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    We recently worked with a customer who noticed that they were not able to use transportable tablespaces to connect the same tablespace data files to two databases at the same time, even after setting the tablespaces READ ONLY in SQL*Plus. This is new behavior in 12c, and many customers are not yet aware of this change.... [Read More]

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    Take a look at the New Information Center: Oracle E-Business Suite on the Cloud document! (Doc ID 2204155.2)

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    Oracle EBS Benefits is announcing the availability of the Affordable Care Act Employer Information Reporting 2016 Phase I patch - Patch 24733720:R12.BEN.B.

    This patch includes changes to accommodate the 2016 IRS Forms 1094-C, 1095-C and more.

    For full details on what is delivered in Patch 24733720:R12.BEN.B along with setup and processing instructions, please consult the functional readme Document 2208547.1 - 2016 Employer Shared Responsibility Reporting Under the Affordable Care Act - Phase I Patch Functional Readme for Release 12.1 Customers on My Oracle Support.

    More information about the Affordable Care Act can found on My Oracle Support in Document 2007993.2– Information Center: Oracle HRMS (US) – Affordable Care Act (All Application Versions).
    This page provides information on the Employer Shared Responsibility Provisions and Reporting as well as other Affordable Care Act information by providing links to the following documents on My Oracle Support:

    • Document 2052173.1 - US HCM & Benefits Affordable Care Act High Priority Alert
    • Document 2052175.1 - Oracle EBS US Benefits & HCM Affordable Care Act Mandatory Patches
    • Document 2188907.1 - Oracle Advanced and Standard Benefits Affordable Care Act Setup for Employer Reporting
    • Document 1597102.1 - Oracle E-Business Suite Advanced Benefits Position Statement: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act 2010 & Affordable Care and Education Reconciliation Act 2010
    • Document 1930035.1 - Oracle E-Business Suite Advanced Benefits Position Statement: Employer Shared Responsibility Reporting
    • Document 1990141.1 - Oracle E-Business Suite: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act 2010: Using System Extract to View Eligible Employee Service Hours
    • Document 1542487.1 - Oracle E-Business Suite US HR & Payroll Position Statement: Employer Shared Responsibility Provisions Under the Affordable Care Act
    • Document 1091444.1 - Oracle E-Business Suite US Payroll Position Statement: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act 2010 & Affordable Care and Education Reconciliation Act 2010
    • If more information is needed please log a Service request with the Benefits team via My Oracle Support

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    This program was recorded on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, during Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco. "During" is the operative word, since the podcast was actually recorded in my hotel room, several blocks from Moscone Center, where OOW16 was held. The topic was suggested by Oracle ACE and frequent OTN contributor Arturo Viveros, who, along with other panelists, was in town for the big Oracle event. Listen.

    The Panelists

    Oracle ACE Arturo Viveros
    Principal Architect, SYSCO AS, Norway

    Oracle ACE Director Ron Batra
    Senior Director, Innovation, CTO Office, Equinix, USA

    Oracle ACE Director Lonneke Dikmans
    Managing Partner, eProseed, Netherlands

    Oracle ACE Director Sten Vesterli
    Principal, More Than Code, Denmark

    Oracle ACE Rolando Carrasco
    Co-Owner, SOA Principal Architect, Services & Processes Solutions, Mexico

    Oracle ACE Director Ronald van Luttikhuizen
    Managing Partner, eProseed, Netherlands

    Oracle ACE Director Simon Haslam
    Technical Director, Partner, eProseed, UK

    Additional Resources

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    I got a question from our internal mailing list… I would like to know how I can view historical SQL tuning recommendations in SQL Developer 4. I don’t want to run the sql worksheet manually but view the automatic recommendations as the query has been running already for several days now. I’m... [Read More]

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    See what the Oracle Applications User Experience (#OAUX) team did during Oracle OpenWorld 2016 in San Francisco in September on the Voice of User Experience blog, or VoX, where we’ve reposted our most recent Storify collection. Here’s a short summary of the big stuff:

     The OAUX Cloud Exchange, where the OAUX team demos near-future and future concepts, was extended to three days this year. Participants included Oracle partners, industry analysts, private customer tours, global media, legislators learning about technology, and a robot, which was part of an emerging technologies demo on virtual reality.

