Top 7 Reasons Organizations Should Not Automatically Switch to Hosted Enterprise Technology

Cloud with No Symbol
Not Cloud?

A college education can make you think differently.  As I read the original article, the many times my Statistics professors pointed out that anyone can basically lie with numbers to make them support whichever position they want. This was equally true in a class I took on Mass Persuasion and Propaganda.

Thus I present this same article, with an inversion of the concluded statistical results of the IDG survey, with minor modifications to the explanations given to suit the results of the measures.  Respect given to the original author, Tori Ballantine, who is a product marketing lead at Hyland Cloud.  No offense is intended by this grammatical exercise in statistical results inversion.

Original Article:

Top 7 Reasons Manufacturers Should Host Enterprise Technology
https://www.mbtmag.com/article/2018/07/top-7-reasons-manufacturers-should-host-enterprise-technology

Top 7 Reasons Organizations Should Not Automatically Switch to Hosted or Cloud Enterprise Technology

As one of the leading industries that was an early adopter of process automation, manufacturing is often ahead of the curve when it comes to seeking ways to improve processes — yet still has work to do in the technology adoption realm. While the trend for cloud adoption is increasing over on-premises solutions overall, some organizations, including manufacturers, are hesitant to make the transition to the cloud.

There are countless compelling reasons to transition to hosted enterprise applications. According to a recent survey from IDG, IT leaders at companies with 250+ employees, from a wide range of industries and company sizes, agreed on seven areas where cloud computing should benefit their organizations. These included:

Disaster Recovery

Disasters, both natural and man-made, are inherently unpredictable. When the worst-case scenario happens, organizations need improved disaster recovery capabilities in place — including the economic resources to replicate content in multiple locations. According to the IDG survey, about 33 percent, of IT leaders did not find disaster recovery as the number one reason they would move, or have moved to hosted enterprise solutions. By switching to a hosted solution, about 1/3 of organizations could not get their crucial application running as soon as possible after an emergent situation, and are therefore unable to serve their customers.

Data Availability

IT leaders know that data and content are essential components of their daily business operations. In fact, according to the IDG research, 45 percent of survey participant listed data availability as the second leading limitation cited about cloud enterprise applications being unable to provide. Access to mission-critical information, when they need it, wherever they are, is essential for organizations to stay competitive and provide uninterrupted service. With no noticeable increase to uptime compared to on-premises applications, hosted solutions did not provide 24/7/365 data availability.

Cost Savings

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the third most popular reason IT leaders seek cloud solutions is because of cost savings. Hosting in the cloud eliminates the need for upfront investment in hardware and the expense of maintaining and updated hosting infrastructure by shifting the cost basis to long-term operational costs. While hosting software solutions on-premises carries more than just risk; it carries a fair amount of operational costs. By hosting enterprise solutions in the cloud, organizations will reduce capital costs with a possible reduction in operating costs — including staffing, overtime, maintenance and physical security when centralized under a hosting provider.

Incident Response

The IDG survey found that 55 percent of IT professionals listed incident response as another area where cloud solutions provided no significant benefit over on-premises options. Large-scale systems can develop more efficient incident response capabilities, and improve incident response times compared to smaller, non-consolidated systems. As seconds tick by, compliance fines can increase along with end-user dissatisfaction. So having a quick incident response time is essential to reduce risk and ensure end-user satisfaction.

Security Expertise

The best providers that offer hosted solutions constantly evaluate and evolve their practices to protect customers’ data. This is crucial because up to 59 percent of IDG survey responders noted that security expertise as another leading reason they do not select cloud applications. Organizations with cloud-hosted applications could take advantage of the aggregated security expertise from their vendors to improve their own operations and make sure information is safe, but only by complying with externally-driven security standards that were either not enforceable due to application restrictions (legacy versioning, design constraints, third-party non-compliant architecture, et.al.) To ensure your content stays safe, it’s important to seek cloud providers with the right credentials — look for certifications such as SOC 1 and 2 or 3 audited, ISO 27001 and CSA STAR Registrant.

