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Update: Oracle EBS Roadmap July 2017

Our previous blog post announcing an E-Business Suite (EBS) Roadmap update generated a lot of interest. Oracle has since posted a brief document that further elaborates on this important update.

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Facing the Challenge of HTML Web Forms in Oracle EBS

Sponsored Content With the release of Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) R12 in 2007, customers had to migrate to new HTML forms from the old Java forms. The scale of the change when R12 was introduced was significant to say the least. Oracle chose to update the previous, dated EBS interface and create a fresh, new user experience in some key functional...
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Lessons Learned on Replacing Oracle Discoverer

In June 2017 Oracle stopped support for Discoverer 11g. Mike Whalen, Technical Business Analyst, City of Arvada, Colorado, shares lessons learned on replacing Discoverer, including how to pick the best option and key considerations for a smooth implementation of a new reporting solution.  ​ Take the poll below and share you...
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EBS 12.2.X AD Online Patching (ADOP) Performance Tip

 "After the application of every patch, old editions accumulate to the point where it begins to effect performance. To work around this, EBS R12.2 AD Online Patching (ADOP) has a feature that allows you to drop the old editions within the database."

Take five with other great tips from OAUG members.

For more on EBS R12.2 AD Online Patching, troubleshooting, cleanup operations, purging/dropping old editions …

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Groovy: A Tool for Data Auditing?

I came across an interesting article about Groovy scripting in the latest Oracle Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (EPBCS) release . (After all, who wouldn't click on something entitled "Along Came Groovy!") The ideas about using Groovy to allow users to load "last saved by" information to view data changes were intriguing, and it loo...
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Jason Jones
I haven't been using Groovy exactly in this capacity (PBCS) but I have worked extensively with Java in general and in particular J... Read More
Thursday, 03 August 2017 12:32
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Proactive Troubleshooting with Oracle Support Functional Analyzers

By Kaberi Nayak and Ketan Thanki
OAUG Customer Support Council Chair and Co-Chair

Oracle Support Functional Analyzers
OAUG eLearning webinar
Hosted by the Customer Support Council
July 28, 2017, 10 a.m. EST
Watch the recorded webinar (member login required).

The Oracle Analyzers for E-Business Suite (EBS) are diagnostic tools that help you identify and resolve issues – sometimes before problems even become apparent or have the opportunity to impact systems. These tools help customers take a proactive approach to preventing problems.

What are the advantages of using Analyzers? 

      • Thorough analysis. 
    • Targeted recommendations.
    • Customer-friendly interface and reports.
    • Faster resolution.

If you're not familiar with Oracle's Analyzers, find out what other OAUG members have to say about them:

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Carrie Hollack
We leverage the delivered Analyzers and have been pleasantly surprised by Oracle's continuous investment in them. Using analyzers... Read More
Thursday, 27 July 2017 14:57
Cindy Force
The recorded webinar is now available for OAUG members. https://oaug.org/education-events/elearning/archive/2017/item/7066-oracle... Read More
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 17:22
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On Point and On the Calendar

As most of you know, in April, the OAUG, Quest and IOUG hosted the annual COLLABORATE conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. What you might not know, is that the OAUG is hosting a month-long Best of COLLABORATE 17 educational series, presented via webinar and beginning in August. 

The Best of COLLABORATE 17 – OAUG Forum is a collection of some of the top conference presentations, determined largely by feedback obtained from the surveys completed by session attendees. Team leaders from the OAUG Education Committee review the overall ratings per session along with the attendance numbers to identify the highest-rated and highest-attended conference sessions. The selected sessions represent and address some of the most critical challenges our users community is facing. The content is on point, and it's on the calendar. 

What's coming up in week one? 

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I was unable to attend this year COLLABORATE conference. Thanks for making it available. I am excited to attend the ones that ar... Read More
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 15:30
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Overcoming Fear and Resistance to Embracing a Cloud Solution

Before documenting requirements, cultivating executive sponsorship and getting to the nuts and bolts of a recent Oracle Sales Cloud solution, we had to overcome some initial concerns and misconceptions.

Three things were top of mind: 

  1. A previous bad experience with a cloud product. 
  2. Mandatory, twice-a-year upgrades. 
  3. Security of our data. 

How did we resolve concerns to be able to move forward on a cloud implementation with confidence?

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The Future of Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS)

Cliff Godwin, Oracle SVP EBS Product Development, has just released a new support timeline that announces Oracle's commitment to release subsequent versions to the EBS 12.2 with premium support being available AT LEAST to 2030. 

Great news for EBS customers who are interested in continuing to leverage their current EBS investment.