     Several Cloud UX demos and messages popped up in general sessions, like the Oracle ERP Cloud. The simplified UI designs central to the Cloud user experience were a new and exciting story to share with ERP customers, so we saw it in several sessions. For more user experience excitement, this time in the Oracle HCM Cloud general session, check out this tweet showing a voice demo from the OAUX team. (The audience actually applauded.)

     About 250 people came through lab tours at Oracle Headquarters in Redwood Shores, Calif., and nearly 100 customers and partners participated in customer feedback sessions, focus groups and a design jam at the onsite lab.

     A new UX Rapid Development Kit (RDK) was also announced in time for OpenWorld. Read about what’s available now in this post on the Usable Apps blog.

     The OAUX IoT workshops, a joint project with the Oracle Technology Network (OTN), pulled in about 200 people who attended workshops during three days at both JavaOne and OpenWorld conferences. More tweets are on Twitter, including a short video by ACE Director Tim Hall, who is using the chip that the AppsLab, the OAUX emerging technologies team, provided post-show. He also wrote about it in this post. The AppsLab team wrote about their experiences on their blog as well.

    ORACLE HCM CLOUD: In September Aylin Uysal, Senior Director, HCM User Experience, was part of an Oracle Partner Network Partner Cast. She discussed Oracle's HCM UX strategy with host Jonathan Vinoskey, Director of Global Partner Enablement, HCM Cloud, Oracle Sales and Partner Academy.

    Aylin also points to a recent video from industry analyst Holger Mueller from the Constellation Group, where he talks about what makes a great user experience.

    STRATEGY DAY WITH ACE DIRECTORS: During OpenWorld, the OAUX team held a special Strategy Day for several hand-picked ACE Directors who are interested in the Oracle cloud user experience. For a look at what they took away from that daylong meeting, read these posts:

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    A preview of node-oracledb 1.12.0-dev is available on GitHub and can be installed with: npm install oracle/node-oracledb.git#v1.12.0-dev Node-oracledb is the Node.js add-on for Oracle Database. The key things to look at are all the LOB enhancements - we want feedback. There are a couple more LOB enhancements... [Read More]

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  • 12/05/16--00:05: Ten Years and Counting
  • This blog turned 10 this year.  When I started it in 2006 with this article, I had no idea that it would become what it is today.  Things certainly turned out differently than I expected. 

    Photo credit: Fulvio Spada, Wikimedia Commons

    This little blog now gets millions of visits a year.  It has helped us shape EBS to meet your needs better.  I've been schooled in the many ways that we can do things better for you.  I've been chastised for offhand editorial remarks and have learned to deal with hate mail.  I've learned how hard it is to be a journalist, to state just the facts and pare prose down to its simplest form, accessible to all (with this verbose article being an exception to that rule).

    Over the years, I've had several people who have helped me paint this fence. Some of those people have since joined the ranks of Oracle's esteemed alumni.  Some still pitch in occasionally.  Either way, I'm grateful for their contributions over the years.  As with the Stone Soup parable, this little corner of the world is richer for their sharing their expertise with us.

    I am sometimes mistaken as an expert, but the real experts are my colleagues and friends in the E-Business Suite division and our sister organizations across Oracle.  They deserve the real credit for all of their dedication, professionalism, and expertise. They are a brilliant team and I am always humbled by their desire to do the best for you.  I am privileged to work alongside them and talk about their achievements on their behalf.  Please join me in thanking all of them for their hard work in polishing EBS to a shine for you. 

    And, of course, thank you for joining me on this journey.  I am fortunate to have many of the world's leading EBS experts as readers and friends, and they contribute to this blog in ways large and small.  This blog would not be the same without the lively interactions with all of you.  I look forward to seeing what lies down the road around the corner!

