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    Put on your IaaS thinking caps & mark your calendar for our next live PartnerCast on Wednesday, November 9 at 10am PT!

    You will hear the latest on Oracle’s IaaS strategy, competitive positioning & roadmap. Alan Tweed will be our host, joined by:

    • Mike Mersch, Director, Public Cloud Platform Development;

    • Pyoungguk Cho, Director, Public Cloud Platform Development;

    • Vinay Chandrashekar, Sr. Director, Cloud Infrastructure

    Watch the show live from the OPN homepage and follow the conversation via Twitter using @oraclepartners and #OPN in your tweets.


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    This week, Oracle Linux is celebrating it's 10th anniversary. It has been a great 10 years and this is just the beginning of an exciting journey as Oracle continues to invest heavily in Linux. Oracle Linux is a key part of development and deployment of Oracle products and it is part of the infrastructure that makes Oracle Cloud the best choice for Oracle customers.

    Find your place on the Oracle Linux learning paths so you can be part of this Oracle Linux journey.

    The Oracle Linux curriculum has something for everyone, whether you are:

    • Using Oracle Linux 5, 6, or 7
    • A novice system administrator
    • Looking to deepen your knowledge of Linux system administration
    • An Oracle Linux user who is new to Oracle Linux 7

    To learn more about the Oracle Linux curriculum, go to http://oracle.com/education/linux.


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    Are you transitioning to Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud? Are you looking to develop a solid foundation so you can configure, test, maintain, and use Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud?

    If so, Oracle University has a unique solution to help you get the most of your investment.

    Modern Learning at Its Best

    The Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Learning Subscription is an all-digital solution for anyone on your team seeking training for Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud.

    With each learning subscription, you get the key elements of an effective learning program and the convenience of a digital format, making this training unmatched in the industry.

    • 12 months of 24/7 access to a comprehensive set of high quality training videos delivered by Oracle experts
    • Comprehensive overviews, configuration walk-throughs, and step-by-step demonstrations
    • Periodic updates related to new features and product enhancements

    What You'll Learn

    This learning subscription will help you develop a solid understanding of the Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud component features, functionality, and business process capabilities. You'll learn how your application can coexist with other Oracle Cloud and on-premise applications.

    Lectures cover creating the application, configuring components, testing, maintaining, and using the system.

    Topics include:

    • Getting started using Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud
    • Using Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud to complete the business budgeting and forecasting process
    • Configuring, testing, and maintaining the components of a Planning application
    • Setting up the Planning application with dimensions, aliases, currencies and time periods
    • Setting up Planning and Budgeting scenarios and versions
    • Loading metadata and data
    • Implementing security, business rules and processes; managing users
    • Managing the approval process, which includes moving a plan through the budget review-and-approval process
    • Integrating Oracle Planning and Budgeting

    This Digital Learning Subscription is Specifically Designed for Your Team

    This learning subscription is ideal for:

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    Take Advantage of Value That's Hard to Beat

    For about the price of a 3-day course, purchasing this subscription gives you access to over 40 training videos that cover all aspects of your application.

    You'll also get periodic updates so you can stay up-to-date with new features and product enhancements over the course of 12 months. The value is hard to beat.

    Preview the Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Learning Subscription for yourself today!


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    imageOctober 2016 top tweets by soaCommunity

    Send your tweets @soacommunity#soaCommunity and follow us at http://twitter.com/soacommunity. Make sure you share your content with the community!

    SOA & BPM Partner Community

    For regular information on Oracle SOA Suite become a member in the SOA & BPM Partner Community for registration please visit www.oracle.com/goto/emea/soa (OPN account required) If you need support with your account please contact the Oracle Partner Business Center.

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    BI Bundle Patch 11.1.1.7.160719 containing patch 23299563 - Oracle BI Publisher Released!