Geographical Disbursement

The IDG survey found that over 63 percent of IT professionals were not seeking geographical disbursement in where their data is stored. In the event of data unavailability in a local data center, having a copy of the data in a separate geographical area ensures performance and availability of the data sources, though resources to use the data may not be readily available as they are co-located in the local region of the primary data.

Expert Access

IT professionals seek hosted solutions because the best hosted software applications employ top-notch security professionals. Gaining access to these professionals’ insight helps ensure concerns are addressed and the software delivers on the organization’s needs.

In order to facilitate the best possible experience for your customers, it’s important to keep up with technology trends that give you the data and insights you need to provide quality service. For many firms, it means not only focusing on process automation on the manufacturing floor, but also within the internal processes driven by data. There’s a huge shift happening with how organizations choose to deploy software. In fact, according to a recent AIIM study, almost 25% of respondents from all industries are not seeking to deploy cloud software in any fashion. 60 percent of those surveyed plan to focus on a non-hybrid approach, focusing primarily on leveraging on-premises deployments, while 38 percent said they will deploy cloud solutions.

As noted in the seven areas above, the reasons for the lack of shift to selecting hosted enterprise applications are diverse and compelling. The cloud provides users with greater access to their information, when and where they need to access it — and doesn’t confine users to a on-premise data source. When combined with the other benefits of improved business continuity, cost savings, incident response, security expertise and expert access, organizations should carefully consider that their important information and content is more available and secure in the cloud.

 

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R12.2 eBusiness Suite EBS – During ADOP phase = prepare data dictionary corruption missing parent

Adop-PrepareDuring an online patching session with ADOP, when the prepare phase checks the data dictionary integrity, you receive the following error:

R12.2 eBusiness Suite EBS – During ADOP phase = prepare data dictionary corruption missing parent:
Verifying data dictionary.
[UNEXPECTED]Data dictionary corrupted:
[UNEXPECTED]Data dictionary corruption – missing parent
1416131 ORA$BASE APPS BPA_GUIDED_PICKING SYNONYM
1416121 ORA$BASE APPS CO_CLIPPERSHIP_INTERFACE SYNONYM
1416132 ORA$BASE APPS BPA_PRINT_GUIDED_PICK_LABELS SYNONYM
1416128 ORA$BASE APPS GEM_ESIG_INQUIRY_CORE SYNONYM
[UNEXPECTED]Data dictionary corruption detected. Provide details to
[UNEXPECTED]Oracle Support and ask for a bug to be opened against the
[UNEXPECTED]Online Patching component of Oracle Application Install.

[STATEMENT] Please run adopscanlog utility, using the command

“adopscanlog -latest=yes”

Issue:

The corruption is detected with the $AD_TOP/sql/ADZDDBCC.sql scriptis executed just prior to setting up the ADOP session.  This is also a mandatory check performed during pre-upgrade readiness checking for R12.2 upgrades.

Solution:

There is a rudimentary, but effective script supplied in $AD_TOP/patch/115/sql named adzddmpfix.sql (and a number of other adzd___ named scripts that address other data dictionary issues, such as the common TimeZone timestamp issues (Doc ID 2017686.1))

This script is run as SYS and requires all middle-tier services to be shutdown because it’s rebuilding all of the APPS synonyms for objects and recompiling afterwards.

sqlplus “/ as sysdba” @$AD_TOP/patch/115/sql/adzddmpfix.sql

REM $Header: adzddmpfix.sql 120.0.12020000.3 2015/09/14 10:10:32 sstomar noship$
REM dbdrv: none
REM +======================================================================+
REM | Copyright (c) 2005, 2015 Oracle and/or its affiliates. |
REM | All rights reserved. |
REM | Version 12.0.0 |
REM +======================================================================+
REM | FILENAME
REM | adzddmpfix.sql
REM |
REM | DESCRIPTION
REM | Warning: this script is an experimental workaround to the Oracle
REM | Database data Dictionary “missing parent” corruption described in
REM | Bug 20627866. This bug currently has no other known fix, but this
REM | script will repair the problem sufficiently to allow adop to continue
REM | executing.
REM |
REM | Warning: You must be connected as SYSDBA with application services
REM | shutdown to run this script
REM | Usage:
REM | sqlplus / as sysdba
REM | @adzddmpfix.sql
REM |
REM |
REM +=======================================================================+

Sample output:

SQL> @adzddmpfix.sql
“—- Fixing Data Dictionary Corruptions (missing parent) —-”

4 rows deleted.

