • During the preparation stage of patching, a new patch is created in the database.
  • During the application phase, the patch (or patches) is updated and applied, allowing for customization as needed.
  • Invalid objects are compiled during the finalization stage, and derived objects are generated.
  • Next is the cutover stage, where configurations take place; this is when the application tier services needs restarting, scheduled when it makes the most sense for your business.
  • The final stage involves cleanup and deletions to free up space. The bottom line is that critical business operations, including revenue-producing ones, can continue to take place, 24/7.

You can say goodbye to complex installations.

In the past, companies sometimes hesitated to upgrade their enterprise resource planning solutions because of the complexity of the installation process. But EBS 12.2 is different. It’s installed on existing database services, which significantly streamlines the installation process. Configurations and customizations are also streamlined. 

Plus, if you currently have EBS, a direct upgrade path is available without needing to employ the EBS 12 intermediate release. To take advantage of this direct path, companies must apply the minimum baseline patch for extended support. If you currently have an earlier release, such as 11.5.7, you’ll need to upgrade to at least the level to take advantage of the direct upgrade opportunity through the use of the extended support patch. 

Bonus: You can more easily migrate to the cloud during your upgrade.

If you’re still running your applications on-premises, upgrading to EBS 12.2 is a great opportunity to migrate to a cloud model. That’s because an upgrade to EBS 12.2 requires a refresh of your existing hardware to support the additional processing capabilities needed for 12.2.

If you do move to the cloud during your 12.2 upgrade, you’ll also avoid large expenses on hardware while increasing agility, scalability, and access to next-generation tools and functionality. Think of and upgrade to 12.2 and move to the cloud as a way to maximize the return on your enterprise investment.

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