    Patch 24668000 is the master patch, consisting of individual zip files:

    • 24736889 Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher (BIP)
    • 24533980 Oracle Enterprise Performance Management Components Installed from Oracle BI Installer 11.1.1.9.0 (BIFNDNEPM)
    • 24756171 Oracle Business Intelligence Server (BISERVER)
    • 24733438 Oracle Business Intelligence Presentation Services (BIPS) (BIFNDN)
    • 24346370 Oracle Business Intelligence ADF Components (BIADFCOMPS)
    • 24702138 Oracle Business Intelligence Platform Client Installers and MapViewer
    • 21517672 Oracle Business Intelligence Third Party
    • 22859999Oracle BI Mobile App Designer



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    Register Now! for Oracle Advisor Webcast :  EBS HCM: Configuring EBS for Affordable Care Act Employer Shared Responsibility Reporting


    For customers who are using Oracle E-Business Suite(EBS) for the first time to meet the Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting requirements, this session will provide details on the setup required to populate the IRS forms 1094C and 1095C.
    For customers already using Oracle EBS for reporting, this ACA session will be a reminder on what needs to be reviewed and updated for the new reporting year and provide information on what is changing for 2016.
    This one-hour advisor webcast is best suited for Benefit Administrators who need to comply with the Employer Shared Responsibility reporting under the Affordable Care Act.

    Topics Include:

    • How to Configure and Enter Employer Information                         
    • How to Configure and Enter Benefit Information
    • How to Configure and Enter Person Information
    • What's New for the 2016 Reporting Year
    • Next Steps
    • Q & A
    • Schedule:

    • Wednesday, November 09, 2016 11:00 AM (US Pacific Time)
    • Wednesday, November 09, 2016 02:00 PM (US Eastern Time)
    • Wednesday, November 09, 2016 08:00 PM (Central European Time)
    • Thursday , November 10, 2016 12:30 AM (India Standard Time)

    Follow our My Oracle Support Compensation and Benefits Community for Oracle EBS Benefits Issues.
    as well the following information center is available for all your ACA needs:
    Doc ID 2007993.2– Information Center: Oracle HRMS (US) – Affordable Care Act (All Application Versions).

    You can access recorded webcasts on My Oracle Support, via the notes:  E-Business Suite HCM Advisor Webcast Schedule and Archived Recordings (Doc ID 1455851.1) or Oracle E-Business Suite Advisor Webcast (Doc ID 1455369.1).  




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      Goods and Services Tax(GST) is a destination based tax applicable for supply of goods and services or both administered concurrently by the Center and State Governments through out the value chain except:

      • Exempted goods and Services => Very few items with common list for CGST and SGST.

      Find below the quick snapshot of the proposed GST Structure:


      Following 3 new tax types got proposed in GST:

      CGST (Central Goods and Services Tax)
      SGST (State Goods and Services Tax)
      IGST (Integrated Goods and Services Tax)

      GST Rates are based on Revenue Neutral Rates. Following are the proposed rate types and the rates are not yet finalized as on the blog posted date:

      1. Merit rate => For essential goods and services.
      2. Standard rate => For goods and services in general.
      3. Special rate => For precious metals and for specified goods and services. 
      4. Zero rate => For exports, supply to EOU/SEZ etc.

      Goods and Services outside the purview of GST:

      • Alcohol for Human consumption =>  will continue with State Excise and VAT
      • Electricity => will continue with Electricity Duty
      • Petroleum Products => will continue with the current tax structure, likely to be brought under GST regime later
      • Tobacco products expected to be taxed under the GST regime along with Excise dutyGoods and Service Tax

      GST is considered the largest indirect tax reform in India and will replace multiple indirect taxes that are administered by the Central and State Governments. 

      The Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN), has been tasked by the Government of India with building and maintaining the centralized, national level government IT infrastructure required for GST.


      In reference to the Government of India’s roll out of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) planned for April 2017, the Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) team has already put a plan in place and the details of the same shall be shared shortly in the next post.


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    • 10/27/16--14:06: WMS Task Switching Is Here!
    • There are always unforeseen circumstances that create scenarios where warehouse operators may not be able to perform a certain set of tasks. Damaged locators or blocked material might be good examples.  To solve this problem, WMS 12.2.5 has introduced a new functionality called Mobile Task Switching.  Mobile task switching enables mobile pickers to switch from their current task to another eligible task listed in the Task Group Page. Take a look at document, 12.2.5 Mobile Task Switching - Feature Overview (Doc ID 2140014.1), which includes full details, including the process flow of the new functionality.



      Mobile task switching improves productivity and efficiency by enabling mobile pickers to switch from their current task to another eligible task listed in the Task Group Page (the dispatched eligible task must belong to the same group as the current task). This feature also enables the operator to view shipping and packing instructions associated with the sales order line of the task. Try out the new feature, and switch your tasks today!

