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By Kevin Brownlie, Hologic, Inc.

Like many companies running a large footprint of Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS), it is necessary for Hologic to apply patches that fix issues or provide new functionality. After upgrading to R12, it appears there are fewer one-off patches and more fixes coming in family packs or other consolidated patch sets. This requires us to do more extensive testing, and it presents us with the challenge of determining what is affected by the patches and what should be tested.

The Oracle EBS Patch Wizard, a tool included with the Oracle Applications Manager (OAM), enables a better understanding of what has been affected by patches. Read more in this article from OAUG Insight magazine (PDF file).