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The September 2019 UKOUG

Oracle presented at the UKOUG what it also talked about at the Open World. The most important highlights are outlined below:

1. Continuous innovation release roadmap
Up until now, Oracle E-Business Suite customers who wanted to deploy a new technology had to perform a major release upgrade. This meant the Oracle E-Business Suite installation tool needed to install new versions of the Oracle Fusion Middleware and the applications code, as well as execute upgrade scripts for migrating database schemas, PL/SQL and data to a higher Oracle E-Business Suite version. From EBS releases 12.2 onwards, Oracle will separate the applications updates from the underlying technology.
The “Continuous Innovation” release model allows the separation of the technology stack updates from the applications code updates, enabling the use of new technology software while maintaining the current version of the applications. Oracle is committed to this innovation from Oracle E-Business Suite version 12.2 onwards, offering premium support up until 2030. This means that innovation and underlying technology stack updates are supplied continuously without the need for major upgrades.
The transition from release 12.1.3 to release 12.2 requires proper planning and preparation. It is therefore important to consider whether this is desirable for your organisation or not. MCX can help you decide and, if needed, will support you with the upgrade to 12.2.
Just to remind you, RDMBS 19c will now be supported on EBS 12.1 and 12.2. Also, Oracle have waived the extended support fees for 12.11 and 11.2 on EBS (see also note 2522948.1).

2. EBS Strategic investments
In the short term, Oracle will focus on extending the Command Centres (currently 22 with 72 different dashboards). They will also continue the development of online patching to minimise maintenance downtime. A third area of investment is a modern user interface and, finally, the development of new business functions. In our opinion, all this demonstrates that Oracle values those customers who are not immediately looking for a cloud solution.
3. Paths to Oracle Cloud
Attention was paid to the different paths available to start using the Oracle Cloud. One of the presenters told more about it in a separate session.
4. Autonomous
Another focus area of Oracle is Gen 2 Autonomous Databases - the search for databases which no longer require configuration. One of presenters showed the latest generation of APEX, a perfect solution to quickly develop applications on the Oracle platform. During a live demonstration they showed how, from an Excel sheet, you can rapidly create a dashboard in APEX. Other important additions to APEX release 19.1 are the possibility of 'REST enabled forms', a 'Dark Mode' and improvements on the Form components.