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    The December edition of the PaaS & Middleware Partner Update contains three key topics:

    • Cloud Partner Opportunities
    • Enrich SaaS with PaaS
    • SOA & BPM Partner Community Webcasts December20th 2016

    For regular updates please subscribe to our YouTube channel here. Thanks for your likes and sharing the video on YouTube and LinkedIn. For the latest SOA & BPM Partner Community information please visit our Community update wiki here (Community membership required)

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


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    Webcast_icon.jpgSetup & Use of E-Business Tax (EBTax) Exemptions, Exceptions & Rounding in Oracle Receivables

    Date: December 14, 2016 11 am ET, 8 am PT, 4 pm GMT, 9:30 pm IST

    This one-hour Advisor Webcast is recommended for both technical and functional users who wish to implement E-Business Tax (EBTax) and utilize the exemptions, exceptions and rounding functionality for Oracle Receivables. Learn the difference between exemptions at different levels and tax rounding different levels.

    Topics will include:

    • Customer exemptions
    • Customer exceptions
    • Tax rounding

    Details & Registration via the My Oracle Support Community thread:  Advisor Webcast on 14-Dec-16: Setup & Use of E-Business Tax (EBTax) Exemptions, Exceptions & Rounding in Oracle Receivables

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    AutoInvoice is one of those processes whose performance is really impacted by the way you setup the application. A small change in the System Options screen, can be the difference between this process completing in a few seconds or not completing at all.

    Arguable, three of the most important settings you need to review and make sure they are correctly set, are the following:

    • System option: Log File Message Level
    • System option: Max Memory (in bytes)
    • Indexes on Line Transaction Flexfield columns

    System option: Log File Message Level

    Log File Message Level should never be greater than 0 (zero) in a production environment; unless Oracle Support team requests it to troubleshoot a functional issue. In that case, the problem must be reproduced with the minimum amount of data needed.

    If you use too much data, you might not be able to reproduce the functional problem because of the performance this option might cause.

    System option: Max Memory (in bytes)

    This setting will determine the number of rows that AutoInvoice will be able to process in one fetch. The general recommendation is to set it to a value between 3 and 10 MB; however, it highly depends on the capacity of your server. As a minimum, please make sure it is set to 3 MB.

    The screen shot below shows the setting of these two system options

    Indexes on Line Transaction Flexfield (LTF) Columns

    As you might already know, if you are implementing AutoInvoice, you must define the Line Transaction Flexfield and this setup can be different for each source you are using.

    Based on these LTFs, you must create custom indexes on the following tables on the AR schema:


    The indexes must include the context and attribute columns fort the specific Line Transaction Flexfield. If your flexfield definition uses attributes 2, 5, and 13, the following indexes should be created:






    Please note that if you cannot create the indexes above as UNIQUE, due to duplicate keys, you can create them as normal. You can also change the name of the indexes as per your standards.

    There might not be statistics on what percentage of all the performance problems with AutoInvoice are solved by setting the above options and indexes correctly, but it could easily be 80%.

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    We look at our phones about nine times an hour, or roughly once every six and a half minutes for every moment we're awake.  We use them all the time too, from collaborating with coworkers, to shopping for holiday gifts.  In fact, on Black Friday, 2016, retailers reported that for the first time ever, purchases on mobile devices exceeded $1 Billion for the 24 hour period after Thanksgiving, and made up 36% of all Black Friday sales. It's no wonder that our phones have become the primary tool that we use to access, consume, and engage with digital content at home, on the go, and in the workplace, and that mobile engagement habits often influence our business/consumer decisions as much as business/consumer decisions influence our mobile habits (booking a hotel immediately on your phone, based on your current location vs. booking a hotel in advance online, and then checking to see if you can access your reservation on your phone.)

