Looks like 12.1.3 is Imminent

With the rapidly approaching of Oracle Open World 2010, it looks like 12.1.3 is also rapidly approaching.

The Release Notes for 12.1.3 are now out:

12.1.3 Release Documents

Having a quick look through probably the most interesting change is in the Applications Technology area.

It’s a shame that as far as I can see (correct me if I’m wrong) but they haven’t put BIEE dashboards directly into any ERP screens yet (with half the screen in OAF Framework and the other half embedded BIEE), despite enabling the technology in the previous 12.1.2 Release. For me that is a little disappointing, but hopefully by R12.1.4 we’ll see that.

It is now possible to link to Oracle Application Development Framework (ADF) Release 11g applications deployed on an Oracle Fusion Middleware Release 11g container from the Oracle E-Business Suite home page. Each ADF application will have an FND Function of type ‘ADF’ defined for it. If such a function is granted to a user, then when the user logs in, the home page automatically builds a link to the external ADF application.”

This is an interesting note on ADF Integration to ERP. I’m left wondering if clients can finally move from OAF to ADF and still have the integration to ERP. The new functionality sounds as if it will allow you to call cleanly ADF Applications from the Oracle ERP homepage. It’ll be interesting to see this as it could provide those who do go to 12.1.3 another good staging point to Fusion in the future that pre 12.1.3 sites don’t have. I’ve talked to a number of people in Oracle over the last couple of years on when to start using ADF instead of OAF, but the message has always been to use OAF. Obviously this left me wondering for the future on “will I need to convert all these OAF applications in 3 or 4 years as I move to Fusion Apps”, so not an ideal situation. Maybe over the coming months the OAF/ADF will become clearer.

On the Finance, Procurement and HRMS there is the usual small changes here and there, additional changes for different countries, but nothing overall that for my organization is really ground-breaking. 12.1.1 and 12.1.2 had a lot more functionality that we would be interested in overall.

A short reminder that demo Vision instances are available and a whole lot more from the excellent Solution Beacon site, allowing you to test drive the new features for those with a CSI Number from Oracle, before you take the plunge. Currently up to 12.1.2, as of the time of this article (20th August 2010).

R12.1.x Vision Instances

Hopefully we’ll all start to see the new mythical Fusion Apps over the coming weeks.

Footnote: A short footnote courtesy of Steven Chan’s excellent blog that 12.1.3 is now available. See the latest at:

http://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/

  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 Release Update Pack (Patch 9239090)
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 Readme (Note 1080973.1)
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