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      Oracle GoldenGate Plug-In 13.2.1 for Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13.2 is released.

      The new features are the following: 

      • Oracle GoldenGate Plug-In 13.2.1 is certified to work with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13.2 and Oracle GoldenGate 11.2.1.0.20+, 12.1.2.0.1, 12.1.2.1.0 and 12.2.0.1.x(latest) versions.
      • Transport Layer Security (TLS) support
      • IPv6 support

      You may download the software for online or offline upgrade from the following locations

      Please refer to the following links for more information:

      • DocumentationOracle GoldenGate for Enterprise Manager 13.2.1.0.0

      • DocumentationOracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13.2.0.0.0

      • Learn moreabout Oracle GoldenGate Management Pack

      • Learn moreabout Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control


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      E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2 require Forms Developer 10g and Reports Designer 10g.  Forms Developer 10g and Reports Designer 10g are part of Oracle Developer Suite 10g.  Oracle Developer Suite 10g is a 32-bit program certified with Windows Vista, 7, 8.1, and 10.

      Forcing 32-bit programs to run on 64-bit Windows

      Although Windows 32-bit programs will not install by default on 64-bit versions of Windows, there are three possible workarounds:

      Workaround 1: You can run the Developer 10g setup.exe installer in Windows compatibility mode > Windows XP (Service Pack 2) or Windows XP (Service Pack 3).  See Section 6 in Note 277535.1.

      Workaround 2: You can let Windows determine how to install it automatically via the "Program Compatibility Assistant".  See Section 6 in Note 277535.1.

      Windows Program Compatibility Assistant

      Workaround 3: Install some additional patches and run the Developer 10g installer with the -ignoreSysPrereqs command line parameter.  See Note 1292919.1 for more details.

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        Introduction

        Integration Cloud Service (ICS) is an Oracle offering for a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) to implement message-driven integration scenarios. This article will introduce into the use of ICS for integrating an on-premise E-Business Suite (EBS) instance via Database Adapter. While EBS in recent releases offers a broad set of integration features like SOAP and REST support (i.e. via Integrated SOA Gateway), these interfaces are not available in older versions like 11.5.x. In the past it has been a proven approach to use Oracle Fusion Middleware Integration products (SOA, OSB etc.) running on-premise in a customer data center to connect to an EBS database via DB Adapter. In a short time this feature will be available also in a cloud based integration solution as we will discuss in this article.

        Unless we focus on EBS integration here the DB Adapter in ICS will work similarly against any other custom database. Main reason to use an EBS context is the business case shown below, where ICS is connected to Mobile Cloud Service (MCS) to provide a mobile device solution.

        Business Case and Architecture

        Not hard to imagine that Oracle customers running EBS 11.5.x might have a demand to add a mobile channel for their end-users. One option could be an upgrade to a recent release of EBS. As this will be in most cases a bigger project, an alternative could be the creation of a custom mobile solution via Oracle Jet and MCS as figured below. MCS is a PaaS offering and requires access to an underlying database via REST/JSON. This is the situation where ICS appears in this architecture.

        In absence of native SOAP or REST capabilities being available in EBS 11.5.x tech stack, the integration via ICS would close that gap. Any database access activities (retrieving data, CRUD operations etc.) can run via an ICS/DB Adapter connection to an EBS on-premise database. ICS itself will provide a REST/JSON interface for the external interaction with EBS. This external interface is generic and not restricted to MCS as caller at all. However in our business case the ICS with DB Adapter fulfills the role of a data access layer for a mobile solution. Read the complete article here.

        SOA & BPM Partner Community

        For regular information on Oracle SOA Suite become a member in the SOA & BPM Partner Community for registration please visit www.oracle.com/goto/emea/soa (OPN account required) If you need support with your account please contact the Oracle Partner Business Center.

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        In the last blog post (Data Warehousing in the Cloud - Part 1) I examined why you need to start thinking about and planning your move to the cloud: looking forward data warehousing in the cloud is seen as having the greatest potential for driving significant business impact through increased agility, better cost... [Read More]

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        The EBS India GST Information Center is now available on My Oracle Support. This information center is the central source for EBS information on India GST including:

        Documentation:
        • Functional scope summary
        • Order to Cash Setup 
        • Order to Cash User Guide
        • Purchase to Pay Setup
        • Purchase to Pay User Guide 
        • Early access — information on early access to phased software updates information on requirements, limitations and how to register to request access.
        Troubleshooting guides and FAQs:  These will accumulate with time based on customer and partner interaction.