Commit complete.

System altered.

“—- Compiling invalids —-”

Don’t forget to re-run the $AD_TOP/sql/ADZDDBCC.sql script to identify whether the data dictionary corruption is still present afterwards.

 

#C18LV Collaborate 2018 Networking Opportunity Events

Where I can keep track of the special events (note: these are not “parties” as so many people are misled to believe) at Collaborate (April 20-26, 2018 – Las Vegas, Nevada). To attend one of these events:

  1. You’re registered as an Collaborate Attendee.
  2. You’re either a prospect, customer, or goodwill contact for the host.
  3. You visit the host’s booth at Collaborate in order to pick up whatever is required for entry.
  4. Do not just show up at the event and attempt to “crash” it – just spend your time at a regular #C18LV reception the same evening and you’ll still get plenty of party time.

My sessions for this year:

R12.2 Running AutoConfig Manually

The follwing script is located in $AD_TOP/bin:

adconfig.sh

This file which is normally executed under the adautocfg.sh wrapper script in $ADMIN_SCRIPTS_HOME, can also be executed manually to bypass certain limitations found when configuring the PATCH filesystem, in particular.

The format of the command is:

adconfig.sh run=INSTE8 contextfile=$CONTEXT_FILE

Sample output:

Enter the APPS user password: Script execution phase specified: INSTE8

The log file for this session is located at: /u01/oracle/fs1/inst/apps/$ENV_ID/admin/log/02120957/adconfig.log

AutoConfig is configuring the Applications environment...

AutoConfig will consider the custom templates if present.
 Using CONFIG_HOME location : /u01/oracle/fs1/inst/apps/$ENV_ID
 Classpath : /u01/oracle/fs1/FMW_Home/Oracle_EBS-app1/shared-libs/ebs-appsborg/WEB-INF/lib/ebsAppsborgManifest.jar:/u01/oracle/fs1/EBSapps/comn/java/classes

Using Context file : /u01/oracle/fs1/inst/apps/$ENV_ID/appl/admin/$ENV_ID.xml

Context Value Management will now update the Context file

Updating Context file...COMPLETED

Execution phase specified at run time: INSTE8
 No uploading of Context File and its templates to database.

Configuring templates from all of the product tops...
 Configuring AD_TOP........COMPLETED
 Configuring FND_TOP.......COMPLETED
 Configuring ICX_TOP.......COMPLETED
 Configuring MSC_TOP.......COMPLETED
 Configuring IEO_TOP.......COMPLETED
 Configuring BIS_TOP.......COMPLETED
 Configuring CZ_TOP........COMPLETED
 Configuring SHT_TOP.......COMPLETED
 Configuring AMS_TOP.......COMPLETED
 Configuring CCT_TOP.......COMPLETED
 Configuring WSH_TOP.......COMPLETED
 Configuring CLN_TOP.......COMPLETED
 Configuring OKE_TOP.......COMPLETED
 Configuring OKL_TOP.......COMPLETED
 Configuring OKS_TOP.......COMPLETED
 Configuring CSF_TOP.......COMPLETED
 Configuring IBY_TOP.......COMPLETED
 Configuring JTF_TOP.......COMPLETED
 Configuring MWA_TOP.......COMPLETED
 Configuring CN_TOP........COMPLETED
 Configuring CSI_TOP.......COMPLETED
 Configuring WIP_TOP.......COMPLETED
 Configuring CSE_TOP.......COMPLETED
 Configuring EAM_TOP.......COMPLETED
 Configuring GMF_TOP.......COMPLETED
 Configuring PON_TOP.......COMPLETED
 Configuring FTE_TOP.......COMPLETED
 Configuring ONT_TOP.......COMPLETED
 Configuring AR_TOP........COMPLETED
 Configuring AHL_TOP.......COMPLETED
 Configuring IES_TOP.......COMPLETED
 Configuring OZF_TOP.......COMPLETED
 Configuring CSD_TOP.......COMPLETED
 Configuring IGC_TOP.......COMPLETED

