In September, Oracle released E-Business Suite 12.2.7, a cumulative release which combines functionality enhancements, error corrections, and statutory and regulatory updates, as mentioned on a previous post by the OAUG. The patch is almost 5GB in size, including bug fixes and new functionality for almost every major product area.
For this release, Oracle has said it responded to requests made by customers, as voted via social media (My Oracle Support), such as the Milestone Billing feature in Order Management.
Key changes in 12.2.7 that have since been identified by a DBA include:
• Theme management now enables alignment of the LAF when working with multiple different systems, such as E-Business Suite and Cloud ERP.
• Bug fixes for a large number of major product areas, while also adding new functionality to major product families.
• Enhancements to the User Experience (UI) personalization process. Historically, this has been difficult to use, but the whole process has now been streamlined.
Alongside these changes, a strong trend coming through in Oracle is to replace some of the Forms screens with HTML screens – for example, the main Material Workbench in Inventory, and a slew of HCM screens. This is a major change for end users that has the potential for an uncomfortable experience. It is however inevitable that eventually all the old Forms will be migrated to HTML – and indeed, the Cloud ERP UI is already fully HTML.
Applications architect for More4Apps, Bevan Wheeler, gave his comment on the changes to the UI.
"Oracle have enhanced the graphical user interface with improved visuals and workbench allowing for further configuration within the browser forms," he said. "But ultimately they're sticking with single record adjustments, so while they're helping to streamline certain processes - like with Order Management - there is still excess navigation going through master-detail records and single record views."
The case is that data integration solutions designed by independent software vendors will be increasingly practical and valuable for Oracle EBS users going forward, allowing them to optimize the system's performance in the growing landscape of HTML screens. You can find a great number of knowledgeable and experienced independent software vendors in the new OAUG Buyer's Guide.
Author: Gary Farrow, More4AppsGary brings his experience of eight years in online, print and broadcast journalism to the Oracle space and is excited to put it to use as More4Apps' Content Creator. More4Apps develops automation and integration solutions that enable Oracle EBS users to easily upload and download their Oracle data via API's and interfaces. https://more4apps.com/