        The EBS India GST Legislative Update document has also been updated to let customers and partners know the info center is now available.

        You may please register your request for early access through  EBS India GST Information Center.


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        [Guest Author: Angelo Rosado]

        Oracle Application Management Suite provides automated patch management both for patches delivered by Oracle and for custom patches. You can patch Oracle E-Business Suite environments on Oracle Cloud or on-premises, and promote patches seamlessly across multiple Oracle E-Business Suite environments. You can also deploy patches using Oracle Enterprise Command Line Interface (EMCLI), which allows you to extend patch management with custom deployment procedures.

        Automated patch management simplifies the online patching process for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2, by enabling you to complete all phases of online patching through a UI-driven interview process rather than from the command line. You can also view worker logs directly from the user interface.

        The patch management capabilities of Oracle Application Management Suite provide patch recommendations for Oracle E-Business Suite, including the database tier and application tier technology such as Oracle WebLogic Server. These recommendations eliminate the need for additional research, by showing only patches that are recommended but that have not been applied to your environments. 

        The following screenshots show examples of patch recommendations for each layer of the technology stack.

        Patches recommended for Oracle E-Business Suite

        Patches recommended for Oracle Database

        Patches Recommended for Oracle Applications Tier Technology

        Patches Recommended for Oracle WebLogic Server


        Patches Recommended for Oracle Fusion Middleware Webtier

        Patches Recommended for Oracle Fusion Middleware Common

        Other patch management features of Application Management Suite include the ability to download patches from My Oracle Support, check for pre-requisite patches, merge patches, and support NLS patches. You can also define patch promotion policies to enforce testing and controls used for the promotion of patches across test, development, and production environments. 

        References 

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        Have you been looking for the right place and the right time to upgrade your Certification to Java SE 8? Then now is a good time to join Vasily Strelnikov, one of the most pre-eminent experts in the industry, in a free webinar that will help you prepare for Java SE 8 Certification. Join us for a free webinar on November 17th:

        This free webinar is now open for registration:


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      • 10/28/16--11:42: Tell Us Your Story
      • This is Saint Paul Tinga’s story on how getting certified and sharing his certification badge created more opportunity and brightened his future.

        As a software architect and developer, Saint-Paul Tinga is a believer in the value of IT certifications and the badges that represent them. Saint-Paul is an Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 8 Programmer, working for Pindelia. “Pindelia is a Gold-level member in the Oracle PartnerNetwork Specialized program. The company works on software integration and designs new software for companies,” he explained.

        Java skills are in-demand by employers, and Saint-Paul felt that earning his Oracle certification would help him stand out in a crowded field. “By becoming certified, I learned about new APIs which helped me update different parts of my programs and improve some of our software performances. It also adds credibility to my knowledge.”

        Saint-Paul was issued a digital badge through Acclaim to represent his Oracle certification, and was able to create new opportunities once he shared it online. “After getting certified and adding the badge to my LinkedIn profile, two CEOs from local companies got in touch with me to work with them on a project,” Saint-Paul explained.

        The badge also generated a positive response from his employer. “The CEO of Pindalia congratulated me. I can say he trusts me more now that I am certified, and he can see exactly what I did to earn that certification.”

        The accolades and positive reinforcement also come from his peers and co-workers. “I’ve received feedback from others in the IT industry. They say, ‘Great job! You’re Java certified, keep going!” Saint-Paul plans to take the Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 8 exam and then move on to reach the enterprise architect level.

        In addition to all the external recognition he has received, Saint-Paul revealed that his certification and badge also provide him with inner confidence, especially when working on projects with consultants from countries around the world. “I’m now confident in my skills and am not afraid to share and defend my viewpoints.”

        He believes that getting certified is worthwhile, and he encourages others to pursue certification, too. “With the badge from Acclaim,” Saint-Paul adds, “everywhere you go, people will see that you are credible in your field.”


