EBS Upgrade Week Schedule 2022

EBS Upgrade Week Schedule

Monday, September 12
Overview EBS Upgrade / Functional New Features

Session Time

11 am - 12 pm ET

Session Title / Presenter

Upgrade SIG Overview & Welcome

Panel Moderator: Sandra Vucinic, VLAD Group, Inc.

Panelists: Nadia Bendjedou, Oracle
Kaberi Nayak, MITRE Corporation
James Morrow, BlueStone Solutions Group
Art Dowd, O2Works

Abstract

Join the OATUG Upgrade Special Interest Group to get an overview of the EBS Upgrade Week's events and get to know the SIG and their work. Come ready with your questions! The SIG will host a Q&A and discuss current topics.

1 pm - 2 pm ET

Oracle E-Business Suite: What’s New in Release 12.2 Beyond Online Patching

Jeanne Lowell, Oracle

Learn more about Oracle's continued investment in Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS). This session covers what's new in EBS 12.2 beyond online patching, including functional enhancements and user experience innovation in each product family. Gain an understanding of new capabilities in EBS 12.2, as input for your planning on how to further leverage EBS to meet your company's needs.

3 pm - 4 pm ET

EBS Technology – What’s new in 12.2. – 12.2.11+

Susan Behn, CherryRoad

An Oracle Ace Director presents new features in EBS 12.2.8 -12.2.11+ impacting most users after upgrading. This includes the user interface, searching, flexfield functionality, concurrent manager functionality, security, workflow, OCI and many others. Many of the features can significantly improve the user experience streamlining many activities. The scope of this discussion includes the EBS foundational tools commonly referred to as Foundation (FND), Application Object Library (AOL), and Application Technology Group (ATG).

5 pm - 6 pm ET

The Quickest and Safest Way to Upgrade Your Oracle EBS

Geoffrey Turner, Panaya

With EBS Release 12.1 no longer in Premier Support and Release 12.2 bringing a lot of innovation, many organizations are hurrying to upgrade their EBS system. But the truth is that ERP projects are the most complex and risky projects in IT. Luckily, there are solutions that can de-risk and accelerate your EBS upgrade, tailored to your organization’s unique footprint. Join us to learn:
  • How to find all of the necessary corrections in under 48 hours
  • Which corrections are not mandatory, and can save up to 80% of your efforts
  • More upgrade tips and tricks, learned from hundreds of successful EBS upgrades done by our customers

Tuesday, September 13: Project Management

Session Time

11 am - 12 pm ET

Session Title / Presenter

Planning Your Oracle E-Business Suite Upgrade to Release 12.2

Anne Carlson, Oracle

Abstract

This Oracle Development-led session examines key project planning considerations for the upgrade to Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2. It combines lessons learned from upgrade customers with advice from Oracle's in-house experts. Topics include how to establish the business case, combine the upgrade with other key IT projects, understand 12.2 changes and their impacts on business and IT staff, and reduce upgrade downtime. Whether you are a project manager, a business analyst, or an IT specialist, this is a must-see session.

1 pm - 2 pm ET

E-Business Suite Upgrade Impact Analysis, Change Automation & Control

Gordon Halley, ConfigSnapshot / Rookery Software

Increase automation and take the risk and unknowns out of upgrading the E-Business Suite by using the right approach and application toolset. Customizations can be systematically identified rather than having to manually track them down and hoping nothing has been missed. The way the customizations will be impacted by an upgrade can be pinpointed as soon as you know what version of the E-Business Suite you are upgrading from and to. Again, no need to manually cross check for references to potentially thousands of database objects affected by the upgrade, this type of analysis can be reliably and consistently performed by computers, the development team should be focused on the actual code remediation to ensure things work as needed in the upgraded version. Likewise, it can be easy to identify new / obsolete configuration fields, new or modified seeded settings or any changes introduced across all areas of setup. Capture, control and automate changes throughout the upgrade process to ensure each upgrade iteration can be quickly and accurately repeated.

3 pm - 4 pm ET

EBS R12.2 Upgrade Breaks SSO. How to Re-Implement SSO After the Upgrade?

Raj Mareddi & Nick Spates, SSOgen
Upgrade complete? Great, but you're not done yet! Project management extends beyond implementation. We'll address how to re-implement SSO post-upgrade.

