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What’s New Features in Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) Cloud Control 12c Release 5 (12.1.0.5)

I kept getting asked what’s new in Release 5 – so here’s the summary of what’s changed since 12.1.0.4.0 (the prior release for the past 12 months):

OEM Release 5 Download Web Site
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/oem/grid-control/downloads/index.html

http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E24628_01/doc.121/e25353

What’s New in Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 5 (12.1.0.5)

  •     Oracle Cloud Management (Hybrid Cloud)
  •     Database Plug-in 12.1.0.8 Features
  •     Fusion Middleware Plug-in 12.1.0.8 Features
  •     Cloud Management Plug-in 12.1.0.10 Features
  •     Chargeback and Consolidation Planner Plug-in 12.1.0.7 Features
  •     Virtual Infrastructure Plug-in 12.1.0.2

Oracle Cloud Management (Hybrid Cloud) – This enhancement is new in Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Release 5 (12.1.0.5).
Enterprise Manager Cloud Control now provides you with a single pane of glass for monitoring and managing both your on-premise and Oracle Cloud deployments, all from the same management console. By deploying Management Agents onto the Oracle Cloud virtual hosts serving your Oracle Cloud services, you are able to manage Oracle Cloud targets just as you would any other targets. The communication between Management Agents and your on-premise Oracle management service instances is secure from external interference. Support is provided for managing Oracle Database and Fusion Middleware PaaS targets, as well as JVMD support for monitoring JVMs on your Oracle Cloud virtual hosts.

Oracle Cloud Management includes the following key features:

  •     Automated agent deployment and configuration
  •     Database and Java PaaS instances monitoring
  •     Incident management including notifications and ticketing integration
  •     Configuration management including Search and Inventory, comparison between on-premise and cloud instances, configuration history, and compliance
  •     Cloning between on-premise and Oracle Cloud
  •     One-off patching of Oracle Cloud database instances

Database Plug-in 12.1.0.8 Features

  • Snap Clone Leveraging Sparse Clones on Exadata
    You can now create a Test Master pluggable database (PDB) to use as the snapshot source for thin cloning on Exadata ACFS.
    For functional testing scenarios, for example on development or testing systems, business IT users now have on-demand access to production data copies without incurring the penalty of multi-terrabyte storage.
  • Data Cloning to Oracle Cloud
    With this release you have the following data cloning to Oracle Cloud options:

    • Like-to-like cloning: on premise to-from Oracle Private Cloud:
      Enterprise Manager12c PDB to 12c PDB, assuming the containers exist on both sides
      Regular non-container dedicated database to dedicated database
    • Like-to-unlike data migration:
      Regular to PDB migration where the source is an on-premise non-PDB database and the data is migrated to a cloud based PDB
      PDB to normal database migration where the source is a PDB on an Oracle PaaS cloud and data and schema are migrated to a non-container CDB on premise

Fusion Middleware Plug-in 12.1.0.8 Features

  • Generic JVM Provisioning for Private Cloud
    This feature enables self-service users to provision non-Oracle middleware components as cloud services. It also uses Enterprise Manager’s chargeback and quota management capabilities to enable administrators to limit service usage based on organizational policies.
  • JVMD Support for PaaS
    Enterprise Manager Cloud Control now enables you to deploy JVMD agents on your Oracle Cloud virtual hosts. These deployed JVMD agents can report to a JVMD engine deployed in your private network. This feature enables you to monitor the JVMs deployed on the virtual hosts running your Oracle Cloud services as well as the JVMs deployed on the hosts in your private network using a single console, for example Enterprise Manager Cloud Control deployed in your private network.
  • Middleware Self Service Portal Support for Virtual Java as a Service with Exalogic Systems
    WebLogic services that have been provisioned on Exalogic systems using Service Manager can now be viewed in the Cloud Self Service Portal as part of the Exalogic Private Cloud service family.
  • MWaaS on Solaris SPARC
    This project integrates MWaaS with the Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center. It provides the ability to dynamically add or remove the virtual hardware in a MWaaS cloud.

