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Apr 04, 2019
Key learning points from Oracle OpenWorld Europe 2019

The Oracle OpenWorld Europe 2019 took place in January and focussed on trends and developments. MCX attended the event and are pleased to share their experiences in this article.

E-Business Suite 
Oracle have announced that they are continuing to develop version 12.2, albeit with minor changes - the so-called rolling updates. This means there won't be any major updates, but frequent small changes instead. As in the past and until 2030 at least, Oracle will continue to implement functional changes and optimisations in the EBS to enhance the functional performance of the application.

From version 12.2.8 the technical software layer will be "disconnected" from the application software layer. This means that patches on the technical layer will have less or no impact on the application. It also means less impact on any customisations of the application nor on testing before deploying new technology. For example, if a new version of WebLogic is required in order to stop a security leak, its deployment will be easier, with minor impact on availability and support of the application. 

Developments
 - More and more Mobile Apps that allow to perform simple tasks from a phone or a tablet, are becoming available for the Oracle E-Business Suite. This requires consideration of where these apps will be used, whether within the company network or via the Internet. In fact, the second option will affect the architecture, which can be adjusted to ensure adequate security when using the application. For example, it is possible to connect only the required functionality via the Internet, and not the entire application. 
- Since the late '90's Oracle have used many WebForms. These are Java-based screens, which are used with the Java plugin in the browser. In version 12.2 of EBS Oracle will convert core functionality screens from WebForms into pure HTML-screens. A connection with the look and feel of the Oracle Cloud will be built to ensure a seamless hybrid cloud architecture.
- A striking number of other applications were exhibited at OpenWorld, including robotics, 3D printing and many IoT solutions. Oracle usually delivers the Cloud infrastructure (IaaS) to run these applications. 
- Oracle continues to grow in the Cloud area and offers more and more options that respond well to the customer needs. Key are the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) and the SaaS solutions of the different business applications.

For us, these were the key learning points from the Oracle OpenWorld Europe 2019. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on Info@mcx.nl.

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