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Firefox Version 52 Blocks JRE and, thus, EBS Forms

Firefox's recent stable release channel version 52.0 update ends NPAPI plugin support for Java, Microsoft Silverlight and Adobe Acrobat (Adobe Flash is not affected, however, no support end date for this plugin has been communicated). The impact for Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) customers using Firefox is that even though they have the latest version of Java installed on their system, Firefox will not recognize and load the associated Java plugin. 

A morsel of good news for Firefox-EBS users is that a temporary workaround does exist for those who still want to utilize the Firefox browser.

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Reasons to Be There

Attending the annual COLLABORATE conference is one of most talked about experiences each year. The anticipation builds during the months leading up to the event. And, the post-event storytelling and sharing is equally as spirited. Here are some of the things Oracle Applications users are looking to accomplish this year:

Solve a problem. 

Everyone is talking about the cloud. But not all organizations are in a position to make a sweeping transition to cloud solutions. Maintaining existing ERP systems is still a reality for many. COLLABORATE 17 offers hundreds of sessions that focus on upgrading or enhancing existing implementations. Plus, you'll be able to meet management from the OracleDigital License Team that supports all customers that continue to invest in on-premises license applications (PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, EBS, etc.). 

Plan for the future. 

Speaking of cloud, there are more than 400 cloud-related sessions at COLLABORATE 17. Many of these explore how Oracle customers have already extended functionality with cloud solutions or present the key considerations – pros and cons – for helping you plan a move to the cloud. Use the convenient Agenda Builder to browse cloud education sessions and add them to your educational itinerary.

Stay on top of important changes. 

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Tips for High-Impact Networking

Connections Accelerate Your Professional Development

Planning your professional development as a young professional can be an intimidating process, but making time for in-person educational and networking events can be beneficial for the future of your career. In the article appearing in the Harvard Business Review, "How to Decide Which Conferences Are Worth Your Time," Dorie Clark shares how to identify the best conferences and how to get the most out of your time at the conference to help grow your career and build your network.

COLLABORATE 17 is right around the corner, and we hope we will see you for a week of education and networking. Here are five tips to help energize your professional development efforts at the conference:

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Take Five with Smartphone Applications

Advice for Rolling out Smartphone Applications for E-Business Suite


By: Ketan Thanki, Dynegy

Since mid-2014, Oracle has continued to release various smartphone applications that work with Oracle E-Business Suite. To date they have released 22 such applications. They are compatible and backported to work with EBS version 12.1.3. Most of the applications that Oracle has released are surrounding HCM, Financials, Supply Chain and Manufacturing modules. These applications come pre-licensed with the module of the application.

Some of the benefits of rolling out smartphone applications with EBS include: 

  • Making the applications and data available on a smartphone 
  • Additional User Interface option 
  • Making modules accessible to users in remote locations 
  • Shortening implementation cycles 
  • Accelerating the decision-making process by giving them access to data and taking action on exception type of transactions 
  • Low cost licensing and implementation 

If you're considering deploying the smartphone applications that run with Oracle E-Business Suite in your organization, continue reading for tips and a short video.

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Focus 2017: Changing IT Roles and Security

"I think some of the key themes that we are going to be talking about are the changing roles within the IT community as cloud applications become more prevalent; how cloud changes people's roles within their companies and the other skills they need to learn." - Alyssa Johnson, OAUG President Read more in "5 Questions with OAU...
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Oracle Database Support Extension

Oracle Announces Continuation of Free Extended Support for the 11.2.0.4 DatabaseChristine Hipp, Los Alamos National Laboratory If you have 11.2.0.4 Oracle databases that you were planning on purchasing extended support for, Oracle has just announced the continuation of the free extended support. The prior expiration date was May&nb...
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What’s Your Altitude?: Cloud Panel

Cloud Panel: Are Oracle "On-Premises" ERP Customers Lost in the Cloud?Thursday, February 23, 2017, 1 p.m. ESTThis OAUG eLearning virtual panel discussion provides pragmatic information and candid discussion about Oracle cloud solutions along with observations relevant to "on-premises" Oracle customers. Everyone is invited to gain ...
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Support Identifier Groups to the Rescue!