We will discuss in detail and provide solutions for SSO:
1.) EBS Upgrade - SSO Compatibility Challenges
2.) Explore SSO Solutions for EBS R12.2
3.) Share best practices for the SSO implementations in EBS R12.2
4.) Share Live Demo of SSO implementations after the upgrade
5.) Answer the questions from the attendees

5 pm - 6 pm ET

Positioning for Oracle EBS Continuous Innovation

Peter Rinde, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

Jet Propulsion Laboratory is likely to continue to leverage Oracle EBS for its ERP needs for the next few years to several years. In positioning relative to Oracle's EBS roadmap and JPL's Enterprise 2.0 business transformation initiative, JPL undertook a massive upgrade project to best position ourselves that included EBS upgrade to R12.2.10, RDBMS upgrade to 19c, and migration to Linux. This presentation focuses on planning, management, and preparing the Laboratory for this major technical endeavor for JPL's coming years ahead.

Wednesday, September 14: Technical Upgrade Process

Session Time

11 am - 12 pm ET

Session Title / Presenter

Technical Upgrade Best Practices for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2

Udayan Parvate & Samer Barakat, Oracle

Abstract

This Oracle Development session is ideal for organizations thinking about upgrading to Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2. It covers the fundamentals of upgrading to Release 12.2, including the technology stack components and supported upgrade paths. Hear from Oracle Development about the recommended practices for executing the Release 12.2 technical upgrade, with special considerations for minimizing your downtime. Also get to know about relatively recent upgrade resources.

1 pm - 2 pm ET

What to Expect When You Are Expecting to Upgrade Oracle EBS

Thomas Ferrero, Apps Associates

Shared experiences from Oracle eBS 12.2.x and 19c database upgrades will help your enterprise prepare for and have a successful project. Extending your multi-year investment is much more than just applying application patches. This presentation will walk through pre-planning and certification elements all the way through execution of EBS 12.2 upgrade, 19c DB upgrading to DBA validations. Lessons learned will be shared for both success and unplanned issues that required mitigation.

3 pm - 4 pm ET

It’s Past Time to Upgrade! Taking Your E-Business Suite Database to 19c

Mike Brown, BlueStar

As of August 1, 2022, the only certified database version still under premier support which can be used with EBS is 19c (if you are paying for Market Driven Support with 11.2.0.4, you have until the end of the year). If you were thinking that you would wait thing out under sustaining support, be aware that Oracle has announced that no database prior to 19c will have a direct upgrade path to the next long term release (23c). This presentation will review the process of upgrading from 12.1.0.2 to 19c in an E-Business Suite 12.2 environment. It will discuss the architectural changes done as part of the database upgrade including moving from a CDB with a single PDB. I will also point out some of the issues that BlueStar had during and after their production upgrade.

5 pm - 6 pm ET

Upgrades and Migrations - Aligning Your E-Business Suite, Oracle Cloud and Tax Tech Strategies

Anil Golla, Vertex

As Oracle customers are exploring their options to transform their tax and finance operations, the question of when and how to migrate to upgrade and/or migrate to Oracle Cloud is top of mind. But migrations and upgrades also offer unique opportunities to upgrade and migrate your tax technology solutions and optimize your processes.
Join us for an informative session as we explore the options, challenges, and best practices for upgrading and /or migrating your Oracle solutions. Among the topic covered will be:
• Current options and paths to modernize your tax and finance operations with Oracle and Vertex
• Best practices to reduce the issues and accelerate transformation and time to value
• Shared insights from partners and customers who have successfully completed similar projects

Thursday, September 15: Testing & Training Users / Upgrading & Managing Customizations

Session Time

11 am - 12 pm ET

Session Title / Presenter

Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 Maintenance and Online Patching

Kevin Hudson, Oracle

Abstract

Join this Oracle Development session to hear about the operational and system management implications for minimizing maintenance downtimes when applying Oracle E-Business Suite patches using Online Patching. Learn tips and and techniques that applications DBAs can use to efficiently perform maintenance tasks. Leave with an understanding of how to define a maintenance strategy using the best tools for creating a plan to keep your environment healthy and up to date.