Cloud Management Plug-in 12.1.0.10 Features

  • Dynamic Scaling of PaaS Zone Through Integration with the Sun Solaris SPARC Ops Center 12c Adapter
    Enterprise Manager 12c is integrated with the Ops Center through the Sun Solaris SPARC adapter. An instance of this registered adapter is used by the associated PaaS Infrastructure zone to provision or delete VMs on demand. The communication with the Ops Center server is achieved through the use of a client kit.
    This integration enables customers to provide layered services capability in a private cloud, for example DBaaS using a Solaris VM based IaaS. Any spike in compute demand can now be handled instantly by cloud administrators.
  • DBaaS PaaS Provider Pools Integration with Ops Center
    Administrators can now increase the capacity of a DBaaS pool by clicking a single button. Doing this transparently provisions a virtual machine or cluster through the associated Ops Center adapter attached to the PaaS zone. It also deploys the requisite software components, for example Enterprise Manager Agent, Grid Infrastructure, Oracle Database and so on, through the gold image provisioning or by cloning from an existing reference member of the pool.
    Compute resource scarcity at PaaS provider level results in the failure of self service provisioning requests. This integration helps SSA administrators to respond to such failures promptly.
  • Clone to Oracle Cloud
    Administrators now have the ability to create a full clone of an Enterprise Manager 12c pluggable database amongst existing container databases within the on-premise IT infrastructure or to an Oracle Cloud. Administrators can also clone a service from on-premise to Oracle PaaS and vice-versa. The cloning is supported in two broad categories:

    •     Peer-peer clone: Clones directly from an on-premise target to Oracle Cloud.
    •     Clone through the Software Library: Administrators can archive a gold image into the Software Library in one step and then deploy it in a separate step.

Chargeback and Consolidation Planner Plug-in 12.1.0.7 Features

  • Host Consolidation Support for Oracle Cloud Shapes
    Oracle Enterprise Manager now provides host consolidation support for Oracle Cloud shapes. When creating scenarios for physical server to physical server (P2P) consolidations that target new or phantom destinations, you can choose physical machines configured in the Oracle cloud by selecting the cloud computing configuration, or shape, to use as the destination. Oracle provides a wide range of shapes to help you select a combination of processing power and memory for your instances that best suits your business requirements.

Virtual Infrastructure Plug-in 12.1.0.2

  • Dynamic Resource Provisioning Support
    Through integration with Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center, dynamic on-demand resource provisioning enables Oracle Cloud and self service administrators to dynamically increase or decrease resources in their private cloud setup based on usage requirements. Resources can either be infrastructure resources such as hosts (based on virtual machines) or platform resources such as middleware and database Oracle homes. Resources can be dynamically added when additional service instances need to be provisioned due to high usage or decreased if existing resources are not being used.

That’s it, in a nutshell.

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Oracle e-Business Suite Release R12.2 (.2) Upgrade – New Features Summary

Because my company asked for this, and I couldn’t find a readily available My Oracle Support document that is concise enough.

Based primarly upon:

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 Release Value Propositions (Doc ID 1580742.1)

With additions from notes by Steve Sutphin on LearningWerks.

Modules Being Covered in this Summary

  • Application Technology
  • Asset Lifecycle Management
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Financials
  • Procurement
  • Human Capital Management

Not all modules are covered herein (e.g. Supply Chain, Project Billing, Project Management, Value Chain) simply because we don’t have them in-use, so I couldn’t validate the accuracy of those modules.

Applications Technology - User Interfaces, Infrastructure

Oracle EBS Release 12.2 Technology Stack
Oracle EBS Release 12.2 Technology Stack
  • WebLogic Server (11.1.1.6) replacing iAS (10.1.3)
    • [10.1.2 stays for Forms and Reports]
  • Mobile Certification for OA Framework
    • iPad, iPhone, Android
  • Report Manager and Web ADI
    • Certified for MS Office 2010/32-bit
  • Integrated SOA Gateway
    • Now on WebLogic for improved integration
  • Online Patching
    • Editioned filesystem and DB objects allow side-by-side Production and Test codesets with minimal switchover downtime.

Oracle EBS Release 12.2 Online Patching Process

  • Numerous OAFramework User Interface Cosmetic and Usability Improvements

Assets (Asset Lifecycle Management,  not FA) - Workflow, Productivity

  • Support for Asset Moves
    • Transactable Assets Allows Users To Move Assets In And Out Of Inventory, Transfer Assets From One Inventory Organization To Another, And Transfer Assets From One External Location To Another External Location
  • Enhanced Integration/Ease of Use
    • Asset Sale
    • Asset Retirements
    • Project-to-Project Material Transfers
    • Grouping of Serialized Items
  • Asset Tracking Mass Update