Do you have difficulty managing and tracking your SRs across multiple Customer Support Identifiers (CSI)? Support Identifier Groups allow customers to manage their interactions with Oracle Support in a new way. By using the groups, customers can save costs with:​Consolidated reporting. Streamlined efficiencies. Better control over interac...
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On-Premises Customers Need A Strong Voice, Too!

President's Corner Welcome to the New Year! I am looking forward to serving you this year as the OAUG president and having the opportunity to talk with you each month through this forum. Please feel free to reach out and let me know what topics you would like to see discussed.Throughout much of last year, we were hearing that customers ...
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Learn from the Pros in Five Minutes!

OAUG Pro Tips - Take Five videos are a great way to a learn a tip from another member in about five minutes. Watch the latest videos below, and watch all of the OAUG Pro Tips videos.  Using OBIEE to Analyze Customer Service Requests from SiebelChao-Yee Watson, Xilinix, Inc. shares her tips to h...
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Welcome to the OAUG! November New Members

The OAUG would like to welcome the new members who joined in November:  Alex and AniJoint Commission on Accreditation of Health OrgJoseph Sipeki Main Roads Western AustraliaSands Capital Management TechStyle
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A Year in Review from the OAUG Customer Support Council

Top stories in the OAUG Support in Focus newsletter from the OAUG Customer Support Council include:

  •  Year in Review. Access valuable information and resources, compliments of the OAUG Customer Support Council.
  •  Get Accredited. Enhance your knowledge and capabilities with best practices from Oracle product experts.
  •  Leverage Oracle's Proactive Support Resources.

The OAUG Support in Focus newsletter is published exclusively for OAUG members. Read December's newsletter

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Start Building Your COLLABORATE 17 Agenda

Collaboration leads to breakthroughs and there's nowhere that's more true than when thousands of Oracle Applications users like you gather to COLLABORATE 17. And, now you can start planning your breakthroughs with the agenda builder. Choose from over 1200 sessions to help you find answers to your Oracle Applications implementation, upgrades and clo...
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Missed an eLearning Session? Find the Top Five from 2016.

elearning OAUG eLearning provides free live and recorded educational webinars for OAUG members. Missed a webinar in 2016? Recorded eLearning sessions are available for OAUG members 24/7 through the OAUG eLearning Archive. Take a look at the top five webinars from 2016 to get started:

eLearning Webinars will start again in 2017. Have a suggestion for a webinar you would like to see? Let us know with our webinar suggestion box.

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President's Corner: Fond Farewell

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As this year comes to a close, I’d like to use this opportunity to say my farewells. Farewell to 2016 and my year as OAUG president. Also, I would like to say farewell to the OAUG Board of Directors, staff and members of the OAUG. I am leaving the board but taking with me lots of memories:

  •  Serving on the OAUG Board since 2000 with fellow board members who are committed, passionate, wise and exceptional friends.
  •  Working with wonderful volunteers who exemplify the mission and vision of the OAUG.
  •  Learning from a fantastic group of partners who have always been willing to exhibit, sponsor, present and share their expertise.
  •  Aligning with incredible Oracle employees who bring expertise, knowledge and partnership to the OAUG committees, conferences and events.
  •  Working with OAUG staff members who make us successful in all of our ventures, from eLearning to COLLABORATE to the Young Professionals Forum to the Star Partners Program and on and on.

The future of the OAUG is a bright one. I’m leaving the OAUG in the capable hands of incoming President Alyssa Johnson and the OAUG’s new Executive Director Al Garver.

Dr. Patricia Dues, OAUG President
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Twitter: @pdues

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The OAUG Welcomes Executive Director Al Garver

AlGarver 450x564 150dpiIn September, Al Garver joined the OAUG as executive director (read the press release). Since that time, Al has worked with the board of directors and executive committee, numerous volunteers and committee leaders, OAUG staff and Oracle employees to understand the OAUG vision and mission and identify areas of strength and future direction.

In a recent conversation with Al, he shared some insights:

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Join a Geo or SIG Today!

The Oracle Applications Users Group's Geographic and Special Interest Groups offer a wide range of topics, regions and products covered. Our Geographic groups span a specific regional area while our Special Interest Groups tend to cover a specific product area or industry. Joining one or a few of these groups can help you share ideas, best practices and network with other Oracle applications users. 

Review the complete listing of OAUG Geo & SIG user communities and visit the individual websites. Contact the Geos/SIG manager with any questions.

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COLLABORATE 17 Registration Opens Today!