    Despite our mobile connectivity, many businesses still choose to engage customers through non-mobile channels.  Walk through any local shopping district, and you'll see billboards, signs, and window displays, and even salespeople handing out product samples. Some of these analog tactics may be timely in that customers are near a business when an offer is being presented, but not relevant to the majority of people who pass by, and therefore, an inefficient means of customer engagement.  Conversely, an email announcing an in-store promotion may be relevant to those it specifically targets, but not timely in that customers may be far away and may forget about the offer before their next store visit.  In order to effectively and efficiently engage with customers, companies need to make their communications both timely and relevant.  How can a company use "Mobile" to do this?

    One way is to incorporate location-based services into your company's mobile app.  Location-based services use beacon technology to communicate directly with customers in a way that is both timely and relevant.  When a customer walks into, or near, a store, a beacon can send a pre-programmed message or offer to that customer's phone through a push notification.  The customer can then redeem the offer immediately.  The communication is timely because the customer is in, or is near, the store, and is relevant because only customers who have the company's app installed will received the message.  Although the retail implications are obvious, this technology can also be used in the workplace to communicate timely and relevant information to employees and managers, such as when a conference room is available or how well attended a meeting may be. 

    Sofbang, an Oracle Platinum Partner, has developed a location-based service implementation using its extensive cloud experience and Oracle Mobile Cloud Service, which has built-in location-based features.  You can read more about Sofbang's very cool solution here, and you can try out Oracle Mobile Cloud Service here.

    Don't forget to follow us @OracleMobile and to join the conversation on LinkedIn.

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        In this week's Monday Spotlight, we want to talk about a new Whitepaper : How to Manage Oracle Private Cloud Appliance with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Cloud Control . 

        This paper discusses and defines the end to end process to deploy an Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c agent to the highly available Oracle Linux management nodes within the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance (PCA), deploy the Oracle PCA Plugin-in and discover the Oracle VM Manager within the Oracle PCA.The following screenshot depicts a photo realistic management view of an Oracle PCA using the Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c PCA Plug-in:

        The paper brings together the high level approach and low level command steps to achieve the following:

        • Install the Oracle Enterprise manager 13c agent
        • Install the Oracle Enterprise Manager VT (Virtualization) Plug-in
        • Discover Oracle PCA
        • Register Oracle PCA's Oracle VM Manager with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c

        The Oracle PCA with Enterprise Manager 13c provides a solid foundation and single pane of glass view for your Private or Hybrid Cloud. Also check out the following video for a 2 minute tech tip on the Journey to Private Cloud.

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        Webcast_icon.jpg12.2.6 Master Production Scheduling

        Date: December 6, 2016 at 11:00 am ET, 8:00 am PT, 3:00 pm GMT, 8:30 pm, India Time (Mumbai)

        This one-hour advisor webcast is recommended for business and functional users who would like to leverage Value Chain Planning (VCP) for their master production scheduling. This is a new feature introduced in VCP 12.2.6.

        Topics will include:

        • Feature overview for Master Production Scheduling enhancement

        Details & Registration

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        We have a white paper that outlines a framework for troubleshooting Rapid Clone issues:

        Cloning EBS 12.1.3

        Things can get more-involved if your E-Business Suite environment uses Real Application Clusters (RAC). There's another white paper that has more details about what to do if you encounter problems when cloning RAC-based EBS environments:

        This whitepaper has additional RAC-specific information, such as:

        • Pairsfile.txt
        • RMAN restore phases
        • Secondary node context file creation
        • Known issues (e.g. RAC to RAC cloning causing inventory registration issues)

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          In this third article about the Connectivity Agent we deep-dive into the details. We learn how to use the ICS Connectivity Agent in combination with an on-premises database. For more information about the architecture and installation of the agent I recommend to read these twoarticles first. This article continuous where the previous article about the installation ended.

          Taking the Agent for a test drive

          Now that the Connectivity Agent is installed, registered and running we can use the Agent to create connections to our on-premises applications and create integration on top of these applications.