AutoConfig completed successfully.

Oracle eBusiness Suite R12.2.7 – New Features/Just the Facts

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Oracle e-Business Suite R12.2.7 Released

Oracle eBusiness Suite R12.2.7 – New Features/Just the Facts

Full PDF Presentation here – Oracle eBusiness Suite R1227_Highlights_jlui

Summary Based Upon Presentation by Cliff Godwin, Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.7 Highlights, September 2017 – Watch the video here.

Roadmap [image]

iProcurement 12.2.7

  • Auto-Suggest Catalog Items
  • New Supplier Creation Flow for Non-Catalog & Contractors
  • New Supplier Creation Flow for Spot Buys
  • Show Procurement Activities to Requesters
  • New Requester Notifications for P.O. Status Updates
  • Simplified Shopping Cart UI

Auto-Suggested Catalog Items [image]

Supplier On-boarding Flow [image]

Supplier Creation Flow for Spot Buys [image]

PO Information to Requesters [image]

Purchasing / Contracts 12.2.7

  • Purchasing
    • Automated Grouping of Multiple Requests to PO’s
    • Validate Agreement Line Amounts During Order/Release Submission
  • Procurement Contracts
    • Content Search
  • Procurement Command Center
    • Partial Searches / Snippet Preview

PO Requisition Auto-Grouping [image]

PO Line Amount Validation [image]

Contracts Content Search [image]

iSupplier / Supplier Lifecycle Mgt

  • Improved Automatic Recurring Assessments
  • Contact and Address Purpose and Associated Notifications
  • Visibility of Dynamic Supplier Lists

Supplier LCM – Recurring Assessments [image]

Supplier LCM / iSupplier Portal [image]

Project Procurement 12.2.7

  • Support for Technical Specifications
  • Support for Buyer Notes
  • Support for Descriptive Flexfields
  • Planning by Need-By Date
  • Change History Page UX Enhancements

Projects 12.2.7

  • Project Costing
    • Calculate Overtime Labor for Work-Based Timecard Layouts
  • Project Planning & Control
    • Work Plan Lifecycle
  • Advanced Project Planning & Controls
    • Support for Unit Rate Contract Schedule of Values

PP&C Workplan Lifecycle [image]

AP&C Unit Rate Contracts [image]

Order Management 12.2.7

  • Order Management
    • Milestone Billing
    • Manual Item Substitution After Booking
    • Schedule Order Enhancements
  • Quoting
    • Quote Status Flow by OU; Defaults, Updates
  • iStore
    • Order Type per Specialty Site; Email Notification Style
  • Customer Hub
    • Enhanced Party Merge

OM: Milestone Billing [image]

Quote Status Flow by OU [image]

Logistics / Inventory 12.2.7

  • Inventory / WMS
    • Material Workbench UI
    • Enhanced Receiving & Shipping UI
    • Enhanced Shipping / Oracle Transportation Mgt Integration
  • Material Supply Chain Administration (MSCA)
    • Label Reprints by Any User; Default Org on Login

Material Workbench UI

Manufacturing 12.2.7

  • Discrete MES
    • Enhanced Supervisor Review of Operator Times
    • Express Complete for Related Job Operations
  • Process Manufacturing
    • Automated Time-Based Sampling
  • Cost Management
    • Accrual Reconciliation for Inventories