1 pm - 2 pm ET

Automating Regression Testing for Oracle EBS

Brett Barnhart, Sonoco

A challenge facing many companies with a complex ERP like Oracle EBS is how do you perform application wide automated regression testing to ensure minimize business disruptions from your releases. This is especially true when you are a global organization, supporting over a dozen languages, in a manufacturing world with automated processes. A 15 minute unplanned downtime can be a disaster, but you still have to implement changes to keep up with the speed of business. Add in limited resources to complete regular testing and this can seem unobtainable. This presentation will walk through Sonoco's journey implementing SmartBear's TestComplete in order to achieve application testing on a regular basis, totally automated.

3 pm - 4 pm ET

Migrating and Managing Customizations for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2

Santiago Bastidas, Oracle

Have you customized Oracle E-Business Suite? Attend this Oracle development session to learn about selecting the best upgrade approach for existing customizations. Learn about the customization standards required by the Edition-Based Redefinition feature of Oracle Database to be compliant with the Online Patching feature of Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2. Hear about customization tools and technologies you can use to ensure that all your customizations are preserved during and after the upgrade.

5 pm - 6 pm ET

OATUG EBS Upgrade Panel

Panel Moderator: Sandra Vucinic, VLAD Group, Inc.

Panelists
Kaberi Nayak, MITRE Corporation
James Morrow, BlueStone Solutions
Art Dowd, O2Works
Bill Dunham, OATC, Inc.
Mike Brown, BlueStar
Anne Carlson, Oracle
Samer Barakat, Oracle
Udayan Parvate, Oracle
David Heisler, Oracle

Please join us for an EBS Upgrade Panel in which we will review the latest EBS and database certified versions, support date details and EBS Upgrade news. We will share “real world” experiences, tips & techniques for EBS upgrade to release 12.2 and also answer your EBS Upgrade questions during the Q&A with our Panelists.

Friday, September 16: Post Upgrade 

Session Time

11 am - 12 pm ET

Session Title / Presenter

Use and Interpret the EBS 12.2 Upgrade Analyzer and the EBS Suite Database Upgrade Analyzer for 19c

David Heisler, Oracle

Abstract

This session demonstrates how to effectively use and interpret the E-Business Suite 12.2 Upgrade Analyzer and the The Oracle Database 19c Upgrade Analyzer. These two highly effective Core ATG analyzers will evaluate your E-Business Suite, or Database upgrade environment, to verify that all of the critical steps and patches for these upgrades are completed properly. These analyzers also will alert you to known issues that will occur during an upgrade to E-Business Suite 12.2 or to RDBMS 19c if your environment tests positive for the failure condition being present. These analyzers are updated quarterly or when critical changes are made to the upgrade process for either the 12.2 upgrade or the 19c DB upgrade. Additional post upgrade features have been added to the EBS 12.2 Upgrade Analyzer.

1 pm - 2 pm ET

Navigating Excitement [and Obstacles] Post Upgrade

Christopher Barnes & Chad Cosper, insightsoftware

Upgrading any portion of your enterprise architecture can offer both high expectations and high trepidation. As a product line that has been at the center of Oracle EBS operational and Analytical reporting for 20 years, we have been constantly challenged with keeping up to date and remaining abstracted from EBS as the Oracle ERP landscape shifts beneath our feet. In this session, you will hear abut the importance of an independent reporting layer and how it ensures continuity in your operational and analytical reports, no matter if you are upgrading EBS or moving to OCA or both.

3 pm - 4 pm ET

Life After R12.2 for EBS DBAs

James Morrow, BlueStone Solutions Group, Inc. 

With the release of Oracle E-Business Suite R12.2 and Oracle Database 19c, there are a number of significant technical and architectural changes. Many don't realize that those technical and architectural changes also bring with them some significant changes in practices, policies, and procedures for the E-Business Suite DBA. Join us for an overview of how your world will need to change.

5 pm - 6 pm ET

EBS Upgrade Closing Panel

Panel Moderator: Sandra Vucinic, VLAD Group, Inc.

Panelists: Tom Ferrero, Apps Associates
Gordon Halley, Config Snapshot
Raj Mareddi, SSOgen
Anil Golla, Vertex
Mohan Pothuri, insightsoftware

This Panel will allow attendees to connect with one another and collaborate with Oracle, Config Snapshot, Apps Associates, Vertex, insightsoftware, SSOGEN, and business leaders to explore how to most effectively plan, manage and complete EBS Upgrades “in house” or in the cloud. You’ll have the opportunity to get answers and learn about various tools and methods which can offer the fastest, highest value, and most cost-effective EBS upgrade solutions for your organization.