          Preparing the connection to the on-premises database

          Now that we know the Agent is running we can make a connection to the on-premises database. For this example I use the HR sample schema that is part of my database installation. Navigate to the connections page of ICS and click on the “Create new Connection” button. My instance is running the latest 16.1.3 version. The “Create Connection” dialog now at lot nicer and user friendlier.

          Select the Database adapter to create a connection your database instance. the connection is named OnPremisesHRDB which creates the associated identifier ONPREMISESHRDB. Read the complete article here.

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          The workshops in Brussels and Utrecht were awesome with great audience - I enjoyed both events a lot. And thanks for your patience with my voice and the microphone issues we've had in Brussels before lunch. I promised the workshop slides - and here they are, ready for download: Upgrade, Migrate and Consolidate to... [Read More]

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          Are you using the Java programming language (Java SE) to create applications? Would you like to enhance your skills to improve how you develop these enterprise applications?

          Java is excellent for developing enterprise applications in any industry, including Financial Services, Health Care and Manufacturing, to name a few.

          The Java EE platform provides an API and run-time environment for developing and running large-scale, multi-tiered, scalable and secure network applications.

          Here are a few courses to consider to help you take that next step.

          1)Developing  Applications with Java EE 6  on WebLogic Server 12c

          This course teaches the skills to successfully build and deploy enterprise applications that comply with Java EE 6 Web Profile. You will focus on how to create a web-based application that's accessible from desktop and mobile web browsers using JavaServer Faces (JSF) technology.

          User input is validated using the Bean Validation API, and data is persisted using the Java Persistence API (JPA) and optimistic locking.

          2) Java EE 7: Front-End Web Application Development

          Gain hands-on experience building and deploying Java EE web applications. Learn how to create web-based user interfaces for both desktop and mobile devices using HTML5 and JavaScript along with JavaServer Pages (JSPs) and servlets.

          The web-based user interfaces use JAX to communicate with RESTful web services you create. Data will persist using JPA and optimistic locking.

           3) Java EE 7: Back-End Server Application Development

          This is an excellent follow-up to the Java EE 7: Front-End Application Development course. It teaches you how to build and deploy enterprise applications that comply with Java EE7 Full Profile.

          Learn to develop applications with the following technologies: Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB), JPA, Java Database Connectivity API (JDBC), Java Transaction API (JTA), Contexts and Dependency Injection (CDI), Java Message Service (JMA), Bean validation, Batch API. Timer services, Java EE Concurrency and more.

          When you walk away from this course you will have developed the knowledge and skills to read and write messages to systems with JMA to create batch services to process thousands of jobs in parallel.

          4) Architect Enterprise Applications with Java EE

          This course teaches you how to develop robust architectures for enterprise Java applications using Java EE technology. This course will help you understand how Enterprise Java applications developed using the architecture as a guideline can accommodate rapid change and growth. You'll explore the technical context of Java EE and relevant technologies.

          You'll also learn the strategies needed to create application blueprints that work well when implementing Java EE technologies.

          These strategies include effective decision-making through the use of non-functional qualities (such as scalability and flexibility), Java EE technology blueprints and design patterns.

          Learn More - browse our entire catalog of Java EE courses.

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          Webcast_icon.jpgE-Business Suite Production Scheduling (PS) Integration For Finite Scheduling

          Date: December 8, 2016 at 11:00 am ET, 8:00 am PT, 3:00 pm GMT, 8:30 pm, India Time (Mumbai)

          This one-hour advisor webcast is recommended for technical users and functional users who are interested in integrating EBS ERP system with production scheduling application to create detailed finite scheduling for their manufacturing and/or planned orders.

          Topics will include:

          • MSC: PS/SNO Profile options overview (including API and VCP version combination supported)
          • EBS Setup Overview
          • Creating ASCP Plan
          • Creating PS Plan & PS Plan Options Setup
          • Solving PS Model
          • Review PS Solve Results
          • Publish & Review Publish Results in EBS & ASCP

          Details & Registration

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