Oracle OpenWorld 2016: Key Learnings From the Show

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Blog | Oct 13, 2016

TriCore Takes on Oracle OpenWorld 2016: Key Learnings From the Show by Pragati Gupta

TriCore’s technical team just came back from another informative, fun and well organized Oracle OpenWorld conference held in San Francisco. Here are some key takeaways to keep in mind.

Of course, the key theme of the conference was Oracle’s advancements in the cloud. Larry Ellison’s keynote was as educational as it was entertaining: apart from some funny digs at AWS and the fact that he doesn’t have certain privileges as CTO that he did as CEO (like smaller water bottles and no tech support during presentations), he noted how Oracle’s competitors are now radically different from who they used to be.

In the ERP space, for example, Oracle now competes with Workday and Salesforce versus SAP. In cloud, compute and storage, major competitors are AWS, Microsoft, IBM, and Teradata, to name a few, whereas previously its main competitors were Sun, EMC and others like them.  And as Oracle transitions to compete head on with AWS, in particular, the company is touting its versatility in database support and open systems as a key advantage.

Now it’s time to dive into the details on some of the software updates Oracle announced at the show. As a service provider, it’s important that we stay up-to-speed on these types of developments, and share them with you so that you can remain informed – and keep things running smoothly.

On EBS Updates

Oracle has extended Premier support for EBS R12.1.3 up to Dec 2021. This gives some breathing room to customers who are currently on EBS R12.1.3 that were scrambling to prepare for an EBS R12.2 upgrade, given that previously Oracle was going to end support for 12.1.3 in Dec 2016. EBS R12.1.3 is in ‘stable state’ so Oracle will only be releasing RPCs going forward, perhaps one a year. No further point releases for R12.1.

Premier support for EBS R12.2 has been extended to 2023.

Database 11gR2 is on extended support. Per Oracle’s support policy, extended database support requires an additional support fee. Customers are advised to check with their Oracle support representatives on the additional fee as this may impact their ability to apply CPU patches etc. for database 11g.

EBS R12.1.3 and R12.2 customers should look into upgrading their environments to these latest releases:

  • The latest RUPs for EBS 12.2. are R12.AD.C.Delta.8 (Patch 21841299) and R12.TXK.C.Delta.8 (Patch 21830810)
  • RPC 5 is now available for EBS R12.1.3 (since Aug 2016)
  • RPC available for EBS R12.2 tech stack foundation utilities (since Aug 2016)
  • EBS R12.2.6 has been released, 12.2.7 will be released by end of next year (maybe another OOW announcement?)
  • Database 12.2c has been released in the cloud but not yet certified for EBS 212.2. On premises licensing is being deferred until 2017. Date for on premises is yet to be released. See MOS Note: Doc ID 742060.1
  • EBS R12.3 release is in progress, probably about 2 years away.
  • Moving EBS to Oracle cloud is currently supported for EBS R12.1.3 and R12.2
  • Enterprise manager 13c
  • TLS 1.2 is now certified for EBS R12.1 and R12.2

The release of database version R12.2c will be cloud only in the second half of 2016. This is clearly another maneuver on Oracle’s part to drive cloud sales for 2016. The initial announcement met with criticism from loyal Oracle database owners. The extent of customer concerns will depend largely on the length of delay for on premise licensing. The new DB release brings with it several new features intended for the cloud.

  • Sharding: Shardes can be range- or hash-based in the 12.2 database. This provides the opportunity for global scalability via the partitioning of data. This new option has created potential around localization of data. When implemented correctly, it will also serve the purpose of limiting the effects of outages to smaller subsets of a given database systems’ user community.
  • Network-based compression
  • Application containers: This provides a solution to let you segregate data by business segment or location but still share the same applications logic.
  • Hot cloning of an active database
  • Pluggable database increase from 252 to of up to 4096 databases supported

Customers interested in details on Oracle cloud offerings can refer to this MOS note – Getting Started with Oracle E-Business Suite on Oracle Cloud. – and check out these additional resources:

As part of its goal to transform its cloud priorities, Oracle is making it easier than ever to download readymade EBS image installs from Oracle Cloud Marketplace directly to Oracle Cloud.  And the migrating operations to the cloud is smoother than, ever, too: Oracle provides ‘lift and shift’ clone utilities to migrate existing On-premise EBS environments to Oracle Cloud.

 

Final Thoughts

As you can see, we learned a lot while we were there. But it wasn’t all work and no play: while at the show, we had the pleasure of hosting numerous customer dinners and meet ups as well as our ever-popular customer appreciation event at the Chieftain. It was great to see customers that I have worked with for over 10 years at these various events!

I attended more sessions at Oracle OpenWorld 2016 than I can easily list on this blog. Want to dig in a bit deeper on what we discovered? Send us a note if you’re interested in more information or would like to continue the conversation on all things Oracle.

 Thank you to Shyamal Shah, Pragati Gupta, and Harry Morris for helping contribute to this blog! Want to see all our pictures from #oow16? Check out our Facebook album!