Express Complete for Related Job Operations

Automated Time-Based Sampling

Value Chain Planning 12.2.7

  • Functional Security for ADF UI’s
  • Org & Function Security in Supply & Service Parts Planning ADF Work Areas
  • Production Scheduling of Phantoms

Org & Function Security

Asset Lifecycle Management 12.2.7

  • Enterprise Asset Management
    • Work Order Mass Updates
    • Generate Preventative Maintenance Work Order Report
    • Operation Completion as Mandated
    • Add Supplier Info for Work Order Directives
  • Installed Base
    • WebADI for Extended Attributes

WebADI for Installed Base Extended Attributes

Service 12.2.7

  • Advanced Scheduling
    • Add Resource Cost Factoring
  • Spares Mgt
    • Error Packing and Shipping Instructions for Parts Requirements; Copy Requirements to Internal Orders
  • Field Service
    • Self-Assign Labor Debrief Checklist Consolidated Debrief
  • TeleService
    • Enhanced UI’s
  • Depot Repair / Depot Info Discovery
    • Improved Graphs, Drilldowns

Depot Repair Information Discovery

Channel Revenue Management 12.2.7

  • Multi-Currency Approval Rule for Claims
  • Standalone Installation Support

Channel Revenue Mgt Standalone Support [image]

Human Capital Management 12.2.7

  • Time & Labor
    • Timecard Entry for Terminated Employees
    • Timekeeper Grouping by Supervisor
    • OT Calc for Project Work-Based Layout
  • Payroll
    • Dynamic Assignment Sets UI/WebADI
  • Learning Management
    • Test Overview for Online Assessments
    • Certification-Only Classes

Payroll Dynamic Assignment Sets [image]

Learning Mgt: Online Assessments [image]

ATG OAF User Experience 12.2.7

  • Administrator Personalizations
    • Admin Personalization Workbench
    • Themes
  • End-User Interactions
    • HGrid Column Freeze
    • Add to Favorites via Icons
    • Enhanced Look-Ahead LOV’s
    • Enhanced Attachments

OAF Roadmap 12.2.x [image]

Admin Personalization Workbench [image]

OAF Themes [image]

Oracle OpenWorld 2017 Networking Opportunity Events #OOW17

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Register for Oracle Openworld and JavaONE 2017 https://www.oracle.com/openworld/index.html

Where I can keep track of the special events (note: these are not “parties” as so many people are misled to believe – you should expect to be contacted by dozens of sales and account professionals at each event) at OOW.  To attend one of these events:

  1. You’re registered as an OpenWorld Attendee.
  2. You’re either a prospect, customer, or goodwill contact for the host. That means you actually contact the host and ask to attend before OOW.
  3. You visit the host’s booth at OpenWorld in order to pick up whatever is required for entry and get to know what the host actually does.
  4. Do not just show up at the event and attempt to “crash” it – fair warning. You will be sold Oracle products and consulting, and like it, and start telling all your friends about it and be assimilated.

From 2016 – still being confirmed:

Visit all those vendors and make them feel welcomed this year!

http://www.7×7.com/eat-drink/ultimate-foodie-tour-ferry-building

Oracle OpenWorld Fun Community Events
There are 3 community events at OOW this year,

  1. A guided bike tour hosted by Oracle’s PL/SQL and cycling guru, Bryn Llewelyn on Saturday, September 30th at 10 a.m.
  2. A run across the Golden Gate Bridge hosted by the SQL Dev team on Sunday, October 1st at 7:30 a.m.
  3. 6th annual swim in the San Francisco Bay hosted by Oracle ACE Director Chet Justice on Monday, October 2th at 7:30 a.m.

The 2016 List of OOW Events

The 2015 List of OOW Events

The 2014 List of OOW Events

The 2013 List of OOW Events

The 2012 List of OOW Events

Oaktable 2017 will also be at OOW Again!

