New Rapid Install
Beginning with the initial release of E-Business Suite Release 12.0, Oracle has provided quarterly Release Update Packs (RUPs) that you can apply on top of your base installation. So far, Oracle has released RUP 12.0.1, 12.0.2, 12.0.3, and 12.0.4. The latest Release Update Pack 4 includes more than 10,000 fixes and 100 functionality enhancements after the initial release of Release 12.0. Applying all of these individual Release Update Packs can be time-consuming for those upgrading. Oracle has recognized this and the new 12.0.4 release includes a repackaged Rapid Install that makes it possible to upgrade existing Release 11.5.8, 11.5.9 (base, CU1, CU2), and 11.5.10 (base, CU1, CU2) systems directly to the Release Update Pack 4 level. New Critical Patch Update for April
Last week, Oracle released the expected quarterly Oracle Critical Patch Update (CPU) for April
. The next two CPU release dates this year will be July 15th and October 14th. Interestingly, there was no Release Update Pack 12.0.5 (RUP) released at the same time, as is the custom. After questions arose, Oracle announced that the next Release 12 RUP will not be 12.0.5. Oracle instead will introduce Release 12.1 next. Release 12.1 is expected to be a major change and represent a new codeline, and will include a Release 12.1 Maintenance Pack (MP). For existing Release 12 clients, Oracle is planning new Family Packs for Financials and Human Resources (HRMS). As expected, Oracle would provide no dates for Release 12.1.Release 12 Payables Problems?
We also were able to confirm that some
upgrade customers of Release 12 are experiencing significant problems with the Payables module. Oracle has released a number of Payables patches in the last four months to address problems. Since Oracle upgraded internally to Release 12 we aren't sure why the problems hadn't surfaced earlier. Rumors have been circulating for several months on this topic. Other problems were mentioned with the new SubLedger Accounting and HR modules.Release 12 Customer Base
Oracle announced that about 200 customers have upgraded and are live on Release 12 of the E-Business Suite in the past year.