Customer Relationship Management - Revenue Tracking

  • Channel Revenue Management
    • Increased Automation in AR Deductions Settlement
    • Accrual Accounting with Trade Profiles
    • Extended Business Processes for Supplier Ship and Debit
    • Price Protection Agreements
  • Oracle Telesales
    • Visibility to Activities across Operating Units
    • Competitor Tracking at Product Level

Financials - Productivity, Controls

  • Cross-Module Enhancements
    • Multi-Org Access Control Security profiles that now support a list of operating units
    • Ledger Sets Ledgers sharing the same Chart of Accounts, Calendar and Period Type
    • Advanced Global Intercompany System (AGIS)
    • New Bank Account Model Single access point for defining and maintaining bank accounts in AP, AR, Collections, Payroll, CashMgt, & Treasury
  • Advanced Collections
    • Party (Customer) Level Bankruptcy Tracking
    • Support for Partial Disputed Transaction Amounts
  • Assets
    • Enh. Mass Additions I/F for Legacy Conversions
    • Automated Depr. Rollback for Selected Assets
    • Impairments/Unplanned Depreciation Visibility
    • Addl. BI Publisher Reports
  • Cash Management
    • Simplified Setup and Streamlined Bank Account Reconciliation
    • Reconciliation Success Rates for First Notice Items (FlexMatch)
    • Centrally-stored Balance History – Trends and Cash Positions
    • Flexible Cash Pooling
    • Maintain and Report on Authorized Signatories
  • Customer Data Hub
    • Tax Validation Management with Tax Geography Hierarchy
    • DQM Overview Dashboard
    • DQM public Application Programming Interface
    • Real-time Address Validation for Tax Purposes
  • e-Business Tax
    • Application of Specific Tax Configs to Business Entities
    • Tax Simulator and Determination Services
    • Customer Tax Information Import
  • General Ledger
    • Allocate Financial Data From One Or More Ledgers To A Different Target Ledger
    • Data Access Sets and Ledger Sets
    • Journal Batch Copy
    • Alternate Account UI
    • New Web-based Account Analysis & Drilldown
    • Flaggable As Non-Reversable Journal Sources
    • Integration to Hyperion DRM and Fusion Acctg Hub
  • Internet Expenses (iExpense)
    • Global Per Diem and Mileage Rates
    • Mileage Accumulation
    • Automatic Matching of Advance Payments
    • Flexible Application of Cash Advances
    • Payment Holds and Automatic Notifications
    • Enhanced Itemization Controls
    • New Audit Expense Report
    • Auto-Itemization of Expenses from Visa/AMEX
    • Parallel Approvals
    • New Header-level Document Attachments
    • Support for new iOS/Android Mobile Expenses
  • Payables
    • New User Interface For Supplier Entry And Maintenance
    • Centralized Bank Account Definitions (see Summary)
    • Improved Invoice Processing with Invoice Lines
    • Contract Financing, Retainage, and Progress Terms
    • Line-Level Invoice Approval Workflows
    • Self-Service Entry for Non-PO Invoices
    • Improved iSupplier Portal
    • Scheduled AP/AR Netting Batches
  • Receivables
    • Partial Period Revenue Recognition
    • Event-based Revenue Management
    • New Credit Card Error Handling
    • Improved Chargeback Reconciliation
    • Oracle Bill Presentment Architecture (BPA)
    • Customer Communication – Auto PDF Printing
    • New Sweep Invalid Distributions Report Details of the accounting exceptions that are holding the period close for review and action. If the amount involved is not material from the reporting perspective and resolving the accounting exceptions is likely to delay the period close, then the transactions with invalid accounting can be swept to the next open period.
    • Automated Auto Lockbox Processing (via CP)
    • API Support for Unidentified Receipt Assignments
  • Subledger Accounting
    • Enhanced Multi-Reporting Currency Functionality
    • Improved Reporting and Analysis with Supporting References
  • Treasury
    • New Automatic Floating Rate Reset for Bonds
    • Automated Cash Pooling Across Legal Entities
    • Automatic Bank Account Update for Redirecting Payments to a New Bank Account

Projects - Efficiencies

  • Project Costing
    • Labor Rate Schedules by Criteria
    • Enhanced Payroll Integration
    • Total Time Costing
    • Increased Control and Visibility for Multi-Funded Contingent Workers
    • Allocate Funding Based On Time And Expense Entry
    • Batch Processing of Mass Adjustments