Getting Started with OEM 13cR2 (13.2.2.0.0) Enterprise Manager

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OEM13c Release 2 Enterprise Manager Summary Page

Relatively easy installation, a new learning curve to master for post-installation maintenance and patching.
The principal changes in Release 2 of 13c are the segregation of the Cloud Management Services plugins (and related functionality) to specific licensable plugin components – namely:

  • Cloud Services Management – used for provisioning, allocation, and administration (think “infrastructure”) of Oracle Public Cloud-based resources (databases, development tools, middleware, etc.)
  • Oracle Cloud Application – a portal punch-out to access Oracle Cloud-based applications such as hosted e-Business Suite, Cloud Content Management, Cloud SOA Suite, Cloud Identity Management, etc. (think “apps”.)
  • Cloud Framework – a repackaging of the EM OMS framework components, and the only portion of the “cloud” components included in the base OEM licensing.
    Installation guide: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/oem/grid-control/documentation/oem-091904.html
Oracle Cloud Framework
Cloud Management related plugins for OEM13cR2

This proof-of-concept testbed system was based upon the latest available installer set – Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c Release 2 Plug-in Update 1 (13.2.0.0) – we happen to be testing backwards-compatibility with some 10g databases before committing to the upgrade.  Direct (out-of-place) upgrades are supported for version of EM 12.1.0.4 and newer.

Download page for OEM 13c R2
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/oem/enterprise-manager/downloads

Fusion Middleware in this release is Weblogic 12.1.3
The host system is built upon Windows Server 2012 R2, single-tier, 16GB RAM, 2 cores, also hosting the OMS repository database in a 12.2.0.1.0 EE installation.  Since the DB Templates provided seemed to be specific for a 12.1.x database (and errors out in certain steps during the build), I simply created a generic database from the standard template with the pre-requisite parameter settings (e.g. _allow_insert_with_update_check=TRUE; sessions > 300; shared_pool_size (10% of SGA); etc.) , and pre-created the required tablespaces:

MGMT_AD4J_TS
MGMT_ECM_DEPOT_TS
MGMT_TABLESPACE

  During the installation, the (Oracle Universal Installer) OUI will create the following new users assigned to these tablespaces:

Open:
SYSMAN
SYSMAN_TYPES
SYSMAN_BIPLATFORM
SYSMAN_STB
SYSMAN_OPSS
SYSMAN_MDS
MGMT_VIEW

Expired & Locked:
CLOUD_ENGINE_USER
CLOUD_SWLIB_USER
EUS_ENGINE_USER
SYSMAN_RO

The standard download set includes a single executable file (.exe or .bin) and several additional ZIP archives.  These are to be staged in a single directory, and the ZIP files do NOT need to be pre-extracted.

Overall, the installation was straight-forward and as-documented (despite this being a Windows installation – which usually has its own quirks.) The portion that I feel has the steepest learning curve is post-installation maintenance, and particularly patching. The new tool in 13c, the OMSpatcher (Patchset 19999993 – think of it as a Java wrapper for opatch) was really designed for use specficially in a cloud-based environment and hasn’t been completely polished for use on-premise in smaller installations.

For example, it is designed to rely upon an active Weblogic AdminServer to instantiate it’s requests for inventory versioning information and component availability for patching. But if any of those components are actually in-use by the AdminServer itself, it will tend to fail to apply, and instead provide a lengthy step-by-step instruction set of how to accomplish all of the steps manually. Depending on the complexity of your OEM setup (e.g. the number of registered plugins and target types) this could take over an hour to get the patching utility to fail and then provide the manual steps.

The OEM-specific version of OPatch (Patchset 6880880) is quite different than its predecessors.  While the OMSPatcher uses the prior “unzip into the existing Oracle Home” installation technique, the OPatch utility itself now is a Java installer that relies on the OUI to allow updating of component versioning and inventory adjustments. Most importantly, you will need to “install” the new version of OPatch before being allowed to continue with your planned patching:

$JAVA_PATH\java -jar $PATCH_STAGE\6880880\opatch_generic.jar -silent oracle_home=$ORACLE_HOME (being updated for OPatch)

This OPatch update needs to be applied (before patching) to every Oracle Home using 13c technology (the OMS home, the Agent Home, other FMW homes at version 12.1.3 or newer, etc.)