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        In this second article about the Connectivity Agent we deep-dive into the details. We take a look in preparing and installing the agent. This is done in combination with Integration Cloud Service. For more information about the architecture and inner workings of the agent I recommend to read this article first.

        What is the Connectivity Agent?

        Basically it is a gateway between cloud and on-premises. The Agent eliminates common security and complexity issues previously associated with integrating on-premises applications from outside the firewall. With the agent it is possible for example to connect with an on-premises database or ERP application using the existing JCA adapter framework.

        Downloading the Connectivity Agent

        There are a few steps in installing the agent. First the installer can only be downloaded from your Integration Cloud Service instance. Secondly the installer can only be run on a linux environment. Thirdly some settings can be tuned / changed after installation.

        Downloading the Agent

        The agent first need to be downloaded from Integration Cloud Service. Login into your ICS instance and navigate to the Agents page.


        At the top-right corner the user can find the “Download Agent installer” button. When clicking on the button it will show two options; the connectivity and execution agent. This article describes the first option. The second agent is evenly interesting, because it will install an instance of Integration Cloud Service on-premises. More details on this agent at a later time. Read the complete article here.

        SOA & BPM Partner Community

        For regular information on Oracle SOA Suite become a member in the SOA & BPM Partner Community for registration please visit www.oracle.com/goto/emea/soa (OPN account required) If you need support with your account please contact the Oracle Partner Business Center.

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        Watch the video here.

        SOA & BPM Partner Community

        For regular information on Oracle SOA Suite become a member in the SOA & BPM Partner Community for registration please visit www.oracle.com/goto/emea/soa (OPN account required) If you need support with your account please contact the Oracle Partner Business Center.

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        An Oracle database stores the objects associated with a single installation of Oracle E-Business Suite. Product code objects are stored in the APPS schema; product data objects are stored in the relevant base product schemas. Product code objects include packages, procedures, functions, triggers, views, materialized views, java classes, and queues.

        EBS APPS schema

        What does the APPS schema do?

        The APPS schema has access to the complete Oracle E-Business Suite data model. Oracle E-Business Suite responsibilities connect to an APPS schema, and the environment variable FNDNAM is set to the name of the APPS schema. The APPS schema owns all the code objects for the Oracle E-Business Suite, and has access to all data objects. There is one APPS schema for every product installation group.

        Utilizing a single schema that has access to all objects avoids cross-product dependencies, and creates a hub-and-spoke access model rather than the spider web model that would otherwise be needed. The APPS schema also improves the reliability of and reduces the time needed for installation, upgrading, and patching, by eliminating the need for cross-product grants and synonyms.

        It wasn't always "APPS"

        Older versions of EBS were delivered with a different default schema name: APPS_FND.  Some older versions even allowed you to override the default name of the schema prior to installation.

        Recent versions of Oracle E-Business Suite use the APPS schema by default.  It is not possible to change the name of the APPS schema.

        Hardcoded references to APPS are not permitted

        We have many upgrade-related scripts, tools, and utilities.  All of these standard EBS tools are required to handle any EBS schema name, regardless of whether it is named APPS, APPS_FND, or something else.  There should be no hardcoded references to, say, the APPS schema. This development standard is enforced by regular automated scans of the entire EBS source code.

        Earlier versions of some EBS upgrade scripts may have had hardcoded references to APPS.  Running an upgrade to, say, EBS 12.2 against an EBS environment with an EBS schema named APPS_FND would fail in certain circumstances.  This is not expected behavior.  We would regard that as a bug that needs to be fixed immediately.

        All E-Business Suite scripts with hardcoded APPS schema references have since been superceded by later versions that can handle any EBS schema names.  To avoid issues with non-standard schema names, make sure that you're using the latest Rapid Install and AD/TXK utilities.  Click on the "Upgrade Recommendations" link in the sidebar of this site for pointers to the latest utilities.

        Known issues

        It is possible to integrate E-Business Suite environments with Oracle Identity Manager (OIM), which offers connectors that handle user provisioning.  Those OIM connection scripts still contain hardcoded references to the APPS schema (bug 24613821). 

        Getting support

        If you encounter any issues with non-standard EBS schema names, please log a formal Service Request with Oracle Support. You are welcome to drop me a line or post a comment here, too, if your schema-related SR gets stuck in the pipeline for some reason.

        References


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