Procurement - Efficiencies

  • iProcurement
    • Automatic Updates of Encumbrance Dates
    • Eligible Information Template Information Stored as Attachments
    • Override Employee Charge Account Preference
    • Dual Budgetary Controls (Encumbrance Acctg)
    • Item Master Attachments Support
    • Post-Approved PO Requisition Attachment Support
    • PO Import Process Can Use Account Generator Auto-generate Charge Accounts during Requisition Import (blank charge accounts)
  • iSupplier Portal
    • Enhanced Prospective Supplier Registration – Adaptive Supplier Onboarding
    • E-Kanban Support (Flow Manufacturing)
    • Enh. Supplier Contact Information Data URL, Alt. Contact Name/Phone
  • Purchasing
    • Automatic Updates of Encumbrance Dates
    • Additional WF Extensions for Custom Validations
  • Procurement Contracts
    • Multiple Templates Applied to Purchasing Docs
    • New API’s for Templates, Questions and Constants
    • New Clause Descriptor Field
    • Clause Mandatory Attribute at Rule Level
    • Clause Section Placement by Contract Expert
    • Deletion of Provisional Sections from Solicitation to Award
    • Instruction Text including URLs
    • Multi-Row Contract Clause Variables
    • Display and Sort by Clause Number
    • Enh. Repository Contracts License Agreements, Nondisclosure Agreements, Merger Contracts, Misc. Agreements (user-defined)
    • User Defined Attribute support for Deliverables
    • Sync/Down/Upload: MS Word 2010 Certification
    • Contract Expert Performance Improvements
  • Sourcing
    • Add Requisition lines to a Draft Negotiation
    • Ability To Withdraw Responses Submitted On An RFI/RFQ
    • Track Supplier Amendment Acknowledgements
    • Staggered Awards on Split Negotiations
    • Import of Price Breaks and Tiers via Excel
    • Negative Cost Factor Support
    • New API’s to Create RFIs, RFQs, Auctions and Negotiations
    • Online Discussions Attachments and Messaging
    • Terms and Conditions Display Controls
    • Lot Pricing Summaries (also by Lot Line)
  • Spend Classification
    • Reclassify Historical Data
    • Asynchronous Classified Batch Approval Flows
    • Enhanced Training Data Upload (up to 100MB)
    • Enhanced Knowledge Base Tracking Capability
    • Improvements in Analyzing KPI Batches with Excel Export
    • Classification Code Reset by Ranges

Human Capital Management - Streamlining, Efficiency

  • Cross-Module Enhancements
    • 30 Country Localization Support
    • Managerial Task Checklists
    • Bulk Synchronization -> Incremental Sync API
    • Future-Dated Terminations, Reversals, Rehires
  • Payroll
    • Purge Process Events
    • Quick Retro Pay (single assignment)
    • Self-Service Element Entry (w/WF approvals)
  • Human Resources
    • Streamlined Re-hire Processes
    • Self-Service Internal Hire Support

Oracle R12 (and others) OA Framework Dislikes IE 8/9/10 Compatibility View

In our environment we try to have a newer/fresher set of web applications, but

Tools -> Compatibility View Settings
Tools -> Compatibility View Settings

some are simply too old to upgrade.  They like running in the pre-Microsoft Silverlight days of old Active-X controls and scripted Java. But Internet Explorer needed to move forward, and with version 8 was introduced a feature called “Compatibility View” which reverts back to older IE6/7 style page handling.

So what’s the big deal here? Well, in mixed-legacy environments some standard Windows administrators set the following as a default – Display Intranet sites in Compatibility View.  That makes older Sharepoint sites happy. Makes old web software happy.

Makes new software go from this:

Internet Explorer Browser 10 Compatibility View Oracle R12
Looks fine at first. (IE10 w/Compatibility View)
Internet Explorer Browser 10 Compatibility View Oracle R12 - Broken
Refreshed…cleared cache…I have a broken R12 page.

to this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, the fix is as simple as unchecking that box for [ ] Display Intranet sites in Compatibility View, and specifically adding only those URI’s (web addresses/URLs) that actually require the original browser “old” security model.

Otherwise, you’ll see more pages like this:

PasswordsMax JavaScript error in IE10 with Compatibility View
It’s all because of that same Compatibility View checkbox setting.

 

It is official …… Here comes Oracle Database 12c

I call this a “soft” launch… you have to dig a bit to find the details:
https://blogs.oracle.com/UPGRADE/entry/finally_oracle_database_12c_is

Well, it is official…..Oracle Database 12c (12.1.0.1) has been released and can be found on OTN.

 

otn12c.png

 

Enjoy!

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