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Cindy Force
UPDATE: Oracle elaborates on this announcement in the July 2017 EBS Roadmap Update. Be sure to subscribe (below) to receive addit... Read More
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 17:51
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Closing the Books

The financial close is occurring in almost every organization around the world. It's customary, routine and universal.  However, although the financial close is common and ubiquitous, it's not always easy. The expectations are high; the results must be complete, accurate and on time. And many factors, such as changing regulations and complex r...
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Carrie Hollack
This looks great! I missed the first webinar, but see that it's recorded -- so looking forward to catching up on this.
Thursday, 20 July 2017 15:24
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OAUG Insider Launched as New Tool for OAUG Members and Partners

The OAUG launches the OAUG Insider to provide a weekly source of timely and relevant content for Oracle Applications Users. This service aggregates popular and trending articles from the Internet that represent information of the most interest to OAUG members.  The first section will present stories about Oracle, and the second section will fe...
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Q&A: Essbase Security Hierarchies

Recently, an OAUG member submitted a question about establishing a security model to accommodate multiple user hierarchies across two Essbase platforms. I was honored to be tapped as a subject matter expert who could provide assistance. 

I thought others might have similar questions or, better yet, have additional ideas regarding Essbase security. So, I'm sharing the Q&A here. If you find this information helpful, please share with others. And be sure to leave a comment if you have experience working with security hierarchies or have additional questions.

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Your Personal Brand

​You don't have to be a famous entertainer, politician or business leader to have a personal brand. No matter your sphere of influence, the ability to cultivate and convey the unique skills, knowledge and attributes you possess can greatly enhance the impact and results you achieve in your universe.

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You Are the OAUG: Year in Review

The positive response to the OAUG's 2016 Year-In-Review video was so strong, we decided to share it with everyone. Last month, the organization showcased the new 5-minute production at the annual Meeting of the OAUG Members during COLLABORATE 17 in Las Vegas. Continue reading and watch the video to see if you agree that 2016 was a great year for members of OAUG! And let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment in the blog post.

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“Oracle’s Mark Hurd Builds a Cloud Arsenal.”

The April 26 article on the front page of the USA Today's "Money" section, "Oracle Sharpens Claws in Fight for Cloud Market," is intriguing and compelling for all Oracle Applications users. The author's perspective relates that in spite of Oracle's initial lag in cloud strategy and efforts, Oracle has significant growth potential in the cloud marke...
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Choices: Defining Your Path to the Cloud

For many Oracle Applications customers, the adoption of cloud solutions is a journey with unique objectives and timeframes. The users community includes customers across a continuum of cloud adoption phases, including many that report their on-premises environments will remain in place for some time.  During COLLABORATE 17, Steve Daheb, senior...
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Thanks to Our Superstars

One of my favorite events at COLLABORATE is the OAUG Meeting of the Members. And a highlight of that event is the presentation of awards to our superstars – individuals and groups that serve the OAUG community with their outstanding contributions throughout the year.

Last evening, I had the great honor to recognize our 2017 winners (scroll to the end for the photo gallery):

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OAUG Insight Magazine Spring Edition

The spring edition of OAUG Insight magazine is available online for OAUG members. 

In this issue: 

  • Discover the secret ingredients that form the perfect recipe – from selection of the solution to post implementation – for a Hyperion Planning solution. 
  • Oracle's Application Express (APEX) has become the "go-to" tool for rapid development of Web-based applications and has gained enormous popularity as a method of extending the E-Business Suite (EBS). 
  • When a key patch or step is added to an upgrade note that you are using, are you receiving proactive notifications? 
  • A new collection point for Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) security information presents FAQs and best practices in one convenient place.

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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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Joey Sirmons
Very useful. Thank you
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James Morrow
FYI: On 24 April, 2017, Steven Chan posted that Java Web Start is now supported on EBS R12.1 and R12.2. Java Web Start is (basi... Read More
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Marilyn Pacheco
Thank you for making this issue so easy to understand and remediate! [b]... Read More
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Reasons to Be There

Attending the annual COLLABORATE conference is one of the 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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Jim Grove
Great Article!
Thursday, 20 July 2017 16:30
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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 OAUG President...
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Oracle Database Support Extension

Oracle Announces Continuation of Free Extended Support for the Database Christine Hipp, Los Alamos National Laboratory If you have 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 2017, wh...
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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. EST This 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 direct acce...
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Looking forward to this - there are lots of examples of companies taking the leap to cloud applications. Areas such as how to achi... Read More
Friday, 10 February 2017 07:00
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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 int...
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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 remaining w...
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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 Siebel Chao-Yee Watson, Xilinix, Inc. shares her tips to help with your customer service requests.  I...
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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 Ani Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Org Joseph Sipeki Main Roads Western Australia Sands 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 cl...
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Missed an eLearning Session? Find the Top Five from 2016.

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:

 Are Oracle 'On-Premises' ERP Customers Lost in the Cloud? Best of COLLABORATE 16: Flying High in the Cloud Extending Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 With Oracle Application Express 5.0 Basics of eBTax Setup: The Other Bits - Tax Reporting Codes, Tax Zones, Tax Formulas, Reverse Charge Planning Your Upgrade to Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2

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

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 PresidentEmail: : @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!

Dive 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.”

OAUG members can log in to get the details from Zach May, Cox Enterprises, Inc., in the fall 2016 OAUG Insight magazine. 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

"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


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?


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E-Business Suite Security: Reference Documents and Available Resources

As 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

"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

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

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