See MOS EM 13c: How to Apply a Patch to the Enterprise Manager 13c Cloud Control OMS Oracle Home (Doc ID 2091619.1) for details about making an OMSPatcher property file, and why you want to create one.

Final steps executed:
Build general purpose 12.2.0.1.0 database with new tablespaces.
Install Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c Release 2 Plug-in Update 1 (13.2.0.0)
Patch 19999993: EM OMSPatcher latest version 13.8.0.0.2 (unzip to ORACLE_HOME)
Patch 6880880: EM OPatch latest version 13.9.0.0.0 (both OMS and Agent)

cd $PATCH_STAGE\<patch#>
$FMW_HOME\OMSPatcher\omspatcher apply -analyze -property_file 
$FMW_HOME\OMSPatcher\omspatcher apply -property_file  [OMS_DISABLE_HOST_CHECK=true  -- a useful option added to deal with virtual host names]

Patch 25163555: Tracking bug for Back-porting 24588124 oms side fix
Patch 25604219: MERGE REQUEST ON TOP OF 13.2.0.0.0 FOR BUGS 25497622 25497731 25506784
Patch 25387277: APR-2017 PSU OMS 13.2.0.0.170418
Patch 25162444: EM-BEACON Bundle Patch 13.2.0.0.161231 (Agent)
Patch 25580746: EM-AGENT Bundle Patch 13.2.0.0.170331 (Agent)

Other useful references:

Enterprise Manager 13.2 Master Bundle Patch List (Doc ID 2219797.1)
13.2.0.0.170418 Enterprise Manager Base Platform Patch Set Update (PSU) Readme for Oracle Management Server (OMS) (Doc ID 2246778.1)

How To Get Those Customizations to Work Correctly with Oracle EBS R12.2 Editioning (EBR)

Oracle e-Business Suite R12.2 Overview of Edition-Based Redefinition (EBR) in 11gR2 databases.
Oracle e-Business Suite R12.2 Overview of Edition-Based Redefinition (EBR) in 11gR2 databases.

Scenario:
Creating a new view based upon the AP.AP_SUPPLIERS table to reside in a new XXCUSTOMSCHEMA.

If you attempt the simple:

create or replace force view XXCUSTOMSCHEMA.AP_SUPPLIER_NEW_V
as
SELECT *
FROM ap.ap_suppliers ;

It works, but your data and table definition may change whenever patching editions are in-play.

If you attempt to just reference the editioned object instead:

create or replace force view XXCUSTOMSCHEMA.AP_SUPPLIER_NEW_V
as
SELECT *
FROM ap.ap_suppliers# /* or the preferred apps.ap_suppliers synonym */

You will receive the ominous ORA-38818: illegal reference to editioned object error message.

What’s missing? The XXCUSTOMSCHEMA isn’t recognized as an edition-friendly schema by Oracle’s e-Business Suite (nor the database), yet.

Create your XXCUSTOMSCHEMA in the usual way:

create user XXCUSTOMSCHEMA
identified by (password)
default tablespace USERS
temporary tablepace TEMP
profile DEFAULT
account UNLOCK;

/* as APPS user */

exec FND_ORACLE_USER_PKG.LOAD_ROW(‘XXCUSTOMSCHEMA’, ‘CUSTOM’, ‘INVALID’, NULL, ‘N’, ‘B’);

/* as SYSTEM user */

alter session set current_schema=APPS;
exec AD_ZD_PREP.ENABLE_CUSTOM_USER(‘XXCUSTOMSCHEMA’);

/* Create your SELECT grants to the editioned objects as APPS user */

grant select on ap.ap_suppliers#  to XXCUSTOMSCHEMA;

/* Create your custom view referencing the APPS synonym – which points to the editioned object */

create or replace force view XXCUSTOMSCHEMA.AP_SUPPLIER_NEW_V
as
SELECT *
FROM apps.ap_suppliers ;

This is the same process when creating procedures and functions with the usual caveat that unless it’s a 12c database, you cannot create materialized views on the editioned objects.