COLLABORATE 17 Vertical Logo no tag 01Dive into a positive, collaborative atmosphere where you can candidly discuss your Oracle Applications implementations, upgrades and cloud opportunities. For one exciting week, the entire OAUG community comes together face to face to share and learn from actual experiences through sessions, panels and networking events. Gain new perspectives and see your work with new eyes! OAUG members enjoy the absolute lowest rates. Register today!

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Education at Your Fingertips: OAUG Connection Point® — Hyperion Online

Beth McLaughlin, Dunkin’ Brands, Inc., speaks with Oracle's Nigel Youell about connecting with other Hyperion EPM customers to share information. The OAUG Connection Point® — Hyperion Online can help Hyperion EPM users explore and connect with other users with leaving their desk. 

If you’re seeking convenient, online education focused on Oracle Hyperion (EPM), look no further than Connection Point® – Hyperion Online, October 31-November 4, 2016. Get on-demand access to every presentation, expanding your learning range to all 20 sessions. Hear from the experts during five days of training that’s created to fit your schedule. Find the full agenda and register

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2017 OAUG Board of Directors

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) Board of Directors provides leadership, influence and guidance to drive and enhance the focus of the OAUG. Newly elected to the 2017 OAUG Board are Bill Dunham, founder and principal owner at OATC, Inc.; Mohan Dutt, senior manager of global technology services at Equinix, Inc.; Kathleen Fauerbach, accounting manager for the City of Las Vegas; Mark Maley, senior business process analyst at GF Central Plastics LLC; and Donna Rosentrater, Oracle solution architect at PAREXEL International Corporation.

Read more in the press release.

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Evaluating Your Cloud Options?

cloudEveryone was talking about the cloud at OpenWorld last month. The OAUG is your source for reliable cloud-related information and resources to help you get the answers you need. Here are a few examples of the ways OAUG members can learn from others on the cloud journey:

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Cloning Methods for E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2

“There are plenty of best practices for cloning 12.1 and 12.2 Oracle E-Business Suite environments .... Whether you’ve been cloning for years or are just starting, there are always things to learn and new methods to improve your process.”

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OAUG members can log in to get the details from Zach May, Cox Enterprises, Inc., in the fall 2016 OAUG Insight Subscribe Insight Buttonmagazine. OAUG members may subscribe now to get on the mailing list for the winter edition of OAUG Insight magazine.  

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Workflow Rules: Video

Take5logosnip"Workflow rules based on job code eliminated rules hardcoded to specific employees, which made it easier to find requisitions and invoices, and cut down on customizations.” - Jason Watkins, Tampa International Airport

Learn more about workflow rules, watch Jason's video: 

Take five with more great tips from OAUG members.

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Expert Education and Networking Opportunities at OAUG Connection Point® — NorCal

 

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Get live, in-person training from recognized Oracle thought leaders including Jeanne Lowell, Vijay Shanmugam, and OAUG experts like John Peters, Jeff Hare and Sandra Vucinic by attending Connection Point® – NorCal. Then, discuss the sessions with your peers as you network throughout the day at The Oracle Conference Center in Redwood Shores, CA. 

Find the complete agenda and register.

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What's in Your Profile?

Why

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E-Business Suite Security: Reference Documents and Available Resources

support in focus categoryAs a result of several conversations with Oracle during OAUG Customer Support Council calls early in 2016, Oracle developed E-Business Suite Security: Reference Documents and Available Resources (Doc ID 2149625.1) as a collection point for EBS security information.

OAUG Members can finish reading the article and find the reference documents in the September issue of the Support in Focus newsletter. Member login required.  

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Oracle Extends Premier Support Phase for EBS 12.1 Customers

CliffGodwin photo 4 2015"Our ongoing dialogue with the OAUG Customer Support Council and Board of Directors is invaluable in helping us understand and respond to the needs and concerns of our customers. The extension of Premier Support for EBS 12.1.3 through 2021 that we’re announcing today provides certainty for EBS 12.1.3 customers that they can rely on Premier Support for many years to come, so they can leverage their investments in EBS in whatever ways create the most value for their enterprises.” - Cliff Godwin, Senior Vice President, Oracle E-Business Suite Development

support in focus mastheadOAUG members can read the entire annoucment in the July special edition of Support in Focus. Member login required. 

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