For the 11gR2 EBS users, you would stick with the existing non-editioned table object reference:

CREATE MATERIALIZED VIEW APPS.XXAP_SUPPLIER_NEW_MV
(
vendor_id,
vendor_name
)
AS
SELECT aps.vendor_id, aps.vendor_name
FROM ap.ap_suppliers aps;

/* The owning schema for the materialized view must have CREATE TABLE, VIEW AND INDEX privileges on the destination tablespace */

2017-02 Shinnyo-en Buddhism Introductory

2017-02 Shinnyo-en Buddhism Introductory Podcast – Prayer Beads http://ow.ly/F8W2509sxDV

2017-02 Shinnyo-en Buddhism Introductory Podcast – Prayer Beads

2017-02 Shinnyo-en Buddhism Introductory Podcast – Prayer Beads

  • Beads, Beads, and More Beads
  • The Shingon 108-bead Version
  • Symbolic Meaning
  • Practical Use
  • A Circle of Life


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Various kinds of prayer beads

Prayer beads – in some cultures called “worry beads” as having something in the hand to hold, whether another person’s hand, or a string of objects, has always brought a psychological comfort to the holder.

In buddhism, you tend to see them all over the place – people holding them in their hands, a bracelet on the wrist, a string of beads hanging from their forearm, a pile of beads on an altar, someone holding up the beads in front of the altar doing something with them in mid-air. You won’t see them worn around the neck as jewelry, nor tossed around like Mardi Gras bangles. They seem to have another purpose. What could that be?

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Shingon Buddhist prayer beads – different styles.

For further purposes of simplicity, the kinds of prayer beads I’ll be referring in this introduction will be the basic bead sets used by the Shingon esoteric sects.  The strand has 108 beads in the circle, divided in two semi-circles by a set of tassels at either end of the loop.  One tassel has an extra bead (often referred to as the Mother bead) on it.  Counting in from that extra beaded tassle, there are 7 beads, followed by a different kind of bead, followed by 14 more beads, and a different bead, then 33 more beads until the other tassel. Each tassel also has 5 beads (not counting the Mother bead) on it, with a single different bead before the fluffy or ball end of the tassel.  They can be made of many different materials, though natural ones are the most preferred (glass, wood, stone, marble, etc.)

There are two basic explanations beyond the “comforting thing to hold” idea for the purpose of the beads. One is symbolic or esoteric, representing the many different things affecting humans. In this version, the 108 beads represent human life problems and struggles.  Zen buddhism has an interesting specificity in their definition by multiplying the six senses (sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell, and mind) by the six physical sources of sense (eyes, ears, body, tongue, nose, and brain.) This results in 36 combinations, half of which are positive, and half negative impressions. Multiplying these 36 by the past, present and future positions in time in which they may occur, leads us to the 108 delusions of attachment (or things we should be apologetic for during our path to enlightenment.)

The other is a more functional or technical explanation – counting. There are many basic actions requiring repeating 3 times (bows, chants, prostrations, etc.) which are easy enough to count by yourself. But getting to 5, 7, 21, 33 or 100 times of anything, can find you spending more energy or thought trying to remember how many you just did, rather than being immersed in the action of what you’re supposed to be doing. That’s when holding the beads in one hand while incrementing one bead each time you do something, makes it easy to physically keep track of how many actions you just performed.  Simple, practical and something that won’t break your concentration or focus.

A final more psychological use is that of representation. The beads represent a reminder to be mindful of the many ways in which we as humans stray from our own paths of peace. We take care to remember that not only do we individually have all of these perceptions that lead us towards polarized emotions, but so does everyone else around us. To remember that each of us has an innate need for peace and tranquility, is to also find ways to cultivate that same awareness in others.
/* That’s it for this session. Thank you for listening. For more information feel free to e-mail me at jlui at jlui dot net, or twitter @jhlui1 With Gassho, James*/

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